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  • Call Me by Your Name

  • A Novel
  • By: André Aciman
  • Narrated by: Armie Hammer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,011
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,452

Call Me by Your Name first swept across the world in 2007. It is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them and verge toward the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing.

  • By Nico L. on 10-07-17

glad i heard this book before seeing the film

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

i dont know know if i understood elios insights during the lengthy roman party, maybe i had little patience for the universal, their intimacy rudely interrupted by les autres; but i found all that came before and after moving honest deep and true

  • Villette

  • By: Charlotte Brontë
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 22 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 277

Hailed as Charlotte Brontë’s “finest novel” by Virginia Woolf, Villette is the timeless semi-autobiographical tale of Lucy Snowe. Left with no family and no money, Lucy goes against her own timid nature and travels to the small city of Villette, France, where she becomes a school teacher in Madame Beck’s school for girls. During her stay, she falls in love—twice—and discovers an independent, inner strength rarely seen in women of her time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • You need to be a Bronte fan to enjoy this story

  • By Kristin on 09-07-14

i was disappointed

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

maybe im being snobbish but the awful mispronunciation of every french word was a shame

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Rapid Portuguese (European): Volumes 1 & 2

  • By: earworms Learning
  • Narrated by: Marlon Lodge
  • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Earworms mbt(c) is a revolutionary accelerated technique that takes the hard work out of learning. By listening a few times to these specially composed melodies, with their rhythmic repetitions of Portuguese (European) and English, you will pick up essential words and phrases that will not just be on the tip of your tongue but burnt deeply into your long-term memory in next to no time. If you like music, and want to make rapid progress without any formal knowledge of language learning, Earworms mbt(c) Rapid Portuguese (European) is the course for you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great to start learning with

  • By Alison on 11-19-16

effective system

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

to learn you must repeat a lot, and with the background "music" you dont feel too worried about how you sound

  • The Lighthouse

  • An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery
  • By: P.D. James
  • Narrated by: Charles Keating
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303

Combe Island off the Cornish coast has a bloodstained history of piracy and cruelty but now, privately owned, it offers respite to over-stressed men and women in positions of high authority who require privacy and guaranteed security. But the peace of Combe is violated when one of the distinguished visitors is bizarrely murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By jb on 11-23-05

its a gripper but voice too posh

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

Reviewed: 01-21-17

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

no, i enjoyed the book very much, and also the audible- but keating oten doesnt get it right, i like the irony and innuendo he expresssd but when reading i am given more credit for understanding undertones the posh voice very british but old-fashioned, plums in the mouth but p.d writes a bit that way so keating ok choice
it is clear and good speed.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lighthouse?

the atmosphere of in the cottages, lighthouse, sounds of sea and weather very visual, successful

Which character – as performed by Charles Keating – was your favorite?

not dalgleish, his seconds good.

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

it has a cosy and oldfashioned feel, not extreme

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Dangerous Fortune

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,200

In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable Fun

  • By Rebecarol on 05-24-08

gripping, convoluted plot, well told, well-read

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

Reviewed: 08-09-14

Who was your favorite character and why?

maisie, because she was the heroine and better developed than most

What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

speed and feeling were appropriate

  • Pimsleur Italian Level 1 Lessons 1-5

  • Learn to Speak and Understand Italian with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415

Each lesson of Italian Level 1 Lessons 1-5provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overpriced part of a complete Italian course

  • By Mike Spencer on 02-06-18

if you have the motivation e v e n t u a l l y

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

Reviewed: 08-04-14

Would you listen to Italian Phase 1, Unit 01-05 again? Why?

it is a system, no doubt works if you have the patience and motivation

Has Italian Phase 1, Unit 01-05 turned you off from other books in this genre?

so far, but let's see if i feel better after units 6 to 10

  • War and Remembrance

  • By: Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 56 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,254
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,783

Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What can I say that hasn't already been said??

  • By aaron on 01-31-12

enormous important readable opus

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

Reviewed: 06-09-14

What did you love best about War and Remembrance?

the dilution of the facts and factual details with the henrys and their acquaintances

What did you like best about this story?

not maudlin but sensitive treatment of the sufferings, the cost, of the war years

What about Kevin Pariseau’s performance did you like?

reads at perfect speed, stresses and intonations good, with feeling non troppo

Who was the most memorable character of War and Remembrance and why?

pug; his stoic repressed feelings hinted at,because his marriage is reexamined because of the war, and inconsolable at the death of the son he adored

  • The Winds of War

  • By: Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 45 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,189

Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Masterpiece

  • By Robert on 05-24-13

good speed, emphasis, and overall delivery

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

Reviewed: 06-07-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Winds of War to be better than the print version?

no, reading is still great for involving the reader's imagination

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

the book did, hearing it less so.

Any additional comments?

pariseau did a very good job. but some place names and jewish/yiddish words were warped, and his reading of women's voices was poor

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,971
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,444

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Scott on 04-10-08

mea culpa

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

Reviewed: 02-02-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

i wasnt able to follow the denouement, and blame myself. i wanted to read this in the sixties and since, and hoped i would be grabbed by the audible version; but no.

Would you recommend Dune to your friends? Why or why not?

i think sci-fi fans will have read it by now
there is a lot of foreign vocab invented for the book, and too many names;
somehow without seeing them i couldnt learn / interpret them

Any additional comments?

i dont mean to put anyone off, but it isnt for everyone

  • The Family

  • Three Journeys into the Heart of the Twentieth Century
  • By: David Laskin
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Cantor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

In the latter half of the 19th century Laskin's great-great-grandfather, a Torah scribe named Shimon Dov HaKohen, raised six children with his wife, Beyle, at the western fringe of the Russian empire. The HaKohen family split off into three branches. One branch emigrated to America and founded the fabulously successful Maidenform Bra Company; one branch went to Palestine as pioneers and participated in the contentious birth of the state of Israel; and the third branch remained in Europe and suffered the Holocaust.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great potential, but doesn't quite make it

  • By Elizabeth on 06-18-14

great telling,feeling,huge success,voice abit fast

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

Reviewed: 12-07-13

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

yes, it's a must, hard to ignore either the voice or the content, masses of facts and reminders, impressive organisation

What did you like best about this story?

the dirth of adjectives and adverbs makes for a strong message

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

no

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

no

2 of 2 people found this review helpful