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Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
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  • The Condition

  • By: Jennifer Haigh
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 179

The Condition tells the story of the McKotches, a proper New England family that comes apart during one fateful summer. One day on the beach, Frank McKotch is struck by an image he cannot forget: his 13-year-old daughter, Gwen, strangely infantile in her child-sized bikini, standing a full head shorter than her younger cousin Charlotte. At that moment, he knows a truth that he can never again unknow: something is terribly wrong with his only daughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome read

  • By Pamela Harvey on 07-26-08

drab and slow

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-13-10

was very disappointed with this book. the brief bio looked good..but i found it really dragged. "the condition" so to speak; didn't really develop until the later part of section 2 -- and was pretty much insignificant. This book lost my attention on many occasions and really required effort to keep listening. I found most of the characters drab and the plot yawned along at a snails pace.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Losing Mum and Pup

  • A Memoir
  • By: Christopher Buckley
  • Narrated by: Christopher Buckley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

Just as Calvin Trillin and Joan Didion gave readers solace and insight into the experience of losing a spouse, Christopher Buckley offers consolation, wit, and warmth to those coping with the death of a parent, while telling a unique personal story of life with legends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nicely Done!

  • By krisjs1767 on 06-27-09

brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-10

Not familar with Mr. Buckley's other works or all that familar with his famous father (other than name). I found this to be an honest; and riviting account of a son loosing his parents. Rich or poor; young or old..some truths stand true for all - we have a life beginning and a life end.
Elequantly written with all the honesty of someone has lived the experience; and has put that experience to paper. Reguadless of his famous name - he lost mum and pup; and tells a poinant tale of the difficult journey of becoming an orphan at age 55.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tea Time for the Traditionally Built

  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718

When she asks her dependable husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, to fix her tiny white van, Precious Ramotswe fears he might just sell the vehicle and buy her something more modern. And so he does. But this will not do. So Precious tries to track her beloved van down - and learns it has already been stolen from its new owner.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Like Always

  • By Carl on 05-28-09

the ladies detective agency is number 1

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-09

once again alexander mccall smith does not disappoint. i believe this is number 10 in the detective agency series and i have enjoyed it as much as all the rest. the narration is fabulous and the story flows so smoothly.. light easy summertime listening. the tiny white van? the husband stealer? it's all here.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Escape

  • By: Carolyn Jessop, Laura Palmer
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774

When she was 18 years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage with a total stranger - a man 32 years her senior. Merril Jessop already had three wives. But arranged plural marriages were an integral part of Carolyn's heritage: She was born into and raised in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), the radical offshoot of the Mormon Church.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Questions answered - candid and informative.

  • By Kim on 12-17-11

Triumph over tragidy

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-09

Well written and narrated. This is a long listen (over 15 hours) and some of the content is disturbing and difficult to listen to. At times it seems a long hall with depressing content. That being said, it is incredibly informative. I was familar with the organization through the news and felt like I was getting an insiders look through this book. "escape" says it all - so thankful for the exhale ending.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Christmas Quilt

  • By: Jennifer Chiaverini
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

It has been more than 50 years since master quilter Silvia Compson decked the halls of Elm Creek Manor, and with all her family gone, she intends to observe a quiet Christmas. But her young quilting partner, Sarah McClure, has other ideas.

New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini delivers a spirited holiday yarn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An original holiday story with meaty content

  • By L. Tidwell on 11-29-11

nice light christmas story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-09

I enjoyed this light christmas book about generations working on an unfinished quilt. It was light, pleasant, with a nice Christmas ring to it. An easy festive listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Old Friends

  • By: Tracy Kidder
  • Narrated by: Lowell George Seibel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

The narrative takes place entirely in a nursing home and focuses on two old men struggling with their circumstances, their memories, and their mortality.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Had to stop listening

