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  • The Japanese Lover

  • By: Isabel Allende
  • Narrated by: Joanna Gleason
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,835

In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco's parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family's Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • My first negative review

  • By Karen O'Byrne on 11-11-15

Oh Isabel...What happened?

1 out of 5 stars
1 out of 5 stars
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-16-15

Would you try another book from Isabel Allende and/or Joanna Gleason?

I would try another book by Isabel just because I respect her previous writings so much - will never purchase a book read by Joanna Gleason. I am halfway through this book and it is the first time in a long while that I am forcing myself to listen to the end. Her narration is horrible, no modulation, no change in character's voices (when they do speak). Very, very amateur.

Any additional comments?

None of the characters are of any interest to me since they are written so poorly. I am sure in better hands the story would come alive and we could root for them but, as is, the story is plodding. I was so looking forward to reading this latest novel of Ms. Allende knowing how beautifully and movingly she can write. Not sure what happened with this one but it needed major revisions.

37 of 40 people found this review helpful

  • The Time In Between

  • A Novel
  • By: Maria Duenas
  • Narrated by: Zilah Mendoza
  • Length: 21 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 463
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 406

The thrilling, internationally bestselling novel about a haute couture seamstress who becomes an undercover spy for the British Secret Service during World War II. #1 bestseller in Spain with more than 1.5 million copies sold, The Time In Between has taken readers by storm with its unforgettable tale of adventure, tragedy, love, and war. Readers will fall in love with MarÍa DueÑas’s dazzlingly inspiring heroine, Sira Quiroga.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • terrible narration

  • By Sarah A. Peyronnin on 05-18-12

Enjoyable Story, Terrible Narration

3 out of 5 stars
1 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-16-13

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I am enjoying the story so far but what is with all the lisping in Spanish? Castilian Spanish does not use the "th" every time there is an S somewhere in the word. I could disregard that except that the narrator is so terrible. I keep listening because the story and locales are interesting but who produced this? Do they not hear how badly read this is? And to think I have another 17 hours to spend with this toneless voice....

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • I Love You More Than You Know

  • Essays
  • By: Jonathan Ames
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Ames
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

In his latest collection, I Love You More Than You Know, Ames proves once again his immense talent for turning his own adventures, neuroses, joys, heartaches, and insights into profound and hilarious tales. Alive with love and tenderness for his son, his parents, his great-aunt, and even strangers in bars late at night, in I Love You More Than You Know Ames looks beneath the surface of our world to find the beauty in the perverse, the sweetness in loneliness, and the humor in pain.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Just awful!

  • By Patricia on 10-11-07

Just awful!

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-07

From the publisher's summary: "Jonathan Ames has drawn comparisons across the literary spectrum, from David Sedaris to F. Scott Fitzgerald to Woody Allen to P.G. Wodehouse, and his books, as well as his abilities as a performer, have made him a favorite on The Late Show with David Letterman".
What a con job. I have never read anything in Fitzgerald, Wodehouse or Allen about detailed bowel movements and smells or wieners. And as for his "performance"...the author gives no life to his characters...there is no inflection in his reading. It's awful to listen to him. After a 1/2 hour of listening to this grossness, I deleted it from my ipod.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • How Nancy Drew Saved My Life

  • By: Lauren Baratz-Logsted
  • Narrated by: Elenna Stauffer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 28

Broken, smashed, and stomped in the mud. That's how Charlotte Bell's heart ended up the last time she let her emotions heat up on a nanny assignment. So taking a new position in frigid Iceland, working for Ambassador Edgar Rawlings, might be just what Charlotte needs in order to heal up and chill out. This time, she's determined to be intrepid and courageous. She's even read all 56 original Nancy Drew books in preparation.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • can I give it zero stars?

  • By Nancy on 08-01-07

Worst book ever

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-06

I have never read anything so insipid in my life. I kept listening just to see how bad it could get and boy...did it ever. Just awful.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful