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  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,139

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

Uneven but riveting

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

I eventually really enjoyed this novel - historical references were all well done, the story at turns brutal, heartwarming, totally wrenching, angry making as any story about the world wars should be.
The narrator’s pronunciation of French and German were pleasant as was her rendition of the many accents required. Her pacing was a bit annoying to me, but not grating.

  • The Pigeon Tunnel

  • Stories from My Life
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: John le Carré
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391

From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War, to a career as a writer that took him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, John le Carré has always written from the heart of modern times. In this, his first memoir, le Carré is as funny as he is incisive, reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Global Literary Treasure

  • By Darwin8u on 09-16-16

Fascinating, beautifully narrated.

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

Not just any author can self narrate, this one is a pleasure to listen to, beginning to end.
I’ve not yet read any of his novels but look forward to doing so very much, thanks to his exceptional storytelling.
The many history lessons were fascinating and often heartbreaking.
Highly recommended even if you aren’t already a John Le Carré fan.

  • Fata Morgana

  • By: Steven R. Boyett, Ken Mitchroney
  • Narrated by: Macleod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,683
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,672

At the height of the air war in Europe, Captain Joe Farley and the baseball-loving, wisecracking crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress Fata Morgana are in the middle of a harrowing bombing mission over East Germany when everything goes sideways. The bombs are still falling, and flak is still exploding all around the 20-ton bomber as it is knocked like a bathtub duck into another world. Suddenly stranded with the final outcasts of a desolated world, Captain Farley navigates a maze of treachery and wonder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best one I have heard in some time!

  • By The Zombie Specialist on 10-10-17

Fascinating, chilling, disturbing, and still entertaining

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

I wasn’t sure at the beginning about this book. I’m glad I stuck it out as the story warmed up and I became quite fond of the characters, worried about their well-being, hopeful that Good could conquer evil.
The narrator did a very good job as well with a variety of accents, ages, and even voiced the few women fairly well.
It was far more technical about flying than I could truly follow but again, sticking through it was rewarding.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A God in Ruins

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,586
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,583

A God in Ruins tells the dramatic story of the 20th century through Ursula's beloved younger brother, Teddy - would-be poet, heroic pilot, husband, father, and grandfather - as he navigates the perils and progress of a rapidly changing world. After all that Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge is living in a future he never expected to have.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • FRUSTRATING BUT GOOD

  • By Janna Wong Healy on 10-27-15

Carefully, cleverly, beautifully crafted.

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

Reviewed: 11-29-17

Kate Atkinson is an incredibly skilled writer, with unique ideas and a very special approach to fiction - well informed by history and imagination.
Clearly she spends a great deal of time planning and researching before embarking on writing.
I read this shortly after Life after Life and am glad I did.
While neither are happy stories, they’re certainly fascinating, well narrated too.

  • The Paris Architect

  • By: Charles Belfoure
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,705
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,706

Like most gentiles in Nazi-occupied Paris, architect Lucien Bernard has little empathy for the Jews. So when a wealthy industrialist offers him a large sum of money to devise secret hiding places for Jews, Lucien struggles with the choice of risking his life for a cause he doesn't really believe in. Ultimately he can't resist the challenge and begins designing expertly concealed hiding spaces - behind a painting, within a column, or inside a drainpipe - detecting possibilities invisible to the average eye. But when one of his clever hiding spaces fails and the immense suffering of Jews becomes incredibly personal, he can no longer deny reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By C. B. Schindel on 08-23-15

Interesting, educational, worth a read.

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

I definitely enjoyed the story and narration though both had their shortcomings.
All the characters sounded German, and the author repeated descriptions too often - something you might not notice if you we

  • Life After Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,883
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,496
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,506

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating, breathtaking book

  • By Kareol on 08-13-15

Lush, fascinating, rich in detail

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

A truly fascinating idea and story, with beautifully chosen words.
Some other reviewers felt it began too slowly but it didn't bother me at all, being given time to become accustomed to the idea of the story and the style of writing.
Though it's the same life story beginning and ending and beginning again, it's filled with surprises.
As an American, it's very educational as well - our experiences during the first half of the 20th Century being so very different than those of the English and Europeans.
The author inhabited her characters so well, I imagine I'll be thinking about them for months.

  • A Beautiful Poison

  • By: Lydia Kang
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 921
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 806

Just beyond the Gilded Age, in the mist-covered streets of New York, the deadly Spanish influenza ripples through the city. But with so many victims in her close circle, young socialite Allene questions if the flu is really to blame. All appear to have been poisoned - and every death was accompanied by a mysterious note.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It had potential, but faltered in execution

  • By Constance Jenkins on 01-14-18

A good story, needed a more skilled author

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

Reviewed: 08-30-17

I enjoyed the plot very much, as other reviewers noted, the end was quite a surprise.
The story itself was well crafted but the writing was strangely flowery, poetic but not terribly well done - for example, people scampered and sauntered and strode when simple walking would have been suff

12 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Romeo and Juliet: A Novel

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909

It's a story you think you know: the age-old tale of "star-cross'd lovers"; two families at war; a romance, so pure and absolute, fated for a tragic end. It's a story so thoroughly embedded in our culture, and so frequently retold. Yet, nothing captures the spark, the possibility, and the surprise of Shakespeare's work quite like this....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Story and The Voice

  • By Abiwim on 12-14-16

Not Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet and that's just fine

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

I truly enjoyed this novel, this, in the author's words, adaptation.
Being a 21st century woman I appreciated a thoughtful, intelligent Juliet. Who's to say 15th century young women weren't thoughtful and head strong? I suspect many of them truly objected to being possessions, first of their fathers, then of their husbands, nearly always far older than themselves.
I also appreciated the backstory given many of the characters, and above all, the historical setting and context.

If you're a die-hard Shakespeare devotee you'll need a sense of humor to enjoy this rendition, but of you like a good retelling, not always knowing precisely what will happen, then enjoy!

Narration - very good. Richard Armitage has a great facility with accents, most of the characters sound different enough from one another, and also appropriately similar. Louis sound like louts, educated folk sound educated. The old sound ancient and the young...perhaps a bit mature to be teens, but young and old, male and female- it's a lot to ask of one set of vocal chords.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Summary of Adam M. Grant's Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success

  • By: Ant Hive Media
  • Narrated by: Ashley Nero
  • Length: 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ok, but too short

  • By Michael on 04-11-17

Student reader??

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

I couldn't get through the first 20 minutes because of the reader.
She sounded like an 8th grade student reading a book report in front of the class.
The summary might have been written by that same 8th grade student.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Disappearance Boy

  • By: Neil Bartlett
  • Narrated by: Neil Bartlett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Reggie Rainbow has found the perfect profession for someone who likes to keep himself to himself: It's his job to make sure that some things stay out of sight and out of mind. Reggie Rainbow is an angry young man who treads the backstage corridors of down-at-heel theatres for a living. Childhood polio has left him with a limp, but his strong arms and nimble fingers are put to perfect use behind the scenes, helping the illusionist Mr Brookes to "disappear" a series of glamorous assistants twice nightly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply touching and bittersweet

  • By Autumn on 11-20-16

Deeply touching and bittersweet

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

Reviewed: 11-20-16

A lovingly narrated story about three very human Post-war theatricals in England; well researched, nicely detailed and quite interesting.