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  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sherman Alexie
    • Narrated By Sherman Alexie
    Overall
    (1279)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (760)

    Born poor and hydrocephalic, Arnold Spirit survives brain surgery. But his enormous skull, lopsided eyes, profound stuttering, and frequent seizures target him for abuse on his Indian reservation. Protected by a formidable friend, the book-loving artist survives childhood. And then - convinced his future lies off the rez - the bright 14-year-old enrolls in an all-white high school 22 miles away.

    FanB14 says: "Absolutely Entertaining Memoir"
    "Don't miss this book"
    Overall

    This is a special book. Read idiosyncratically by the author, it has depth, humor and abundant originality.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8907)
    Performance
    (8165)
    Story
    (8171)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Where did this all come from?"
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    What did you love best about The Goldfinch?

    A story of astounding imagination, of sympathetic characters, and impeccable writing.


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    Outstanding. Extraordinary.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4884)
    Performance
    (2281)
    Story
    (2293)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Captivating. Never lets up."
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    What made the experience of listening to Cutting for Stone the most enjoyable?

    The style is impeccable and the twists of the story never cease, though everything comes together and makes sense.


    Any additional comments?

    The view into modern Ethiopian history and politics is a major plus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robert K. Massie
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (482)

    The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history.

    Elizabeth says: "Loved everyone minute!"
    "Couldn't put it down"
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    Would you listen to Catherine the Great again? Why?

    The writing is very clear and I got it the first time.


    What other book might you compare Catherine the Great to and why?

    Some of the histories by David McCullough. Well told stories and informative.


    What does Mark Deakins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Clarity and natural expression, rhythm.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I take joy in learning.


    Any additional comments?

    One thing I liked was the way the history was told within the context of other 18th century events in Europe. The scope if this book is quite broad, though, spanning virtually the entire century, and I'd have liked some more depth here and there. So I am left inspired to hear more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (2221)
    Performance
    (1384)
    Story
    (1392)

    Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

    Peter J. Maerz says: "Suffused my being..."
    "Astoundingly creative!"
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    Would you listen to Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close again? Why?

    Maybe. I don't usually listen to the same book twice.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    3 narrators are very realistic without being overly dramatic.


    If you could take any character from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Oscar


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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