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  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4985)
    Performance
    (1859)
    Story
    (1872)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "One of the best"
    Overall

    This book may be the best book I've listened to. Well read, beautifully written, interesting story, realistic characters. The lyrical prose in this book captured my mind as I listened and I found myself not being able to concentrate on the story as the readers kept reading. I needed to think about and process what I had just heard. It was a wonderful book to listen to, but it also needs to be read. I listened, and then ordered the hard back so that I could read it next. Don't let the concept of ghosts deter you. This book celebrates reading, literature, and our own personal stories. Don't pass it up!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Weight of Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Heather Gudenkauf
    • Narrated By Jim Colby, Eliza Foss, Cassandra Morris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (722)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (581)

    It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn's shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night. Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.

    Sara says: "A jewel"
    "Jodi Picoult has nothing to worry about!"
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    One of the reasons I got this book was a previous reviewer compared this author to Jodi Picoult. SO not true. The idea behind the story line is ok and I found myself completing the book even though is was awful (long drive, no other book). I'm not sure if it was the poor readers or poor writing or both. Maudlin, banal, trite memories are how you are to get background information and they are so shmaltsy that I wanted to fast forward through most of them. There are multiple readers - Petra is good, and Ben isn't bad, but the rest are awful! I'm glad this was only a daily deal and that I didn't waste a credit on it. Don't bother with this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Last Call

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tim Powers
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    Scott Crane abandoned his career as a professional poker player 20 years ago and hasn’t returned to Las Vegas, or held a hand of cards, in 10 years. But troubling nightmares about a strange poker game he once attended on a houseboat on Lake Mead are drawing him back to the magical city. For the mythic game he believed he won did not end that night in 1969—and the price of his winnings was his soul. Now, a pot far more strange and perilous than he ever could imagine depends on the turning of a card.

    donna says: "Deal me in"
    "A weird book!"
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    I really wanted to like this book, but I couldn't finish it. So many reviewers were crazy about this author and I hadn't "read" one of his before. I found the book because I love the narrator and was searching for more books that he read. I like weird. I can read fantasy, magic, and sci-fi, but for some reason this didn't work for me. There is a lot of action going on and you mustn't let your mind wander for a minute! There is so much information in there that is delivered so fast that I couldn't keep up and then, eventually, gave up. I found myself confused for the whole first section.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Tao of Pooh

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Benjamin Hoff
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (681)

    Author Benjamin Hoff shows that the philosophy of Winnie-the-Pooh is amazingly consistent with the principles of Taoism and demonstrates how you can use these principles in your daily life. Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist's favorite food is honey.

    Gavin says: "Simply Pooh"
    "Something A.A. Milne would never have expected!"
    Overall
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    I feel quite certain that A.A. Milne would be surprised to see Pooh as an inspiration for
    Taoist teachings, but it was brilliant. Having grown up loving Pooh, and all things A.A. Milne, I had the prior knowledge and appreciation for Pooh and his view of the world. I knew/know very little about Taoism, but he was perfect for this introduction. I now see all these characters differently and they have allowed me to gain a basic initiation to Taoist fundamentals. I have listened to it twice already. I think I will need to buy the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Infatuations

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Javier Marías, Margaret Jull Costa (translator)
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    At the Madrid café where she stops for breakfast each day before work, María Dolz finds herself drawn to a couple who is also there every morning. Though she can hardly explain it, observing what she imagines to be their "unblemished" life lifts her out of the doldrums of her own existence. But what begins as mere observation turns into an increasingly complicated entanglement when the man is fatally stabbed in the street. María approaches the widow to offer her condolences, and at the couple’s home she meets - and falls in love with - another man who sheds disturbing new light on the crime.

    stl1111 says: "Skip this one!"
    "Skip this one!"
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    This book had positive publicist reviews and still sounds very interesting. I am a patient listener and more than willing to give a book lots of time to develop. But I couldn't listen to this narrator more than 4 hours. She sounds distraught and overly emotional at all times - even when not appropriate to the story. She's awful! I was driving and eventually listened to my young grandson's music rather than tolerate her another minute! This book may be one that is worth reading but don't bother listening.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1965)
    Performance
    (1323)
    Story
    (1333)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

