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  • The Dive from Clausen's Pier

  • By: Ann Packer
  • Narrated by: Scarlett Johansson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 57

The Dive from Clausen's Pier reminds us how fragile our lives are and how quickly they can be divided into before and after. It begins with a disaster that could happen in anybody's life, and leaves us asking what we know about our deepest allegiances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Sierra on 07-01-15

Decent

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-06

This story was decent. Nothing special. The story was a mediocre one. It was special in the beginning, but went nowhere the rest of the book. Moreoever, the narrator's voice was annoying. She sounded bored just reading it. I know this was a best-seller, but I was not impressed.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • The Glass Castle

  • By: Jeanette Walls
  • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409

This extraordinary memoir from Jeannette Walls is a stirring and distinctive story that has won tremendous critical acclaim. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly applauds the author's "fantastic storytelling knack", saying, "Walls doesn't pull her punches...in this excellent, unusual book."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stayed Awake Until 5 am to Finish!!!

  • By Tracie on 06-24-05

DISAPPOINTING

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-06

This book had a lot of hype when it came out. I was excited to order it, but I was extremely disappointed in it. It was not well written at all. Don't bother.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Falls

  • By: Joyce Carol Oates
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 17 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

A man climbs over the railings and plunges into Niagara Falls. A newlywed, he has left behind his wife, Ariah Erskine, in the honeymoon suite the morning after their wedding. "The Widow Bride of The Falls", as Ariah comes to be known, begins a relentless, seven-day vigil in the mist, waiting for his body to be found.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clean Out Your Ears

  • By Harry I. Shuman on 07-26-05

SOOTHING

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-06

This was a very soothing and comfortable story to listen to. The narrator spoke slowly and smoothly and it flowed with the slowness of the author. You never came back to the story wondering if you missed something. It was clear and relaxing. I looked forward to listening each night. The only problem is that when the end of the book came, everything was just wrapped up quickly and that was disappointing.

  • Housekeeping

  • By: Marilynne Robinson
  • Narrated by: Becket Royce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 461

A modern classic, Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent grandmother, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally of Sylvie, their eccentric and remote aunt. The family house is in the small Far West town of Fingerbone, set on a glacial lake, the same lake where their grandfather died in a spectacular train wreck and their mother drove off a cliff to her death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • errancy, abandonment, and madness

  • By Emily on 07-19-11

Brilliant

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-06

This was a brilliant book, well written, narrated superbly. It is not the type of book a casual reader would enjoy however. The vocabulary was excellent and the pace was fast. I think I would have preferred to read this, but I was not disappointed in the listen.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • The Celestine Prophecy

  • An Adventure
  • By: James Redfield
  • Narrated by: Jesse Corti
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 102

The Celestine Prophecy, a compelling story of intrigue, suspense, and revelation, is a guidebook that has the power to crystallize your perceptions of why you are where you are in life - and to direct your steps with a new energy and optimism as you head into tomorrow. This work has come to light at a time when the world - and you - need it most.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, but I didn't like the voice

  • By Dean on 02-19-03

Good message/bad story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-06

I would categorize this book as a self help type listen. A friend of mine highly recommended I order it because of the philosphy of the writer. The story itself was very poorly written and amaturish. The writer would tell a story and then explain the point, as though you are a child. The philosphy itself was eye-opening and very helpful to me. If you are interested to know his philosphy and you are in the mood to extract this from this listen, it would be worth your while to order.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Fortress of Solitude

  • By: Jonathan Lethem
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 18 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 192

This is the story of two boys, Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude. They are friends and neighbors, but because Dylan is white and Mingus is black, their friendship is not simple. This is the story of their Brooklyn neighborhood, which is almost exclusively black despite the first whispers of something that will become known as "gentrification."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A smorgasbord of language

  • By Jonathan on 10-21-03

Awful

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-06

I can not tell you how boring this book was. I listened to it as long as I could, at least three quarters way through before I put it down. It never hooked me. I had to force myself to listen. I was more than patient. Characters were developed and then they went nowhere with it. It was a big disappointment and a waste of time.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Truth & Beauty

  • A Friendship
  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Ann Patchett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287

The author of Bel Canto, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Orange Prize, and long-running New York Times best seller, turns to nonfiction in a moving chronicle of her decades-long friendship with the critically acclaimed and recently deceased author, Lucy Grealy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It got better....

  • By Suzn F on 02-20-12

Good

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-06

This was a really good listen. The reader was smooth and a pleasure to listen to. The story was good and well written. I looked forward to listening whenever I had a chance. I recommend this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • On Beauty

  • By: Zadie Smith
  • Narrated by: Peter Francis James
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 185

Set on both sides of the Atlantic, Zadie Smith's third novel is a brilliant analysis of family life, the institution of marriage, intersections of the personal and political, and an honest look at people's deceptions. It is also, as you might expect, very funny indeed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • two thumbs up

  • By Sarah DeFeo on 11-23-07

Boring

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-06

I realize that Zadie Smith is an award winner and that is why I order this book. I was very disappointed in it, however. It read like a soap opera. It was long, drawn out, boring and finally after all the listening, it went nowhere. There was nothing profound and it was not especially written well. I don't know why this was so popular, but I would not recommend it.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Forever

  • By: Pete Hamill
  • Narrated by: Stevie Ray Dallimore
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 94

From the shores of Ireland, Cormac O'Connor sets out on a fateful journey to avenge the deaths of his parents and honor the code of his ancestors. In return for aiding an African shaman who was brought to America in chains, Cormac is given an otherworldly gift: He will live forever - as long as he never leaves the island of Manhattan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great, but even better Unabridged

  • By Kenneth R. Malcomson on 01-24-05

Enjoyable Listen

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-06

This was a well written story and an easy listen. The story was interesting and I enjoyed it. The narrator was good as well.

  • Gift from the Sea

  • 50th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • Narrated by: Claudette Colbert
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

In this inimitable, beloved classic - graceful, lucid, and lyrical - Anne Morrow Lindbergh shares her meditations on youth and age; love and marriage; peace, solitude, and contentment as she set them down during a brief vacation by the sea. A mother of five, an acclaimed writer and a pioneering aviator, Lindbergh casts an unsentimental eye on the trappings of modernity that threaten to overwhelm us and helps readers find a space for contemplation and creativity within their own lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Treasure

  • By Rebecca on 11-11-12

Disapointing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-06

The Publisher's Summary and a recommendation from a friend is the reason I downloaded this book. I like these type of self-help books. The narrator was good but that is the only positive thing I can say about this listen. The author wrote as if addressing ignorant, child-like readers. The serene tone droned on and on and whatever point she made, she overly explained. I had no patience for it and gave it up midway. I would not recommend the purchase of this book.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful