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  • The Overstory

  • By: Richard Powers
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 22 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504

The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fable that range from antebellum New York to the late 20th-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. An air force loadmaster in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan. An artist inherits 100 years of photographic portraits, all of the same doomed American chestnut. A hard-partying undergraduate in the late 1980s electrocutes herself, dies, and is sent back into life by creatures of air and light. A hearing- and speech-impaired scientist discovers that trees are communicating with one another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Astonishingly powerful writing.

  • By Alexandria on 04-18-18

Brilliant, life-changing

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

I seldom write reviews, and I very rarely give Five Stars, much less three of them. For me, a book has to be brilliantly written and address real issues of human life amidst the changes of world or planetary history. This has those traits. The last book I rated this highly was "The Book Thief," several years back. This book has me seeing trees differently, seeing our present dilemmas differently, and wondering on about the richly drawn characters Powers offers us. Suzanne Toren delivers a performance of a lifetime as the many individuals who make up this story, voicing them with a sympathy and knowledge of the character's traits that I doubt could be equalled. Bravo! and Brava! to author and narrator.

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Doomsday Book

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,796
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,913
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,936

For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting

  • By mudcelt on 11-02-09

Older story but worth it

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

Although some anachronisms exist - the most glaring being the lack of cell phones in a Sci-fi tale set in 2054 and the major role of phones in the story line - this is still well worth reading. The depiction of medieval life and the plague's effects are excellent. The narrator alone is worth it!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dreaming of the Bones

  • By: Deborah Crombie
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344

Often compared to both Ruth Rendell and P.D. James, Deborah Crombie is internationally acclaimed for her deftly written mysteries that combine suspense, with lyrical prose. Sharply etched characters further enrich this story of tangled relationships and dark secrets. Twelve years after their divorce, Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid receives a phone call from his ex-wife Victoria asking for his help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A subtle british procedural

  • By Rollin on 08-13-11

A genre I don't much care for

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

Reviewed: 07-22-16

Some of the best mystery writers are women, and they develop make and female characters well, without overly sentimental or 'chick-lit' devices. For my taste, this is not in that class at all. I hasten to add that I'm a woman and averse to the opposite shoot'em up's as well. I chose this because of narrator Jenny Sterlin, who was magnificent in the Mary Russell series. Even she could not animate this slow moving, interior-decorated, tea-break laden tale. Oh well. If you like Inspector Gamache, you may like these.

  • The Alphabet House

  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,284
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,288

British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young have been chosen to conduct a special photo-reconnaissance mission near Dresden, Germany. Intelligence believes the Nazis are building new factories that could turn the tide of the war. When their plane is shot down, James and Bryan know they will be executed if captured. With an enemy patrol in pursuit, they manage to jump aboard a train reserved for senior SS soldiers wounded on the eastern front.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don't start Adler-Olsen here

  • By Tango on 04-08-15

Might have been better if acted, not read.

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

Reviewed: 03-04-16

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Seemed tacked on after endless narration, which might have been animated more (see below).

What didn’t you like about Graeme Malcolm’s performance?

The reader did not animate the characters to any great extent. Since I have heard some truly exceptional readers in other audiobooks, this was a disappointment.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

A sustained lack of ability to "buy into" that the main story line as credible. Combined with the reader's lack of affect, it was overall boring.

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,591

It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I took a chance.

  • By Robert on 08-20-11

I thought I was tired of novels...

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

Reviewed: 08-19-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Book Thief to be better than the print version?

This is a wonderful book. I was initially put off by the device of Death as the Narrator, but this gave way to engagement with the characters and their lives. This is a period I have studied and read many books about. This gives another, bittersweet dimension to such an awful period. Allan Corduner is a superb narrator/actor. I much appreciated his many German accents and dynamic delivery. I have never written a review before, but this novel will stay with me for the rest of my life.