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ray

ottawa, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2007

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  • 555 titles in library
  • 37 purchased in 2014
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  • The Sense of an Ending

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (710)
    Story
    (705)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Melinda says: "'Something Happened'..."
    "Tour de Force?"
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    Can a 4 and a half hour book ever be referred to as a "tour de force" -oxymoron isn't it? Well this one can as far as I'm concerned. The writing is crisp and clever and the story intriguing. Filling in the details is left to the mind of the creative listener. This creativity is an aspect I enjoyed for a change having listened recently to wonderful epics by Martin, Follet, Courtney and Gabaldon where filling in the blanks is seldom required. I highly recommend this book and encourage listeners, especially those who might be put off by its brevity, to give it a try.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • May the Road Rise Up to Meet You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Peter Troy
    • Narrated By John Keating, Allyson Johnson, Barrie Kreinik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    Ethan McOwen is an Irish immigrant whose endurance is tested in Brooklyn and the Five Points at the height of its urban destitution; he is among the first to join the famed Irish Brigade and becomes a celebrated war photographer. Marcella, a society girl from Spain, defies her father to become a passionate abolitionist. Mary and Micah are slaves of varying circumstances, who form an instant connection and embark on a tumultuous path to freedom. All four lives unfold in two beautiful love stories, which eventually collide.

    Cheimon says: "Four passionate performances give wings to story"
    "A Blessing Afterall!"
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    Story

    What a beautiful listen-both content and delivery-mixing elements of The Kitchen House and The Help and delivering all the best that good Historical Fiction has to offer. Congratulations to Peter Troy for such a finely woven story of the heartache and the joy of the end of slavery and the rebirth of an nation. Also thanks to the four narrators for bringing these fascinating heros and heroines to life. May the Road Rise up to Meet You is truly a blessing afterall. Highly recommended!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18169)
    Performance
    (16168)
    Story
    (16127)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Quite the Travelogue!!"
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    Story

    What a ride-his best, at least for me, since The Shining! Completely different in style and content than much of his past work. Appreciated the history lesson and the love story-a fine mix of fact and fantacy-superbly read by Mr. Wasson. Recommend it highly!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Civility: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Amor Towles
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1823)
    Performance
    (1455)
    Story
    (1437)

    Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising 25-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

    Emily - Audible says: "Like a Country Pastoral for City Rats"
    "Dazzling debut!"
    Overall

    This is a book lovers book! Listen and you will appreciate what I mean. While the narration is excellent-the writing is superb. I hope this is only the first of many to come just like it from Mr. Towles. I suspect in my listening that I got a sense of New York in mid -dpression as it really was. Thanks to Amor and Rebecca for making me fall for Gotham and for its darling Katie!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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