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  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,815

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, good narrator, not so great production

  • By j phillips on 08-08-17

A Life From WWII

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

This book starts a bit slow, introducing us to the main characters; but then the war begins to tear apart France, and a girl and her father eventually become separated. This book tells the girl's life, and how her father's teachings helped her so much throughout her life, growing up blind, and how he saved her life. It's a wonderful warm hearted look at how a parent can so completely change a child's life for the good.

  • Magonia

  • By: Maria Dahvana Headley
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, Michael Crouch
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 336

Aza Ray is drowning in thin air. Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak - to live. All the doctors can do is give her drugs and hope they keep her alive. So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of the medication. But Aza doesn't think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish there were more stars to give!

  • By Jen on 05-11-15

Incredibly Fascinating!

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

Reviewed: 02-10-16

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

Although I believe this book is written for teens, I loved it (and haven't been a teen for quite a while). The story is so unusual, I listened to much of it over and over. So, I could say it kept my interest and it kept me awake!

What other book might you compare Magonia to and why?

I cannot think of another book that has this level of imagination infused in it. It's like a very rare cup of tea that you only get once.

Which scene was your favorite?

If I tell which scene is my favorite I'll give away something very exciting - but, I really was astounded when the teenage girl in this book (can't recall her name) finally died, but felt more alive than she ever had.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The book moved me from the first paragraph to the last. It was wonderful, incredibly well-written and truly fascinating.

Any additional comments?

Take the plunge; she did!

  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • By: Garth Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,193

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enzo (because he's so wize) for president.

  • By Lora on 06-17-08

For the Love of Love

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

Reviewed: 10-21-11

I listen at night, and this book kept me up all night! A marriage torn apart, a man following his dreams with his dog at his side, trying to recapture his little girl from the grandparents who consider him a loser. Great story and narration.

  • In Bed with Susie Bright 463: Top Sex Stories of the Year, Part 1

  • By: Susie Bright
  • Narrated by: Susie Bright
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

It's our annual look at the Top Sex Stories of 2010. Susie loves to remember the most outrageous events from last year and to tote up how many news stories had to do with sex. She's always surprised by what made the headlines. This year's list ranges from the Sexting craze to the end of Craig's List sex ads - and more!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In Bed, Maybe Not With Susie. . .

  • By Sandra on 05-26-11

In Bed, Maybe Not With Susie. . .

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-11

I picked this particular recording at random, because all of her selections are terrific. First I should say that this is a program about sex, for sex, all sex all the time. But, it is one of the funniest shows I've ever listened to. Sometimes she discusses particular subject, other times she'll have a guest, often an author and usually a sexpert. On some shows she'll answer letters, and is very good at drawing inferences and explaining things the writer may not understand without ever being condescending. That said, she is always funny funny funny! I always laugh out loud as I listen to these at night. If only my husband knew what I was listening to. . . !

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Manufactured Identity

  • By: Heath Sommer
  • Narrated by: Rachael Jamison
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Months after his mysterious disappearance from a routine fishing trip, no one really expects over-the-hill Texas housewife Lory Latchley to find her missing husband - especially her husband. The Manufactured Identity is clinical psychologist Heath Sommer's ever-escalating immersion into the world of unlikely friends who each awaken to find their faithful companions missing without warning or reason.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Daniel L. Traughber on 07-06-10

They Aren't Hard Words!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-11

This book has great characters and the plot unfolds slowly, drawing you in. However, I had difficulty getting past the stiff, plastic tone of the narrator. Along with that, there were pregnant pauses in odd places as though the words were being figured out, and even a few mispronunciations of common words. Getting past all of that was a bit difficult, but when I finally did it was a thoroughly enjoyable read. A rerecording would serve this book well.

  • The Giver

  • By: Lois Lowry
  • Narrated by: Ron Rifkin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,974

December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story that unfolds before your eyes

  • By Donna on 12-27-12

The Giver

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-05

This is one of the best books I've "read," which is saying quite a bit. The plot was upon me before I realized what was happening. At first I suspected this was a strict religious group, but it became far more than that! Such a fantastic idea for a way of life is almost amusing if it weren't so serious. Their regard for human life was strange, and the world, in some countries, currently has some aspects of this book's theories. It reminded me a bit of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, except the ending, and the tension, the constant requirements to live with this group through most of the book, were far more imaginative. This was one I could hardly put down.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • The Mists of Avalon

  • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Narrated by: Natasha Richardson
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52

More than just a retelling of the legend of King Arthur, this tale is seen through the eyes of the women who wielded power behind the throne. First there is the beautiful Queen Gwynhefar, torn between duty to her king and passion for the dashing Lancelot. Then there is Morgaine, Arthur's half sister and high priestess in the enchanted land of Avalon. Morgaine's one wish is to wrest Britain away from Christianity and restore worship of the Mother Goddess. Both women struggle, suffer, and - in their own ways - triumph.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Mists Of Avalon

  • By RR on 02-13-04

It Certainly is Abridged!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-05

Having read this book several years ago, I was looking forward to having it read to me. I settled back and started the book, which began fine. But in no time we were about nine chapters in, and so it went. The core of the story is there, with a little more, but it misses on the mysticism and beauty of the unabridged version.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Shipping News

  • By: Annie Proulx
  • Narrated by: Robert Joy
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, The Shipping News shows why E. Annie Proulx is recognized as a gifted and original writer. When Quoyle, a 36-year-old, third rate newspaperman, learns that his two-timing wife has abandoned him and their two daughters, he returns to his ancestral home on the Newfoundland coast, to rebuild his life. We also recommend Proulx's, Accordion Crimes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Find the unabridged version!

  • By Karen on 05-28-07

The Shipping News

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-04

This book is such a great read I couldn't put it down. It stayed in my thoughts when I couldn't read it, and I used any excuse to get back to it. A quirky, humorous and sad story, it is written as vividly as though the author was experiencing everything as she wrote. The characters are almost alive and kind of odd, having lived in a small community for so long. But the great thing is that everyone accepts the quirks of others, at least until the end.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • A Little Princess

  • By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Narrated by: Virginia Leishman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637

Ten-year-old Sarah Crue lives life like a princess until tragedy strikes, taking away her fine clothes and privileges. Without her velvet and silk and French maids, she's no longer the envy of all the girls at Miss Minchin's London boarding school, and even has to live in the school's attic, working for the students who were once her friends. Will Sarah's spirit remain unbowed? Follow her through her trials and triumphs in this unforgettable tale beloved by children the world over.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Credit Worthy Narration

  • By File Squirrel on 08-29-09

One of our Family Classics

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-03

When I was young, my mother gave me this book for Christmas. I still have it. She was given a copy from one of her older sisters when SHE was young. It was quite a treat in a time when treats were few; she could escape with Sara from their poverty that necessitated raising chickens behind the house, among other things. They weren't raised for eggs, but fattened in Chicago, not on a farm or in a rural area.
After reading this wonderful story my mother, as a girl, thought all things were possible. I derived the same secret and exciting thought. She wasn't wearing clothing handed down and patched wool stockings; I wasn't wearing things my mom got at the informal neighborhood swap. No, we were wearing beautiful clothing underneath. We could always be kind when someone was mean because we knew who we really were, despite the evil child who socked me in the stomach, and the nasty boy who chased her with a snapping turtle. Many times I remember wishing the floor would open and swallow me. But then I would remember who I really was (or could be) and life would go on as it always did.
Children seem to grow up so fast now, they don't get a chance to imagine and pretend; I gave a copy of this book to each of my nieces when they needed some extra joy and distraction. Psychologists may say the basic unlikeliness of the happy ending is a warped crutch. I thought it was a beautiful tale and if Sara could be happy while waiting for her fondest wish to be granted, couldn't I? So there!

27 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • 'Tis

  • By: Frank McCourt
  • Narrated by: Frank McCourt
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,773
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,284

Listen as Frank tells in his own inimitable voice his story of how at the age of 19 he traveled from Limerick to New York in pursuit of the American dream. Despite the abundance of unsolicited advice he gets to "join the cops" and "stick to his own kind", Frank knows that he should educate himself and somehow rise above his circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous

  • By Tony on 02-05-06

It certainly 'Tis!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-03

Frank McCourt narrates 'Tis himself, having that beautiful Irish lilt in his voice that made his childhood more real, more touchable as I listened. I could almost smell the filth in the streets above the cooking of fish and whatever is available. I could hear Frank and his siblings playfully fighting in bed, freezing and hungry but having such fun. His mother had many hardships since her husband generally didn't bring home a paycheck and eventually took off. Frank, being the oldest, worked like crazy doing anything at all for money, and became smarter about it. Mostly flat broke, it's less of a moral decision when there's a coin to be made, and he learns the best ways to make more from some. His family needs the money, but Frank is saving to go to America. Often teased about his "dream," the most unlikely people help him to realize his dream, and his family to literally stay alive. I didn't want it to end!

9 of 12 people found this review helpful