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  • Mudbound

  • By: Hillary Jordan
  • Narrated by: Ezra Knight, Kate Forbes, Joseph Collins, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683

Hillary Jordan's mesmerizing debut novel won the Bellwether Prize for fiction. A powerful piece of Southern literature, Mudbound takes on prejudice in its myriad forms on a Mississippi Delta farm in 1946. City girl Laura McAllen attempts to raise her family despite questionable decisions made by her husband. Tensions continue to rise when her brother-in-law and the son of a family of sharecroppers both return from WWII as changed men bearing the scars of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • May this South never rise again.

  • By Betty on 03-25-12

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 01-29-13

What made the experience of listening to Mudbound the most enjoyable?

I liked heraing about the deep south. They live totally different lives then I know.

Which scene was your favorite?

I did not like the scene in the barn.

Any additional comments?

Good book the coming of age of young people in the deep south blacks, whites, women, and the old order of things.

  • The Modern Scholar

  • Understanding the Holocaust
  • By: Professor David Engel
  • Narrated by: Professor David Engel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

In Understanding the Holocaust, Professor David Engel examines the encounter between Germany's Third Reich and the Jews of the 20 European countries that fell under Nazi domination between 1933 and 1945. The results of this encounter stretch human comprehension to the limit and raise frightening questions about the human condition. When it was over, two-thirds of Europe's Jews, some 5.8 million people, had died - and their deaths had occurred amid the most gruesome of circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By Bev on 03-04-13

Educational

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

Reviewed: 01-29-13

Where does The Modern Scholar rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I liked it but this is not for people without a knowledge or background in the Holocaust studies. I have taught the Holocaust to HS students for 33 years and this gives me more in the subject to think about but I believe for the average reader this is going to be a siappointment.

  • My New American Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Francine Prose
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31

Lula, a 26 -year-old Albanian woman living surreptitiously in New York City on an expiring tourist visa, hopes to make a better life for herself in America. When she lands a job as caretaker to Zeke, a rebellious high school senior in suburban New Jersey, it seems that the security, comfort, and happiness of the American dream may finally be within reach. Her new boss, Mister Stanley, an idealistic college professor turned Wall Street executive, assumes that Lula is a destitute refugee of the Balkan wars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A refreshing, creative work of fiction

  • By Catherine on 04-30-12

Great little story

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

Reviewed: 01-29-13

What made the experience of listening to My New American Life the most enjoyable?

This is the new people in American and the troubles they have sealing with the Government and other people.

Any additional comments?

I liked the way she acted - very non committal, take whats offered, not get to excited.

  • Marjorie Morningstar

  • By: Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 28 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 255

Marjorie Morningstar is a love story. It presents one of the greatest characters in modern fiction: Marjorie, the pretty 17-year-old who left the respectability of New York's Central Park West to join the theater, live in the teeming streets of Greenwich Village, and seek love in the arms of a brilliant, enigmatic writer.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Missing final chapter

  • By bookbug on 07-05-13

A good listen

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

Reviewed: 09-17-12

If you could sum up Marjorie Morningstar in three words, what would they be?

I liked it it was a good listen

What other book might you compare Marjorie Morningstar to and why?

None that I have listened to

What about Gabra Zackman’s performance did you like?

Very good

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

Nothing ened like I thought it would.

Any additional comments?

I thought it was going to be more about her life on broadway.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fit2Fat2Fit

  • The Unexpected Lessons from Gaining and Losing 75 Lbs on Purpose
  • By: Drew Manning
  • Narrated by: Drew Manning
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 219

Drew Manning, a natural fitness junkie and devoted personal trainer, had never been overweight in his life. He never craved junk food or missed an opportunity to work out. Yet despite his obsession with fitness, he failed to help his clients reach their goals. Something had to give. Manning needed to understand what it was like to be on the other side; he had to spend a few months in his clients' shoes - or rather, size. For six months, Manning radically let himself go. He stopped exercising and ate the typical American diet.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Could have been so much more

  • By Carryn on 02-15-15

Not much to it

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

Reviewed: 09-17-12

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I think what the guy did was a very good experience but gaining 75 pounds and then losing it = not much there.

What was most disappointing about Drew Manning’s story?

Everything was spelled out predictable.

What does Drew Manning bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice

Do you think Fit2Fat2Fit needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

no

Any additional comments?

lucky it did not take to long to listen to.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Invisible Bridge

  • By: Julie Orringer
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 27 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524

Julie Orringer's astonishing first novel, eagerly awaited since the publication of her heralded best-selling short-story collection, How to Breathe Underwater, is a grand love story set against the backdrop of Budapest and Paris, an epic tale of three brothers whose lives are ravaged by war, and the chronicle of one family's struggle against the forces that threaten to annihilate it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story - improvable on narration

  • By Dieter on 11-13-11

Loved the story

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

Reviewed: 05-15-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I a a history teacher and the book gives an account of the horrible times of Hungary during WWII for the Jews.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes but it kept me running for a month.

Any additional comments?

I would like some other accounts of people in Eastern Europe or Europe in general during WWII that were not Jews. Most of the books I read are great but are written by Jews. I like their prospective and know it was a horrible time for them but I would like other views of the history.

  • Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes

  • By: William Kennedy
  • Narrated by: William Kennedy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20

William Kennedy’s latest novel is a tale of revolutionary intrigue, heroic journalism, crooked politicians, drug-running gangsters, Albany race riots, and the improbable rise of Fidel Castro. The epic journey of Quinn carries him through the nightclubs and jungles of Cuba and into the newsrooms and racially charged streets of Albany on the day than Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated in 1968. The odyssey brings Quinn and his exotic Cuban wife, Renata, face-to-face with the darkest facets of human nature.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Departure from Albany

  • By Michael on 11-29-17

OK but not great

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

Reviewed: 03-04-12

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book jumps from Cuba to Albany. I do not know what the auther wanted to convey to the reader.

Would you be willing to try another book from William Kennedy? Why or why not?

No he jumps around to much.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I liked the Cuban experience but he cut it off as soon as it began to get interesting. I liked some of the characters but roaming around the streets of Albany was just too much.

Did Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes inspire you to do anything?

I guess its a period peice and I just did not get it.

Any additional comments?

Too jumpy for me.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Downtown Owl

  • A Novel
  • By: Chuck Klosterman
  • Narrated by: Phillip Baker Hall, Lily Rabe, Wiley Wiggins, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 113

Somewhere in North Dakota, there is a town called Owl that isn't there. Disco is over, but punk never happened. They don't have cable. They don't really have pop culture, unless you count grain prices and alcoholism. People work hard and then they die. They hate the government and impregnate teenage girls. But that's not nearly as awful as it sounds; in fact, sometimes it's perfect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Listen

  • By Harry on 02-21-09

Small town America

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

Reviewed: 01-19-12

I'm a teacher in a small town in Montana. The story is great. Many of the charactors are in every town around here. People drink in these towns and the weather is always cold in the winter. It's -20 outside right now. I enjoyed listening to the three stories and they captured small town America in the northern midwest.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Field Gray

  • A Bernie Gunther Novel
  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302

Philip Kerr crafts a thrilling chapter from his critically acclaimed Bernie Gunther series. In Field Gray, Bernie finds himself imprisoned in 1954—and told he can either work for French intelligence or he can hang. Accepting his new job, Bernie begins interviewing POWs returning from Germany. And things get interesting when he meets a French war criminal and member of the French SS who has been posing as a German Wehrmacht officer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Way too much of a good thing... Bernie as Zelig

  • By DanBudda on 11-24-15

Easy listen

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-11

The book jumps around and the descrption of the places are narrow. I just could not get into the book.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Jungle

  • By: Upton Sinclair
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 181

Upton Sinclair's The Jungle is a vivid portrait of life and death in a turn-of-the-century American meat-packing factory. A grim indictment that led to government regulations of the food industry, The Jungle is Sinclair's extraordinary contribution to literature and social reform.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant rendering of an old classic

  • By Donald T. Wardlow on 02-18-09

Better than I remember.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-13-10

I am a history teacher. The listen is as good as when I read the book 40 years ago. Fantastic, every worker in th US should listen to this book.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful