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RueRue

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ratings
221
REVIEWS
214
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
264

  • Heart of Palm

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Laura Lee Smith
    • Narrated By Eric Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Utina, Florida, is a small, down-at-heels southern town. Once enlivened by the trade in Palm Sunday palms and moonshine, Utina hasn’t seen economic growth in decades, and no family is more emblematic of the local reality than the Bravos. Deserted by the patriarch years ago, the Bravos are held together in equal measure by love, unspoken blame, and tenuously brokered truces.

    Jen says: "Won My Heart ~ Fabulous!!"
    "Great story but wrong narrator"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed the story and he writing, but this was the wrong narrator for it. So, I would recommend the book but not he audio.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heart of Palm?

    Fascinating characters and a very well-defined sense of place.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I felt the book needed a different voice, perhaps a female narrator, to bring the characters to life.


    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
    (348)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (317)

    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
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    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
    (60)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    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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    Story

    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
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    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.

    RueRue says: "So Suspenseful !"
    "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
  • The Lottery, and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Shirley Jackson
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Gabrielle de Cuir, Kathe Mazur, and others
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    "The Lottery," one of the most terrifying stories of the twentieth century, created a sensation when it was first published in the New Yorker. "Powerful and haunting," and "nights of unrest" were typical reader responses. This collection, the only one to appear during Jackson's lifetime, unites "The Lottery" with 24 equally unusual stories. Together they demonstrate her remarkable range - from the hilarious to the truly horrible - and power as a storyteller.

    Susannah says: "Lovely writing and very moving listen"
    "Interesting short stories"
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    A selection of dark, but intriguing, short stories by Shirley Jackson. She is best known for writing "The Haunting of Hill House". There is nothing supernatural in these stories, but there is a theme of grotesque behavior between people. The narration is excellent, all of the narrators are first rate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Sassy Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Olive Ann Burns
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (157)

    The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around fast. If the preacher's wife's petticoat shows, the ladies will make the talk last a week. But on July 5, 1906, things take a scandalous turn. That is the day E. Rucker Blakeslee, proprietor of the general store and barely three weeks a widower, elopes with Miss Love Simpson, a woman half his age and, worse yet, a Yankee!

    D says: "EXCELLENT"
    "Life in Sassy Tree, GA, circa 1906"
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    Charming story of the fictional town of Saasy Tree, GA. There are great characters, humor, tragedy, romance, and faith. Well narrated by Grover Gardner (NOT the listed narrator). A good choice for fans of Southern stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grimm Tales for Young and Old

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Samuel West
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    In this enchanting selection of fairy tales, award-winning author Philip Pullman presents his 50 favourite stories from the Brothers Grimm in a 'clear as water' retelling, making them feel fresh and unfamiliar with his dark, distinctive voice.

    C. Bolliger says: "A fun listen between big books"
    "Fun retelling of fairy tales"
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    Ok, the prose is simple, the endings ( "happily ever after" ) predictable, but listening to the wonderful narration by Samuel West made these mostly familiar stories a pleasure. For anyone who loved fairy tales as a child. These would be OK to play for children, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Are Not Ourselves

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Matthew Thomas
    • Narrated By Mare Winningham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (334)

    Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens, in an apartment where the mood swings between heartbreak and hilarity, depending on whether guests are over and how much alcohol has been consumed. When Eileen meets Ed Leary, a scientist whose bearing is nothing like those of the men she grew up with, she thinks she’s found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit.

    Paula says: "Profound Narrative of FantisizingTragedy, Regret"
    "Painful"
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    A slooooow story, painful to listen to for many reasons - the deterioration of Ed, the frustrations of Eileen, the emotional detachment in the prose. There is a feeling of sadness throughout the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5355)
    Performance
    (3748)
    Story
    (3781)

    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

    Joanna says: "A quest for dreams come true"
    "Great performance, slim story"
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    This isn't really a story, but more of a parable, intended to be inspirational. The message isn't too suble, but the prose is lyrical and direct. Beautifully read by Jeremy Irons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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