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Judith

Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada
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  • The Great Gatsby

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,441

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal ( Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured

  • By Darwin8u on 04-09-13

Classic!

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

Reviewed: 06-05-15

First read this book in high school but the only image that stayed with me was a gorgeous mysterious Robert Redford. The book was compelling and articulately written. Wonderful.

  • Sacred Fire

  • A Vision for Deeper Christian and Human Maturity
  • By: Ronald Rolheiser
  • Narrated by: Douglas James
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Beloved author Ronald Rolheiser continues his search for an accessible and penetrating Christian spirituality in this highly anticipated follow-up to the contemporary classic, The Holy Longing. With his trademark acuity, wit, and thoughtfulness, Rolheiser shows how identifying and embracing discipleship will lead to new heights of spiritual awareness and maturity. He takes us on a journey through the dark night of the senses and of the spirit. Here, we experience the full gamut of human life, pleasure and fervor, disillusionment and boredom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read for the mature Christian

  • By Judith on 03-26-15

A must read for the mature Christian

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

Reviewed: 03-26-15

Inspirational and challenging to the modern day Christian to deepen their relationship with God. The narrator style was similar to that of the author which made it an easy listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Call the Midwife

  • A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
  • By: Jennifer Worth
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,061

At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book I've listened to this year

  • By Richard on 06-12-13

Excellent view of post war London

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

Reviewed: 04-21-14

The east side is teeming with joys and tragedies which we enter into through the lives of young midwives. Excellent writing and narration. Leaves you wanting more which can be had in the next two books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Habits of the House

  • By: Fay Weldon
  • Narrated by: Rula Lenska
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

As the summer of 1899 gives way to autumn, Lord Dilberne's decision to remain in Belgrave Square, rather than move the household to the ancestral acres of Dilberne Court, sends out ripples of concern over his debts. The ripples spread to his wife Isobel, who orders the life of the household, and to Grace, the lady's maid, who orders the life of her mistress. They touch the insouciant lives of his still unmarried children, Arthur and Rosina. The novel explores how the ripples of change affect the lives above stairs and below.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reissued?

  • By Judith on 01-16-14

Reissued?

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

Reviewed: 01-16-14

I read with interest a review of this book just being released and the story sounded very familiar. Here it is in my library from 2012. Why would a book be rereleased? Is this done often with a new narrator?
I enjoyed the book although it was shorter than I usually like. Glad to know there are two more books in the series.

  • State of Wonder

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,249
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,241

Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!

  • By F. B. Herron on 06-10-11

Not believable

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

Reviewed: 06-11-13

I enjoyed most of the book until getting close to the end . The writer seemed to rush through just to finish will some truly unbelievable occurances. It did leave open the possibility of a sequel- perhaps the writer could redeem herself.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • In the Shadow of the Banyan

  • A Novel
  • By: Vaddey Ratner
  • Narrated by: Greta Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 401
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343

For seven-year-old Raami, the shattering end of childhood begins with the footsteps of her father returning home in the early dawn hours bringing details of the civil war that has overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Soon the family’s world of carefully guarded royal privilege is swept up in the chaos of revolution and forced exodus. Over the next four years, as she endures the deaths of family members, starvation, and brutal forced labor, Raami clings to the only remaining vestige of childhood - the mythical legends and poems told to her by her father.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Terrible Tale from A Beautiful Storywriter

  • By Mel on 08-23-12

I never new..

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

Reviewed: 06-11-13

This was a hard story to listen to. I do not know history very well and this is a story of the people of Cambodia and what they endured under Kymur Rouge. It is important to know these events. The narrator has you believing s he is the young girl, the prose is poetic at times, almost lyrical, and has you moving through a range of emotions as we care for the characters. It is stunning in all ways.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Kane and Abel

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 19 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,455

William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless polish immigrant-born on the same day near the turn of the century on opposite sides of the world-are brought together by fate and the quest of a dream. Two men - ambitious, powerful, ruthless - are locked in a relentless struggle to build an empire, fueled by their all-consuming hatred.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great one ....

  • By Dee on 10-20-11

Kept me listening!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-11

I found this book when I looked into who the authour was of his new book: The Clifton Chronicles. Kane and Abel has an intriguing plot, likeable characters with an unknown future..all this kept me waiting for my next day at work so I could listen again on the commute. The ending was appropriate, but still somehow disappointing...or was I just sorry the story ended.I will now look for more Jeffrey Archer books. I don't know why I took so long to find him.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful