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  • Brideshead Revisited

  • Auteur(s): Evelyn Waugh
  • Narrateur(s): Jeremy Irons
  • Durée: 11 h et 31 min
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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    5 out of 5 stars 16
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

The wellsprings of desire and the impediments to love come brilliantly into focus in Evelyn Waugh's masterpiece - a novel that immerses us in the glittering and seductive world of English aristocracy in the waning days of the empire. Through the story of Charles Ryder's entanglement with the Flytes, a great Catholic family, Evelyn Waugh charts the passing of the privileged world he knew in his own youth and vividly recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by wartime austerities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful and poignant

  • Écrit par Tee le 2019-04-22

Beautiful and poignant

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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-04-22

During WWII, Captain Charles Ryder’s company encamped at a mansion, Brideshead and memories came flooding back to him. He recalled his friendship years ago with Sebastian Flyte, how he grew close to the Flyte family and how he came to see up close and personal their varying struggles in the Catholic faith.

Charles’s friendship with Sebastian is just the start to the story. A sweet and beautiful start, but the story moves on quite quickly, with unexpected twists. Evelyn Waugh skillfully portrayed how different members of the Flyte family express their Catholic faith differently, which becomes a central theme in the subsequent part of the book. The language is lyrical.

I remember Jeremy Irons as the dreamy Charles Ryder in the BBC series nearly 40 years ago. It’s lovely hearing his voice as the narrator. His voice is mesmerising.

  • Go Set a Watchman

  • A Novel
  • Auteur(s): Harper Lee
  • Narrateur(s): Reese Witherspoon
  • Durée: 6 h et 57 min
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    4 out of 5 stars 36
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
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    4 out of 5 stars 34

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Do NOT Judge Watchman to Mockingbird

  • Écrit par B. J. Thompson...author, reader, lover of Cocktail Hour... le 2019-04-29

One episode in the future of To Kill a Mockingbird

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-04-22

I enjoyed the story despite some of the negative reviews.

I would describe it (simplistically) as one key life-changing episode in the Finch household, many years after the events in To Kill a Mockingbird. Although it is just one episode, I feel that the story has deep takeaways, and makes one reflects on our own values and self-preservation instincts. I wish there was more to it, because Harper Lee surely has more reflections in her to offer. But it is what it is; it’s just one episode. Which perhaps is just why this novel leaves a sense of disappointment - disappointment that Harper Lee had not gone further in her writings to explore / expound deeper, but not (at least for me) disappointment in this story.

  • The Android's Dream

  • Auteur(s): John Scalzi
  • Narrateur(s): Wil Wheaton
  • Durée: 10 h et 34 min
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • neat

  • Écrit par Adam le 2018-02-14

Funny and fast-paced story

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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-04-22

Another Wil Wheaton narration of a John Scalzi novel. Another hit. About a tenth into the book, I decided I will go get the other John Scalzi / Wil Wheaton audio books...

I love the novel, crazy ideas in this book. I love the inter-stellar diplomacy and cross-(alien)cultural differences that the story rides on. And I love the fast conversations and snappy narration. Very engaging and readable.



  • Jane Eyre

  • Auteur(s): Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrateur(s): Thandie Newton
  • Durée: 19 h et 10 min
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
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    5 out of 5 stars 168
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Love Like Never Before ....

  • Écrit par Amazon Customer le 2019-04-17

A lovely story well-narrated

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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-03-29

Thandie Newton is an amazing reader. Her accents of the servants are truly marvelous.

I should admit that I did not find the story especially gripping, which may be why it took me over two months to drift through it. It is slow moving, with long conversations, and to me does not really have a high point. Still, it’s worth a read.

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  • Less

  • Auteur(s): Andrew Sean Greer
  • Narrateur(s): Robert Petkoff
  • Durée: 8 h et 17 min
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    4 out of 5 stars 162
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
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    4 out of 5 stars 146

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

  • Écrit par Utilisateur anonyme le 2018-11-21

Aging - perspective of a gay

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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 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

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  • The Martian Chronicles

  • Auteur(s): Ray Bradbury
  • Narrateur(s): Mark Boyett
  • Durée: 7 h et 43 min
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    4 out of 5 stars 79
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
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    4 out of 5 stars 72

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...

  • Écrit par Pat le 2018-09-17

Ray Bradbury classic

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Évalué le: 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

  • Écrit par Tee le 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

Évalué le: 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)

  • Auteur(s): John Scalzi
  • Narrateur(s): Wil Wheaton
  • Durée: 7 h et 36 min
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

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

  • Écrit par Aidan le 2018-09-19

Good pace sci-fi detective story

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 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

  • Auteur(s): Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Narrateur(s): Julie Christie
  • Durée: 7 h et 36 min
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    5 out of 5 stars 6
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    5 out of 5 stars 5
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    5 out of 5 stars 5

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

  • Écrit par Tee le 2018-12-13

A feel-good classic

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 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

  • Auteur(s): John Grisham
  • Narrateur(s): Ari Fliakos
  • Durée: 10 h et 17 min
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    4 out of 5 stars 247
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
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    4 out of 5 stars 222

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!

  • Écrit par Mary le 2017-11-18

Light entertainment

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 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.