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  • The Dinner: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (translator)
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle

    It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a 15-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.

    Jane says: "Dining at its most distubing"
    "Maybe the Best Narration Ever!"
    If you could sum up The Dinner in three words, what would they be?

    Detailed and thought provoking.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Definitely the narration! If I had read this book, I would have hated it. But Clive Mantle did an outstanding job of getting the tone of voice just right for each character.

    Which character – as performed by Clive Mantle – was your favorite?

    Paul Lohman

    If you could take any character from The Dinner out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I'd take Serge Lohman so I could hear his side of the story.

    Any additional comments?

    I have a lot of comments but I'm afraid they'd fall into the "spoiler" category. But if you like a slow-paced story with a lot of details, you'll enjoy getting trapped in Paul's web!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On What Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel

    Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

    Pam says: "Stands out"
    "Felt like I was in school!"
    Would you listen to On What Grounds again? Why?

    No, I barely got through it the first time.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the plot and the characters, but I felt like everything was too repetitive. Waaay to much information about coffee. I must fall into the "drinks swill" category!

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Coffee

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Skies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Nikki Burgess survived a terrible marriage and a worse divorce. She's just about given up hope of ever finding happiness. But when her ex-husband suddenly dies, she gets custody of her kids again - and a chance to start over. Dixie McPherson, on the other hand, has had way too much love. She has 11 tennis bracelets, dozens of trinkets, piles of sexy lingerie, and a tarnished reputation when all she ever wanted was true love, a partner, and a family. Carlisle Bartlett is loyal, kindhearted, and the funniest guy slinging drinks in the back of an airplane. But he has an ugly little secret. The only kind of love he's used to comes with bruises.

    Houston mom says: "Earlier G rated Robyn Carr"
    "Not my thing"
    What did you like best about Blue Skies? What did you like least?

    I loved The House on Olive Street and thought I'd give another Robyn Carr book a try. But I thought Blue Skies was a little dumb and really didn't identify with any of the characters.

    Would you recommend Blue Skies to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend it unless they were somewhat interested in the airline industry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Loved the accent but..."
    Would you listen to The Chaperone again? Why?

    While I very much enjoyed the story and the Midwestern accents (at first), I had a hard time distinguishing between characters. My favorite books are those where I forget that it's just one person reading and can tell the different characters apart by the "sound" of their voices.

    Having said that, I loved Cora, her self-realizations, her unconventional life, and her ability to live within the social constraints of her time. Would I listen to it again? Probably not.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Emma

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    One of Jane Austen's most popular novels. Arrogant, self-willed, and egotistical, Emma is her most unusual heroine.

    H. CRODDICK says: "Wonderful listen"
    "Couldn't be better"

    I became interested in the classics after listening to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, so I decided to listen to another Austen and was pleasantly surprised to enjoy it so much. Juliet Stevenson is a wonderful narrator and brings each character to life.

    If you think you might want to give classic literature a try, I recommend this one. It's funny and extremely well-read.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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