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  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,788
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,762

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I've never read a book quite like this one

  • By Joey on 04-23-12

Just compelling

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

I’d never considered reading this doorstop as it was so long and I assumed weird too. I have rarely enjoyed Murakami more. Loved the way it is told and performed. Definitely a rewarding listen

  • Speak No Evil

  • A Novel
  • By: Uzodinma Iweala
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

On the surface, Niru leads a charmed life. Raised by two attentive parents in Washington, DC, he's a top student and a track star at his prestigious private high school. Bound for Harvard in the fall, his prospects are bright. But Niru has a painful secret: He is queer - an abominable sin to his conservative Nigerian parents. No one knows except Meredith, his best friend, the daughter of prominent Washington insiders - and the one person who seems not to judge him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging but painful

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-13-18

Amazing book

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

So beautifully written and such an amazing story. The two main characters are vividly human.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Pickwick Papers

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Peter Batchelor
  • Length: 29 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

The Pickwick Club sends Mr. Pickwick and a group of friends to travel across England and to report back on the interesting things they find. In the course of their travels, they repeatedly encounter the friendly but disreputable Mr. Jingle, who becomes a continual source of trouble for all who know him. Pickwick himself is the victim of a number of misunderstandings that bring him both embarrassment and problems with the law.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A true classic! Dicken's characters come alive.

  • By d op on 08-11-14

Cut the accents!

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Some of the accents are unintelligible other excruciatingly annoying. I don’t know how I would feel about a different version of this book, but the narrator’s Snodgrass is so horrible, the story is ruined

  • JR

  • By: William Gaddis
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 37 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

Absurdly logical, mercilessly real, gathering it's own tumultuous momentum for the ultimate brush with commodity training, JR captures the listener in the cacophony of voices that revolves around this young captive of his own myths. The disturbing clarity with which this finished writer captures the ways in which we deal, dissemble, and stumble through our words - through our lives - while the real plans are being made elsewhere makes JR the extraordinary novel that it is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly superior as an audio book

  • By Peregrine on 12-12-10

A difficult story made easy

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

This book is a monster. I’d attempted it many times. There’s no indication of who the speaker is, and the novel is almost entirely dialogue. Brilliant performance helps sort through the characters and makes sensible a novel that’s a cross between the dinner scene in Tristram Shandy and the stateroom scene from the Marx Bros

An insightful commentary on an avaricious America.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • By: Edward Gibbon
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 126 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338

Here in a single volume is the entire, unabridged recording of Gibbon's masterpiece. Beginning in the second century A.D. at the apex of the Pax Romana, Gibbon traces the arc of decline and complete destruction through the centuries across Europe and the Mediterranean. It is a thrilling and cautionary tale of splendor and ruin, of faith and hubris, and of civilization and barbarism. Follow along as Christianity overcomes paganism... before itself coming under intense pressure from Islam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The European Civilization

  • By Marcus on 03-03-16

Dreadful plodding narrator

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-18

Would you try another book from Edward Gibbon and/or Charlton Griffin?

I would never choose another book from this narrator again. He is more concerned with his stentorian voice than telling a really gripping story. Impossible to believe that this could be made dull, but it was awful

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Charlton Griffin?

Anyone. including Sarah Palin.
The narrator chooses to sound like a posh Brit, but cannot be bothered to breathe life into fascinating tales of intrigue

Any additional comments?

This is really a fascinating narrative. I looked forward to listening to it, as I had read it in school. I tried, I got through 40 hours, but I cannot continue this.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Lincoln in the Bardo

  • A Novel
  • By: George Saunders
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,788
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,751

The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Creative

  • By Sharey on 09-04-17

Lincoln in the land of the dead

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

Reviewed: 04-17-17

Tough to get into, ultimately interesting. It may best be appreciated by a second listening

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nutshell

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,510
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,503

From the best-selling author of Atonement, Nutshell is a classic story of murder and deceit, told by a narrator with a perspective and voice unlike any in recent literature. A bravura performance, it is the finest recent work from a true master. To be bound in a nutshell, see the world in two inches of ivory, in a grain of sand. Why not, when all of literature, all of art, of human endeavour is just a speck in the universe of possible things?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Long Version, and the Short.

  • By Ilana on 09-19-16

One of McEwan's best

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

Reviewed: 02-28-17

Beautifully written, ironic, gripping, just a terrific novel from a great author, well performed. A+

  • A Brief History of Seven Killings

  • By: Marlon James
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean, Cherise Boothe, Dwight Bacquie, and others
  • Length: 26 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,566
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,558

Winner, The Man Booker Prize, 2015 Deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters - assassins, journalists, drug dealers, and even ghosts - A Brief History of Seven Killings is the fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time and its bloody aftermath, from the streets and slums of Kingston in the 1970s, to the crack wars in 1980s New York, to a radically altered Jamaica in the 1990s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Brilliant!

  • By Philip on 01-30-16

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 05-31-16

It takes a while to get into it and past the patois, but a terrific book

  • The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs

  • By: Greil Marcus
  • Narrated by: Henry Rollins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 315

Unlike all previous versions of rock 'n' roll history, this book omits almost every iconic performer and ignores the storied events and turning points everyone knows. Instead, in a daring stroke, Greil Marcus selects 10 songs recorded between 1956 and 2008 and then proceeds to dramatize how each embodies rock 'n' roll as a thing in itself in the story it tells, inhabits, and acts out - a new language, something new under the sun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An ecstatic, inspiring read

  • By Anonymous User on 03-21-15

Imperfect Storm

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

Reviewed: 02-15-16

Marcus meanders. He takes his analysis in long and twisting ways. He veers off into fantasies--imagining what if musicians never died and then spent time with fictional characters. He gives extremely unequal weight to artists. This is a very person and subjective history (for instance there is hardly a mention of the Rolling Stones, can't recall Bowie ever mentioned or the importance of punk, etc etc)

Rollins is one of the great rock and roll polymaths and a renowned rambler in his own right. He does a brief intro and a longer afterwards that leave you wondering how much was Marcus and how much was Rollins.

Rollins' short clipped phrasing makes this quite difficult to listen to.

  • Reflections in a Golden Eye

  • By: Carson McCullers
  • Narrated by: Christopher Kipiniak
  • Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

Set on a Southern army base in the 1930s, Reflections in a Golden Eye tells the story of Captain Penderton, a bisexual whose life is upset by the arrival of Major Langdon, a charming womanizer who has an affair with Penderton's tempestuous and flirtatious wife, Leonora. Upon the novel's publication in 1941, reviewers were unsure of what to make of its relatively scandalous subject matter.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It might have been shocking in its day

  • By Jordan on 01-09-16

It might have been shocking in its day

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

Reviewed: 01-09-16

Would you try another book from Carson McCullers and/or Christopher Kipiniak?

McCullers' Jihad such an excellent reputation. I remember reading and not understanding Ballad of Sad Cafe in tenth grade. This was my attempt at refamiliarizing myself with her

What was most disappointing about Carson McCullers’s story?

Just ponderous. Stereotype laden. People who cannot make decisions for themselves but are stuck in their lives. A bit like wading in a swamp

Was Reflections in a Golden Eye worth the listening time?

I'd recently read an article about McCullers time in NYC and how this book came out of her life in an artist community there. My interest was piqued. Fortunately it was a short book, because it rolled along like something inevitable