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A Fine Balance audiobook cover art

A Magnificent, Heartbreaking Novel, Dickensian In

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

Reviewed: 06-21-19

This is my all time favorite novel. I have read it twice and decided on a whim to get the Audible version on a 2 for 1 sale. I'm so glad I did! John Lee's reading is the most perfect I have yet heard. Absolutely brilliant! His accents and ability to convey empathy, heartbreak and humor is perfect.

The one problem previously about the novel was the ending, which felt forced and unbelievable, but in the hours I spent listening to it, it all finally came together. Thanks to Mr. Lee's reading, I finally understood the motivation for Maneck's heartbreaking choice. I am so grateful for that. This novel is an absolute masterpiece in my mind now. If you like a great plot, worthy of Dickens and have an ability to weather an unhappy ending, this is absolutely a must listen. Trust me on this. Give it a shot. You won't be sorry.

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Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 03-29-19

This is truly a wondrous work. Mystical, moving, earthy and visionary. This is absolutely worth your time and more. For those who no Spanish, the few Spanish phrases in this book are usually immediately paraphrased in English. The few times they're not, you can understand from context if you pay attention.

Usually, I think it's a bad idea for an author to narrate the audible version of their work. This is a happy exception. Not only is Mr. Urrea a brilliant writer, he has a wonderful voice with a fine sense of timing and drama.

If you're interested in Mexico, mysticism, or even just want a moving historical novel, this is an excellent choice. Seriously, don't miss this one!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Dirty Little Secrets of Porn

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-19

As a person who has only ever been mildly interested in porn (ahem), I never really considered the private lives of the performers. I just assumed it was easy money for people who lacked the talent to break into mainstream movies. Now that I know the prevalence of mental illness, sexual abuse, and drugs in that industry, I doubt I'll casually browse the sites again anytime soon.

Jon Ronson has what I found to be an annoying whispery voice. It would have been better if he'd let his producer, Lena narrate it. When she talks at the end, it's a lot better.

If you ever been curious about the inner workings of this particular industry, this is worth listening to.

21 of 25 people found this review helpful

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This Narrator Is A Spoken Word Goddess.

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

You have to listen to this. The story is great. Well-written and moving and is a good bookend to Circe, another feminist take on the old Greek tales, but seriously, the main reason for buying this is Kristin Atherton's narration. Her voice can be fierce, plaintive, sensual... Oh my God, you'll want to replay parts of this just for the way she says certain things. I would listen to her read assembly instructions from Ikea. Ms. Atherton, if you're reading this, I will pay you to record my voice mail greeting!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Essential Listening For History Buffs

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-18

I loved this book. I learned so much. So many things I had no idea about laid out in a compelling and propulsive manner. The narration is precise and congenial, like the best professor you ever had. If you are at all interested in ancient history, this book is a must.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

The Truth About Animals audiobook cover art
  • The Truth About Animals
  • Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife
  • By: Lucy Cooke
  • Narrated by: Lucy Cooke

Fascinating and Obscure Facts about Animals.

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

I really enjoyed this book. It's full of those odd useless but fascinating facts some of us love. Wait till you hear about the hyena's genitalia. Historical asides abound which are very entertaining. It also addresses research and how wrong headed some of it has been over the centuries.

My only (mild) complaint is with the author's narration. She reads VERY fast and blasts right by some witty and funny anecdotes. You don't have time to appreciate them as you're racing to catch up with her. This would have benefited from a professional narrator. That said, Ms. Cooke is obviously well-educated and enunciates clearly, so there's no problem there. I look forward to listening or reading more of her works.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful