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  • Warlight

  • By: Michael Ondaatje
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 643

In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself - shadowed and luminous at once - we follow the story of 14-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945, just after World War II, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of unspecified service during the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant favorite

  • By R. Hughes on 06-10-18

A master of language and story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-27-18

This is an extraordinary novel - lush language, surprising and well developed characters and haunting revelations that pull you in from the opening sentence.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,846
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,318

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

The best kind of story told by a master!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-18

I have always loved a good story - in person and in a book. And I have always loved mythology since we read myths in elementary school. This book combines both -- but you really don't have to be knowledgeable about the mythological creatures. You just have to enjoy mastery at its height in both the author and the narrator. What a clever idea - to go to a mythological creature and tell her story from her point of view. Best compliment: couldn't stop reading and didn't want it to end.

  • Less

  • By: Andrew Sean Greer
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,298
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,288

You are a failed novelist about to turn 50. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: Your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes - it would be too awkward - and you can't say no - it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world. Question: How do you arrange to skip town? Answer: You accept them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Endearing, funny, but sometimes overly clever

  • By Becca on 07-30-17

What an extraordinary book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-18

After reading a few world war II novels, a friend told me about Less - she was certain it was a good next book. She was SO right. This book is such a delight - funny, laugh out loud while I am walking, great singular style and excellent writing. I loved it. This is a must read and it won the Pulitzer so if you don't believe me, believe them.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,662
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,094

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, heartfelt, inspiring

  • By Jon K. Rust on 07-24-17

Just don't miss it!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-17

This is the kind of book you wait for -- riveting story, well developed and complex characters (who would be great dinner partners) and the richness of history woven into all of it. Nicholas Guy Smith is a superb narrator and, with the author's help, of course, pulls you into the book so you question whether you might just put your life away for awhile just to listen. I have re-listened to this book because I knew it would continue to move me and it has. What a gift.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

  • A Novel
  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,194

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is 77 years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus crazy. She is also Elsa's best and only friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For those who are "different" only! Quirky & sweet

  • By Catherine on 05-18-16

Delightful!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-16

Fredrik Backman knows how to tell a good story, is a solid writer, is funny and insightful I am sad to have finished this book. What a great way to start my summer reading than to spend time in an almost eight year old's mind and heart. I have now read this one and A Man Called Ove which I adored as well. Just lovely antidotes (without being sentimental) to a sometimes troubled world.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Last Bus to Wisdom

  • A Novel
  • By: Ivan Doig
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 916
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836

The final novel from a great American storyteller. Donal Cameron is being raised by his grandmother, the cook at the legendary Double W ranch in Ivan Doig's beloved Two Medicine Country of the Montana Rockies, a landscape that gives full rein to an 11-year-old's imagination. But when Gram has to have surgery for "female trouble" in the summer of 1951, all she can think to do is to ship Donal off to her sister in faraway Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ivan Doig was getting older

  • By Starr Callies on 01-13-16

Not so memorable

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

Reviewed: 04-24-16

I have loved Ivan Doig for a long time - he lived in Seattle, he writes about an area of the country I know well and he writes well. My last favorite was The Bartender's Tale. This last book of Doig's was a disappointment because, while the characters were sometimes well drawn, in general, they were a bit too stock and the story too pat. There were too many bows tied up at the end for just the sake of tying them up rather than a realistic view of the world. I won't remember it for a very long time as I have with some of his other books.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Thirteen Ways of Looking

  • Fiction
  • By: Colum McCann
  • Narrated by: Colum McCann
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

In such acclaimed novels as Let the Great World Spin and TransAtlantic, National Book Award-winning author Colum McCann has transfixed listeners with his precision, tenderness, and authority. Now, in his first collection of short fiction in more than a decade, McCann charts the territory of chance and the profound and intimate consequences of even our smallest moments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Euphonies, Heartrending and Profound

  • By W Perry Hall on 10-30-15

Beautifully written short stories

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-16

I was a bit ambushed by this book because I tell people that I don't like short stories in general. It may be a bit odd since I relish great writing, but somehow short stories just don't keep going and I end up disappointed. Well, when I started this book, I didn't know it was a collection -- but when I discovered it, I was more than sucked into it. Each story was better than the previous one -- or so it felt. I shouldn't have been surprised because I have loved everything he has written but these pieces just knocked me out. His use of language is simply exquisite - to the point of my rewinding several times just to hear it again.

  • Four Seasons in Rome

  • On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Anthony Doerr
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 220

Anthony Doerr has received many awards. Then came the Rome Prize, one of the most prestigious awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and with it a stipend and a writing studio in Rome for a year. Doerr learned of the award the day he and his wife returned from the hospital with newborn twins. Exquisitely observed, Four Seasons in Rome describes Doerr's varied adventures in one of the most enchanting cities in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh my , don't miss this one

  • By Molly-o on 02-22-16

Oh my , don't miss this one

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-16

For all of us who love Anthony Doerr's writing and insights, this is a very satisfying book. Not only do we get the treat again of reading his beautifully descriptive prose but it is a personal journey which is very endearing. He is learning to be a Dad, a husband when he is a Dad, all the while being in Rome where he and his wife are constantly delighted by the culture, food and passions of the Italians. I have listened to this twice and probably won't stop there.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,553

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Loved, loved this book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-16

This is not great literature in that you swoon at the elegance of the prose BUT it is a wonderful story and, in the middle of a rainy, dark winter in the Northwest, it was a welcome reprieve. You can't help but fall in love with Ove because there is a bit of Ove in all of us and in the ones we care about. I am very glad I read this book.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • H Is for Hawk

  • By: Helen Macdonald
  • Narrated by: Helen Macdonald
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,694
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,685

When Helen MacDonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer captivated by hawks since childhood, she'd never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators: the goshawk. But in her grief, she saw that the goshawk's fierce and feral anger mirrored her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mabel The Hawk--The Fire That Burned The Hurts Away

  • By Sara on 04-09-15

Oh my, what a good book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-15

I am sad that this beautiful book had to end. It is exquisitely written, full of memorable and poetic images, chronicling a woman's journey after her father died while describing the art of falconry with her hawk. She has universal insights through this journey that all of us can learn from and she fills us with the loveliest way of describing the world around her, both physically and emotionally.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful