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  • Memoirs of a Geisha

  • By: Arthur Golden
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,379

In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Linda on 02-01-03

Geisha opens my eyes

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-07

This story was not at all what I thought it would be. It was an amazing story of a Geisha's life.
The reader is excellent and makes the story come alive.

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  • The Great Gatsby

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Tim Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,720
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,088
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,102

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's portrait of the Jazz Age in all its decadence and excess, is, as editor Maxwell Perkins praised it in 1924, "a wonder". It remains one of the most widely read, translated, admired, imitated, and studied 20th-century works of American fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something you won't fall asleep to...

  • By Mrs. Jewell on 01-18-05

Gatsby forever

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-07

I can listen to this book over and over and not ever get tired of it. I keep it loaded on my Ipod for times when I'm between new books, or bored. I love the way Hemingway uses words.

2 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Eat, Pray, Love

  • One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,181

Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Inner Journey within an External One

  • By YoginiZora on 07-20-06

Eat, Pray and GLOAT

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-07

I loved the first part of this book- the part that took place in Italy. I thought as I got into the 2nd and 3rd parts- that maybe the author should not have read it. She often sounds like she is gloating in her reading. There are some funny parts in the second story- but by the 3rd- she was losing me.

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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 1,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404

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

The Glass Castle

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-07

This book was both beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. The reader made the author's words come alive.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Nineteen Minutes

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda
  • Length: 21 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,474
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,499

Jodi Picoult delivers the riveting tale of one small town's entanglement with high-school violence.

New York Superior Court Judge Alex Cormier is assigned to preside over the case of the alleged Sterling High School shooter. Lawyer Jordan McAffee represents Peter, the boy who, on the day of the shooting, was found in the corner of the gymnasium holding a gun to his head with a shaky hand. Detective Patrick DuCharme has one star witness, but her story keeps changing. And then there's the biggest problem of all: the star witness happens to be Judge Cormier's daughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mesmerizing

  • By Suze Weinberg on 03-23-07

19 Minutes

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-07

ANYTHING Jodi writes is incredible. I am amazed at each new book at how intricate the plot lines are, how she weaves them together, and how mesmerizing her story is.

  • Ten Days in the Hills

  • By: Jane Smiley
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 23 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 18

Oscar-winning writer-director Max, whose star is clearly beginning to dim, wakes up the morning after the 2003 Academy Awards lying next to his lover and feeling understandably groggy from the previous evening's festivities. But this is no time for Max to lounge about and chat his way idly through a hangover. There's a houseful of guests to worry about, and they all need attention.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Smiley strikes out

  • By Kristi Warriner on 04-22-07

This book is NOT up to par

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-07

I was so surprised that Jane Smiley wrote this book. It was about non-essential and BORING sex, the politics of the Iraq war -which although I agree with - I do not want to pay money to listen to on a book, and people who are self-centered and dull.
The story was so bad that I was too distracted to pay attention to the writing. I listened because I paid for it- but I just wanted it to be over.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • The Human Stain

  • By: Philip Roth
  • Narrated by: Arliss Howard, Debra Winger
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town, an aging classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist. The charge is a lie, but the real truth about Silk would have astonished his most virulent accuser. Browse other Philip Roth on audible.com.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delve into the characters

  • By David on 05-08-03

The book was so much better than the movie

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-05

I caught this movie on cable by accident and thought it was terrific.
The book is so much better than the movie was. The descriptions, the character development, and the surprise that is repeatedly hinted at during the movie is thankfully not revealed early in the book. The audio reader does an excellent job with the change of voices to depict different characters- and the deep feelings of each one.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful