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  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

  • By: Junot Diaz
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Staci Snell
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,828
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,845

Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku: the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous listen

  • By Kathleen on 04-26-08

Amazing!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-09

Brilliant writing, beautiful and stark storyline, great narration.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,091
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,030
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,046

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

good, decent read

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-09

This was a good, pretty engrossing read, but it was definately not one of my favorite audiobooks. It could have been that my expectations were too high (given the effuse praise on this site), or that I have been listening to almost solely the classics, but I found that The Help lacked some depth and could not always sustain my interest. If I could recommend other books which are both engaging and have more substance I'd suggest Atlas Shrugged, The Count of Monte Cristo, or Kafka on the Shore.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dracula

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Greg Wise
  • Length: 18 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314

Bram Stoker's masterpiece is at the same time intensely romantic and very modern. It unfolds the story of a Transylvanian Don Juan, the aristocratic Count Dracula who preys on desirous damsels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Mesmerizing and Appalling Audiobook Dracula

  • By Jefferson on 09-23-12

amazing!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-09

The narrator did an amazing job at bringing the story to life and keeping it engaging. The story itself is also amazing. This was the first time I have read Dracula, and I can see why it is such a classic. I listen to audiobooks when I go running, and this week I've been looking for excuses to work out!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Kafka on the Shore

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
  • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,088
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,349
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,347

Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Meandering--what was in those brownies..

  • By Mel on 05-09-12

Outstanding

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-08

I have listened to quite a few audiobooks, and this is without a doubt my favorite! This is the first Murakami novel I have "read", and I really enjoyed it. Murakami is an enthralling story teller, and I love how he is able to blur the line between reality and fantasy. The narration was superb and really fit with the story. My only complaint about the novel is a general problem I have with Murakami's works - the endings are not always tied up very well..

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fountainhead

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 32 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,598

One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Fountainhead

  • By Zachary on 06-04-10

great narration, good book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-08

I think that the narration for this audiobook was excellent-I find that this narrator's voice fits well with Rand's works.
In terms of content-it's really good. However, I listened to it after having listened to Atlas Shrugged, and found that the Fountainhead seemed quite unoriginal and predictable compared to it. So, if you've never read a book by Rand before I'd really recommend Atlas Shrugged (with the same narrator).

17 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Patrick Fraley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240

One of the greatest treats in all world literature, this masterpiece from Mark Twain inspired a literary revolution. The novel offers both brilliant humor and tragedy as Huck and Jim explore the moral dilemmas of slavery and freedom. Huck, the narrator, is shrewd, ingenious, and literal; he reports on everything he sees, which allows the listener to experience the hypocrisy of "sivilization".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific interpretion of an excellent story

  • By Andrea on 01-12-03

amazing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-08

A great book presented by an amazing narrator - highly enjoyable!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful