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  • New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Bill Maher
    • Narrated By Bill Maher
    Overall
    (708)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    Bill Maher first came to national attention as the host of the hit Comedy Central and ABC-TV program Politically Incorrect, where he offered a combustible mixture of irreverence and acerbic humor that helped him to garner a loyal following, as well as a reputation for being a hilarious provocateur.

    Scott says: "Funny and true but also Annoying"
    "Maher does it right"
    Overall

    Maher says out loud what we all think in our private thoughts ... and wish we had enough guts to stand by publically.

    Nothing is sacred - not the liberals, not the conservatives. All political and religous groups are hammered. No sacred cow unturned. A "fast listen" - over much too soon. I want more Bill Maher...

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Cricket on the Hearth

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (2024)
    Performance
    (1699)
    Story
    (1717)

    The holidays are upon us, and this year Audible is very happy to present to our members one of Charles Dickens’ most popular Christmas stories, The Cricket on the Hearth. This holiday classic (original subtitle: “A Fairy Tale of Home”) tells the innocent, picturesque, and charming story of a poor family and their would-be guardian angel; in short, a delightful vision of Victorian Christmas. As always, a great story calls for a great voice, so we’ve brought in legendary actor and record-breaking Audie and Grammy award-winning narrator Jim Dale (The Night Circus). Happy holidays and happy listening!

    Linda Lou McCall says: "NOT "DICKENSIAN" ENOUGH"
    "Charming Victorian short"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    the story includes a reward for the finder of a lost item…Charles Dickens neglects to say what happened with this handsome reward. The story would have concluded better with this lose end resolved--especially in light of the poverty of one of the characters.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Mystery was solved but the drama of one of the characters involved in the mystery was left unresolved.


    What does Jim Dale bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The variety of charming English dialects - so effortlessly that each character stood out as individuals


    Did The Cricket on the Hearth inspire you to do anything?

    no - light entertainment to use up a 47 minute commute. No deep thinking required.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2557)
    Performance
    (2370)
    Story
    (2374)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Mystery Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "Story of Murder, Lost Souls, and Life Found"
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    Would you listen to Joyland again? Why?

    Yes. Stephen King's story unfolds as a 21-yr old college student begins his summer job at an amusement park. The story is of lost love, friendship, betrayal, heroism, and learning to trust. The setting is an amusement park where an unsolved murder occurred a few years earlier. The college kid is a lost soul...the love of his life has dumped him and he is trying to figure out what to do with his life. There other lost souls...including a cranky old "carnie" that berates everyone, the owner of the financially dying Joyland, and maybe too the ghost of the murdered girl.

    Stephen King's storytelling rolls out in first-person and it feels like the young man is sitting next to you on a long airplane flight quietly telling his story just to you.

    The dialogue was well written - in just a few short words Stephen King leaves the reader with an intimate set of details so cleverly strung you can see and hear and even taste the air of the amusement park...and just maybe you are one of the chosen to glimpse the outline of a ghost.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The layers of the story kept me listening without interruption... Will the truth behind the murder at the amusement park be solved? Is the fortune teller psychic... or a fake? Is there a ghost at the park? All these unfold as background story to the young man's struggle to get over being dumped by his first love.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kelly – was your favorite?

    Main character speech pattern is perfect. So true to form for a 21 yr old character mooning over lost love; stress to make decisions on friendships; and descriptions of what it's like to work like a "Hound Dog" during hot and hectic summer days. The reader did excellent job with all the characters. Young and old, male and female... crusty old carnie workers and librarians... each personality came thru his voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Joyland - where lives are lost and found


    Any additional comments?

    I stayed away from Stephen King books as they scared me too much (The Shinning...) but came back for Joyland...and so glad I did. The story is a simple straightforward telling - yet so rich with complexity of back-story layers, realistic settings, and unique personalities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1233)
    Performance
    (1118)
    Story
    (1110)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Reader turns good story into timeless treasure"
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    What did you love best about The Good House?

    Author's words pour out of Hildy's mouth in such an easy conversational flow. Just as if Hildy was sitting next to you on a long airplane flight. She tells you, a stranger, stories of her little town and of her life that she'd never say publicly to those she knows. Dialogue is so rich, I finished the book and started over again!


    What other book might you compare The Good House to and why?

    The humor is Dave Barry. And the gut jabs of reality is Fanny Flagg "Green Fried Tomatoes".


    Which character – as performed by Mary Beth Hurt – was your favorite?

    Hildy's voice is PERFECT... and yet the reader, Mary Beth Hurt did justice to ALL the characters. She brought the story to life. Her reading was so natural it was like she was in the room sitting next to you, leaning in slightly as she shares this story.


    If you could take any character from The Good House out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Hildy and her ex-spouse. Those two are perfect company!


    Any additional comments?

    Plan to buy more by this author and reader

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ben Macintyre
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (313)

    As plans got under way for the Allied invasion of Sicily in June 1943, British counter-intelligence agent Ewen Montagu masterminded a scheme to mislead the Germans into thinking the next landing would occur in Greece. This extraordinary operation called for a dead body, dressed as a Royal Marine officer and carrying false information about a pending Allied invasion of Greece, to wash up on a Spanish shore near the town of a known Nazi agent.

    Jack M says: "Better than the movie"
    "Creative Espionage and Luck Turns the Tide in WWII"
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    What made the experience of listening to Operation Mincemeat the most enjoyable?

    Reads like a PBS special on WWII - with all the details needed to paint the true story of mundane daily routines in the war, brilliant minds, warring egos, and a plot that sounds like it was lifted from a preposterous Hollywood action film...but it is not fiction. Rather it is the incredible telling of British espionage that turns the tide in WWII. I enjoyed "AGENT ZIGZAG" by same author...and not disappointed with this story of how a dead body fooled the German military. Readers will enjoy the fine layer of details added to the story as they draw to mind such a visual image that when you think back on this book you'll have a hard time remembering did you read this one or was it a move?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Match

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Barret Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (746)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (221)

    The Thorpes were the perfect couple: young, attractive, and ideally matched. But the veil of perfection can mask many secrets. When the Thorpes are found dead in their tasteful Flagstaff living room, having committed double-suicide, alarms go off in the executive offices of Eden, Incorporated, the worldwide matchmaking phenomenon that uses its astonishing artificial intelligence to create supercouples and guarantee its customers just one thing: lifelong happiness.

    Rodney says: "Sounds like something from the WWF, but no..."
    "Trite - Needs an editor with scissors"
    Overall

    Lovers matched by computer and the perfect couples end up dead. Good premise for a story but it falls flat. Trite and overly long build up of the plot. If I wasn't stuck in a long car ride with nothing else to listen to I would have tossed it out the window. Author Childs has done better work... he could have used an editor with a decent pair of scissors to cut the heck out of this one... I gave it two stars because of the decent reader...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Navel: A Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Susie Breck, Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (124)

    Chicago policewoman Jack Daniels is back, and this time she's locked up in her mother's home, along with her fiancé, her mom, and one of the scariest psychos ever to escape from prison.

    They're being held hostage by a group of vigilantes on a murderous spree, who have gone from killing bad guys to wanting to take down a cop. And the suspense is killing everyone.

    Kathy says: "Audible! Get more Konard stories!"
    "overly done - skip this one"
    Overall

    Crime drama/comedy? Characters are stereotypes. Villains and good guys alike shoot it out through the entire book... from one contrived situation to another. Bad guy snipers pin down the unarmed good guys for hours and hours in a rural house. Over-the-top preposterous set of circumstances, dialogue and plot. I regret this purchase.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12673)
    Performance
    (5138)
    Story
    (5199)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Place on your NEXT LISTEN!"
    Overall

    Three minutes into this story you'll be hooked. The narrators (voices representing the main character at 90-something and 23-something) are excellent... The reading is with such skill you can "see" the story unfolding. The author has woven a story of flashbacks told by the 90 year old and a 1930's young man of 23-something. The story is set in a travelling circus - with some quirky characters and young loves. The animals, the big top, and the life and death of survival make this a riviting story. Worth all 5 stars and should be on your NEXT LISTEN.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil Wears Prada

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1158)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (249)

    Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, is hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the successful editor of Runway magazine. Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts Prada! Armani! Versace! at every turn. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether the job is worth the price of her soul.

    Howard says: "You won't be able to stop the player"
    "entertaiing start - weak ending"
    Overall

    First half is hysterical fast-pace development of the main characters - the self centered boss-from-hell and the weak-kneed assistant who is trying to make her way in the fashion business. But the second half is just a rehash of the same boss-from-hell situations from the first half of the book. The humorous situations are retold over and over. First few times is funny... then gets old real fast. I stayed with the story however to see the growth of the main characters - but the characters go nowhere. No growth and no change in the situation from opening lines. Good start - weak ending. Maybe the movie vrsion solves this weak ending?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fala Factor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The year is 1942, and Eleanor Roosevelt is convinced that there is an imposter in the White House masquerading as Fala, FDR¿s prized Scottie. Positive that a shady veterinarian has absconded with the genuine pooch, Eleanor turns for help to that much-battered and near penniless private eye: Toby Peters.

    Michele says: "Gumshoe detective story"
    "Gumshoe detective story"
    Overall

    Entertaining story set in Eleanor Roosevelt's era... The down-on-his-luck detective is has an office in a back room of a hack dentist. He is hired to track down the dog-napping of Roosevelt's dog much to the dismay of his Police Chief brother... not to mention the bad guys that don't want the dog found. The reader does an excellent job with accents that call to mind John Travolta from "Get Shortly". Expect this will be a Hollywood movie some day. Author writes so well you can "see" the story unfold. A quick wit humor with a knack for using some of the most unsual descriptions to describe a scene. A few laugh out loud moments.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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