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  • Killing Commendatore

  • A Novel
  • By: Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel - translator, Ted Goossen - translator
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 28 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598

In Killing Commendatore, a 30-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When he discovers a previously unseen painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances. To close it, he must complete a journey that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a two-foot-high physical manifestation of an Idea, a dapper businessman who lives across the valley, a precocious 13-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt during World War II in Vienna.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Masterpiece and A Good Novel To Start

  • By Elif Kaya on 10-18-18

I LIKE IT

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

I had read almost all the books from Haruki Murakami, I love his style, his stories. I know that in almost all his books he has a mystery or phenomenon like cat taking, or passing to another dimension, or a personage from a picture to came to life, this books is not different. Haruki for me is an amazing writer.

  • White Lies

  • By: Lucy Dawson
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,105

A darkly gripping domestic drama about secrets and lies. When you have everything, you have everything to lose.... Alexandra Inglis is a respected family doctor, trusted by her patients to keep their most intimate secrets. And if sometimes the boundaries between duty and desire blur...well, she's only human. But when Alex oversteps a line with Jonathan, one of her patients, she knows she's gone too far.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me guessing!!

  • By ROBIN on 05-26-18

SOUNDS LIKE A SANDRA BROWN BOOK

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

For me the book was a deception. The story is flat, should not be call white lies. Rachel Atkins sometimes forgets the tone he uses for different characters.

  • Purple Hibiscus

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757

In Purple Hibiscus, she recounts the story of a young Nigerian girl searching for freedom. Although her father is greatly respected within their community, 15-year-old Kambili knows a frighteningly strict and abusive side to this man. In many ways, she and her family lead a privileged life, but Kambili and her brother, Jaja, are often punished for failing to meet their father’s expectations. After visiting her aunt and cousins, Kambili dreams of being part of a loving family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By Msafiri on 10-11-11

A BOOK TO REMEMBER

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

I read Half of the Yellow Sun that was excellent. Purple Hibiscus is good too.
Purple Hibiscus is writing in the voice of 16 year old girl, that grow up with a fanatic religious father, that thought that he was God and punished his family if things with them was not perfect, like he thought he was.
The voice of Lisette Lecat was good for the book.

  • The Unconsoled

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 19 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

From the author of The Remains of the Day, here is a novel that is at once a gripping psychological mystery, a wicked satire of the cult of art, and a poignant character study of a man whose public life has accelerated beyond his control. The setting is a nameless Central European city where Ryder, a renowned pianist, has come to give the most important performance of his life. Instead, he finds himself diverted on a series of cryptic and infuriating errands that nevertheless provide him with vital clues to his own past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterpiece of modern-day Alice in Wonderland

  • By Rebecca Cisar on 04-13-18

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS A LISTEN IN THE LAST 5 YEARS

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Kasuo Ishiguro had been one of my favor writers for long time, Remains of the Days one of my favor. The Unconsoled is excellent, by the middle of the book with all the inconsistencies of a normal life, like Ryder going to another apartment with his rope and no one even notices or walking with Sofia and her son and she will Disappeared and Ryder did not notice. It has to be Ryder was in an insane asylum.
Simon Vance is the best voice for any book in audio books and for this one he was perfect.
Love this book.

  • House of Spies

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,052

Four months after the deadliest attack on the American homeland since 9/11, a terrorist plot leaves a trail of carnage through London’s glittering West End. The attack is a brilliant feat of planning and secrecy, but with one loose thread. The thread leads Gabriel Allon and his team to the south of France and to the gilded doorstep of one of the richest men in the country, Jean-Luc Martel, and his companion, Olivia Watson. A beautiful former British fashion model, Olivia pretends not to know the true source of Martel's enormous wealth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • YES! This is what I want and expect!

  • By Dr. Meggin McIntosh on 08-27-17

A book I will forget in the next two days.

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

For me this book was nothing special, the kind of book that keeps me busy, but that does not left me any good memories.

  • White Teeth

  • A Novel
  • By: Zadie Smith
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Ray Panthaki, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

At the center of this invigorating novel are two unlikely friends, Archie Jones and Samad Iqbal. Hapless veterans of World War II, Archie and Samad and their families become agents of England’s irrevocable transformation. A second marriage to Clara Bowden, a beautiful, albeit tooth-challenged, Jamaican half his age, quite literally gives Archie a second lease on life, and produces Irie, a knowing child whose personality doesn’t quite match her name (Jamaican for “no problem”). Samad’s late-in-life arranged marriage produces twin sons whose separate paths confound Iqbal’s every effort to direct them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Modern Classic Reworked

  • By kurdis teed on 06-06-18

BORING

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

I got the book because of the reviews, but is too boring for me. I stared about 12 times and still I do not get in the story of the characters, the languages, the situations.
I red On Beauty from Zadie Smith and I love the book, but this one for me was a lost of a credit.

  • Middlemarch

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 35 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,818

Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audible book ever

  • By Molly-o on 12-25-11

A CLASIC

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

For mi the book is to long, 90% of its characters are boring, including Dorothea. I did not see the need of words from different writers in the beginning of each chapters, sometimes even in different languages. I was interesting in the beginning, reminds me a Dickens, but I did not get tired with him. I got very tired with this book, every situation takes a 1000 world to get to the conclusion.

  • The Children Act

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Lindsay Duncan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,573
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,568

Fiona Maye is a High Court judge in London presiding over cases in family court. She is fiercely intelligent, well respected, and deeply immersed in the nuances of her particular field of law. Often the outcome of a case seems simple from the outside, the course of action to ensure a child's welfare obvious. But the law requires more rigor than mere pragmatism, and Fiona is expert in considering the sensitivities of culture and religion when handing down her verdicts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Troubled characters, elegant writing...serious

  • By AudioAddict on 02-18-16

Ian McEwan did it again

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

The book is short, deep. Fiona character is excellent like a Judge of law and like a human being.

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,129
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,423

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, heartfelt, inspiring

  • By Jon K. Rust on 07-24-17

a book to listen more than once

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I love this book, the style of the writer, the story. I love history books, this one is wonderful. It is difficult to find a good book after you find books like this one.
Nicholas Guy Smith is from England in the beginning was difficult for me to understand his accent, but I got use to.

  • Rainbows on the Moon

  • By: Barbara Wood
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Newlywed Emily Stone and her husband, Isaac, are young missionaries who have traveled to Honolulu to share the Gospel with the Hawaiian natives. Emily soon finds herself struggling with intense homesickness but remains determined to share her faith... and ignore her growing feelings for handsome Captain MacKenzie Farrow. Just as she begins to bond with the influential High Chiefess Pua and her daughter, Mahina, unexpected tragedy threatens to force her off the island.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GOOD HISTORY BOOK

  • By Suramericana on 09-09-18

GOOD HISTORY BOOK

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

Barbara Wood is a good historian writer, I love to learn about different cultures like an story teller. Rainbows in the moon the first part of the book is about Hawaii in 1850 when American Missionaries came to the Island with the white men sickness and ideas of change the culture of the Hawaii people, their rituals, their hoponopono way of healing. The second part of the book is the life of a young girl that loves to help the sick and the only way to do that for her was to become a nun and from Oregon go to the Hospital of Hope of Hawaii. I enjoyed the book.