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Things Fall Apart
    
    
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        Chinua Achebe
    
    


    
    
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        Peter Francis James
    
    


    
    Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
    1,973 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • Things Fall Apart

  • By: Chinua Achebe
  • Narrated by: Peter Francis James
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,973
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,712
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,706

Okonkwo is born into poverty, with a wastrel for a father. Driven by ambition, he works tirelessly to gain the prosperity of many fields and wives and prestige in his village. But he is harsh as well as diligent. As he sees the traditions of his people eroded by white missionaries and government officials, he lashes out in anger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Achebe's Magnum Opus

  • By Darwin8u on 11-28-12

A Sad Tale, Simply Told

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

Reviewed: 02-11-13

It seems that whenever Europeans come in contact with indigenous people anywhere in the world there is a sad story to tell. Lost traditions, human exploitation, religious intolerance are all part of this sad story. It is rare that we get a glimpse into the life of the people before the introduction of the "white man". This book gives us such a glimpse. The opening chapters show us a world of prosperity, long-held tradition, brutal but effective justice. The people of a village called Umofia in Nigeria have lived the same way for thousands of years. Everyone knows his place. Life is stable, predictable, eternal.

Okonkwo is a leader in this village, famed for his prowess as a great wrestler. Well-off in his compound with his barns full of yams and his three wives, he lives the good life. An accident topples him from his high place in his society, and from there, nothing is ever the same. We watch the inevitable change occurring over a decade when Christian missionaries begin a slow but irrevocable imposition of new thoughts, beliefs, customs and laws.

This book reminded me again and again of "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" (Dee Brown) for its wonderful vision of life before European influence. The story is told from the inside. The reader (listener) is not aware of any world beyond the borders of the land Okonkwo and his family and village occupy. The culture is self-contained, without any reference to a position in relation to the rest of the globe of humanity. This part of the story could be taking place at any time in the history in Africa. But with the first visit by the missionaries on their "iron horses", Okonkwo, his children and the whole people of the Nine Villages are thrust suddenly and forever into modern times.

I loved this book. I hated the way it ended, but the ending was exactly right. There is no turning back the clock. Peter Francis James' reading is patient and strong and sets the pace for the characters to live their lives and the story to unwind in their own time.

-Amy McLean (Jonathan's wife)

28 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • The Mote in God's Eye

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by: L J Ganser
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,553
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,766
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,811

The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great read!

  • By J. Rhoderick on 02-12-10

Good SciFi story

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

Reviewed: 10-01-12

It was hard to get into at first because the narrator seemed noisy. Maybe it was because the last book I listened to had a really good narrator, but this narrator took a lot of getting used to. The story was good, though, and I can recommend this audiobook.

  • Sharp Objects

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,927
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,903

Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitch Perfect Performance

  • By theenglishmajor on 02-14-14

Can't Wait for More from this Author

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

Reviewed: 08-14-12

A psycho-thriller in classic style, Sharp Objects is spellbinding. Gillian Flynn has a confident and nuanced style that builds suspense and entwines the reader emotionally with the characters. The characters are complex and human in their inconsistencies. No one is perfect, except the dead. The main character, a reporter sent to her home town to investigate a couple of child murders, is herself flawed, and her flaws form and inform the story to such an extent that they take on character of their own.

I have poured through the three novels by Miss Flynn this summer and am eagerly awaiting further works from her.

Ann Marie Lee's narration of the audiobook is spotless and pulls the listener quickly and thoroughly into the story. I listened to the book as I drove the 6 hours from LA to San Francisco and the time flew effortlessly by.

-Review Submitted by Amy McLean (wife of Jonathan McLean)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 50,844
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,151

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.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I want the 20hours of my life back...

  • By Dan on 06-08-12

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 03-17-12

I don't think of myself as a Steven King fan, but this one really captivated me. It has been almost a week since I finished it, and I still can't get it out of my mind. I can totally recommend this book, especially to boomers who memories of what actually happened.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

Catch-22
    
    
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        Joseph Heller
    
    


    
    
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        Jay O. Sanders
    
    


    
    Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
    4,813 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • Catch-22

  • By: Joseph Heller
  • Narrated by: Jay O. Sanders
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,675
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,691

Catch-22 is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever, even if he has to die in the attempt.)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenominal Reading - Story and Damn Funny

  • By Phil on 04-11-09

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 03-17-12

Fantastic story. Fantastic narration. Must listen. Loved it. Could see the whole thing in my mind's eye like I was there. Totally recommend this one.

  • Go the F--k to Sleep

  • By: Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
  • Narrated by: Samuel L. Jackson
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,316
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,169

Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson ( Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious

  • By FanB14 on 07-06-12

Hated this

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

Reviewed: 03-17-12

Hated this. Could hardly get through the first few minutes even. Does audible offer satisfaction guarantee?

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ninety-Three

  • By: Victor Hugo
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

It is 1793 in France, the year of the guillotine. Already, Louis XVI has been sentenced to the scaffold, and Terror reigns. The architects of the Revolution (Marat, Danton, and Robespierre) have set up the Convention, an embryo parliament, designed to stem social chaos. But ideals topple in the face of political necessity, alliances founder, and intrigue is a way of life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Never again

  • By Richard T. Whalen on 12-06-16

This is a brilliantly written novel

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

Reviewed: 03-17-12

What made the experience of listening to Ninety-Three the most enjoyable?

This is my first introduction to Victor Hugo. I had no idea what a brilliant author he was. The characters are really captivating, and the plot tense and exciting. I was listening to this book on my iPod while fishing with tears running down my face. It has been weeks since I finished this book, and I still think about it. I really like this book.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Started Early, Took My Dog

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 989
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 704

Waterhouse leads a quiet, ordered life as a retired police detective - a life that takes a surprising turn when she encounters Kelly Cross, a habitual offender, dragging a young child through town. Both appear miserable and better off without each other-or so decides Tracy, in a snap decision that surprises herself as much as Kelly. Suddenly burdened with a small child, Tracy soon learns her parental inexperience is actually the least of her problems, as much larger ones loom for her and her young charge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED, LOVED, LOVED IT.

  • By Patricia on 08-28-11

Came for the Dog, stayed for the plot.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-11

I, as another review did, got this book on a whim, and because I liked the title. I'm a sucker for dog stories, and if the word "Dog" is in the title, I will definitely check it out. This story follows two people who have, through some buried, previously unaknowledged, unfulfilled desires, acquired dependents that alter the course of their lives. The first is a man, a detective, who becomes the owner of a small dog, a Border Terrier. The other is a woman, a retired policewoman, who - in action completely outside of her previous experience- impulisvely "buys" a 5 year old girl from a preoccupied prostitute. Both of these characters must learn to live with and care for their new charges, and while they do not know each other, their lives become entwined by the course of events both past and present. At the heart of this story is a murder mystery, the circumstances of which unfold, curling back into time as the lives of the two main charaters hurtle forward. Other characters appear and become entangled in the plot as well, and the whole thing becomes a giant soup of chance meetings and twisted connections that are just as strange as real life. I really enjoyed the ride this story took me on, and loved all the characters I encountered. The only thing I never learned, as all the loose ends tied up, was why the book was titled as it was. Still, it is great fun, and Graeme Malcom is a terrific reader.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful