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  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,323
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,328

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

Worth the pain...I think...

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

Reviewed: 07-27-16

Beautiful, haunting, brilliant ... But also unbelievably wretched and depressing. It's worth reading but prepare yourself with an adequate supply of Zoloft.

  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,065
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,241

In 1799, the artificial island of Dejima lies in Nagasaki Harbor as Japan’s outpost for the Dutch East Indies Company. There, Jacob de Zoet has come to make a fortune large enough to return to Holland and marry the woman he loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Less about the arrival more about the ride

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-26-12

Superb historical fiction

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-27-10

Booker Prize nominees rarely disappoint and this is no exception ... deeply engaging characters and plot immersed in a fascinating historical setting -- very reminiscent of the Aubrey-Maturin novels. Excellent narration.

36 of 43 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

Poverty Exposed

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-07

This was a really interesting one to read after the Hummingbird's Daughter ... the Mexican characters are highly engaging and well developed, but the white Americans are a bit stock. Regardless, this is book is absolutely worth reading just to get a better understanding of the horror and hopelessness of trying to climb out of abject poverty.... it's very sobering.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,309

In 1937, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incorrect charges of censorship.

  • By arye orona on 07-27-14

Should have read this years ago

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-07

Wow .. what an astoundingly good book. I had no idea the writing would be so accessible, and at the same time so profound. It is truly a rare thing! I’m left cursing myself for not having read Hemingway years ago. Spend a few minutes refreshing the basics of the Spanish Civil War before jumping in .. then enjoy the ride. Look forward especially to the lengthy description of the smell of death ….it’s a master class in descriptive prose.

39 of 40 people found this review helpful

Norwegian Wood
    
    
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        Haruki Murakami
    
    


    
    
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        James Yaegashi
    
    


    
    Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
    435 ratings
    Overall 3.9
  • Norwegian Wood

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: James Yaegashi
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 239

Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of Fun

  • By Louise on 08-16-07

Didn't love the love scenes

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-07

What an odd book. It was great to read a novel translated from Japanese, something I’d never done before. And it was fun to connect the dots with my own travels in Japan. Certainly the sense of loneliness and struggle experienced by the characters comes through achingly clear in the translation. However, the extensive, uh, “romance” scenes, are translated in a most anatomically correct manner, making them more painfully comic than erotic or sensuous. Given that these scenes represent much of the bond between the various characters, it made the depth of relationship and interdependence hard to believe. Maybe that's how they were actually written? I was left wishing I could read the book in Japanese. I do plan to try another Murakami book, but likely one of his more mystical ones…

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Hummingbird's Daughter

  • A Novel
  • By: Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Narrated by: Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Length: 18 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467

It is 1889, and civil war is brewing in Mexico. A 16-year-old girl, Teresita, illegitimate but beloved daughter of the wealthy and powerful rancher Don Tomas Urrea, wakes from the strangest dream, a dream that she has died. Only it was not a dream. This passionate and rebellious young woman has arisen from death with the power to heal, but it will take all her faith to endure the trials that await her and her family now that she has become the "Saint of Cabora".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magical Realism at its best!

  • By Angie on 12-26-06

Engrossing story, richly detailed

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-07

The author says this book took 20 years to write - and it shows. Thoroughly engrossing, beautifully written, and fully realized with a depth of detail that makes lesser writing seem thin and contrived. The narration by the author is a great bonus.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Thirteenth Tale

  • A Novel
  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,967
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,577

All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Amazing Story--2 missing chapters

  • By J. Elliott on 01-28-10

Tedious

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-07

The story within the story is superb, but the story itself is painfully tedious. The main character is nauseatingly self-obsessed and terminally boring… and the audio narrator doesn’t do her any favors. By the end of the book, I was completely fed up with both of them. The only reason I kept going was because the other “story” and audio narrator were so good. Overall, though, I’m not sure it was worth the pain.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Wee Free Men

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,884
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,953
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,955

Armed only with a frying pan and her common sense, Tiffany Aching, a young witch-to-be, is all that stands between the monsters of Fairyland and the warm, green Chalk country that is her home. Forced into Fairyland to seek her kidnapped brother, Tiffany allies herself with the Chalk's local Nac Mac Feegle, aka the Wee Free Men, a clan of sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men who are as fierce as they are funny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First Sight and Second Thoughts

  • By Richard on 02-21-05

Required Reading

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-07

I originally purchased this book for my 7-year-old daughter, but ended up sneaking the player away from her in the mornings so I could listen to it on my commute. Whatever the Gold Standard is in Kid Lit, this book exceeds it: hugely entertaining, totally original, and with a powerful message about opening your eyes to the world. (My daughter has already started talking about first and second thoughts!) It’s definitely going to be required reading for my other kids… and it won’t be a hard job at all to convince them to pick this one up…. The narration is also very good…. Now I’m off to download the sequel...we're both eager to find out what happens next.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Traveler

  • By: Ron McLarty
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

News of the sudden death of his childhood friend compels Jono Riley, an aging bartender and part-time actor, to return for a few days to the place where he grew up, the working-class neighborhoods of East Providence, Rhode Island. Author McLarty weaves the story of Jono's return with that of his coming-of-age in the early 1960s, including the story of some mysterious shootings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Gwen on 05-17-07

Doesn't travel far enough

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-07

I was excited to read this new offering from McLarty as I really enjoyed Memory of Running. Traveler definitely stands up on its own – deeply engaging characters, great dialogue, and endlessly interesting scenery descriptions. There’s a lot from MofR in here as well .... subtle references such as the Ide retirement home etc. that reference his first book … not to mention the same location, time period, Vietnam War injuries etc. But where MofR excelled – a slow, beautifully timed reveal combined with the compelling transformation of the main character – this book falls way short. In the end, Traveler just doesn’t travel very far. The story starts with great promise, then fizzles into an embarrassingly clich? ending (yes, the villain insists on telling all at the height of the final conflict.. what a surprise). The last third of this book needed more time to write, and a much better ending. McLarty’s narration, as always, is absolutely top notch. Hopefully McLarty’s next book will live up to the promise of his first.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Across the Nightingale Floor

  • Tales of the Otori, Book One
  • By: Lian Hearn
  • Narrated by: Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,740
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,755

A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful epic story

  • By Jody R. Nathan on 10-04-03

Why is this so popular?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-05

This is a fun listen .. but nothing more than the book equivalent of the latest action movie. If that's what you're looking for, then you'll enjoy it ...