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  • Wolf Hall

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 24 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,772
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,781

In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Divorced, beheaded, died...

  • By Tim on 09-30-11

A favorite of all time

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

This book ranks up there with my favorites of all time. Excellent story, told with superb authority. Better than the Goldfinch, or almost any novel written in the last 10 years.

I have to listen to it three times now.

  • The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club)

  • By: Colson Whitehead
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,885
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,973

The Newest Oprah Book Club 2016 Selection. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood - where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned - Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stupendous book, hard to follow in audio

  • By JQR on 12-01-16

Alternate View of the Slave Era

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

What made the experience of listening to The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club) the most enjoyable?

This book revealed a side of the slave south that was different from any other books I have read.

What did you like best about this story?

The main character

What about Bahni Turpin’s performance did you like?

Well done

Who was the most memorable character of The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club) and why?

Strong main character.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The God of Small Things

  • By: Arundhati Roy
  • Narrated by: Sneha Mathan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369

Likened to the works of Faulkner and Dickens when it was first published 20 years ago, this extraordinarily accomplished debut novel is a brilliantly plotted story of forbidden love and piercing political drama, centered on the tragic decline of an Indian family in the state of Kerala, on the southernmost tip of India. Armed only with the invincible innocence of children, the twins Rahel and Esthappen fashion a childhood for themselves in the shade of the wreck that is their family.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't finish

  • By marilee donovan on 06-22-17

Lovely story of remote India

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

If you could sum up The God of Small Things in three words, what would they be?

Cultural experience read

What did you like best about this story?

Characters and background

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

No. I liked it.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The life described is so foreign, one doesn't have an extreme reaction...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The North Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Ian McGuire
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 949

Behold the man: stinking, drunk, and brutal. Henry Drax is a harpooner on the Volunteer, a Yorkshire whaler bound for the rich hunting waters of the arctic circle. Also aboard for the first time is Patrick Sumner, an ex-army surgeon with a shattered reputation, no money, and no better option than to sail as the ship's medic on this violent, filthy, and ill-fated voyage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reader / Listener Beware

  • By K. Wade on 12-23-17

A Rip Roaring Trip to the Whaling Days of Old

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

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

Sure. Colonial life in relief.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Well let's see...frozen ocean, bloodthirsty whaling crew, corruption on the high seas.

Which character – as performed by John Keating – was your favorite?

I am writing this a couple of months after listening, so I don't remember names.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not extreme, but well written and exciting

  • The Pale Criminal

  • Berlin Noir
  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491

The Pale Criminal brings back Bernie Gunther, an ex-policeman who thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin - until he turned freelance, and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture. Hard-hitting, fast-paced, and richly detailed, The Pale Criminal is noir writing at its blackest and best.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Esxcellent Historical Fiction; Gripping ...

  • By Old Hippy on 07-02-09

Reading some crime fiction

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

What made the experience of listening to The Pale Criminal the most enjoyable?

Set in Germany, WWII from the other side

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

When Nazis are involved, you never know what will happen.

Did John Lee do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Fine job, women characters were not voiced particularly well.

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

I read it while working on a big quilting project.

  • White Noise

  • By: Don DeLillo
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 169

When an industrial accident unleashes an "airborne toxic event", a lethal black chemical cloud floats over the Gladneys' lives. The menacing cloud is a more urgent and visible version of the "white noise" engulfing the Gladneys - radio transmissions, sirens, microwaves, ultrasonic appliances, and TV murmurings - pulsing with life yet suggesting something ominous.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Fear of death?

  • By Kristina D. Tiedeman on 02-09-17

Catching up on literary fiction

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

If you could sum up White Noise in three words, what would they be?

Modern life in middle age

What other book might you compare White Noise to and why?

DeLillo is unique

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Meh - could have been more urgent

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

The wife's search for more in life

Any additional comments?

none

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

  • By: Al Franken
  • Narrated by: Al Franken
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,645
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,535
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,394

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was reading this when the allegations against Franken came out

  • By Fruitsalad200 on 12-10-17

Love It!

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

What did you love best about Al Franken, Giant of the Senate?

Franken is hilarious and sincere.

Who was your favorite character and why?

He is

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

His story, his voice

If you could give Al Franken, Giant of the Senate a new subtitle, what would it be?

Why the Senate Doesn't Work in the 21st Century

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blue Heaven

  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526

A 12-year-old girl and her younger brother go on the run in the woods of northern Idaho, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder - four men who know exactly who the children are, and where their desperate mother is waiting patiently by the phone for news of her children's fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Mystery

  • By Holly Helscher on 04-08-09

Worst Book I've Read in a Long Time

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-11

Generally, prize winning fiction contains interesting characters, plot lines, settings and insight on the human condition. Not so with the "Edgars", evidently. All this book offered was an amazing body count and vapid stereotypical characters and story. If this many people were killed in Northern Idaho, the massacre would end up in the annals of incidents like Waco TX and the Oklahoma City bombing. Avoid this book at all cost. It's like watching TV through your iPod.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Morning Read from The Wall Street Journal, 1-Month Subscription

  • By: The Wall Street Journal
  • Narrated by: The Wall Street Journal
  • Length: Not Yet Known
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

The Editors of The Wall Street Journal select the most popular columns and briefings from the Marketplace, Money & Investing, and Front Sections of the Journal. You'll hear the top stories read to you verbatim and be able to easily skip from story to story. Get the latest issue or subscribe!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good coverage of business and news

  • By CB on 10-20-03

Could use more news and less opinion

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-05

I have subscribed to the WSJ Morning Read for four months, and I listen to it every morning while I walk my dogs. I really need this information because I work as a financial advisor, and I would like to go to the office in the morning feeling as though I have "read" the Wall Street Journal. However, I am beginning to feel that the Morning Read includes too much opinion and not enough hard news. I also subcribe to the WSJ Home Delivery and the Online Journal. Over the next few weeks, I am going to compare these news sources to the Morning Read, and write again with some specific examples.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful