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  • Catch-22

  • By: Joseph Heller
  • Narrated by: Jay O. Sanders
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,601
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,618

Catch-22 is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever, even if he has to die in the attempt.)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenominal Reading - Story and Damn Funny

  • By Phil on 04-11-09

I literally laughed and cried!

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

Reviewed: 07-17-14

Would you listen to Catch-22 again? Why?

I would listen to my favorite parts of it again. The book is hilarious in parts and poignant in others.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved how Heller could have the reader/listener rolling in the aisles one second and then on a dime remind us just how scary war really is. This book was a roller coaster.

Which character – as performed by Jay O. Sanders – was your favorite?

It's a tie between Ore, the chaplain, and Major Major. For this question, though, I think Sanders's performance as Ore really brought out the essence of the character.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"That men must die is an inevitability. Which men must die is a matter of circumstance."

Any additional comments?

Sanders's performance really brings this book to life. Heller reads selections at the end, but his readings just feel so drab in comparison.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Lolita

  • By: Vladimir Nabokov
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,611

Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterpiece

  • By Erez on 05-29-08

Great performance of a troubling book

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

Reviewed: 07-10-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Having a story that wasn't about having sex with a young girl. Honestly, I don't know why I stuck with this book.

What could Vladimir Nabokov have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not tried to justify paedophilia.

Which character – as performed by Jeremy Irons – was your favorite?

Honestly, I didn't really like any of the characters, though I love Jeremy Irons's voice.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Jeremy Irons's voice was the best quality of this audiobook.

Any additional comments?

This book really was as sickening as the rumors would have one believe.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • No One Writes to the Colonel, and Other Stories

  • By: Gabriel García Márquez
  • Narrated by: Armando Durán, Roxanne Hernandez, Marcelo Tubert, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

Written with compassionate realism and wit, the stories in this mesmerizing collection depict the disparities of town and village life in South America, of the frightfully poor and outrageously rich, of memories and illusions, and of lost opportunities and present joys. Stories include "No One Writes to the Colonel", "Tuesday Siesta", "One of These Days", "There Are No Thieves in This Town", "Balthazar's Marvelous Afternoon", "Montiel's Widow", "One Day After Saturday", "Artificial Roses", and "Big Mama's Funeral".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book.

  • By Pierre Desir on 03-16-16

Fun little stories

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

Reviewed: 07-08-14

What made the experience of listening to No One Writes to the Colonel, and Other Stories the most enjoyable?

The stories were short and enjoyable, and some of them tied into other GGM works (particularly One Hundred Years of Solitude).

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rebeca Buendia, a carryover from One Hundred Years of Solitude, because I liked hearing from her again.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Gotta go with Rebeca again.

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

There were plenty of parts that made me laugh!

Any additional comments?

Fun short stories!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Memories of My Melancholy Whores

  • By: Gabriel García Márquez
  • Narrated by: Thom Rivera
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

On the eve of his 90th birthday, a bachelor decides to give himself a wild night of love with a virgin. As is his habit - he has purchased hundreds of women - he asks a madam for her assistance. The 14-year-old girl who is procured for him is enchanting, but exhausted as she is from caring for siblings and her job sewing buttons, she can do little but sleep. Yet with this sleeping beauty at his side, it is he who awakens to a romance he has never known. Tender, knowing, and slyly comic, Memories of My Melancholy Whores is an exquisite addition to a master's work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Manual for men turning 90.

  • By William E. Hendry on 09-13-15

What a weird story

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

Reviewed: 07-08-14

What did you like best about Memories of My Melancholy Whores? What did you like least?

I didn't like the idea that the guy wanted to have sex with a young virgin, but I did like that in the end he didn't do it.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I have no idea. Honestly, I loved the writing, but the subject matter was a little squicky. I don't know if I could change it and still keep anything similar.

What does Thom Rivera bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I liked his rusty voice. It made picturing the character easier.

Was Memories of My Melancholy Whores worth the listening time?

Ultimately, yes. It wasn't a long book, and it was interesting, if not the most favorable material.

Any additional comments?

Not as good as the other Gabriel Garcia Marquez works!

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Sound and the Fury

  • By: William Faulkner
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 747

First published in 1929, Faulkner created his "heart's darling", the beautiful and tragic Caddy Compson, whose story Faulkner told through separate monologues by her three brothers: the idiot Benjy, the neurotic suicidal Quentin, and the monstrous Jason.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect!

  • By Bryan on 12-07-05

Was I supposed to like this book?

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

Reviewed: 07-08-14

What disappointed you about The Sound and the Fury?

It's a classic, but I found it so difficult to follow. Part of it was the displacement of time that I think would have been a lot easier to follow in print, since they used italics there. It was so jumbled.

