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  • The Long Way Home

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,237
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,962
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,941

Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointment in the series

  • By Vermonter on 09-29-14

She's done it again

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

They just keep getting better and better. It's so nice to revisit characters you have come to need as a touchstone of calm and consistency in this Trumpian hellscape.

  • Ep. 1: I've Had Better

  • By: Esther Perel
  • Narrated by: Esther Perel
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,368

[Contains mature themes] He reached out because a year after the discovery of his affair, they aren’t fighting anymore, but they certainly haven’t moved on. Esther guides them towards a more honest conversation, and a revelation about their communication.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Response to the bitter comments...

  • By Ashley on 06-15-17

That was a lovely listen...

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

Reviewed: 05-23-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Ep. 1: I've Had Better to be better than the print version?

This is an intimate conversation between a couple (on-the-brink) and their therapist, addressing, for the first time, what it would take to move forward as a couple. In 40+/- minutes, Ms. Perel deftly backs them away from the edge and offers them several useful communication tools with which to move beyond the recurrent conversation they were trapped in. Hearing their inflections adds a depth and urgency to the words that would be hard to capture on the page. However, the remove of the page might make the subject matter more palatable for those who would prefer to access it with a little more distance. The audio version is likely to be more popular commercially, while the print version could be more successful for seminars.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Therapist- For her ability to restore humor

Which scene was your favorite?

Probably the moment when the wife laughs in self-recognition, for the first time.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

This is a 40 minute, podcast, not a book. The takeaway is that we all want attention and how we ask for it is pivotal.

Any additional comments?

I think it would be an interesting exercise to have a group read the transcript individually then listen to the podcast together and discuss how, if at all, hearing the podcast changed their understanding of the relationship.

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,528

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Doc Martin meet Ove

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

Reviewed: 05-14-16

A taciturn man with a talent for fixing things, is planning suicide when he is retired unexpectedly from his job one Monday shortly after his wife, of 40 years, dies of cancer. A cast of needy neighbors, and a cat intervene, with needs that outweigh his own. Often laugh out loud funny. Doc Martin meet Ove.

  • My Brilliant Friend

  • The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1
  • By: Elena Ferrante
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,467
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,911
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,898

A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila, who represent the story of a nation and the nature of friendship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Parte Uno Dei Quattro--It's Worth it to Keep Goin'

  • By W Perry Hall on 09-14-16

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Memoir of a late 1950's childhood in an insular Naples neighborhood equivalent to Brooklyn. A story of two friends, one a tortoise, the other a hare, both with limited opportunity. It covers their friendship from ages roughly 6 to 16, sometimes together sometimes apart. Told in the 1st person by the tortoise,now in her 60's, with an undercurrent of adoration, jealousy and self loathing. Our Tortoice is self absorbed to the point where nearly every sentence begins with, or contains: "I", "me", "my" and an occasional "we". The story commences interestingly enough, but starts to drag almost immediately and does not recover. The characters are mostly predictable. It ends bafflingly in mid event, presumably leaving you wanting more, but in my case wishing I hadn't bothered.

  • The Moonstone

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Peter Jeffrey
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 409

Considered the first full-length detective novel in the English language, T.S. Eliot described The Moonstone as 'the first and greatest English detective novel'. The stone of the title is an enormous yellow diamond plundered from an Indian shrine after the Siege of Seringapatam. Given to Miss Verinder on her 18th birthday, it mysteriously disappears that very night. Suspicion falls on three Indian jugglers who have been seen in the neighbourhood. Sergeant Cuff is assigned to the case....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An engrossing detective novel

  • By Lucie on 01-03-09

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 12-27-12

What would have made The Moonstone better?

I know this is a genre classic but it has subsequently been improved upon. The characters lack depth and the story drags like a dray hauling stone blocks on a skiff. What would have made it better would have been characters not chaicatures.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Perhaps a re-listen to the Gurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

What about Peter Jeffrey’s performance did you like?

There appear to be about half a dozen audio versions and I chose Mr. Jeffrey's because I liked his voice and cadence.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

A desire to check my watch

Any additional comments?

When there is more than one version of a book it would be nice if the sample read might be the same for each author so one might compare apples with apples.

  • Cutting for Stone

  • A Novel
  • By: Abraham Verghese
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,295

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By A4153 on 05-10-09

What are you people talking about?

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-11

Since when are blood and gore the most compelling characters in a novel? An hour into listening and not one character was engaging enough to coax me into wading through the poetic entrails of this novel.

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