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  • Atonement

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Jill Tanner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,110

In Atonement, three children lose their innocence, as the sweltering summer heat bears down on the hottest day in 1935, and their lives are changed forever. Cecilia Tallis is of England's priviledged class; Robbie Turner is the housekeeper's son. In their moment of intimate surrender, they are interrupted by Cecilia's hyperimaginative and scheming 13-year-old sister, Briony. And as chaos consumes the family, Briony commits a crime, the guilt of which she shall carry throughout her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing book about complex human perception

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-17-04

Kept waiting for it to get better

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

Reviewed: 12-14-11

What disappointed you about Atonement?

The story was based on and told by a whiney spoiled little girl. It was unbelievably boring, and although I did listen to it all the way to the sad ending, I was very disappointed.

What could Ian McEwan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The whole story was based on the misbehavior of a young girl reacting to the sad state of her family life. I found it unbelievably trite and totally without any redeeming social or emotional value.

Which character – as performed by Jill Tanner – was your favorite?

Celia, the tragic older sister, who was so damaged by her sibling's lies in a crazy family and social setting that would actually believe an over-imaginative 11 year old girl.

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

The extensive coverage of Robbie's war experience was overdone. It really had nothing to do with the storyline other than to show what a tragic life he had. I would have thought the years in prison to be more relevant.

Any additional comments?

Jill Tanner did an exceptional job of narrating the book. Her accents and character voices were very good.

  • Insomnia

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Eli Wallach
  • Length: 25 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

Ralph Roberts has an incurable case of insomnia, but lack of sleep is the least of his worries. Each night he stays awake, Ralph witnesses more of the odd activity taking place in Derry after dark than he wants to know. The nice young chemist up the street beats his wife and has delusions about beings he calls "The Centurions".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good Book

  • By Karen on 08-22-08

O.K. - not great.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-08

As a long-time Stephen King fan, I was a litle disappointed. The story line drags in several spots. The narrator (Eli Wallach) is a great character actor, but his little people voice and the tinny music during the transitions REALLY grated on my ears. Otherwise, it was an o.k. listen.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Life of Pi

  • By: Yann Martel
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,061
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,902

Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audio of the year for me

  • By Theresa Ann McIntyre on 06-04-03

A little drawn out

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-05

While I did enjoy the story-line, I found it rather tiresome after awhile. I admit I didn't actually finish the book, once I figured out what was going on. But it was a clever fantasy.

  • The Memory of Running

  • By: Ron McLarty
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,342
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,503
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,494

In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book

  • By Ripp on 02-18-04

One of the Best!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-05

Five Stars to a really great read. Great voice and heartwarming storyline. Easy to follow even though there is much retrospection. I wish there was a sequel - didn't want it to end. Thanks Ron!!!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Murder

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Jay O. Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

A blisteringly paced tale of one family's struggle to stay together in the face of the most terrifying psychotic killer to haunt a novel in some time, Mr. Murder is one of Dean Koontz's most harrowing, thought-provoking stories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoy Dean's visual imagination

  • By Salty on 03-07-03

My Favorite

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-04

"Mr. Murder" is one of my favorite listens in two years. This one I will keep and relisten to. The reader was excellent and the story was fast-paced, keeping my attention to the end - where all questions were answered. Could this really happen? Pretty scarey!!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful