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Tobi O.

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  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,341
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,346

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

wow, that was unexpected

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

Reviewed: 12-01-15

Heart-wrenchingly beautiful. 30 hours later it is still way to early to end. Loved the characters, loved the flow of the story, loved the way Oliver Wyman reads it.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,315

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Had so much promise

  • By Brian G on 09-01-17

I finished it but

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

Reviewed: 06-13-15

The story starts of well, starts to slacken in the second half and picks up at the very end. Ray Porters women all have a sort of whiny sound which does not at all match their characters. But ... I still finished listening to it. Done.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wolkenbruchs wunderliche Reise in die Arme einer Schickse

  • By: Thomas Meyer
  • Narrated by: Thomas Meyer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Der junge orthodoxe Jude Mordechai Wolkenbruch, kurz Motti, hat ein Problem: Die Frauen, die ihm seine 'mame' als Heiratskandidatinnen vorsetzt, sehen alle so aus wie sie. Ganz im Gegensatz zu Laura, seiner hübschen Mitstudentin an der Universität Zürich - doch die ist leider eine 'schikse': Sie trägt Hosen, hat einen wohlgeformten 'tuches', trinkt Gin Tonic und benutzt ungehörige Ausdrücke.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Story

  • By Tobi O. on 04-08-15

Delightful Story

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

Reviewed: 04-08-15

Would you listen to Wolkenbruchs wunderliche Reise in die Arme einer Schickse again? Why?

Just to learn all the Yiddish words, Meyer intermingled with the german ... Woderful.

What other book might you compare Wolkenbruchs wunderliche Reise in die Arme einer Schickse to and why?

Nothing comes to mind really, it stands quite alone in its unique, entertaining style.

Which scene was your favorite?

I would say the one where Moti talks with God. And also the one where he describes how his grandmother is a master in the art of making anyone in here proximity feel extremely guilty, by just shrugging with her shoulders.

  • Fangirl

  • By: Rainbow Rowell
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Maxwell Caulfield
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,140

Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life - and she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow Series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Freshman Comes into Her Own

  • By FanB14 on 05-12-14

A wonderful Love Story, addictively undramatic!

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

Reviewed: 09-21-13

Since I liked Elenor & Park a lot, I went straight to the next Rainbow Rowell book. The recently released Fangirl. What a wonderful love story. Rainbow Rowell wields an effortless power over words and characters. I became a Fangirl-fan after only a few minutes, the story has a great flow and is extremely addictive without being overly dramatic. No villains, no death, no great deception, not a lot of crying and all the same. I grew so attached to Cather and all her friends. I would have loved for the story to never end.

The Narration by Rebecca Lowman is perfect. Her voices are distinctive without being overacted. Five Stars. Maxwell Caufield is a bit over the top for my taste, but since he is only reading the Simon Snow Excerpts at the beginning of the chapters, it was sort of funny.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Hypnotist

  • By: Lars Kepler
  • Narrated by: Eamonn Riley
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43

You need clues. You need time. You need a motive. You won’t have any of them.When a whole family is murdered in Stockholm, Detective Inspector Joona Linna knows there is only one person who can help find the perpetrator. Erik Maria Bark, retired hypnotist, is called in to work with Josef Ek, a fifteen-year-old boy who witnessed the brutal murder of his family.Following a series of accusations by his patients, Erik is reluctant to return to his craft but makes an exception for Joseph Ek

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant mystery

  • By James on 09-01-14

missing the magic

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

Reviewed: 12-19-12

I loved the voice chosen for Joona Linna - just for that I might re-listen to some of the book. On the other hand, I failed to really connect with the story. Somehow it felt clinical and dispassionate to me. Maybe it is because the point of view of the narration is not clearly defined, which leaves me floating while reading it. There are books the capture and engage my imagination. Where I get attached to the characters and hope the story never ends, this did unfortunately not happen with the Hypnotist. Especially the long description of Eriks sessions with hist mental patients felt rather long.

  • The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition]

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,234

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Nora - Outstanding!!!!

  • By M. Davis on 04-20-12

Somewhat predicable but quite entertaining

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

Reviewed: 07-30-12

I liked listening to the book, I enjoyed Julia Whelan's renditions of the different characters. I got the impression, that Nora Roberts loves all her characters dearly, so much so, that she can not get herself to let really bad stuff happen to them. Which is comforting to know ... there is good in the world ...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful