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Kim

Anderson, SC, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (187)

    Middlemarch is a recognized masterpiece that explores the complex social world of 19th century England. It is concerned with the lives of several ordinary people, albeit ones with high social standing. The novel explores the very fabric of Victorian society in the 1800s, showing how various human passions, heroism, egotism, love, and lust, interrelate within this society.

    Francis says: "Such books make reading sacred..."
    "Delightful listening"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this wonderful book. I never tired of listening to the fate of its heroine Dorothea and the inhabitants of Middlemarch. The reader's voice was excellent.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Way We Live Now

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (209)

    In this world of bribes, vendettas and swindling, in which heiresses are gambled and won, Trollope's characters embody all the vices: Lady Carbury is 'false from head to foot'; her son Felix has 'the instincts of a horse, not approaching the higher sympathies of a dog'; and Melmotte - the colossal figure who dominates the book - is a 'horrid, big, rich scoundrel... a bloated swindler... a vile city ruffian'.

    Nardia says: "Long, but well worth it."
    "Way too long"
    Overall

    I honestly finished this book because, as an optimist, I kept hoping it would improve. There were only three characters that I liked, all the others I hated hearing about. Although the story does enlighten the reader to the mood of the era, it would be more fun listening to a book of history,

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Attack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Yasmina Khadra
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Dr. Amin Jaafari, an Arab-Israeli citizen, is a respected, dedicated surgeon at a hospital in Tel Aviv. He has learned to live with the violence that plagues his city and works tirelessly to help the victims brought to the emergency room. But one night, a deadly bombing in a local restaurant takes a horrifyingly personal turn, when his wife's body is found among the dead, bearing injuries that match those typically found on the bodies of fundamentalist suicide bombers.

    Diana - Audible says: "Powerful"
    "Thought-provoking book"
    Overall

    An interesting way to present the opposing feelings of those who live in Isreal and its borders.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Same Kind of Different as Me

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ron Hall, Denver Moore, Lynn Vincent
    • Narrated By Dan Butler, Barry Scott
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (196)

    A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery. An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel. A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream. A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it.

    Maria says: "Buy the printed book on this one..."
    "Enjoyable listen"
    Overall

    Not a masterpiece, but entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27519)
    Performance
    (14119)
    Story
    (14169)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "A wonderful book!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed listening to this story. All the characters (and voices) were great. I really did not want it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: The Catholic Church in the Modern Age

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated By Thomas F. Madden
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Professor Thomas F. Madden leads these compelling lectures, focusing on a Church both adapting to a world in flux and striving to exert its influence and power. Throughout modernity, the Church responded to and weathered a host of major world events: the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, colonization of the New World, and of course the World Wars. As the face of the Church, the popes affected Catholicism in ways that can only be truly understood from a careful examination of the past.

    William says: "Excellent!"
    "Wonderful way to learn Catholic church history"
    Overall

    Madden's voice is monotonious, but he does hold you with the history.
    This audio should be approached more as the lectures they are and not as a continuous stream such as a novel. This allows you to overcome the voice deficit and concentrate on the material presented.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Josh Heine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (95)

    Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has devoted her career so far, Anne Rice gives us now her most ambitious and courageous book, a novel about the early years of Christ the Lord, based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship.

    R. Moore says: "A tad short of excellent"
    "WOW!"
    Overall

    I was unsure about listening to this book about Christ due to the author's previous books.
    I loved it and have listened to it twice. Rice has woven history and even some of the gnostic works into this story about the dawning of Christ's awareness of his identity as both God and Man.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • My Antonia

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (421)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (237)

    Through Jim Burden's endearing, smitten voice, we revisit the remarkable vicissitudes of immigrant life in the Nebraska heartland, with all its insistent bonds. Guiding the way are some of literature's most beguiling characters: the Russian brothers plagued by memories of a fateful sleigh ride, Antonia's desperately homesick father and self-indulgent mother, and the coy Lena Lingard. Holding the pastoral society's heart, of course, is the bewitching, free-spirited Antonia.

    Tammy says: "Enthralling!!"
    "Enjoyable listening"
    Overall

    Enjoyed both the story and the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By J. Maarten Troost
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (262)

    At age 26, Maarten Troost decided to pack up his flip-flops and move to a remote South Pacific island. The idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the earth was irresistibly romantic. But he should have known better.

    Elizabeth says: "HILARIOUS"
    "Highly entertaining"
    Overall

    The voice of the narrator is superb. Very funny!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2101)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (436)

    This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Robert says: "Over before you know it"
    "A great feat in listening accomplishment!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    WOW! This was incredibly long! Very enjoyable despite Ayn Rand's moralizing and extremely long-winded speeches.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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