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  • Due Preparations for the Plague

  • By: Janette Turner Hospital
  • Narrated by: Sean Mangan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

This electrifying novel chronicles the lives of two strangers connected by the tragic loss of parents in a hijacked Paris-New York flight. As an adult, Samantha, one of the children set free by the terrorists, has become obsessed with the hijacking. Under the guise of her senior thesis, she pulls Lowell, the son of a victim, into a web of terror, death, and betrayal that he has spent his adult life trying to forget.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark yet gripping.

  • By Rebecca on 02-06-14

Dark yet gripping.

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

Reviewed: 02-06-14

What about Sean Mangan’s performance did you like?

The best narrator on the planet. I just wish he could be reading other books instead of a steady diet of Matthew Riley's. I've just loved his reading The Risk Pool by Peter Russo. And now I wish he could be used to read more of Janet Turner-Hospital....here's hoping.

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

Yes! I nearly did while on the plane from Lisbon to Sydney. It kept me going the whole way. Just a great experience.

Any additional comments?

There are simply not enough books read by this wonderful narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Risk Pool

  • By: Richard Russo
  • Narrated by: Sean Mangan
  • Length: 19 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Russo's skillful use of dialogue perfectly suits the audio medium. A wonderfully fun and perceptive novel in the traditions of Thornton Wilder and Anne Tyler, The Risk Pool is set in Mohawk, New York, where Ned Hall is doing his best to grow up, even though neither of his estranged parents can properly be called an adult.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Rebecca on 06-04-14

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 06-04-14

Where does The Risk Pool rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best, without a doubt.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All the characters were beautifully evoked by both the author and narrator.

What about Sean Mangan’s performance did you like?

I'd already listened to a previous reading by Sean Mangan and tracked him down to see what other books he'd narrated. The Risk Pool was one, and I just took a chance on it.

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

I simply did not want this book to finish. It was something I listened to day and night, I would save it up for long walks or car journeys and relish the experience.

Any additional comments?

Can't recommend the story or storytelling more highly. What a wonderful family saga. All the characters of the small town are superbly drawn. I can't pin it down but there was something special in the way the author describes events. What looks as though it's going to be in chronological order, in fact comes with many surprises as the author plays with our concepts of time. The chronology does get filled out eventually (the story had to end some time) but in many absorbing and imaginative ways ...really very satisfying.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stoner

  • By: John Williams
  • Narrated by: Robin Field
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

William Stoner is born at the end of the 19th century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar's life, far different from the hardscrabble existence he has known. And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A life so ordinary so well told .

  • By Crocker on 30-07-13

Abdorbing

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

Reviewed: 21-12-13

What made the experience of listening to Stoner the most enjoyable?

Listening to the story unfold over the lifetime of Stoner. I spent a week just living in this story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Being aware of Stoner's self discoveries about his life and his understanding of others' lives. The way he thinks.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the literary references which I'll now check out.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 19 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

The piano is the most popular solo concert instrument in Western music. One of the key reasons is the fact that it has inspired many of the greatest masterpieces in the concert repertoire. To study these masterworks and to understand their genius and lasting appeal is to know one of the greatest accomplishments of Western culture, works that give great pleasure even as they deepen your insight into the meaning of music.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listening.

  • By Rebecca on 17-10-13

Great listening.

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

Reviewed: 17-10-13

Wonderful course which I'm only one-third of the way through. I've learnt so much through this enthusiastic exploration of the composers' music. How satisfying it must be to be a music buff. This value for money.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Switch on Your Brain

  • The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health
  • By: Dr. Caroline Leaf
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 68

You are not a victim of your biology! The vast majority of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life. What we think about truly affects us both physically and emotionally. Today our culture is undergoing an epidemic of toxic thoughts that, left unchecked, create ideal conditions for illnesses. Supported by current scientific and medical research, Dr. Caroline Leaf gives you a prescription for better health and wholeness through correct thinking patterns.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Warning! Try before you buy..

  • By Stephen Wilson on 23-05-16

I feel conned.

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

Reviewed: 17-10-13

This writer cannot resist slipping in how God works in his/her mysterious ways - everything is reduced to pat sayings cherry picked from the bible and dished up as the truth. The publishers have misled me I think.

2 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Nazi Officer's Wife

  • How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust
  • By: Edith Hahn Beer, Susan Dworkin
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a slave labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman, so she went underground.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A riveting Story

  • By J NEILL on 11-02-07

Listen to this to believe it...astonishing.

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

Reviewed: 31-07-13

What an amazing story. It unfolds slowly but the tension keeps building until it starts to feel like fiction. Such details of the buildup of the Nazi terror and killing machine seen experienced by Austrian citizens I had never realized, vividly brought to life.
I have just spent (July 2013) a few days in Vienna where the tour guides don't even mention the war (except how draconian the Versailles Treaty from WWI was). No mention of the Holocaust. I couldn't believe it. So stories like this one need to be told and need to be heard. The narrator used many authentic voices - keeping me enthralled.
If I had been editing this before it went to print, I would have encouraged more detail about the author's life after WWII. That's my only complaint - it wasn't long enough!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Quiet

  • The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
  • By: Susan Cain
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Susan Cain’s groundbreaking book Quiet, brilliantly read by Kathe Mazur. In Quiet, the international best seller, Susan Cain shows how the brain chemistry of introverts and extroverts differs, and how society misunderstands and undervalues introverts. She gives introverts the tools to better understand themselves and take full advantage of their strengths. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with real stories, Quiet will permanently change how we see introverts - and how you see yourself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking A+

  • By Theodore on 10-01-13

On extroverts and introverts - fascinating.

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

Reviewed: 12-06-13

Just a wonderful reading. For non-fiction this felt like fiction, in other words - a real page turner. I couldn't wait to hear the next chapter. Lots of excellent research pulled together to make a coherent whole. I learnt a whole lot about myself, my family, friends and colleagues. I'm hoping there's more to come with the latest research.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful