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  • Getting Even

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Woody Allen
    • Narrated By Woody Allen
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (232)

    Woody Allen's early comic fiction was heavily influenced by the zany, pun-ridden humor of S.J. Perelman. And now, for the first time, Woody Allen narrates one of his early collections of short stories, Getting Even. Listen to Woody Allen revenge himself on such significant subjects as death, obesity, organized crime, the invention of the sandwich, and much more.

    Jane says: "This was ok, but I didn’t smile as much as I hoped"
    "Woody Allen's movies are (usually) better..."
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    Even though there are excellent paragraphs, overall it was hard to follow and enjoy. Not my type of audiobooks, as it seems.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4090)
    Performance
    (3574)
    Story
    (3542)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Enjoyable but lengthy"
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    When trying to remember how the various incidents and events of the story were connected, I realized that the book could have been half its length and still surreal and atmospherical. However, it remains an excellent and unique book, definitely recommended, unless you get bored or impatient too quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crime and Punishment (Recorded Books Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1404)
    Performance
    (604)
    Story
    (601)

    Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is universally regarded as one of literature's finest achievements, as the great Russian novelist explores the inner workings of a troubled intellectual. Raskolnikov, a nihilistic young man in the midst of a spiritual crisis, makes the fateful decision to murder a cruel pawnbroker, justifying his actions by relying on science and reason, and creating his own morality system. Dehumanized yet sympathetic, exhausted yet hopeful, Raskolnikov represents the best and worst elements of modern intellectualism. The aftermath of his crime and Petrovich's murder investigation result in an utterly compelling, truly unforgettable cat-and-mouse game. This stunning dramatization of Dostoevsky's magnum opus brings the slums of St. Petersburg and the demons of Raskolnikov's tortured mind vividly to life.

    Greg says: "Wonderful Book"
    "Russian masterpiece"
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    An excellent study of human nature, at the time of no CSI techniques and punishment in Siberia.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Ann Patchett
    Overall
    (3053)
    Performance
    (2530)
    Story
    (2544)

    We are excited to present our members with a gift that is truly unique: an original essay, available exclusively here at Audible, written and voiced by best-selling author – and fellow listener – Ann Patchett. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a very real love story, and one that is much more about the journey than the destination.

    Lee says: "Was this our holiday present?"
    "Fast food..."
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    Might be most appealing to women, I would dare say. Too much analysis on the subject of unhappy relationships and marriages.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I, Claudius

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (1404)
    Performance
    (694)
    Story
    (698)

    Here is one of the best historical novels ever written. Lame, stammering Claudius, once a major embarrassment to the imperial family and now emperor of Rome, writes an eyewitness account of the reign of the first four Caesars: the noble Augustus and his cunning wife, Livia; the reptilian Tiberius; the monstrous Caligula; and finally old Claudius himself. Filled with poisonings, betrayal, and shocking excesses, I Claudius is history that rivals the most exciting contemporary fiction.

    Chris says: "Unsurpassed, addictive brilliance"
    "Educational historical fiction"
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    Would you listen to I, Claudius again? Why?

    So far ago, so up to date


    What other book might you compare I, Claudius to and why?

    Animal Farm by George Orwell, because it talks about the human nature and the longing for power


    Which character – as performed by Nelson Runger – was your favorite?

    Claudius himself


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The final unexpected triumph of Claudius, the permanent outsider


    Any additional comments?

    A peculiar but constructive reading

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sense of an Ending

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (841)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (702)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Melinda says: "'Something Happened'..."
    "Typical Booker Prize Winner"
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    What did you love best about The Sense of an Ending?

    Subtle British "Humor"


    What did you like best about this story?

    Concise and precise language, excellent use and choice of words


    What about Richard Morant’s performance did you like?

    Rhythm and Pace


    Who was the most memorable character of The Sense of an Ending and why?

    The narrator - protagonist


    Any additional comments?

    Worth it overall

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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