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  • 2666

  • By: Roberto Bolaño
  • Narrated by: John Lee, Armando Durán, G. Valmont Thomas, and others
  • Length: 39 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 720
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 517
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 523

Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolaño's life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his highest achievement, surpassing even his previous work in its strangeness, beauty, and scope. Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts, an American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage student and her widowed, mentally unstable father. Their lives intersect in the urban sprawl of Santa Teresa - a fictional Juárez - on the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Book I Read or Listened to in 2009

  • By William on 01-05-10

Disappointingly Fragmented

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

Reviewed: 11-12-12

What would have made 2666 better?

I kept waiting for a cohesion, a story with a beginning, a middle and an end. The audio reading was quite good and the expectation palpable yet in the end, in the long end, disappointment.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,685
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,064
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,105

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was surprised by how much I liked it

  • By cristina on 01-14-14

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 10-21-12

What disappointed you about The Casual Vacancy?

The narrative is excellent. The Reading was wonderful. The story went no where and it was "Predictable". I imagine it's unfair to JK as so much is now expected of her. I'd skip this read.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,727
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,701

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I've never read a book quite like this one

  • By Joey on 04-23-12

Absolutely Wow, all the way

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

Reviewed: 08-04-12

What made the experience of listening to 1Q84 the most enjoyable?

Superb story, wonderfully read. What a joy it was to hear every word. Definitely a non rush vacation book. Thrilling with a wonderful end to a new beginning.

Any additional comments?

It's a boy meets girl, special powers, compact non earth beings, two moons, a vegetarian cat with Tolstoy and Shakespear thrown in for good measure kind of book.Warning parents - it's a bit earthy (not for children or non adults). Well worth the time and credit.

  • Liberation Upon Hearing in the Between

  • Living with the Tibetan Book of the Dead
  • By: Robert Thurman
  • Narrated by: Robert Thurman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

Robert Thurman illuminates the Tibetan Book of the Dead with up-to-date insights for modern audiences. For centuries, this text has been read aloud to the dying, who Buddhist masters say are capable of hearing up to three days after clinical death, as a guide through the tumultuous and often terrifying process of dissolution. Now, in Liberation Upon Hearing in the Between, Professor Robert Thurman demystifies this esoteric teaching and reveals the Tibetan view of dying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At Long last

  • By William on 03-31-12

Not for the Novice

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

Reviewed: 02-27-12

What does Robert Thurman bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

Robert Thurman is beyond the doubt a notable Buddhist Scholar. As such, this book is not for the novice or the beginning intermediate level Buddhist. Dr. Thurman goes into great and granular detail on buddhist doctrine. As a Buddhist book on the perspective of death, the story was lost in the detail.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Wild Swans

  • Three Daughters of China
  • By: Jung Chang
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 22 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 938

Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular best seller which has sold more than 13 million copies and a critically acclaimed history of China; a tragic tale of nightmarish cruelty and an uplifting story of bravery and survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book and great audio-book!

  • By AEL on 12-22-11

Incredibly eye opening, truly wonderful.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-12

What did you love best about Wild Swans?

This was a phenomenal read with every sentence leading you to the next with great anticipation. While the book continues to be banned in China, it's such a privilege to walk along with the author and learn with gasped breaths of new awareness at what was happening. I was stunned at the cultural hypnosis brought on by the time, by the

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Confessions of a Spy

  • The Real Story of Aldrich Ames
  • By: Pete Earley
  • Narrated by: Edward Holland
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

When Aldrich Ames was arrested in 1994, he had been feeding the KGB information for nine years; he had been paid more than two and a half million dollars, with the promise of two million more; and he had been personally responsible for the betrayal that led to the execution of most of the United States' top assets in the Soviet Union. Never before had one man done so much damage to American security.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Yarn

  • By Ron L. Caldwell on 11-13-09

What I would have never known, fantastic !

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-11

Unbelieveably interesting. One would never suspect the debt of our skill and the breath of our neglect. A psychological thriller, the ending is bone chilling. I would place this solidly in the wow catagory.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Conquistador

  • Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs
  • By: Buddy Levy
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334

It was a moment unique in human history: the face-to-face meeting between two men from civilizations a world apart. In 1519, Hernán Cortés arrived on the shores of Mexico, determined not only to expand the Spanish empire but to convert the natives to Catholicism and carry off a fortune in gold. That he saw nothing paradoxical in his intentions is one of the most remarkable and tragic aspects of this unforgettable story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Book

  • By Victor on 02-27-11

A great book nearly ruined

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-14-10

Unfortunately, the narration of this book was close to disrespectful. At times the voice of Cortez was nothing more than a very good immitation of "badges, badges, we don't need no stinkin badges" straight from the Treasure of Sierra Madre. In an almost schizophrenic manner, the narrator launched into this immitative harang at times when (laughable) authenticity was attempted. Ultimately, it was just plain irritating.

The great lessons and the great story is very much worth the purchase but this audio reading left much to be desired.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Island Beneath the Sea

  • A Novel
  • By: Isabel Allende
  • Narrated by: S. Epatha Merkerson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 937
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559

Born a slave on the island of Saint-Domingue, Zarit - known as Tt - is the daughter of an African mother she never knew and one of the white sailors who brought her into bondage. Though her childhood is one of brutality and fear, Tt finds solace in the traditional rhythms of African drums and in the voodoo loas she discovers through her fellow slaves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent listen

  • By Stevon on 06-27-10

Listening to poetry

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-10

As is typical for Ms. Allende's work, the book is excellently well written. Just listening to her construction of each and every sentence is quite worth the purchase of the book. I continue to be amazed at how well each and every sentence is written. Still, this particular story line seemed to be a chain of descriptions (albeit well done) which did not seem to go anywhere. I wished the ending would have had a bit more. Still, I would highly recommend this book, especially to anyone interested in the "art" of writing. Often, I felt like I was listening to poetry.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • How Pleasure Works

  • The New Science of Why We Like What We Like
  • By: Paul Bloom
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Johnson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 220

Yale psychologist Paul Bloom presents a striking new vision of the pleasures of everyday life. The thought of sex with a virgin is intensely arousing for many men. The average American spends over four hours a day watching television. Abstract art can sell for millions of dollars. Young children enjoy playing with imaginary friends and can be comforted by security blankets. People slow their cars to look at gory accidents, and go to movies that make them cry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything You Ever Would Want to Know

  • By Roy on 08-01-10

Fast paced, Entertaininglyenjoyable psychology 101

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-27-10

Interesting read/listen. It's psychology 101 on steriods. Entertaining. I've taught many a psych courses and this was a refreshing refresher. This book was facts on story telling mode. Well worth the credit !!!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Ask a Mexican

  • By: Gustavo Arellano
  • Narrated by: William Dufris, Christine Marshall, James Herrera
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

Gustavo Arellano has compiled the best questions about Mexican Americans from readers of his ¡Ask a Mexican!column in California's OC Weekly and uses them to explore the clichés of lowriders, busboys, and housekeepers; drunks and scoundrels; heroes and celebrities; and most important, millions upon millions of law-abiding, patriotic American citizens and their illegal-immigrant cousins who represent some $600 billion in economic power.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but long

  • By Ana on 08-14-07

Initially hilarious, clearly disasterous

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-10

Initially incredibly funny. I was quite pleased with the obvious background and even research that had been done. The first section contains many educational tidbits. Very regretably soon there after, the book deteriorates into very inappropriate language and repeated base narrative involving body parts. The language for the most part contained explitives in every other sentence. Sadly, this is not a book to share with the family or that can be recommended. It's sad because this book could have been very funny and very valuable in the educational potential the name bears. If audible had a return policy, this one would go back.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful