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Emily Marbach

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  • Joseph Anton

  • By: Salman Rushdie
  • Narrated by: Salman Rushdie, Sam Dastor
  • Length: 27 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

On 14 February 1989, Valentine's Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been "sentenced to death" by the Ayatollah Khomeini. For the first time he heard the word fatwa. His crime? To have written a novel called The Satanic Verses, which was accused of being "against Islam, the Prophet and the Quran". So begins the extraordinary story of how a writer was forced underground, moving from house to house, with the constant presence of an armed police protection team.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Where to start...

  • By Thomas on 24-10-12

Fascinating but very name drop-y

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

Great reader (although he kept forgetting how to pronounce Zafar and Milan, Rushdie's sons names. But otherwise the voices, accents (slightly annoying US female accent but perhaps that was on purpose) the tone was perfect.
The story is compelling and tragic. The first person was told in the third person in a very effective way.
His last affair left a bad taste. I'm trying not to let that colour the whole thing.

  • A Little Life

  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is an immensely powerful and heartbreaking novel of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance. When four graduates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success and pride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply disturbing and yet i couldn't stop reading

  • By Jenny on 05-01-16

Loved this Book

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

Reviewed: 07-04-16

But I get the sense that you either love it or hate.
It is so sad, some times it is hard to bear. But I loved it.
The reader would have gotten 5 stars except for a few annoying mistakes like reading Hayden the composer like hay and den instead of hi den. But on the whole he was lovely.

  • The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

  • A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League
  • By: Jeff Hobbs
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

When author Jeff Hobbs arrived at Yale University, he became fast friends with the man who would be his college roommate for four years, Robert Peace. Robert's life was rough from the beginning in the crime-ridden streets of Newark in the 1980s, with his father in jail and his mother earning less than $15,000 a year. But Robert was a brilliant student, and it was supposed to get easier when he was accepted to Yale, where he studied molecular biochemistry and biophysics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting Story

  • By Emily Marbach on 11-10-15

Haunting Story

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

Reviewed: 11-10-15

I loved this book. I learned a lot about checking one's white privilege. I think the story was well written, well paced and gripping till the end.
The reader was really good but there were a few mispronounced words like "affluent" which was used quite a few times. I'm surprised when the editors, in this digital age, don't catch these mistakes.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In the Unlikely Event

  • By: Judy Blume
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

She held the baby close, feeling the warmth of his little body, kissing his soft cheek. He looked right into her eyes. Outside the window, the wing broke away from the plane. Then they were falling...falling diagonally out of the sky. When three planes crashed in Elizabeth, New Jersey, within the space of three months in the early 1950s, Newark airport was closed for a year. Each of these disasters was devastating not only for those onboard, but also for the close-knit community of people on the ground.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, beautifully narrated

  • By Anne M on 11-06-15

This is a Young Adult Book

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

Reviewed: 29-08-15

This is a Young Adult Book not an adult book. I loved Judy Blume's books as a child. But this book doesn't rate as an adult book. I think it is a missed opportunity not to have classed it as YA because the book shows how much has changed for women since the 1950's. Many a young woman would call herself a feminist if she was reminded what feminists have achieved since then. This is not a political book at all.

  • Wild

  • By: Cheryl Strayed
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,726

A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an 1100-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe and built her back up again. At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. After her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than an idea: vague, outlandish, and full of promise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Exceptional Story

  • By Colin on 30-01-15

So Much More Than a Poor Me Memoir

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

Reviewed: 11-05-15

This is a story of how someone had a hard time and healed herself. She grows from a sad child into a positive, giving, caring adult. This story is redemptive. The back and forth style between the fascinating details of the trail and the authors difficult childhood and young adulthood, works so well.

  • Heretic

  • By: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Narrated by: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 222

What happened to Islamic reform? Why have al Qaeda and Boko Haram become the faces of contemporary Islam? Why has the Arab Spring devolved into a battle over sharia law? Continuing her personal journey from a deeply religious Islamic upbringing to a post at Harvard and American citizenship, the New York Times best-selling author of Infidel and Nomad crafts a powerful call for an Islamic reformation as the only way to end the current wave of global violence and repression of women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitive

  • By S. Morley on 10-05-15

Everyone Must Read This

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

Reviewed: 28-04-15

I loved listening to the author, herself, read her own book.
It is a simple and complex message at once.
She is like a school teacher, giving a lesson, repeating lest you missed something, returning again. It was memorable and important. For the good of us all, we need to read this and learn from it.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • An Officer and a Spy

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,365

January 1895: On a freezing morning in the heart of Paris, an army officer, Georges Picquart, witnesses a convicted spy, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, being publicly humiliated in front of 20,000 spectators baying ‘Death to the Jew!’ The officer is rewarded with promotion: Picquart is made the French army’s youngest colonel and put in command of ‘the Statistical Section’ - the shadowy intelligence unit that tracked down Dreyfus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Julian Summer on 12-10-13

Terrific Piece of Historical Fiction

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

Reviewed: 26-05-14

I am not a historical fiction buff but I've always heard the name Dreyfus without really knowing the whole story. It is a shocking tale but told from a diarist point of view added humour and distraction from what is a harrowing story. I keep telling fellow Jews about it and many, like me, really don't know what happened. I urge people to read it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Daniel Deronda

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 30 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

One of the masterpieces of English fiction, Daniel Deronda tells the intertwined stories of two characters as they each come to discover the truth of their natures. Gwendolen Harleth is the beautiful, high-spirited daughter of an impoverished upper-class family. Daniel Deronda, the adopted son of an aristocratic Englishman, is searching for his path in life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • worth listening to

  • By Ruth on 04-01-08

Great Except for Foreign Names

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

Reviewed: 05-04-14

The book is brilliant. Let's leave George Eliot out of this.
The reader was very good. There are lots of characters and lots of different accents. She did a remarkable job. But she had two ways of pronouncing Mordechai, neither correct, which she she seemed to have randomly chosen between over and over again. Even if there are only 200,000 Jews in Britain, she might have found one and asked how to pronounce it. I know it is petty but it took me out of the story each time it happened.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Rainbows End

  • By: Vernor Vinge
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30

Set a few decades from now, Rainbows End is an epic adventure that encapsulates in a single extended family the challenges of the technological advances of the first quarter of the 21st century. The information revolution of the past 30 years blossoms into a web of conspiracies that could destroy Western civilization. At the center of the action is Robert Gu, a former Alzheimer's victim who has regained his mental and physical health through radical new therapies, and his family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A thoroughly enjoyable ride!

  • By Aaron on 04-12-18

I'm not a sci-fi person but

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

Reviewed: 11-03-14

this book was a lot of fun. I loved all the futuristic technology which seems entirely plausible if still a bit far off. I thought the plot was a bit ridiculous in the end. But the journey there was enjoyable.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Changed Man

  • By: Francine Prose
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Vincent Nolan, a young neo-Nazi, walks into the Manhattan office of World Brotherhood Watch, a human rights foundation headed by a charismatic Holocaust survivor, Meyer Maslow. Vincent announces that he wants to make a radical change in his life. But what is Maslow to make of this rough-looking stranger who says that his mission is to save guys like him from becoming guys like him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eric Conger is brilliant

  • By Emily Marbach on 28-02-14

Eric Conger is brilliant

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

Reviewed: 28-02-14

I have just chosen another book to listen to based on the fact that he is reading it. I love his George Clooney type voice. I liked this book a lot but the reading made it fantastic.