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Lisa

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  • Skipping Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (683)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (175)

    Best selling author John Grisham (A Time to Kill, The Brethren) returns with a new tale for modern times, offering a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become a part of our holiday tradition.

    Lisa says: "Simple Pleasures!"
    "Simple Pleasures!"
    Overall

    I LOVE this story! If you are looking for something around the holidays to make you laugh in the midst of all the insane bustle, this book will point you in the right direction! Within his comical story line, you will find profound truth about what the holidays have become in America. As simple as it might sound, I think this is my favorite Grisham novel. Throughout the whole thing, I kept saying, "He is a genius!" Listening to it as I frantically cleaned my house, baked, and signed Christmas cards made me smile at my own pace and caused me to slow down and reflect as to what I feel is really important around the holidays. Even if you've read it, or simply seen the movie, download this and listen to it - it will definitely make your holidays bright!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (3893)
    Performance
    (3468)
    Story
    (3466)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
    "Excellent narration"
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    Story

    This was a really enjoyable book. The narrator used different accents to make the narration really rich. It was a great story, and would appeal to those who have been touched by the issues surrounding being orphaned/foster care/adoption issues. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it!

    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
    Overall
    (27107)
    Performance
    (13730)
    Story
    (13775)

    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!"
    "Oh My!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    It's actually difficult to find words that adequately explain the excellence of this book on audio. Stockett is amazing, and I am quite sure the book itself is riveting in all its honesty, sensitivity, and authenticity of life as it was in the south at a pivotal time in our nation's history. I will say, however, that, having never lived in the south myself, I cannot imagine getting out of it all that was intended without hearing this spectacular audio presentation. The narrators were PHENOMENAL - ALL of them!!!!! And it communicated to me the very soul of this exquisite work. I hemmed and hawed for a few weeks before I bought and dove into it myself - do NOT wait as I did!! If you have a soul to dip into, you will NOT be disappointed. I have listened to probably about 200 audio books by now, and I can honestly say, this has been one of the very BEST! Well done, audio - this deserves a TOP prize!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dancing at the Rascal Fair

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ivan Doig
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (241)

    Dancing at the Rascal Fair by National Book Award nominee Ivan Doig captures the passion and tenacity of turn-of-the-century immigrants struggling to build new lives amidst Montana’s windswept Rockies. The tale unfolds into a contest of the heart between Anna Ramsay and Angus McCaskill—kept apart by obligations—as they and their stormy kin vie to tame the brutal land.

    Dana C. Nicolay says: "New Favorite"
    "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
    Overall

    Many reviews have complained that this book is slow. I think it just depends on the reader's preferences. If you are the type of person that enjoys historical fiction, picturesque landscapes, and deep character development, then I'm confident you will love this book. Robert Ian MacKenzie does a phenomenal job of bringing these Scottish immigrants to life in beautiful dialect. The story flows well, and the characters are brought to life in an endearing way. I thought it was thoroughly enjoyable and was not disappointed in the least - was actually sorry it ended. If, however, you like a fast-paced thriller, perhaps this is not the book for you. If you have any personal connection to Montana, the early pioneering days in the Northwest, or the plight of Scottish immigrants, you will find the book fascinating. I highly recommend it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Complex: Artemis Fowl 7

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (909)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (510)

    Artemis has committed his entire fortune to a project he believes will save the planet and its inhabitants, both human and fairy. Can it be true? Has goodness taken hold of the world’s greatest teenage criminal mastermind?

    jaspersu says: "back to form"
    "So-so Colfer?"
    Overall

    If somemone would have told me, I wouldn't have believed it. Is Eoin Colfer capable of writing a so-so book? Unfortunately, YES! I am an avid Colfer fan - and he hasn't lost me as a loyal! But, if I had to be truly honest, The Atlantis Complex left me wanting. Did anyone else get the feeling that around 2/3 of the book, an important person popped his or her head into Colfer's office and said, "Times up!" - That's what it felt like. The book took so, so long to get going ... and then after a few minor scrapes and escapes, the villain is unseen (but for sure?) and the book is ending. It was very unlike the Artemis Fowls before that have gripped me until the last page. I will say that I did like Artemis' alter-ego, and the dialogue between he and Foaly were absolutely hilarious! It was great to have more of Foaly's character mixed into the chemistry, but that's about all I can say. Nathaniel Parker does an excellent job as always, and I am THRILLED that Audible has finally learned their lesson on that one (NO one else will do for Artemis!) - but I am really hoping Colfer is back in his office, with the door locked this time, so no one can interrupt his spectacularly creative mind!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Patched Together: A Story of My Story

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brennan Manning
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In this warm and charming three-part story, Willie Juan moves from orphaned boy to prodigal adult to ragamuffin friend of Abba. As with any parable, there is one overarching truth: the unconditional love of God. Patched Together is a charming retelling of the Gospel story of forgiveness, acceptance, and joy in God's friendship.

    Lisa says: "Breathtaking ..."
    "Breathtaking ..."
    Overall

    It's difficult to know how to express in words what Manning's works stir in my soul. He has been a kindred spirit to me for over 20 years, and this work is a happy addition to the long line of writings from him that I hold dear to my heart.
    Patched Together is the kind of work I would venture to say every person in this big, diverse world of ours would identify with in some way or another. I've made a challenge to all my friends: download the book, go away somewhere (preferably a natural, aesthetically pleasing place), turn off your cell phones and any other electronic device that would hinder or distract (save your iPOD, obviously), close your eyes, and drift into the world of Willy Juan for 2 hours and 13 minutes. I am willing to bet that anyone who picks up that challenge will be moved in the depths of the soul somehow. I loved the book; I loved the narration. Excellent piece of work that will most likely be a permanent fixture on my iPOD so that I can enjoy it anytime of the day or night. Simply Breathtaking!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Flyte: Septimus Heap, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Angie Sage
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1059)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (549)

    It's been a year since Septimus Heap discovered his real family and true calling to be a wizard. As apprentice to Extra Ordinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand, he is learning the arts of Conjurations, Charms, and other Magyk, while Jenna is adapting to life as the princess and enjoying the castle. But there is something sinister at work. Marcia is constantly trailed by a menacing Darke Shadow, and Septimus's brother Simon seems bent on a revenge no one understands. Why is the Darke Magyk still lingering?

    Lisa says: "Still good, but a letdown from book one"
    "Still good, but a letdown from book one"
    Overall

    Angie Sage's second installment was still entertaining, albeit a bit more predictable while the characters were rather more irritating than enchanting, as in the first. But, I can't help wonder if it was the narration that changed things for me. Allan Corunder did such a phenomenal job in the first book. His voices were so riveting, entertaining, enchanting - it was hard for any of us to put the book down. This second narrator was okay - and that was it - just okay. I almost felt as if I needed to reacquaint myself with some of the characters, who seemed totally different than in the first book (example, Marcia was so solid and funny and quirky with her fascinating purple shoes in the first book; in the second, she seemed inept and downright irritating at times - and that to me really stemmed from the narration, not the writing). I miss Mr. Corunder's hilarious interpretations, and I wish I could hear him narrate for all the books. As it is, I'm not sure I'll go on with the series. There certainly isn't a delicious anticipation to get to the next in the series as there was in the first. - A bit of a letdown.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • 44 Scotland Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (277)

    The brilliant Alexander McCall Smith became an international sensation with his New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels. His award-winning wit, made famous through that series, is fully on display in 44 Scotland Street.

    J. Rogers says: "Smith's answer to Maupin"
    "Delightfully Addicting"
    Overall

    I must confess, I haven't experienced anything by McCall Smith yet - I know, I know - the detective agency books are supposed to be great, so my mom tells me. But, the idea of daily life in Edinburgh appealed to me more, so I started with this, not knowing what to expect. The narrator is just great - really stays in the Scottish accent and even gives each of the characters a bit of a twist. I loved that. The book itself might be considered slow to some - and so it is. Yet, as it slowly unfolds, one develops a deep investment the characters, which is why this book was so surprisingly addicting for me. When it ended, I just stopped everything I did and went to download the next installment! I can't wait to start the next! Just a really, really great book - what my mom would affectionately define as "brain candy." It's true!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Clare Wille
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (58)

    When Margaret Hale moves with her father from the comfort of the south of England to the industrial north, she is at first repulsed by what she sees; and then when she discovers the conditions under which the workers are forced to live, she is outraged. But this throws her into direct conflict with the powerful young mill-owner, John Thornton. Using personal passions to explore deep social divisions, North and South is a great romance and one of Elizabeth Gaskell's finest works.

    Lisa says: "So Glad I Went The Distance!"
    "So Glad I Went The Distance!"
    Overall

    I am SO GLAD I bought this book and experienced it through audio! I love the movie and so almost didn't bother, thinking I'd experienced it adequately - was I wrong! The book is SO much clearer and livelier!! And the narrator is absolutely stunning! Her voices and accents are amazing - she pegs the Northern British accent versus the Southern just perfectly as well as the working class versus the educated class at that time in Great Britain. Truly, her reading captivated me! I was lost in it and really felt sad when it was over!! If you're contemplating buying, contemplate no longer! It is worth every penny and so, so much more! Enjoy!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Magyk: Septimus Heap, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Angie Sage
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1749)
    Performance
    (849)
    Story
    (862)

    The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.

    Lindsey says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Simply Delighted!"
    Overall

    This read was simply delightful!! The story is fantastic and reminds me of all the good reasons for being a kid!!! Allan Corduner is phenomenal!!! My kids and I have an ongoing contest of who can best be the voice of Marcia - "Oh ... my purple python shoes!" We thoroughly enjoyed this audible and recommend it to kids and adults alike who enjoy stepping into magical lands and letting the narrator whisk them away to adventure! My only sadness is that Audible didn't use Mr. Corduner for the sequels - which we have been hesitant to buy for that reason. Why do you do that??? In spite of this, the book was fantastic, and we will most likely give the others a chance as well.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Reason for God

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Timothy Keller
    • Narrated By Timothy Keller
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (241)

    The End of Faith. The God Delusion. God Is Not Great. Letter to a Christian Nation. Best seller lists are filled with doubters. But what happens when you actually doubt your doubts?

    Michael says: "The Rocky Balboa of Apologetics"
    "WOW!"
    Overall

    WOW! I am (almost) speechless! This has got to be my FAVorite read in the last year!! Tim Keller is the strong bridge between the dichotomy of super intelligent (head) and super lover (heart)! Listening to him read his own words made it so personal - I felt as though we were having a deep and meaningful conversation over coffee in a comfortable cafe somewhere in the city. Again, I say, "WOW!" - ANY person, regardless of creed or religion would benefit from diving into the "deep-end" with this very thoughtful, very intelligent man! Thank you, Mr. Keller - you are well-read, respectful, and incredibly gracious!! And thank you, Audible, for making this so accessible! It is one I will listen to over and over again - and suggest to ALL my friends!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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