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  • Green Eggs and Ham and Other Servings of Dr. Seuss

    • UNABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By Dr. Seuss
    • Narrated By Jason Alexander, Michael McKean, David Hyde Pierce
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (86)

    Nine complete Dr. Seuss stories at a great price, featuring performances by Jason Alexander, Michael McKean, and David Hyde Pierce.

    Melissa says: "Delightful"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall

    Now, I haven't actually listened to much of this but it sure was handy to have on the plane for our 3 year old! It was a great distraction and made her feel so big to use the ipod to listen to her own book! And she even enjoyed it!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5173)
    Performance
    (1402)
    Story
    (1405)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "5.5 stars"
    Overall

    As friend's asked me if this book was as sad as his first, I, only part way through, mistakenly said it was not. But this book, like no other, made me feel like I could truly begin to understand the woes of modern Afghanistan. It may be a bit tough at times but I always wanted to listen to it since it is told in such a way that, while the protaganist may be in a difficult situation at the moment, the next moment comes and then the next until you get through it. We have each looked back on difficult moments of our lives and wondered how we made it through-without a spec of self pity and our strength carries us forward.

    I would love to read a book on these same topics with a man as the protoganist. While the culture has cultivated the acceptance of some unthinkable norms, somewhere in the beginning someone thought it acceptable and countless others followed suit. Why?

    I would hate to discourage a single person from listening to this book because they thought it would be too sad...it is truly a beautiful book, narrated very well. I just listened to the Inheritance of Loss before this and the story is woefully inadequate in comparison to A Thousand Splendid Suns. It, too, was a beautiful display of culture and thought process but it is the current difficult decisions that move us forward and keep us aware. A Thousand Splendid Suns puts you in the situation and makes you wonder what you would do.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Transmission

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Hari Kunzru
    • Narrated By Hari Kunzru
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Transmission, Hari Kunzru's new novel of love and lunacy, immigration and immunity, introduces a daydreaming Indian computer geek whose luxurious fantasies about life in America are shaken when he accepts a California job offer.

    Don says: "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
    "Entertaining yet not very memorable"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book and really liked the modern elements that comprise the storyline. The narrator/author is very good. I recommend this book since it's present day and very entertaining but I have to say that I can't even remember the end and I listened to it very recently. It has a great way of weaving many characters from far and near together which is such a great reminder of how small the world has become.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Laments

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By George Hagen
    • Narrated By Clare Higgins
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Meet the Laments, the affably dysfunctional globetrotting family at the center of George Hagen's exuberant debut novel.

    AudibleAvid says: "3 1/2 stars"
    "3 1/2 stars"
    Overall

    This book had many elements I enjoy...travel, human nature, new family issues...but I felt like some of the events that take place were pointless and only there for shock appeal for lack of a better phrase. There were so many good kernels of potential directions the story could go but the lack of depth in any of them made me want more. I did enjoy the story but I would have rather borrowed a copy of the book rather than use my credit. The narratar has difficulty with female voices and American accents but it's a little entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2891)
    Performance
    (1079)
    Story
    (1073)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "I tell all my friends"
    Overall

    This has been a favorite listen this year for me. I love human nature and all the quirks and lovable things that go along with it. This book is very special. Since the author/narrator is a voice actor, you couldn't wish for more in an audio book!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3366)
    Performance
    (1355)
    Story
    (1359)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "So believable!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book even though it was lengthy. I think this book is a better listen than read and I am so glad I gave it a try!

    The story is so complex yet easy to follow as the author kindly reminds the listener of a character's relevance. I love stories that tie everyone together in a sensical and believable fashion.

    What a clever way to think of magic. I found myself thinking of ways I could use magic. (Like when I bend down fifty times a day to pick up a toy or put on a shoe how handy would it be if a little seat popped up for me to rest on instead of killing my back). I'm sure Jonathan Strange would approve.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House of Sand and Fog

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andre Dubus III
    • Narrated By Andre Dubus III, Fontaine Dollas Dubus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (160)

    In this riveting novel of almost unbearable suspense, three fragile yet determined people become dangerously entangled in a relentlessly escalating crisis. Colonel Behrani, once a wealthy man in Iran, is now a struggling immigrant willing to bet everything he has to restore his family's dignity. Kathy Nicolo is a troubled young woman whose house is all she has left, and who refuses to let her hard-won stability slip away from her. Sheriff Lester Burdon becomes obsessed with helping her fight for justice.

    JOHN says: "Tremendous!"
    "gripping"
    Overall

    i read this book and could hardly put it down....the characters are perfectly portrayed and it is very hard to like any of them. who is right? who is deserving? how can something so simple turn out so tragic for all concerned. the ending couldn't have been more appropriate.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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