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  • Exit Unicorns

  • By: Cindy Brandner
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 22 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

In this sweeping and powerful epic the journey begins in the "terrible beauty" of Northern Ireland during a time when conflict reigns and no one is spared from tragedy and sorrow, the time known as The Troubles. It is the spring of 1968 in Belfast and James Kirkpatrick has just lost his father under suspicious circumstances, Casey Riordan is released from prison after five years and Pamela O'Flaherty has crossed an ocean and a lifetime of memories to find the man she fell in love with as a little girl. All three lives are on a collision course with each other against the backdrop of the burgeoning civil rights movement and a nation on the brink of revolution. They come from disparate backgrounds - Jamie a wealthy aristocrat whose life is like an imperfect but multi-faceted jewel-brilliant, flawed and with a glitter that is designed to distract the observer. Casey, a card-carrying member of the Irish Republican Army, who must face the fact that five years away has left him a stranger, a misfit in his own neighborhood where not everyone is sympathetic to a convicted rebel. Pamela, who has come to Ireland in search of a memory and a man who may not have existed in the first place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At long last!

  • By Christine Nemechek on 11-07-17

A remarkable story, a great reading.

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

This has been the best Audible book I've ever enjoyed. I've been listening to Audible books for years now, and have read this series several times before the Audible version of Exit Unicorns came out.

While anxiously and patiently (yes, it's possible!) awaiting the next n the series I had the opportunity to download this unabridged version and enjoyed revisiting the beginning of the series.

I read fairly fast, and tend to gulp books down without chewing (so to speak). Listening to a book, however, enables me to slow down and really grasp all the nooks and crannies, the nuance, the flavor.

Preferring descriptive writers, I have been enormously satisfied to crawl into this book and live there for a time.

As the characters became known to me I became invested in them. At times I've wanted to slap them silly, warn them, comfort them or even offer advice. I've never felt that way about a fictional character before, just been a passive observer. Perhaps it is in part the most excellent narration by Gary Furlong, someone I've never listened to before. It's unbelievable that a man can so distinctively narrate so many different characters. I've had no problem keeping the dialog straight in my mind so far as who was whom in the conversations.

Politics in novels has not thrilled me in the past, and my knowledge of Irish politics was next to nothing. Only vague memories of the bombings in London in the mid 1970's. This book got my curiosity whetted and I've done some further non-fiction reading since.

Like any long and descriptive book, there were a few parts that didn't light my fire, but in all fairness I can say that about Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, and also Mary Stewart's Crystal Cave series, two favorites of mine.

That an indie writer is even comparible to a mainstream author is testimony to her talent. I hope to see much more of Cindy Brandner, and hear much more of Gary Furlong.

  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,508

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The circus of your dreams

  • By Anonymous User on 09-22-11

Everything I want in an audio book.

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

It's got everything. Love, danger, skill, serendipity, mystery, suspense, hope, sacrifice, and wonder...but no obscenity. A wonderous tale with no need for gratuitous violence or sex.

It enchanted me in the same way "A Princess Bride" or "Big Fish" or "Second Hand Lion" did, whilst being completely different.