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  • The Other Boleyn Girl

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons
  • Length: 22 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,199

When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of 14, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both the golden prince and her growing role as an unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots when the king's interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her powerfully ambitious sister, Anne Boleyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phillipa Gregory Takes You There

  • By Theodore on 11-20-11

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 11-28-16

With so many twists and turns, this book goes on and on. This absorbing tale of life in King Henry's court is a great distraction from what's happening in the world right now.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lost Memory of Skin

  • By: Russell Banks
  • Narrated by: Scott Shepherd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 179

Suspended in a strangely modern-day version of limbo, the young man at the center of Russell Banks’s uncompromising and morally complex new novel must create a life for himself in the wake of incarceration. Known in his new identity only as the Kid, and on probation after doing time for a liaison with an underage girl, he is shackled to a GPS monitoring device and forbidden to live within 2,500 feet of anywhere children might gather. With nowhere else to go, the Kid takes up residence under a south Florida causeway, in a makeshift encampment with other convicted sex offenders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing "Must Read" Tale of (In)Justice in America

  • By Ellen on 10-15-11

the story drew me in, like gawking at an accident

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

Reviewed: 11-05-12

What did you like best about this story?

The story drew me in, in a sick sort of way, like gawking at an accident.

Which character – as performed by Scott Shepherd – was your favorite?

"The kid" is a sad sack, who never really got a fair chance in life, but you can't help rooting for him and hoping he'll get a break. The narration over all was excellent.

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

I couldn't stop listening, carried along by curiosity and the beautiful descriptions of characters and settings, but my heart ached for them all.

Any additional comments?

The tale starts out almost believable, but slowly devolves into a series of vignettes of weird caricatures, and (unfortunately) "the professor" and his story become convoluted beyond recognition. I'm not sure if I exactly recommend this book, but it is certainly a memorable experience and well-crafted in many, but not all, respects.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Opal Deception

  • Artemis Fowl, Book 4
  • By: Eoin Colfer
  • Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,300
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,503

After his last run-in with the fairies, Artemis Fowl had his mind wiped of his memories of the world below ground. Any goodness he had grudgingly learned is now gone, and the young genius has reverted to his criminal lifestyle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Book

  • By Emiko on 08-10-09

incomprehensible

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-20-05

My kids were looking forward to this book, but we gave up when they simply couldn't understand what was being said.

0 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Transmission

  • By: Hari Kunzru
  • Narrated by: Hari Kunzru
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Transmission, Hari Kunzru's new novel of love and lunacy, immigration and immunity, introduces a daydreaming Indian computer geek whose luxurious fantasies about life in America are shaken when he accepts a California job offer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly Enjoyable

  • By Don on 07-11-04

great narration; colorful characters; weak finish

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-05

This clever yarn dives into the subculture of computer-obscessed programmers (and other lives affected by them), and is beautifully narrated by the author. The colorful characters are all larger than life, but the author can't seem to untangle the elegant web he weaves, and cops-out with weak ending that just doesn't match.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Looking for Alaska

  • By: Peter Jenkins
  • Narrated by: Peter Jenkins, Rebekah Jenkins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Looking for Alaska is Peter's account of eighteen months spent traveling over twenty thousand miles in tiny bush planes, on snow machines and snowshoes, in fishing boats and kayaks, on the Alaska Marine Highway and the Haul Road. Hearing and living the amazing stories of many Alaskans from Barrow to Craig, Seward to Deering, and everywhere in between, Peter gets to know this place in a way that only he can.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • good yarn, poor delivery

  • By KPS on 05-14-05

good yarn, poor delivery

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-05

This wonderful glimpse of life in Alaska is ruined by the author's unbearably dull narration. I gave up before finishing it.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful