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  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4453)
    Performance
    (3979)
    Story
    (4002)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "Fascinating Story - A little Disjointed Too"
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    Performance
    Story

    I am a big Neil Gaiman fan, so to find American Gods out in a full cast production was irresistible. But I found the narration a bit disappointing. It was, at times, hard to follow the chapters. The characters came and went so quickly it was hard to form any connection. And although the actors were clearly talented, I had a sense that a single reader could have been more effective.

    Altogether an interesting story. Not the best narration, but not the worst either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3292)
    Performance
    (2326)
    Story
    (2327)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    Jan says: "Powerfully told story... but a warning"
    "Epic Story!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Wow! I found this book during a routine search of the Audible website. It was one of those great finds you stumble upon from time to time. The story was incredibly rich and detailed, the characters compelling (even if they weren't always likeable), and the plot pulls you in. Humphrey Bower is a top narrator--he really brings the characters to life. At the end of the book, I immediately downloaded Book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Island

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (859)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (275)

    Meet 22-year-old Cherry Pye (nee Cheryl Bunterman), a pop star since she was 14 - and about to attempt a comeback from her latest drug-and-alcohol disaster.Now meet Cherry again: in the person of her undercover stunt double, Ann DeLusia. Ann portrays Cherry whenever the singer is too indisposed - meaning wasted - to go out in public. And it is Ann-mistaken-for-Cherry who is kidnapped from a South Beach hotel by obsessed paparazzo Bang Abbott.

    Suzn F says: "Laugh Out Loud"
    "Wonderful audio book!"
    Overall

    This is my second Carl Hiaasen audible book--the first was Skinny Dip. Star Island is first and foremost hysterically funny! I have found myself laughing out loud as I walk and listen to this book. I have thoroughly enjoyed Stephen Hoye's narration of this book. Although there are definitely some similar fixtures in both Skinny Dip and Star Island--Star Island is still a very unique and enjoyable book. I highly recommend this recording!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bite Me: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1509)
    Performance
    (736)
    Story
    (731)

    "The city of San Francisco is being stalked by a huge shaved vampyre cat named Chet, and only I, Abby Normal, emergency backup mistress of the Greater Bay Area night, and my manga-haired love monkey, Foo Dog, stand between the ravenous monster and a bloody massacre of the general public. Whoa. And this is a love story? Yup."

    Ron says: "WOW!!!"
    "Spectacular Listen!"
    Overall

    Christopher Moore's story is hysterically funny and entertaining from beginning to end. Susan Bennett is a fantastic narrator. The combination is an amazing audio book. I can only hope there are more stories to come featuring these characters. Three simply aren't enough!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Emily Fox-Seton: The Making of a Marchioness and The Methods of Lady Walderhurst

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Frances Hodgson Burnett
    • Narrated By various
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Emily Fox-Seton is a simple but good-hearted woman struggling to make ends meet while attempting to maintain the dignity of someone distantly related to the aristocracy. The Marquis of Walderhurst is an awkward but eligible bachelor being comically pursued by a pageant of unmarried ladies. When the Marquis surprises everyone by giving his attentions to Emily, he makes himself a fairy prince in her eyes. But marrying her prince is not the end of Emily's troubles.

    Joseph R says: "Cinderella and Her Almost Handsome Prince"
    "Charming Story, Flawed Delivery"
    Overall

    This is an engaging Edwardian story. Unfortunately, the main narrator is quite off the mark. She engages accents for the lead characters that appear devoid of any rhyme or reason. For example, only one of the women in the story is presented with a British accent, although all are clearly very English. So, as enjoyable a story as it is, be prepared, the presentation grates.

    There is also some racist descriptions within the storyline, which are offputting. Probably less controversial in context of the period writing, however, still jarring in today's world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 2004 DNC: Reverend Al Sharpton (7/28/04)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 mins)
    • By Al Sharpton
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    On the third night of the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Reverend Al Sharpton, 2004 Presidential candidate, addressed the crowd. The speech took place at the Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 28, 2004.

    Gary says: "A very important speech"
    "A Must Listen!"
    Overall

    I had the privilege to attend the Democratic National Convention--and was seated on the podium directly behind Sharpton during his speech. Sharpton's speech was the most inspriring and exciting of all four days of what was a fantastic convention. Listening to this is guaranteed to make you think, maybe make you want to shout too, and will definitely make you want to get involved in voting rights. Listen to this and share it with everyone you know!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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