Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.
This is a riveting novel, with wonderful characters who really come to life as the story unfolds. It also deals with the troubles and horrors of Afghan history since the 1960s. The reading is done by the author himself, a real advantage here because his passion for the material is clear and he gives authentic pronunciations to the Afghan words in the story.
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The volume that completes the verse: All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all. These are the memoirs of James Herriot, the world's most beloved veterinarian.
All of the Herriot books are great in audio -- very engaging stories that benefit much from the fine reader's rendering of the accents. This one is no exception. I was really sorry when I finished this series because I know there will be no more books.
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Jon Stewart, host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show, and his coterie of patriots deliver a hilarious look at American government.
This book is funny, but not very well suited to audiobook. The print version has pictures that add to the hilarity. I felt like the audiobook was missing something.
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In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.
I chose this book because of recommendations on Audible even though I was somewhat taken aback by the subject matter -- architecture and World's Fairs can be kind of dry and serial killers are a bit too sensational for my usual reading tastes. I'm so glad I took a chance on it, though. It's a fascinating book about a fascinating time in American history. While the two lines of the story may seem unrelated, together they give a very provocative picture of late 19th century Chicago society. It's a long book, but I was really sorry when it ended. I wanted the story to go on.
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Nobel Prize-winner V. S. Naipaul, one of the world's most acclaimed authors, effortlessly tackles provocative ideas that lesser novelists shy away from and always leaves his audience with something to think about.
This book completes the story begun in Naipaul's _Half a Life_, and I don't think the book stands very well on its own. It would be best to listen to the first book before tackling this one.
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In this captivating memoir, the man whom Julia Child has called "the best chef in America" tells the story of his rise from a frightened apprentice in an exacting Old World kitchen to an Emmy Award-winning superstar who taught millions of Americans how to cook and shaped the nation's tastes in the bargain.
I got interested in chef's memoirs after listenign to Anthony Bourdain's _Kitchen Confidential_. Jacques Pepin's life isn't as racy as Bourdain's, but it's in some ways much more intersting. Even though I've seen him on public television, I never knew about the twists and turns his career took in getting him to that point. The story is told with good humor and an abiding love for family and food. In the process you learn a lot about the history of cuisine in America and Pepin's influence of what you eat every day even now.
The book is read very well, not by Pepin himself but by someone with an accent very much like his. It was great fun to hear it.
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John Updike's 21st novel, a bildungsroman, follows its hero, Owen Mackenzie, from his birth in the semi-rural Pennsylvania town of Willow to his retirement in the rather geriatric community of Haskells Crossing, Massachusetts. In between these two settlements comes Middle Falls, Connecticut, where Owen, an early computer programmer, founds with a partner, Ed Mervine, the successful firm of E-O Data, which is housed in an old gun factory on the Chunkaunkabaug River.
I'm not a hardcore Updike fan, but I've enjoyed some of his other books. This one is good and is well-adapted to the audio format. Real Updike fans will probably enjoy it even more because it sheds some light on the situations and characters developed in his other books.
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This enchanting collection of stories is the warm and joyful sequel to All Things Bright and Beautiful and All Creatures Great and Small, the memoirs of James Herriot, the world's most beloved veterinarian.
In addition to all the animal stories, this volume of Herriot's books talk about his experiences in the RAF during WWII. It's touching and funny at times. The atmosphere of wartime England is palpable. As with the rest of the Herriot audiobooks, this one is very well-read and engaging.
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Herriot continues the rich and rewarding day-to-day life of a small-town veterinarian, and we journey with him across the dales, meeting a whole new cast of unforgettable characters - humans, dogs, horses, lambs, parakeets - all of them drawn with the same infinite fascination, affection and insight that made James Herriot one of the most beloved authors of our time. And all the stories are warmly, evocatively told by the world-renowned "voice" of Dr. Herriot: Christopher Timothy.
The James Herriott stories are all great favorites of mine on audiobook. They're extremely well read in this edition, and they are engaging enough for either long or short jaunts in the car. I really enjoy them and will be sad when I finish the series.
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Acclaimed author Joseph J. Ellis penned the National Book Award-winning American Sphinx and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Founding Brothers, a fixture on The New York Times best seller list for an entire year, and one of the most popular history books of all time. Now this master historian turns his attention to the most exalted American hero, Founding Father and first President George Washington.
George Washington has gotten a bad rap from history, and this book seeks to set the story straight. His life is fascinating and complex. He lived in the much-vaunted "interesting times" and he managed to shape both his own destiny and the destiny of the nation. He is not fully a hero in this book, however. How he chose to "solve" the moral quandary of his own slave-owning, while perhaps advanced for his time, does not put him in history's best light now. All in all, this is a good book, very well read, and worth the time it takes to listen to it. It will give you a new perspective on present-day political partisan battles.
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