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Ellen

LOS ANGELES, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • War and Peace, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (247)

    War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

    Mark says: "Definitely worth a listen..."
    "Fabulous narrator"
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    Truly makes this epic story come alive. I will look for other performances by Mr.Jason.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Libra

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Don DeLillo
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    Libra is a fictional speculation on one of modern history's central events: the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The anti-hero is Lee Harvey Oswald, who is as hauntingly real in the book as he was elusive in reality. Here he is joining the Marines, defecting to Russia, and imagining himself as an agent of history.

    Joseph says: "Dated but Intense"
    "Wonderful story"
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    Don Delillo adds so much to the story of Oswald and the politics of the times. I had a very hard time with the narration, however. The narrator spoke clearly and plainly, but emotion was missing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Country: A New Rendering of the Watson Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (155)

    Inspired by a near-mythic event on the wild Florida frontier at the turn of the 20th century, Shadow Country re-imagines the legend of the inspired Everglades sugar planter and notorious outlaw E. J. Watson, who drives himself relentlessly toward his own violent end at the hands of neighbors who mostly admired him, in a killing that obsessed his favorite son.

    John says: "Engrossing, Rich and Powerful"
    "Truly Outstanding Story and Narration"
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    This is an epic achievement done complete justice by the superb narration by Anthony Heald. Frankly, he is the best narrator I have ever heard and will purchase more of his titles. The story itself is transcendent: so heartbreakingly sad yet such a complete picture of a man, a time and the devastating effect one man can have on so many others, including himself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2387)
    Performance
    (1873)
    Story
    (1856)

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    James says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    "Wonderful!"
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    Mark Twain's timeless story rendered so beautifully by Elijah Wood was one of my favorite Audible experiences this spring. I can't say enough about Wood's narration, which was perfectly done, and increased the pleasure of the experience tremendously. It was sensitive, nuanced, perfectly paced, and his various accents were hilarious and rang true to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17071)
    Performance
    (12973)
    Story
    (12911)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Extremely funny"
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    Tina Fey does a wonderful job bringing her autobiographical tale to life, with fascinating insights into the culture behind SNL. Very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Godfather of Kathmandu

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Burdett
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    In The Godfather of Kathmandu, Royal Thai police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep is called to a grisly murder scene that could make or break his career, but he’s more worried about impressing Tietsin, his new Buddhist guru. However, Tietsin would rather use Sonchai to help him broker a heroin deal worth 40 million dollars. Left with no easy way out and plenty of moral conflict, Sonchai will have to decide between saving his soul and saving his career.

    Ellen says: "Great, despite some drawbacks"
    "Great, despite some drawbacks"
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    I agree with reviewers who complain the plotting isn't as tight as previous installments. However, this is more than made up for by the usual fascinating glimpses into foreign cultures, religions and ways of life Burdett brings so brilliantly to the page. Well worth the journey. Also, the narrator is top notch.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2462)
    Performance
    (1309)
    Story
    (1303)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "Wonderful!"
    Overall

    I loved this book. I saw the Stones in Boston Garden in 1972 when I was 21 years old, and never thought much about Keith Richards' role in the band. I had no idea he was such a driving force or creative influence for the group. He came across in the book as a very endearing character, and not misogynistic at all, as another reviewer suggested. He speaks frequently of the women he loved, admired and respected, and how important they were to him. In fact, I think he gives credit where he believes credit is due to all his bandmates and the fellow musicians he met along the way. He speaks truthfully and without excuses about his actions throughout his life; he rarely seems mean-spirited or cruel. And it just seems so clear, to him it was all about the music. His love of it is huge. As a counterpoint to this book, I would suggest finding online the very funny article in Slate magazine that imagines what Mick Jagger's response to the book might have been, had he written one. A big bonus at the end of the audiobook is that Keith, himself, narrates the last chapter. Incredibly enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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