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  • Memoirs of a Geisha

  • By: Arthur Golden
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,593

In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Linda on 02-01-03

A Geisha's world

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-06

I confess I was very reluctant to delve into the world of the Geisha, I've just never been all that fascinated with that particular culture. I had a long road trip so I took a chance. Wow, what a magnificent story! It is so well researched and the author placed himself into the lead characters pov so well that I simply couldn't believe it wasn't an actual memoir. Maybe on some level it is, every Geisha probably had a very sad story.
Just don't watch the movie after you've experience the whole story. The movie is a dreadful, hollowed out imitation of all the author worked so hard to bring to life.

  • Lolita

  • By: Vladimir Nabokov
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,401
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,111

Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience

  • By Jim on 10-26-05

Disturbing but beautiful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-06

There is really nothing to add to all the wonderful reviews that have been written about this story and it's masterful narration. It is well worth the time to listen. My heart broke a million times over for little Dolores and I was shocked by how much sympathy I felt for the monster Humbert Humbert by the end of the story.
Jeremy Irons is a masterful narrator. I loved every second of it. Even when I wanted to choke HH.

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  • Match Me If You Can

  • A Novel
  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,710

Annabelle is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. She's endured dead-end jobs and a broken engagement. But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Guilty Pleasure

  • By Daniela on 12-01-08

Light and funny

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-06

What I wanted was a funny, romantic comedy to listen to while I ran. I got what I wanted. Isn't it nice to get exactly what you expect out of a book? The narrator is very good, she does a pretty descent job of a male voice. And that's really the hard part of listenning to a book, isn't it? The voice you may have applied to a character is decided away from you, your imagination slightly handicapped by anothers impressions. But that's okay, the narrator did a splendid job of reading this story.
The story is cute, the characters are adorable (even the flat ones)and it is a great escape.

  • A Dirty Job

  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Fisher Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,238

People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen!

  • By Janie on 03-24-06

Forces of Darkness? They're funny!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-06

I love Christopher Moore, his sense of humor is dark and deranged... perfect. I knew I would enjoy a look at Death through the eyes of this very funny author. I wasn't disappointed. As to the narrator, I loved him! Lilly and Ray sort of sound the same, but that would be my only complaint. The others are so good that I had to check to see if there were other actors in the narration, there's not.
Death is a scary business, a "Dirty Job" and somehow Christopher Moore always manages to assure his reader of the afterlife in the most unsettling way. Strangely, this book has some serious subject matter and walks through the very darkest times in a persons life and does it all from this pov: no matter what, it'll be alright. We may not look the way we want, our "happily ever after" may not be the way we thought it would be, but eternity allows for many eventualities.
Enjoy the story, and the looks you'll get from people as you laugh out loud for no apparent reason.. just hold up your ipod in answer.