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  • The Swan Thieves

  • By: Elizabeth Kostova
  • Narrated by: Treat Williams, Anne Heche, Erin Cottrell, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 988
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 423

Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe has a perfectly ordered life--solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient. In response, Marlowe finds himself going beyond his own legal and ethical boundaries to understand the secret that torments this genius, a journey that will lead him into the lives of the women closest to Robert Oliver.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Such Potential Wasted

  • By Sara on 08-13-14

So far so good

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-10

I loved the Historian and was surprised when this book came out to see it was not a continuation of the theme in Kostova's first book. I started this book and was captivated by the first chapter with Dr. Marlowe speaking. I have not finished the book so perhaps this is a premature review. I was looking forward to the conversation with the painter's ex-wife read by Ann Heche. When she began the narrative of her life I was appalled to realize this was supposed to be a conversation with Dr. Marlowe. I felt the narrator was reading trying to finish it a quick as possible the voice and delivery conflict with description of the nature of the ex-wife. I turned it off my player and put on music I am listening to this while painting a room in my home. I purchased the hard cover book and have decided to read the parts I have found unpleasant to listen to. This decision is slowing the progress of my room re-do down greatly I enjoy listening to a book while doing this activity. I will try and update my review upon completion of the book.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Enduring Love

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 156

On a sunny afternoon, the middle-aged writer Joe Rose and his wife look up from their picnic in the countryside to see an elderly man desperately trying to anchor his giant helium balloon. Running to help, Joe is joined by other bystanders. But from that fateful day, one of them, Jed Parry, will begin to stalk Joe. Driven by religious zeal and misdirected love, the strange young man will slowly unravel each strand of Joe's life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thriller of the minds and relationships

  • By EVERETT on 12-28-04

de Clerambault's syndrome

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-08

This was a book I had a hard time staying with. Some technical problems and my interest in the story waned however after a 2 hour drive I was captivated. His first person narrative kept me guessing for most of the book. Is the book's view point Joe's or is he the one having the delusions. The story unfolds and the characters are introduced and the stunning revelation Jed Parry is perusing Joe with romantic notions entwined with religious undertones with the need to save Joe's soul. You feel frustration for Joe as he unsuccessfully tries to communicate the advances of his admirer to friends and family. The term de clerambault is introduced and I found I needed to Google the definition. This mental illness has also been called erotomania and was demonstrated by in the stalking behavior of John Hinkley. His attempt to shoot President Regan in order to impress Jody Foster is much like Parry's behavior. These behaviors confuse those directly involved and in this first person narrative you find at times you question Joes sanity.
All in all I am glad I stayed with this book. The authors narrative at the end discusses this illness and real cases McEwan reviewed to weave this compelling story.



5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret

  • By: Rhonda Byrne
  • Narrated by: Rhonda Byrne
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,604

It has been passed down through the ages, highly coveted, hidden, lost, stolen, and bought for vast sums of money. Fragments of this Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. In this audiobook you will discover the Secret, and you will learn how to have, do, or be anything you want.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good for an intro to the Law of Attraction

  • By Elisabeth on 01-08-08

Thought provoking

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-07

I am warming to this books message. I began the book just after viewing the Operah show and thought this would be the better way for me to hear the information presented. At first the unusual Australian accent of Ronda Byrne was difficult to listen to however by chapter 3 I became accustomed to her speech patterns. I still question some of the prime points. I have begun the book for a second time and am hearing parts of the message I had not heard the first listen. Yes it is the Power of Positive thinking and I have noticed some subtle changes in my life. Would they occur with a different stimulus I do not know however I am consciously trying to embrace the positive aspects of message put fourth in the book and a positive outlook is bound to stimulate feelings of well being. As suggested by one customer review listening to the narrative with an open mind and open heart is the best way to approach this book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful