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Maureen

Elizabeth City, NC, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Kings of Infinite Space

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By James Hynes
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    James Hynes is the author of three New York Times Notable Books of the Year. That same publication praises Kings of Infinite Space as “unspeakably funny!” This offbeat novel satirizes an experience ubiquitous to modern times—office life. With a defeated sigh, ex-college professor Paul Trilby faces the downward spiral that is his existence. After his wife and three subsequent girlfriends dump him, and he loses just as many jobs, he’s sure he’s a pawn in some vast conspiracy.

    Richard Delman says: "90% heaven, 10% hell."
    "Nothing like what I expected!"
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    I usually love my audible choices...not this time. I actually went back and read the description of the book and trust me the book is nothing like the brief overview. I thought who wouldn't love a book about a washed up and paranoid professor? However, most of the book is taken up with a disgusting story line of pale men who chant something about men being in control and then sacrifice and eat women...really! The narrator was actually quite good I can't imagine why he signed up to read such a lame book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3943)
    Performance
    (3560)
    Story
    (3584)

    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"
    "Brillant"
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    Take an absolutely brilliant novel and add an equally brilliant performance by Claire Danes and the result is one of the best listens ever! Atwood's book is a cautionary tale about how the world can change...not always for the better. Claire Danes' narration brings an entirely new dimension to a book that has always been a favorite read. It makes you really appreciate how much a narrator adds/detracts from the listening experience. If you loved the book you will definitely not be disappointed in this production!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    Overall
    (2097)
    Performance
    (1846)
    Story
    (1887)

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    Anthony says: "Painful"
    "Don't Bother"
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    I think that this "book" was free, but it wasn't even worth that! I listened to it several times and it didn't make any more sense the second time around. There are so many great books available I wouldn't suggest that anyone waste their time on this one. One senses that the authors were sincere in their efforts to write this book but their sincerity doesn't make for great literature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Alter
    • Narrated By Jonathan Alter
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (99)

    In The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies, Jonathan Alter uses his unmatched access and deep knowledge of politics and history to produce the first full account of America at the crossroads. He pierces the bubble of the White House and of the presidential campaigns with exclusive reporting and rare historical insight. More than a campaign book, this is the epic story of an embattled president facing a historic moment he considered more pivotal than 2008.

    Mike says: "The Best Telling of the 2012 Campaign So Far"
    "Loved It!"
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    As an MSNBC junkie and a huge fan of Rachel Maddow I was very familiar with the author. I heard him discussing the book on NPR and it sounded like a book that I would really enjoy and I wasn't disappointed. It wasn't so much that there was anything very revolutionary about the information presented but it did clarify exactly how the President's reelection was achieved. Initially, I wasn't wowed by the author's narration but I grew to appreciate his understated presentation. This allowed the listener to focus on the historical storyline and not be distracted by the narration. I agree with others who suggested that this book would probably not hold great interest to the loyal opposition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Emmuska Orczy
    • Narrated By Mary Sarah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Set during the Reign of Terror following the start of the French Revolution... The title character represents the original "hero with a secret identity" that inspired subsequent literary creations such as Don Diego de la Vega (El Zorro) and Bruce Wayne (the Batman). The popularity of the novel encouraged Orczy to write a number of sequels for her "reckless daredevil" over the next 35 years. The original play was performed to great acclaim in France, Italy, Germany, and Spain, while the novel was translated into 16 languages.

    Michael says: "Mildly Exciting but Dated"
    "Well Worth the Money"
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    Classics are that because they are timeless and hundreds of authors readapt this themes to reflect the times in which they write. Is it dated, of course, but it is also groundbreaking in it's use of a heroine rather than simply a hero to tell the story. Like so many classics that "we" never get around to actually read, Audible makes it painless to experience these books. Interestingly, I found the narration to be distracting. The reader was excellent but I found her rapid presentation somewhat distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the American People

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (104)

    Johnson's monumental history of the United States, from the first settlers to the Clinton administration, covers every aspect of American culture: politics, business, art, literature, science, society and customs, complex traditions, and religious beliefs. The story is told in terms of the men and women who shaped and led the nation and the ordinary people who collectively created its unique character.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A British conservative's view of American history."
    "Wish That I Had Paid More Attention to the Reviews"
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    If you are a fan of FOX NEWS this is the book for you. Unfortunately, I am not a fan nor was I a fan of this book. It appeared to be very well researched with lots of statistics to support his ultra-conservative viewpoint. However, there was no attempt at objectivity in this work especially with regard to more contemporary events. Basically, the theme is that everything "liberal" has resulted in diaster for our country. I believe that some of us might disagree with this assessment. It was however not a total loss and if you have limited knowledge of American history this might prove to be a worthwhile listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Janet Reitman
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1119)
    Performance
    (927)
    Story
    (940)

    Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world's fastest-growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its teams of "volunteer ministers" offer aid at disaster sites such as Haiti and the World Trade Center. But Scientology is also a notably closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels of government to further its goals.

    Matt says: "My cup of tea."
    "Interesting not great"
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    If you are like most people who are iterested in knowing more about this organization, but are afraid to Google it because you think the members will arrive at your door like a visitor from outer space this book provides a good overview. It was actually during a visit to Clearwater that my curiousity was aroused, this was pre Tom Cruise mania. I felt that the author did an excellent job dealing with the more personal aspects of belonging to this group. I felt that there was one fatal flaw...why was the narrator a man??? The book was obviously written by a women and every time the narrator said "I" it was very disconcerting. While the narration was excellent it really didn't make any sense, to me, not to have it read by one of your female narrators!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moonstone

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Peter Jeffrey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (247)

    T.S. Eliot described The Moonstone as "the first and the greatest English detective novel". The stone of the title is an enormous diamond plundered from an Indian shrine after the Siege of Seringapatam. Given to Miss Verinder on her 18th birthday, it mysteriously disappears that very night. Suspicion falls on three Indian jugglers who have been seen in the neighbourhood.

    Lucie says: "An engrossing detective novel"
    "A Little Bit Like Masterpiece Theatre"
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    I would have to say that the narrator makes this book. The story is told from multiple characters point of view and it could become very repetitive, however the narrator is so entertaining that it makes it all worthwhile. It really is a delightful listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Levy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3066)
    Performance
    (2224)
    Story
    (2233)

    Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.

    Jeff says: "Great for the stories."
    "Extremely Interesting"
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    As a person who has limited interest in technology I found this book extremely interesting and well written. Obviously the author has an affinity for the "boys" at Google, but the reporting is pretty objective. When I stop googling long enough to think about what they accomplished it is mind altering. I have recommended this book to absolutely everyone!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Main Street

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sinclair Lewis
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    The lonely predicament of Carol Kennicott, caught between her desires for social reform and individual happiness, reflects the position in which America's turn-of-the-century "emancipated woman" found herself.

    Maureen says: "Time for a classic"
    "Time for a classic"
    Overall

    It's hard to believe that this book was first published in 1920. Many of the themes are as relevant today as they were 90 years ago. The narrator is excellent and doesn't get "in the way" of the story line. This classic is definitely worth rediscovering.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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