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  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,017
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,196
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,197

In 1799, the artificial island of Dejima lies in Nagasaki Harbor as Japan’s outpost for the Dutch East Indies Company. There, Jacob de Zoet has come to make a fortune large enough to return to Holland and marry the woman he loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Less about the arrival more about the ride

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-26-12

great listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-11

This was the best book I've listened to in the past year. Yes, the early part of the book is a little slow, but it sets up the story in such detail that you can picture the setting vividly. It becomes more fast-paced as the story progresses. I didn't want the book to end, and I miss the adventures of Jacob on my daily commute.

  • Trade Winds

  • By: Christina Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Sweden, 1732. Strong-willed Jess van Sandt knows only too well that it's a man's world. She believes she's being swindled out of her inheritance by her stepfather and she's determined to stop it. When help appears in the unlikely form of handsome Scotsman Killian Kinross, Jess finds herself both intrigued and infuriated by him. In an attempt to recover her fortune, she proposes a marriage of convenience.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable light listen

  • By Sarah on 03-28-11

Enjoyable light listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-11

I was looking for some historical fiction entertain me through a weekend of spring yard cleanup, and Trade Winds exceeded my expectations. It has a great story line, yet not so complicated that I missed something important if I got interruped. The plot is similar to other historical novels (female protagonist smarter than women are supposed to be ends up in an arranged marriage). The setting in Sweden is different than "the usual". The story sometimes seemed a little contrived, but that's par for the course in this genre. This is a great choice to escape from reality in a lively story with a happy ending!

  • Too Big to Fail

  • By: Andrew Ross Sorkin
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 21 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,214

A real-life thriller about the most tumultuous period in America's financial history by an acclaimed New York Times reporter. Andrew Ross Sorkin delivers the first true, behind-the-scenes, moment-by-moment account of how the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression developed into a global tsunami.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Revealing

  • By Laura on 01-11-10

Good Listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-10

I followed the financial crisis as it was occurring, but at the time I didn't have a good understanding of what was happening and why. Sorkin explains the causes of the crisis, the fall of Lehman and the political pressures clearly, in a way that appeals to someone without a background in the industry. The book is well written. In places it reads more like a thriller novel than a nonfiction book - I'm sure that more technical industry insiders won't appreciate this, but I certainly did!

  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22

Pride and Prejudice captures the affections of class-conscious 18th-century English families with matrimonial aims and rivalries. From its famous opening sentence, the story of the Bennet family and of the novel's two protagonists, Elizabeth and Darcy, told with a wit that its author feared might prove "rather too light and bright, and sparkling", delights its most familiar readers as thoroughly as it does those who encounter it for the first time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • great book, bad recording

  • By Mary on 10-15-07

Good book, poor recording

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-10

I selected this version of P&P because I've enjoyed listening to the narrator before. Nadia May has an excellent voice and makes the characters come alive. I loved her readings of Persuasion and Jane Eyre.
Unfortunately, I can't recommend this recording. The chapter introductions are oddly timed - they start before the last word of the previous chapter. It makes the narration seem rushed and ruins the rhythm. There are also section breaks in odd places. I was surprised to hear the "reached the end of the part, but not the end of the audiobook" message about 50 minutes in to part one. Of course part one was not over at that point. Overall, the recording problems are distracting from the book itself - I would choose a different version.

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  • The Summer House

  • By: Mary Nichols
  • Narrated by: Hilary Neville
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

When Lady Helen Hardingham’s parents say she will never find a better husband than Richard, she agrees to marry him. But all too soon Richard returns to war, and Helen begins to wonder just who she has married. Then she meets Oliver Donovan. As the war continues, Oliver has to return to his regiment – and is never seen again. But Helen is left with more than just her memories: she is with child. Twenty years later and a second war is ravaging Europe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice mix of romance and history

  • By Anonymous User on 03-30-10

Enjoyed this predictable romance

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-10

This is a good story. The plot is predictable at times, and I rolled my eyes once or twice, but overall a good listen. It moves at a good pace if you're multitasking - if you don't pay attention for a few minutes you don't miss anything critical. It's an entertaining historical romance.

  • A Thread Across the Ocean

  • By: John Steele Gordon
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

In a world in which news and information flashes around the globe in an instant, time lags are inconceivable. But they were a fact of life in the 19th century. One of those adept, impressively learned, sometimes impractical 19-century woodshed thinkers and tinkers, Cyrus Field, knew only a little of the hard science behind stringing a submarine telegraph cable that would link the financial markets of London and New York.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great audiobook

  • By Derek Malley on 09-28-10

Good listen

Overall
out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-10

interesting story, well read and entertaining

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,091
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,030
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,046

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

Great listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-09

I really enjoyed this book. The narration is excellent, so it ends up being better than reading the paper copy would have been.