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  • Homer & Langley

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By E.L. Doctorow
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
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    (55)
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    (54)

    From Ragtime and Billy Bathgate to The Book of Daniel, World's Fair, and The March, the novels of E. L. Doctorow comprise one of the most substantive achievements of modern American fiction. Now, with Homer & Langley, this master novelist has once again created an unforgettable work. Homer and Langley Collyer are brothers - the one blind and deeply intuitive, the other damaged into madness, or perhaps greatness, by mustard gas in the Great War.

    A User says: "Good On So Many Levels"
    "E.L. Doctorow at his best!"
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    Would you listen to Homer & Langley again? Why?

    Yes yes yes....so complex and well read I would love to listen to it again like a great record album. I had already read the hard cover years ago, and this was fresh as ever!


    What other book might you compare Homer & Langley to and why?

    The Great Gatsby, Forrest Gump, Benjamin Button....an epic tale of interesting characters through which you see an era come and go.


    Have you listened to any of Arthur Morey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure...he was wonderful.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes....it made me recognize the genius of a great author like E.L.Doctorow who can turn the story of a pair of eccentrics (who might easily be exploited on reality TV today,) into a work of art.


    Any additional comments?

    Once you read Homer & Langley, if you love it, you will want to read everything EL Doctrow has ever written. Every last short story collection, his famous 'Billy Bathgate

    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
    (3438)
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    (3102)
    Story
    (3119)

    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..."
    "Great story by an even greater reader!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Handmaid's Tale to be better than the print version?

    Yes...Claire Danes certainly out reads me!!


    What other book might you compare The Handmaid's Tale to and why?

    Of course, ""Hunger Games" comes first to mind...but so does "The Chose One" and I put it on par with Kate Winslet's reading of "Terez Raquin" in narrative quality and twisted romance!


    What does Claire Danes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her perfect pitch of dead emotion with pleading description. You can see her in the part and it feels like a block buster film.


    If you could take any character from The Handmaid's Tale out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Both the main character (Offred) and her true love. I'm sure they'd have stories to tell!


    Any additional comments?

    Not to be missed! Should be on A-list, if it isn't already!!

    7 of 8 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
    (2978)
    Performance
    (2653)
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    (2656)

    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"
    "A Sweet Life Affirming Read!!!"
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    Where does The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 25


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

    Elegance of the Hedgehog....profund but sweet and unexpected


    What does Jim Broadbent bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Elegance....since I am American, his British accent (and my wonderful image of him) was the icing on the cake!!!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How far would you walk to save a friend?


    Any additional comments?

    Magnificent from beginning to end with many jolts of surprise, both in clever prose and plot. The renewal of love lost is infectious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Number 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (616)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (532)

    Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series has become a worldwide phenomenon thanks to the appeal of endearing protagonist Precious Ramotswe and the author’s charmingly quirky prose. In this 13th installment, Mma Ramotswe’s attention is focused on a pesky disciplinary problem at her adopted daughter’s school - while Grace Makutsi adjusts to wedded bliss and the famed Clovis Andersen arrives in Botswana looking for more than bush tea.

    Rugbysmom says: "This series + this narrater = great entertainment"
    "No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Delivers Again"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection the most enjoyable?

    Lisette Lecat's narration has made all of this series joyful. This one has such a fun surprise I don't want to write a spoiler review, but it was sheer genius to bring in the "guest character" so to speak.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It held all the same high standards as McCall Smith's other 12 books, with a very cool surprise that could really only be appreciated after listening to the entire series (in my opinion!)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The entrance of the special character and the way this plot line played out to the very end.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Botswanan Idol


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Full Cupboard of Life: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (269)

    New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith's critically acclaimed No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series continues in this engaging book that won the first ever Saga Award for Wit, given to the wittiest British book of the year.

    MusicMom13 says: "#1 Ladies Detective series delivers another winner"
    "Quintessential Ladies Detective Agency"
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    Where does The Full Cupboard of Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 1/4....always sweet, suspenseful, yet full of heavy topics, good morals and chuckles.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the quirky repetitiousness of the characters personalities and names...it adds a unique humor and lightness to even some very serious topics.


    What does Lisette Lecat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her accents are gorgeous and she makes the Botswanan atmosphere come alive.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Mme. is back!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Of Mice and Men

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Gary Sinise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (773)
    Performance
    (669)
    Story
    (670)

    While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck’s work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing Of Mice and Men (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and shared dream that make an individual’s existence meaningful.

    Jenny says: "The reader alone is worth it"
    "Brilliant performance of Steinbeck's sweetest tale"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Lenny and George are embodied with Gary Sinese's voice and it's a home run!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The tangled kindness and tolerance of Lenny by George...and the brilliant foreshadowing of their sad fate.


    What does Gary Sinise bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His image matches George in my head and he flat out nails Lenny and the other characters as well!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Steinbeck's beloved tale


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thérèse Raquin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (849)
    Performance
    (777)
    Story
    (767)

    Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Winslet, Satisfactory Story"
    "Better than reality TV...a truly wicked romance!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Thérèse Raquin to be better than the print version?

    With Kate Winslet reading it, I'm sure that it is! I have not read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The originality of Emile Zolde's take on the world's oldest tale of passion and obsession gone bad. You feel yourself going mad with the characters...(or was that Kate Winslet's doing?)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I had three....the opening stage of Mother/Aunt and cousins and her determination to stay


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5606)
    Performance
    (3555)
    Story
    (3563)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "Don't pass over this one...it is a life-changer!"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The enchanting


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    It immediately increased my love of dogs. It also made me remember that great literature can come in many forms. And the more unexpected the form the more it jars you!


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    He presents the wondrousness and fragility of being human through the adoring, envious and hopeful eyes of Enzo the dog. The world of auto racing is revealed in a clever way that leads to profound concepts of living.

    And oddly, it was a revelation that dogs might actually be better off not having this full awareness.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing! It was perfect.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    This is a modern classic...in league with

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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