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  • No Time to Spare

  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 254

From acclaimed author Ursula K. Le Guin, and with an introduction by Karen Joy Fowler, a collection of thoughts - always adroit, often acerbic - on aging, belief, the state of literature, and the state of the nation. Ursula K. Le Guin has taken listeners to imaginary worlds for decades. Now she's in the last great frontier of life, old age, and exploring new literary territory: the blog, a forum where her voice - sharp, witty, as compassionate as it is critical - shines. No Time to Spare collects the best of Ursula's blog, presenting perfectly crystallized dispatches on what matters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a delight!

  • By Linda on 02-13-18

words for living

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

I loved this - the writing and the narration, perfect fit. Words from a master.

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • The Misfit's Manifesto

  • By: Lidia Yuknavitch
  • Narrated by: Lidia Yuknavitch, Melanie Alldritt, Jason Arias, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Lidia Yuknavitch is a proud misfit. That wasn't always the case. It took Lidia a long time to not simply accept but appreciate her misfit status. Having flunked out of college twice (and maybe even a third time that she's not going to tell you about), with two epic divorces under her belt, an episode of rehab for drug use, and two stints in jail, she felt like she would never fit in. She was a hopeless misfit. She'd failed as daughter, wife, mother, scholar - and yet the dream of being a writer was stuck like "a small sad stone" in her throat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By D. Jean Fournier Smith on 05-26-18

it should be required reading

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

A necessary, timely book. Every word, every voice are important. Misfit or not, read it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 29,638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,941
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,936

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

powerful story; powerful narration

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

this was an important story when it was first written it is still relevant and carries even more importance now and the narration is perfect.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Citizen

  • An American Lyric
  • By: Claudia Rankine
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277

Claudia Rankine's bold new audiobook recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in 21st-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV - everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person's ability to speak, perform, and stay alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Important Work But Audio Is Missing a Lot

  • By Steve M on 08-30-17

a must read

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

Reviewed: 11-25-16

important writing, beautiful and difficult in its truth and heart. smooth and accurate narration. a must read, always, especially now.

  • Gods and Beasts

  • A Novel
  • By: Denise Mina
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 157

It's the week before Christmas when a lone robber bursts into a busy Glasgow post office carrying an AK-47. An elderly man suddenly hands his young grandson to a stranger and wordlessly helps the gunman fill bags with cash, then carries them to the door. He opens the door and bows his head; the robber fires off the AK-47, tearing the grandfather in two. DS Alex Morrow arrives on the scene and finds that the alarm system had been disabled before the robbery. Yet upon investigation, none of the employees can be linked to the gunman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful writing, not-so-wonderful performance

  • By Brook on 02-27-13

Strong writing & story; narrator not up to task

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

Reviewed: 04-20-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I recommend the story. Denise Mina's writing is strong and this is no exception - the story moves well, the characters are clear and strong, the storyline is well-written and a good read.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

She didn't hit the range and depth of the characters. She made some of them sound whiny and I didn't feel the same connection to the story and characters that I did with the earlier narrator - who I felt was a great match for Mina's writing. This narrator didn't seem to be able to get into the world of the writing and it created a disconnect with it at times as I listened. Some of the characterizations were way off base and at times I felt like I was listening to an elementary school teacher in a room with young children - it just did not fit the story and characters.

Any additional comments?

The writing is solid. Solid enough that I can listen through the narrator's lack of "getting" a good handle on it. I'd say it's still worth a listen - or at least buy the book and read it. The story is good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

  • A Novel
  • By: Robin Sloan
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,515
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,495

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A light, fun, easy listen

  • By january on 11-04-12

Entertaining and Enticing

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

Reviewed: 02-25-13

Any additional comments?

This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. The story itself flows and is modern and unpretentious, engaging and layered. The author manages to weave in new technology and characters, with a fun sense of mystery and a good pace, along with ancient mystery. It has been a while since I've had this much fun reading/listening to a book. And I can't put it down - only when I have to, for sleep, or at work where it would be impossible to do my job with headphones on; I drive with it, exercise with it, answer emails with it, even type in edits on my own book listening to it.

The narrator is really good, as well. I enjoy the voice, and the characters are distinguishable and clear and consistent. A joy to listen to - and I'm currently looking at other books read by this person.

I've purchased a print copy of this book for one friend, a digital copy for another friend, and will buy a gift of audiobook for another friend.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Eyre Affair

  • A Thursday Next Novel
  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,504
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,507

In Jasper Fforde's Great Britain, circa 1985, time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • six stars

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-13-11

Witty story and smooth narration

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

Reviewed: 12-25-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The story is clever and Fforde does a nice job of making the fictional parts of the story blend with the familiar. The protagonist has the qualities we want a good one to have: things we like and admire and she has her flaws. She is tough and human and "real."

What did you like best about this story?

The story moves at a good pace. And I love some of the names (such Bthe character raxton Hicks, Next's aunt and uncle's names, the division where she works). It's a good detective story, with bits of chase scenes, humor and suspense.

Any additional comments?

The narrator does a nice job with character differentiation and her voice works really well for this story. Her pacing is good and I enjoy listening to her read.