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  • Chains

  • By: Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Narrated by: Madison Leigh
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884

Freedom. In 1776 New England, that word is on everyone's lips. But for 13-year-old Isabel the word holds a different meaning, especially after the only mistress she has ever known dies, and instead of receiving the freedom promised, she and her sister are sold to the Locktons, a wealthy New York family. In a matter of hours Isabel has to leave Rhode Island for the hustle and bustle of colonial New York City - a community divided and caught up in the American colonies struggle for independence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction for All Ages

  • By EmilyA on 04-29-12

Read me a story.....

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

Reviewed: 01-23-14

Any additional comments?

I was not aware that this was a book intended more for young people. It is the story of Isabelle who is a slave and the (un)realistic ways in which she aids the rebels in the Revolutionary War. There is a small amount of physical violence, but nothing that would haunt a young listener. The problem I had with the book was the narrator. She reads the book as one would read it to a child. Her inflections are the same kind we parents used to keep our children engaged in a story. At times when she reads happy or humorous parts of the book, you can hear the smile in her voice. When I listen to a book, I want the narrator to take me in and then disappear. This narrator is always present in the book and I was keenly aware someone was reading me a story.

41 of 46 people found this review helpful

A Prayer for Owen Meany
    
    
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        John Irving
    
    


    
    
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        Joe Barrett
    
    


    
    Length: 27 hrs and 20 mins
    691 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Maxine Fuentes on 02-11-10

What a story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-10

I love a good story and this book tells a good story and then some. The only thing that makes a good story better is spot-on perfect narration. Joe Barrett fits the bill perfectly. Every character has a different voice. He does an amazing job. I don't have to go into detail about the book, there are plenty of reviews that already do that. Just get this book!

Women, Food and God
    An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything
    
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        Geneen Roth
    
    


    
    
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        Geneen Roth
    
    


    
    Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
    1,337 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • Women, Food and God

  • An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything
  • By: Geneen Roth
  • Narrated by: Geneen Roth
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798

No matter how sophisticated or wealthy or broke or enlightened you are, how you eat tells all. Geneen Roth's masterwork, Women, Food and God explores the relationship between how we eat and how we see ourselves in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't put it down!!!

  • By Annie M. on 05-05-10

Tedious

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-10

This books has too many stories about women who feel terrible about themselves. Story after story.....I was done with the book about half way through, but I pressed on. The author never really gives you anything concrete in this book. I kept waiting for the point or the instruction. The author also narrates this book and she shouldn't have!

11 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,791

It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I took a chance.

  • By Robert on 08-20-11

What a wonderful book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-10

I have listened so many good books on Audible. Middlesex, Bonfire of the Vanities, Cutting for Stone, and now the Book Thief. This story will stay with you long after you've finished it. The writing is beautiful and the narration excellent. I highly recommend going on this journey.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tara Road

  • A Novel
  • By: Maeve Binchy
  • Narrated by: Katherine Borowitz
  • Length: 17 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645

When two unhappy women switch homes for the summer, there are extraordinary consequences, and each learns that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed. At the end of the summer, when the women at last meet face-to-face, they find that they have become, firmly and forever, good friends.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Material good - quality, not-so-much

  • By B. W. on 09-05-08

Wonderful story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-20-08

Ms. Binchey is sneaky. She begins telling this story including you in all the little details of Ria Lynch's life. At times you want her to get to the point, but then, when disaster hits Ria's life, you begin to understand why Ms. Binchey wrote the way she did. Your heart ache's for Ria and the hurt she is feeling. I realized I was completely sucked into this story caring about all the characters as if they were real. This book is a treat and I loved every minute of it. My only criticism is the sound quality. Another reviewer said it sounded like others were in the same room as the narrator reading stories as well. I agree. It was distracting at times, but the story is so beautifully written, it is easily forgivable.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Tortilla Curtain

  • By: T. C. Boyle
  • Narrated by: T. C. Boyle
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 417

Topanga Canyon is home to two couples on a collision course. Los Angeles liberals Delaney and Kyra Mossbacker lead an ordered, sushi-and-recycling existence in a newly gated hilltop community: He is a sensitive nature writer, she an obsessive realtor. Mexican illegals Candido and America Rincon desperately cling to their vision of the American Dream as they fight off starvation in a makeshift camp deep in the ravine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought-provoking, enthralling

  • By William on 06-14-06

Too little too late

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-18-07

I found this book to be quite tedious. The narrator did not appeal to me at all. But even worse, I kept waiting for the two story lines in this book to intersect. They finally do. Unfortunately I had to wait until the very last minute of the book for this to happen. I was disappointed.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful