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Judy

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  • 12 reviews
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  • Sometimes a Great Notion

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ken Kesey
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
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    (154)
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    (151)

    A literary icon sometimes seen as a bridge between the Beat Generation and the hippies, Ken Kesey scored an unexpected hit with his first novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. His successful follow-up, Sometimes a Great Notion, was also transformed into a major motion picture, directed by and starring Paul Newman. Here, Oregon’s Stamper family does what it can to survive a bitter strike dividing their tiny logging community. And as tensions rise, delicate family bonds begin to fray and unravel.

    Forrest says: "My Favorite Book"
    "Too Deep for Me!"
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    I stuck it out but it's only because of the positive reviews I'd read. For me the story made no sense. I did not find the characters likable. Their story just went on and on without even a satisfying ending. Tom Stechschulte did a great job narrating the book. Without his effort I'm sure I would have "thrown it against the wall." If you like long stories about dreary places and even drearier people, you'll love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25249)
    Performance
    (20988)
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    (20973)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Good Read for a Rainy Winters Night"
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    This book was an interesting read. I had trouble, at first, keeping the characters separated. But, as the story became more involved I got them figured out. There's no happy ending. This is not so much a murder mystery as it is a character study.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sheltering Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Paul Bowles
    • Narrated By Jennifer Connelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
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    (269)
    Story
    (273)

    The Sheltering Sky is a landmark of 20th-century literature, a novel of existential despair that examines the limits of humanity when it touches the unfathomable emptiness of the desert. Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind, Requiem for a Dream) gives masterful voice to this American classic.

    Mel says: "A Teacup Full of Sand on the Highest Dune"
    "What a HUGE Waste of Time!"
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    Nuff said................................I don't have anything good to say. Then, this app refuses to permit me to stop at that.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jeff Hobbs
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (455)
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    (451)

    When author Jeff Hobbs arrived at Yale University, he became fast friends with the man who would be his college roommate for four years, Robert Peace. Robert's life was rough from the beginning in the crime-ridden streets of Newark in the 1980s, with his father in jail and his mother earning less than $15,000 a year. But Robert was a brilliant student, and it was supposed to get easier when he was accepted to Yale, where he studied molecular biochemistry and biophysics.

    John says: "Buy This Book"
    "Too long and tiresome"
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    I finished the book just out of sheer tenacity.. Could have been a good read at about half the length.The narrator seemed just as bored and frustrated as I was. No energy or emotion in his voice. He was just reading the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (3316)
    Performance
    (3036)
    Story
    (3016)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Karen Downes says: "Colin whispers in my ear, and I melt"
    "A TOTAL WASTE OF TIME!"
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    Now I remember how much I disliked Graham Greene's books. Colin Firth may be a good actor but even the greatest narration cannot help such self- indulgences. If you have lots of time on your hands you may adore this book as many reviewers obviously do. For me it had no attraction. She's dead. Get over it! And, moving in with your dead lovers husband? PLEASE...........

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Fish

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1597)
    Performance
    (886)
    Story
    (882)

    From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life.

    Rebecca says: "Not Just Another Fish Story - something special"
    "Reads Like an Amazing True Story!"
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    I am new to Bryce Courtenay but this won't be my last book.

    I was transported to a different world and a different time with characters and story that kept me spellbound. The research for this book was so well done that every character and every situation seemed so real it's hard to believe that the book is a work of fiction. Thank you Bryce Courtenay for this wonderful book. Although a part of the book is about great suffering, during the Korean "Conflict," the story was engrossing. You won't be able to read this book without it having an impact on you.

    Humphrey Bower is truly a great narrator. His dramatization of the characters was nothing less than perfect! He is the perfect partner for Courtenay's books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5711)
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    (1857)
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    (1866)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "Absorbing Tale of Life in Afganistan"
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    Hossini has proven himself to be a sensitive and thoughtful storyteller. While The Kite Runner centered on two boys this book deals with family life in Afganistan during the various wars and conflicts since the 1970's. He centers this tale on the lives of two women detailing the reality of living under the control of the Taliban and the changes between Soviet rule and the other factions that have controlled the country. This is a must read for all women and a cautionary story for everyone. The people of that poor war torn country are still suffering and there's no reason to believe that their lives will be any better by our having invaded them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4541)
    Performance
    (3838)
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    (3835)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Charles says: "Eh."
    "A Genuine "Page Turner""
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    You gotta get this book. Engrossing story. Unusual plot. Well read by J. D. Jackson. Lots of unexpected plot twists. John Grisham comes through with another absorbing mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Child

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1103)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (472)

    his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search.

    Christine says: "Stick With It!"
    "Nothing Wrong With Scott Sowers Narration"
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    Just finished listening to Scott Sowers narration of John Hart's "The Last Child." I don't know what some people have been complaining about the narration. It was no problem for me. Scott Sowers is limited in the number and variety of voices he used but there was certainly nothing unpleasant in his accent or his voice. John Hart's story is intriguing and has lots of twists to keep you "turning the page." Give this one a try. It' sure to keep you wanting to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6575)
    Performance
    (5690)
    Story
    (5680)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "All Around Good Read"
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    This story was absorbing and entertaining without the need for foul language and violence. Very refreshing! This is an old fashion tale of love lost and found set in Italy and the US spanning many years. Wonderful book! A must read for people who enjoyed The Help and The Secret LIfe of Bees.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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