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  • The Paris Architect

  • By: Charles Belfoure
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,523

Like most gentiles in Nazi-occupied Paris, architect Lucien Bernard has little empathy for the Jews. So when a wealthy industrialist offers him a large sum of money to devise secret hiding places for Jews, Lucien struggles with the choice of risking his life for a cause he doesn't really believe in. Ultimately he can't resist the challenge and begins designing expertly concealed hiding spaces - behind a painting, within a column, or inside a drainpipe - detecting possibilities invisible to the average eye. But when one of his clever hiding spaces fails and the immense suffering of Jews becomes incredibly personal, he can no longer deny reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Wonderful!!

  • By Wandering Hoosier on 05-09-15

Great Book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-15

One of the best books I've listened to in a long time! The storyline was interesting and the narration was very good. I highly recommend it.

  • Me Before You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,657

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Journey Into the Unknown

  • By Pamela Harvey on 01-13-13

Wonderful Listen!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-14

What did you love best about Me Before You?

The different storylines throughout the story were thought-provoking and interesting. The two main characters, Lou and Will, were quite memorable, and the narrator was excellent. As I listened to the story, I was reminded more than once how difficult it must be for a quadriplegic to lead a normal life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Me Before You?

Hard to pick just one! The two that come to mind: The thunderstorm Will and Lou enjoyed during their tropical vacation and the Paris cafe where Lou read Will's very touching letter.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Probably Lou was my favorite.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No....I didn't want it to end!

Any additional comments?

This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to in quite some time. I highly recommend it!

  • Sutton

  • By: J. R. Moehringer
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 205

Born in the slums of Brooklyn, in the first year of the 20th century, Willie Sutton came of age at a time when banks were out of control. If they weren’t taking brazen risks, they were shamelessly seeking bailouts. Trapped in a cycle of bank panics, depressions and soaring unemployment, Sutton saw only one way out. So began the career of America’s most successful bank robber. Sutton became so good at breaking into banks, and such a master at breaking out of prisons, police called him one of the most dangerous men.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting piece of American History

  • By Greg on 04-29-13

Fascinating!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-13

Any additional comments?

I chose this book because of all the glowing reviews from other people who had listened to it. I have to admit, their assessment of the story and performance were accurate. Thoroughly enjoyed this book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Town Like Alice

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Neil Hunt
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 993

Eight hundred women and children begin a 1,200-mile journey on foot across Japanese-occupied Malaya. At journey’s end, only 30 will still be alive. This is the story of one woman, of her ordeal, and of how she was saved by the sacrifice of an Australian soldier. It is a story of rare individual courage in the face of certain death, and hope in the face of despair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic and still entertaining

  • By John S on 05-13-14

Interesting Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend this audiobook highly. The storyline was interesting and I liked the historical aspect of the book. The narration was excellent.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Pulse

  • By: Julian Barnes
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

A brilliant, moving, poignant collection of stories, from the author of Cross Channel and The Lemon Table.The stories in Julian Barnes’ long-awaited third collection are attuned to rhythms and currents: of the body, of love and sex, illness and death, connections and conversations. Each character is bent to a pulse, propelled on by success and loss, by new beginnings and endings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Listen

  • By christine on 01-23-12

Wonderful Listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-12

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook very much. The narrator was perfect for this book and the collection of stories by Julian Barnes was interesting and entertaining. I usually don't read or listen to short stories, but after reading other listeners' opinions, I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Still Missing

  • By: Chevy Stevens
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,455

On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A singular voice; a horrendous story.

  • By Richard Delman on 01-21-12

A great read!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-29-10

I enjoyed this book very much. The story was intriguing and the narration was superb.

  • Noah's Compass

  • By: Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 63

Liam Pennywell, who set out to be a philosopher and ended up teaching fifth grade, never much liked the job at that run-down private school, so early retirement doesnt bother him. But he is troubled by his inability to remember anything about the first night that he moved into his new, spare, and efficient condominium on the outskirts of Baltimore. All he knows when he wakes up the next day in the hospital is that his head is sore and bandaged.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Low key and thought provoking

  • By Eileen on 04-10-10

good listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-10

I enjoyed listening to this book despite what I had read in other listeners' reviews. It's not an action-packed story, but Anne Tyler always does a great job developing her characters and this book is no exception. Liam and all of his relatives are typical Tyler: quirky and, for the most part, lovable.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful