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Jane

Jane

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  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4274)
    Performance
    (3735)
    Story
    (3704)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "46 hours and 50 minutes of complete absorption"
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    What did you love best about 1Q84?

    The story was incredibly engrossing. It made my commute go by so quickly during the weeks that I was listening to it. I usually save my audiobooks for my commute, but I was so caught up in the story of 1Q84 that I found myself listening to it while doing dishes, while organizing my closet, etc....you get the idea...I couldn't put it down!


    What other book might you compare 1Q84 to and why?

    This was my first Murakami book. I'm now listening to The Wind Up Bird Chronicle. I can see similar themes in these two books - somewhat directionless young men, strong/opinionated young women - but so far, I would rank 1Q84 above The Wind Up Bird Chronicle (I'm about 2/3rds of the way through TWUBC).


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first exposure to each narrator.


    If you could rename 1Q84, what would you call it?

    Two Moons and a Moral Dilemma


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book so much that I have now started to work my way through other Murakami novels. This was a gripping and satisfying book.

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  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (5057)
    Performance
    (3082)
    Story
    (3082)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Amazon Customer says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Engrossing story, compelling character development"
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    Where does In the Woods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is right up there among my favorite audiobooks. I read it a few years back, recalled that I enjoyed it, and found that it was just as good if not better in audio format.


    What other book might you compare In the Woods to and why?

    As one of Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad series, I have to compare it to the others in the series. I'd say that the story in this one is near the top of the list, whereas the character development in this one, while certainly engaging, ranks behind The Likeness.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the interactions between Cassie and Rob. There were several scones that conveyed a lively sense of trust and easy friendship. These were really enjoyable and drew me right into the aspect of the plot having to do with their relationship.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but it's a rare book that will elicit that strong of a reaction in me.


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  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (4156)
    Performance
    (1590)
    Story
    (1586)

    Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him all over again. He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine.

    Kelley says: "Smokin'"
    "A tamer Sedaris is still a great Sedaris"
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    Would you listen to When You Are Engulfed in Flames again? Why?

    Yes! David Sedaris never fails to make me giggle.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David's portrayal of his neighbor Helen was priceless, as was his description of the complex relationship that developed between them. Funny and perversely heart-warming, I will definitely go back to listen to this in the


    What does David Sedaris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    David has a unique voice, literally and figuratively. I have listened to him for years on


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

    There are so many that I can't pick one. David generously flaunts his vulnerability - trying too hard to impress or portray a certain image - that it is endearing, touching and very


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Four Agreements

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By don Miguel Ruiz
    • Narrated By Peter Coyote
    Overall
    (2184)
    Performance
    (1251)
    Story
    (1255)

    In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

    Yvonne says: "Wonderful"
    "Logical and inspiring"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Four Agreements to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    n/a


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Be impeccable with your word.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Training of children to


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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