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  • The Light Years: Cazalet Chronicle, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Jane Howard
    • Narrated By Jill Balcon
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    The tangled lives of three generations evoke a vanished world in this, the first volume of the Cazalet Chronicle. Home Place, Sussex, 1937. The English family at home.... For two unforgettable summers they gathered together, safe from the advancing storm clouds of war. In the heart of the Sussex countryside these were still sunlit days of childish games, lavish family meals and picnics on the beach.

    Ilana says: "The Age of Innocence"
    "Very little plot"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A mish mosh of characters, very descriptive of the period, almost no plot. The kind of book one can stop listening to at any time, and wouldn't really care.

    3 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5097)
    Performance
    (1798)
    Story
    (1787)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "Started out really good....."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It was a very good story, but the ending dragged on to such ridiculous stuff, it was very offputting. Don't think I ever bothered getting to the end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Turn of Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Alice LaPlante
    • Narrated By Jean Reed Bahle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (195)

    Told through the voice of a woman with a powerful intellect that is maddeningly slipping away, Turn of Mind is not only a suspenseful psychological thriller that pulses with intensity but also a brilliant portrayal of the fragility of consciousness and memory, and of a mind finally turning on itself.

    smith says: "Not bad"
    "Not bad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Dragged a lot in the beginning. Lots of repetition of what it would be like to live in the Alzheiner's mind. Got much better as the plot finally came into focus.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2456)
    Performance
    (1617)
    Story
    (1617)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "Pretty dry stuff"
    Overall

    Unless you are interested in the history of the scientific research this is pretty boring. I am stunned that it's average rating is so high.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Infidel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Narrated By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1148)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (505)

    This New York Times best-seller is the astonishing life story of award-winning humanitarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A deeply respected advocate for free speech and women's rights, Hirsi Ali also lives under armed protection because of her outspoken criticism of the Islamic faith in which she was raised.

    Teddy says: "A Story that Needed to be Told"
    "Reality check"
    Overall

    I had been one of those "tolerance of religious freedom" types.
    Since listening to this book, I've learned that the Islamic suppression of women, vengeful violence, and intolerance is simply backwards. This is a terrible religion!
    I'm a liberal, but let's face it, people--the emperor has no clothes.
    Ayaan Hirsi Ali is an incredible woman with multi-cultural experience, and this is a must read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • McTeague (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Frank Norris
    • Narrated By Edward Asner, Ed Begley Jr, Hector Elizondo, and others
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Stacy Keach stars in this shocking tale of a Polk Street dentist and his wife in 1899 San Francisco. Frank Norris’ powerful insights into the depths of the human soul make this a story of compelling narrative force. This seminal novel about murder, obsession and the destructive effects of greed features an all-star cast including Stacy Keach, Edward Asner, Ed Begley Jr., Bud Cort, Hector Elizondo, Teri Garr, Katherine Helmond, Helen Hunt, Amy Irving, Carol Kane, Marsha Mason, Richard Masur, Judge Reinhold, and more.

    Stephen says: "Recommended for greedy folk"
    "not recommended"
    Overall

    Incredibly annoying recitation of the author (2 times at the beginning of each part) along with the theater company and names of all the cast and characters at the beginning of each part. And then a repeat of the ending of the last part. Annoying sound effects (screaming and yelling). Too many narrators, switching from voice to voice constantly. What were they thinking?
    It had moments, but one had to wade through much tedium to get to them.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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