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Rupe

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  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3612)
    Performance
    (2527)
    Story
    (2530)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "Enough already"
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    I think you are a brilliant storyteller and writer Mr Irving, but get on with the story because your rambling on with Owen just got on my nerves. Sorry, I just shut it off with a loooong breakdown during the Christmas play rehearsals and the importance of details of baby Jesus or angels or whatever... It felt like empty filler paper.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Joshua

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John S. Wilson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Yen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (92)

    He had to keep moving, that the man instinctively knew. He had to get away, from the rioting, the lawlessness, the killing. Away from the brutal gangs that ruled the highways. Then there was the boy that he found along the way, an orphan with no place to go. He couldn't leave the child behind; that would be murder. Together they had to make their way across the razed landscape of post-collapse America, west to where there was safety, a chance to begin again. If only they survived the journey.

    c_soul says: "Very gritty & real story of survival!"
    "Worst book I've downloaded."
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    Sorry, I have a 12 year old with more imagination and writing skills. I turned it off at the end of chapter 3.

    1 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2367)
    Performance
    (2096)
    Story
    (2083)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Every book he writes is beautiful"
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    Best book of the season. Mr Hosseini is a jewel of a novelist. Absolute must listen or read!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3199)
    Performance
    (2791)
    Story
    (2802)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Sue says: "Interesting...different than I thought it would be"
    "Very good book"
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    Although I saw the ending coming from a mile away, I still really enjoyed what the author put into this book. Very perceptive, deep and creative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Telegraph Avenue: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By Clarke Peters
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (254)

    As the summer of 2004 draws to a close, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are still hanging in there - longtime friends, bandmates, and co-regents of Brokeland Records, a kingdom of used vinyl located in the borderlands of Berkeley and Oakland. Their wives, Gwen Shanks and Aviva Roth-Jaffe, are the Berkeley Birth Partners, a pair of semi-legendary midwives who have welcomed, between them, more than a thousand newly minted citizens into the dented utopia at whose heart - half tavern, half temple - stands Brokeland Records.

    Darwin8u says: "26,784 sq in (and 4.5 miles) surrounded by REALITY"
    "Chabon is clearly one of best modern day writers"
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    I have great respect for Michael Chabon's intellect, I have to stretch my mental muscles to keep up and that can take away from enjoying his storytelling. I was here in Berkeley, frequenting the renown Telegraph Ave before, during and after the time frame of this story and I was a bit surprised by how fictional he made the setting. It is a street with much personal history for many of us, and he could have drawn on more of the culture even though that seemed to be part of his agenda. Probably a desire for more local nostalgia I was hoping to find.
    The reader's performance was smooth and although I couldn't always keep the characters separated, it was done very well.

    3 of 3 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
    (5702)
    Performance
    (3643)
    Story
    (3655)

    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.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "I don't have a pet dog"
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    This is the 3rd book I've listen to pretending to be from a dog's viewpoint. Observing, philosophizing, making jokes (and in this case the dog has auto racing insights) and I just couldn't take it anymore. The book is so glowingly reviewed that I think there must be something wrong with me. Maybe if I come back as a dog in my next life I'll understand. Or maybe the author purposely dumbed himself down to personify a dog.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (820)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (463)

    In The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan put the environmental disaster of the Dust Bowl at the center of a rich history, told through characters he brought to indelible life. Now he performs the same alchemy with The Big Burn, the largest-ever forest fire in America, a tragedy that cemented Teddy Roosevelt's legacy.

    P. Bergh says: "A fascinating history of early Forest Service"
    "Important facet of our country's growth"
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    Not as compelling as the Worst Hard Times, but still a nice study in our ability to be a more responsible society that appreciates our natural resources. I find almost everything Teddy Roosevelt does to be inspiring. Full of interesting reporting of characters and heroes during the early 20th century.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1861: The Civil War Awakening

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Adam Goodheart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (474)

    As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of our defining national drama, 1861 presents a gripping and original account of how the Civil War began. 1861 is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Early in that fateful year, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a new generation to reject their parents' faith in compromise and appeasement, to do the unthinkable in the name of an ideal.

    James says: "Fascinating."
    "A very interesting presentation..."
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    I enjoyed the way the author brought out overlooked and forgotten details and persons leading up to the civil war. Ultimately it was all about a country that needed to move forward out it's own shame of slavery. How is it that disgusting evil can be so tenacious? As I grow older I am amazed at how short 150 years really is and I hope this country continues to move forward though I doubt we will ever experience such a social giant step as we did then. And yes it is a reminder of the greatness of Lincoln and leaves me wondering about the shallowness of modern day republicans,

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Katherine Howe
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1049)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (409)

    Connie's mother asks her to sell an abandoned house once owned by her grandmother in Salem, Mass. Relunctantly, Connie moves to the small town and inhabits the crumbling, ancient house, trying to restore it to a semblance of order. Curious things start to happen when Connie finds the name "Deliverance Dane" on a yellowed scrap of paper and begins to have visions of a long ago woman condemned for practicing "physick," or herbal healing, on her neighbors in 1690s Salem.

    Darinda says: "Love it!"
    "I had a psychic calling to read this book."
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    I wish it were more mystical, I mean, you see everything coming at you, the love interest, the secrets, the family background. Perhaps it was written for a younger audience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Adam Johnson
    • Narrated By Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1167)
    Performance
    (1010)
    Story
    (1018)

    Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang - and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.

    Lisa says: "The most compelling listen I've ever owned"
    "Very impressive and unique"
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    This story contains nerve grinding realism of the brutal existence in North Korea that I have not read anywhere else. It is immediately entertaining and yet so challenging to persevere. The main character is both inspiring and upon occasion, despicable. Hats off to this author. If this is not the masterpiece of his life, I look forward to anything else he writes. Not a book for everyone yet a very rewarding experience to anyone who can brave though it. To my father- a wounded veteran of the Korean War- I now take pride in the importance your fighting and wish it could have prevented the terrible totalitarian government that now rules there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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