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  • The Invention of Wings

  • A Novel
  • By: Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,546

From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!

  • By Jan on 01-09-14

A five star story, perfectly delivered.

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

Reviewed: 01-26-14

Would you listen to The Invention of Wings again? Why?

Every woman should read this magnificent story. A great blending of real life people, Sarah & Angelina Grimke, and fictional characters. I will definitely read this book again.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

One of the greatest performances....two lovely voices.

1 of 1 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 2,450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,088
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,083

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

Profound truths. Great story for today's world!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-13

Where does V for Vendetta rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my all time favorite stories. V is a fantastic charismatic character, well played in contrast to the fears and naivete of Evey. Will listen again and again.

What did you like best about this story?

V

What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Vance is one of my favorite readers...wonderful voice and sensitivity to the material.

If you could rename V for Vendetta, what would you call it?

V for Victorioous!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Pathfinder

  • Book 1
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,865

Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Story OK, Narration Mixed

  • By Paul from Washington on 07-28-12

Spellbinding!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-13

Would you listen to Pathfinder again? Why?

Yes....couldn't stop listening....fasinating story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

'Rig, and his father.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

This reader doesn't try to do female voices, or even change his voice a lot....but wonderful sound to his voice for this kind of story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely, but one has to make a living!

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend this book!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The World We Found

  • By: Thrity Umrigar
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

Best-selling author and PEN and Beyond Margins Award finalist Thrity Umrigar’s acclaimed novels “resonate with rich prose and vibrant depictions of India” ( Booklist). In The World We Found, Armaiti, Laleh, Kavita, and Nishta - once friends at the University of Bombay - reconnect 30 years later when Armaiti is diagnosed with cancer. Coming together, all four women are forced to reexamine their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but performance not so much!

  • By Alisha on 09-13-15

Wonderful view into the lives of women of India.

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

Reviewed: 08-15-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely! A wonderful read...flowing, heartfelt.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The World We Found?

Perhaps the scene at the airport, at the end of the book....a culmination of characters acting their parts...so interesting.

Which character – as performed by Soneela Nankani – was your favorite?

...couldn't say, I liked them all.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A view into the lives of women, across time.

Any additional comments?

Just a very good read.

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Series, Book 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,489

Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN

  • By Pamela M on 03-02-09

Best mystery ever!

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

Reviewed: 12-30-11

What did you love best about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

The characters were superb.

What did you like best about this story?

Interweaving of the characters.

Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He is a wonderful reader, doing voices for each character like and Oscar winning actor.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

They have already made films in Sweden and one in US. Tag line...Great mystery!

Any additional comments?

Going to now get the next two books in the trilogy...can't wait.

  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • By: Garth Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,834

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enzo (because he's so wize) for president.

  • By Lora on 06-17-08

One of the best stories ever!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-11

Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

Definitely. Just a wonderful, heart warming story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Enzo...of course. He was a very wise dog...but then what dog isn't?

Have you listened to any of Christopher Evan Welch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Can't remember, but he was very good.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending when the little boy says his name is Enzo....wonderful! Enzo said he would come back as a human and he did!

Any additional comments?

No, just a great book.