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Alexandra

Chicago, IL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 11 reviews
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  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Main Street

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sinclair Lewis
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    The lonely predicament of Carol Kennicott, caught between her desires for social reform and individual happiness, reflects the position in which America's turn-of-the-century "emancipated woman" found herself.

    Maureen says: "Time for a classic"
    "Can't believe I hadn't read it before"
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    I really enjoyed this book, I found the issues and personalities to be surprisingly familiar, considering that it was published in 1920. Also, that a man of that time could write such a feminist novel. Although not much happens action-wise, I felt engaged throughout. Wonderfully real characters and an incredible sensitivity to their various motivations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Professor and the Madman

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    Overall
    (1452)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (658)

    Part history, part true-crime, and entirely entertaining, listen to the story of how the behemoth Oxford English Dictionary was made. You'll hang on every word as you discover that the dictionary's greatest contributor was also an insane murderer working from the confines of an asylum.

    Jerry says: "Perfect example of a quality audible book."
    "Enthralling"
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    What a great story! I enjoyed this so much I immediately downloaded another book by the same author. I am a fiction girl in general, but this book made me want to delve into more history. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Talisman

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3530)
    Performance
    (1588)
    Story
    (1596)

    On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: His father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America - and into another realm. One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery.

    Swad says: "Still Good"
    "Boring"
    Overall
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    I have loved Stephen King books, especially "Misery," but I found this unendurably boring and repetitive. I often enjoy fantasy novels, so I don't think it was the subject matter that turned me off. This could have benefited from some serious editing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2100)
    Performance
    (1656)
    Story
    (1655)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "Coudn't stop listening"
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    Fans of "This American Life" will be familiar with Jon Ronson. I really loved this book, including his narration. The subject matter is fascinating, and right away there is a mystery that draws you in, just like on the best episodes of TAL. Jon Ronson writes with humor, empathy, and insight. I felt like I was right there with him throughout his thought process. This went so quickly!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Dark House

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Christopher Fowler
    • Narrated By Tim Goodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (128)

    In Full Dark House, Christopher Fowler tells the story of both the first and last case of an unlikely pair of crime fighters - and how along the way they changed the face of detection. A present-day bombing rips through London and claims the life of 80-year-old detective Arthur Bryant. For his partner John May, it means the end of a partnership that lasted over half a century and an eerie echo back to the Blitz of World War II when they first met. Desperately searching for clues, May finds his friend’s notes of their first case....

    Librarian says: "2 English Detective mysteries for the price of 1!!"
    "Charming"
    Overall
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    I liked the characters and the setting very much. If you love classic British detective novels, this will probably make you feel nice and cozy. Also the theater atmosphere reminded me of Ngaio Marsh. I think I will probably listen to more in this series. The plot is a little improbable, but fun. This isn't realism, but who needs that all the time, anyways?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (1647)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (701)

    Barcelona, 1945: Just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his 11th birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

    Katherine says: "Great With One Exception"
    "Not my favorite"
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    The story was not bad, although it dragged on quite a bit at the end. As another reviewer mentioned, the piano music intervals were awful. I found them cheesy and distracting. Overall, a little on the sentimental side. The narrator did a good job, especially with the Spanish pronunciations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Velvet and Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Katherine Howe
    • Narrated By Heather Corrigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (76)

    Still reeling from the deaths of her mother and sister on the Titanic, Sibyl Allston is living a life of quiet desperation with her taciturn father and scandal-plagued brother in a town house in Boston's Back Bay. Trapped in a world over which she has no control, Sibyl flees for solace to the parlor of a table-turning medium. But when her brother is suddenly kicked out of Harvard under mysterious circumstances and falls under the sway of a strange young woman, Sibyl turns for help to psychology professor Benton Derby.

    connie says: "the parts don`t add up to a good whole"
    "Mediocre"
    Overall
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    Not awful, but the narration was cloying and the historical elements to the story seemed really forced. The dialogue also seemed pretty inaccurate for the time period. I guess I'm not much of a fan of historical fiction, it always seems a bit goofy to me. I don't know why I bothered with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4997)
    Performance
    (2798)
    Story
    (2833)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "A bit sappy, but an intriguing story"
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    Not my usual kind of thing, but I enjoyed the mystery. A little maudlin and very derivative of "The Secret Garden." Definitely escapist, good for vacation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daughters of the Witching Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mary Sharratt
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    Bess Southerns, an impoverished widow, lives with her children in a crumbling old tower in Pendle Forest. Drawing on Catholic ritual, medicinal herbs, and guidance from her spirit-friend Tibb, Bess heals the sick and foretells the future in exchange for food and drink. As she ages, she instructs her best friend, Anne, and her granddaughter, Alizon, in her craft. Anne ultimately turns to dark magic, while Alizon struggles to accept the power she has inherited and dreams of a simpler life.

    nursebettyknitting says: "Fascinating"
    "Atmospheric yet disappointing"
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    I quite enjoyed the first half of this story, but the second half really dragged. Unfortunately it became repetitive and depressing, which made the ending less poignant. The settings and descriptions were pretty captivating, I just wish the story had more punch. It kind of petered out. By the way, this is not a spooky witch story, it's more reminiscent of "The Crucible" or "The Scarlet Letter."Very good narration and not bad overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (3059)
    Performance
    (1533)
    Story
    (1560)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    Richard Delman says: "A masterpiece. An epic western story."
    "Loved it. Best as an audiobook"
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    This was really wonderful. Such a great story, nuanced characters, absolutely riveting. The narration here is so excellent, I can't imagine experiencing the book any other way. I am really more of a Trollope/Austen/Dickens fan generally, and wouldn't have expected to enjoy a Western, but this book has something for everyone. It is very violent and upsetting at times, that is my only warning to sensitive listeners/readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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