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Kristin

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  • Madame Bovary

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert, Lydia Davis (translator)
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (78)

    Set amid the stifling atmosphere of nineteenth-century bourgeois France, Madame Bovary is at once an unsparing depiction of a woman’s gradual corruption and a savagely ironic study of human shallowness and stupidity. Neither Emma, nor her lovers, nor Homais, the man of science, escapes the author’s searing castigation, and it is the book’s final profound irony that only Charles, Emma’s oxlike, eternally deceived husband, emerges with a measure of human grace.

    Sandra says: "Beautifully Narrated Classic"
    "Nothing good or bad"
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    This was just ok, the story is vapid and I did not bond or like any of the characters. I am trying to listen to all the classics, but not sure i would recommend this story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Neverending Story

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Michael Ende
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (237)

    In this classic fantasy novel from author Michael Ende, small and insignificant Bastian Balthazar Bux is nobody's idea of a hero, least of all his own. Then, through the pages of an ancient, mysterious book, he discovers the enchanted world of Fantastica, and only Bastian himself can save the fairy people who live there. Shy, awkward Bastian is amazed to discover that he has become a character in the mysterious book he is reading and that he has an important mission to fulfill.

    James says: "So much better than the movie"
    "Enjoyable"
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    I enjoyed it, but not in my top 10 list (or even top 20) but good fun. Do Not try to make your kids watch the movie WOW that was a mistake.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brothers Karamazov

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    • Narrated By Constantine Gregory
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (127)

    Fyodor Dostoyevsky is a titanic figure among the world's great authors, and The Brothers Karamazov is often hailed as his finest novel. A masterpiece on many levels, it transcends the boundaries of a gripping murder mystery to become a moving account of the battle between love and hate, faith and despair, compassion and cruelty, good and evil.

    Robert says: "Best "Karamazov" yet."
    "Another attempt to listen to the classics"
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    I really wanted to love this story, but sadly couldn't finish. I will retry at a later date.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5385)
    Performance
    (4559)
    Story
    (4569)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Very well done"
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    I rolled right into this after the first, what makes it amazing is that the background of world events is historically accurate, people are so cruel. The book does a great job of relaying our history with a human face. Amazing work of interlacing the Soviets, Germans, U.S,, and British, I now understand how Eastern Europe division came about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8678)
    Performance
    (5336)
    Story
    (5324)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Excellent historical insight"
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    Undeniably well done, the reader is excellent. I love history and while I was not "invested" in the story, I certainly found the context infinitely listenable and if you have an interest in history I have not found much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Olivia Fox Cabane
    • Narrated By Lisa Cordileione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1404)
    Performance
    (1200)
    Story
    (1194)

    What if charisma could be taught? For the first time, science and technology have taken charisma apart, figured it out and turned it into an applied science: In controlled laboratory experiments, researchers could raise or lower people's level of charisma as if they were turning a dial. What you'll find here is practical magic: unique knowledge, drawn from a variety of sciences, revealing what charisma really is and how it works. You'll get both the insights and the techniques you need to apply this knowledge. The world will become your lab, and every person you meet, a chance to experiment.

    Gare&Sophia says: "An excellent treatment of a fascinating topic."
    "Thoughtful and simple"
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    I have tried several of the "skill" type books and detested them. This was simple everyday stuff that I really enjoyed!

    I had a disagreement with my director and actually utilized lessons from this book to better handle our interaction and it turned out very positive. The greatest part it was simple and remembering that a smile on your face goes a long way to project it in your voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The God Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4709)
    Performance
    (2077)
    Story
    (2052)

    Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    Rick Just says: "Dangerous Religion"
    "An insulted agnostic!"
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    Rather full of himself and as a devout agnostic I found the book pathetic and insulting. Some good points regarding the potential power if atheists were able unite and form a coalition.

    Overall, I found it came across patronizing and condescending. Not something I would recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    Overall
    (2244)
    Performance
    (1893)
    Story
    (1876)

    Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

    Terri says: "Don't buy this."
    "Why do I keep trying?"
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    I love the idea of being able to read body language, but this book is just so annoying and obvious. I can't even continue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Orphaned at an early age, Jane Eyre leads a lonely life until she finds work as a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she meets the mysterious Mr. Rochester and sees a ghostly woman who roams the halls by night. The relationship between the heroine and Mr. Rochester is only one episode, albeit the most important, in a detailed fictional autobiography in which the author transmuted her own experience into high art.

    Allison says: "Great narrator"
    "Very Enjoyable"
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    I have been listening to the classics and this is one of my favorites, definitely worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Anne Brontë
    • Narrated By Mary Sarah Agliotta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    Probably the most shocking of the Brontës' novels, this novel had an instant and phenomenal success and is widely considered to be one of the first sustained feminist novels. A mysterious widow, Mrs. Helen Graham, arrives at Wildfell Hall, a nearby old mansion. A source of curiosity for the small community, the reticent Helen and her young son Arthur are slowly drawn into the social circles of the village.

    i. Ski says: "A good story ruined by the narrator"
    "Very enjoyable"
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    Overall enjoyed the story, definitely worth listening. Part of my decision to "listen" to the classics and glad to include in my collection and recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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