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  • The Seamstress

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sara Tuvel Bernstein, Louise Loots Thornton, Marlene Bernstein Samuels
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (460)
    Story
    (453)

    Told with the same old-fashioned narrative power as the novels of Herman Wouk, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuvel Bernstein and her survival during wartime. This powerful eyewitness account of survival, told with power and grace, will stay with listeners for years to come.

    Mary says: "One of the most moving books..............."
    "Beautiful, heartbreaking, heartwarming"
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    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this very much. The narration and story immerse you in another, different world. It is hard to fathom how difficult life was when this story developed, but the authors place you there through their details of the smaller, and the larger, picture.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Terry Hayes
    • Narrated By Christopher Ragland
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (368)

    An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Smartest Novel I've Heard or Read in Long time"
    "LOVED IT (also please find my review helpful...)"
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    What made the experience of listening to I Am Pilgrim the most enjoyable?

    The plot twists are good and unexpected. I enjoyed the length because the characters and the plot have plenty of time to develop, and they do! The story is a thriller, and it is thoroughly modern. It had me from page one until the end, and I hope he follows it with another. I like the flawed main characters.


    What other book might you compare I Am Pilgrim to and why?

    Probably the first Le Carre I read. I was enthralled and thought I was learning a lot about crime and espionage. Who knows if any of it was right, but I believed it. Same here.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the accents and the narration, but particularly liked the voice of the spy "the Whisperer". All of his scenes are nicely whispered.


    If you could rename I Am Pilgrim, what would you call it?

    Lordy I am not presumptuous enough to re-name someone's life work.


    Any additional comments?

    READ THIS BOOK. It is one of the best in the "long books that I wish hadn't ended" genre.

    and please find this helpful!!!!

    26 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • The Idiot [Blackstone]

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (186)

    Prince Myshkin, is thrust into the heart of a society more concerned with wealth, power, and sexual conquest than the ideals of Christianity. Myshkin soon finds himself at the center of a violent love triangle in which a notorious woman and a beautiful young girl become rivals for his affections. Extortion, scandal, and murder follow, testing the wreckage left by human misery to find "man in man."

    Tad says: "Intense and painfully sad"
    "Pretty darn Russian"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Idiot [Blackstone] the most enjoyable?

    The title "The Idiot" is enjoyably ironic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The matriarch of one of the families is, as we probably still are, consumed with how her family appears to society. It gnaws her. The narrator casually tosses off a comment that describes her. "If you have wart on forehead or nose, you always fancy no one has anything else to do than stare at your wart , make fun of it, despise you for it, even though you have discovered America."


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

    I could not have sounded out the legion of Russian names. The narrator easily navigates through them.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The character with "consumption" is compelling. If I wasn't sure before, I am now. I don't want consumption. Also a cautionary tale to beware when the fiendish coquette and/or loose woman is around. Does it take a woman to be able to see from a mile away that things will go south with her around?


    Any additional comments?

    When the society discussion turns to self-preservation, self-destruction, nihilism, etc., I was glad the author had one of the characters tell his co-horts they were boring. They moved on and the pace picked up.
    I liked Crime and Punishment and the Brothers Karamazov better, but this was also good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12898)
    Performance
    (10505)
    Story
    (10626)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "My favorite of this genre!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I like this story and its characters. Instead of relying on tons of thousand-year-old magic beasts from unknown realms, creatures with powers beyond imagination, groups of evil wizards, etc., the author tells a story. Yes, he uses some fantasy, but he doesn't lean on it for support. His story stands on its own, and the magic is a fun addition. This series is better than the others of its genre (young adult fantasy or something along those lines? I am over 50 and I like these, and similar, books, so I resist the "young" qualifier).


    Any additional comments?

    These last couple of years I have read, in this genre, the Wheel of Time, Mistborn, Malazan Book of the Fallen, Riyera Revelation and Chronicles, The Way of Kings, the Black Company, Game of Thrones, etc. (these were worked in between Dickens, Tolstoy, Cornwell, Atwood, etc......I don't just read about wizards and dragons). As I sat down today to officially review my book selections, I first wanted to make sure I rated the one with Kvothe the highest because I remember Kvothe the most! Some of the rest have run together, but not Kvothe. Bring on the 3rd book!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Way We Live Now

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (209)

    In this world of bribes, vendettas and swindling, in which heiresses are gambled and won, Trollope's characters embody all the vices: Lady Carbury is 'false from head to foot'; her son Felix has 'the instincts of a horse, not approaching the higher sympathies of a dog'; and Melmotte - the colossal figure who dominates the book - is a 'horrid, big, rich scoundrel... a bloated swindler... a vile city ruffian'.

    Nardia says: "Long, but well worth it."
    "Love it and highly recommend!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Loved the back-story of greed, avarice, malice, and several other well-described sins. Engrossing and interesting from start to finish. Great narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5118)
    Performance
    (4718)
    Story
    (4727)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Cynthia says: "Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar"
    "Haunting and engaging. Great book."
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    I liked this book from start to finish! I usually listen to lengthy books because I like the charactor development the length allows. This was a marvelous exception. Wonderful imagination from the author and I loved the characters. Well worth the read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift
    • Narrated By David Hyde Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (839)
    Performance
    (635)
    Story
    (639)

    A Signature Performance: Four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce delivers an air of lovable self-importance in his rendition of the classic social satire that remains as fresh today as the day it was published.

    Rose says: "Loved every minute"
    "Second A-list book and loved it!"
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    I mistakenly thought this book was for a younger audience....i.e. if I am fifty-something I should have gotten to it earlier. Not so. Each "world" he travels to is an ironic joke directed at segments of regular society. Should we divide along party lines over the method by which you crack your eggs (big-end crackers or small-end crackers)? David Hyde Pierce did an outstanding job. I have not seen the printed version of the book and thus can only imagine how he sounded out some of the languages. He did a particularly good job with the horses. A great book and a great performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Little Dorrit

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (100)

    William Dorrit has been a resident of the Marshalsea debtors prison for so many years that he has gained the nickname "The Father of the Marshalsea". However, his suffering is eased by his close bond with youngest daughter Amy, or "Little Dorrit". The dashing Arthur Clennam, returning to London after many years in China, enters their lives and the Dorrits' fortunes begin to rise and fall. A biting satirical work on the shortcomings of 19th century government and society.

    Michael says: "a melody of genius writer & compelling reader"
    "Great story and wonderful narrator."
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    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to a lot of Dickens over the last year, much of it narrated very well by Simon Vance. Decided to switch narrators and I loved Mr. Lesser also. Audible has a couple of versions of Little Dorrit, and this is the older, and longer one (which is why I chose it...). Who am I to say Dickens was a good writer, but Dickens was a good writer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey, Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1070)
    Performance
    (869)
    Story
    (871)

    One of the greatest mystery thrillers ever written, Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White was a phenomenal best seller in the 1860s, achieving even greater success than works by Charles Dickens. Full of surprise, intrigue, and suspense, this vastly entertaining novel continues to enthrall audiences today.

    David says: "Gripping novel, excellent production"
    "A great read!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I ran across this book while reading Dickens, Tolstoy, and other classics, along with some Game of Thrones - like books. I liked the mystery in this novel. There is a who-done-it vibe. The characters are well developed and believeable. I enjoyed it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bleak House

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Hugh Dickson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (115)

    The case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce has ground its way through the courts for generations. At its heart are Ada Clare and Richard Carstone, who find love - and terrible loss - through their involvement in the endless battle. Meanwhile, her friend Esther Summeson, who believes she is an orphan, gradually discovers the truth of her identity. The court case throws out a web ensnaring all who come near it, including Lady Dedlock, the menacing lawyer Tulkingham, detective Bucket and tragic little waif Jo.

    Deborah says: "Ideal as an audiobook"
    "Loved it! Long but worth it."
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    What made the experience of listening to Bleak House the most enjoyable?

    Bleak house takes its time to develop the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the humor and irony implicit in the English judicial system.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was Dicken's description of an old couple in their dotage throwing pillows at each other's head to get the other's attention.


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

    The book is filled with wry wit and some full-on humor, but it also is long. It evokes a variety of emotions, all good.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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