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  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4261)
    Performance
    (3081)
    Story
    (3080)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Disappointing"
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    I was so disappointed by this book. Listened to all of it, expecting it to get better . . . but got to the end without finding relief from a surprisingly dull and pointless plot, bad pacing, and unappealing characters who never developed. The story lumbered on with big events just landing on the page and going nowhere, in spite of such an intriguing premise and setting. The narration was fine, except for the odd choice to make the character of Dr. Swenson sound like an imperious robot the entire way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Weight of Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Heather Gudenkauf
    • Narrated By Jim Colby, Eliza Foss, Cassandra Morris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (513)
    Story
    (511)

    It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn's shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night. Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.

    Sara says: "A jewel"
    "Disappointing"
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    I didn't think a novel about the disappearance of two young girls could be boring, but this one is. Very disappointed in the writing style AND narration style. I made it through the first five hours and decided to quit while I was ahead. I found the pacing of the book in complete opposition to the story. The multiple points of view and multiple narrators did not help. The overly sweet narration style of both mother and daughter got in the way of the plot, as opposed to adding complexity. The characters never fleshed out; they displayed consistently odd reactions to the events unfolding in the book. Maybe I missed out by not finishing, but I had enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heartburn

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nora Ephron
    • Narrated By Meryl Streep
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (320)

    Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes. For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of Sleepless in Seattle reminds us that comedy depends on anguish as surely as a proper gravy depends on flour and butter.

    Doggy Bird says: "Delicious listening experience!"
    "Best of Both Worlds"
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    What a true joy -- Nora Ephron's writing complimented by Meryl Streep's narration. Perfection. The only thing that could make this a better experience would be eating cheesecake while listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Time to Kill & The King of Torts

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (735)
    Performance
    (593)
    Story
    (591)

    The life of a 10-year-old black girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime, until her father acquires an assault rifle and takes justice into his own outraged hands.

    Paul Cragin says: "Lively voices tell gripping plot"
    "Great writing, but disturbed by language"
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    I have enjoyed Grisham books in the past and looked forward to listening to this duo. I've been trying to get into "A Time to Kill" for the past couple of days, but find myself bristling at the constant use of the "N-word" every fifteen seconds and the exaggerated southern drawls and racial dialect of some of the characters. I understand that the author is setting the novel in a particular culture and a particular location, which are key to the action. The narrative is set in motion by a shocking racist crime. I "get" this. Maybe reading the book in print would be a better experience, but I find myself distracted and upset by listening to the characters' constant use of racial slurs, and it's honestly detracting from my enjoyment of the book. I don't think I'm going to finish listening; I'm about halfway through and find myself not looking forward to my next installment.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2866)
    Performance
    (2518)
    Story
    (2538)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty fa├žade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Major Disappointment"
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    I REALLY, REALLY wanted to like this book -- J.K. Rowling is such a good author . . . I had been looking forward to reading/listening to it . . . and after plodding through seven hours, I surrender. I CANNOT get into the story at all . . . the characters drone on and on, repeating themselves with no development . . . it's hard to keep all the characters in the town straight . . . I found myself looking forward to the storylines about the teenage characters, and I am far from being a teenager, because they were the only interesting inhabitants of the town. I hate to "give up" on a book, and I hope I'm not missing out on a zinger of an ending, but I just cannot listen to another word. The prose is well-written; the narrator is articulate and easy to listen to . . . but the plot (if you can call it a plot) is a major non-event. I give up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matrimony

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Joshua Henkin
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    It's the fall of 1986, and Julian Wainwright, an aspiring writer, arrives at Graymont College in New England. Here he meets Carter Heinz, with whom he develops a strong but ambivalent friendship, and beautiful Mia Mendelsohn, with whom he falls in love. Spurred on by a family tragedy, Julian and Mia's love affair will carry them to graduation and beyond, taking them through several college towns, over the next 15 years.

    Marcia says: "HO HUM"
    "HO HUM"
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    After being introduced to what initially seemed like interesting characters, I was disappointed by a plot that just plodded on through decades of poorly-paced and awkwardly drawn-out characters and artificially forced relationships. I felt no real connection to any of the characters, although I really "wanted" to be drawn in. The author's style of exposition became quite annoying, with supposedly important characters and "big" events being introduced awkwardly throughout the novel. Finally, I found the narrator's style very intrusive. Instead of reading, he constantly "acted" . . . his cadence was unnatural and showy, his reading overly dramatic and annoying. This is a novel about everyday people, not epic events. His inflections for various characters (Vermont, Japanese, southern) were distracting and unnecessary. Perhaps this book would have been more enjoyable to read than to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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