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  • The Namesake

  • By: Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Narrated by: Sarita Choudhury
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,067

The Namesake follows the Ganguli family through its journey from Calcutta to Cambridge to the Boston suburbs. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book - in print and audio

  • By Diana - Audible on 04-16-12

Thoroughly enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-07

What do you want in a book? Believable characters? An engrossing plot? Beautiful narration? This audiobook has them all. Read it, then see the movie. I enjoyed both.

  • Angela's Ashes

  • By: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
  • Narrated by: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,203

Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic book *and* a classic audiobook

  • By Karen on 01-30-03

Amazingly incredible

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-07

This is pure poetry. The characters are done so well, and the impoverished life he describes is so rich (no pun intended). McCourt's own narration is lyrical. The point of view moves from that of a three year old to a mid-teen's. This point of view is preserved -- he never says, "I realized later that thus and so was going on."
Read it. Read it. READ IT!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • After Dark

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 205

Here is a short, sleek novel of encounters, set in Tokyo during the witching hours between midnight and dawn, and every bit as gripping as Haruki Murakami's masterworks The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore. At its center are two sisters: Eri, a fashion model slumbering her way into oblivion, and Mari, a young student soon led from solitary reading at an anonymous Denny's toward people whose lives are radically different from her own.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing book, Poor Narration

  • By Ellen Clary on 07-27-08

Six hour short story

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-07

I love Murakami, but this book is larceny. It is 6 hours describing nothing. In fact, the book takes place in a 6 hour period. Dull characters, loose ends, DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Shipping News

  • By: Annie Proulx
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

When Quoyle's two-timing wife meets her just desserts, he retreats with his two daughters to his ancestral home on the starkly beautiful Newfoundland coast, where a rich cast of local characters and family members all play a part in Quoyle's struggle to reclaim his life. As Quoyle confronts his private demons, and the unpredictable forces of nature and society, he begins to see the possibility of love without pain or misery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vivid cast of characters

  • By Everett Leiter on 10-24-07

Not just good -- great

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-07

The plot, the narrator, the characters -- none could be improved upon. Where does this come from? I will read this book over and over.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • All Aunt Hagar's Children

  • Selected Stories
  • By: Edward P. Jones
  • Narrated by: James Peter Francis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Returning to the city that inspired his first prize-winning book, Lost in the City, Jones has filled this new collection with people who call Washington, D.C., home. Yet it is not the city's power brokers that most concern him but rather its ordinary citizens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I JUST DON'T KNOW ABOUT THIS!

  • By Mimi Routh on 07-05-15

Characters you love to hate

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-26-07

This book is not to be missed. Not only are Jones's characters unforgettable (even those with a dark side), the narrator is just fantastic. Read it today!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Age of Anxiety

  • McCarthyism to Terrorism
  • By: Haynes Johnson
  • Narrated by: Kristoffer Tabori
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

For five long years in the 1950s, Senator Joseph McCarthy and his anti-Communist crusade dominated the American scene, terrified politicians, and destroyed the lives of thousands of our citizens. In this masterful history, Haynes Johnson re-creates that time of crisis. Johnson tells this monumental story through the lens of its relevance to our own time, when fear again affects American behavior and attitudes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Parallels

  • By Devo on 01-10-06

Parallels

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-06

Johnson is brilliant in bringing to life this era of 50 years ago. You feel like you were there when he narrates the mistreatment of Stevens, the Army Secretary, in McCarthy's desperate attempt to get at Eisenhower through his attacks on the army. When Welch finally nails the senator at the army hearings, you want to just cheer.

The weakness of McCarthy's fellow colleagues is paralleled by that of today's senators, who bought off on the Bush/Powell weapons of mass destruction argument without proof. The parallel between McCarthy's use of fear of reds and today's administrations use of fear of terrorists is eerie.

Well-narrated, but "Roosevelt" is not "Rooosuhvelt" and never was.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful