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  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Ken Follett does it again!"

    Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth in book form kept me engrossed from start to finish. He's done it again! I haven't even finished listening to part 3 and I give this five stars. I thought I might regret getting the audiobook instead of the novel, but John Lee's narration brings it to life. When I stop listening and open my eyes, I'm almost surprised to see that I'm in the 21st century!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Holiday Classics by O. Henry

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By O. Henry
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis

    When it comes to the holidays, no story brings us back to the true spirit of giving like O. Henry’s classic "The Gift of the Magi". So this year we’ve asked some of your favorite Audible narrators—Audie Award winners Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, and Jonathan Davis—to bring to life this timeless tale, plus two more of O. Henry’s gems: "The Cop and the Anthem" and "The Last Leaf", in this holiday collection.

    Sherry says: "Thank You"
    "Thank You"

    Thank you, Audible, for such a thoughtful gift. Merry Christmas to all! A longtime Canadian listener.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Too many words"

    I really loved the first two parts of this book. The story showed me aspects of India that were surprising and delightful. Some parts were absolutely hilarious, and others were incredibly tragic. Part 3 onward just seemed to go on and on without contributing to the story. I would listen to the first two parts again, though. They were that good!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"

    This was one of the best books I have read since My Sister's Keeper. All of the narrators bring the book to life. It's as if the maids are sitting with me and telling me their story. I was sorry when it was over, and hope to see more books by Kathryn Stockett.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mercy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Police chief Cameron McDonald has lived in idyllic Wheelock, Massachusetts, for most of his life, as has his beloved wife, Allie. Their lives are thrown into tumult, however, when Cam's cousin, Jamie, arrives in town, along with his wife's dead body. Jamie admits to the murder: a mercy killing to end the pain caused by a ravaging cancer. And now Cam is torn by his oath to uphold justice and his family obligations. Meanwhile, another new arrival in town threatens to drive a dagger through Cam's marriage.

    Corinne says: "Her books are always good"
    "A Disappointment"

    After having been spoiled with such treasurers as Nineteen Minutes, The Pact and especially Her Sister's Keeper, Mercy was a big disappointment. If there was an abridged version (I didn't check), I should have taken it. It was almost like the Eveready Bunny - it kept going, and going and going...I had to look at the synopsis again to make sure I wasn't reading a Harlequin Romance! This was an earlier book, though, so I won't give up on her future books.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Bancroft Strategy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Todd Belknap, a legendary field agent for Consular Operations with a reputation as a cowboy, is cut loose from the agency after an operation goes wrong. At the same time, Jared Rinehart, his best friend and fellow agent, is abducted in Lebanon by a militia group with a vicious reputation. When the government refuses to either rescue Rinehart or negotiate for his release, Belknap decides to take matters into his own hands.

    Dan says: "Beyond bad"
    "Take the abridged version. Please!"

    I usually liked Ludlum, but I couldn't get past the first download, and that says a lot because I rarely give up on a book. It was boring, too many plots and sub-plots. Just couldn't keep my attention. Perhaps paring it down by a few hours would have helped.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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