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  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
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    (2720)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Emily - Audible says: "Colin Firth Kills It"
    "Colin Firth has ruined it for every other narrator"
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    OMG I never want to listen to another audio book unless it is read by Colin Firth! Just amazing. He makes each character distinctive without resorting to phony accents or odd intonations. It is a wonderful book, but I would listen to Colin Firth read the phone book!

    After recently listening to a couple of excellent new novels (And the Mountains Echoed and The Orphan Master's Son) that were ruined, or nearly so, by heavy, inappropriate (the Greek characters in And the Mountains Echoed were read by a man with what sounded like a Slavic accent) or even made up (I'm convinced none of the readers of The Orphan Master's Son can possibly talk like that in real life) accents, listening to The End of the Affair is a stunning experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16951)
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    (12238)
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    (12308)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "Great writing, great story, a bit too long."
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    It is a great story. In places I just had to skip ahead a bit because it was so relentlessly comprehensive, and I just couldn't take any more detailed descriptions of horror and suffering. It ended a bit abruptly. The redemption and recovery must have had more to it. (Maybe I fell asleep during the last chapter?) It was epiphany - altar call - pour out the booze - and we're done. But a great story about a great man and well worth listening to. The narration never got into the way; I'm sorry that we have lost Mr. Herrmann, a terrific reader.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3460)
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    (2662)
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    (2681)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Kyle says: "Not an average book"
    "From mediocre to worse"
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    Lacks the wonderful imagery of The Night Circus and the Harry Potter books. The characters just aren't very likeable.

    The story is OK until the cast graduates from magic college, then the protagonist turns into a total ass, and they all just sit around getting drunk and doing nothing useful or interesting for a long period of time, so that by the time they got to the magic land I hated them all!

    The best thing about this book is the narrator, who never gets in the way of the story. Too bad the story is so bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Bruce Locke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
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    (296)
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    (295)

    The new novel - a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan - from the internationally acclaimed author, his first since IQ84. Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages.

    Pamela J says: "We're all victims of our youth"
    "Great book, poor narration"
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    I didn't understand it all, but the book really grabbed me, kept me awake three nights in a row until I finished it! (I usually listen for 30 minutes while I fall asleep, but I kept resetting the timer!)

    Like others, I found the phony accents distracting. And the narrator couldn't even consistently pronounce the protagonist's name, pronouncing it "Turuku" instead of "Tsuruku" 2/3 of the time. Also, if the Finnish husband was speaking "fluent Japanese," then why was he read with a goofy fake Scandanavian lilt?

    This makes me want to read / listen to more books by Murakami, just with a different narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Richard Flanagan
    • Narrated By David Atlas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
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    (180)
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    (175)

    >In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thailand - Burma Death Railway in 1943, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. His life is a daily struggle to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from pitiless beatings - until he receives a letter that will change him forever.

    Lee Chemel says: "Exquisite"
    "OMG thank goodness Audible has a return policy!"
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    I can't believe this novel won the Man Booker Prize, it has to be one of the most tiresome, depressive books I've tried to read in a long time. The descriptions of Dorrigo's feelings and relationships are endless, pointless, and incomprehensible! I found myself skipping ahead chapters just looking for more about the railway, but every chapter started with another endless, pointless, incoherent description! The monotonic reading didn't help.

    I couldn't even get halfway through before I deleted it.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ari Shavit
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
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    (241)
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    (247)

    Not since Thomas L. Friedman's groundbreaking From Beirut to Jerusalem has a book captured the essence and the beating heart of the Middle East as keenly and dynamically as My Promised Land. Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis. Ari Shavit draws on interviews, historical documents, private diaries, and letters, as well as his own family's story, illuminating the pivotal moments of the Zionist century to tell a riveting narrative that is larger than the sum of its parts.

    Chaim says: "Important book; unfortunate narration"
    "Wonderful book; hated the narration"
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    Everyone should read this book, it is really excellent and balanced. Read it, whichever side of the argument you are on.

    I am getting so sick of narrations with fake foreign accents and overly dramatic reading. I love great performances - for example Gerald Dickens narrating Charles Dickens. Just not guys adopting heavy fake accents. In this case it is really distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Americanah

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (757)
    Performance
    (684)
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    (685)

    Anna-Bo-Banana says: "Dazzling, Romantic, and Witty"
    "Great story impossible for one person to read well"
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    I can't imagine anyone could do all these accents! The reader did the African voices well, but the Americans - especially the men - sounded like Munchkins. And no American would say "Mary Land" for Maryland. I found that distracting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6932)
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    (6172)
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    (6175)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Fascinating story, wrong reader for this book."
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    Absolutely the wrong reader - Marco and Celia are young adults, yet he makes Marco sound like an elderly man throughout the book. Celia no better. He isn't a bad reader, just not for these characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nicholas Nickleby: Dickens on Dickens

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Gerald Dickens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
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    (5)

    Charles Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby performed by his great-great-grandson Gerald Dickens. A tale that brings to life the adventures of Nicholas Nickleby as he meets the wicked Wackfors Squeers, the theatrical Crumbles, and the cheerful Cheerybyle Brothers (to name a few). Complete and unabridged.

    ZiggyZ says: "Wonderful narration of a wonderful novel!"
    "Wonderful narration of a wonderful novel!"
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    Gerald Dickens is a wonderful narrator! I am sorry that Audible / Amazon do not seem to have chosen his readings for the Whispersynch versions. It is still easy to follow along on the Kindle version by using the table of contents. But frankly, reading it to myself is much less engaging than listening to Mr. Dickens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Matthew Goodman
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (45)
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    (46)

    On November 14, 1889, Nellie Bly, the crusading young female reporter for Joseph Pulitzer’s World newspaper, left New York City by steamship on a quest to break the record for the fastest trip around the world. Also departing from New York that day - and heading in the opposite direction by train - was a young journalist from The Cosmopolitan magazine, Elizabeth Bisland. Each woman was determined to outdo Jules Verne’s fictional hero Phileas Fogg and circle the globe in less than eighty days.

    Susan Gardner Bowers says: "Who knew?"
    "Engaging and interesting"
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    I read a lot of history, especially American history, but I was barely aware of Nellie Bly and her story until I read this book. I really enjoyed reading it. An easy and engaging listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9806)
    Performance
    (8830)
    Story
    (8839)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "A great page-turner with a great moral!"
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    John Grisham manages to give us the best of both worlds. Over the years my consumption of trashy mystery novels and thrillers has fallen off a lot, but sometimes I just want a page-turner. But this was a page-turner with a great story and a great message. Really enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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