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Caroline

Los Angeles, CA, USA

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  • Wuthering Heights

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Emily Brontë
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    Catherine Earnshaw's passionate statement reveals the core of Emily Bronte's tempestuous literary masterpiece. Meeting as children, Catherine and Heathcliff begin a relationship that grows into obsession as family, class, and fate work against them as much as their own jealous natures.

    Tamara says: "compelling and intense; the narrator grew on me"
    "Horrendous narration"
    Overall

    This is a great story, at least from what I remember when I read it 10 years ago! I enjoyed some of the other classics on audio so much and decided to give this one a try. The narration is awful, so difficult to understand and it seems like it's on fast forward. I had to slow the narration on my ipod so that I could understand what was being said. Very disappointed at the quality of this audiobook, this is a first as I have enjoyed every other narrator I've heard thusfar. The one star is not directed at the story, but at the awful narration!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sense and Sensibility

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (911)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (554)

    When Mrs. Dashwood is forced by an avaricious daughter-in-law to leave the family home in Sussex, she takes her three daughters to live in a modest cottage in Devon. For Elinor, the eldest daughter, the move means a painful separation from the man she loves, but her sister Marianne finds in Devon the romance and excitement which she longs for.

    Jo says: "Superb - Justice to Jane Austen and Emma Thompson"
    "Must-read classic"
    Overall

    If you haven't read this before, it's a story you will enjoy very much. It is a classic that is referenced often in modern culture and it will do you good to familiarize yourself with it, even if you read it a long time ago. Although the narrator has an English accent, it is still very easy to understand.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    Overall
    (2610)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (358)

    Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating memory - the day her mother was killed. When she and her "stand-in-mother," a fierce-hearted black woman named Rosaleen, are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily enters a secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women.

    France says: "Secret Life of Bees"
    "A must read!"
    Overall

    I so thoroughly enjoyed this book on audio, I cannot believe I had not expressed it in a review. The narration is wonderful, bringing the character's to life, drawing you into the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Light on Snow

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Anita Shreve
    • Narrated By Alyson Silverman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (26)

    Snowshoeing over crusted snow in the woods near their home, 12-year-old Nicky Dillon and her father come upon something shocking. There, in the pristine winter scene, an abandoned baby wails, its survival made possible only by the coincidence of their having chosen this path for their late afternoon outing.

    Emmy says: "This narrator was perfect."
    "Shreve rocks!"
    Overall

    I love all of Anita Shreve's books and this one does not disappoint. Great narration, great story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Iliad & The Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Homer
    • Narrated By John Lescault
    Overall
    (640)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (291)

    Little is known about the Ancient Greek oral poet Homer, the supposed 8th century BC author of the world-read Iliad and his later masterpiece, The Odyssey. These classic epics provided the basis for Greek education and culture throughout the classical age and formed the backbone of humane education through the birth of the Roman Empire and the spread of Christianity.

    Sam says: "Worth the price, worth the time"
    "borning narrator"
    Overall

    I read the Iliad and the odyssey in college and loved it. Thought I'd get a different perspective and listen to it on audio. Boy, that was a mistake. The narrator speaks in monotone, I now use it when I want to fall asleep!

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Les Miserables

    • ABRIDGED (33 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (48)

    Les Miserables is set in the Parisian underworld. The protagonist, Jean Valjean, is sentenced to prison for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread. After his release, Valjean plans to rob monseigneur Myriel, a saint-like bishop, but cancels his plan. However, he forfeits his parole by committing a minor crime, and for this crime Valjean is haunted by the police inspector Javert. Valjean eventually reforms and becomes a successful businessman, benefactor, and mayor of a northern town.

    Leslie says: "astounding"
    "Narration is awful!"
    Overall

    This is another classic that has awful narration. A thick French accent that is difficult to understand. The narrator does not help bring the story to life and actually takes away from it. Read the book or use a different version on audio, but don't bother with this version.

    7 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Fortune's Rocks

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Anita Shreve
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    Olympia Biddeford is a precocious and well-educated daughter, alive with ideas and flush with the first stirrings of maturity. Her summer is transformed when a friend of her father's arrives. She and the friend, a married doctor nearly three times her age, come together in an unthinkable, torturous, passionate affair.

    Penny says: "Wonderful!"
    "Shreve delivers, as always!"
    Overall

    I love all of Anita Shreve's books. "All he ever wanted", "light on snow", and "Sea Glass" are among my favorites. If you haven't read any of her books, this is a great one to start with. The story is very heart-warming.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6195)
    Performance
    (2357)
    Story
    (2383)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "A top 5 favorite!"
    Overall

    This book will make the favorite top 5 book of anyone who reads it. The characters are amazing!!! I don't know how to describe it withuout giving anything away, but the story is a must-read! Narration is wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13597)
    Performance
    (5991)
    Story
    (6072)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "The circus as it should be"
    Overall

    When I first read the overview for the book, I was not at all interested. I would have missed this great story had my friend not insisted that I get the book. It is so well written, the animals and characters will keep you entertained the entire time. You will be on that train with them, experiencing the adventures, fears, and thrills of an on-road circus. With all this technology in the 21st century, we don't go to the circus in real life, so go there in your mind, you'll love it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mephisto Club: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (849)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (330)

    PECCAVI. The Latin word is scrawled in blood at the scene of a young woman's brutal murder: I HAVE SINNED. It's a chilling Christmas greeting for Boston medical examiner Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli, who swiftly link the victim to controversial celebrity psychiatrist Joyce O'Donnell, Jane's professional nemesis and member of a sinister cabal called the Mephisto Club.

    Ramona says: "Must Read"
    "Great mystery!"
    Overall

    I was definitely enveloped by this story, loved the way it was written. You get to experience the perspectives of the various characters. You'll get to know them so well that their actions will seem so natural to you, not fake and fiction. The suspense will keep you listening! I must admit that I did double check my door/window locks every night while I was listening to this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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