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  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,539
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24,561

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By j phillips on 05-28-17

amazing book, cant get past narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-18-19

I've read The Goldfinch before and it's beautiful, sad, and thought provoking. I cant listen to it, though. the narrator has SUCH an annoying voice and uses the most incidental pauses, over or underperforms, and the voices he does for the women make them all come off so ridiculous and awkward. just buy the physical book.

  • The Theater of War

  • What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today
  • By: Bryan Doerries
  • Narrated by: Adam Driver
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397

This compassionate, personal, and illuminating work of nonfiction draws on the author's celebrated work as a director of socially conscious theater to connect listeners with the power of an ancient artistic tradition. For years Bryan Doerries has been producing ancient tragedies for current and returned servicemen and women, addicts, tornado and hurricane victims, and a wide range of other at-risk people in society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Breathtaking

  • By Emily Willis on 01-05-18

Try not to Cry, I Dare You.

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

Would you listen to The Theater of War again? Why?

I definitely will. It's a well written, emotional book that caters to my interests in classics and psychology. It's very interesting, emotional, and thought-provoking.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Well, my favorite section of the book was the one about veterans. It's the first audience Doerries brought Theater of War to, and he expands upon it the most. It was really enlightening, and it also shed a lot of light on my parent's own marriage, ironically.

Which scene was your favorite?

With Adam Driver narrating, any scene where he gets to really use his talent is a good one. While most of the book is a narrative of the reasons behind, actions, and effects of Theater of War, there are a plethora of Doerrie's intriguing translations that Driver expertly performs.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Oh, I listened to this at work one day - start to near finish - and it was a huge mistake. I had to stop actively several times to stop myself from crying. It's a really emotional book, and hearing about what the people Doerries worked with was very heavy. As was the connection I felt to some of them.

26 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • If We Were Villains

  • A Novel
  • By: M. L. Rio
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 185

Oliver Marks has just served 10 years in jail - for a murder he may or may not have committed. On the day he's released, he's greeted by the man who put him in prison. Detective Colborne is retiring, but before he does, he wants to know what really happened a decade ago.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fake deep with a side of bland

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-14-18

Make it to the end!

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

Reviewed: 06-24-17

Pretentious, lofty, and soul achingly heartfelt, Is We Were Villains was both exactly what I expected, and not at all what I thought.
I like many other reviewers here (perhaps review readers as well) found this book in search of something similar to The Secret History, which I read a few years ago, and have always since cherished. Fans of such novel will, I think, find solace in this book as well.

  • Hyperion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,709

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Shrike Awaits. Enter The Time Tombs...

  • By Michael on 10-13-12

Not what I expected, but So much better

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

Reviewed: 04-23-17

Told with a full cast (so that each narrator has their own voice) this story was a both dark and magical journey through the history of this future existence. It's writing is very masculine, I would note, but it all comes together beautifully.

  • Yes Please

  • By: Amy Poehler
  • Narrated by: Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,564
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,347

Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Necessarily for Knope Fans

  • By Katie - Audible on 06-04-15

A Must Read for P&R Fans

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

Reviewed: 11-12-16

Where does Yes Please rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's definitely the funniest. Having the book narrated by Amy Poehler herself also gives the book a sort of podcast feel--in a good way. You feel very much a part of the book. She did a great job, and it was really funny.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Yes Please?

I really enjoyed when she talked about becoming a comedian, living in Chicago and then in New York. I also loved her guest stars!

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Well, you feel like you're hearing her talk to You. The book communicates some of this, but with the audiobook, you feel so much like a part of the conversation.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed a l o t . I don't think I ever cried, but it definitely filled me with joy.

  • Rosemary's Baby

  • By: Ira Levin
  • Narrated by: Mia Farrow
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601

She is a housewife: young, healthy, blissfully happy. He is an actor: charismatic and ambitious. The spacious, sun-filled apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side is their dream home, a dream that turns into an unspeakable nightmare. Enter the chilling world of Ira Levin, where terror is as near as your new neighbors and where evil wears the most innocent face of all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Here Be Witches

  • By Michael E. Wallster on 08-05-11

A Must Read for Feminists and Psychodrama Fans

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

Reviewed: 01-15-16

If you could sum up Rosemary's Baby in three words, what would they be?

Original Demon Baby.

Which character – as performed by Mia Farrow – was your favorite?

Rosemary is easily my favorite character. She's written as such an interesting and normal woman, she's easily empathized with and, as a result, is a well-written baseline for the story. Mia Farrow breathes the same life into Rosemary as she did in the films, and it was quite wonderful to have her as the narrator.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,319

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Top Pick for 2012

  • By Em on 11-30-12

Worth Reading...With Intellectual Mindfulness

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

Reviewed: 01-15-16

If you could sum up The Handmaid's Tale in three words, what would they be?

Shaky Womanist Dystopian.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting aspect of the story was the main character, Offred, and her juxtaposition of the past and the present, the past being around the year 2190, without major disarming differences to our own time, and the present (for her, at least) after the overthrow of the American government.
The least interesting aspect of the story was a subtly, in which our author displays her Canadian 1970's anti-Americanism and self-declared "protofeminist" ideals, which in her mind seem to set her above American and feminist thinking, which limits the radical nature of the novel and thereby weakens the story.

What about Claire Danes’s performance did you like?

Her voice is clear, crisp, and easy to understand noticeable without being distanced from the events in the novel. She sets the tone well, and allows us to slip easily into Offred's mind.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • By Nightfall

  • By: Michael Cunningham
  • Narrated by: Hugh Dancy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

Peter and Rebecca Harris are mid-40s denizens of Manhattan’s SoHo, nearing the apogee of careers in the arts. With a spacious loft and lively friends, they are admirable urbanites with every reason, it seems, to be happy. Then Rebecca’s much younger brother, Ethan, shows up for a visit. A beautiful, beguiling 23-year-old with a history of drug problems, he is wayward, at loose ends, looking for direction. And in his presence, Peter finds himself questioning the entire world he has so carefully constructed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beauty is truth? Is that all we need to know?

  • By James on 11-13-10

Great Novel, Great Narration

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

Reviewed: 01-15-16

Would you listen to By Nightfall again? Why?

I loved By Nightfall, and would absolutely read it again. The book captured me very quickly, and surprised me with its eloquence, I've set on to read other books by the author. Hugh Dancy narrates the book wonderfully and was an adage to the experience.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved the main character, Peter, but more so was fascinated with the impressions left of his brother, Michael, whom, though long-passed, is a heavy presence in the novel.

Which character – as performed by Hugh Dancy – was your favorite?

Hugh Dancy's embodiment of Peter, the main character and narrator, brought the man into dimension alongside the writer's eloquent depiction. His narration made the character feel real and fluid.

Who was the most memorable character of By Nightfall and why?

Mizzy, the younger brother of Peter's wife, Rebbecca, is the main focus of Peter and by far the most memorable character in By Nightfall, if not the main character. His personality is presented to us flatly at the beginning of the novel, but blossoms throughout into our enchantment as well as Peter's, our obsessions with him growing alongside each other.

  • The Little Friend

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: Donna Tartt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

"Tartt's second novel confirms her talent as a superb storyteller, sophisticated observer of human nature and keen appraiser of ethics and morality," says Publishers Weekly. A revelation of familial longing and sorrow, The Little Friend explores crime and punishment, as well as the hidden complications and consequences that hinder the pursuit of truth and justice. A novel of breathtaking ambition and power, it is rich in moral paradox, insights into human frailty, and storytelling brilliance.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • WAYYYYY too abridged!

  • By lacey on 12-07-16

Skip It, Read The Goldfinch

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

Reviewed: 01-15-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The audiobook was well-narrated and the author's vaguely accented southern voice for me, contributed to the authenticity of the novel. Altogether, however, the novel felt unsatisfactory. Having read her other two books, The Goldfinch (winner of a Pulitzer) and The Secret History (which she wrote in college, and initially garnered her attention from readers), I felt that The Little Friend was lackluster and disappointing, especially in juxtaposition.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I was disappointed. I felt the ending gave us no conclusion to the story, the book more or less just "stopped".