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  • The World According to Garp

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 20 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 884
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656

Here are the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields, a feminist leader ahead of her times. Here are the life and death of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world of sexual extremes, even of sexual assassinations. The World According to Garp is a novel rich with "lunacy and sorrow", yet the dark, violent events of the story do not undermine a comedy both ribald and robust.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What is up with this narrator?

  • By Sarrie on 06-10-11

Good story, drab performance

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

Reviewed: 11-28-16

This is my second reading of this book. I enjoy the story very much, but the audio version dry and dispassionate. It doesn't do the novel justice.

  • Really Professional Internet Person

  • By: Jenn McAllister
  • Narrated by: Jenn McAllister
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 401

Through her pranks, sketches, and videos about everyday life, Jenn has become a mouthpiece for millennials and one of YouTube's fastest rising stars! Jenn McAllister, better known as JennxPenn, has been obsessed with making videos since she found her parents' video camera at the age of eight. A shy child, Jenn turned to film because, unlike with life, you can always have a do-over. Really Professional Internet Person offers both an insider's guide to building a successful YouTube channel and an intimate portrait of the surreality of insta-fame.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book was a motivation!

  • By William on 09-08-15

Wise beyond her years

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

Reviewed: 04-03-16

I didn't know the world of YouTube was so involved. I haven't seen her page, but I may check it out.

Besides her experience as a YouTube personality, I think this would be a valuable book for kids and teens, mostly because she voices all the things problems and concerns kids have and really takes a positive view point, without the schmalzy 'sitcom' fakery. I wish I had this book as a teen.

  • An Unnecessary Woman

  • By: Rabih Alameddine
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 340

Aaliya Saleh lives alone in her Beirut apartment, surrounded by stockpiles of books. Godless, fatherless, childless, and divorced, Aaliya is her family's "unnecessary appendage." Every year, she translates a new favorite book into Arabic, then stows it away. The 37 books that Aaliya has translated over her lifetime have never been read by anyone. In this breathtaking portrait of a reclusive woman's late-life crisis, listeners follow Aaliya's digressive mind as it ricochets across visions of past and present Beirut.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tales of a Literary Snob

  • By Ilana on 02-14-14

A romance, not with a man, but with books

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

Reviewed: 02-11-15

I was hooked by the first few lines. The poetry of Alameddine, the tone and intellegence of her charactar pulled me in, as did her spirit.

Not much happens in this novel, but it was never meant to be a plot-driven novel. It's a romance, but her lover is books. She lives alone in her apartment, translating one book a year. Her prose caresses the works she loves, unflowery and lyrical. She tells of her life and treats the people in it as characters- since she is a translator, she has no control of the characters, nor does she want control. She lets life pass her, disinterested to all those except her books and those that threaten her solitude with them.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Matilda

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Kate Winslet
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,844
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,511
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,513

"The Trunchbull" is no match for Matilda! Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Childhood Memories

  • By Dylan on 05-19-16

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 02-07-15

This is a great match of story and performance. I've loved Matilda since I was old enough to read, my copy of Matilda has been replaced several times over.

From now on I want Kate Winslet to read all books, every book. She throws herself into the story with abandon. The grotesqueness of the Wormwoods, the brutality of Miss Trunchbull, the sick mess that is Hortensia (blech!) and of course, the loveliness of Matilda and Miss Honey. I would love to have been a fly on the wall as she recorded this.

My only compliant is that Kate does get really loud. It fits the performance, but it can be overwhelming.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,682
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,714

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ages Well

  • By Dennis on 10-21-12

Charming, silly, a great adventure

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

Reviewed: 02-01-15

My only compliant is that the reader could have used the accent of the characters: Swedish. I kept forgetting that the characters weren't British, which is a shame. And rather stupid on my part.

Allan is, as the title says, 100 years old and decides that he doesn't want to spend his birthday cooped up in a nursing home (understandibly) and decides to go AWOL.

Along the way he manages to accumulate a man that happens to be killed twice (as if once was enough), make friends with an elephant, a man that is so educated he is "almost" a vet, doctor, literary expert (who knows what else), and several leaders of the free (and not-so-free) world. And, yes, the bastard brother of a very famous physicist (guess who!)

If you enjoyed this book, I would recommend Forrest Gump by Winston Groom.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Madman's Daughter

  • Madman's Daughter Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Megan Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London - working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true. Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward - both of whom she is deeply drawn to - Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A nicely executed twist on a classic

  • By Gregory on 03-21-14

Too much romance for a non-romantic premise

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

Reviewed: 01-24-15

One of my biggest pet peeves is when a promising story gives caves to a romance. This story was no exception. Juliet is smart, a survivor, has no hesitation in disfiguring a superior to avoid unwanted sexual attention- all the makings of a strong herione. Her father is a quack scientist with his own island where he conducts horrific experiments, but plot quickly starts focusing on her torn feelings between her father's young assistant and a young man that was rescued at sea.

Don't get me wrong, if I were younger and didn't mind a bit of romance, I would probably eat this up- but I lost interest 3 hours in. I can't finish it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Martin Luther King

  • The Essential Box Set: The Landmark Speeches and Sermons of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • By: Clayborne Carson, Kris Shepard, Peter Holloran, and others
  • Narrated by: Keith David, Jay Gregory, Martin Luther King
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

This definitive box set includes all the landmark speeches of the great orator and American leader Martin Luther King, Jr., from his inspirational "I Have a Dream" to his firey "Give Us the Ballot." Comprised of recordings previously included in A Call to Conscience and A Knock at Midnight, The Essential Box Set is a must-have for any home, library, or school collection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Resource!

  • By Veronica on 01-19-10

More than just "I have a dream!"

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

Reviewed: 01-23-15

Inspirational, emotional, profoundly intelligent and down to earth.

For every little guy, minority and underdog. Not just about civil rights and God, but how to turn the other cheek, put your priorities in order, spread love. The only self-help book you need, really.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,707

A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!!!

  • By Alia on 12-11-09

Great performance, except-

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

Reviewed: 01-13-15

Try as he might, Tim Curry doesn't make a very believable Tiny Tim. Would it have killed Audible to have a woman or a child do the voice of the women/children?

That is the only complaint

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Year of Reading Dangerously

  • How Fifty Great Books Saved My Life
  • By: Andy Miller
  • Narrated by: Andy Miller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 320

An editor and writer's vivaciously entertaining, and often moving, memoir — a true story that reminds us why we should all make time in our lives for books.Nearing his fortieth birthday, author and critic Andy Miller realized he's not nearly as well read as he'd like to be. A devout book lover who somehow fell out of the habit of reading, he began to ponder the power of books to change an individual life—including his own—and to define the sort of person he would like to be.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not a great book, but a good one

  • By Mark on 12-30-14

Fun, intelligent and long-winded

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

Reviewed: 12-27-14

A very honest memoir of a reader gone astray rediscovering books. There were several laugh-out-loud moments. The struggle is very nerdy, very real.

Andy Miller is very fond of going on tangents, even including a long letter that he never intended to send to an author that felt more like a page-filler than actual content. I was never quite sure when his train of thought would end. He never did explain how books saved his life. He had a goal of reading two bad books, and only got around to reading one of them. As far as I can tell, Chekhov's gun is still sitting on the mantel.

34 of 35 people found this review helpful