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Blair

I can't seem to stop reading, so Audible is perfect. Now I can "read" at times that were previously impossible. Walking, cleaning, cooking..

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  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5217)
    Performance
    (4809)
    Story
    (4814)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Cynthia says: "Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar"
    "Must-listen!"
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    Would you listen to The Ocean at the End of the Lane again? Why?

    I would listen to this recording over and over again. It's magical and haunting and just creepy enough that it will scare you a little in the dark.


    Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, and everything he does is amazing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6210)
    Performance
    (5377)
    Story
    (5371)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Absolutely fabulous"
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    What did you love best about Beautiful Ruins?

    I loved the multiple story lines, and the way they all eventually interwove. Walter did an amazing job keeping everything moving and tying it all in without any loose ends.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and how they were all so real. People trying to do their best in life (well, all except Michael Dean), but all of them were scarred and broken in some way. Just like the most interesting people in your own life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved a lot of the scenes, but I think my favorite part was the recap where Walter broke even the minor characters. It was brutal, but so affecting.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I don't think I had any extremes, although I was caught up in it ever minute. There were definitely funny parts and truly heart-wrenching parts as well, but throughout it all, there was a sense of realism and the desire of the characters to just keep going. It truly was a reflection of real life to me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1503)
    Performance
    (728)
    Story
    (728)

    In 1799, the artificial island of Dejima lies in Nagasaki Harbor as Japan’s outpost for the Dutch East Indies Company. There, Jacob de Zoet has come to make a fortune large enough to return to Holland and marry the woman he loves.

    Michael Cox says: "Less about the arrival more about the ride"
    "Beautiful, but dull"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book is super long, and if you just want something to do to pass the time, pick it up. It's gorgeous and it will engage you, but I didn't particularly have an issue leaving its world when it was time to turn it off.


    Would you recommend The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet to your friends? Why or why not?

    If you liked Mitchell's other work, pick it up to see what he is capable of. Don't start with it though, as I'm afraid you won't discover his amazingness.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Aris and Paula Wilcox ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    NA.


    Could you see The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I actually think this would be much more exciting as a movie. However, I think, as with most books made into movies, you would miss out on a lot of the introversion.


    Any additional comments?

    Goodreads review: I picked this up because I loved Cloud Atlas and wanted to see what else Mitchell could do. I did not love this quite the same. It was a good story, and told in Mitchell's standard way of attention to detail and bringing a world to life for the reader. The prose was gorgeous and there were some one-liners that jumped out of their surroundings. It didn't really grab me though. I didn't transport to this world and never want to leave. I was happy to turn it off each morning when I returned from my walk, where with some books, I keep circling the block or keep it going through the morning. Final verdict, beautiful, but a little dull.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brutal Telling: A Three Pines Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (1432)
    Performance
    (995)
    Story
    (993)

    As autumn descends upon Three Pines, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store at the center of town. No one admits to knowing the murdered man, but as secrets are revealed, chaos begins to close in on the beloved bistro owner, Olivier. What past did he leave behind, and why has he buried himself in this tiny village?

    Marie says: "Satisfying but sad"
    "Read as a regular book"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The Inspector Gamache mysteries are fabulous and Louise Penny is a fantastic author. However, I don't think this one translated well to audio. The changes in narrator were difficult to pick up in audio form - I was always a couple of sentences in before I realized we were with a different storyline.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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