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  • Skippy Dies

  • By: Paul Murray
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber, Fred Berman, Clodagh Bowyer, and others
  • Length: 23 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,762
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,128
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,146

This touching and uproarious novel by author Paul Murray made everyone’s best fiction of 2010 lists, including The Washington Post, Financial Times, Village Voice, and others. Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the mystery that links the boys of Dublin’s Seabrook College (Ruprecht Van Doren, the overweight genius obsessed with string theory; Carl, the teenager drug dealer and borderline psychotic; Philip Kilfether, the basketball-playing midget) to their parents and teachers in ways that no one could have imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, touching, entertaining

  • By Chicago Laura on 01-22-11

Coulda been better

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

An enjoyable novel, marred by all the unnecessary readers. I liked the main reader but was so distracted by the multiple readers trying to act out every little nuance....

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Life After Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Jill McCorkle
  • Narrated by: Holly Fielding
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 74

Jill McCorkle’s first novel in 17 years is alive with the daily triumphs and challenges of the residents and staff of Pine Haven Estates, a retirement facility now home to a good many of Fulton, North Carolina’s older citizens. Among them, third-grade teacher Sadie Randolph, who has taught every child in town and believes we are all eight years old in our hearts; Stanley Stone, once Fulton’s most prominent lawyer, now feigning dementia to escape life with his son; Marge Walker, the town’s self-appointed conveyor of social status, and many more colorful characters.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too Bad

  • By Sherry L. Wright on 03-30-13

I bought the wrong book!

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

Reviewed: 07-24-13

I can't believe I did that. I meant to buy Kate Atkinson's Life After Life and got this one instead. Talk about buyer's remorse. I listened to the first 30 minutes or so and, although it wasn't horrible, it wasn't the book I wanted to listen to...

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Interestings

  • By: Meg Wolitzer
  • Narrated by: Jen Tullock
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,306
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,027
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,040

The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In The Interestings, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge. The kind of creativity that is rewarded at age 15 is not always enough to propel someone through life at age 30; not everyone can sustain, in adulthood, what seemed so special in adolescence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top Listen for 2013 - A+++

  • By Beth Anne on 05-24-13

Fun book, not a great performance

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

Reviewed: 07-18-13

While I enjoyed the book a lot and some of Wolitzer's observations about the 7o's, art, creativity, modern life--I found the reading to be excruciating at times. Nothing takes you out of an audiobook more than a mispronounced word (there are several); the transitions between chapters and sections are much too abrupt. Really not a pleasant listening experience. I don't fault the reader, who was basically find, but the production team on this one.

  • Morality Play

  • By: Barry Unsworth
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

It is the late 14th century, a dangerous time beset by war and plague. Nicholas Barber, a young and wayward cleric, stumbles across a group of travelling players and compounds his sins by joining them. Yet the town where they perform reveals another drama: a young woman is to be hanged for the murder of a 12-year-old boy. What better way to increase their takings than to make a new play, to enact the murder of Thomas Wells?

But as the actors rehearse, they discover that the truth about the boy's death has yet to be revealed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By David on 12-16-14

Great story

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

Reviewed: 07-18-13

A really terrific short book. Engaging reader performing a wide variety of accents and characters. Loved thinking about the development of the dramatic form, and the many different types of language required.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful