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  • Unsheltered

  • A Novel
  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,775
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,627
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,625

Brilliantly executed and compulsively listenable, Unsheltered is the story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum, as they navigate the challenges of surviving a world in the throes of major cultural shifts. In this mesmerizing story told in alternating chapters, Willa and Thatcher come to realize that though the future is uncertain, even unnerving, shelter can be found in the bonds of kindred - whether family or friends - and in the strength of the human spirit. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Spring for a professional narrator, please!

  • By Gail Dragon on 11-05-18

The narration was torture!

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

These story lines drag and Kingsolver's narration just makes me want to bang my head against the wall. She reads her novel so slowly and her accents are a disaster. I quit about half-way through!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Son

  • By: Philipp Meyer
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,928
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,932

Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching examination of the bloody price of power, The Son is a gripping and utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American west with rare emotional acuity, even as it presents an intimate portrait of one family across two centuries. Eli McCullough is just twelve-years-old when a marauding band of Comanche storm his Texas homestead and brutally murder his mother and sister, taking him as a captive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer

  • By Mel on 06-04-13

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I loved everything about this book: the stories, the family thread, the various characters, the character development, and the narrators chosen!

What did you like best about this story?

The thread of family members on the land.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The various voices did a great job of capturing their characters!

  • Pachinko

  • By: Min Jin Lee
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,643
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,631

Profoundly moving and gracefully told, Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them. Betrayed by her wealthy lover, Sunja finds unexpected salvation when a young tubercular minister offers to marry her and bring her to Japan to start a new life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful book

  • By erin on 12-11-17

Total lack of character development...

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This book needed character development. The story could have been so wonderful with three dimensional people.

Has Pachinko turned you off from other books in this genre?

Too many recent novels have had a lack of character development. This is just another on the list..

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator spoke like a careful child.

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Lincoln in the Bardo

  • A Novel
  • By: George Saunders
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,088
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,051

The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Mixed Bag

  • By Thomas More on 02-24-17

Best Audiobook I Have Ever Listened To!

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

What made the experience of listening to Lincoln in the Bardo the most enjoyable?

This book was made for readers' theater!! The chorus of voices did a remarkable job of capturing the mood and characters in this novel!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Every character was flawlessly performed!

Any additional comments?

I thought I had just listened to the perfect audiobook after finishing The Help. Lincoln in the Bardo epitomized the listening experience!

  • Out of Africa & Shadows on the Grass

  • By: Isak Dineson
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

In this audiobook, the author of Seven Gothic Tales gives a true account of her life on her plantation in Kenya. She tells with classic simplicity of the ways of the country and the natives; of the beauty of the Ngong Hills and coffee trees in blossom; of her guests, from the Prince of Wales to Knudsen, the old charcoal burner, who visited her; of primitive festivals; of big game that were her near neighbors - lions, rhinos, elephants, zebras, buffaloes; and of Lulu, the little gazelle who came to live with her, unbelievably ladylike and beautiful.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sketches of Africa

  • By Jay Quintana on 03-26-16

Sooo boring

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

Reviewed: 12-03-15

What would have made Out of Africa & Shadows on the Grass better?

A plot. I was waiting for a story line and never got one. It was snapshots from a white snob who observed the Africans as fine animals.

What was most disappointing about Isak Dinesen’s story?

The lack of a plot made the narrator's observations painfully repetitive and frustrating. I was waiting for her small mindedness, a very realistic portrayal of the colonists' views, to be framework for a storyline. A storyline never came....v

Would you listen to another book narrated by Susan Lyons?

Maybe. I could not tell if Susan Lyons was a boring reader or if she was just doing her job by droning on about tall grass, baobabs, and very advanced humanoid animals (the Africans)

What character would you cut from Out of Africa & Shadows on the Grass?

Baroness Karen

Any additional comments?

I am a very well read and educated person. This might be one of the few instances where the movie is better than the book! (To be fully transparent, I only read 2/3 before I quit.)

5 of 29 people found this review helpful