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  • The Kite Runner

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Khaled Hosseini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,334

Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Goodness, What a Audiobook!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • By Andrew Covington on 11-02-07

Five stars all round!!

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

Reviewed: 04-26-14

This just has to be one of the best books I have ever experienced. It is a powerful story, moving, sad and uplifting at the same time. Narrated by the author, this contemporary tale of changing life in Afghanistan presents a view of real people struggling to come to terms with the turmoil in their country. The tragedies that beset the central family in this story are matched only by their resolve and the loyalty they display.
I listened to most of this book on a long road trip but still found myself sitting for long periods of time with the car parked at various rest stops and even in my own garage when I arrived back home.
A truly outstanding story guaranteed to have a powerful impact on the listener.

  • Diary of a Young Girl

  • By: Anne Frank
  • Narrated by: Helena Bonham Carter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

In Amsterdam, in the summer of 1942, the Nazis forced teenager Anne Frank and her family into hiding. For over two years, they, another family and a German dentist lived in a 'secret annexe', fearing discovery. All that time, Anne kept a diary.An intimate record of tension and struggle, adolescence and confinement, anger and heartbreak, Anne Frank's diary is one of those unique documents, famed throughout the world.It portrays innocence and humanity, suffering and survival in the starkest and most moving terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So beautifully tragic

  • By David on 08-10-17

A powerful book

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

Reviewed: 03-12-14

There were a few times in this book that I thought it was getting boring, nothing happening, just a dreary story of a monotonous and uneventful life during the war. But sadly this isn't fiction, it's one of many horrible true stories of a time in our history that illustrated man's inhumanity. Having visited THE house in Amsterdam and the Auscwich death camp in Poland, there were many parts of this book that sent shivers through me. Even knowing the outcome of the story in real life, it is difficult not to continually wish that they wouldn't be found, wouldn't be caught and would survive the war. To think that Anne succumbed to illness just a few days before the end of the war makes this story even more tragic.
A sad, compelling and powerful book.

  • Cat Sense

  • How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet
  • By: John Bradshaw
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 201

Cats have been popular household pets for thousands of years, and their numbers only continue to rise. Today there are three cats for every dog on the planet, and yet cats remain more mysterious, even to their most adoring owners. In Cat Sense, renowned anthrozoologist John Bradshaw takes us further into the mind of the domestic cat than ever before, using cutting-edge scientific research to explain the true nature - and needs - of our feline friends. Tracing the cat’s evolution from solitary hunter to domesticated companion, Bradshaw shows that cats remain independent, predatory, and wary of social contact.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent and essential- though not as expected

  • By DMB on 05-24-14

Not what I had expected

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

Reviewed: 03-11-14

As a cat lover, I was looking for a book that could "make you a better friend to your pet", but this wasn't it. Though impressed by the endless genetic and genealogical information, it was a very tedious listen for me. The few snippets relating to contemporary diet, behaviour and breeding were great and had me listening to every word. Probably 1 interesting hour out of an 11 hour audiobook.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Cloudstreet

  • By: Tim Winton
  • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 264

Two rural families flee to the city and find themselves sharing a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet, where they begin their lives from scratch. For 20 years they roister and rankle, laugh and curse until the roof over their heads becomes a home for their hearts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magic for my city

  • By Matilda on 01-18-12

When life was simpler

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

Reviewed: 10-05-13

A wonderful story of two families and how their lives intertwine. Descriptively written and very skilfully narrated, there is no wonder that this book has earned the accolades it so deserves. As a baby boomer in Australia, I appreciated and connected with many of the experiences so vividly presented in Cloudstreet, but you wouldn't need to be of that vintage to enjoy the story.
Highly recommended.

