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  • The Golden House

  • A Novel
  • By: Salman Rushdie
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 329

Our guide to the Goldens' world is their neighbor René, an ambitious young filmmaker. Researching a movie about the Goldens, he ingratiates himself into their household. Seduced by their mystique, he is inevitably implicated in their quarrels, their infidelities, and, indeed, their crimes. Meanwhile, like a bad joke, a certain comic-book villain embarks upon a crass presidential run that turns New York upside-down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing.

  • By Garrett on 10-13-17

A Master at Work

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

Salmon Rushdie is always brilliant and insightful and this book came just in time to soothe some of my anxiety in these crazy times. Good literature may not punish the beasts among us, but it is helpful to know that there are writers like Rushdie who can both feel and articulate the shock and fear I feel every day watching and reading the news.

  • Flight Behavior

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,858

Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tough Message Delivered in Silk

  • By mj on 11-28-12

Beautifully written

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

Reviewed: 04-13-15

Barbara Kingsolver is one of my favorite writers. The characters are true and there is science woven through the lives of ordinary people so that I am compelled to do further study. I just wish she would give a professional reader the work. Her voice is fine when she reads female narrative, but the male voices and accents are dreadful and distract from the brilliant prose.

  • Hitch-22

  • A Memoir
  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hitchens
  • Length: 17 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,372

Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U.S. war against Islamic extremism in Iraq. He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world's most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant with an unquenchable thirst for alcohol and literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truth, the whole truth and nothing but.

  • By Laura on 08-23-10

Truth, the whole truth and nothing but.

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

Reviewed: 08-23-10

Hitch-22 is brilliant. I've read many articles by Christopher Hitchens over the years, and have always admired his take no prisoners journalism. This book is exactly that, and this time he's the target. The book is fabulous when he describes someone he likes, and delicious when he detests the subject.

I was especially intrigued with the Argentina portion. It was difficult to hear, but it makes a compelling case for Democracy, however imperfect. Mr. Hitchens' argument for the Iraq war is a terrific essay. I was, and still am, opposed to the war, but I found his insights helpful in understanding the other point of view.

This book is a love letter to America. Mr Hitchens sees the country with 20/20 vision and adores it, flaws and all. Hitch-22 should be required reading for all Americans.

I look forward to listening to this book a second time, which is something I rarely do. I love that he read it himself. It is tragic to think that we may lose this amazing writer. I want to scream "Please, don't leave me alone with the idiots"!

54 of 54 people found this review helpful

  • Every Last One

  • By: Anna Quindlen
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 571

In this breathtaking and beautiful novel, the #1 New York Times best-selling author Anna Quindlen creates an unforgettable portrait of a mother, a father, a family, and the explosive, violent consequences of what seem like inconsequential actions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost Unbearably Sad, Completely Wonderful

  • By Kimberly on 04-28-10

I Love her Books - Every Last One

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-10

I love everything Anna Quindlen writes. There is (as John Irving says) an undertoad just below the surface of this book that kept me on the edge of my seat. I felt connected to all the characters. Even though the book is painful I wanted it to go on forever. The Lathams feel like a part of me now.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Life of Pi

  • By: Yann Martel
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,961

Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audio of the year for me

  • By Theresa Ann McIntyre on 06-04-03

Suspend Disbelief

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

Reviewed: 06-06-09

Life of Pi is among the most original and poignant books I've read. I'm surprised to see any negative reviews. If you're looking to be completely transported this is the book! Spoiler: many questions cannot be answered.

The narrator is superb.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful