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  • The French Lieutenant's Woman

  • By: John Fowles
  • Narrated by: Paul Shelley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 634
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 389

At Lyme Regis on the Dorset coast, a young Victorian amateur palaentologist, Charles Smithson, is struck by a solitary figure standing at the far end of the Cobb, staring out to sea. It is Sarah Woodruff, known to the locals as 'poor Tragedy' since her apparent liaison with a French sailor who has since deserted her. Although Charles is already engaged to a young heiress, he is immediately beguiled and eventually infatuated with Sarah.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great drama, great reader.

  • By Richard on 04-29-05

A Difficult Read

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

Reviewed: 10-14-15

I had a very hard time getting through this book. I wanted to love it, but I found it sort of frustrating.

For once I am going to say the movie is better than the book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Redeeming Features

  • A Memoir
  • By: Nicholas Haslam
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

With Redeeming Features, set mainly in New York, London, Arizona, and various parts of Europe, British designer Nicholas Haslam has written a completely engaging memoir about pretty much everyone you have ever heard of anywhere in the 20th and 21st centuries. Like a "WASP Zelig", from the 1950s until 2008, the frenetically social and ebullient Haslam has managed, according to Vanity Fair, to "pop up from decade to decade alongside some of the most fascinating people in our cultural history."

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • What a terrible book

  • By Melinda on 10-14-15

What a terrible book

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

Reviewed: 10-14-15

I was completely astonished by how horrid this book was. The performance is great... but that's it. This book has absolutely ZERO redeeming features, and it isn't even clear what the author is trying to redeem himself from. Maybe he had a bad hair day one day long ago.

It's just a list of name dropping in fabulous places.

Don't bother

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Mists of Avalon

  • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 50 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,801
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,812

A posthumous recipient of the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, Marion Zimmer Bradley reinvented - and rejuvenated - the King Arthur mythos with her extraordinary Mists of Avalon series. In this epic work, Bradley follows the arc of the timeless tale from the perspective of its previously marginalized female characters: Celtic priestess Morgaine, Gwenhwyfar, and High Priestess Viviane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Must Listen Tome

  • By GH on 08-08-15

Loved this in print

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

Reviewed: 10-14-15

Wow. I was so disappointed with this book as an audio book. I haven't read it since I was young, but I remember loving it so much that I could barely but it down.

I don't think it is produced or directed well. There is nothing wrong with the source material, so it isn't that. This just failed to grab me.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Worst Hard Time

  • The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
  • By: Timothy Egan
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns (introduction)
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,831
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,109

The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fascinating History

  • By Sara on 02-02-14

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 10-14-15

I don't typically read non-fiction, but I truly loved this book. What amazes me is that we cannot learn to save our planet based on a mistake we made in the 30's.

I really don't know how to heap more praise on this worthy book than has already been heaped... but if you haven't read it, it is beautifully performed and the research behind it seems solid.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cain

  • By: Jose Saramago
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

In this, his last novel, Saramago daringly reimagines the characters and narratives of the Bible through the story of Cain. Condemned to wander forever after he kills Abel, he is whisked around in time and space. He experiences the almost-sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham, the Tower of Babel, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Joshua at the battle of Jericho, Jobe's ordeal, and finally Noah's ark and the Flood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Heck of Funny Book!!!!!

  • By Melinda on 10-14-15

One Heck of Funny Book!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-15

Oh my gosh.... this is such a FUNNY book... I have listened to it quite a few times and I always get a kick out of this re-imagining of Genesis.

Basically the lead character Cain goes around on his donkey creating havoc wherever he goes. He is NOT a nice person and he is endlessly quibbling with God and blaming all of his wrongdoings on God, who is also not a very "nice", um, God?

Saramago can write VERY subversive books (The Gospel According to Jesus Christ.... which sadly is available as an audiobook, but not though Audible as far as I know) got the nobel-prize winning author kicked out of his home country. Sometimes Christians just cannot take a joke.

So if you are one of those, don't get this book... you will hate it. But for you who aren't offended of someone making fun of the bible, go for it! It is so well narrated, too. Just the perfect amount of irony, scorn and smarmy-ness that tip the book from very funny to rolling on the ground laughing funny.

One of my favorites!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Goodbye, Columbus

  • And Five Short Stories
  • By: Philip Roth
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

Neil Klugman and pretty, spirited Brenda Patimkin - he of poor Newark, she of suburban Short Hills - meet one summer and dive into an affair that is as much about social class and suspicion as it is about love. The novella, the first book published by Philip Roth, explores issues of both class and Jewish assimilation into American culture. It won the National Book Award in 1960.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love begins and Assimilation

  • By W Perry Hall on 04-21-14

I can't even believe how bad this is

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

Reviewed: 10-14-15

I have read most of Philip Roth's books (my favorites are the Zuckerman books) and I had this one sitting around in my library for a long time. I listened to it yesterday up to the point where the stories started. Then I threw the book in my garbage can.

Goodbye Columbus is just an insipid little story about a loser who can't get with the girls.

And I need to mention how horribly it is read.... This John Rubinstein guy does a Jewish voice serviceably, but that's it. The protagonist isn't well done nor are the many female voices. This guy must be friends with Philip Roth or something because I seriously do not know how else he got the job.

Maybe the director was deaf? That is the only reasonable explanation I can come up with.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Year of Magical Thinking

  • By: Joan Didion
  • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,556
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,539
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,557

"Life changes fast....You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends." These were among the first words Joan Didion wrote in January 2004. Her daughter was lying unconscious in an intensive care unit, a victim of pneumonia and septic shock. Her husband, John Gregory Dunne, was dead. The night before New Year's Eve, while they were sitting down to dinner, he suffered a massive and fatal coronary. The two had lived and worked side by side for nearly 40 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book to Read, but I didn’t like it

  • By Michael on 05-08-15

A Stunning Memoir on Grief

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

Reviewed: 09-28-15

This is a hard book, but so beautifully done that I feel I grow as a human being every time I read it or listen to it. I love the audio version. Joan Didion reflects so well on the little things that make up this big thing called life. Thank you for this brave memoir.

  • Song of Solomon

  • By: Toni Morrison
  • Narrated by: Toni Morrison
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 264

Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly. With this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel Garcia Marquez. As she follows Milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his family's origins, Morrison introduces an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized black world.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Poorly Edited

  • By JACK on 09-03-10

I love this book~~in print

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

Reviewed: 08-01-15

Toni Morrison's reading voice is like listening to a lullaby. I have always admired this book, but never loved it the way I love Beloved.

This book could have probably come up on it's heels, if it weren't for the DISTRACTING man who pops in now and again to read a few paragraphs. I am stuck dumb by the producer's decision...

Sometimes I like books that are a cast... but not this one. There is no purpose.

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,605

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

A beauty of a Book

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

Reviewed: 08-01-15

I read this book when it was originally published. If one expresses interest in this book, I DO recommend the printed version, because of the drawings and the unusual font.

I was skeptical of this making a good audiobook. It is masterful. Completely. The reader's voice is delicious to listen to... and if you you can do is get this book on Audible, then be sure to look up Max's drawings (The StandOver Man... and one other that I don't believe is named)

The font used and the drawings are charming and can be found on the web.

Unfortunately, it was a bad film. It's not really filmable. Please do not judge this book if you saw the superbad movie.

But I digress. If you don't have access to the drawings, then LISTEN to this book. I can't believe I waited SO long to finally get it on Audio.... I just didn't think it would translate.

Oh, but it does... and does so magnificently. I know it won an important children's literary prize... but it's for everyone who loves good writing and master story telling. This might be my all time favorite audio book (and I have lots)

  • Reconstructing Amelia

  • By: Kimberly McCreight
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,522
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,522

When Kate, single mother and law firm partner, gets an urgent phone call summoning her to her daughter's exclusive private school, she's shocked. Amelia has been suspended for cheating, something that would be completely out of character for her over-achieving, well-behaved daughter. Kate rushes to Grace Hall, but what she finds when she finally arrives is beyond comprehension. Her daughter is dead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gossip Girl

  • By FanB14 on 04-16-13

Just awful

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

Reviewed: 03-29-15

I'm guessing teenage girls might like this, but after 15 minutes of the snivelling voice actress, I gave up. I don't wanna go back to high school with this group of people.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful