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  • Sleeping Beauties

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King, Owen King
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 25 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,950
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,911

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: They become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place.... The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • can't stand it.

  • By Ryan on 05-09-18

Not worth the effort

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

This ridiculous novel has more characters than a Russian novel, and absolutely no clear protagonist. I am a long time fan of Stephen King, but this book was actually a chore to listen to, and I couldn’t wait for it to be over. I don't know how much of this book was written my Owen King, but he needs to rein in the dialog and bring some shape and form to this rambling story.

The biggest problem is that there is no central character to lead us through the story, i.e., no protagonist. Every chapter introduces another one or two characters, and for no apparent reason. In addition, Marin Irelands reading makes many characters sound the same, which just adds to the confusion.

Skip this book, even if like me, you're a Stephen King fan. It's just not worth the effort.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • The Estate

  • By: Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • Narrated by: Noah Waterman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

This sequel to and the conclusion of The Manor continues the portrayal of a period the author describes as the epoch between the Polish insurrection of 1863 and the end of the nineteenth century when the Jews began to play an important role in Polish industry, commerce, the arts and sciences. All the spiritual and intellectual ideas that triumphed in the modern era had their roots in the world of that time. The human condition, in a particular time and place - man's estate - is the theme of this major novel. As one character says, "It's not child's play to be born, to marry, to bring forth generations, to grow old, to die."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, terrible recording

  • By Bocaboy on 01-09-12

Great story, terrible recording

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

Reviewed: 01-09-12

I've been a member of Audible for years, and have never heard a recording whose quality was so poor as this one. It sounded as if it was recorded over the phone. I double-checked to make sure that there wasn't another version I had overlooked, but apparently this is a very old recording, and it sounds it. That problem, along with a not-very-good narration, really detract from this wonderful Singer story.

This may be one book you need to read and not listen to. It's too bad because there is very little of Singer available as an audiobook, and I was really looking forward to listening to this. The recording is from Blackstone Audio, who usually do a very good job. This reading was not their finest hour.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Macbeth: A Novel

  • By: A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,796
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,792

Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator choice inspired

  • By Beverly on 07-10-11

A compelling book to listen to

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

Reviewed: 12-16-11

Short and sweet: Alan Cumming gives a spectacular performance, taking the familiar story of Macbeth and transforming it. This version focuses on the characters and their motivations rather than just the events of the play. There is a sprinkling of some of the more famous lines from Shakespeare, but the goal here is to dive into the characters and what makes them tick, and Cumming makes this version jump off the page.

A great listen!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement

  • By: Anthony Powell
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 21 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 429

Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Masterpiece on All Counts

  • By Jennifer on 02-03-11

I really didn't get it

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

Reviewed: 10-17-11

Dull as dishwater. I couldn't find anything compelling in this story, and did something I very rarely do: stopped halfway through.

I've done a bit of research about this series, and I realize this is considered high literature, and that the characters are based on people that Powell knew or who were notable at the time this was written. Maybe it was interesting to those people who were in the know about these characters, but for me, this book was a bust. I just didn't care a whit about any of them.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cloud Atlas

  • A Novel
  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,590
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,611

A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I laughed often with the kindly Mr. Cavendish

  • By Aaron on 08-23-12

Well written, but not very cohesive

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-11

I enjoyed the book, but didn't love it. David Mitchell is a great writer, but like Salman Rushdie, he sometimes writes prose that just wanders, and with no particular relation to the story or the character. I loved Mitchell's recent book, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, but for me, this one misses the mark.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • By: Garth Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,329

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enzo (because he's so wize) for president.

  • By Lora on 06-17-08

Wonderful, whimsical story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-11

I thought this was a wonderful book. While the book is about a lab mix, not the yellow lab on the cover, it reminded me of my late dog, Louise, and how she "spoke" to us. She was, indeed, an integral part of our family, and that spirit is captured wonderfully in this short but heartfelt book.

So why only 4 stars and not 5? Because the producer of this book couldn't help herself and added the cheesiest, corniest, crappiest music ever placed on an audiobook. I'm not a fan of music on audiobooks to begin with, especially ones as well read as Christopher Welch reads this one, but clearly something motivated this producer to license the worst possible music and then make it as obtrusive as possible.Would someone please tell this woman that these are audio BOOKS and not television shows.

So, sorry for the rant, but this particular recording is one of the worst abuses of music I've heard in many an audio book, and this book is simply too good to ruin. My suggestion? Remix it and remove the music altogether!!

  • The Ground Beneath Her Feet

  • By: Salman Rushdie
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 27 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

Salman Rushdie is widely considered one of a handful of truly great living writers. The internationally acclaimed, Booker Prize-winning author's storytelling shines in this epic love story, a modern retelling of the myth of Orpheus.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay, Salmon, We get that you're a genious already

  • By Julie on 04-23-09

BOR-ing!!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-10

I was a big fan of the audio version of Shalimar the Clown by Rushdie and decided to give The Ground Beneath Her Feet a try. Don't bother.

There is so much irrelevant backstory that is in this book that it just sinks under it's own weight. If I heard one more reference to Orfeo and Euridice in just the first part of this book I was going to scream! I love delving into characters, one of the reasons I thought The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany were so wonderful, but the narrative in this book is simply irrelevant to the story. Perhaps Rushdie got paid by the page?

The storyteller is supposed to be a paparazzi who is both friend and lover to a pop diva. If you've ever met a photographer who talks and acts like this character, then you've occupied a different planet than I have.

I know there are people who enjoyed this book, but I am definitely not one of them!

6 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Born Confused

  • By: Tanuja Desai Hidier
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Dimple Lala doesn't know what to think. She's spent her whole life resisting her parents' traditions. But now she's turning 17 and things are more complicated than ever. She's still recovering from a year-old break-up, and her best friend isn't around the way she used to be. Then, to make matters worse, her parents arrange for her to meet a "suitable boy". Of course, it doesn't go well, until Dimple goes to a club and finds him spinning a magical web of words and music.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Delightful Insight

  • By Chris Rutz on 07-15-06

Boorrr-ing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-10

In defense of this book, I didn't realize it was of the "Judy Blume" ilk. I found the characters shallow, the narration pedantic, the characters stereotypical, and the story unbearable. If you're a teenager, this might be your cup of tea. For me, I stopped listening after the third chapter.

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    Length: 27 hrs and 20 mins
    691 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Maxine Fuentes on 02-11-10

Sensational reading

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-10

This book had me hooked from the beginning. Joe Barrett's reading of this work is excellent, and I loved the voices he's applied to the characters. I can't recommend this book enough. A wonderful story with unforgettable characters.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Master of the Senate

  • The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume III (Part 1 of a 3-Part Recording)
  • By: Robert A. Caro
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 18 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 998
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,004

Master of the Senate carries Lyndon Johnson's story through one of its most remarkable periods: his 12 years, from 1949 to 1960, in the United States Senate. Once the most august and revered body in politics, by the time Johnson arrived the Senate had become a parody of itself and an obstacle that for decades had blocked desperately needed liberal legislation. Caro shows how Johnson's brilliance, charm, and ruthlessness enabled him to become the youngest and most powerful Majority Leader in history.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • combine these into one book

  • By Hoppie on 03-15-14

Caro deliver's again

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-09

Robert Caro's "The Power Broker" was one of my favorite books. In spite of that, I was always hesitant to read Master of the Senate because of its sheer volume. "And who cares that much about Lyndon Johnson", I thought. Well, it was my loss. This is a spectacular book with a truly insightful reading by Grover Gardner. This is not just the story of Lyndon Johnson, it is the story of the Senate, and some gems of history, like the story of Leland Olds and Lyndon Johnson, that are as gripping as a novel. There were times during this book when I wanted to reach into the page and strangle Lyndon Johnson, and times when I thought he was the best thing the Senate has ever seen. This may be a long listen, but you won't be bored for a moment. One of the best books I've ever listened to. Having read this, I'm now disappointed that the first collection, "The Rise To Power" and the last one, "The Presidential Years", are not on tape.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful