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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3313)
    Performance
    (2986)
    Story
    (3001)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "This will be the best book you listen to all year."
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    Seriously, stop browsing the selections, download this selection, and get ready for a remarkable experience. Like one of the earlier reviewers, I can't shut up about the story, or better yet, the performance by Claire Danes.

    Let me start by saying I had not read a Margaret Atwood book before this so I was unfamiliar with her writing style. The story is utterly captivating and frightening as hell. There are just enough echos of what we see in different places around the world such as environmental problems and the repression of women as to not seem impossible - and that of course will scare the heck out of you. But the prose is beautiful, spare yet descriptive and the characters achingly real. The story alone is worth a listen.

    But Claire Danes takes a great story and makes the story sublime. I should mention that I am generally not attracted to books narrated by celebrities or actors. I suppose one could argue that narrating a book is similar enough to acting, but I think they are different enough that being a successful actor doesn't mean that one can be as successful in narrating a story. Especially actors that have distinctive voices I think then it is hard to "hear" the characters in the book and focus on the story and instead all you can picture is the actor. Claire Danes makes the story utterly unforgettable. She breathes such subtle emotion into the story. You feel her despair, her heartbreak, her terror. You live each event along with her. There were moments that I realized I was holding my breath, waiting, waiting for what would happen next.

    I have to admit that when the story was over I very nearly restarted it immediately to listen to it again. I have no doubt I will listen to it again, and soon. But I need a few days to reflect on the story and the performance and savor the experience.

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  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    Overall
    (2031)
    Performance
    (1802)
    Story
    (1821)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming The Dark Knight Rises, lent her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thomas M Clifford says: "In Time for the Holiday.Give the GIFT of a STORY!"
    "A Classic Ruined by Overacting, Terrible Narration"
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    I can not understand how anyone think's this narration is enjoyable. Anne Hathaway's voices are almost impossible to listen to at times and even worse, are inconsistent. At one point the King of the Winged Monkeys sounds British, then next thing you know he sounds almost Arabic. One of the characters is narrated as a Valley Girl.

    The story of course is wonderful and fun to revisit, or visit for the first time if you have only seen the movie. That is if you can make it through all of the character voices that distract from the classic story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2508)
    Performance
    (1786)
    Story
    (1802)

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Jefferson says: "“Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”"
    "Disappointed."
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    I have to say that I am surprised by the number of people that liked Michael York's narration. I gave up at Chapter 4 - and I have never given up on an Audible book so far and not stuck with the recording to the end. I just couldn't do it. His narration was so overly theatrical to me that it became distracting to the story.

    I think this is one of those books that might benefit from reading and listening at the same time. Maybe. Or maybe I will just stick to the classic print edition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1895)
    Performance
    (1171)
    Story
    (1177)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "If Only History Was Like This in High School...."
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    While it is hard to imagine, I was sorry to have this book end, even after 24 hours of narration. And that was even more surprising because, like others, I had a hard time in the beginning of the story becoming engaged. I needed some time to hear the rhythm of Simon Slater's voice and sort through the characters, but very soon I was engrossed in both the story and the performance. I found myself stealing away to listen more to the story and couldn't wait until my next session with Simon as Cromwell, Henry, and the rest of the characters. The story is the perfect balance between fiction and history. I learned a lot about Henry and the period that he seeks a divorce from Catherine, but was never bored. I do wish I had printed out the list of characters - it would help with following the story. I highly recommend this selection. I am only disappointed that there wasn't other books narrated by Simon Slater that I am interested in.

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