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  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6703)
    Performance
    (2012)
    Story
    (2029)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "worth staying with"
    Overall

    The first half of this story could have been about any whiny, privileged child trying to gain our empathy for having grown up in the shadow (you say "shadow", I say "great example") of a father of great character. Not new, not insightful.

    BUT the second half takes off, as the narrator is thrust into a chance to redeem himself as a man, an Afghan, a muslim. The characters become much more intriguingly drawn and the world they traverse becomes palpable.

    The skill of a reader is essential to my enjoyment of an audio book - a bad reader will make me abandon a good story. The author of the Kite Runner is an excellent reader of this tale. He speaks in an English that is clear even to my very provincial northern US ear, but with Afghan pronunciations that add musicality to the story and draw the listener fully into the author's world.

    Well worth the reading.

    119 of 123 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5096)
    Performance
    (1797)
    Story
    (1786)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "One of his best"
    Overall

    The plot and the characters are fascinating. King builds suspense like few others, and the excellent narration added to the experience. This is one of those listens where I didn't want to get out of the car when I got home because I had to know what was next.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Just After Sunset: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King, Jill Eikenberry, Holter Graham, Geor
    Overall
    (1053)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (401)

    Just After Sunset - call it dusk, call it twilight, it's a time when human intercourse takes on an unnatural cast, when nothing is quite as it appears, when the imagination begins to reach for shadows as they dissipate to darkness and living daylight can be scared right out of you. It's the perfect time for Stephen King.

    J says: "King scores another coup"
    "bad narration put me off"
    Overall

    I'm a big fan of Stephen King - both his writing and usually his selection of narrators. Unfortunately, the narrator of the first story doesn't keep his volume at a consistent level. Far too frequently I was straining to hear the last half of a sentence as his voice trailed off. I was listening with a friend and we both kept reaching over to rewind and change the volume. So I can't give you a review of the writing, since I couldn't continue to listen. Like I said, King's choice of narrator is usually excellent.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Reincarnationist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By M. J. Rose
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    A bomb in Rome, a flash of bluish-white light, and photojournalist Josh Ryder's world exploded. From that instant nothing would ever be the same.

    As Josh recovers, his mind is increasingly invaded with thoughts that have the emotion, the intensity, the intimacy of memories. But they are not his memories. They are ancient...and violent. A battery of medical and psychological tests can't explain Josh's baffling symptoms. And the memories have an urgency he can't ignore, pulling him to save a woman named Sabina, and the treasures she is protecting.

    TypicalConsumer says: "melodramatic tedium"
    "DaVinci Code this ain't"
    Overall

    A print review of this book said that if you liked "The Davinci Code" you'd like this book. Wrong. I agree with previous Audible reviewers - this is a poorly written romance novel. My rule is to give a book one hour of my time before abandoning it. I lasted barely 60 minutes.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • 44 Scotland Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (588)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (349)

    The brilliant Alexander McCall Smith became an international sensation with his New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels. His award-winning wit, made famous through that series, is fully on display in 44 Scotland Street.

    J. Rogers says: "Smith's answer to Maupin"
    "Disappointed McCall fan"
    Overall

    As a fan of the Number 1 Ladies Detective series, I looked forward to the same kind of rich cultural experience wrapped in a bit of a mystery. Unfortunately, the characters here are shallow and insipid, their bland stories strung together like an endless string of digressions from what is billed as the main plot line. I gave up after seven hours of listening. Disappointing to this fan of the author.

    15 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (2404)
    Performance
    (643)
    Story
    (654)

    When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.

    Phillip says: "Summer's Best Read"
    "Perfect fit of narrator and story"
    Overall

    You've read how fun the plot and characters are - I can only agree. But what really added to the audio experience was the narrator's voice - just the right ironic tone and inflection to underscore the delightful (and believable) absurdity of the story, without being a distraction that takes the listener out of the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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