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  • The Moon And Sixpence

  • By: W. Somerset Maugham
  • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Charles Strickland, a conventional stockbroker, abandons his wife and children for Paris and Tahiti, to live his life as a painter. While his betrayal of family, duty and honour gives him the freedom to achieve greatness, his decision leads to an obsession which carries severe implications.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Roman a clef-abominable french artist Paul Gauguin

  • By W Perry Hall on 01-22-14

Love the classics!

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

The narrator is amazing! What struck me so much about this book is the fact that nothing has really changed in 100 years. As human beings we are still dealing with the same issues that we were dealing with 100 years ago. No matter how evolved or technically advanced we think we are, we can’t run away forever from the reality of life and death.

  • Of Human Bondage

  • By: W. Somerset Maugham
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 28 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265

Of Human Bondage is one of the greatest novels of modern times, and it is certainly Maugham's greatest achievement. It was published in 1914, when Maugham was at the height of his creative powers. The story concerns Philip Carey, afflicted at birth with a club foot, and his passionate search for truth in a cruel world. We follow his growth to manhood, his educational progress, his first loves, and the wrenching tragedies and disappointments that life has in store for him. In some of the finest prose of the 20th century, Maugham has presented us with the timeless story of one man's search for the meaning of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the greats

  • By Locopelli on 11-14-15

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

What an amazing book! It kept me engaged throughout the entire book. The narrator did an excellent job! Would highly recommend this to people who like to look at the world in a philosophical way.

  • The Peacock Emporium

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Judith Boyd
  • Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 363

The only place Suzanna Peacock finds comfort is her shop, which provides a haven for the misfits in town. But she is forced to confront events of the past and her family that have been haunting her for so long. And she discovers that the key to her happiness may have been in front of her all along....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the book; hated the main character

  • By Dee on 10-02-16

I guess I was in the mood for it.

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

What made the experience of listening to The Peacock Emporium the most enjoyable?

I remained curious about the characters the entire time and although they were represented as real people with all of the challenges of life, they seems genuine to me. I wasn't triggered or irritated by any of the characters (like I often am with other books) and the entire story seemed believable- as if it were actually a true story.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked how real this story seemed to me.

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

Not sure if I have listened to other books narrated by Judith Boyd but I was very happy with the narration of this book.

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

I didn't have any extreme reactions to this book- unlike "Me Before You" where I cried a lot during that audiobook. This was more of an easy listening book but still interesting and I really like the way it was written.

Any additional comments?

I like Jojo Moyes as an author. I have listened to 4 of her audiobooks and I can not tell they are all done by the same author (unlike other authors I have read where you can tell who wrote it). Sometimes I am struck by her writing style and find it quite pleasing overall. One Plus One was the only book that irritated me by Jojo but I'll save my comments on that!

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  • Me Before You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,097
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,608

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Journey Into the Unknown

  • By Pamela Harvey on 01-13-13

Beautifully written!

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

Reviewed: 07-13-16

Where does Me Before You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have listened to hundreds of fiction audiobooks on my iPod and some of them are just mildly entertaining- a lot of them simply provide something to do while running errands, working around the house or walking for exercise. Not this one! This is very well written and engaging.

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  • Firefly Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,928

Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the mainstay of their lives. For 30 years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship: jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all, until a single act of betrayal tears them apart...and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Chick lit meets Forrest Gump

  • By Lisa on 12-29-10

Superficial

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

Reviewed: 10-26-12

Would you try another book from Kristin Hannah and/or Susan Ericksen?

I found this book to be superficial. I listened to the whole thing because it was somewhat entertaining, but it wasn't very stimulating for me on any level.

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  • The Glass Castle

  • By: Jeanette Walls
  • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406

This extraordinary memoir from Jeannette Walls is a stirring and distinctive story that has won tremendous critical acclaim. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly applauds the author's "fantastic storytelling knack", saying, "Walls doesn't pull her punches...in this excellent, unusual book."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stayed Awake Until 5 am to Finish!!!

  • By Tracie on 06-24-05

Wow!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-11

This is one of the best books I've ever experienced. It is truly an "experience" and hard to explain to somone who had not actually listened to the audiobook, although many have tried to explain it! For me, it speaks about our human dilemma and how we find ourselves- children and then adults in a life that does not always make sense although we try to make sense of it the best way we can. Listen to this audio if you like books that challenge you to think and feel!

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,616
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,512
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,529

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

One of the best books I've ever experienced

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-11

Incredible!!! This book had me laughing one minute and crying the next. I actually entered into the story with my own mind and heart. What a great work which will be enjoyed for many years to come. The multiple narrators added dimension to the experience. I would highly recomend this book!

  • Memoirs of a Geisha

  • By: Arthur Golden
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,482

In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Linda on 02-01-03

Enthralling

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-11

After reading the book years ago and seeing the movie, I decided to listen to the audiobook and was not disappointed. The author has a way of drawing you into the story. The intimacy and vulnerability of the characters is moving and stimulating.

  • The Memoirs of Cleopatra

  • By: Margaret George
  • Narrated by: Donada Peters
  • Length: 49 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379

This novel allows the unscrupulous and proud Queen of the Nile to recount her own tale. A masterful recreation of history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I felt like I was there

  • By Michael A. Vasquez on 03-05-07

Not as good as Henry XVIII

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-11

I'm not sure if I will be able to finish this audio. The author has not been able to hold my attention in the same way she did in HenryXVIII. It doesn't even seem to be written by the same person.

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  • The Autobiography of Henry VIII

  • By: Margaret George
  • Narrated by: David Case
  • Length: 41 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378

Margaret George's novel brings into focus the larger-than-life King Henry VIII, monarch of prodigious appetites for wine, women, and song.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Retraction

  • By Paul Matthews on 10-04-07

Great Book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-11

I was hesitant to get into this book- one of the longest audios I've experienced (War and Peace being another long audio that I enjoyed) and I was very pleased with the experience. The author was able to hold my interest the entire time! A bit hesitant at first to begin such a long audio, I was sorry when it was ending!