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  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,279

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What book did others hear?

  • By Tenizmom on 09-20-12

Stephen King Doesn't Disappoint

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

Reviewed: 02-17-12

An author is lucky to have one masterpiece in his/her career. Stephen King now has three (The Stand, The Dark Tower series) and 11/22/63. It is a thoughtful take on time travel and what happens if you could change the past. A very un-King-like ending that left me in tears...a very satisfying conclusion to a terrific read.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Please Look After Mom

  • By: Kyung-Sook Shin, Chi-Young Kim (translator)
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall, Samantha Quan, Janet Song, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 201

On a family visit to the city, Mom is right behind her husband when the train pulls out of Seoul Station without her, and she is lost, possibly forever. As her children argue over how to find her, they each recall their lives with her. Have they lived up to her expectations? Was she happy? Through the piercing voices of daughter, son, and husband, and through Mom’s own words in the novel’s shattering conclusion, we learn what happened that day, and explore an even deeper mystery—of motherhood itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Daughter wrote, Mom approved.

  • By RatorA on 05-15-11

Don't Waste Your Credits

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

Reviewed: 02-16-12

You bought this book mainly because you thought you'd hear another exquisite reading by Janet Song. Next time - listen to the sample.... Maybe you would have been tipped off that one of the narraters sounded like a valley girl (reading a story set in Korea.) But narration aside, you mainly hated the story!! You found it so excruciatingly long-winded and boring that you had to hit "Forward" to skip over section after section because you AT LEAST wanted to find out what happened to mama....

And to any readers of this review I'd just like to say - if you found the above paragraph annoying, don't buy this book, because the entire BOOK is written like that!!! As if a person was talking to herself. This book was so bad I felt compelled to warn you not to waste your credits. The only decent section was the one narrated by Ms. Song, but the story was so awful, I even skipped over that.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Dreams of Joy

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087

In her beloved New York Times best sellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and, most recently, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country. Now, in her most powerful novel yet, she returns to these timeless themes, continuing the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s strong-willed 19-year-old daughter, Joy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dreams of Joy and all of Lisa See's books

  • By maida smith on 06-03-11

Lisa See Never Disappoints

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

Reviewed: 01-25-12

Dreams of Joy is a worthy sequel to Shanghai Girls. Beautifully written and sublimely read by Janet Song, it brings the characters full circle in a sometimes heart-stopping story. Loved it!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • World and Town

  • A Novel
  • By: Gish Jen
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 11

Sixty-eight-year-old Hattie Kong, descendant of Confucius, daughter of an American missionary, has lived to see both her husband and her best friend die back-to-back in a single year. But two years later, it’s time for Hattie to start over. She moves to a small New England town where she is soon joined by a Cambodian American family and an ex-lover—now a retired neuroscientist—all of them looking for their own new lives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious

  • By Karen Conover on 04-05-11

Tedious

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-11

I eagerly bought this bought because it was read by Janet Song, who provides brilliant narration of Lisa See's books. However, I was sorely disappointed. Although Ms. Song does a good enough job (with what she's got), several of the chapters of the book were excruciating to listen to, because of the way they were written. The chapters where the characters speak in their own voice (as opposed to straight narration), were particularly tedious (one character, it seemed, repeated everything twice; another started every other sentence with "he like said this or she like did that".) I couldn't wait for the book to end, and I'm sorry I wasted my credits.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Chosen by a Horse

  • How a Broken Horse Fixed a Broken Heart
  • By: Susan Richards
  • Narrated by: Lorna Raver
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416

The horse Susan Richards chose for rescue wouldn't be corralled into her waiting trailer. Instead, Lay Me Down, a former racehorse with a foal close on her heels, walked right up that ramp and into Susan's life. This gentle creature, malnourished, plagued by pneumonia and an eye infection, had endured a rough road, but somehow her heart was still open and generous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved, loved, LOVED this book

  • By Deanna on 03-03-10

Tedious

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-10

I wished I had bought this book to READ, rather than LISTEN. The premise of the book sounded great, but the author went on and on about her childhood, bad relationships, until it really got tiresome. I would have skipped pages and pages, but couldn't with the audio format. The book was written by a woman supposed to be in her 40's, but read by someone who sounded in her 60's. Can't wait until it's over.

  • Peony in Love

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 274

For young Peony, betrothed to a suitor she has never met, lyrics from The Peony Pavilion mirror her own longings. In the garden of the Chen Family Villa, amid the scent of ginger, green tea, and jasmine, a small theatrical troupe is performing scenes from this epic opera, a live spectacle few females have ever seen. Like the heroine in the drama, Peony is the cloistered daughter of a wealthy family, trapped like a good-luck cricket in a bamboo-and-lacquer cage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eloquently written and read

  • By D on 07-21-07

Worth Sticking It Out

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-10

After reading two of See's other novels, I found this one difficult to listen to in the beginning. But stick with it -- it's heartbreakingly beautiful. Lisa See and Janet Song are a match made in heaven. The narration, as always, brings the characters to life.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful