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Wyonia

Perry Hall, MD, USA
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  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • By: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,487
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,489

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there!

  • By D. McMillen on 05-31-05

WONDERFUL!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-08

Charles Dickens writing magical realism for a modern day audience. smart and elegant with lots of dry wit and ominous, mysterious happenings.

it's worth a read for the quality of the writing alone; the enchanting plot is a bonus.

the narrator is perfectly matched to the text and gives a flawless performance.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Twentieth Wife

  • By: Indu Sundaresan
  • Narrated by: Sneha Mathan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484

An enchanting historical epic of grand passion and adventure, this debut novel tells the captivating story of one of India's most controversial empresses, a woman whose brilliance and determination trumped myriad obstacles and whose love shaped the course of the Mughal Empire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fiction that brings history to life

  • By Eric on 03-01-12

excellent

Overall
out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-08

wonderful narration of a wonderful story!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Nature of Monsters

  • By: Clare Clark
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

It is 1718 and, in a small parish near Newcastle, Eliza Tally, a headstrong girl of 16, embarks on a reckless love affair that will prove her undoing. When her lover casts her off, denying their union, she is forced to travel to London, a city that attracts and alarms her in equal measure. There, she takes up a position in the house of an apothecary, Grayson Black, whom she trusts to salvage what remains of her reputation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exotic Blend

  • By Gaither on 10-07-08

a little gem

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-08

this is a really excellent little novel. the narration is very good, and the story is intriguing, well-paced, and has some real depth. i would highly recommend this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Middlesex

  • By: Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Narrated by: Kristoffer Tabori
  • Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,420

In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth Waiting It Out

  • By D. N. Meads on 08-28-09

FABulous

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-08

wonderful narration. it takes a little getting used to, and it's tricky due to the ambiguous gender of the narrator, but it's really been pulled off here. well done!

the novel itself is a real treasure.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Peony in Love

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 275

For young Peony, betrothed to a suitor she has never met, lyrics from The Peony Pavilion mirror her own longings. In the garden of the Chen Family Villa, amid the scent of ginger, green tea, and jasmine, a small theatrical troupe is performing scenes from this epic opera, a live spectacle few females have ever seen. Like the heroine in the drama, Peony is the cloistered daughter of a wealthy family, trapped like a good-luck cricket in a bamboo-and-lacquer cage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eloquently written and read

  • By D on 07-21-07

a lot of fun

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-08

this was a really fun listen; the narration is quite good and the story is a pleasure. a superb bit of light but interesting fiction.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Traveler

  • The First Novel of "The Fourth Realm" Trilogy
  • By: John Twelve Hawks
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,625
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 767
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 773

Maya is hiding in plain sight in London. The 26-year-old has abandoned the dangerous obligations pressed upon her by her father and chosen instead to live a normal life. But Maya comes from a long line of people who call themselves Harlequins, a fierce group of warriors willing to sacrifice their lives to protect a select few known as Travelers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It makes you stop...and think,

  • By Bethany on 07-17-05

hmm.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-08

not a wonderful book to begin with (the writing and plot both leave a lot to be desired, though the concept is fair)...but the narrator pretty much kills it dead.

the presentation is pretty much lifeless.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,190

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully narrated

  • By A. Hawley on 11-23-07

FABULOUS

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-08

this isn't my favorite Gaiman story, but it's very good, and the narration is EXCELLENT.

  • American Gods [TV Tie-In]

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 20 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,009

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming mystery, romance and epic

  • By Jody R. Nathan on 11-26-03

WOW. really really really really really GOOD

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-08

GET THIS BOOK!

it's smart, funny, complicated, earthy and rich with meaning; it has magic and mystery and romance and intrigue; the narrator is talented and refined (and gives a flawless presentation) and the author is one of that rare breed of modern authors who has found something TRULY NEW to write about, and a distinctive and artful way to write about it.

this is one of those books where you just don't want it to end, and when it does, you wish you could erase it from your memory just so you can repeat the pleasure of listening to it.

i would give it 10 stars out of 5 if i could.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Doomsday Book

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,968
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,068
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,090

For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting

  • By mudcelt on 11-02-09

WELL DONE...but a real bummer

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-08

I listened to this on vacation and the beach, and it promised to be pure, guilty-pleasure ear candy. I was not disappointed by the writing, the concept, or the reading (the narrator is fanTAStic).

However, I would put a warning label on this that the whole second half of the book is (vague spoiler alert) sort of a sinkhole of depressing events. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone looking for a "pick-me-up" or a happily-ever-after type story.

I guess a book about the plague wouldn't be a typical candidate for that anyway, but for history buffs like me, taking a time machine back to the Middle Ages sounds like such a "fun" idea...and this just isn't a "fun" story.

Still, DEFINITELY worth a read...when you're in the right mood for a downer.

137 of 149 people found this review helpful

  • Kafka on the Shore

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
  • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,391

Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Meandering--what was in those brownies..

  • By Mel on 05-09-12

Smart, Magical and Well Performed

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-08

This is a really fresh bit of literature, hard to peg into any particular genre.

I highly recommend it anyone who likes fiction that is whimsical, brainy and a little mystical.

The reader gives an excellent performance of the text. I highly recommend this one!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful