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  • Sarong Party Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
  • Narrated by: Angela Lin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32

On the edge of 27, Jazzy hatches a plan for her and her best girlfriends, Sher, Imo, and Fann. Before the year is out, these Sarong Party Girls will all have spectacular weddings to rich ang moh - Western expat - husbands, with Chanel babies (the cutest status symbols of all) quickly to follow. Razor-sharp, spunky, and vulgarly brand-obsessed, Jazzy is a determined woman who doesn't lose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Singlish! Oh Singlish!

  • By Kelvin Chen on 04-13-18

A fabulous voice

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

Angela Lin does a fabulous job narrating this book. I laughed out loud, I cringed, I said to myself, "No, Jazzy, don't do that!"
Cheryl Tan's story is compelling and Jazzy's voice is fresh, funny and real. FIve stars.

  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

  • A Novel
  • By: Maria Semple
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Wilhoite
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,490
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,480

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading cover contains excellent novel

  • By jennifer on 01-28-16

Fabulous narration!

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

This is such a fun story and Kathleen Wilhoite knocks it out of the park with the narration. I laughed out loud in some places. I highly recommend this clever, funny-not-funny novel.

  • Wilberforce

  • A Novel
  • By: H. S. Cross
  • Narrated by: Alex Bloch
  • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

At St. Stephen's Academy, the students are on the verge of revolt. While the younger boys plot an insurrection, the older ones are preoccupied with sneaking out of bounds, thrashing each other, tearing each other's clothes off - or some combination of the three. Morgan Wilberforce, for one, can't take it any longer. Everything Wilberforce touches turns to disaster in his desperate attempts to fight off desire, boredom, and angst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another world.

  • By Liza on 08-03-18

Another world.

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

How is it possible for a contemporary American woman to so perfectly capture the boys of an English boarding school? This book is meticulously researched, beautifully rendered and the story has stayed with me. Cross's prose is lyrical, her dialogue efficient and realistic, and her settings are entirely plausible and convincing. I'm looking forward to the next book by this amazing talent.

  • The Last Picture Show

  • Thalia Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Larry McMurtry
  • Narrated by: John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

An almost-true story about a small town in Texas that ought to exist if it doesn’t, with characters like Sam the Lion, the delectable Jacy, and Ruth Popper, the coach’s wife. Set in a small, dusty, Texas town, The Last Picture Show introduced the characters of Jacy, Duane, and Sonny: teenagers stumbling toward adulthood, discovering the beguiling mysteries of sex and the even more baffling mysteries of love.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not very good

  • By Randall on 07-02-17

Wonderful book, unfortunate narrator.

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

I loved the story, and Larry McMurtry's writing. But the narrator read with such blase non-inflection that I almost fell asleep several times. I definitely found my thoughts wandering.

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  • The Paying Guests

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,373
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,381

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious

  • By Loretta R. Cooper on 10-14-14

Juliet Stevenson at her best

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

Riveting story, well researched historical fiction and the wonderful Juliet Stevenson reading. The perfect storm. Loved this.

  • Anne of Green Gables

  • By: Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Rachel McAdams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,088
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,554
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,523

With all of the pluck and charm of its eponymous young hero, Rachel McAdams ( The Notebook, Spotlight, Midnight in Paris) delivers a spectacular reading of Montgomery's beloved bildungsroman. In moments both funny and bittersweet, McAdams' voice is imbued with the spark that has made Anne a much-loved symbol of individualism and cheer for over a century.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The story was great, McAdams not so much

  • By R. Evans on 06-17-17

Unfortunate.

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

Rachel McAdams has a nice voice, but her narration here is too fast and awkward. In dialogue she uses too much inflection and in scene she is monotone. I loved the story but not the reader.

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  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,848
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,280

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-07-17

Fab narration

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

Reviewed: 08-28-17

The narrator did an amazing job. This is a poignant, lovely story. I enjoyed the light and the dark. Brava, Gail Honeyman and Cathleen McCarron.

  • Miss Mapp

  • By: E. F. Benson
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

Miss Elizabeth Mapp, magnificent grande dame and heiress, is always on the lookout lest her neighbors fall outside the bounds of perfect, exemplary manners. But her tightly controlled world is soon beset on all sides by interlopers, first in the disturbingly masculine form of two very different retired army officers, both of whom are anything but retiring in their conflicting aims upon her heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic British Turn of the Century Comedy

  • By G. Griffin on 04-26-05

Perfect Narrator for this charming story

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

Reviewed: 07-10-13

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Nadia May was spot on as the narrator for this charming tale of English village life. A delightful listen for long summer days.

  • Dr Wortles School

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Dr. Wortle's School... is Trollope's most merciless attack on the false moralising and hypocrisy of the Victorian age. When Dr. Wortle, in good faith, hires a couple as teacher and matron at his school, scandal about their marriage is subsequently brought to light. Will the doctor submit to the social pressures brought to bear on him by the gossip, the local newspaper and the bishop or hold true to his humanism, perhaps losing his respect, school and livelihood as a result?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Virginia Waldron on 11-20-11

One dimensional story, ho-hum

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-11

Let me start off by saying that I am a big fan of Anthony Trollope. This is the 10th book of his that I have listened to . Regretfully, I must say that I cannot reccommend it. The story is one dimensional in the extreme. One knows how it will end from the first chapter. Lots of rhetoric and re-hashing the same theme, which isn't all that compelling in the first place. Also, the narrarator must have felt the same way, because his voice is quite sing-song through many passages. There are far better Trollope titles than this one, don't waste your time.

  • David Copperfield

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 34 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324

When David Copperfield escapes from the cruelty of his childhood home, he embarks on a journey to adulthood which leads him through comedy and tragedy, love and heartbreak, and friendship and betrayal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect narrator for one of the best classics.

  • By 9S on 10-30-09

AMAZING NARRATION

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-10

Martin Jarvis does justice to this wonderful , rich, and engrossing story.

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