  • By Mebythesea on 09-09-08

disappointing narration

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-09

I purchased this book dispite the other reviews about the quality of the narration because the story sounded so good. Regretfully when you "listen" to an audio book the narration far more essential than I gave credit. I found this book to be almost unbearable. I have yet to hear anything like it. The narrator is monotone and does not use inflection to emphasise anything. He reads quickly and I found myself rethinking passages trying to add emphasis where it was needed. Almost impossible unless you have insomnia and need to sleep.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank

  • By: Erma Bombeck
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

In The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank, Bombeck rides the train to the suburbs. In lands like the Suburbian Gems subdivision, settlers from the city brave endless cul-de-sacs and overly helpful insurance salesmen. Picture windows bring new meaning to the term "neighborly". A poorly timed trip to the restroom results in a promotion to Girl Scout Cookie Captain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE THIS!

  • By Tracy on 02-24-13

funny funny classic Erma

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-09

Suburban bliss anywhere in the 60's 70's or even 80's. I laughed out loud at times. Such an insiders look at all that was "must have" during the suburban boom. If you've ever lived or dreamed of living in Suburbia you will find this audio book bordering on historically accurate in a rib tickling way!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The World According to Bertie

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian MacKenzie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328

i>The World According to Bertie is the fourth in the series and revolves around the many colorful characters that come and go at No. 44 Scotland Street. McCall Smith handles the characters with his customary charm and deftness - the stalwart Tory chartered surveyor, the pushy mother, and, most importantly in this novel, the beleaguered Italian-speaking prodigy, Bertie. This is classic McCall Smith - clever, witty and entertaining - and beautifully illustrated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great visit to 44 Scotland Street

  • By Pamela Harvey on 11-27-08

Another Hit for McCall Smith

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-09

The ongoing saga of Scotland street. Thoroughly enjoyed this title as much as the others in this series. Like a soap opera for your ears. Watching the characters evolve...the end of the book is always bittersweet because your left hanging until the next on comes out.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Bringing Elizabeth Home

  • A Journey of Faith and Hope
  • By: Ed Smart, Laura Morton, Lois Smart
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr, Mel Foster
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

At 3:58 in the morning of June 5, 2002, Ed and Lois Smart awoke to the sound of their nine-year-old daughter Mary Katherine's frightened voice. "She's gone. Elizabeth is gone." At first they thought she was having a bad dream about her older sister, but Mary Katherine's "bad dream" would quickly become their worst nightmare. Their daughter Elizabeth was gone.

They were not sure why the media picked up on Elizabeth's story, but after their daughter was kidnapped she became the whole world's daughter.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Way too many Latter Day Saints!

  • By Joanne on 12-29-08

Way too many Latter Day Saints!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-08

I was HIGHLY disappointed with this book!
Felt it would have been better titled "How the MORMON CHURCH and our faith helped us during Elizabeth's homecoming"
The first 90 minutes of listening was nearly unbearable! It was all religion, praying and quoting scripture.
I wasn't looking for the guts and gore of Elizabeth's kidnapping but I found this book smuthering with way to many latter day saints!
Being on a tight festive budget I stuck with the book and it did improve a tiny bit. Who they met with, the day to day trials etc.
I am glad their story turned out well and they got their miracle - but it was WAY WAY too prayerful, preachy and biblical for my taste. Very disappointing.

6 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Life and Work of Marcel Proust

  • By: Neville Jason
  • Narrated by: Neville Jason
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

This, the first audio-biography of Marcel Proust, tells the story of one of the world's most original and admired literary geniuses. From his youth in the salons of Belle Epoque Paris, we follow his progress through to his later years when, as a near recluse, he writes through the nights in his cork-lined bedroom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fine intro to Proust

  • By Kirk McElhearn on 10-19-06

Informative - the man behind the work!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-14-08

I knew zero about Marcel Proust prior to listening to this audio book. His name seems to come up frequently in my circle of interest and and I was curious. I listen for pleasure and didn't want to invest in a 7 book literary masterpiece if it was dry and dated. I decided I would investigate the author before venturing onto the work. Glad I did - decided to give book 1 (Swann's way) a try.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful