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  • The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Andrew Sean Greer
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (61)

    Greta Wells embarks on a radical psychiatric treatment to alleviate her suffocating depression. But the treatment has unexpected effects, and Greta finds herself transported to the lives she might have had if she'd been born in different eras. During the course of her treatment, Greta cycles between her own time and alternate lives in 1918, where she is a bohemian adulteress, and 1941, which transforms her into a devoted mother and wife. As her final treatment looms, questions arise: What will happen once each Greta learns how to remain in one of the other worlds?

    Jean says: "Curious"
    "Literary Prose detracted from the characters"
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    What disappointed you about The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells?

    Interesting concept but wandering prose took all the energy out of the story and turned the characters lifeless


    What was most disappointing about Andrew Sean Greer’s story?

    It was unfortunate that this writer chose to let his literary flourishes take over, to the detriment of developing character. The only person that came alive was Ruth. Everyone else seemed flat and uninteresting, especially Greta.


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

    I doubt I would have finished this story without the lovely voice and narration


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scapegoat

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Paul Shelley
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    By chance, John and Jean - one English, the other French - meet in a provincial railway station. Their resemblance to each other is uncanny, and they spend the next few hours talking and drinking - until at last John falls into a drunken stupor. It's to be his last carefree moment, for when he wakes, Jean has stolen his identity and disappeared. So the Englishman steps into the Frenchman's shoes, and faces a variety of perplexing roles.

    Ilana says: "A Fascinating Character-Driven Journey"
    "Another Great book by Daphne du Maurier"
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    Daphne du Maurier has become one of my favorite authors. This is another of her well-plotted,suspenseful, beautifully written novels. Excellent narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Searching for Grace Kelly

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Michael Callahan
    • Narrated By Kristin Kalbli
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    For a small-town girl with big-city dreams, there is no address more glamorous than New York's Barbizon Hotel. Laura, a patrician beauty from Smith, arrives to work at Mademoiselle for the summer. Her hopelessly romantic roommate, Dolly, comes from a working-class upstate town to attend secretarial school. Vivian, a brash British bombshell with a disregard for the hotel's rules, rounds out the trio of friends.

    Candace Robinson says: "Excellent story that brings 1950's NYC to life!"
    "Very Entertaining"
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    I'd call this chick at its best. An entertaining story, wonderful sense of time and place -NYC circa 1955; engaging characters. A good choice for the beach. Narration was good, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Us: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David Nicholls
    • Narrated By David Haig
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (210)

    Douglas Petersen may be mild-mannered, but behind his reserve lies a sense of humor that seduces beautiful Connie into a second date...and eventually into marriage. Now, almost three decades later, they live more or less happily in the London suburbs with their moody seventeen year-old son, Albie. Then Connie tells him she thinks she wants a divorce. The timing couldn’t be worse. Connie has planned a month-long tour of European capitals, a chance to experience the world’s greatest works of art as a family, and she can’t bring herself to cancel. And maybe going ahead is for the best anyway? Douglas is privately convinced that this landmark trip will rekindle the romance in the marriage, and might even help him to bond with Albie. Narrated from Douglas’s endearingly honest, slyly witty, and at times achingly optimistic point of view, Us is the story of a man trying to rescue his relationship with the woman he loves, and learning how to get closer to a son who’s always felt like a stranger.

    Gordon says: "This is a Gem!"
    "Sooooo good !"
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    Admittedly, I wasn't expecting much when I started this book. What a surprise ! Humor, heartbreak, and an introspective look at relationships, marital and familial. As a bonus, there is the setting, a trip through some of Europe's most celebrated cities. One of my favorite books this year. And, wonderful narration, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • California Fire and Life

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Jon Lindstrom
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Jack Wade, a claims adjuster for California Fire and Life Mutual Insurance Company, is one of the best arson investigators around. He's a man who knows fire, who can read the traces it leaves behind like a roadmap. When he's called in to examine an unusual claim, the tracks of the fire tell him that something's wrong. So wrong that he violates his own cardinal rule - "You don't get personal, you don't get emotional. Whatever you do, you don't get involved" - and plunges into the case.

    Tim says: "Fire, life.... Living in So Cal"
    "A favorite writer"
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    A great book by one of my favorite writers. Humor, suspense, great characters, and an excellent narrator. GREAT !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Buried Giant: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (325)

    "You've long set your heart against it, Axl, I know. But it's time now to think on it anew. There's a journey we must go on, and no more delay..."The Buried Giant begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in nearly a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge, and war.

    Pete says: "The beauty of the reveal"
    "waste of a good narrator"
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    Despite the wonderful narration by David Horovitch, this was really a slog. I guess I just didn't appreciate the symbolism. It was a chore to finish. A waste of a an excellent narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Being There

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jerzy Kosinski
    • Narrated By Dustin Hoffman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (409)

    Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman gives an understated and exemplary performance of this satiric look at the unreality of American media culture. Chance, the enigmatic gardener, becomes Chauncey Gardiner after getting hit by a limo belonging to a Wall Street tycoon. The whirlwind that follows brings Chance to his new status of political policy advisor and possible vice presidential candidate. His garden-variety political responses, inspired by television, become heralded as visionary, and he is soon a media icon.

    Ilana says: "Darkly Funny"
    "Darkly witty"
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    Thoughtful and witty, but also dark. Although this was written in the early 1970's, it felt quite timely. Dustin Hoffman was a perfect narrator. I actually liked his interpretation of Chance more than Peter Sellers' in the movie version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Real Children

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jo Walton
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    It's 2015, and Patricia Cowan is very old. "Confused today," read the notes clipped to the end of her bed. She forgets things she should know - what year it is, major events in the lives of her children. But she remembers things that don't seem possible. She remembers marrying Mark and having four children. And she remembers not marrying Mark and raising three children with Bee instead.

    Lauren says: "A strange take on an otherwise simple story."
    "Great story, intriguing concept"
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    Loved the concept and the story built from the choice made by Patricia. A very intriguing and interesting story. Very much a character-driven plot, and very little "science fiction". Alison Larkin was the perfect narrator for this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Human Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By William Saroyan
    • Narrated By Meg Ryan
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    In World War II-era California, Homer Macauley and his mother, sister, and three brothers live out struggles and dreams that reflect those of America’s second-generation immigrants. Homer, determined to become one of the fastest telegraph messengers in the West, finds himself caught between reality and illusion as delivering his messages of wartime brings him face-to-face with human emotion at its most naked and raw.

    SJ says: "Poignant, inspiring, a worthy choice"
    "Nice narration"
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    Not much of a story, but there is a certain sweetness to the characters that move through the slight narrative. Simple prose and a lovely message of goodwill and acceptance. Meg Ryan read this beautifully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Cousin Rachel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Jonathan Pryce
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Orphaned at an early age, Philip Ashley is raised by his benevolent older cousin, Ambrose. Resolutely single, Ambrose delights in Philip as his heir, a man who will love his grand home as much as he does himself. But the cosy world the two construct is shattered when Ambrose sets off on a trip to Florence. There he falls in love and marries - and there he dies suddenly.

    Alice Lankester says: "Wonderful book, wonderful reading"
    "So Suspenseful !"
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    A great story of suspense, truly a page turner. You will be wondering about Rachel even as you finish the book. First-rate narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Harbor

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Anita Diamant
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    With her trademark wisdom and humor, Anita Diamant (The Red Tent) considers the nature, strength, and necessity of adult female friendship. Good Harbor examines the tragedy of loss, the insidious nature of family secrets, and the redemptive power of friendship.

    Laurie says: "Pleasant if forgettable."
    "Good, not great"
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    I loved "The Boston Girl" by this author. ( highly recommend it on audio !) Unfortunately, this isnt as involving, perhaps because the (2) main characters, Kathleen and Joyce, are not too sympathetic. Honestly, I felt they were a bit whiny. Everything turns out great for everyone, so any intended life lessons are lost. Pleasant but not memorable. Great narration, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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