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Insectlady

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  • The Ivy Chronicles

  • By: Karen Quinn
  • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 230

Fans of New York Times best seller The Nanny Diaries will rejoice in this wickedly hilarious novel, which acclaimed author Katharine Weber says is "much funnier and darker". Optioned for a major motion picture starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, The Ivy Chronicles skewers the twisted priorities of America's well-heeled elite.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Probably Better as an Audiobook then in Print

  • By Vicki on 06-03-05

Fun and Fluffy

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-21-07

This story is funny and quirky. A good listen for light days where you just need to laugh at the total craziness of society.

  • A Million Little Pieces

  • By: James Frey
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,147
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 519

By the time James Frey enters a drug and alcohol treatment facility, he has so thoroughly ravaged his body that the doctors are shocked he is still alive. Inside the clinic, he is surrounded by patients as troubled as he: a judge, a mobster, a former world-champion boxer, and a fragile former prostitute. To James, their friendship and advice seem stronger and truer than the clinic's droning dogma of How to Recover.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • My fury got to me. My fury got to me...etc.

  • By trish on 12-01-05

Engaging even if false

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-21-07

This is an excellent listen, even if we were lead to believe that this was a true story. The author's insights into addiction and abusive behavior is incredible. You will not want to stop listening to it once you start.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • V for Vendetta

  • By: Alan Moore
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,124

Imagine a Britain stripped of democracy, a world of the not-too-distant future in which freedom has been surrendered willingly to a totalitarian regime which rose to power by exploiting the people's worst fears and most damning weaknesses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Visceral Vindictive Vicarious Vicissitudes?

  • By John on 09-06-08

Thrilling

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-07

This is an excellent adaptation from the graphic novel of V for Vendetta. The narration is terrific. An excellent audible book, worth the buy.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Eat, Pray, Love

  • One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,725

Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Inner Journey within an External One

  • By YoginiZora on 07-20-06

Words to grow on

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-07

The author does an excellent job reading her book, it couldn't have been read by anyone else. Her story is helpful and entertaining. You will laugh, cry, and change as you listen to this book. It is a good read even if you are in the midst of a divorce, the content is uplifting and gives hope.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Anna Karenina

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 36 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 855
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 475

This is the story of the unhappy family of Anna Karenina. The novel contains much concerning Tolstoy's spiritual crisis and his search for the meaning of life. But it is also chiefly about marriage, and the growth and death of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful translation & reader

  • By Eileen on 09-08-09

Love gone bad, read well

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-07

This book is a classic and read very well by the narrator. Having no idea what the story was about when I decided to get this book, I was in for a huge surprise. This book is an excellent narrative on a variety of male-female relationships that all demonstrate some type of domestic abuse. The heroines are looking for a truly love filled life and find themselves in varying degrees of despair due to their beloved men becoming controlling, cheating, manipulative, or even vindictive husbands. This story is not for the faint hearted or for those who like to read about romance.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

  • A Year of Food Life
  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, Camille Kingsolver
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007

When Barbara Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally-produced diet, paying close attention to the provenance of all they consume. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle follows the family through the first year of their experiment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye opening

  • By Sydney on 11-12-07

Food for the soul!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-07

Barbara Kingsolver and her family created an excellent memoir of their experiences becoming more acquainted with their food lifestyle. The story is compelling, entertaining, and inspiring. I'm ready for change and this book helps show how easy it is to become more in control of your health and nutrition just by selecting food based on the real costs to our environment and our lives. A must read for anyone interested in a healthy, environmentally sustainable life-style.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Devil Wears Prada

  • By: Lauren Weisberger
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,863
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 904

Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, is hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the successful editor of Runway magazine. Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts Prada! Armani! Versace! at every turn. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether the job is worth the price of her soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You won't be able to stop the player

  • By Howard on 01-11-04

Light and Funny

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-07

This is a great book for light listening and chuckles. It can be hard to sympathize with the main character because of the highly materialistic society she chooses to be in. But she does show her true colors allowing for a feel-good ending. The narrator is excellent, a perfect voice for this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Zodiac

  • The Shocking True Story of the Nation's Most Bizarre Mass Murderer
  • By: Robert Graysmith
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,155

After Jack the Ripper and before Son of Sam there was only one name their equal in terror: the deadly, elusive, and mysterious Zodiac. Beginning in 1968 the hooded mass murderer terrified the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area with a string of brutal killings. A sexual sadist, his pleasure was torture and murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Z on 05-19-06

Spine Chilling

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-07

The story of the Zodiac makes your skin prickle and you thank the Heavens that you are living in 2007. The narrator is the perfect voice for this story, he sounds like what someone like the Zodiac would be imagined to sound like. You will easily get sucked into the narration and almost belive the Zodiac himself is reading this story to you (and snickering all the way, enjoying how much he confounded the best minds in America for decades). Very worth your time and money to have this book in your audio library.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
    8 ratings
    Overall 2.9
  • Kaitlyn

  • By: Kevin Lewis
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

The Wilson family was torn apart the night little Christopher was almost killed. Though the two-year-old survives the brutal attack by his drunken father, his older sister, Kaitlyn, is convinced it's all her fault.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and engaging

  • By Insectlady on 04-17-07

Dark and engaging

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-07

Kaitlyn will steal your heart as her story of poverty, drugs, abuse, and redemption unwinds. The narrator is excellent. A good buy.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Failed States

  • The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
  • By: Noam Chomsky
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 143

The United States has repeatedly asserted its right to intervene militarily against "failed states" around the globe. In this much-anticipated sequel to his international best seller Hegemony or Survival, Noam Chomsky turns the tables, charging the United States with being a "failed state", and therefore a danger to its own people and the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible and Unforgettable

  • By Todd on 11-28-08

Heavy Reading

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-07

This is not for the light-hearted or for those who don't want to hear about how our country really works. Very eye-opening and scary too. Mr. Chomsky's book is based on verifiable information, government documents, and historical records. It will make your heart ache for the world and hopefully make you want to work towards bringing our country back into a democracy. If you are a one-issue voter you should listen to this book, but you aren't going to like it.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful