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  • Stoner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Williams
    • Narrated By Robin Field
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (245)

    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.

    Jessica says: "Incredible story with ALMOST perfect narration"
    "A Surprise"
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    Would you listen to Stoner again? Why?

    I don't usually listen to books more than once, so I don't think so.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stoner, of course. I couldn't believe I was so taken with a lonely, plodding, accepting man's daily life.


    Have you listened to any of Robin Field’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    In the first few sentences, I didn't think I was going to like Mr. Fields narration, but after the first minute, I was totally immersed. He doesn't try to do extreme voices but rather just tells the story.


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

    The interactions Stoner has with his parents after he leaves home are so stiff and stilted and yet very touching. His parents are wonderfully drawn characters and yet they have only a very small part in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the most wonderful books I've read come to me through the Daily Deal, as did this one. I so enjoyed the book that I have had a hard time getting interested in another. That doesn't happen to me often.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4492)
    Performance
    (3844)
    Story
    (3821)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "A Perfect Summer Read"
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    If you could sum up Her Royal Spyness in three words, what would they be?

    Light, fun, interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Her Royal Spyness?

    When Georgiana goes to the wedding with Darcy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved Georgiana's meetings with the Queen. Courtly comedy and brown bread with tea. A lovely combination.


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

    No, although the first meeting with her grandfather was sweet.


    Any additional comments?

    This isn't a terrific mystery, but it is a fun book and perfectly suited to summer. I won't read the rest of the series quickly, but it will definitely stay on my "to be read" list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3605)
    Performance
    (2521)
    Story
    (2524)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "The Best of Irving"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Prayer for Owen Meany the most enjoyable?

    I read the book many years ago, but didn't appreciate it until this audible version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The characters are all very well drawn and it's impossible to pick one.


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

    I have always felt that a good narrator makes an audible book into a movie in my mind. Joe Barrett certainly did that. I could see everything so clearly.


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

    Defiinitely yes, but I was also hoping I could make it last forever.


    Any additional comments?

    I always thought "Garp" was my favorite Irving book. Now I'm going to have to listen to the audible version of that one to see if it maintains first place. "Owen Meany" is a stand-out of a book and will be hard to beat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chinese Shawl: Miss Silver, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Tanis Lyle was one of those passionate women who always get their own way. Her cousin Laura hated her. Most women did. But men found her irresistible and she used them mercilessly. So when Tanis was found murdered there seemed to be any number of suspects on hand. But Miss Silver had her own suspicions…

    3dogs3 says: "Cozy Indeed"
    "Cozy Indeed"
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    Would you listen to The Chinese Shawl again? Why?

    No - as much as I love the Miss Silver books, they don't bear repeating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    If it had been a movie, I'd have enjoyed Tanis and Aunt Agnes


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

    Diana Bishop is a consummate narrator. She saves many a book.


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

    No extremes in a cozy!


    Any additional comments?

    I love the term "cozy". It describes exactly what these books are. When you need a break from some tough reads, it's nice to be bundled up in an English cozy. I retreat to Miss Silver quite often and she always calms me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blank Slate

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tiffany Snow
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (204)

    As a cyber-hacker born into a family of thieves, Clarissa O’Connell thinks she’s seen the worst the criminal underworld has to offer - until her brother is arrested and she’s forced into a pact with the notorious crime boss known only as Solomon to free him. For FBI agent Erik Langston, the world is divided into black and white, wrong and right. So he’s made it his life’s mission to hunt down Solomon. When Clarissa’s cyberattacks begin to topple Solomon’s enemies, Erik is hot on her trail, believing her to be the key to bringing down Solomon and his empire.

    Lia says: "I Should Have Listened To The Reviews"
    "At Least I Didn't Use Any Points"
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    What did you like best about Blank Slate? What did you like least?

    It was a "Daily Deal" so I didn't have a lot invested in it and that's a good thing. The story was okay, and the narrator was fine for the women characters. Unfortunately the men all sounded the same so it was sometimes hard to tell who was talking. They kind of reminded me of the Scarecrow from "Wizard of Oz" -- not the brightest bulbs, but I think that was because of the voice given them.


    If you’ve listened to books by Tiffany Snow before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't read any others and am not likely to in the future.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    See above -- her male voices were all the same and the one voioe was not a good one.


    Was Blank Slate worth the listening time?

    Barely


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't use any points and I didn't spend a lot of money. Both good things as far as this book is concerned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Noble House

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (385)

    The setting is Hong Kong, 1963. The action spans scarcely more than a week, but these are the days of high adventure, from kidnapping and murder to financial double-dealing and natural catastrophes: fire, flood, and landslide. Yet they are days filled as well with all the mystery and romance of Hong Kong, the heart of Asia, rich in every trade: money, flesh, opium, power.

    Lily says: "Great story, great narrator"
    "The Best!"
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    Where does Noble House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to so many good books during my time here, but this one is definitely in the top 3.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Once the story got started (it was a little slow for me), I felt like I was riding waves of action. Periods of relative quiet would be followed by action so thrilling that I sometimes found myself holding my breath.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    Everything. The only complaint, and it's a minor one, is that his American voices sounded like they were either from Texas or Brooklyn. The characterization of Linc immediately made me think of Matthew McConaghy and I couldn't get his face out of my mind.


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

    The Asian "Gone With the Wind".


    Any additional comments?

    I tried to read "Shogun" when I was much, much younger and had a difficult time with it. I'm so glad that Audible and John Lee have found a way to make James Clavell's books one of the most amazing reading experiences I've had.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (706)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (448)

    Garrison Keillor's latest book is about the wedding of a girl named Dede Ingebretson, who comes home from California with a guy named Brent. Dede has made a fortune in veterinary aromatherapy; Brent bears a strong resemblance to a man wanted for extortion who's pictured on a poster in the town's post office. Then there's the memorial service for Dede's aunt Evelyn, who led a footloose and adventurous life after the death of her husband 17 years previously.

    A User says: "Brillliant but not lighthearted"
    "Keillor's a Treasure"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Of course. The only thing better than seeing Garrison Keillor perform in person is having him read a book to you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Keillor's almost monotone delivery enhances his wonderful sense of humor and gives so many real LOL moments. The ending should definitely be in a movie.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite was not a scene; it was the conversations inside Barbara's head. Her mother may have been a wonderful character, but Barbara is the one I'd like to spend time with.


    If you could rename Pontoon, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't rename it.


    Any additional comments?

    I live near Lake Wobegon and love Garrison Keillor. I've followed him on the radio, on PBS, cassette tapes, CDs, books and now audiobooks. I think he and Fanny Flagg are two real American treasures and wish Audible had all of their books available. Please?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alex Marwood
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (785)
    Performance
    (717)
    Story
    (706)

    On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives - and unknowing families to protect - will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

    Lesley says: "I didn't want to like these girls..."
    "A Nice Surprise"
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    What did you love best about The Wicked Girls?

    It was a well-told story with wonderfully drawn characters. Even the "bit players" had interesting storylines. It was one of the many great surprises I've found in the "Daily Deal" books which I impulse buy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both girls, especially as adults, were complex characters, each of which could have a book of her own.


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

    I always prefer audiobooks, especially when read by a good narrator. It's like having a movie in your head.


    If you could rename The Wicked Girls, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't rename it.


    Any additional comments?

    I was sorry that I couldn't find more books by Alex Marwood on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6639)
    Performance
    (6036)
    Story
    (6042)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "What a Writer!"
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    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


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

    Not really, but I was thoroughly involved with the well-drawn characters.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favorite?

    Both Strike and Robin. I can't wait to read more about them.


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

    I gave it a good try but eventually fell asleep (and then had to backtrack and find my place).


    Any additional comments?

    Just as with her other books, this one grabbed me and wouldn't let go. The lady is one talented writer and I'm so glad she's continuing to write.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Bruce DeSilva
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Bruce DeSilva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (621)

    Liam Mulligan is as old school as a newspaper man gets. His beat is Providence, Rhode Island, and he knows every street and alley. He knows the priests and prostitutes, the cops and street thugs. He knows the mobsters and politicians--who are pretty much one and the same. Someone is systematically burning down the neighborhood Mulligan grew up in, people he knows and loves are perishing in the flames, and the public is on the verge of panic.

    Michael Jacobi says: "Classic Whodunnit"
    "Who Knew???"
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    What made the experience of listening to Rogue Island the most enjoyable?

    Although I had concerns about the narration at the beginning, it was absolutely perfect for the book. So many voices done so well.


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

    Not exactly on the edge of my seat, but definitely interested.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Woodman and Bruce DeSilva (Introduction) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any Jeff Woodman/Bruce De Silva performances, so I had no expectations. Now I'm a definite fan.


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

    I actually did that. It made for a sleepy Sunday, but worth it!


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know why I bought this book because it is definitely not my usual taste. It took me out of my reading comfort zone, but I'll be checking on other books by the same duo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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