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  • Written by: Andrew Sean Greer
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
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    4 out of 5 stars 104

You are a failed novelist about to turn 50. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: Your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes - it would be too awkward - and you can't say no - it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world. Question: How do you arrange to skip town? Answer: You accept them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and smart

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-11-21

Aging - perspective of a gay

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-01-22

This is a story about Arthur Less, a middle-aged homosexual whose long-time lover had just left him for another. Arthur wanted an excuse to miss the wedding of his former lover, and to do so he accepted invites to travel to several cities around the world. In his travels, he encountered people and chanced upon adventures (and misadventures), while recalling highs and lows of his life up to that point.

Many of the sentences in the book are skillfully constructed and clever. A situation or person might be painted with a series of deft or wry touches. This unhurried story-telling style perhaps mirrors Arthur’s fuzzy logic of navigating life and places. Each chapter is more or less standalone, and there isn’t really a build-up. One might be able to miss chunks in the middle without losing the storyline.

Overall it’s a good read. Many of the wry observations sprinkled through the book are gems. I find the one about book reviews downright delectable, and savoured it: “... every author can taste the poison another has slipped into his punch...etc” (but I won’t reveal more).

But in all honesty I cannot say that I take to Arthur, sweet and endearing as he was. I find him somewhat passive - just going along with whatever that came his way. The singular action which he took decisively was to travel during his ex’s wedding, and even for that the opportunity was presented to him by mere coincidence. I also wonder how he could face it all with such an even-keel acceptance. Compare him with Maurice (title character in Maurice by E.M. Forster) and one might see similarities, and deep differences.

The narrator did a good job. At times it felt like listening to the voice in Arthur’s head

  • The Martian Chronicles

  • Written by: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

Bradbury's Mars is a place of hope, dreams, and metaphor - of crystal pillars and fossil seas - where a fine dust settles on the great, empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization. It is here the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to learn - first a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with no future toward a promise of tomorrow. The Earthman conquers Mars...and then is conquered by it, lulled by dangerous lies of comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamour of an ancient, mysterious native race.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Should be on your required reading list...

  • By Pat on 2018-09-17

Ray Bradbury classic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-01-12

This is a series of short stories of events on Mars, including how the first explorers came and developments later. Together they tell the story of mankind’s destiny. In all the stories, Ray Bradbury wrote with a poetic touch. Each of the stories is different - magical, surreal, gothic, and even one which is comic.

Most haunting for me is Night Meeting, about a chance meeting between an earth man and a Martian on a lonely road. I was listening to it while driving across miles and miles of empty country roads in winter, and it gave me goosebumps all over. But oh so beautiful...

Mark Boyett is a great narrator.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nostalgic Memories of Kenya of a time passed

  • By Tee on 2018-12-26

Nostalgic Memories of Kenya of a time passed

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-12-26

Out Of Africa is Karen Blixen’s autobiography of her time in Kenya. Isak Dinesen was her pseudonym. During the early part of the twentieth century, she grew coffee in the Ngong Hills and had natives including the Kikuyus and Somalis on her staff. She saw and did things with a down-to-earth pragmatism, even as she experienced the beauty, people and animals of Africa. Her accounts do not come across as emotional or sentimental. Through her straightforward accounts of actual events, stranger-than-fiction encounters, funny vignettes and poignant moments, she took us back in time to a different age altogether. Shadows on the Grass was written years after she left Kenya.

I picked this audiobook during my trip in Nairobi. Had it not been for this trip, I might indeed have given this book a miss. I had mistakenly thought this would be a romance novel (because I imagined that must have been the theme of the 1985 Academy Award winning movie by the same title, starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford). But I was pleasantly surprised that it was about the people, animals and events in Kenya surrounding the writer. I loved it that I could put a historic “face” to actual names of people and places that I saw in Nairobi - names like the Kikuyus, Ngong Hills, Naivasha etc in the book - all the more precious because so much have changed in the intervening decades.

For me, one recount stands out in Out Of Africa and again in Shadows On The Grass - that of her head manservant, Farah (a Somali from Somaliland) and his people. It provides a very different insight from what we read in today’s news about Somalia / Somaliland. A timely reminder that the “mainstream” media cannot represent everything.

A word about the narrator Susan Lyons - she is good! I was hoping to hear a Danish voice (or at least a Nordic or North European voice), which Susan’s was not. But her clear and crisp reading, introspective and quietly strong, with her magical rendition of the African names, is reminiscent of the strength and quality of Karen Blixen herself. I was deeply charmed by her voice by the end of the audiobook. I wish Amazon / Audible could provide more info about the narrators.

  • Head On (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • Written by: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent's head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are "threeps", robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden's Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real, and the crowds love it. Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good followup, not as great as the original

  • By Aidan on 2018-09-19

Good pace sci-fi detective story

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-12-13

It’s great to see Chris, the Threep FBI agent, again. Overall a good story, though not as good as Locked In.

To fully understand about Haydens, Threeps and Integrators, it’s best to have read Locked In first. There are explanations in this story, but not in as great details as in Locked In.

Wil Wheaton’s reading is amazing. I especially enjoyed his reading of the fast-paced conversations between Chris and others, such as in the scenes when they played “good cop bad cop”.

  • The Secret Garden

  • Written by: Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Narrated by: Julie Christie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle, everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. This self-centered orphan and her pampered, invalid cousin Colin Craven, both deprived of love and attention, find themselves becoming friends. Together, they learn compassion and generosity within the walls of an abandoned magical garden. Renowned actress Julie Christie brings out the magic of this children's classic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A feel-good classic

  • By Tee on 2018-12-13

A feel-good classic

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-12-13

There’s magic in the simplicity of this story - how Mary and Colin were each transformed in different ways.

Julie Christie’s reading brought the to live, especially with her Yorkshire accent of many of the characters.

  • The Rooster Bar

  • Written by: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 204

Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier, for-profit law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a great reader!

  • By Mary on 2017-11-18

Light entertainment

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-10-07

This is relatively light - suitable for the times when you just don’t want anything mind boggling. The plot is quite straightforward. Three final year students of a for-profit law school dropped out of school, and trawled the corridors of the court house and hospitals, offering their “legal” services. Their target was people charged for DUI, and tort cases. But their good luck soon ran out.

  • James Moriarty, Consulting Criminal

  • Written by: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

His razor-sharp intellect, uncanny powers of deduction, and knowledge of the criminal underground are legendary throughout London. He solves cases with the able assistance of his close friend and confidant. And, one day, he will become the arch enemy of Sherlock Holmes. Meet Professor James Moriarty - consulting criminal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A bit short but very good.

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-08-21

Enjoyable!

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-27

This is a good listen... Clever in a way. I wish there were more tales.

  • Wuthering Heights

  • An Audible Exclusive Performance
  • Written by: Emily Brontë, Ann Dinsdale - introduction
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt, Rachel Atkins - introduction
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

The unapologetic intensity with which Emily Brontë wrote this story ensures that it will forever be considered one of the greatest works of English literature. A passionate tale of a chaotic and often violent love, Wuthering Heights transcends your average romance and, with its Gothic undertones, takes the listener on a journey through one man's lustful hunt for revenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not my favourite gothic...

  • By Dani on 2018-06-15

A dark tale in rough country

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-27

In many art galleries one might find paintings of beautiful sceneries, people, still life etc… then there’ll be a painting of something terrible or horrific, like a shipwreck or death. Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights feels much like a portrait of wrath and savagery, reflecting the rough country of the book title. It is a classic to behold, whether the reader / listener likes it or not.

The story centres around Heathcliff, recounted mainly by housekeeper Ellen (Nelly) Dean and partly by Mr Lockwood (Heathcliff’s tenant). Rejected and friendless, vengeful and savage, Heathcliff visited his wrath on those around him. Near the end of the book, Nelly reflected about Heathcliff, “… the little dark thing, harboured by a good man to his bane…” It’s hard not to feel saddened by the senseless destructiveness which spanned over 20 years and affected so many people in two generations.

The performance by Joanne Froggatt is superb, including of the male voices. Heathcliff’s voice is chilly, and it’s a treat to be able to hear her read Joseph’s voice in her native Yorkshire accent.


  • The Dinner

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (translator)
  • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a 15-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good story teller

  • By Tee on 2018-09-11

A good story teller

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-11

The story started with Paul’s belly-aching about the dinner he and his wife were going to have with his brother Serge and Serge’s wife Babette. They had things to discuss. It sounded even like a mundane household story. But as events unfolded and the back story slowly emerged, things started to look unsettling. And then it got worse.

Herman Koch is a master storyteller.

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  • The English Patient

  • Written by: Michael Ondaatje
  • Narrated by: Christopher Cazenove
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

With ravishing beauty and unsettling intelligence, Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an Italian villa at the end of World War II. Hana, the exhausted nurse; the maimed thief, Caravaggio; the wary sapper, Kip: each is haunted by the riddle of the English patient, the nameless, burned man who lies in an upstairs room and whose memories of passion, betrayal, and rescue illuminates this audiobook like flashes of heat lightening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mesmerising

  • By Tee on 2018-08-18

Mesmerising

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

Reviewed: 2018-08-18

The story is told in multiple flashbacks of the four characters in Villa San Girolamo (in Italy) at the end of WWII. It is a love story. It is also mystery; who is the English patient, and who are his companions? And what a beautiful, beautiful story; so mesmerising and intriguing!

Michael Ondaatje’s writing is poetic, telling of a time long ago in a land of musical names of the Sahara (Gilf Kebir, Zezura, the Cave of Swimmers etc), of war and dangers, of love and courage... and so much more.

Christoper Cazenove’s narration is absorbing. He brought enchantment into the story with his rendition of the voices of the four characters. The dialogue between Caravaggio and the English Patient at the end of the book still haunts me.

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