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  • A Tale of Love and Darkness

  • By: Amos Oz
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 23 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

It is the story of a boy growing up in the war-torn Jerusalem of the 40s and 50s in a small apartment crowded with books in 12 languages and relatives speaking nearly as many. His mother and father, both wonderful people, were ill-suited to each other. When Oz was 12 and a half years old, his mother committed suicide - a tragedy that was to change his life. He leaves the constraints of the family and the community of dreamers, scholars, and failed businessmen to join a kibbutz.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing

  • By cocopuff on 12-11-16

You definitely don't have to be Jewish

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

..to appreciate this masterpiece of a memoir. Oz paints a lyrical picture of his family members, their history, and his own upbringing with tremendous wit and compassion, and does not shy away from the most painful experiences. The pronunciation of a few Israel location names could have been corrected. I have no idea whether the Russian dialog was faithfully conveyed, but it sounded convincing. Overall, a wonderful reading of a masterful testament to Amoz Oz and his times.

  • Unsheltered

  • A Novel
  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,026
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,857
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,854

Brilliantly executed and compulsively listenable, Unsheltered is the story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum, as they navigate the challenges of surviving a world in the throes of major cultural shifts. In this mesmerizing story told in alternating chapters, Willa and Thatcher come to realize that though the future is uncertain, even unnerving, shelter can be found in the bonds of kindred - whether family or friends - and in the strength of the human spirit. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Spring for a professional narrator, please!

  • By Gail Dragon on 11-05-18

very entertaining

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

Beautifully written, Keeps the reader entertained with interwoven storylines involving some historical characters, while addressing urgent issues of our times. In my view, the book would have benefited from some editing to shorten the latter part, but this is a minor quibble.

  • Pachinko

  • By: Min Jin Lee
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,904
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,892

Profoundly moving and gracefully told, Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them. Betrayed by her wealthy lover, Sunja finds unexpected salvation when a young tubercular minister offers to marry her and bring her to Japan to start a new life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful book

  • By erin on 12-11-17

Korean-Japanese Family Saga

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

This novel teaches much about the historical cultural tensions between Korea and Japan. I found some situations predictable, but many characters were complex and empathetic, and the story was engrossing.

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  • Lincoln in the Bardo

  • A Novel
  • By: George Saunders
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,154

The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Mixed Bag

  • By Thomas More on 02-24-17

Hypnotic layers upon layers

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

A few times I felt lost, but the overall experience of listening to this book is mesmerising, and touching. terrific actors.

  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

  • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,123

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

  • By ambER on 04-20-17

Riveting, ever-timely warning about freedoms

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

Memorable dystopian imagining of a possible future where women are valued only as human incubators. Beautifully written and read. Deserves its modern classic status. Enjoyed the supplementary material.

  • Moonglow

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Chabon
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,200

Moonglow unfolds as the deathbed confession, made to his grandson, of a man the narrator refers to only as "my grandfather". It is a tale of madness, of war and adventure, of sex and desire and ordinary love, of existential doubt and model rocketry, of the shining aspirations and demonic underpinnings of American technological accomplishment at midcentury, and, above all, of the destructive impact - and the creative power - of the keeping of secrets and the telling of lies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful novel, terrible narrator

  • By Joyce M. Bernheim on 12-30-16

where does fantasy start or end?

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

Enchanting faux memoir. As others have mentioned, the narrator should have sought help with Yiddish and Hebrew pronunciation. This improved later in the book, but earlier annoying mistakes should've been fixed.

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  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 113,121
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 104,756
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 104,257

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

outstanding memoir of upbringing in South Africa

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

Reviewed: 01-30-17

I was riveted by this account. As a former South African, I appreciated having Trevor's accent and multiligual fluency on display, an aspect that is lost in reading the book. Fine writing, and excellent descriptions of the sort of awkward or difficult situations we might all experience, eg being in a home cursed with domestic violence . But more importantly, Noah vividly describes the unjust position he found himself in as a biracial child under apartheid. as well as the manner in which he was able to use his talents to negotiate the racial and cultural complexities of South African society. His portrayal of filial love, and the best of bad choices people are sometimes forced to make to survive are unforgettable.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Brilliant Friend

  • The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1
  • By: Elena Ferrante
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,185
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,552
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,543

A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila, who represent the story of a nation and the nature of friendship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Parte Uno Dei Quattro--It's Worth it to Keep Goin'

  • By W Perry Hall on 09-14-16

Exceptionally fine novel

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

Reviewed: 05-25-16

This is a lovely narration of a simply marvellous novel. It describes the friendship of two talented girls growing up in 1950s Naples. Their hopes and dreams are modified by their modest circumstances. The dynamics of their relationship, as well as many in their milieu, are beautifully drawn.

  • The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe

  • By: Romain Puertolas, Sam Taylor (translator)
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

When the fakir - a professional con artist - arrives in Paris, he has just one goal: to get to Ikea. Armed with only a counterfeit hundred-euro note in the pocket of his silk trousers, he is confident that he has all he needs to thrive. But his plan goes horribly awry when he hides inside a wardrobe at the iconic Swedish retailer - the first in a series of accidents that will send him on a whirlwind tour across Europe.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not as smart as the title

  • By Lucy on 02-27-15

title is most original feature of this tired tale

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

Reviewed: 03-26-16

Corny, trades in stereotypes, not suitable for a mature audience. The narration was first class, wasted on this material.