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Allyn Van Dusen

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  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64,565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,984

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4 STARS ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 10-15-18

Read, Listen, See

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I absolutely love WhisperSync and look first for books with this feature, because I find It doubly or triply enjoyable to listen and also be able to read the page alternately or simultaneously. I read/listened to this wonderful book before I saw the movie and felt so absorbed into the story, the details, the surprises, the motley crew of characters, that when I did later see the film it was a much deeper experience. The best books I listen to are like friends whom I wistfully wish farewell at the end. This was such a book.

  • Middlesex

  • By: Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Narrated by: Kristoffer Tabori
  • Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,545

In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth Waiting It Out

  • By D. N. Meads on 08-28-09

Fantastic book and fantastic audio

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

Reviewed: 02-05-15

This book, which I both read and listened to, was so thought-provoking, inspiring, and compassionately written. I am the same age as Cal and the evocation of childhood in the 60's and 70's was spot-on. All the craziness of this delightful family made perfect sense. The reader/actor brought each character to life so beautifully. Can't wait to read more by this amazing author.

  • Bellweather Rhapsody

  • By: Kate Racculia
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

Fifteen years ago, a murder/suicide in room 712 rocked the grand old Bellweather Hotel and the young bridesmaid who witnessed it. Now hundreds of high school musicians, including quiet bassoonist Rabbit Hatmaker and his brassy diva twin, Alice, have gathered in its cavernous, crumbling halls for the annual Statewide festival; the grown-up bridesmaid has returned to face her demons; and a snowstorm is forecast that will trap everyone on the grounds. Then one of the orchestra’s stars disappears—from room 712.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Zany lovely book, great narrator

  • By Anna on 06-19-15

Fun and Perceptive Musical Mystery

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

Reviewed: 07-31-14

As a professional musician, I enjoyed reading a story, and a mystery, that was centered in my universe. The writing is energetic, character-driven, and well-constructed, with believable dialogue and internal subtexts. My high school age musician nephew will especially love it! Kate Racculia captures the spirit of a subject that is obviously hard to write about but that fires us up and even drives our actions. Jessica Almasy's performance delineates the various characters very well (she modulates her voice to sound like a high schooler one moment and an older man the next) and was brightly paced. I highly recommend this entertaining book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sula

  • By: Toni Morrison
  • Narrated by: Toni Morrison
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441

Two girls who grow up to become women...two friends who become something worse than enemies. In this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio. Their devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good against evil and a riotous story to boot

  • By Karen on 04-11-11

Interesting but not my favorite Morrison novel

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

Reviewed: 03-13-13

My daughter and I listened to it together for a college assignment she had. I was surprised to find Ms. Morrison's reading so unengaging, and badly paced. But I did like her characters and the evolution of the story. It was very insightful, and rather painful, to listen to. I hope to read the print version someday, I think I would like it better.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • State of Wonder

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,466
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,454

Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!

  • By F. B. H. In TN on 06-10-11

Very intriguing

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

Reviewed: 03-13-13

Having no experience in the vaccine development or medical field, I found this an interesting insight into both the profession and the politics, as well as the explorers who carry both out. The characters were drawn thoroughly and yet still left room for surprise and growth. Hope Davis' reading was excellent. I also found the two main settings, cold Minnesota and steamy Amazon, to be a fascinating mix. I haven't done any of my own research to see if the tribes and flora and fauna Patchett described bear any relation to reality, but they were certainly convincing, in a visceral way. I enjoyed it very much.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful