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Linda

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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3780)
    Performance
    (3414)
    Story
    (3434)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "Claire Danes brings this story to life!"
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    I have been a fan of this tale for many years. I was excited when the Claire Danes narration became available. I was not disappointed.

    Margaret Atwood has managed to tell a futuristic tale in such a way that it almost remains timeless. The technology mentioned in the book is just detailed enough as to its sophistication but not detailed enough to lend itself to dating the story.

    To imagine a world where women essentially become brood stock is unthinkable but yet, is it? Changes don't happen overnight. Ideas creep into our society and our world views slowly adapt until we normalize the outrageous.

    This story really makes you think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Week in Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    High on the cliffs of the west coast of Ireland, overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean, is Stone House. Once falling into disrepair, it is now a beautiful hotel specialising in winter holidays. With a big, warm kitchen, log fires and understated, elegant bedrooms, it provides a welcome few can resist whatever their reasons for coming...

    Susannah says: "Another good book for Maeve Binchy enthusiasts."
    "I love Maeve Binchy"
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    Once again, I've said it a million times, I felt like I was sitting at the table enjoying a cup of tea as a tale was spun about regular everyday people around me. Caroline Lennon is one of my all time favourite narrators so that is a bonus. The only reason my story review got 4 stars was because all of the characters in the novel experienced consequences for actions and dealt with the aftermath except the main character. I felt robbed that her story didn't come to light. It made it tough for me to respect her as a person - her secret was a giant one but yet she was quite content to deceive. Maybe it is just me and my belief that people are inherently honest. I couldn't deal with the guilt if it were me.

    Great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (641)
    Story
    (646)

    In this first novel, we are introduced to suave, handsome Tom Ripley: a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan in the 1950s. A product of a broken home, branded a "sissy" by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley becomes enamored of the moneyed world of his new friend, Dickie Greenleaf. This fondness turns obsessive when Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back his libertine pal, but he grows enraged by Dickie's ambivalent feelings for Marge, a charming American dilettante.

    Darwin8u says: "A high-wire, high-risk, high-reward masterpiece"
    "Talented Indeed"
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    Years ago, I saw the movie starring Matt Damon based on this novel. I really like the movie when I saw it but I loved the book. Tom Ripley has an uncanny ability to mimic people. Is he a psychopath? Sociopath? All of his actions have clear rational - to him. You almost start to feel sympathetic toward his character as he experiences emotions of inferiority but yet his acts are so monstrous you can't help but see how sick he is.

    Great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10282)
    Performance
    (9317)
    Story
    (9397)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Raises Some Heady Issues"
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    Overpopulation? Plague? Terrorism? Art History? What's not to love in this novel. Dan Brown is brilliant in his appreciation of art and his ability to draw the reader into a thriller in such a unique manner.

    Overpopulation is most definitely a serious issue with no real solutions. It is interesting to me that our world is so entrenched in denial when it comes to the longterm existence of our own species. All one has to do is look around us to see animals going extinct due to a loss of habitat. We too have a finite habitat. Why do we refuse to see the consequences of our own birth rates and longevity?

    This book really made me think - I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mystery of Mercy Close

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Marian Keyes
    • Narrated By Niamh Daly
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Meet Helen - youngest of the Walsh sisters and a law unto herself. She’s easily bored, has an inability to filter her thoughts and was fired from every job she ever had before she found her true calling as a private investigator. But times are tough for PIs, and Helen’s had no choice but to take on the search for AWOL boyband has-been Wayne Diffney: The Wacky One.

    Brenda says: "Dark, Light and Altogether Wonderful"
    "Interesting Detective I'd Say"
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    I am not a big fan of Helen Walsh but I had to respect the lady. She had her quirks for sure but managed to get the job done. I was particularly impressed with Marian Keyes' descriptions of depression and what it feels like to be in the throes of an illness that you can't seem to get a handle on. The inability to escape your own brain, is truly terrifying - truly - and as such resulting suicide attempts are not the result of any rational thought, simply a means to an end for true sufferers of depression or manic-depression.

    Hats off to Marian Keyes for her unique glimpse into mental illness and her ability to convey that it is not a weakness of character but an ailment unto its own. Helen Walsh is no lightweight, she is a strong, confident woman.

    The story of the band, well, I wasn't really into it but the rest kept me going. I really like this narrator too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • EMPEROR: The Gates of Rome, Book 1 (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (129)

    On a small estate just outside Rome in the first century BC, two boys become blood brothers, little imagining the extraordinary future that lies before them. As friends and rivals, Gaius and Marcus are destined to find lasting fame.

    jessica says: "thin characterizations, focus on fights and battle"
    "Fantastic Story"
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    I love historical fiction and Conn Iggulden is a master of the genre as he has proven once again with this fantastical tale of Julias Ceasar. Although not much can truly be known of his early childhood, I often wonder how men of such historical significance grew up. Conn Iggulden gives a believable interpretation of the early years of Julias Ceasar and what made him the man he grew to be.
    Excellent listen. Thanks Audible.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Firefly Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Kate Binchy
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (18)

    Firefly Summer is the story of four fateful years in the life of a small, sleepy Irish town, beginning in the summer of 1962, when American millionaire Patrick O'Neill comes to town. In particular, this is the story of the family who run the local pub. It tells interlocking stories of love lost and won, hopes raised and dashed, ambitions nurtured, and secrets betrayed.

    Linda says: "Inviting"
    "Kate Binchy Is A Natural"
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    Firefly Summer is one of those books that just takes me away. I am a huge Maeve Binchy Fan because I always feel like I am one of the gang. Kate Binchy's narration is nothing short of wonderful. I felt like closing my eyes and riding the wave.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3359)
    Performance
    (1349)
    Story
    (1353)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "My First Experience With Audible - A Delight"
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    I really enjoyed this book. It is a very odd story indeed but told with a certain flair that Simon Prebble delivers so well. I can't really express much about the book other than how it made me feel and in that regard - wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thorn Birds

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Colleen McCullough
    • Narrated By Mary Woods
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (201)

    The Thorn Birds is a robust, romantic saga of a singular family, the Clearys. It begins in the early part of the 20th century, when Paddy Cleary moves his wife, Fiona, and their 7 children to Drogheda, the vast Australian sheep station owned by his autocratic and childless older sister. It ends more than half a century later, when the only survivor of the third generation, the brilliant actress Justine O'Neill, embarks on a course of life and love halfway around the world from her roots.

    Anne says: "disappointing"
    "Better Read than Listen"
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    I loved the mini series and I like the book too but listening to the story did nothing for me. I don't know if it was the narration or if it is just one of those books that is better in print because of the eye's ability to skim over the boring bits? Not sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Charlotte Simmons

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (169)

    Dupont University: the Olympian halls of learning housing the cream of America's youth, the roseate Gothic spires and manicured lawns suffused with tradition....Or so it appears to beautiful, brilliant Charlotte Simmons, a sheltered freshman from North Carolina, who has come here on full scholarship. But Charlotte soon learns, to her mounting dismay, that for the upper-crust coeds of Dupont, sex, Cool, and kegs trump academic achievement every time.

    Eric says: "Decadence through the eyes of a ?good girl?"
    "Oh Charlotte, I Just Want to Hug You"
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    Charlotte Simmons is one of those young girls we see every single day but never notice. Why? I found this book rather sad actually. I didn't like what it said about the culture of college sports for sure - really quite disturbing that our young men can be so callous. Good listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17354)
    Performance
    (11557)
    Story
    (11449)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Wow!"
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    I had no expectations when I began listening to this book. I had never heard of the series. I was blown away. I still can't put my socks back on. They were blown off! Amazing story, great narration. It was brilliant.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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