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  • Christodora

  • A Novel
  • By: Tim Murphy
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Christa Lewis, Suzanne Elise Freeman, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,138

In this vivid and compelling novel, Tim Murphy follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan's East Village, the Christodora. The Christodora is home to Milly and Jared, a privileged young couple with artistic ambitions. Their neighbor, Hector, a Puerto Rican gay man who was once a celebrated AIDS activist but is now a lonely addict, becomes connected to Milly and Jared's lives in ways none of them can anticipate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ambitious and Important

  • By Laura on 11-21-16

What horrible narration!

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

Reviewed: 04-13-17

The narrator of Ava has the worst, fake accents EVER. It's appalling.Her narration ruins what might have been a decent book. I couldn't stand listening to her.

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  • Moonglow

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Chabon
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,213
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,210

Moonglow unfolds as the deathbed confession, made to his grandson, of a man the narrator refers to only as "my grandfather". It is a tale of madness, of war and adventure, of sex and desire and ordinary love, of existential doubt and model rocketry, of the shining aspirations and demonic underpinnings of American technological accomplishment at midcentury, and, above all, of the destructive impact - and the creative power - of the keeping of secrets and the telling of lies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful novel, terrible narrator

  • By Joyce M. Bernheim on 12-30-16

Narrator butchers basic Yiddish

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

What a shame! The narrator didn't bother to learn some basic Yiddish terms, making the narration painful in many key spots. The 'Jewishness' of the author's story is important, and it's glaring when key Yiddish terms are butchered.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Breaking Wild

  • By: Diane Les Becquets
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 882
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 880

Driven to spend days alone in the wilderness, Amy Raye, mother of two, is compelled by the quiet and the rush of nature. But this time, her venture into a remote area presents a different set of dangers than Amy Raye has planned for, and she finds herself on the verge of the precarious edge that she's flirted with her entire life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read especially if you like the outdoors

  • By Dale on 03-29-16

Could have been better

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

Reviewed: 09-09-16

Although the basic idea is good: the story told from the perspective of the lost women along with the perspective of the one trying to find her, this book really dragged.

There's way too much description of animals being hunted and killed; these parts are just slow and creepy. For a character who supposedly loves horses and dogs, she also loves killing deer and elk. Really? And she seems quite soul-less with people, too. I felt no mercy for her, or understanding of her selfish behavior.

For me, one of the worst issues was the narrator reading the part of Prudence. She sounds smarmy and annoying.

I'd skip this one.

  • The Japanese Lover

  • By: Isabel Allende
  • Narrated by: Joanna Gleason
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,847
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,836

In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco's parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family's Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • My first negative review

  • By Karen O'Byrne on 11-11-15

Narrator Ruined the Book

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

Reviewed: 08-27-16

What a horrid narration of what should have been a good book. I'll avoid Joanna Gleason as a narrator, for sure.

Overall the book was not nearly as well done as other Allende masterpieces, but it's kind of unfair to judge after hearing the book read so poorly.

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  • Illumination Night

  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 412

Illumination Night follows the lives of a young blond giant who is as beautiful as he is frightening; an old woman at the end of her life whose last mission is to save her granddaughter's soul; a family torn apart by a wife's fears and a husband's unrealized desires; and the high school girl who comes to Martha's Vineyard against her will, who steals husbands and cars, and who will bring everyone together in a web of yearning, sin, and ultimate redemption.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't like the characters but....

  • By Tobi on 09-20-15

Narrator really ruins the book

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

Reviewed: 10-28-15

The narrator is terrible. She really ruins the story by putting inflections in weird places and including way too many dramatic pauses. This is one book that I wish I'd just read. It would have been better.

  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened

  • A Mostly True Memoir
  • By: Jenny Lawson
  • Narrated by: Jenny Lawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,152
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,147

For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!

  • By D. S. Smith on 05-19-12

Jenny Lawson is Hilarious

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

Reviewed: 09-09-15

I loved this book! Jenny Lawson is FUNNY, bright, and insightful. Her narration is also perfect. I laughed out loud so often that the people in the waiting room beside me said they were jealous. I'm looking forward to reading more Jenny!

  • The Museum of Extraordinary Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Judith Light, Grace Gummer, Zach Appelman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,476
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,338
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,335

Coney Island: Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a boardwalk freak show that amazes and stimulates the crowds. An exceptional swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid in her father's "museum", alongside performers like the Wolfman, the Butterfly Girl, and a 100-year-old turtle. One night Coralie stumbles upon a striking young man photographing moonlit trees in the woods off the Hudson River.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating historical fiction+Hoffman interview!

  • By mendolynne on 06-04-14

Judith Light Ruined the Book

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

Reviewed: 09-09-15

Judith Light's narration is horrible! I loved the story, but her narration really ruined the experience. Who let her narrate this wonderful book? I'll be sure to avoid anything else narrated by her. Her melodramatic rendering is ludicrous.

  • The Good Girl

  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,248
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14,495
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,482

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant performances, moving story

  • By Roger on 09-11-14

Trite, Predictable, and Poorly Written

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

Reviewed: 09-09-15

I don't understand the hype about this book. The story is NOT original and the plot is predictable and stupid. What a waste of time!

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,887
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,554

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gaiman delivers an intimate masterpiece

  • By Talia on 08-07-13

Completely ridiculous

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

Reviewed: 04-22-15

What a waste of time. The 'story' is a ridiculous fantasy that makes no sense and is tedious. Wading through all the fantasy baloney is boring. The narrator does a great job with a bad story.

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,965
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,969

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

Zombies....really?

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

Reviewed: 04-22-15

What a ridiculous story! Why didn't someone admit this was about ZOMBIES? Just ludicrous. The story is full of zombie gore and stupid zombie violence. What a total waste. At least listening to the narrator's voice was pleasant, but I don't know how she could have waded her way through all the trash in the novel.

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