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  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,150
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,388
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,382

Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue. Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married. Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relished every minute

  • By Sara on 22-03-10

If you've watched the film, get this book.

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

Reviewed: 30-05-15

Loved the book and the film. Really love that Octavia Spencer is reading the book too. Always tend to read the book after the film as the books are always better for the most part. It is well written and the characters are interesting and thought provoking. Really enjoyed how it was read by different actresses, as it gave a real sense of how to three main characters felt.

  • Mary Ann in Autumn

  • A Tales of the City Novel
  • By: Armistead Maupin
  • Narrated by: Armistead Maupin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Twenty years have passed since Mary Ann Singleton left her husband and child in San Francisco to pursue her dream of a career in New York. Now a pair of personal calamities has driven her back to the city of her youth and into the arms of her friend, Michael "Mouse" Tolliver, a gardener happily ensconced with his much-younger husband. Mary Ann finds refuge in the couple's backyard cottage, where, at the unnerving age of 57, she licks her wounds and takes stock of her mistakes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Mrs K on 13-07-14

It all comes full circle

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

Reviewed: 05-12-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Mary Ann in Autumn to be better than the print version?

No, for the simple reason I would have loved to have Laura Linney reading this book. Saying that I love Armistead Maupin and like that the author is reading the book.

What other book might you compare Mary Ann in Autumn to, and why?

Every other Armistead Maupin book. They all have that warm inclusive feel, and centre on the Logical family. You finish these books wishing to be part of the family that these people have created for each other.

What does Armistead Maupin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I've met Armistead Maupin a couple of times during his books signings. He is very charming and incredibly witty and it is nice to have his voice on the audio books.

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

Yes and No, I wanted to keep on listening, but I had to pace myself. I always wish I had enjoyed reading the book at a leisurely pace and not rushed to next chapter.

Any additional comments?

You can't go wrong with these books, they are warm and funny. They always leave me feeling better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mary Ann in Autumn

  • By: Armistead Maupin
  • Narrated by: Armistead Maupin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

Twenty years have passed since Mary Ann Singleton left her husband and child in San Francisco to pursue her dream of a television career in New York. Now, a pair of personal calamities has driven her back to the city of her youth and into the arms of her oldest friend, Michael "Mouse" Tolliver, a gay gardener happily ensconced with his much-younger husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please release the next book soon!

  • By Paul on 09-07-13

Please release the next book soon!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Mary Ann in Autumn to be better than the print version?

Armistead Maupin signed my book, thats the deal breaker for me. You can't sign an audiobook.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I can't pick one, don't make me choose. I grew up with all these characters and they all have their quirks. They are people you would be lucky to meet.

What does Armistead Maupin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

It's lovely to hear the book read by the author. They know the characters very well and you get a feel of them. I bet if you were to ask the author about the characters he could tell you everything about them as If they were living and breathing.

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

Nostalgic, there was a long gap in between this book and the last book in this series. Michael Tolliver lives is part of the series but it comes from just one perspective. It's lovely to hear what has happened in the time in-between. They have aged, Armistead Maupin has a great knack of making reference to previous characters. You feel part of the family.

Any additional comments?

Please get the full collection of books, you won't regret it.

  • Magical Thinking

  • True Stories
  • By: Augusten Burroughs
  • Narrated by: Augusten Burroughs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

A contest of wills with a deranged cleaning lady. The execution of a rodent carried out with military precision and utter horror. Telemarketing revenge. A different kind of "roof work". Dating an undertaker who drives a mini-van. This is the fabric of Augusten Burroughs's life: a collection of true stories that are universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate, stories that shine a flashlight into both dark and hilarious places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really funny

  • By L. northover on 23-09-10

Great Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-06

Bought this book last month and listened to it within the space of two days. This book is comic and interesting. It is honest and makes for great listening especially the chapter on Augusten's cleaning lady. A must!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Manhattan Hunt Club

  • By: John Saul
  • Narrated by: Lee Meriwether
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

The acknowledged master of psychological suspense and heart-stopping terror, New York Times best selling author John Saul now invites you to descend to chilling new depths of darkness - and discover a secret, savage world that exists beneath our very feet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just Listened To This Book

  • By Paul on 07-02-06

Just Listened To This Book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-06

I enjoyed this book, it was compelling.

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  • The Hobbit

  • By: J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Whisked from his comfortable hobbit-hole by Gandalf the wizard and a band of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Paul on 06-02-06

Great Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-06

I downloaded this book last month and wasn't disapointed at all. I found the singing a bit embarassing but well worth the download.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful