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  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

  • By: Sherman Alexie
  • Narrated by: Sherman Alexie
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,489

Born poor and hydrocephalic, Arnold Spirit survives brain surgery. But his enormous skull, lopsided eyes, profound stuttering, and frequent seizures target him for abuse on his Indian reservation. Protected by a formidable friend, the book-loving artist survives childhood. And then - convinced his future lies off the rez - the bright 14-year-old enrolls in an all-white high school 22 miles away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essential reading for anyone trying to understand Rez Life

  • By Richard W Smith on 01-03-16

Sherman Alexie just dropped the mike.

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

Reviewed: 08-22-16

An effing amazing book. I tried to write "perfect" and leave it at that but the review box requires at least fifteen words. Our narrator squeezed my heart with his dogged openness to life. He became a hero in the truest sense by telling of a 22 mile journey that traversed universes.

  • Life Sentences

  • By: Laura Lippman
  • Narrated by: Linda Emond
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 93

Author Cassandra Fallows has achieved remarkable success by baring her life on the page. Her two widely popular memoirs continue to sell briskly, acclaimed for their brutal, unexpurgated candor about friends, family, lovers - and herself. But now, after a singularly unsuccessful stab at fiction, Cassandra believes she may have found the story that will enable her triumphant return to nonfiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book; great reader!

  • By RKNS on 05-25-10

Good book, Good Reader

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-10

Very interesting story based in a richly complicated Baltimore which becomes as much of a character in the book as the protagonist. There is a central mystery that propels the story with a healthy momentum, however by the end we are more interested in the characters and where life has lead them. Interracial friendships and relationships are deftly handled without shying away from their stickiness. The reader has a good, unobtrusive voice. My only complaint is the ridiculous electric keyboard splices between chapters which interrupt the momentum of the book, have nothing to do with the mood of the story and just have to go. I felt bad for the author every time they kicked in. Still, a good book, a good audible experience.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Uglies

  • Uglies, Book 1
  • By: Scott Westerfeld
  • Narrated by: Carine Montbertrand
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,130
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 840
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 850

Tally Youngblood is quickly approaching her 16th birthday and the mandatory pretty-making surgery that accompanies it. But Tally isn't sure if she wants to be a placidly happy Pretty. When a top secret organization threatens her with remaining Ugly forever, she reluctantly spies on the rebels who have refused the surgery. They think it changes more than just looks and are working on a cure. But they need someone to become Pretty to test it out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpectedly enjoyable

  • By Cather on 08-24-08

Read the text version instead

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-27-09

The narrator's voice is irritating to distraction. Instead of the voices of teenagers, the narrator sounds like an annoying substitute teacher with a cold. It really takes away from the story.

23 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • Suite Francaise

  • A Novel
  • By: Irene Nemirovsky
  • Narrated by: Daniel Oreskes, Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 126

Irene Nemirovsky was arrested soon after completing the second part of Suite Francaise. Ten days later, on August 17, 1942, she died of typhus in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Her husband, Michel, perished in a gas chamber on November 6. Their daughters, Denise and Elizabeth, survived, hidden in safe houses and convents, carrying a suitcase packed with clothes, photographs, and their mother's manuscript written in tiny letters to save paper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book I've read all year

  • By Robert on 04-05-07

Nemirovsky's Letters

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-08

I enjoyed the reading of Suite Francaise but I think readers may be a bit disappointed to find that the personal correspondence letters of the author before she is taken away to the camps are not present in the audiobook version, though we hear about them in the introduction. I suppose it is because audiobooks don't usually contain appendices and that is where the letters are in the text version.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful