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Chris

Laurel, MD, USA

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  • Bel Canto

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1761)
    Performance
    (918)
    Story
    (925)

    Somewhere in South America at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening, until a band of terrorists breaks in, taking the entire party hostage.

    Brian says: "Surprisingly engrossing"
    "Simply the best"
    Overall

    This is the best audiobook I've ever listened to. I was spellbound by it. Anna Fields doesn't just narrate the story she becomes a dozen different people - most of them men! This is the kind of book that makes you wish for a traffic jam so you can listen longer. Of course, Patchett's story itself is compelling. The building of relationships between the hostages and the terrorists is perfectly built. By the end you've become a victim of Stockholm Syndrome yourself. I've recommended this book to just about everyone I know.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nicole Krauss
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Barbara Caruso, Julia Gibson, and others
    Overall
    (1037)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (388)

    Nicole Krauss' first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and her short fiction has been collected in Best American Short Stories. Now The History of Love proves Krauss is among our finest and freshest literary voices.

    KLBrookline says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written."
    "Great story, fabulous narration"
    Overall

    George Guidall's characterization of Leo Gursky is the heart and soul of this novel. The writing is beautiful, the characters real-even in their eccentricity. You'll keep thinking about this book long after you've finished it - and I agree it would be well worth listening to a second or even third time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Birth of Venus: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (93)

    Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family's Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the painter's abilities.

    Giovanna says: "Excellent"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    After reading the great reviews here and on other sites I was looking forward to this. I thought the story was only so-so and the narrator was nothing fantastic. How stereotypical - a super smart, head strong girl in an age that has no use for smart women, marriage to a guy who ends up being gay (no big spoiler - you can see this one coming a mile away), a black female slave who is also very smart and not to be treated like a menial and an understanding mother. The parts that dealt with Florence in the late 15th century were interesting. If I'd gotten the audio from the library I probably would have taken it back without finishing it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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