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Dawn

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  • Benediction

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kent Haruf
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    From the beloved and best-selling author of Plainsong and Eventide comes a story of life and death, and the ties that bind, once again set out on the High Plains in Holt, Colorado. When Dad Lewis is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he and his wife, Mary, must work together to make his final days as comfortable as possible. Their daughter, Lorraine, hastens back from Denver to help look after him....

    Adele says: "Another Home Run for Haruf & Bramhall"
    "Beautifully written"
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    If you could sum up Benediction in three words, what would they be?

    Slice of life


    What did you like best about this story?

    The prose and the simplicity with which Haruf paints such a rich picture of his characters.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Bramhall – was your favorite?

    Favorite is not really a good word, as Haruf shows us the main characters' flaws, which make them somewhat unlikeable, but he balances that with good, solid supporting characters to make them multidimensional, as people truly are.


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

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16396)
    Performance
    (10672)
    Story
    (10555)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Found myself skimming and drifting off"
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    There's just not enough action or historical information to move the story along. I found myself tuning out while listening and then not bothering to rewind to catch up. Regardless, I didn't miss much. I attempted to read this book years ago, and it didn't grab me, so I should have known better than to buy the audio format. It was the rave reviews that drew me in. Next time, I'll know better. Nicely narrated.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shards of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1323)
    Performance
    (805)
    Story
    (818)

    I>Shards of Honor is the novel in which Lois McMaster Bujold introduced the science-fiction world to Barrayar and Aral Vorkosigan, Beta Colony and Cordelia Naismith. From this beginning the author has created a multigenerational saga spanning time as well as space. Bujold is generally recognized as the current exemplar of the character-based science-fiction adventure story.

    Lifelong Reader says: "First story in the Miles Vorkosigan series"
    "Reads like a pulp romance. Trite, average writing."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Fewer references to the doctor's observations of her attraction to Vorkosian.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lois McMaster Bujold again?

    No.


    What three words best describe Grover Gardner’s performance?

    Average reader with average voice.


    What character would you cut from Shards of Honor?

    I didn't get that far to figure that out.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not particularly well written. I can force myself through it, so I'm returning it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5893)
    Performance
    (5357)
    Story
    (5350)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Loved the first half, but then it became preachy"
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    What would have made The Invention of Wings better?

    The book turned from a strong character- and relationship-driven story to a diatribe on religion, abolitionism, and women's suffrage. I wasn't expecting that and felt hammered over the head by the message, so much so that I quit reading about 3/4 of the way through.


    Would you recommend The Invention of Wings to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I actually raved about it when I first started reading it, but I had to rescind my praise half way through.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the first half.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, it was well written, and the first half really had me drawn in.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1489)
    Performance
    (1344)
    Story
    (1347)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Deborah says: "Mesmerizing Performance"
    "Great ending!"
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    I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this novel, as the synopsis didn't really appeal to me. But it is beuatifully read, and I really liked the people, the characters. Their lives are difficult in many ways, but the protagonists' narratives are delivered without whining, without self-pity, and with beautiful simplicity and honesty. Highly recommend you give this book a try.

    0 of 0 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
    (2485)
    Performance
    (2236)
    Story
    (2223)

    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 !"
    "For the 20-something Reader."
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    I don't know if I can finish this book. While I could tell right from the start that this book was geared to a less mature audience, the story had some charm and some intrigue, so I kept listening. I'm about 2/3 or more through now and it's all I can do to keep going. Does this author work for Google? Sure sounds like it, because the praise for Google never ends. And all the references to Harry Potter.... Enough already! I guess if you're a young gamer, wannabe computer-nerd you'll appreciate this book. But I say skip it and head straight to "Ready Player One," the book "Mr. Penumbra's" wishes it were. I call it fluff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3039)
    Performance
    (2706)
    Story
    (2712)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Just So-So. 2-1/2 Stars"
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    I loved "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" and was searching for a book of the same ilk. This book just wasn't it. Firstly, it's really difficult to like the characters, Harold Fry especially. He's just so infuriating! The book does have some nice moments and some interesting insights, and, at the end, as the backstory FINALLY reveals itself, the reader better understands how Harold and his wife became the miserable, annoying people they are... and they redeem themselves,thank goodness. Secondly, I feel like much of Harold's pilgrimage could have been left on the cutting room floor. So overall: meh. I can't really recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4792)
    Performance
    (1678)
    Story
    (1686)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Compelling, Suspenseful, Beautifully Read"
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    What wonderful narration! Both readers' voices draw you in to this complex, suspenseful and harrowing tale and make you want to keep listening to find out all the secrets you know are waiting to be discovered. Listened for hours at a time and fell asleep to it each night. The narrative that is set at the turn of the century is reminiscent of some of my favorite 19th Century British classics. Such a treat. Thanks Audible for suggesting it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4757)
    Performance
    (4269)
    Story
    (4292)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "Made Me Impatient for the Story to End"
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    There are parts, many parts, of this book that are brilliant: extremely well told, beautifully written, and interesting; but there was something about this book that felt trite and obvious and made me want it to hurry up and be done with. That being said, I did stick it out until the end, which I don't do if I don't like a book. I don't know if I can recommend it. I hate to be wishy-washy that way, but it was an odd story and I imagine the audience for it is limited. Regardless, the protagonists are likeable, the story well developed and the ending satisfying enough. Must say it was a great jumping off book for The Odyssey, as it leaves your brain full of gods and folklore. Beautifully read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3195)
    Performance
    (2787)
    Story
    (2798)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Sue says: "Interesting...different than I thought it would be"
    "Trite and unoriginal"
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    Couldn't finish it. Couldn't sympathize with the protagonist and her incessant psychological self-flagellation. Her internal struggle about killing the Nazi? What nonsense! And the silly vampire story woven in? What was up with that? Go watch "The Apt Pupil" if you want to see a powerful tale of hidden Nazi war criminals. Pulp.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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