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  • Game Change

  • Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
  • By: John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,268

Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasion-ally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audiobook of 2010!

  • By Joe on 02-24-10

5++++ Stars

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-10

I enjoyed every minute of this book. The cast of characters is amazing. I had thought the media had covered everything there was to know about the candidates, and there wasn't more to know. But Heilemann and Halperin expose their human side, as well as that of their spouses and their campaign staffs. Fascinating! Engrossing! Sorry that I've finished the book - but I'm pretty sure that I'll listen to it again in another month or two and still learn new things.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Open

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Andre Agassi
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,976

From Andre Agassi, one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court, a beautiful, haunting autobiography. Agassi brings a near-photographic memory to every pivotal match and every relationship. Never before has the inner game of tennis and the outer game of fame been so precisely limned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just an Incredible Story!

  • By Patrick on 12-13-09

Pleasantly Surprised!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-10

Had read the reviews of Agassi's book, and found the autobiography exceeded my expectations. Though there are loads of descriptions of tennis matches, the focus seems to be on Andre as a person. He's a much more complex and likable fellow than we knew from news commentaries during his tennis career. And, at the end of the day, he seems to have good perspective on what it all means. And he's made so many contributions to his community. Admirable athlete!

  • 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

Not Kingsolver's Best

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-10

Barbara Kingsolver reads this herself - Beautiful language. The book is hard to get into, so I put it down for a bit. Then returned a month later. That would never have happened with previous Kingsolver novels. I found the writer's technique of a book as a series of journal entries and letters off-putting, hard to follow and disjointed. I finally 'got into it' the last third of the book. The part I found least interesting (the time spent with Freida Kahlo) ended up being central to the end of the book. Worth persevering to the end, but not worth more than 3 stars.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Relentless

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 316

Best-selling novelist Cullen "Cubby" Greenwich is a lucky man and he knows it. He makes a handsome living doing what he enjoys. His wife, Penny, a children's book author and illustrator, is the love of his life. Together they have a brilliant six-year-old, Milo, affectionately dubbed "Spooky," and a non-collie named Lassie, who's all but part of the family. So Cubby knows he shouldn't let one bad review of his otherwise triumphant new book get to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I cant sleep!

  • By Derek B. on 06-10-09

Silly Book

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-09

Kept trying to get involved. Improbable premise, improbable characters, dumb story. Save your credits.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cutting for Stone

  • A Novel
  • By: Abraham Verghese
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 23 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,480

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration

  • By Mary Lynn Richardson on 03-20-09

23 hours and I'm sorry it is over!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-09

As one of the previous reviewers said, this book is well worth 2 book credits! A compelling story with wonderful narration. I'm sure this book is one I will listen to again!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow Country

  • A New Rendering of the Watson Legend
  • By: Peter Matthiessen
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 40 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 287

Inspired by a near-mythic event on the wild Florida frontier at the turn of the 20th century, Shadow Country re-imagines the legend of the inspired Everglades sugar planter and notorious outlaw E. J. Watson, who drives himself relentlessly toward his own violent end at the hands of neighbors who mostly admired him, in a killing that obsessed his favorite son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing, Rich and Powerful

  • By John on 05-02-09

Zzzzzz!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-09

I am a devoted Audible listener, but I have to say, I've struggled with Shadow Country. Usually I think of any excuse to take a walk or a drive in my car so that I can listen to my latest book. But I've been working on this one for more than a month - and I'm still finding myself getting lost in the multitude of characters and relationships, and not sure that I care about any of them! I think I am about to give it up after finishing only about 16 hours of the book. Shadow Country has been more of a cure for my insomnia than an entertaining listen. Perhaps, as one reviewer said, it might be more enjoyable if you had read the book first.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,326

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't Take My Buds Out

  • By Judith on 11-08-07

LOOOONG!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-08

I enjoy the historical fiction, but it is an awful lot about cathedrals! The book could have been edited down to 25 hours without compromising the story. I liked the reader though.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Lonesome Dove

  • By: Larry McMurtry
  • Narrated by: Lee Horsley
  • Length: 36 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,099
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,264

Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audio book I have ever listened to!

  • By James on 12-20-04

Can't

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-07

I'm glued to my iPod .. happy to do 3 weeks of ironing, just so I can continue listening. Wonderful writing, quirky characters, funny (and sad) situations. I feel like these characters have become my friends! What an interesting bunch. I don't normally think of myself as a reader of westerns, but this has been a gem. I'm sorry it is almost over.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Peony in Love

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 274

For young Peony, betrothed to a suitor she has never met, lyrics from The Peony Pavilion mirror her own longings. In the garden of the Chen Family Villa, amid the scent of ginger, green tea, and jasmine, a small theatrical troupe is performing scenes from this epic opera, a live spectacle few females have ever seen. Like the heroine in the drama, Peony is the cloistered daughter of a wealthy family, trapped like a good-luck cricket in a bamboo-and-lacquer cage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eloquently written and read

  • By D on 07-21-07

Interminable

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-07

I'm only listening to the end because I have invested 10+ hours in the book. Such a disappointment. I really enjoyed Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, and this does not, in any way, compare.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Water for Elephants

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,209

Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Rosie the bull elephant?

  • By Randall on 07-22-07

Just OK

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-06

I often 'buy' an audiobook based on other's reviews. This one did not live up to the hype. I liked the narrators, but I couldn't really get engaged with the characters. I'm not sure why this is a best seller.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful