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  • Go Set a Watchman

  • A Novel
  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,446
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,414

An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, best-selling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To Kill A Mockingbird vs Go Set A Watchman

  • By Sara on 07-15-15

Fascinating Comparison

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

Reviewed: 07-28-15

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

Yes I would. It's a fascinating comparison between this book and Mockingbird. Harper Lee's voice in Scout is amazing writing. She really speaks from the heart.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Scout of course. Accepting her family with all it's flaws is fascinating.

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

Reese has a great accent and presentation in this book and that makes it an excellent listen.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was a bit extreme. I had to actually sit and listen to the last hour as I couldn't wait to hear the end on my walk the next day.

Any additional comments?

It's just a great great listen.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • My Life with Piper

  • From Big House to Small Screen
  • By: Larry Smith
  • Narrated by: Larry Smith
  • Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52

Piper Kerman's bestselling memoir and hit show on Netflix has been one of the most remarkable pop culture phenomenons in years. Yet there's one side of the story that until now hasn't been told-the story of Larry Smith, the man who has stood by Piper through the worst of times. Orange Is the New Black is about many things: crime, punishment, a community of women who gave each other strength in the worst of times. But it is also a love story. Now, for the first time, the "real Larry" tells his side of the story with vivid color and unapologetic candor, taking us back to his first meeting with Piper, their unexpected courtship, the moment both of their lives changed forever, and the unexpected celebrity that came with having a version of their lives streamed to millions of people across the world as Orange Is the New Black captured the cultural zeitgeist. Includes an exclusive Larry and Piper interview and Larry's reaction to Jason Biggs being selected to portray him in Orange Is the New Black.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great follow up

  • By Carol on 01-28-15

Great follow up

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-28-15

This is a very fun short listen that brings Orange readers full circle. Have read Piper's book as well. This makes me want to reread it.....something I seldom do. Also really a great look into the differences between the books and the screen adaptation.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • One Plus One

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,845
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,837

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read.

  • By Kathy on 07-05-14

A Very Fun Read............

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

Reviewed: 08-06-14

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

This is a wonderful audio book. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would. No, it's not War and Peace but if you just need a good, mindless and funny read, try this book.

What did you like best about this story?

The story itself is a bit predictable but it also has twists and turns that kept me glued to it. I did more gardening listening to this book than many previous books!! My yard was thankful anyway.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Loved the narration. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would, but then I already stated that I guess!!. Characters really came alive. Tanzie's voice was perfect!!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It just made me want to recommend it to all of my friends. My husband even asked what I was listening to as I had it all the time.

Any additional comments?

Thanks for this one!! Audible is the best.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Elephant Whisperer

  • My Life with the Herd in the African Wild
  • By: Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,801
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,419

>When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story, beautifully written

  • By Tango on 01-12-13

If you love animals, read this book!

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

Reviewed: 07-04-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Elephant Whisperer to be better than the print version?

This reader is superb....he really captures this story so I think a listen to this book is the best.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I, of course liked the matriarch of the herd, Nana. She was amazing.

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

I have not but will definitely check him out

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

There are numerous times in the novel I was moved......primarily when the author relates to the animals and shares his insights into their actions and their emotions.

Any additional comments?

I did read online that if you are an animal lover, you can read this book without being an emotional wreck! That was good advice and was the main reason I bought this book. Yes it is touching in places but so is life. It's very beautifully written......for people as well as for animals!

  • China Dolls

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Jodi Long
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 545
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 548

It's 1938 in San Francisco: A world's fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub. Grace Lee, an American-born Chinese girl, has fled the Midwest with nothing but heartache, talent, and a pair of dancing shoes. Helen Fong lives with her extended family in Chinatown, where her traditional parents insist that she guard her reputation like a piece of jade.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • New Narrator needed!

  • By Barbara on 06-25-14

A Difficult Listen

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

Reviewed: 06-20-14

Would you try another book from Lisa See and/or Jodi Long?

I have enjoyed other books by Lisa See and would try another but not narrated by Jodi Long. Perhaps her next novel I will read instead. I read Snowflower and loved it. So perhaps this author's voice speaks better to me through reading it.

Has China Dolls turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I loved the idea of this novel taking place in San Francisco and the whole idea of Asian performers of the time. It was just the dialogue and the narrator that did me in.

How could the performance have been better?

I found the narrators efforts to make each voice different very confusing and put on. The dialogue in this book is not stellar but with a narrator embellishing it even more, I think it made it worse.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from China Dolls?

Not sure what scenes I would cut, although the novel moved so slowly most of the way through, it was an effort to finish it. But, who can stand to waste a credit!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Listening Is an Act of Love

  • By: Dave Isay
  • Narrated by: Dave Isay
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,972
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,635
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,642

Drawn from the work of StoryCorps, the largest and most ambitious private oral history project in American history, comes this tapestry of the stories Americans have been sharing from their lives to leave behind to their loved ones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touching

  • By Debra on 11-23-12

Thank You!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-13

If you could sum up Listening Is an Act of Love in three words, what would they be?

From the heart.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Listening Is an Act of Love?

I turned to this audio production as it was on my IPod and I had neglected to download the second part of my book. I was bummed not to have a book but after one story, I was hooked. One moment? They were all thought provoking and beautiful.

What about Dave Isay’s performance did you like?

I liked his great speaking voice.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me cry actually. Very moving indeed.

Any additional comments?

Thank you for this special Christmas present Audible!!

  • Love Anthony

  • By: Lisa Genova
  • Narrated by: Debra Messing
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391

From the award-winning New York Times best-selling author of Still Alice and Left Neglected, comes a heartfelt novel about an accidental friendship that gives a grieving mother a priceless gift: the ability to understand the thoughts of her eight-year-old autistic son and make sense of his brief life. Two women, each cast adrift by unforseen events in their lives, meet by accident on a Nantucket beach and are drawn into a friendship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love the book! A Sad 'feel-good-book'

  • By me2ug on 06-10-15

So Well Written/Read

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

Reviewed: 01-20-13

What made the experience of listening to Love Anthony the most enjoyable?

Deborah Messing does a superb job of narrating this book. It's very well read.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved how this author really connected me with Anthony. I feel I understand this terrible disease a bit more now.

Which character – as performed by Debra Messing – was your favorite?

She read them all wonderfully.

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

I loved the ending. It was incredibly powerful

Any additional comments?

This is a very moving story and a great listen, especially if you work with kids in any way or have a chlld with special needs.

  • The Fault in Our Stars

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,442

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Poignant Story

  • By AudioAddict on 04-25-13

Very well written.

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

Reviewed: 03-19-12

What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

This is a beautiful little book about love and life. A little gem.

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

I loved her voice as the main character.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Before I Go to Sleep

  • A Novel
  • By: S. J. Watson
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,682
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,684

"As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me...." Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story - well-told

  • By Arlene on 01-30-12

Very intriguing plot!

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

Reviewed: 02-01-12

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

I would recommend this audio book as the reader is great and the story line really keeps your attention. It's a very interesting discussion that centers around who a person can trust.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the pace of the story plus the reader. She did a great job.

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

Have not.

If you could take any character from Before I Go to Sleep out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I would take Dr. Nash to dinner. This is a fascinating premise and based on a true condition I think. How would one cope I wonder?

  • My Reading Life

  • By: Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by: Pat Conroy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

Pat Conroy, the beloved American storyteller, is also a vora­cious reader. He has for years kept a notebook in which he notes words or phrases, just from a love of language. But read­ing for him is not simply a pleasure to be enjoyed in off-hours or a source of inspiration for his own writing. It would hardly be an exaggeration to claim that reading has saved his life, and if not his life then surely his sanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Conroy shares his storytelling

  • By Howard on 11-17-10

Loved this one.

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

Reviewed: 01-23-12

If you could sum up My Reading Life in three words, what would they be?

A fascinating read.

What did you like best about this story?

Since I have read many of Conroy's books, this gave me insight into his writings.

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

He brings his own voice.....always a plus from any author.

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

No, I could easily put it down but wanted to go back to it.

Any additional comments?

If you have read and enjoyed Conroy's book, this book will interest you. It gives background to his characters, his life and the people who have influenced him. He also mentions many books that have influenced his writings. A great book club selection!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful