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  • The Good Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Iris Murdoch
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Stuart Cuno has decided to become good. Not believing in God, he invents his own methods, which include celibacy, chastity, and the abandonment of a promising academic career. Interfering friends and relations question his sincerity, his sanity and his motives.

    Geoffrey says: "A Squabble of Smartypants"
    "Perhaps as hard to read as it was to write ...."
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    I did read (listen to) it all. I'm not entirely sure why, but it held a puzzling fascination for me. If you are interested in the interior workings of a mind losing it, this novel is instructive. ...a bit threatening to the reader's self in spots, as in a 'Crime and Punishment' or Edgar Allen Poe manner. The side story, which might have been the main story, was a rather artificial fantasy plopped into an otherwise straightforward and interesting novel. Requires mental juggling.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Terry Tempest Williams
    • Narrated By Terry Tempest Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (205)

    Terry Tempest Williams's mother told her: "I am leaving you all my journals, but you must promise me you won't look at them until after I'm gone." Fans of Williams's iconic and unconventional memoir, Refuge, well remember that mother. She was a member of a large Mormon clan in northern Utah who developed cancer as a result of the nuclear testing in nearby Nevada. It was a shock to Williams that her mother had kept journals. But not as much of a shock as what she found when the time came to read them.

    E says: "Amazing Story, Amazing Voice"
    "A discovery."
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    There are many topics and issues in this work, still, unexpectedly, it came together as a complete whole.
    'When Women Were Birds' is part memoir, part natural history writing, part clear-eyed social commentary, and all poetry.
    The writer does a very fine job of narrating her own writing, which adds dimension to the listening experience. Enjoyable to listen to, and gives much food for contemplation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen of the Tambourine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jane Gardam
    • Narrated By Hollis McCarthy
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In prose vibrant and witty, The Queen of the Tambourine traces the emotional breakdown - and eventual restoration - of Eliza Peabody, a smart and wildly imaginative woman who has become unbearably isolated in her prosperous London neighborhood. Eliza must reach the depths of her downward spiral before she can once again find health and serenity. This story of a woman's confrontation with the realities of sanity will delight listeners who enjoy the works of Anita Brookner, Sybille Bedford, Muriel Spark, and Sylvia Plath. Winner of the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel of the Year.

    Cariola says: "Rather Disappointing"
    "Not quite right ..."
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    Jane Gardam always creates fascinating characters in gripping circumstances, but The Queen of the Tambourine's structure didn't hold together for me. I experienced this to a lesser degree in other novels of hers, but this one just fell apart. Many times, I wasn't sure whether it was worth the effort to sweep together the scattered fragments. Of course, I finished listening to it ....... a real credit to her power as a writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Arcadia

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Tom Stoppard
    • Narrated By Kate Burton, Mark Capri, Jennifer Dundas, and others
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia merges science with human concerns and ideals, examining the universe’s influence in our everyday lives and ultimate fates through relationship between past and present, order and disorder and the certainty of knowledge. Set in an English country house in the year 1809-1812 and 1989, the play examines the lives of two modern scholars and the house's current residents with the lives of those who lived there 180 years earlier.

    M. W. Roberts says: "Great production"
    "Needs more that one listening."
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    If the interviews that came after the reading had come BEFORE the reading, I'd gotten a lot more of of this -- after all, it's an illustration of chaos theory. I needed a 'heads up'. It is witty, and intellectually stimulating, so I might give it another go.
    Two sets of characters in two different time periods are hard to follow by ear alone, unless the performances are carefully designed to be easily distinguishable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sleepy Ocean & Gentle Rain

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs)
    • By Jeffrey Thompson
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (28)

    Dr. Jeffrey Thompson's clinically proven audio system helps you fall asleep, stay asleep and wake up feeling rested and refreshed. Delta Brainwave Pulses blended into the sounds of the Pacific Ocean surf and gentle rain dripping from leaf to leaf, lull you effortlessly to sleep.

    richard says: "Lovely until..."
    "Perfect for the purpose of sleep"
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    'Just Waves' washing up on the shore and 'Just Rain' in a steady downpour, what better to sleep to? I like that there's nothing to wake me up.
    I was concerned that the dreaded and loud 'You have been listening to Audible' announcement might be a problem, but I set the sleep timer to avoid that. Don't even know if it's on there....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crossing to Safety

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (270)

    One of the finest American authors of the 20th century, Wallace Stegner compiled an impressive collection of accolades during his lifetime, including a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, a National Book Award, and three O. Henry Awards. His final novel, Crossing to Safety is the quiet yet stirring tale of two couples that meet during the Great Depression and form a lifelong bond.

    Melissa says: "This is life"
    "Beautiful writing, but ...."
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    dull, dull, dull. I just couldn't care about these self-centered academics. The closest they got to lifting their eyes from their own navels was to gaze at those of their friends.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Old Filth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jane Gardam
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (376)

    FILTH is a lawyer with a practice in the Far East. A few remember that his nickname stands for Failed In London Try Hong Kong. But Old Filth is not as pompous as people imagine, and his past contains many secrets and dark hiding places.

    Michele says: "A Great Read, matched by a Great Reader"
    "Don't let the title throw you off!"
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    The book was absorbing, thought-provoking, and entertaining. Most definitely quite a few cuts above the usual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Namesake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Narrated By Sarita Choudhury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1026)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (342)

    The Namesake follows the Ganguli family through its journey from Calcutta to Cambridge to the Boston suburbs. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name.

    Diana - Audible says: "My favorite book - in print and audio"
    "Enjoyable -- mostly."
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    This is another of those stories that start with color and intensity in a foreign culture at a crossroad of historical events, only to end aimlessly in the contemporary USA with its life blood drained away. I would have rated it much higher if the story line had never moved so far away from its core.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • And Furthermore

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Judi Dench
    • Narrated By Samantha Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    From London’s glittering West End to Broadway’s bright lights, from her Academy Award-winning role as Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love to “M” in the James Bond films, Judi Dench has treated audiences to some of the greatest performances of our time.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "I wanted it to be longer"
    "Doesn't tell us much."
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    Just love her for the wonderful character actor she is. This book is largely a list of performances throughout her career.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ultimate Dimension

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Thich Nhat Hanh
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    The teachings of Buddhism describe two realities: the "historical dimension" of time, space, and form, and the "ultimate dimension": an infinite realm beyond birth and death, the realm of complete freedom, peace, and joy, the ground of being called "nirvana". On The Ultimate Dimension, you are invited to sit beside Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh for an advanced dharma retreat that opens the doorway to this sublime experience of being.

    Ripley Nox says: "Surprising"
    "Always a fine teacher,"
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    Nhat Hanh can be listened to many times over with something fresh to contemplate nearly every time. His firm, benevolent calmness always reassures me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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