    Sydney says: "a gentle mystery"
    "This series is marvelous!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to all of the books in this series and am listening to them all again with my husband when we drive together. He loves them, too. Ms. Penny has created thoughtful, interesting characters that you come to know better and better as the series develops. They are all murder mysteries, but the murders are the least important parts of the books. The murders may bring the characters together, but the books are about so much more!
    At first, I couldn't imagine a series that is primarily set in a small rural town that has murder after murder happening within it. But Ms. Penny has skillfully intertwined the stories and characters with other places and situations, and that isn't a problem. The narrator is perfect for these books. His voice, and his French, create a believable rendering of the stories. I love Inspector Gamache. He is a gentle, intelligent, character who isn't flawed and world-weary like Harry Hole, or Harry Bosch, or Dave Robicheaux. These books are not terrifying, gruesome, edge-of-your-seat page turners, but in many ways far more compelling. They seem real and deal with emotions and situations that "everyday" sorts of people can relate to. I love these books and recommend you read all of them and do them in order so you can grow with the characters and the pieces of them that are revealed in each book. You won't be sorry!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    Overall
    (1144)
    Performance
    (959)
    Story
    (971)

    Many consider this rich social commentary to be Jane Austen's finest novel. It is certainly among her more famous ones. Austen sets her entertaining study of manners and misconceptions against the backdrop of a class-conscious society in 18th-century England.

    Rachel Kapila says: "Flo Gibson Reads You Stories"
    "How can you go wrong with Pride and Predjudice?"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my all-time favorite classics, but the reader spoiled the book. Ms. Gibson's narration does not "fit" the book. Her voice sounds "old" and scratchy and inappropriate for the characters she is portraying. And the speed of her narration is too fast. Everything is said at the same quick pace and there is no variance. I really didn't like it and had to stop listening. Very disappointing!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Sunless Sea: William Monk, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (162)

    As commander of the River Police, Monk is accustomed to violent death, but the mutilated female body found on Limehouse Pier one chilly December morning moves him with horror and pity. The victim’s name is Zenia Gadney. Her waterfront neighbors can tell him little - only that the same unknown gentleman had visited her once a month for many years. She must be a prostitute, but - described as quiet and kempt - she doesn’t appear to be a fallen woman. What sinister secrets made poor Zenia worth killing?

    A User says: "Riveting"
    "A Disappointment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to many of Anne Perry's books and have liked the ones from this series - until this one. The plot is rehashed with every conversation and every character over and over and over again. It was like she was padding the story to make it longer or something. I couldn't finish it. There was basically no character development and even though the crime to be solved was an interesting one and had potential, it wasn't developed well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bat: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (975)
    Performance
    (839)
    Story
    (829)

    Harry is out of his depth. Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He's not supposed to get too involved. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry. He might just be the next victim.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Probably the best of this remarkable series."
    "Not the Usual Nesbo"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Bat?

    I've listened to all of the other Nesbo books and had been curious about the first one since there have been so many references to the serial killer Harry caught in Australia. Nesbo must have gotten better as he wrote more books. This book was was filled with interesting Aboriginal legends but they didn't really apply to the story. The story wasn't believable. There were too many flashbacks to his previous relationship. The reader was ok, but not red hot. He doesn't do a very believable "drunk". All in all, I was sorry I bought this one and I love that Audible lets me return books I don't like.


    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4279)
    Performance
    (3681)
    Story
    (3660)

    For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard. Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes.

    Elle says: "I'd listen to Guidall read the tax code, so..."
    "Skip this one!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Even if you have liked the other Mitch Rapp books, you'll be hard pressed to like this one.
    Once you are past the first big action scene, you have to wait for 8 hours for anything new to happen. Unnecessary history of characters that you won't meet again, a schlog of information that doesn't apply to the plot, restatements, and restatements of how much all the minor characters hate the invincible Rapp. This is an absolutely


    Would you ever listen to anything by Vince Flynn again?

    I'm pretty sure I'm through with Vince Flynn.


    Would you be willing to try another one of George Guidall’s performances?

    I have loved George Guidall's performances in the past. In the correct venues, he is wonderful. He was perfect for the Mitford Series. He was outstanding in all of Tony Hillerman's books. But, good old George is LOST with these French accents! Any time he is out of the good old U S of A, he is out of his depth. I'll listen to him again, but will be careful about the book choice.


    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Snowman

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2127)
    Performance
    (1453)
    Story
    (1455)

    Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn....

    Anita says: "many layered thriller"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    REALLY liked this book! I've been looking for a good mystery and have struck out with several of my recent purchases. Not so with The Snowman. Good narration, interesting characters, complicated and well developed plot. My first Nesbo book, but won't be my last.

    30 of 32 people found this review helpful

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