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  • In the Skin of a Lion

  • By: Michael Ondaatje
  • Narrated by: Tom McCamus
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 312

Patrick Lewis arrives in Toronto in the 1920s and earns his living searching for a vanished millionaire and tunneling beneath Lake Ontario. In the course of his adventures, Patrick's life intersects with those of characters who reappear in Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning The English Patient.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Joshua on 02-25-18

You must be engaged

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Beautifully written and narrated – – mesmerizing really, but it requires your full attention. If you go with the flow you will be rewarded.

  • Paris in the Present Tense

  • By: Mark Helprin
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772

In the midst of what should be an effulgent time of life, with its days bright with music, family, and rowing on the Seine, Jules is confronted headlong and all at once by a series of challenges to his principles, livelihood, and home, forcing him to grapple with his complex past and find a way forward. He risks fraud to save his terminally ill infant grandson, matches wits with a renegade insurance investigator, is drawn into an act of savage violence, and falls deeply, excitingly in love with a young cellist who is a third his age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Greatest living "novelist". Top 10 narrator.

  • By BellevueMike on 10-14-17

Pure poetry – – story and narration

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

Mark Helprin seamlessly intertwines topics to which readers of any stripe can relate. Pinchot’s narration, as usual, is perfection. “ Paris in the Present” Has had a profound effect on me.

  • The First Pharaoh

  • The First Dynasty, Book 1
  • By: Lester Picker
  • Narrated by: Adam Hanin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Throughout antiquity Egypt was a land of hundreds of tiny villages, with constantly warring tribes, loosely divided between Upper and Lower Egypt. Then, in the space of a few extraordinary decades, the impossible happened. An incredible man, King Narmer (also known as Menes), united Upper and Lower Egypt. The First Pharaoh retells the story of Narmer and his epic journey, seen through his eyes and those of his Chief Scribe, the shaman Anhotek.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Ugly Duckling Blooms.

  • By Stephen on 01-10-13

Not my usual read BUT....

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

Reviewed: 02-20-13

Would you listen to The First Pharaoh again? Why?

There's so much history in the book that in a second read I would concentrate on the historic detail -- perhaps with supplemental material.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The First Pharaoh?

So many it's hard to pick. Overall the relationship between the Prince/King and the shaman Anhotek was always evolving, moving and memorable -- filled with life lessons..

What about Adam Hanin’s performance did you like?

His delivered a good performance. Readers may note certain quirks in his speech but certainly none that detract significantly from his performance.

Who was the most memorable character of The First Pharaoh and why?

Anhotek! I was most invested in this character. Perhaps it was his dedication, wisdom, love and perspective that engaged. The ultimate father figure.

Any additional comments?

A very good read made moreso by the attention to historic detail. You will be entertained and nourished.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

  • By: Carson McCullers
  • Narrated by: Cherry Jones
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 819

Carson McCullers was all of 23 when she published her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. She became an overnight literary sensation, and soon such authors as Tennessee Williams were calling her "the greatest prose writer that the South [has] produced." The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter tells an unforgettable tale of moral isolation in a small southern mill town in the 1930s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Prose and Perfect Narration

  • By Michael on 03-15-15

A Rare Five Stars

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

Reviewed: 10-21-11

Cherry Jones gives Carson McCullers' compelling characters life and depth. Reading it was like a great theatrical perforamnce. Ms Jones' nuanced narration is in itself worth listening to. Add Ms. McCullers' compelling story and you have a winner. My first Audible book and I was hooked!

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  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

  • By: Lionel Shriver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblatt
  • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Two years ago, Eva Khatchadourian's son, Kevin, murdered seven high-school students, a cafeteria worker, and an algebra teacher. Because he was only 15 at the time, he received a lenient sentence and is now in a prison for young offenders. Telling the story of Kevin's upbringing, Eva addresses herself to her estranged husband through a series of letters. Fearing that her own shortcomings may have shaped what her son has become, she confesses to a long-standing ambivalence. How much is her fault?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Sherry L. Wright on 04-29-07

Very good book so far but WARNING

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-10

I'm only several hours into the book which is very well written and engrossing. The narrator, however, sucks (pun intended) the joy out of the book. She has a smoker's voice and I think I can actually hear her taking puffs on a cigarette. She inhales, gasps and swallows. I want to scream -- stop smoking -- you're killing yourself. I must really like the book to put up with this huge distraction.