  • Drama

  • An Actor's Education
  • By: John Lithgow
  • Narrated by: John Lithgow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 356

In this riveting and surprising personal history, John Lithgow shares a backstage view of his own struggle, crisis, and discovery, revealing the early life and career that took place out of the public eye. Above all Lithgow’s memoir is a tribute to his most important influence: his father, Arthur Lithgow, who, as an actor, director, producer, and great lover of Shakespeare, brought theater to John’s boyhood. From bedtime stories to Arthur’s illustrious productions, performance and storytelling were constant and cherished parts of family life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Diane Havens on 05-15-12

Very pleased I bought this wonderful book

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

Reviewed: 09-06-13

Having been familiar with John Lithgow's performances in Third Rock and a couple of movies, I was interested in this autobio. It's a life more dedicated to the stage than the screen that makes up the bulk of this fascinating book. Narration by the author doesn't always work, but it certainly does in this case. I love his unique voice and his mastery of language is second to none. Beautifully descriptive and personally revealing, he lays out his life in a very compelling presentation. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes a good autobio or has an interest in the theatre.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,782

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb in so many ways

  • By David on 01-19-14

"Victory is measured only in survival"

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

Reviewed: 06-08-13

This book had me right from the start.
Whilst I can appreciate that it's not one for everyone, if you like a story of adventure, this is an amazingly great book. Meticulously researched and very cleverly written, the narration is perhaps the best of all the audiobooks I've listened to (and most appropriate for this story). There are no dull bits and all the time I was willing them on and hoping they would make it - even though the outcome is well-known in the history of polar exploration. It is simply an incredible story of resilience, sacrifice and determination in a seemingly hopeless situation. "Endurance" is a most appropriate title.
Worth listening to again and again.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Nancy Wake

  • By: Peter FitzSimons
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536

In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. As a naive, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in a Viennese street. From that moment, she declared that she would do everything in her power to rid Europe of the Nazis. What began as a courier job here and there became a highly successful escape network for Allied soldiers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Who The "BLEEP" is Nancy Wake??

  • By Simone on 09-04-12

Very moving

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

Reviewed: 06-08-13

A very powerful story of the courage and bravery of a very determined woman during a time that many wish that we could remove from our history entirely.

  • Whatever You Do, Don't Run

  • True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide
  • By: Peter Allison
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 899
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 814
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 807

Whatever You Do, Don't Run is a hilarious collection of true tales from top ­safari guide Peter Allison. In a place where the wrong behavior could get you eaten, Allison has survived face-to-face encounters with big cats, angry ­elephants, and the world's most unpredictable animals: herds of untamed tourists and foolhardy guides whose outrageous antics sometimes make them even more dangerous than a pride of hungry lions!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Drivers May Laugh Too Hard to Drive!

  • By D. in Dallas on 09-21-12

A waste of two hours

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

Reviewed: 05-31-13

I was looking for something light hearted and joyful after just listening to Nancy Wake, but this book didn't grab me at all. I found the story quite weak and the narration annoying. As a result, I only got two hours into it before deciding that I'd given it enough of a chance to improve. It didn't.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Beautiful Ruins

  • By: Jess Walter
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,844
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,564
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,558

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • My mind wandered

  • By Ella on 11-25-12

Got lost many times!

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

Reviewed: 03-26-13

The author describes this book as a "braided" story, which is true to say the least! There were many times listening to this book that I thought I must have dozed off and missed a bit, but a few minutes later the story catches up and all is explained. I wasn't lost after all! At times I thought "Beautiful Ruins" was very disjointed and fragmented, with many sudden changes in time and place and characters, but very cleverly so.
If I could give it more than 5 stars I probably would have. I listened to it all whilst driving on a few long trips last week and often sat in the garage for an extra 10-20 minutes on arriving home to continue listening.
Great story, beautifully written and expertly narrated.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Driving Over Lemons

  • By: Chris Stewart
  • Narrated by: Chris Stewart
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

At age 17, Chris Stewart retired as the drummer of Genesis, his schoolboy band, and launched a new career as a sheep shearer and travel writer. This audiobook details his idyllic life on a remote mountain farm in Andalucia.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but ...

  • By Terry on 04-11-12

Interesting, but ...

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

Reviewed: 04-11-12

I admit to having two goes at finishing this audiobook and I'm not sure if it was worth the effort. The story itself is hardly captivating, but nonetheless it was interesting to hear a recount of the experience of a young family making their escape from "normality" and stepping into a different culture. There's just nothing in the whole story that grabbed me as a listener. The trials and tribulations of the change in lifestyle plot are similar to many other books and movies and the narration is simply uninspiring.
Not on my top 10 list.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful