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  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,584
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,894
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,889

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Top Pick for 2012

  • By Em on 11-30-12

Claire Danes makes the story come alive

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

Reviewed: 04-23-17

Any additional comments?

I've read the Handmaid's Tale a number of times, so I know the story well. Listening to Claire Danes made this story come alive. She is masterful at using her voice to convey the emotions of the characters.

  • M Train

  • By: Patti Smith
  • Narrated by: Patti Smith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744

M Train begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. Through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, past and present, and across a landscape of creative aspirations and inspirations, we travel to Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul in Mexico; to a meeting of an Arctic explorer's society in Berlin; and to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud, and Mishima.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "Nothing"

  • By M. Olson on 11-03-15

Patti Smith is truly unique

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

Reviewed: 03-14-16

Any additional comments?

Patti Smith has a unique voice. Both literally and in terms of what she writes. I enjoyed every minute of this recording, even though there were a number of places where you could easily discern that the recording had been edited.

  • The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

  • A Novel
  • By: Adelle Waldman
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 217

Nate Piven is a rising star in Brooklyn’s literary scene. After several lean and striving years, he has his pick of both magazine assignments and women: Juliet, the hotshot business reporter; Elisa, his gorgeous ex-girlfriend, now friend; and Hannah, "almost universally regarded as nice and smart, or smart and nice" and who holds her own in conversation with his friends. But when one relationship grows more serious, Nate is forced to consider what it is he really wants.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Memoirs of a Self-Indulgent Intellectual Jerk

  • By Christina on 09-20-13

Okay story, abysmal performance

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

Reviewed: 06-13-14

Any additional comments?

I had quite a bit of trouble with the character of Nate. He believes in his own superior intelligence, but he's shallow, he's superficial, and he's unaware of his own feelings. He doesn't know what he wants in a woman. One of the passages that really annoyed me was when he fixated on the loose flesh under his girlfriend's arms. The same girlfriend who he earlier described as "almost too thin" is suddenly not working hard enough at Pilates and he is repulsed by her to a degree that's beyond comprehension. I'm sure my mouth hung open in disbelief while I listened to this portion of the book.

I was frustrated by Nate because I kept wondering, "do men really think this way?" Certainly his actions were familiar to those I'd encountered in my dating life. While dating one woman he became more and more critical and she tried harder and harder to please him, which resulted in him feeling contempt for her. This book may be written by a woman, but I have to believe that she has some insight into the mind of shallow, rude men. I only kept listening to see if Nate got his comeuppance.

The performance of Nick Podehl didn't help matters. Several times the inflection he used for a character's voice didn't match the description of the tone that the character was supposed to have used. (Which made me wonder about the direction and the editing as well) Worst of all, he doesn't know how to voice female characters. All his female characters sounded like stereotypically bitchy, lisping gay men instead of women, and the voice for a particular character wasn't consistent throughout the read. I can't recommend the audio version of this book for that reason alone.

  • Chronicles

  • Volume One
  • By: Bob Dylan
  • Narrated by: Sean Penn
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 398

Bob Dylan's Chronicles: Volume One explores the critical junctions in his life and career. Through Dylan's eyes and open mind, we see Greenwich Village, circa 1961, when he first arrives in Manhattan. Dylan's New York is a magical city of possibilities: smoky, nightlong parties; literary awakenings; transient loves and unbreakable friendships. Elegiac observations are punctuated by jabs of memories, penetrating and tough.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Book, Lousy Abridgement

  • By Debra on 12-28-05

Sean Penn does an AMAZING job

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

Reviewed: 01-22-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Chronicles to be better than the print version?

The only reason I rated the overall as four stars instead of five is because this version is abridged. I'm not sure why some sentences and even whole paragraphs were omitted; but I found it distracting.

What did you like best about this story?

We all know that Dylan can write lyrics. Now we know he can write prose. This remarkable account of a few selected chapters in his life is absolutely enthralling; revealing more about Dylan than many of us had known before. He's well-known for being cryptic (at the very least) during interview; here he's pretty forthcoming.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I found it very affecting to read how he tried to protect his family and his family life at a time when the public and media were calling for him to come forward as a leader in the cultural wars. He was appalled every time he was reproached for not being what other people wanted him to be. People protested outside his house because of his 'failure' to lead them. There were break-ins. (When I was listening to this, I thought of John Lennon, who was so accommodating to his fans and what finally happened to him....) Dylan just wanted to have his family left alone.

I wonder how Dylan feels now as the same titles are ascribed to him: Voice of His Generation, a towering figure in American culture and a global twentieth-century icon, writer of protest songs and anthems of social movements. From now on, I'll think of him as he once described himself: A song and dance man.

Any additional comments?

Sean Penn's voice is perfect for this book. If Dylan doesn't narrate his own book, I can't think of anybody better than Penn.

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  • The Fault in Our Stars

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,751
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,740
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,838

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Poignant Story

  • By AudioAddict on 04-25-13

Good story; Excellent performance

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

Reviewed: 01-16-14

Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This audiobook was among the best I've listened to. The voice and performance went well with the story being told.

  • The New New Rules

  • A Funny Look at How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass
  • By: Bill Maher
  • Narrated by: Bill Maher
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 584

A follow-up to the New York Times best-selling The New Rules, The New New Rules delivers a series of hilarious, intelligent rants on everything from same-sex marriage to health care, from Republican agendas to celebrity meltdowns, with all the razor-sharp insight that has made Bill Maher one of the most influential comedic voices shaping the political debate today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Rules Everyone; New Rules

  • By Me & My Girls on 03-13-15

Almost as good as watching the show

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

Reviewed: 01-09-12

Any additional comments?

Reading this book is probably fine -- but why not listen to Bill Maher make Bill Maher's comments? Nobody can adequately approximate his tone of voice when reading. Listening to this was a real pleasure

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