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Andrew M. Collins

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  • The Family Fang

  • By: Kevin Wilson
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 866
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 744
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 744

Performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang dedicated themselves to making great art. But when an artist's work lies in subverting normality, it can be difficult to raise well-adjusted children. Just ask Buster and Annie Fang. For as long as they can remember, they starred (unwillingly) in their parents' madcap pieces. But now that they are grown up, the chaos of their childhood has made it difficult to cope with life outside the fishbowl of their parents' strange world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, Heart-wrenching, Shocking.

  • By Amanda on 11-18-11

Original voice plus an excellent performance

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

Reviewed: 12-21-11

Wilson's is a really original approach to the family dysfunction novel, through the metaphor of performance art. A refreshingly creative achievement. The narrator is exceptionally good.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Midnight's Children

  • By: Salman Rushdie
  • Narrated by: Lyndam Gregory
  • Length: 24 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,169
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 901
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 887

Salman Rushdie holds the literary world in awe with a jaw-dropping catalog of critically acclaimed novels that have made him one of the world's most celebrated authors. Winner of the prestigious Booker of Bookers, Midnight's Children tells the story of Saleem Sinai, born on the stroke of India's independence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding book, superb narration

  • By MarcS on 06-09-09

Dramatic narration is appropriate to the novel

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-11

The narrator has been criticized as overdramatic by some other reviewers. I find that his dramatic style is well matched to the style of the writing.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Kim

  • By: Rudyard Kipling
  • Narrated by: Madhav Sharma
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

Set in the days of the British Raj, Kipling's finest novel is the exciting and touching tale of an Irish orphan-boy who has lived free in the streets of Lahore before setting out, with a Tibetan Lama, on a spiritual quest. Kim later enrols in the Indian Service and simultaneously embarks on an espionage mission of supreme importance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous Narrator

  • By Gentle Reader Jill on 11-30-09

A strange and great book, beautifully performed

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-10

Sharma does a wonderful job in expressing Kipling's love of India as well as his prejudices. Well worth the listening.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Red and the Black

  • By: Stendhal
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 90

So what would Al Gore choose if he had a book club? Gore named Stendhal's The Red and the Black, a 19th century classic chock full of adultery, betrayal, and moral vacuity, as his favorite book on a recent broadcast of Oprah. It's a bit shocking of a choice, given his wife and running mate's position on clean, wholesome literature. Listen and decide for yourself the merit of this presidential pick.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks, Audible.com!

  • By IPod junkie on 02-25-08

a great classic, well read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-10

Strange, brilliant, and psychologically acute, Red and the Black is a masterpiece. Well read by Porter.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful