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  • A Novel
  • By: Yaa Gyasi
  • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,838

Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into different villages in 18th-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and will live in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising children who will be sent abroad to be educated before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the empire. Esi, imprisoned beneath Effia in the castle's women's dungeon and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, will be sold into slavery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An important story but terribly disjointed

  • By Joy on 12-07-17

amazingly powerful story

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

This is an amazing and Powerful story about the Experience of humans caught up in the African slave trade and the generational reverberations that ensue. The narrator is superb. His use of accent and different intonations for different characters and different time periods is remarkable. I would rank the narration at the very top of any I have listened to and I've listened to hundreds and hundreds of audiobooks. I would give the book overall a 6 out of 5 if I could!

  • Snow Falling on Cedars

  • By: David Guterson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

As a Japanese-American fisherman stands trial for murder on an island in Puget Sound, snow blankets the countryside. The whiteness covers the courthouse, but it cannot conceal the memories at work inside: the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, an unrequited love, and the ghosts of racism that still haunt the islanders. First novels rarely attract as much attention as Snow Falling on Cedars. Remaining on best seller lists for months, it has cast a spell on listeners across the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unforgettable. Masterful. Remarkably creative.

  • By Richard Delman on 12-18-17

disappointed

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

I was deeply disappointed that my favorite narrator George woodell would pronounce Ole Jorgensen as Ol' Jorgensen not Oh-lee. grating.

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  • Underworld

  • By: Don DeLillo
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 31 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 351

Nick Shay and Klara Sax knew each other once, intimately, and they meet again in the American desert. He is trying to outdistance the crucial events of his early life, haunted by the hard logic of loss and by the echo of a gunshot in a basement room. She is an artist who has made a blood struggle for independence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • CYBEX burned into my eyes

  • By Ruth Ann Orlansky on 07-01-12

amazing! It reads like we live

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

Reviewed: 08-19-17

Don Delillo captures the murmuring thoughts and memories and Snippets that comprise our inner lives. He captures them and the episodes that connote the essences of life times. I am stunned as I finish. I'm sadder and wiser and yet more hopeful. And. Life has more meaning.

  • The End of the Day

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 98

At the end of the day, Death visits everyone. Right before that, Charlie does. You might meet him in a hospital, in a war zone, or at the scene of a traffic accident. Then again, you might meet him at the North Pole - he gets everywhere, our Charlie. Would you shake him by the hand, take the gift he offers, or would you pay no attention to the words he says? Sometimes he is sent as a courtesy, sometimes as a warning. He never knows which.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a hopeful story about the end

  • By john on 05-15-17

a hopeful story about the end

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

This is a hopeful story about the end, the end world, the end of life, and the end of ideas. it's hopeful message is one about the beauty and persistence of life even in the face of death. Skillfully told and narrated, the book is compelling, entertaining and thought-provoking.

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  • The Man Who Spoke Snakish

  • By: Andrus Kivirähk
  • Narrated by: Aaron Landon
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Set in a fantastical version of medieval Estonia, The Man Who Spoke Snakish follows a young boy, Leemet, who lives with his hunter-gatherer family in the forest and is the last speaker of the ancient tongue of snakish, a language that allows its speakers to command all animals.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth the hours.

  • By Zachary Unsell on 05-17-18

stupid, adolescent

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

childish plot, silly characters. even for a fantasy the deus ex machina plot repairs are gimmicky

  • The One Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Andrew Gross
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,350

It's 1944. Physics professor Alfred Mendel and his family are trying to flee Paris when they are caught and forced onto a train along with thousands of other Jewish families. At the other end of the long, torturous train ride, Alfred is separated from his family and sent to the men's camp, where all of his belongings are tossed on a roaring fire. His books, his papers, his life's work. The Nazis have no idea what they have just destroyed. And without that physical record, Alfred is one of only two people in the world with his particular knowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You gotta have a STRONG stomach.

  • By Richard Delman on 09-22-16

it is fast-paded and holds one's attention

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

Reviewed: 02-14-17

but it was difficult to suspend credulity enough. plot is farfetched, almost Hogan's Heroes do Auschwitz... highly implausible.

  • The Sparrow

  • By: Mary Doria Russell
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,007
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,006

Emilio Sandoz is a remarkable man, a living saint and Jesuit priest who undergoes an experience so harrowing and profound that it makes him question the existence of God. This experience - the first contact between human beings and intelligent extraterrestrial life - begins with a small mistake and ends in a horrible catastrophe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superbly Written and Thought-provoking

  • By Jim N on 08-15-12

more of an adventure novel

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

Reviewed: 09-22-16

than the described literary fiction. it was OK, good plot. Character development seemed two dimensional, like an uploaded resume, than through their words and actions. Russell's Epitaph is a much better novel, although a completely different genre.

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  • Lovecraft Country

  • A Novel
  • By: Matt Ruff
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,451

Critically acclaimed cult novelist Matt Ruff makes visceral the terrors of life in Jim Crow America and its lingering effects in this brilliant and wondrous work of the imagination that melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An effective mix of influences

  • By Jim N on 04-10-16

Hardy Boys meet Alice Walker and HP Lovecraft

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

meh. Simplistic. Scooby-Doo with real ghosts and magic. Only the Scooby Van is a Packard woody, and all the cops a fiercely racist.

  • The Big Rock Candy Mountain

  • By: Wallace Stegner
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 25 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 824

Bo Mason, his wife, and his two boys live a transient life of poverty and despair. Drifting from town to town and from state to state, the violent, ruthless Bo seeks his fortune in the hotel business, in new farmland, and, eventually, in illegal rum-running throughout the treacherous back roads of the American Northwest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • deeply moving rollercoaster ride

  • By Heimo on 05-26-10

Breathtaking!

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

Reviewed: 04-14-16

Wallace Stegner's The Big Rock Candy Mountain is a beautiful and elegant telling of two generations in a family formed from the marriage between Harry (Bo) & Elsa at the start of the 20th century. They had come from two very different families, each of varying and different dysfunction, yet each quintessentially American families, the kind so many of us could find in our recent pasts dare we look.

I enjoyed the telling, and the narration, the characters, the plot and the subplots. I enjoyed it on many levels, as entertainment, through vicarious experience, as literature, prose verging on poetry at times. Most importantly, however, this book helped me understand myself and my origins in an utterly profound way. I cannot view myself, my parents and my siblings in the same way after experiencing The Big Rock Candy Mountain.

  • Cities of the Plain

  • The Border Trilogy, Book Three
  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450

In his novels, best-selling author Cormac McCarthy creates a western landscape filled with characters that are both mythic and authentic. Cities of the Plain, the stunning conclusion of his award-winning Border trilogy, brings together John Grady Cole and Billy Parham—the two lifelong friends who began their adventures in All the Pretty Horses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perhaps the best of "The Border Trilogy"!

  • By JW on 03-12-12

amazing story, superb writing

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

Reviewed: 03-28-16

Frank Muller's narration was pretty good but not as good as it was on All the Pretty Horses. There's a weird whisper thing with this narration, and I had to work hard to not let it get in the way of my enjoyment. that being said, he still did an excellent job of portraying each character differently and with a voice suited to each.

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