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M. Adler

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  • London

  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 49 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262

Here is Edward Rutherfurd's classic novel of London, a glorious pageant spanning 2,000 years. He brings this vibrant city's long and noble history alive through the ever-shifting fortunes, fates, and intrigues of half-a-dozen families, from the age of Julius Caesar to the 20th century. Generation after generation, these families embody the passion, struggle, wealth, and verve of the greatest city in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Fabulous!

  • By Angelyn S. Furst on 03-04-18

Superb

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

Reviewed: 03-15-18

Can’t rate this highly enough Fantastic on all counts: historically, narration, story. Just get it.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Lilac Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Martha Hall Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Kathleen Gati, Kathrin Kana, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,870
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,838

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline's world is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939 - and then sets its sights on France. An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The cover is a bit misleading, but...

  • By Joy Easton on 05-18-16

Must read

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

Well written, beautifully read, important WWII book that comes to us at a time when it’s message is pertinent and not to be forgotten. It’s so good I’ll listen again and probably again. Brilliant!

  • The Heart's Invisible Furies

  • A Novel
  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 21 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,660
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,488

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery - or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding. A Must listen.

  • By Keith G on 09-04-17

Beautiful writing with unexpected humor and superb performance.

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

Well developed characters living through difficult times in recent history. I couldn't wait to find out how they all moved on through their lives but didn't want it to end.

Narration has become more and more important to me as I make my way through life with Audible. I can't listen to books, no matter how well written or highly recommended they are, if the reader doesn't "get" the characters and the rhythm right. Stephen Hogan is masterful. A great performance altogether.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Being Mortal

  • Medicine and What Matters in the End
  • By: Atul Gawande
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,918
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,947
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,934

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required Reading!

  • By Jeffrey on 10-13-14

Should be required reading for everyone.

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

Reviewed: 06-02-16

The "how to " manual on aging and preparation for death. We must all go through these processes. In BEING MORTAL one can peek into this aspect of the unknown to see options and make plans for the end that fits the life we've lived.

  • The Seamstress

  • By: Sara Tuvel Bernstein, Louise Loots Thornton, Marlene Bernstein Samuels
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,251

Told with the same old-fashioned narrative power as the novels of Herman Wouk, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuvel Bernstein and her survival during wartime. This powerful eyewitness account of survival, told with power and grace, will stay with listeners for years to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Overcome with Emotion

  • By Meryl on 05-16-13

Moving recount of history

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

Reviewed: 03-25-15

I can't imagine why there were difficulties getting this published. What a great story of courage, determination,sisterhood, in a time of unspeakable inhumanity, read beautifully.

  • The Storyteller

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,516

Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect title especially for the audio format!

  • By Abby R. on 03-05-13

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 03-31-13

Would you listen to The Storyteller again? Why?

I just finished listening to it and am resisting listening again, saving it for a future date when I can't wait anymore. This is Jodi Picoult in top form. The writing is superb; the harrowing story is difficult to pause, so real and horrific, even though we know much about the end; the performance is brilliant. I can't imagine that reading this as text would begin to approach the impact of this recording.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Storyteller?

The twist at the end, even though I expected it.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

They were amazing. Edoardo Ballerini's accents!

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

Oh yes, but I resisted.

Any additional comments?

Picoult's research is superb. We always learn something from reading her books.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mosaic

  • A Chronicle of Five Generations
  • By: Diane Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Deidre Rubenstein
  • Length: 19 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

>i>Mosaic is compelling storytelling at its best - from the fascinating details of Polish-Jewish culture and the rivalries and dramas of family life, to its moving account of lives torn apart by war and persecution, this an extraordinary true story of a family, and of one woman's journey to reclaim her heritage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular story

  • By Margaret on 08-18-09

Compelling story in recreated history

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

Reviewed: 07-30-12

What did you love best about Mosaic?

This book tells the story of an extended family through generations, bringing the horrors of the Holocaust into focus, and telling the stories from a different point of view, including that of survivors.

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

Too many.

Any additional comments?

This was so good, I look forward to listening to it again.

  • The Lacuna

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 19 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 716
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 721

Born in the United States, but reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd finds precarious shelter but no sense of home on his thrilling odyssey. Life is whatever he learns from housekeepers and, one fateful day, by mixing plaster for famed muralist Diego Rivera. When he goes to work for Rivera, his wife, exotic artist Kahlo, and exiled leader Lev Trotsky, Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Can't get past it

  • By Christine on 12-02-09

I'll keep trying

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-09

So excited to see a new book out by Kingsolver that I didn't look to see the reader. After Animal, Vegetable ... I wouldn't have bought it. A wonderful writer, but others would have brought the book to life rather than letting it languish in an unnatural speaking voice with over-ennuciation. I'll keep trying with the playback speeded up.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful