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Cranberry

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  • Black Swan Green

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (118)

    From award-winning writer David Mitchell comes a sinewy, meditative novel of boyhood on the cusp of adulthood and the old on the cusp of the new. Black Swan Green tracks a single year in what is, for 13-year-old Jason Taylor, the sleepiest village in muddiest Worcestershire in dying Cold War England, 1982. But the 13 chapters, each a short story in its own right, create an exquisitely observed world that is anything but sleepy.

    Janet Tarasovic says: "The joys of teen misery"
    "Very, very good"
    Overall

    This is an enjoyable audiobook. Very easy to listen to, excellent narration. We've all been in similar situations to those encountered by Jason. We can all identify.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Made Lists: Love, Death, Madness, and the Creation of 'Roget's Thesaurus'

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joshua Kendall
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Peter Mark Roget - polymath, eccentric, and synonym aficionado - was a complicated man. He was an eminent scholar who absorbed himself in his work, yet he also possessed an allure that endeared him to his mentors and colleagues - not to mention a host of female admirers. But, most notably, Roget made lists.

    Cranberry says: "Boring"
    "Boring"
    Overall

    Boring.
    Adjective. Arousing no interest or curiosity.
    Synonyms: drear, dreary, dry, dull, humdrum, irksome, monotonous, stuffy, tedious, tiresome, uninteresting, weariful, wearisome, weary, blah, colorless, displeasing, drag, dry, flat, humdrum, irksome, mundane, piercing, tedious, tiresome, tiring.

    Disappointing. Seems to be the life of a relatively ordinary -- although odd -- individual who created a useful tool. Nothing special here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Creator's Map

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Emilio Calderon
    • Narrated By Katherine Silver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Through the eyes of a Spanish architect in Rome, the dark period surrounding the rise and fall of Fascism roars to life as the architect, a passionate young librarian, and an Italian prince become entangled in a web of intrigue, love, and deceit involving a fateful map whose secrets have the power to destroy them.

    Fascism is on the rise. Jose and his wife Montse wait out the Spanish Civil War at the Spanish Academy in Rome. When they sell an ancient text found in the Academy's forgotten archive, they become embroiled in a Nazi plot to collect mystical artifacts for the practice of the black arts.

    Cranberry says: "Not too good"
    "Not too good"
    Overall

    OK, so if you're looking for a DaVinci Code kind of book, don't let the description fool you, this isn't it. Written well, narrated well, but the story was neither exciting nor interesting. You might want to try something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4565)
    Performance
    (2621)
    Story
    (2622)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Very Good"
    Overall

    Good book and good narrator. Overall an engaging story. French has done a very good job developing the characters to the point that you actually begin to like and hate them as they make mistakes and and live their lives. Very good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Children of the Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir, John Rubinstein
    Overall
    (3610)
    Performance
    (1803)
    Story
    (1834)

    The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: a large colony of humans; the Pequeninos; and the Hive Queen, who was brought there by Ender Wiggin. Once again, the enemy (the Starways Congress) has gathered a fleet and is threatening to destroy Lusitania. Ender's oldest friend, Jane, an evolved computer intelligence, is trying to save the three sentient species of Lusitania, but the Starways Congress is destroying the computer world she lives in.

    Jim says: "Hmm"
    "More good stuff"
    Overall

    I continue to enjoy these books and their narrators. The story has changed so much from the original Ender's Game, but I enjoyed this one as much -- for very different reasons.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mistress of the Art of Death: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1052)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (327)

    In medieval England, four children have been murdered, and the townsfolk blame their Jewish neighbors. The doctor chosen to investigate is a woman, Adelia. As she examines the victims and retraces their last steps, she must conceal her true identity in order to avoid accusations of witchcraft. Along the way, she's assisted by Sir Rowley Picot, a man with a personal stake in the investigation. A former Crusader knight, Rowley may be a needed friend - or the fiend for whom they are searching.

    Irenehope says: "History-Mystery of the Year & its only March"
    "Couldn't Finish"
    Overall

    Only the second book ever from Audible that I could not get through. I found the story too drawn out and I found that the narrator, in putting on accents, became too difficult to understand. I really wanted to like it, but 9 hours was just enough!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ben MacIntyre
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (454)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (197)

    Eddie Chapman was a charming criminal, a con man, and a philanderer. He was also one of the most remarkable double agents Britain has ever produced. Inside the traitor was a man of loyalty; inside the villain was a hero. The problem for Chapman, his spymasters, and his lovers was to know where one persona ended and the other began.

    Scott says: "Intrigue and True"
    "Good, not great"
    Overall

    This was interesting, although not as exciting as a lot of the print reviews led me to believe. Good narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Country for Old Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2019)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (712)

    Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

    Alan says: "Great story!"
    "Better than the movie"
    Overall

    I grabbed this before I saw the movie, and I'm glad I did. The book, as usual, was better (even though the movie was also very good). The book gets a bit rambling at times, but as a whole, it was a very good listen. The narration was good,

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Roots: The Saga of an American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alex Haley
    • Narrated By Avery Brooks
    Overall
    (1971)
    Performance
    (1094)
    Story
    (1110)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

    Kevin says: "Powerful"
    "Why did I wait?"
    Overall

    Why did I wait so long to read Roots? I don't remember the mini-series, but this book was terrific. Not only is the story powerful, but I found it very interesting when the characters lives are placed in an historical perspective -- for example, when the characters discuss Washington's presidency or Lincoln's addresses. The narration is excellent. Could have gone another 30 hours without issue!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (7722)
    Performance
    (5932)
    Story
    (5952)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Fantastic"
    Overall

    The book itself is fantastic. A very different perspective from other books I've read on the same topic. Even though the narrator (the actual story teller written into the book, not the audio book narrator) tells you how the book is going to end, multiple times, you're never prepared for it. The narration is excellent -- voices and accents are perfect.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    Overall
    (1167)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (362)

    Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit.

    colleen says: "Another Pine Cove winner"
    "Insanity!"
    Overall

    This book is funny! It gets a little out of control at times, but that only adds to the insanity. Narration isn't nearly as good as "A Dirty Job" but doesn't detract too much.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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