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  • The Blood of Flowers

  • By: Anita Amirrezvani
  • Narrated by: Shohreh Aghdashloo
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,603

In 17th-century Persia, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. When her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work as servants for her uncle, a rich rug designer in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top 5 on my lifelong list

  • By Cheryl on 09-14-07

Superb performance, excellent book

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

Reviewed: 08-04-15

I would love to have Shohreh Aghdashloo read anything at all to me, but the fact that she had such an expansive, meaningful tale to read made this a wonderful experience. The protagonist captured my heart and beat it up along the way. It was difficult watching her through so much pain, watching her through each mistake and through each betrayal. I loved her character and her relentlessness. What a wonderful heroine.

  • Go Set a Watchman

  • A Novel
  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,576
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,544

An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, best-selling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To Kill A Mockingbird vs Go Set A Watchman

  • By Sara on 07-15-15

Glad this manuscript was rejected. Glad I read it.

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

Reviewed: 07-21-15

I'm glad that this manuscript was rejected. It forced the author to think more deeply about themes that she wished to explore. Watchman explores many of the same themes as Mockingbird, but her analysis was more shallow, more grounded in time and space (60's southern attitudes). Mockingbird emerged a better-thought exploration of racial issues that helped to shape and educate a generation. The rejection of this manuscript helped her to create the timeless masterpiece of Mockingbird.
Watchman alone would have added very little to America's social conscience. But reading Mockingbird first and then Watchman helped to illustrate the education of the author who in turn touched so many of our lives.
Having said that, Watchman was delightfully told through most of the book. Scout is adorable, her interactions fun, the flavor for small town South through much of the book is wonderful.
To Ms. Witherspoon, bravo. You performed this to perfection.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25,172
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,897
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22,846

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

A fist pumping listen

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

Reviewed: 04-28-15

There were times listening to this book that I found myself shooting my fist in the air, sharing in the triumphs. Mr. Brown is a wonderful storyteller, and what a story to tell. The narrator was superb. All in all, this is one of the finest books I have ever heard.

  • The Racketeer

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: J.D. Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,629
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,619

Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Garbage

  • By cristina on 11-29-12

Why do I keep thinking his books will get better?

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

Reviewed: 02-26-15

Not one of his finer works. Plot holes, lazy writing and an unsatisfying end. He makes a major plot deviation without giving the reader any heads up as to why until the very end. It just didn't work for me.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Bishop's Wife

  • By: Mette Ivie Harrison
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 127

Linda Wallheim is the mother of five grown boys and the wife of a Mormon bishop. As bishop, Kurt Wallheim is the ward's designated spiritual father, and that makes Linda the ward's unofficial mother whose days are filled with comfort visits, community service, and informal counseling. But Linda is increasingly troubled by the church's patriarchal structure and secrecy, especially as a disturbing situation takes shape in the ward.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One Non-Misogynist Man's Opinion - Worth Reading

  • By jonmontanavega on 01-13-15

a very so-so book

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

Reviewed: 01-23-15

I really wanted to like this book. The NYT and LAT reviews got me interested. The characters were two-dimensional, the protagonist was preachy about the superiority of her world views relative to the world views around her, and people fit too easily into prearranged categories.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hundred-Foot Journey

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard C. Morais
  • Narrated by: Neil Shah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,036
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,030

Born above his grandfather’s modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish curry, trips to the local markets, and gourmet outings with his mother. But when tragedy pushes the family out of India, they console themselves by eating their way around the world, eventually settling in Lumière, a small village in the French Alps.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazed that this is fiction....

  • By Janie on 08-15-14

Stellar narration. Excellent story.

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

Reviewed: 09-11-14

This book completely drew me in. I became part of the family, the drama, the smells, the smiles. Neil Shah delivered an incredible performance, nimbly dancing between Indian accents, French accents and so much more. I will look for more books read by him. Wonderful experience.

  • The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam

  • By: Chris Ewan
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,125
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,005

Charlie Howard travels the globe writing suspense novels for a living. To supplement his income - and keep his hand in - Charlie has a small side business: stealing for a very discreet clientele on commission. When a mysterious American offers Charlie 20,000 euros to steal two small monkey figurines to match the one he already has, Charlie is suspicious; the job seems too good to be true, and of course, it is. He soon finds the American beaten nearly to death, while the third figurine has disappeared.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful surprise!

  • By adrienne on 10-02-13

Great narration can't save this book

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

Reviewed: 09-11-14

The story was humdrum from start to finish. Simon Vance is almost a delight, but although he is rumored to be able to make a phone book engaging, he couldn't save this book.

  • A Short Stay in Hell

  • By: Steven L. Peck
  • Narrated by: Sergei Burbank
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 752

An ordinary family man, geologist, and Mormon, Soren Johansson has always believed he'll be reunited with his loved ones after death in an eternal hereafter. Then, he dies. Soren wakes to find himself cast by a God he has never heard of into a Hell whose dimensions he can barely grasp: a vast library he can only escape from by finding the book that contains the story of his life. In this haunting existential novella, author, philosopher, and ecologist Steven L. Peck explores a subversive vision of eternity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully unsettling

  • By Ryan on 08-23-14

Wonderfully mind-bending

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

Reviewed: 02-10-14

I love this book and am haunted by its implications. This is a hell that seems real and is motivating. An eternity of monotony, limitations and a death of expectation would indeed be hell.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sycamore Row

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,287

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham at his best (again)

  • By Brock on 10-23-13

Great narration. Pretty Good Grisham

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

Reviewed: 01-02-14

I loved Time to Kill, and thought it was one of the author's best works. This book was not as enjoyable maybe for a couple of reasons. The lawyering by the protagonist was not great in this book and the ending was predictable, but as Grisham endings go, this was far less choppy. Michael Beck's narration was brilliant.

  • Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Full Cast Recording
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,589

Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that reimagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fresh new way to enjoy the story

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-08-13

One of the finest audio productions in the library

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

Reviewed: 11-13-13

I have listened to the original recording and seen the movie. I wondered if I would be bored by the audio play but the free chapters convinced me. I am now officially a huge fan of the audio play. Card wrote a great script and the performers were just outstanding. My only complaint is that I got very little work done until this recording was finished.

Bravo! Encore!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful