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cityreader

Chicago, IL | Member Since 2010

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  • 8 reviews
  • 50 ratings
  • 199 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015
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  • Last Man in Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Aravind Adiga
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (72)

    A riveting story of money and power, luxury and deprivation, set in the booming city of Mumbai. At the heart of this novel are two equally compelling men, poised for a showdown. Real-estate developer Dharmen Shah rose from nothing to create an empire and hopes to seal his legacy with a building named the Shanghai, which promises to be one of the city’s most elite addresses. Larger-than-life Shah is a dangerous man to refuse. But he meets his match in a retired schoolteacher called Masterji.

    Cariola says: "Witty, Sad, Outrageous"
    "great storyteller"
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    the narration was wearing on me a bit during the first half, wondering if this would be as good as white tiger, but I was completely hooked in the second.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Bob Spitz
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (213)

    From Pasadena to Cambridge to New York, Washington, D.C., India, Ceylon, Paris, Marseilles, Santa Barbara, and Maine, Bob Spitz re-creates an extraordinary life. He takes us beyond the image of Julia as the tall, eccentric woman with a funny voice who taught America how to cook, to establish her as a genuine rebel and beloved icon, a woman who redefined herself in middle age, helped to change the role of women in America, set the standard for how to create a public personality in the modern media world.

    S. Vann says: "Deeply mixed feelings"
    "intriguing story, but long"
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    what a life she lived. last few chapters made me yearn for an editor, but still an impressive work. narration was fine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Aminatta Forna
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    In the aftermath of Sierra Leone’s 1990s civil war, British psychologist Adrian Lockheart comes to work at the Freetown hospital. There he meets a dying elderly patient who confesses to Adrian his past crimes of passion and betrayal.

    Delah says: "Narrator is great - Could not get into the story."
    "powerful characters and story"
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    ok, so there are a couple of soap opera twists, but they don't take away from the drama and excellent storytelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Turn of Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Alice LaPlante
    • Narrated By Jean Reed Bahle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (225)

    Told through the voice of a woman with a powerful intellect that is maddeningly slipping away, Turn of Mind is not only a suspenseful psychological thriller that pulses with intensity but also a brilliant portrayal of the fragility of consciousness and memory, and of a mind finally turning on itself.

    smith says: "Not bad"
    "intriguing"
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    great performance, good murder mystery. and oddly therapeutic, after having had many confusing conversations with a parent in the early stages of dementia.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1305)
    Performance
    (754)
    Story
    (741)

    Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable.

    Diana says: "Glad I finally decided to read it"
    "long but worth it"
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    I was hesitant about both the narrator and the book when I started about 50 hours ago, but now will be sad to see it end. I am finding that with classic novels, particularly those where class distinctions provide much of the context (Middlemarch, David Copperfield), a good narrator fills out the story in a way my own reading may not have.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Possession

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (175)

    As a pair of young scholars research the lives of two Victorian poets, they uncover their letters, journals, and poems, and track their movements from London to Yorkshire - from spiritualist seances to the fairy-haunted far west of Brittany. What emerges is an extraordinary counterpoint of passion and ideas.

    Inga E. Calvin says: "audible poetry"
    "stick with this one"
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    beautiful amalgam of poetry, people, story. sort of a goofy ending, but she had me by then.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dorothy Wickenden
    • Narrated By Dorothy Wickenden, Margaret Nichols
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    In the summer of 1916, Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood, close friends from childhood and graduates of Smith College, left home in Auburn, New York, for the wilds of northwestern Colorado. Bored by their soci-ety luncheons, charity work, and the effete young men who courted them, they learned that two teach-ing jobs were available in a remote mountaintop schoolhouse and applied—shocking their families and friends.

    Sara says: "Not as Described"
    "a good read"
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    so I have a soft spot for Laura Ingalls and all the women who made it out west without the benefit of an airplane and an iphone, so picked this one up as easy summer read. impressed by how well researched and unexpected the story turned out, and I enjoyed the reading.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Infidel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Narrated By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1230)
    Performance
    (568)
    Story
    (572)

    This New York Times best-seller is the astonishing life story of award-winning humanitarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A deeply respected advocate for free speech and women's rights, Hirsi Ali also lives under armed protection because of her outspoken criticism of the Islamic faith in which she was raised.

    Paul Mullen says: "Tough, Candid Assessment"
    "wow"
    Overall

    what a story, even more powerful when told by the author who lived it (and, as it happens, has a beautiful speaking voice)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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