Would you ever listen to anything by William Faulkner again?

I'd be very reluctant to.

What aspect of Grover Gardner’s performance would you have changed?

I would have had something delineate the difference between the timelines- a tone of voice, or some sort of mention.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Some of the characters were interesting.

Any additional comments?

I'm pretty sure that anyone who says that they actually enjoy this book just wants to sound smart.

  • Silas Marner

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Here is a tale straight from the fireside. We are compelled to follow the humble and mysterious figure of the linen weaver Silas Marner, on his journey from solitude and exile to the warmth and joy of family life. His path is a strange one; when he loses his hoard of hard-earned coins all seems to be lost, but in place of the golden guineas come the golden curls of a child - and from desolate misery comes triumphant joy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific narration of a classic novel.

  • By E. Jensen on 05-06-15

Happy story!

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

Reviewed: 07-08-14

What did you love best about Silas Marner?

I loved the very rustic and upbeat feel to the story. I usually don't like stories with happy endings as much, but this story was just so charming, and I loved Silas and Eppy so much!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Silas. He was a snot at the beginning but he grew to love his daughter, so I came to love him.

Have you listened to any of Anna Bentinck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I haven't.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I was very curious.

Any additional comments?

I want to find another happy book that I like as much!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade

  • A Duty Dance with Death
  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: Ethan Hawke
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,171

Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What more can be said?

  • By W. Seligman on 09-22-04

Crazy book!

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

Reviewed: 07-08-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

The time travel concept is very similar to some thoughts that my husband and I have had about the concept of time, so I think that is what appealed to me most.

Which character – as performed by Ethan Hawke – was your favorite?

Billy Pilgrim.

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

There were parts of it that made me laugh, but I didn't have an extreme reaction. I tend not to, no matter how much I like a book.

Any additional comments?

Insane!

  • Android Karenina

  • By: Ben Winters
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 12

As in the original novel, the story follows two relationships: the tragic adulterous romance of Anna Karenina and Count Alexei Vronsky, and the much more hopeful marriage of Nikolai Levin and Kitty Shcherbatskaya. These four, yearning for true love, live in a steampunk-inspired 19th century of mechanical butlers, extraterrestrial-worshiping cults, and airborne debutante balls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very surprising and enjoyable read

  • By Bloo on 07-08-14

A very surprising and enjoyable read

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

Reviewed: 07-08-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If they were at all interested in steampunk or classics, I would. It's quite a long read, but enjoyable for the right reader.

What did you like best about this story?

It kept me on the edge of my seat and had a lot of ambiguity, which I found interesting.

Which character – as performed by Susan Duerden – was your favorite?

Hmm, that's tough. Probably Levin (I don't think I spelled that correctly).

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Toward the end, yes. It was quite long, though.

Any additional comments?

I'm almost afraid to read Anna Karenina now, because I don't want it to be different from this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

  • 50th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Ken Kesey, Robert Faggen (introduction)
  • Narrated by: John C. Reilly
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,024
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,798

Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Turning conventional notions of sanity and insanity on their heads, the novel tells the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Anon on 06-04-18

What an entertaining book!

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

Reviewed: 07-08-14

What made the experience of listening to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest the most enjoyable?

Definitely Reilly's interpretation of Randle. What a hoot!

What other book might you compare One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest to and why?

Anything having to do with psychology, fiction or not- especially if it's talking about outdated treatments, which remind me of some of the nurse's methods.

Which scene was your favorite?

Probably the scene at the gas station, when Randle is intimidating the attendants and using the mental illness diagnoses to the patients' benefits.

Who was the most memorable character of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and why?

Randle, duh! Nurse Ratched is also up there, and Chief.

Any additional comments?

Have John C. Reilly read more!

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude

  • By: Gabriel García Márquez, Gregory Rabassa - translator
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,535
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,542

One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize-winning career. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Rich and brilliant, it is a chronicle of life, death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the beautiful, ridiculous, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Audiobook!

  • By Greg on 02-26-14

One of my absolute favorites!

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

Reviewed: 07-08-14

Would you listen to One Hundred Years of Solitude again? Why?

I'm not a fan of re-reading, but I may make an exception for this book. I loved it.

What did you like best about this story?

The absurdities of the family (Ursula's living 130+ years, the insomnia sickness, Remedios's disappearance) wrapped up in such mundane, realistic situations.

Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I haven't heard him before.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not initially, but toward the end, yes.

Any additional comments?

LOVED IT! One of the best books I've ever been exposed to. This was my first time reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and I'd heard of him quite a bit when I was on the academic team in high school. I just wish that someone had told me that he was worth reading!