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  • Dream When You're Feeling Blue: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Berg
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Berg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    As the novel opens, Kitty and Louise Heaney say good-bye to their boyfriends Julian and Michael, who are going to fight overseas. On the domestic front, meat is rationed, children participate in metal drives, and Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller play songs that offer hope and lift spirits. And now the Heaney sisters sit at their kitchen table every evening to write letters.

    Christine says: "Couldn't Stop Listening"
    "My first listen...liked for the most part."
    Overall

    Elisabeth Berg is one of my favorite authors. I hold a highlighter pen while reading her books just to remember sentences here and there. She puts things into words so beautifully. Some of what she writes I just never want to forget...

    I loved this book but I am sorry to say I didn't like the narration. It was almost too syrupy sweet at times and I almost wanted to stop listening now and then. I'm glad I finished the book though, as I enjoy hearing about this time in history just knowing what my parents must have felt during those days during World War II. My father was in the Navy and my mother attended many a USO dance.

    I could have done without the Irish accents though...and I'm Irish!

    Please write more books Ms. Berg but I have to say I'll read your next novel and not listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (3180)
    Performance
    (2909)
    Story
    (2887)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Emily - Audible says: "Colin Firth Kills It"
    "Narration perfection!"
    Overall

    Thank you Colin Firth - I got lost in this book totally, thanks to you. Truthfully though, I could have done without the last couple of chapters - it dragged on there - but the narration! Find him even a phone book to read and I'll buy it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Martin Short
    • Narrated By Martin Short
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (776)
    Performance
    (675)
    Story
    (666)

    Martin Short takes you on a rich, hilarious, and occasionally heartbreaking ride through his life and times, from his early years in Toronto as a member of the fabled improvisational troupe Second City to the all-American comic big time of Saturday Night Live and memorable roles in movies such as ¡Three Amigos! and Father of the Bride.

    Ty Brady says: "This is what audio books were made for!"
    "What a perfect surprise!"
    Overall

    I hate to admit, that except for Father of the Bride, I have never even seen Martin Short act. I just was drawn to buying this book for some reason that I can't explain. I will forever be glad I did. His honesty, his wit, his intelligence and his warmth... all of it... He told his story so beautifully, and I am so grateful that I listened. I am now a forever fan and will somehow catch up with all that I have missed! Thank you Martin Short!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Roy Benaroch
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (340)

    There's an art and science behind how doctors diagnose and treat medical patients. Where do doctors get these skills? The Grand Rounds experience, where they practice how to make accurate diagnoses by examining real patients. And with Dr. Benaroch's 24 unique lectures, you'll explore how a master physician solves medical problems just like a detective.

    Kindle Customer says: "Enthralled!"
    "Wish he was my doctor!"
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    I enjoyed listening to this series of lectures so much. I'm a medical secretary and understand the terminology, but as a patient, I was so pleased with the thorough explanations given in each lecture and the relaxed way in which everything was explained. As a patient, I also learned that my feelings, my questions and my fears matter. Thank you for a wonderful presentation!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3658)
    Performance
    (3246)
    Story
    (3255)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Just wonderful! This one will touch your heart ~"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! The book tells a much bigger story than just the story that is read. Every long-married, or any couple really should read this one....I have learned so much while listening to this book ~ Things that can get "lost" in life came up over and over while I listened. It certainly wasn't just about a guy taking a nice, long walk!


    What other book might you compare The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry to and why?

    As yet, I have never read a book that compares to this book....It opens a person's eyes to what we take for granted in life in a very unexpected way.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Broadbent – was your favorite?

    I think Maureen was my favorite in the end. She loved him, no matter what.


    If you could rename The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, what would you call it?

    I think the title is perfect. I wouldn't rename it...unless maybe I added his wife's name into the title. They were both on a pilgramage of sorts.


    Any additional comments?

    This book will always stay with me. I will listen to it again, as the lessons in life came with each chapter.The narrator is brilliant.

    I wish I could listen to 100 more books narrated by this man...His gentle voice portrayed every character perfectly!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of Magical Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joan Didion
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (1388)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (509)

    "Life changes fast....You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends." These were among the first words Joan Didion wrote in January 2004. Her daughter was lying unconscious in an intensive care unit, a victim of pneumonia and septic shock. Her husband, John Gregory Dunne, was dead. The night before New Year's Eve, while they were sitting down to dinner, he suffered a massive and fatal coronary. The two had lived and worked side by side for nearly 40 years.

    Darwin8u says: "Sharp, sometimes funny, but always clear & precise"
    "Liked it...didn't love it"
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    What did you love best about The Year of Magical Thinking?

    I guess I liked the fact that Ms. Didion wished to share her deep love of her husband in such a touching way. I felt for her pain but at the same time I just wasn't moved. I feel bad about that because she suffered through not only the loss of her husband, but the illness of her beloved daughter. I just feel there was too much repetition....


    Would you recommend The Year of Magical Thinking to your friends? Why or why not?

    I suppose I would recommend this book to friends. I'm not sure if it would be one of my top ten listens to recommend though....I just can't put my finger on why....I'll be wondering if other readers feel the same sense of not caring for this book or if it's just me.


    What three words best describe Barbara Caruso’s performance?

    Convincing, compassionate and enjoyable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many moments that moved me....not to tears, but moved me to hoping that this would be over, and soon.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought I would love this book. I just didn't. It's not that it wasn't believable. I was very believable. I just wanted it to end. I don't experience that often with my Audible listens. This time I did.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4740)
    Performance
    (2207)
    Story
    (2196)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Thank you Audible!"
    Overall
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    Thank you Audible for offering the first chapter of this precious book, "Room" to your members. I ordered the book even before I finished my free first chapter. I feel bad for anybody that misses this one. Emma Donoghue has written something priceless here....The narrators are exceptional, especially Jack and Ma...The story ended way too soon...Beautiful! I loved it!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "Didn't care for this one"
    Overall

    While the narrator did a brilliant job....I got so sick of the anti-American feelings expressed by the author that I finally put the book down. I'd just start enjoying a chapter and here would come another "sermon" about the the never-ending mistakes Americans have made in the world. And I live in Canada!

    Just didn't like this book....It just dragged and dragged for me.

    The three stars are for the narrator. He was fabulous. More often I find that a book is great but the narrator doesn't do the book justice. This time, it was the other way around.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jeanette Walls
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (1475)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (309)

    This extraordinary memoir from Jeannette Walls is a stirring and distinctive story that has won tremendous critical acclaim. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly applauds the author's "fantastic storytelling knack", saying, "Walls doesn't pull her punches...in this excellent, unusual book."

    Tracie says: "Stayed Awake Until 5 am to Finish!!!"
    "A book to never forget ~"
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    It's difficult to say that I loved a book filled with so much pain but I loved this book. I'm glad I waited to listen to it instead of reading it because the narrator was absolutely perfect. I totally believed that she was Jeannette as I listened....beautifully read. I felt anger at her parents so many times throughout this book...I also felt sympathy that clearly, they were not able to raise their children the way they wished to in their hearts. They just weren't capable of it. I have no doubt that they loved their children. Ms. Wall does an excellent job of conveying that. She also does an excellent job of telling not only the story of her life, but of the lives of countless children who must live their lives under the "care" of people who just should not be parents.

    Thank you for sharing your story ~

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wishin' and Hopin': A Christmas Story

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wally Lamb
    • Narrated By Wally Lamb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (82)

    It's 1964 and 10-year-old Felix is sure of a few things: the birds and the bees are puzzling, television is magical, and this is one Christmas he'll never forget. LBJ and Lady Bird are in the White House, Meet the Beatles is on everyone's turntable, and Felix Funicello (distant cousin of the iconic Annette!) is doing his best to navigate fifth grade - easier said than done when scary movies still give you nightmares and you bear a striking resemblance to a certain adorable cartoon boy.

    Paula Beck says: "Laughing Out Loud"
    "Perfect! Just perfect!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Are you sure this didn't happen at St. Xavier's in Spokane Washington? I relived so many moments of my childhood through this wonderful story that I found myself stopping and wondering if this guy was a classmate of mine! Anyone who attended a parochial school in the 60s MUST buy this book ~ especially during the holiday season! Wally Lamb not only wrote an amazing book, he narrates it to perfection. Thank you for giving me 4 hours of pure joy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Betty Smith
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1361)
    Performance
    (769)
    Story
    (771)

    A moving coming-of-age story set in the 1900s, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows the lives of 11-year-old Francie Nolan, her younger brother Neely, and their parents, Irish immigrants who have settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Johnny Nolan is as loving and fanciful as they come, but he is also often drunk and out of work, unable to find his place in the land of opportunity.

    Nancy says: "Leaves you wondering what happened next -"
    "I bet this is a good book..."
    Overall

    I will need to pick up this book and read it or maybe there is another narrator that reads it. I just could not listen to this narrator...gave it my best try but just could not listen.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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