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ratings
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REVIEWS
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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6300)
    Performance
    (5457)
    Story
    (5448)

    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.

    Michele says: "The Perfect Summer Read"
    "Fun read"
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    A really fun book with interesting characters and an engaging story. The setting in 1960s Italy makes it all the more charming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lolita

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2231)
    Performance
    (1363)
    Story
    (1360)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Jim says: "An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience"
    "Incredible Narration of a Classic"
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    Jeremy Irons's narration truly elevates this book and makes it come to life, sometimes sickeningly so. The contrast between the beauty of the writing and ugliness of the subject matter make Lolita at times an uncomfortable, unnerving read, but it is hard to put down. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Hampton Sides
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (326)

    In the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: The North Pole. No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming the northern oceans. On July 8, 1879, the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds in the grip of "Arctic Fever." The ship sailed into uncharted seas, but soon was trapped in pack ice. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the hull was breached. Amid the rush of water and the shrieks of breaking wooden boards, the crew abandoned the ship.

    Dennis Hinkamp says: "Great found story"
    "Captivating true adventure story"
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    This was a gripping recounting of polar exploration. The narration was solid and did the story justice, but it was not special enough to warrant a five star rating. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys stories of adventure and exploration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10766)
    Performance
    (9874)
    Story
    (9932)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Narrator and Producers Should Be Ashamed!"
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    Like so many other listeners, I am so distracted by the dramatic change in narration in this book, compared to the first three in the series, that is it seriously interfering with my enjoyment of the book. Roy Dotrice used very distinctive accents, voices, and pronunciations that were consistent in the first three books. Now, in this book, they are so changed that it makes the reading jarring, unpleasant, and difficult to follow. Dotrice is a skilled enough narrator that the voices he uses really animate each character's personality, so changing the voices at this stage feels like a wholesale change to the persona of each character. It doesn't even feel like I am reading the same series. It's like when you were a kid watching the sitcom and they changed the actress that played the mother. It is disorienting and unpleasant. This narration is really disappointing, and I agree with others that Audible should insist that the producers fix this huge slight to the loyal followers of this series. The narration is sloppy, unprofessional, and maddening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Paris Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paula McLain
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1997)
    Performance
    (1394)
    Story
    (1398)

    Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet 28eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

    Pris says: "Delighted in Del Mar"
    "Captivating!"
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    For anyone who loves Hemingway and the Lost Generation, this book is a wonderful imagining of what it must have been like to be there and the emotional journey that went along with being the wife of a figure like Ernest Hemingway in the early days. Other than a few clunky attempts at pronouncing French names and places, the narration is fantastic and does the story justice. This book made me want to re-read A Moveable Feast and many other classics of the Lost Generation (Great Gatsby and A Farewell to Arms, here I come!).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman
    • Narrated By Po Bronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (954)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (352)

    NurtureShock is a groundbreaking collaboration between award-winning science journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. They argue that when it comes to children, we've mistaken good intentions for good ideas. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, they demonstrate that many of modern society's strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring - because key twists in the science have been overlooked.

    Carin says: "I liked it and I don't even have kids."
    "Fascinating and compelling"
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    This book is a fascinating account of the latest science in child development. It is absolutely a must read book for any parent who is trying to interpret the onslaught of "expert" advice out there about child rearing. It is refreshing after reading so many books that claim to have all of the answers to read something that is honest about how much weight to give various scientific findings. The style is candid, straightforward, and easy to understand. As to the narration, I was nervous when I saw that it is narrated by the author, but Po Bronson does a really nice job. The narration is enthusiastic and captivating. It almost makes you feel like you are having a conversation with the author himself. I highly recommend this book. If you are anything like me, you won't regret it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Name Is Mary Sutter

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robin Oliveira
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    In this stunning historical novel, Mary Sutter is a brilliant, headstrong midwife from Albany, New York, who dreams of becoming a surgeon. Determined to overcome the prejudices against women in medicine—and eager to run away from her recent heartbreak—Mary leaves home and travels to Washington, D.C. to help tend the legions of Civil War wounded.

    midge says: "Excellent and riveting"
    "Very good but not great"
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    This was an enjoyable story with interesting characters, and it brought the Civil War era to life very well. It gave an interesting perspective on what life must have been like as a woman in that time who wanted more out of life than marriage and children. That being said, I only gave it a 4, rather than a 5, because it left me a little cold. I was not as invested in what happened to the characters as I am when I read a novel that I consider to be great. The narration took me a little while to warm up to, as the speaking style is very deliberate, highly enunciated, and does not sound totally natural right away, but as the book progressed, I grew to like the narration. The narration was, like the book, very good but not great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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