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  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,090
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,317
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,294

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I've never read a book quite like this one

  • By Joey on 04-23-12

Enjoyable but lengthy

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

Reviewed: 05-07-12

When trying to remember how the various incidents and events of the story were connected, I realized that the book could have been half its length and still surreal and atmospherical. However, it remains an excellent and unique book, definitely recommended, unless you get bored or impatient too quickly.

  • Crime and Punishment (Recorded Books Edition)

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 25 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,091
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222

Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is universally regarded as one of literature's finest achievements, as the great Russian novelist explores the inner workings of a troubled intellectual. Raskolnikov, a nihilistic young man in the midst of a spiritual crisis, makes the fateful decision to murder a cruel pawnbroker, justifying his actions by relying on science and reason, and creating his own morality system. Dehumanized yet sympathetic, exhausted yet hopeful, Raskolnikov represents the best and worst elements of modern intellectualism. The aftermath of his crime and Petrovich's murder investigation result in an utterly compelling, truly unforgettable cat-and-mouse game. This stunning dramatization of Dostoevsky's magnum opus brings the slums of St. Petersburg and the demons of Raskolnikov's tortured mind vividly to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Book

  • By Greg on 02-07-04

Russian masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 05-07-12

An excellent study of human nature, at the time of no CSI techniques and punishment in Siberia.

  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Ann Patchett
  • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,414
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,825
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,836

We are excited to present our members with a gift that is truly unique: an original essay, available exclusively here at Audible, written and voiced by best-selling author – and fellow listener – Ann Patchett. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a very real love story, and one that is much more about the journey than the destination.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Was this our holiday present?

  • By Liz on 12-13-11

Fast food...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-12

Might be most appealing to women, I would dare say. Too much analysis on the subject of unhappy relationships and marriages.

  • Getting Even

  • By: Woody Allen
  • Narrated by: Woody Allen
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 351

Woody Allen's early comic fiction was heavily influenced by the zany, pun-ridden humor of S.J. Perelman. And now, for the first time, Woody Allen narrates one of his early collections of short stories, Getting Even. Listen to Woody Allen revenge himself on such significant subjects as death, obesity, organized crime, the invention of the sandwich, and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get read for awkward stares...

  • By Zack D. on 04-24-13

Woody Allen's movies are (usually) better...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-12

Even though there are excellent paragraphs, overall it was hard to follow and enjoy. Not my type of audiobooks, as it seems.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • I, Claudius

  • By: Robert Graves
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,655

Here is one of the best historical novels ever written. Lame, stammering Claudius, once a major embarrassment to the imperial family and now emperor of Rome, writes an eyewitness account of the reign of the first four Caesars: the noble Augustus and his cunning wife, Livia; the reptilian Tiberius; the monstrous Caligula; and finally old Claudius himself. Filled with poisonings, betrayal, and shocking excesses, I Claudius is history that rivals the most exciting contemporary fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unsurpassed, addictive brilliance

  • By Chris on 06-09-09

Educational historical fiction

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

Reviewed: 05-07-12

Would you listen to I, Claudius again? Why?

So far ago, so up to date

What other book might you compare I, Claudius to and why?

Animal Farm by George Orwell, because it talks about the human nature and the longing for power

Which character – as performed by Nelson Runger – was your favorite?

Claudius himself

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The final unexpected triumph of Claudius, the permanent outsider

Any additional comments?

A peculiar but constructive reading

  • The Sense of an Ending

  • By: Julian Barnes
  • Narrated by: Richard Morant
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 968
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 814

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 'Something Happened'...

  • By Mel on 01-09-12

Typical Booker Prize Winner

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

Reviewed: 05-07-12

What did you love best about The Sense of an Ending?

Subtle British "Humor"

What did you like best about this story?

Concise and precise language, excellent use and choice of words

What about Richard Morant’s performance did you like?

Rhythm and Pace

Who was the most memorable character of The Sense of an Ending and why?

The narrator - protagonist

Any additional comments?

Worth it overall