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Jana

Kettering, OH, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 8 reviews
  • 155 ratings
  • 514 titles in library
  • 57 purchased in 2014
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  • The Man in the Wooden Hat

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jane Gardam
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (178)

    The New York Times called Sir Edward Feathers one of the most memorable characters in modern literature. A lyrical novel that recalls his fully lived life, Old Filth has been acclaimed as Jane Gardam's masterpiece. And now that novel has been joined by a companion that also bursts with humor and wisdom: The Man in the Wooden Hat. As a portrait of a marriage, with all the bittersweet secrets and surprising fulfillment of the 50-year union of two remarkable people, this novel is a triumph.

    Michele says: "The Other Half"
    "delightful"
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    This was just a delight to listen to. Funny, charming, sly and heart-tugging. I was captivated. Loved the narrator, too.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Eaves of Heaven: A Life in Three Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Andrew X. Pham
    • Narrated By Trieu Tran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (11)

    Once wealthy landowners, Thong Van Pham's family was shattered by the tumultuous events of the twentieth century: the festering French occupation of Indochina, the Japanese invasion during World War II, and the Vietnam War. Told in dazzling chapters that alternate between events in the past and those closer to the present, The Eaves of Heaven brilliantly re-creates the trials of everyday life in Vietnam as endured by one man, from the fall of Hanoi and the collapse of French colonialism to the frenzied evacuation of Saigon.

    Jack says: "The Real Story of War"
    "Beautiful story"
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    Most Vietnam stories are told from the American point of view. This is an epic story from a Vietnamese man.I loved the story and the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dissolution: A Novel of Tudor England Introducing Matthew Shardlake

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (732)
    Story
    (739)

    This riveting debut set in 1534 England secured C. J. Sansom’s place “among the most distinguished of modern historical novelists” (P. D. James). When Henry VIII’s emissary is beheaded at an English monastery, hunchbacked lawyer Matthew Shardlake is dispatched to solve the crime. But as he uncovers a cesspool of sin, three more murders occur - and Matthew may be the next target.

    Grcla says: "Very good"
    "spectacular"
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    This is one of the most enjoyable audiobooks I have listened to. The story is incredible. I was drawn into the Tudor time period like no other book I've read before. Then to find a thrilling mystery in the middle of such fascinating fiction was incredible. Great book, great narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blossoms and Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (102)

    Japan, 1857. For centuries, Japan has been on its own; isolated by choice from the rest of the world. But the Western powers are now at its shores, demanding to be let in; the government is crumbling, and revolution is building. The age of the samurai is ending and in its place a new Japan will be born. And a young woman is readying herself for marriage in this, the most tumultuous period of her nation's history.

    Mary Catherine says: "Not for anyone that liked the Tales of the Otori"
    "enjoyable"
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    I enjoyed this book and felt that I learned things about the Japanese culture, but it was not as good as Liam Hearn's trilogy.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Becoming Who You Are: Insights on the True Self from Thomas Merton and Other Saints (Christian Classics)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By James Martin
    • Narrated By James Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    By meditating on personal examples from the author's life, as well as reflecting on the inspirational life and writings of Thomas Merton, stories from the Gospels, as well as the lives of other holy men and women (among them, Henri Nouwen, Therese of Lisieux, and Pope John XXIII), the listener will understand how becoming who you are, and becoming the person that God created, is a simple path to happiness, peace of mind and even sanctity.

    Jana says: "thought provoking"
    "thought provoking"
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    Although it was read a little slowly, I thought, the wisdow in this book is powerful. I was touched.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Eva Stachniak
    • Narrated By Beata Pozniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (112)

    Her name is Barbara - in Russian, Varvara. Nimble-witted and attentive, she’s allowed into the employ of the Empress Elizabeth, amid the glitter and cruelty of the world’s most eminent court. Under the tutelage of Count Bestuzhev, Chancellor and spymaster, Varvara will be educated in skills from lock picking to lovemaking, learning above all else to listen, and wait for opportunity. That opportunity arrives in a slender young princess from Zerbst named Sophie, a playful teenager destined to become the indomitable Catherine the Great.

    Cookie says: "Not a bodice ripper!"
    "great historical fiction"
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    I love fiction that takes you into the past, into another place and time, and this did just that. I love that it was not about Catherine the Great herself but someone who was a part of the history. Very interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18511)
    Performance
    (16477)
    Story
    (16437)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Interesting idea, great performance"
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    My husband and I listened to this together (an advantage of audiobooks). We loved the performance and felt drawn into the story, though at the heart of it, I had a hard time imagining that it would be worth it to anyone to give up years of their life to stop something from happening ages ago. Perhaps I'm too young, or perhaps it's just that I already believe the past simply CAN'T be undone, but the premise itself was a little flawed. Still, it was a delight to listen to and gave us lots to discuss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Civility: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Amor Towles
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1850)
    Performance
    (1478)
    Story
    (1460)

    Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising 25-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

    Emily - Audible says: "Like a Country Pastoral for City Rats"
    "Loved the performance"
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    Great performance. The narrator brought this story to life for me. Loved listening to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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