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  • The God Box

  • By: Alex Sanchez
  • Narrated by: Joey Florez
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Paul, a religious teen living in a small conservative town, finds his world turned upside down when he meets Manuel - a young man who says he’s both Christian and gay, two things that Paul didn’t think could coexist in one person. Doesn’t the Bible forbid homosexuality? As Paul struggles with Manuel’s interpretation of the Bible, thoughts that Paul has long tried to bury begin to surface, and he finds himself re-examining his whole life. This is an unforgettable book on an extremely timely topic that strives to open minds on both ends of the spectrum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It broke my heart and then healed it

  • By ty on 04-03-16

Good listen

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

What I’ve admired the most about this book is the ability of the writer to show a young homosexual’s fears and desires. Even though the plot has some dream-like quality (very much needed these days), I can only wish people would listen to this with an open heart. It is not easy to tackle homosexuality and religion, but Sanchez has done it with ease and confidence. The narrator has done a very good job.

  • L'amica geniale

  • Libro primo
  • By: Elena Ferrante
  • Narrated by: Anna Bonaiuto
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

Lila è scomparsa. Esagerata, come sempre, ha cancellato ogni traccia. Ed Elena, l'amica di tutta la vita, inizia a raccontare la storia del legame viscerale che le ha unite per sei decenni. Tra inconfessata rivalità e profondo affidamento, la ragazzina geniale e ribelle e l'amica studiosa attraversano gli anni dell'adolescenza, sullo sfondo di un rione della Napoli anni Cinquanta ritratta nella sua cruda epicità. Prima parte della tetralogia "L'amica geniale".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mi ha convinto. Appassionante.

  • By Daniela on 10-10-15

Il meglio dell'Italia letteraria di oggi

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

What about Anna Bonaiuto’s performance did you like?

Anna Bonaiuto, da veterana del teatro qual è, legge il romanzo con intelligenza e sensibilità, recuperando quel piccolo mondo della bassa borghesia napoletana degli anni Cinquanta senza renderlo una macchietta. Dizione impeccabile, espressioni in dialetto napoletano perfettamente comprensibili, grande capacità di far immergere l'ascoltatore nelle parole, talvolta dure, della Ferrante.

Who was the most memorable character of L'amica geniale and why?

Benché contrariamente a quanto si pensi l'amica geniale del titolo non è Lila bensì la protagonista, Elena, non si può non restare affascinati dall'amica "cattiva" che sembra sempre un passo avanti e in realtà è un passo indietro, forte e allo stesso tempo debole nelle sue scelte assolutamente banali come nel suo restare nel mondo patriarcale tra padre e fratello quando da piccola ha invece osato sfidare il "boss" del rione. Davvero un personaggio memorabile Raffaella Cerullo, detta Lila, uno di quei personaggi che fanno la storia della letteratura.

Any additional comments?

L'amica geniale è quanto di meglio possa offrire l'Italia letteraria di oggi. Il mistero che avvolge la vera identità della scrittrice non offusca le qualità indiscutibili del romanzo che prende senza difficoltà il suo posto tra le opere letterarie più prestigiose di inizio secolo. La Ferrante ci aveva già abituato a romanzi "forti", ma a questo livello nemmeno lei era ancora arrivata. A questo punto non resta che proseguire la storia con il prossimo audiolibro, felicemente letto sempre da Anna Bonaiuto. Spero anche che il successo di questi romanzi dell tetralogia de L'amica geniale aiutino anche il mercato degli audiolibri in Italia, così tristemente indietro rispetto a quello di altre lingue.

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46,786
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,940
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42,877

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it's the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run - and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry's tea leaves.... But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jim Dale at his best

  • By rottndachs on 01-12-16

The Magic is Still There

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

Reviewed: 03-24-16

Jim Dale is undoubtedly a great proficient. The reading is quite compelling and the novel comes alive at every chapter. The only actual blemish for me is the way he portrays Madam Pomfrey, the nurse of the school. She's too similar to Professor McGonagall. On the contrary, Sirius is really unique in his performance! A must have for every HP fan!

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  • Persuasion

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Greta Scacchi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216

Persuasion, Jane Austen's last novel, is a tale of love and marriage told with irony and insight. Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth have met and seperated years before. Their reunion, after the passage or irrecoverable years of their youth, forces a recognition of the false values that drove them apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really lovely . . .

  • By Patricia S. on 05-20-07

Jane Forever

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

Reviewed: 04-08-15

This is a passionate and well rounded reading of this Jane Austen's Classic. Scacchi does a good job in evoking its twilight feeling and, at the same time, it's liveliness as in all Austen's works. The Louisa Musgrove's incident is particularly week read, as well as the first coming to Uppercross by Anne (all te chitchat of the family, the connections so masterfully portrayed by Austen and performed with amusement by Scacchi). Overall, a must have for every serious Janeite like me but also a good audiobook introduction to the new reader/listener!

  • Absolutely Almost

  • By: Lisa Graff
  • Narrated by: Noah Galvin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 249

Albie has never been the smartest kid in his class. He has never been the tallest. Or the best at gym. Or the greatest artist. Or the most musical. In fact, Albie has a long list of the things he's not very good at. And his parents keep reminding him of those things all the time...even when it's just by accident. But then Albie gets a new babysitter, Calista, who helps him figure out all of the things he is good at and how he can take pride in himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully performed, great book

  • By Library on 11-10-14

Bittersweet Story, Great Narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-18-14

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favourite character is Callista. She's the nanny/baby sitter most of us would like to have had!

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

Albie discovers that his father has no idea that he has already gotten him the plane toy the year before, with the same promise to spend quality time together in building it. The kid's reaction and the father's complete inattentiveness struck me as too painfully real.

Any additional comments?

Absolutley... almost! ;-) Kidding, absolutely. Galvin's performance is really great, he seems totally into it, possibly because he has liked the book.

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  • Gone with the Wind

  • By: Margaret Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Linda Stephens
  • Length: 49 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,127
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,568
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,592

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • not to miss audible experience

  • By dallas on 12-08-09

A masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 12-01-14

Would you listen to Gone with the Wind again? Why?

Gone with the Wind is the quintessential 20th century novel... there's everything in it, from romance to story, from history to essay... it's a great tapestry that recounts the events surrounding the seeping away of a civilization.

Which scene was your favorite?

Many scenes are my favourites. Scarlett at Twelve Oaks at the beginning, Scarlett and Rhett at the Yankee prison, Wade's scenes, especially the ones with Rhett. Too many!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

GWTW is already a movie, one of the greatest movie of all time for that matter. It doesn't need any tagline it is pretty much able to stand on its own two feet!

Any additional comments?

Linda Stephens reads the bool with great accuracy. All scenes are narrated with the right kind of pacing and most characters are well portrayed.

  • Of Dice and Men

  • The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It
  • By: David M. Ewalt
  • Narrated by: David M. Ewalt, Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615

In Of Dice and Men, David Ewalt recounts the development of Dungeons & Dragons from the game’s roots on the battlefields of ancient Europe, through the hysteria that linked it to satanic rituals and teen suicides, to its apotheosis as father of the modern video-game industry. As he chronicles the surprising history of the game’s origins (a history largely unknown even to hardcore players) and examines D&D’s profound impact, Ewalt weaves laser-sharp subculture analysis with his own present-day gaming experiences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nerrrrrrrrrrd!

  • By E. A Dunn on 12-28-15

Of Nerds and Escapists

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

Reviewed: 09-08-14

Would you listen to Of Dice and Men again? Why?

As I am both a great D&D nerd and an escapist, the reason should be self-explanatory!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Of Dice and Men?

The last chapter. Our hero is now wiser and still plays on. In particular, the frank description of the disappointment he felt while playing with Gygax's son and his realization that style of play does matter and that all of them have the same right to be played.

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

Ewalt's reading is surprisingly nice after you get accustomed to his strong American accent (!). The narrative performer was more "typical" from what to expect from a fantasy audiobook performer. Still, the ensemble is not that bad. ;-)

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

David's visit to the old TSR strore, the shop-girls not knowing the history of the place and the old lady who vaguely remembers it.

Any additional comments?

If you love D&D, you should listen to it. If you hate D&D, you should listen to it. If you used to think that D&D was somewhat linked to the occult and satanism, you should definitely listen to it. Long live D&D! :-)

  • Dragons of the Dwarven Depths

  • The Lost Chronicles, Volume 1
  • By: Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 681
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482

The companions believe they have slain the evil Dragon Highlord Verminaard. They have rescued the refugees from Pax Tharkas and taken them to a valley in the Kharolis mountains.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • weird reading

  • By Greg on 11-09-12

There and Back Again (!)

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

Reviewed: 07-28-14

Would you listen to Dragons of the Dwarven Depths again? Why?

Yes, I would. Because I liked the book and wanted to experience the story again. When I like a story, I usually like it even more after listening to the audibook (well, most of the times).

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dragons of the Dwarven Depths?

There are many memorable moments in the novel. My favourite is probably the part concerning the helm and Sturm (which, incidentally, is not on my favourite characters' list!). It is a funny way to bring the characters to do things they might not have done otherwise.

Which scene was your favorite?

Some of the Sturm-Raistlin's alliance. The idea of them together working for a common goal makes me smile.

Any additional comments?

Sandra Burr did a good job. The only flaw, in my opinion, is the way she portrays Tas. Hers sounds like Hodor from Game of Thrones. Boehmer's is too feminine. Possibly, the best one so far is Norman's, in my opinion. Still, her pacing is great and the reading is cerainly professional (and good quality too).

  • The Lost Language of Cranes

  • By: David Leavitt
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Set in the 1980s against the backdrop of a swiftly gentrifying Manhattan, The Lost Language of Cranes tells the story of 25-year-old Philip, who realizes he must come out to his parents after falling in love for the first time with a man. Philip's parents are facing their own crisis: pressure from developers and the loss of their longtime home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bildugsroman for a gay man

  • By Marco on 03-30-14

Bildugsroman for a gay man

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

Reviewed: 03-30-14

If you could sum up The Lost Language of Cranes in three words, what would they be?

Hopeful, Desperate, Grey. Hopeful because at the end there's a thin veil of hope for all the characters. Desperate because fear is at the basis of many of the relationship in the novel. Grey because that's the color that comes to my mind if I think about the characters, the setting, the plot.

What did you like best about this story?

This is a bildungsroman for a young gay man and, at the same time, for a middle-aged man. They both have their path to follow and in the end they are on the same road.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The Windup Girl. He's a very good performer. With that book I followed along with the text and his work was very, very good.

If you could take any character from The Lost Language of Cranes out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Jerene, of course. :-)

Any additional comments?

For a gay man, this is a must, Like "Maurice" by Forster. Even if you are not gay, there's plenty about relationships that makes the few hours spent reading the book well spent.

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  • Empress Dowager Cixi

  • The Concubine Who Launched Modern China
  • By: Jung Chang
  • Narrated by: Jolene Kim
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

At the age of 16, in a nationwide selection for royal consorts, Cixi was chosen as one of the emperor's numerous concubines. When he died in 1861, their five-year-old son succeeded to the throne. Cixi at once launched a palace coup against the regents appointed by her husband and made herself the real ruler of China - behind the throne, literally, with a silk screen separating her from her officials who were all male.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very Important if flawed history of a leader

  • By Heidi on 01-09-14

Very Interesting Stateswoman

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

Reviewed: 12-14-13

Where does Empress Dowager Cixi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a very interesting book, well written and well performed by the narrator. It ranks pretty high in my collection of historical biographies so far.

What did you like best about this story?

The author, even though certainly supportive of the empress's achievements, is not overall biased and is frank about certain decisions Cixi had to make in order to preserve her power and the Chinese empire.

Which character – as performed by Jolene Kim – was your favorite?

It's funny the way the narrator switches to "chinese" English pronunciation when "performing" the empress in some of her letters or alleged sentences spoken to Ministers or Grandees or other.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"The Dragon Woman"

Any additional comments?

This book is a cohesive overview of 19th century China and establishes Cixi as the real "maker". So, it makes an interesting hearing not only for people interested in the Empress tout court but also for people interested in Chinese history. Contrary to many biographies, Ms Chang doesn't give in to gossip. The performer, Jolene Kim, does a very good job (rhythm of the narration, clarity, even "performance" of some of the personages).

2 of 4 people found this review helpful