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  • The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel

  • By: Steven Sherrill
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,053
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,053

Five thousand years out of the Labyrinth, the Minotaur finds himself in the American South, living in a trailer park and working as a line cook at a steakhouse. No longer a devourer of human flesh, the Minotaur is a socially inept, lonely creature with very human needs. But over a two-week period, as his life dissolves into chaos, this broken and alienated immortal awakens to the possibility for happiness and to the capacity for love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Even the monstrous among us...

  • By Ryan on 11-07-14

Who knew the Minotaur was so lonely?

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

Reviewed: 08-15-13

I can't wait for more from Steven Sherrill. It's so exciting to find a brand-new author, one who isn't afraid to depart from genre conventions in his first public performance. In that respect the novel reminded me of Carl Hiaasen--why have your characters do something typical and expected if it's not in their nature?
And (I feel like a freshman in a lit-crit class even saying this) of course I identified with the Minotaur. I think we're all the Minotaur. We're all haunted by memories of our past, even if it's not 5,000 years old, and trying to reconcile our pasts with our presents. We are all lonely in a way no one quite understands, but if we're lucky, someone might love us anyway.
The performance was good but not especially memorable, which in this case I think is a good thing--what I remember is the story rather than the narrator, so he must have done a good job at inhabiting the role.

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,264
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,956
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,913

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

Utterly fantastic--loved the full cast!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-13

This wasn't just a book, it was a week-long experience. The full cast turned an already fantastic novel into a fantastic production. I usually think writers prefer the written page, but I actually think audio is a better medium for this work, and I think Gaiman might agree.

  • Twenties Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836

When the spirit of Lara's great-aunt Sadie - a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance - mysteriously appears, she has one last request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie's possession for more than 75 years, and Sadie cannot rest without it. Lara, on the other hand, has a number of ongoing distractions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My first Kinsella

  • By Marie on 05-03-13

Deeper than most Kinsella

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

I adore Sophie Kinsella, but I had put off Twenties Girl because it sounded like a more complex story than the sweet chick lit I'm looking for when I read her. I'm glad I finally did listen to this one; having a second heroine necessarily made the plot more complex than most of the meet-cute, happily-ever-afters I like. I did get--and stay--annoyed at the main character for not coming up with a way to talk to her aunt inconspicuously. If you're going to write a ghost, give the living a way to communicate with her without looking silly!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • My Beloved World

  • By: Sonia Sotomayor
  • Narrated by: Rita Moreno
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,392

The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring story but choppy editing

  • By Erika Shaffer on 05-05-14

Glad I listened, but wouldn't buy it

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

Wish I had borrowed this from the library so I could have skipped some parts. I wouldn't expect very many people to include much unflattering material in an autobiography, but Sotomayor's portrait of herself leans towards photoshopped saintliness. I'm glad I know more about her personal history, but would rather have saved my money for something more fun, honest, or surprising.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Brandons

  • By: Angela Thirkell
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

Like Barbara Pym, E.F. Benson, and, mother of them all, Jane Austen, Angela Thirkell has created a small world of her own in the English countryside. Calf-love, village affairs, and literary effort are her nominal subjects, while people at their imperfect best are her real subjects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming!

  • By Dorothea on 05-17-07

The Brandons have already made my year!

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

Hilarious, evocative, and delicious. I'd never read any Thirkell before and now I can't find her fast enough! Funnier than Dickens, as incisive as Austen. I wanted to take the Brandons and introduce them to all the characters of P.G. Wodehouse and E.F. Benson for a gorgeous literary mashup.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful