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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3439)
    Performance
    (3103)
    Story
    (3120)

    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....

    Lesley says: "If I could give the narrator more than 5 stars..."
    "Wow!"
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    I read this book back when it came out in the 80's and liked it very much. I saw a lot of correlations at the time with the women's movement and drew connections to the late sixties and early seventies when I was coming of age. It has been almost 30 years since that reading, but a true classic brings something new to every re-reading.
    Now I find that, like all good literature, it adapts and applies itself to each new period. When I began this re-reading I remembered the gist of the story and, along with other Atwood books that I have read, the quality of the writing. I did not expect to be blown away with connections to our current times. Money became obsolete and replaced by the card- no biggie. The environmental and even nuclear destruction elements are a common plot line. A bloody coup by duplicitous, ultraconservative, far right, religious fundamentalists that replace the US government with a monotheistic totalitarian society and then proceed to dumb down all thought by or opportunity for the populace? And they pinned the blame for that demise of the US government on the Muslim countries! And that's just the beginning. Wow!

    Obviously, I give this book 5 stars across the board. Claire Danes does a fine job reading this book. She sounds the part and performs perfectly with all the necessary nuance and inflection. A great rendition! I'll look for more from her and will start re-reading Atwood's other works as well.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8367)
    Performance
    (7550)
    Story
    (7545)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Gotta love Jake!"
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    This book is not as good as A Time to Kill but it comes close. Only a few Grisham books over the years have been up to any comparison with his early work. And this one has Jake who is just as conflicted as ever - go for the money and the fame or do the right thing like the good homeboy that he is. Jake always struggles to do both. And Harry Rex is back as alter ego along with Carla, Ozzy, Lucius and a host of opposing lawyers swooping in for a slice of the pie. And all the great diners and restaurants serving southern comfort food. Ummm.

    It is really a good book and I loved listening to it. Buuuut it is not a great book. It just doesn't have the momentum of ATTK. It's missing the Klan, the bus loads of NAACPers, the National Guard, the media. This is because it is about money. All the way through it is about money. Until the end. Yeah, yeah it is about race but it just doesn't have the rage, rape and mayhem to be over the top compelling.

    ATTK made me cry more than once for a number of reasons, Sycamore just didn't. But it is still a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (2631)
    Performance
    (2276)
    Story
    (2289)

    Will Robie is a master of killing. A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst - enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.No one else can match Robie's talents as a hitman...no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she's gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.

    Rodney says: "I couldn't Stop Listening"
    "Memo to Self"
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    There were reasons why you said to yourself that you were giving up Baldacci after the last book. This book confirms all of them.
    Horrifyingly unnecessary sound effects
    Double narration that is ridiculously tough guy - but some how appropriate to the ridiculous story
    Main character - ridiculously over the top superhero. And this time he is accompanied by Wonder Woman!
    Have I said ridiculous enough?
    Save the world, black and white plot complete with hero to the rescue.
    Lapses in credibility. Ok, the whole thing lacks credibility. But really, the side trip to Ireland in a private jet so the heroes can bring their guns? How about the hero's private farmhouse hideaway that nobody has found yet in two books despite the fact that he keeps bringing people there? Burned, with multiple wounds, sleep deprived and yet superman soldiers on without flinching or any change in ability. Etc etc.

    Yeah, yeah, I know - it is the way this genre works, but remind me not to read another one unless something truly different and unpredictably well done comes along - without sound effects and super macho heroes.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Edward Kelsey Moore, Edward Kelsey Moore
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo, Pamella D'Pella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (184)

    Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat is home away from home for this inseparable Plainview, Indiana, trio. Dubbed "The Supremes" by high school pals in the tumultuous 1960s, they weather life’s storms together for the next four decades. Now, during their most challenging year yet, dutiful, proud, and talented Clarice must struggle to keep up appearances as she deals with her husband’s humiliating infidelities. Beautiful, fragile Barbara Jean is rocked by the tragic reverberations of a youthful love affair. And fearless Odette engages in the most terrifying battle of her life....

    Margaret says: "An AMAZING audible book..."
    "Near miss"
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    This book could have been laugh out loud funny from start to finish, but it just came up short for me. It was predictable and sweet. The characters were pretty much what you would expect. The reader was ok and improved over time. But it just missed the mark. The pace was off or something that just made it less than it could have been.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skippy Dies

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Paul Murray
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Fred Berman, Clodagh Bowyer, and others
    Overall
    (1443)
    Performance
    (848)
    Story
    (858)

    This touching and uproarious novel by author Paul Murray made everyone’s best fiction of 2010 lists, including The Washington Post, Financial Times, Village Voice, and others. Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the mystery that links the boys of Dublin’s Seabrook College (Ruprecht Van Doren, the overweight genius obsessed with string theory; Carl, the teenager drug dealer and borderline psychotic; Philip Kilfether, the basketball-playing midget) to their parents and teachers in ways that no one could have imagined.

    Laura says: "Funny, touching, entertaining"
    "Sorry I bought this"
    Overall

    Interminably boring and painfully slow. Like literally reliving every second of a long, dull, idiotic teenagerhood! Who would ever want to do that?
    I put it down when I realized I wanted to dope slap most of the characters for their moronic behavior - the ensuing brawl would be more interesting than the book.
    The large cast of readers make the book painful to listen to as well. If I could give less than one star I would

    14 of 27 people found this review helpful

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