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  • Gold: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Chris Cleave
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (84)

    Building on the tradition of Little Bee, Chris Cleave again writes with elegance, humor, and passion about friendship, marriage, parenthood, tragedy, and redemption. Gold is the story of Zoe and Kate, world-class athletes who have been friends and rivals since their first day of Elite training. They've loved, fought, betrayed, forgiven, consoled, gloried, and grown up together. Now on the eve of London 2012, their last Olympics, both women will be tested to their physical and emotional limits.

    Patricia says: "Very Good--but not great--"
    "Wish I liked it more - narrator was great."
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    Any additional comments?

    The narrator does an excellent job. She acts the various parts and does so convincingly bringing more to the book than if it was just words on the page. But... I wasn't a huge fan of Cleave's first book and I wanted to give him another try since I was in the minority then. I had loved Little Bee until the last 30 pages, so I was hopeful that it was a fluke. Unfortunately, my issues with Gold started much earlier in the book. And while I like Gold better that Little Bee, I still don't buy all of the plot twists that it took to continue to throw these four people together and keep them interacting throughout the book. I don't know that real people confronted with these challenges would have acted in the same way and if they would, the story still didn't ring true. There were too many flying leaps. A Cleave fan will probably overlook these issues, in which case, listen away!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vacationers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Emma Straub
    • Narrated By Kristen Sieh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (139)

    For the Posts, a two-week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration: Franny and Jim are observing their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, and their daughter, Sylvia, has graduated from high school. The sunlit island, its mountains and beaches, its tapas and tennis courts, also promise an escape from the tensions simmering at home in Manhattan. But all does not go according to plan.

    Toby says: "Engaging beginning, but interest declines"
    "Meh"
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    A reasonable enough beach read with semi-interesting characters but the relationship between each couple wasn't explore enough to make the ending credible.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2571)
    Performance
    (2313)
    Story
    (2299)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "Lovely fantasy story about the power of books"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this while commuting. I don't usually like fantasy but that element was very limited and instead this book was a good old fashioned quest story, complete with oddball characters, a somewhat ill defined nemesis, and a love interest (although that was kept to a minimum). Sure parts of the story require a little suspension of belief, but it was all in keeping with the fantasy genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1516)
    Performance
    (1377)
    Story
    (1388)

    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Janice says: "Do you believe in miracles??"
    "Wonderful tribute to a talented group of men"
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    Brown has written a wonderful tribute to a talented group of young men. He weaves in details about the issues facing the United States during the 30s as well as Europe as the Nazis prepared for the Olympics with details of the boys who rowed. So well done and well performed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert L. Wolke
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (922)
    Performance
    (773)
    Story
    (769)

    Why is red meat red? How do they decaffeinate coffee? Do you wish you understood the science of food but don't want to plow through dry, technical books? In What Einstein Told His Cook, University of Pittsburgh chemistry professor emeritus and award-winning Washington Post food columnist Robert L. Wolke provides reliable and witty explanations for your most burning food questions, while debunking misconceptions and helping you interpret confusing advertising and labeling.

    Jared says: "Cooking + Basic Chemistry/Science = Great Book"
    "Interesting"
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    I agree with other reviews that this book isn't so much intended to be read from beginning to end, but I found it an easy listen for my commute. The science was explained clearly and mostly interesting. I did find the conversation with Alice in Wonderland in the refrigerator to be bizarre. Narrator was good and I've enjoyed other books he has read as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sister: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Rosamund Lupton
    • Narrated By Juanita McMahon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (91)

    When Beatrice learns her sister Tess is missing, she goes to London to join the search. And when everyone else gives up, only Beatrice soldiers on—determined to cut through the dark secrets and learn the truth behind her sister’s disappearance.

    Susianna says: "Deliciously Dark Literary Thriller"
    "Well crafted but heartbreaking story"
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    Lovely story of the relationship between two sisters and how that relationship ends. A real portrait of grief and how it can impact all elements of someone's life. The structure of the story was particularly good and made for a suspenseful unwinding of the narrative. The reader struggled to differentiate the voices and I was never clear on the appropriate nationality of a couple of the characters, but in the end the story was worth the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2430)
    Performance
    (2147)
    Story
    (2138)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "I tried, I really did..."
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    Would you try another book from Khaled Hosseini and/or the narrators?

    Maybe, but someone I trusted would have to promise that it was good.


    What was most disappointing about Khaled Hosseini’s story?

    Too many narrators, two confusing a plot line, too hard to listen to in 30 minute increments on my commute. Couldn't keep track of people, what year it was, who was old or young, what was a flashback. Agh.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    One narrator with less emphasis on a proper accent. The accents were a lovely addition to the setting for the story, but were hard to understand when giving first names or the names of places. If I can't keep the names of the characters straight, then I can't pay attention or get involved in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    2:39:24. That's how far I made it into Part 1 before giving up in exasperation. I liked Hosseini's first book, and was lukewarm on his second one, but my book club picked this for July so I thought I'd give it a try. I just couldn't keep the characters straight, the setting or the time, and eventually I just couldn't anymore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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