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  • Listen to the Marriage

  • A Novel
  • By: John Jay Osborn
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 156

 

Gretchen and Steve have been married for a long time. Living in San Francisco, recently separated, with two children and demanding jobs, they’ve started going to a marriage counselor. Unfolding over the course of 10 months and taking place entirely in the marriage counselor’s office, John Jay Osborn’s Listen to the Marriage is the story of a fractured couple in a moment of crisis, and of the person who tries to get them to see each other again.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely real.

  • By Brian D Adams on 10-26-18

Riveting

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

Couldn’t put it down. Every word essential & intensely intelligent. I intend to recommend it to several friends.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • No Time Like the Present

  • Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy Right Where You Are
  • By: Jack Kornfield
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

In this landmark work, internationally beloved teacher of meditation and mindfulness Jack Kornfield reveals that you can be happy now, this minute, with the keys to inner freedom.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wondering why?

  • By DKAero on 06-21-17

Must Be In Kornfield's Own Voice

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

Reviewed: 08-18-17

I found the reader's voice very mellifluous but not authentic. The meaning behind the words felt empty. Some of the stories I had heard before but I never minded that when Jack Kornfield reiterated them. in the future, I will make special note of Audible downloads when the speaker is other than the author.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Summer Before the War

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Simonson
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,566
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,559

East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England's brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha's husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won't come to anything.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Sure About This Book

  • By Sara on 04-27-16

Too long--needs editor to reduce by half

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

Reviewed: 04-17-16

S story interesting when leading characters took the stage. Otherwise the endless tedious descriptions of the landscape and indignities of war too tiring to listen. I skipped entire chapters just to avoid the romanticism and embroidery of the landscape and daily tasks.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Do Dogs Dream?

  • By: Stanley Coren
  • Narrated by: Michael Butler Murray
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

In a conversational Q&A format, a leading dog expert answers the most commonly asked questions about how dogs think and act. Do dogs dream? Can they recognize themselves in the mirror or understand what they’re seeing on television? Are they more intelligent than cats? People have a great curiosity - and many misunderstandings - about how dogs think, act, and perceive the world. They also wonder about the social and emotional lives of dogs. Stanley Coren brings decades of scientific research on dogs to bear in his unprecedented foray into the inner lives of our canine companions, dispelling many common myths in the process.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Must read for dog lovers

  • By Elad on 08-01-13

Great Information. . . Annoying Narrator's Voice

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

Reviewed: 03-05-16

Even though I have had dogs for decades, and worked with a professional trainer for much of the time training my dogs to accomplish their genetic gifts, I learned more from this collection of information than I ever knew before. In fact, it was so comprehensive that I stuck with it despite the somewhat high pitched nasal voice of the narrator. (CLMW)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Opposite of Everyone

  • A Novel
  • By: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Narrated by: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,408

A fiercely independent divorce lawyer learns the power of family and connection when she receives a cryptic message from her estranged mother in this bittersweet, witty novel from the nationally best-selling author of Someone Else's Love Story and Gods in Alabama - an emotionally resonant tale about the endurance of love and the power of stories to shape and transform our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Goddess of destruction and rebirth

  • By Janice on 06-27-16

Adored this book!

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

Reviewed: 02-26-16

Buy this book--NOW. It will knock you out & Im a tough literary critic. Every single word is a gem, not a wasted sentence from beginning to end.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Did You Ever Have A Family

  • By: Bill Clegg
  • Narrated by: Bill Clegg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 448
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 404

On the eve of her daughter's wedding, June Reid's life is completely devastated when a shocking disaster takes the lives of her daughter, her daughter's fiancé, her ex-husband, and her boyfriend, Luke - her entire family, all gone in a moment. And June is the only survivor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite books, but sadly, read by author

  • By Elizabeth on 09-03-15

Enthralling Narrative; Very Poor Choice Narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-29-15

How disappointing to have the author read his own work. Occasionally that is a good choice, but this time terrible. It was confusing as an audible book because all the character & gender changes but the voices remain flat & monotonous. I regret not reading it as words on the page. Then at least I could have made those voice and gender changes in my own mind.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • After Birth

  • By: Elisa Albert
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48

A year has passed since Ari gave birth to Walker, though it went so badly awry she has trouble calling it "birth" to begin with, and she still can't locate herself in her own altered universe. Amid the strange, disjointed rhythms of her days and nights and another impending winter in upstate New York, Ari is a tree without roots, struggling to keep her branches aloft.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but performance distracts

  • By Milissa CLark on 02-27-15

Knockout--must read

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

Reviewed: 03-25-15

I recommend to everyone of my "smart reading" friends. One of the best I've read in a long time. O loved the audible version but it will be a good book in any format.

  • New Ways to Kill Your Mother

  • Writers and Their Families
  • By: Colm Toibin
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

In a brilliant, nuanced, and wholly original collection of essays, the best-selling and award-winning author of Brooklyn and The Empty Family offers a fascinating exploration of famous writers’ relationships to their families and their work.From Jane Austen’s aunts to Tennessee Williams’s mentally ill sister, the impact of intimate family dynamics can be seen in many of literature’s greatest works. In New Ways to Kill Your Mother, Colm Tóibín traces and interprets those family ties.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Literary Box of Chocolates

  • By Cariola on 11-02-13

Alluring Title, but Deceptive

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

Reviewed: 08-14-12

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The audience for this scholarly work of literary criticism is the academic community. The title implies something perhaps more playful. I wish I could have the title myself--and am sorry I didn't think it up first!

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Like everything Toibin writes, the style is masterful, the insights fresh and intelligent. It is not fiction; rather, it is a collection of essays about well-known literary works, their authors, and their characters. It is not "enjoyable" in the sense of easy-reading. This is highbrow prose for literary scholars.

Any additional comments?

Honestly, I purchased the book because I thought it would be about Toibin's personal analysis and his own mother's effect on his life & his writing. Although it wasn't what I expected, it's full of character analysis and the relationship of fictional mothers & fathers, aunts and stepmothers as well as the relationships of actual parents and their writer-children. Complex and engrossing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful