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RueRue

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  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Zevin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1064)
    Performance
    (953)
    Story
    (960)

    The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

    Trish says: "Loved, Loved, Loved It!!"
    "Absolutely loved it !"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry the most enjoyable?

    This is a story for people who love book stores and who love to read. Unfortunately, this was the wrong narrator for such a charming book. I so wish someone else had done the narration. That said, the charm of the characters and the wonderful story still held up. This book made me smile and cry.
    LOVED IT !


    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • News from Heaven: The Bakerton Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jennifer Haigh
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer, Alexander Cendese, Cynthia Darlow, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Now, in this collection of interconnected short stories, Jennifer Haigh returns to the vividly imagined world of Bakerton, Pennsylvania, a coal mining town rocked by decades of painful transition. From its heyday during two World Wars through its slow decline, Bakerton is a town that refuses to give up gracefully, binding - sometimes cruelly - succeeding generations to the place that made them. A young woman glimpses a world both strange and familiar when she becomes a live-in maid for a Jewish family in New York City. A long-absent brother makes a sudden and tragic homecoming.

    RueRue says: "Poignant short stories"
    "Poignant short stories"
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    A series of loosely connected short stories (similar in format to "Olive Kitteridge"). The stories are focused on character, not plot, and are small gems of real-life emotion. Therese Plummer was the best of the (4) narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician's Lie: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Greer Macallister
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Nick Podehl
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    The Amazing Arden is the most famous female illusionist of her day, renowned for her notorious trick of sawing a man in half on stage. One night in Waterloo, Iowa, with young policeman Virgil Holt watching from the audience, she swaps her trademark saw for a fire ax. Is it a new version of the illusion, or an all-too-real murder? When Arden's husband is found lifeless beneath the stage later that night, the answer seems clear.

    Selene Abad says: "Great Story"
    "Disappointing"
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    I expected to enjoy this story, but it fell flat. None of the charm or atmosphere of "Water for Elephants", although the melieu is similar. The biggest problem for me was the unlikability of all the key players. There is also an abusive relationship that was hard to handle. The ending was a letdown, too. I wouldn't recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Painted Veil

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (245)

    First published in 1925, The Painted Veil is an affirmation of the human capacity to grow, change, and forgive. Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s, it is the story of the beautiful but shallow young Kitty Fane. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to a remote region of China ravaged by a cholera epidemic.

    Kevin says: "A Joyous Realm"
    "Classic story, classy narration"
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    I loved this beautifully written, tragic story. The narration by Kate Reading is perfect. A timeless classic

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lobster Kings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alexi Zentner
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    The Kings family has lived on Loosewood Island for three hundred years, and they've been blessed with the bounty of the sea. But for the Kingses, every blessing comes with a curse. Woody Kings, the leader of the island's lobster fishing community and the family patriarch, teeters on the throne. Cordelia, the oldest of Woody's three daughters, stands to inherit the crown after the death of her brother. To do so, however, she has to fend off meth dealers from the mainland while navigating sibling rivalry and the vulnerable nature of her own heart when she falls in love with her stern man.

    RueRue says: "Ultimately Dissappointing"
    "Ultimately Dissappointing"
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    I started off really enjoying this story, but the author lost focus and the ending was rushed and ultimately dissappointing. As always, Cassandra Campbell reads this beautifully ! Her narration saves the story from being a complete train wreck.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1872)
    Performance
    (742)
    Story
    (742)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "Good narration, implassible story"
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    The author does a good job of rendering life in Russia during Stalin's regime, but the plot has a lot of problems, most glaring ( for me ) being the motivation of the murderer. Good narration kept me interested in spite of the weak plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1812)
    Performance
    (1675)
    Story
    (1686)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "Classic story almost ruined by narrator"
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    Sissy Spacek does a TERRIBLE reading of this classic story ! So disappointing ! I sincerely hope that another version with a different narrator will be offered at some future date. Until then, read the book and watch the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moriarty: Sherlock Holmes, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind-Tutt, Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (124)

    Internationally best-selling author Anthony Horowitz's nail-biting new novel plunges us back into the dark and complex world of detective Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty - dubbed the "Napoleon of crime" by Holmes - in the aftermath of their fateful struggle at the Reichenbach Falls. Days after the encounter at the Swiss waterfall, Pinkerton detective agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York.

    Tony says: "Re-Imaginings in the Holmes Universe"
    "Excellent story in the Sherlock Holmes tradition"
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    I am puzzled at the negatives reviews for narrator Julian Rhind-Tutt. I thought he did a n excellent job and felt his performance added greatly to the drama of the story. As a Sherlock Holmes enthusiast, I enjoyed this tremendously. It felt true to the spirit of he original stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boston Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anita Diamant
    • Narrated By Linda Lavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (102)

    Addie Baum is "The Boston Girl", born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie's intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine - a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture and new opportunities for women.

    Meryl H. Ruth says: "Sweet, Nostalgic"
    "Great story, great narration"
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    Loved Linda Lavin's narration ! It was just like sitting down with her character, Addie, and hearing her talk about her life. This is not a plot-driven narrative, but a simple story of growing up in Boston in the early to mid 20th century. The only complaint is the rushed conclusion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Steady Habits: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ted Thompson
    • Narrated By uncredited
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Coming of age can happen at the strangest times. For Anders Hill, long ensconced in "the land of steady habits" - the affluent hamlets of Connecticut that dot the commuter rail line - it's finally time to reap the rewards of a sensible life. Into his 60s and newly retired, his grown sons' college tuitions paid in full, Anders finds the contentment he's been promised is still just out of reach. So he decides he's had enough of steady habits: he leaves his wife, buys a condo, and waits for freedom to transform him.

    RueRue says: "Excellent....but who is the narrator ?"
    "Excellent....but who is the narrator ?"
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    Well written and insightful examination of a mid-life crisis. Who is the narrator ? He did a great job ! ( especially for no credit )

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Girl in Translation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jean Kwok
    • Narrated By Grayce Wey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (201)

    When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings. Disguising the more difficult truths of her life-like the staggering degree of her poverty, the weight of her family's future resting on her shoulders, or her secret love for a factory boy who shares none of her talent or ambition-Kimberly learns to constantly translate not just her language but herself back and forth between the worlds she straddles.

    Susan B. Johnson says: "This is a keeper"
    "Good story"
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    Very sympathetic story of a Chinese girl immigrating and achieving against incredible odds. The prose is a little simplistic, but perhaps it is intentional. The narrator did a good job with the voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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