LISTENER

Georgia Burns

Atlanta GA
  • 55
  • reviews
  • 90
  • helpful votes
  • 175
  • ratings
  • 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 9,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,654
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,661

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cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.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

Unbearble in parts, devastating in others

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

The truth of it kept me listening. And Oliver Wyman’s voice brought these people to life for me in ways that words on a page never could. Amazing writing. I want to be more specific but I can’t. This story is best experienced with no expectations.

  • Crime and Punishment

  • By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Narrated by: Constantine Gregory
  • Length: 22 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,158

A century after it first appeared, Crime and Punishment remains one of the most gripping psychological thrillers. A poverty-stricken young man, seeing his family making sacrifices for him, is faced with an opportunity to solve his financial problems with one simple but horrifying act: the murder of a pawnbroker. She is, he feels, just a parasite on society. But does the end justify the means? Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov makes his decision and then has to live with it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By G. Green on 10-11-15

The performance made all the difference

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

My memory of this classic was a story of an irritating man in a world of impossible to pronounce names. Gregory brought it all to life in an accessible way that allowed me to appreciate the author’s gift for creating complex characters and the horrors of mental illness. I am glad I gave it another try despite the fact that I had to re-visit a dark world of suffering and deprivation.

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,540
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,046
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,979

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, heartfelt, inspiring

  • By Jon K. Rust on 07-24-17

A slow beginning to an elegantly told story

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

The word “civility” in the subtitle is the critical clue to the underlying theme in this beautifully written book - what kind of life a man of substance and wit can make of a sentence of confinement for life. Marvelous!

  • White Fang

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,656

In the desolate, frozen northwest of Canada, a lone wolf fights a heroic daily fight for life in the wild. But after he is captured and cruelly abused by men, he becomes a force of pure rage. Only one man sees inside the killer to his intelligence and nobility. But can his kindness touch White Fang?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who's the animal: Man or Wolf?

  • By Erik on 08-14-15

Jack London - a splendid story teller

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

I had forgotten what a vivid picture Jack London can paint. He is a true master at thrusting the reader immediately into the world of Arctic life with its stark beauty and danger. My blood raced as this wonderful tale of the life of a wolf, part dog, unfolded. A completely satisfying experience with John Lee’s voice holding sway.

  • The Bell Jar

  • By: Sylvia Plath
  • Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,825
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,811

The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful but slowly going under - maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that Esther's insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is an extraordinary accomplishment and has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written, brilliantly performed.

  • By Debra W. on 02-04-16

A revelation of beauty in despair

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

I wondered why I couldn’t remember reading this well-known book. A few paragraphs in it was obvious why. Published in 1963, this marvelous novel would have been thought entirely too frank for my supposedly-tender Southern belle sensibilities. So glad to discover it however late in life. Maggie Gyllenhaal has the perfect voice to embody this brilliant young woman’s cry for air. Bell Jar indeed. Plath’s imagery throughout is stunning. Her poetic artistry shines on every page.

  • The Weight of Ink

  • By: Rachel Kadish
  • Narrated by: Corrie James
  • Length: 23 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,568

Set in the London of the 1660s and of the early 21st century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city, and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history. As the novel opens, Helen has been summoned by a former student to view a cache of 17th-century Jewish documents newly discovered in his home during a renovation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling characters question life choices, ethics, religious rules, love and desire

  • By CHRISTINE on 11-02-17

A totally satisfying story in so many ways

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

The clever plot device of jumping between 1665 London and London in 2000 made the story even more compelling. The author’s gorgeous, at times near-poetic, language, her well-developed characters and her understanding of the human heart make for a wonderfully absorbing experience. My only complaint of the excellent narrator was her faulty rendition of an American accent. Otherwise she was spot on. I feared I would be bored by too much religious discussion but I was wrong. Searching for truth by such a woman as Esther, forbidden to pursue any such desire, was anything but boring. And Helen, the history scholar who discovers Esther’s writings 350 years later, is just as interesting. Rich in description of place, intimate in depiction of the inner lives of these complex characters, a beautiful story well worth my time.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Viral Storm

  • The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age
  • By: Nathan Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 645
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 561
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 559

In The Viral Storm, award-winning biologist Nathan Wolfe tells the story of how viruses and human beings have evolved side by side through history; how deadly viruses like HIV, swine flu, and bird flu almost wiped us out in the past; and why modern life has made our species vulnerable to the threat of a global pandemic. Wolfe's research missions to the jungles have earned him the nickname "the Indiana Jones of virus hunters," and here Wolfe takes listeners along on his groundbreaking and often dangerous research trips - to reveal the surprising origins of the most deadly diseases....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well Researched and Explained by a True Expert

  • By Raymond on 02-21-12

A difficult subject presented effectively

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

As a person interested in biology but not a scientist, I feared this subject might be too complicated to follow. The author did a good job of explaining the various types of microorganisms and their properties. Their roles in our lives are fascinating and terrifying. I feel enlightened.

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,432
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,550
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,463

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

  • By Gillian on 04-17-18

A man of principle speaks life lessons

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

This book is far beyond some insider tell all. Mr Comey lays out the cost of “ to thine own self be true.” I admire his candor and courage in the telling. It is comforting to know there are still men and women of moral character willing to stand up for what is right. I am grateful that Jim Comey is one of them and decided to ponder how he got to where he is and write it down. He has a gift for the narrative.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,222
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,742

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book for those new to astrophysics.

  • By TMort on 06-07-17

An accessible explanation of the cosmos

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Dr Tyson’s conversational tone without a hint of condescension immediately puts the listener at ease. He breaks an unfathomably vast subject into absorbable parts retaining the sense of awe and wonder bit by bit. Whether or not I retain much of the knowledge he imparted, I will remember with pleasure the experience of his patient explanation for a long time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • House of Names

  • By: Colm Tóibín
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson, Charlie Anson, Pippa Nixon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 274

"I have been acquainted with the smell of death." So begins Clytemnestra's tale of her own life in ancient Mycenae, the legendary Greek city from which her husband, King Agamemnon, left when he set sail with his army for Troy. Clytemnestra rules Mycenae now, along with her new lover, Aegisthus, and together they plot the bloody murder of Agamemnon on the day of his return after nine years at war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Power. Control. Restraint.

  • By David on 06-27-17

Marvelous story, marvelous cast

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

Juliet Stevenson could read the phone book and I would be enchanted but all three narrators breathed so much life into this ancient story.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful