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  • Nella Last's War: The Second World War Diaries of 'Housewife 49'

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Nella Last
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (30)

    In September 1939 housewife and mother Nella Last began a regular diary that lasted for 30 years. The account that she left of life during the Second World War is moving, fascinating, and unique. While Nella's younger son joined the army, she and the rest of the family tried to adapt to the transformed rhythms of life in Barrow-in-Furness, which suffered terribly from enemy bombing raids. Writing each day for the "Mass-Observation" project, Nella's diary entries tell a powerful story about the war years.

    Patricia says: "The world needs more Nella Lasts!"
    "Best bio ever"
    Overall

    This is the most interesting memoir I've read in a long time. Nella Last has a remarkable gift for living her life to its fullest, and an even more remarkable gift for capturing her experiences, thoughts and feelings on paper. Add the setting -- a British housewife struggling to deal with her life in WWII -- and it's a five star story, read by a five star narrator.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Report

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jessica Francis Kane
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    A stunning first novel that is an evocative reimagining of a World War II civilian disaster. On a March night in 1943, on the steps of a London Tube station, 173 people die in a crowd seeking shelter from what seemed to be another air raid. When the devastated neighborhood demands an inquiry, the job falls to magistrate Laurence Dunne. In this beautifully crafted novel, Jessica Francis Kane paints a vivid portrait of London at war.

    M Shep says: "Superb!"
    "Superb!"
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    Excellent, complex, beautifully written story about the Bethnal Green bomb shelter disaster of 1943, focusing less on the event itself than on the lives of people involved in it..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time In Between: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Maria Duenas
    • Narrated By Zilah Mendoza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (98)

    The thrilling, internationally bestselling novel about a haute couture seamstress who becomes an undercover spy for the British Secret Service during World War II. #1 bestseller in Spain with more than 1.5 million copies sold, The Time In Between has taken readers by storm with its unforgettable tale of adventure, tragedy, love, and war. Readers will fall in love with MarÍa DueÑas’s dazzlingly inspiring heroine, Sira Quiroga.

    Sarah says: "terrible narration"
    "This is when Audible's return policy shines!"
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    I wasn't sure how I'd like this book but knowing that as a member I could return it, I bought it and downloaded just one section. I agree with other listeners:the narrator is not up to the job. Her voice was okay, but she too often read sentences awkwardly, with unnatural pauses. I also found the novelist's language overwordy and awkward. Toward the end it got better, but there were many places where she used fifteen words where five would have been much better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Adam Bede

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Adam and Seth Bede work as carpenters in Hayslope. Seth proposes to Dinah Morris, a gifted Methodist preacher. However, she wants to devote herself to God's work. Meanwhile, Adam Bede woos Dinah's cousin Hetty Sorrel. But she is distracted by the attentions of Captain Arthur Donnithorne. When Adam finds out about Arthur's intentions toward Hetty, he fights Arthur and forces him to leave town.

    Erin K says: "Excellent Narration"
    "Narrator didnt work for me"
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    SIopped in first part because of narrator's style. He just wasn't my cup of tea. Since I have several other well-reviewed choices, I will try again. I've always like Flo Gibson's style with the Austen classics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2002)
    Performance
    (1744)
    Story
    (1743)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Superb!"
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    This was a fascinating story of a set of events that I knew nothing about. Other reviewers have given the details, but I just wanted to add my two thumbs up. Everything about this audiobook was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man in the Wooden Hat

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jane Gardam
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (173)

    The New York Times called Sir Edward Feathers one of the most memorable characters in modern literature. A lyrical novel that recalls his fully lived life, Old Filth has been acclaimed as Jane Gardam's masterpiece. And now that novel has been joined by a companion that also bursts with humor and wisdom: The Man in the Wooden Hat. As a portrait of a marriage, with all the bittersweet secrets and surprising fulfillment of the 50-year union of two remarkable people, this novel is a triumph.

    Michele says: "The Other Half"
    "Love this book"
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    Performance
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    Jane Gardam is a terrific writer -- every sentence is a jewel. That means it's not good for listening to in complex driving situations. This book focuses on Betty, the wife of Eddie Feathers, who was the subject of her wonderful earlier novel, Old Filth.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2181)
    Performance
    (1734)
    Story
    (1735)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "One of my all-time favorite audiobooks!"
    Overall

    Ingenious, funny, fascinating, creative, compassionate trip through patho-land. Jon Ronson has a mind that never stops making connections-and USEFUL ones--about psychopathia and its place in our culture. And his voice is one of the most engaging and original I've yet to experience in an audiobook. Before he's through we've been to Sweden, met a man who faked his way into Broadmoor prison and can't get out, interviewed the leader of a Haitian death squad who claims he's really a very nice guy, met a caster for tv reality shows who looks for people who are "just mad enough," met Scientologists who hate psychiatrists and the psychiatrist who spearheaded the creation of the DSM --and nothing we discover is quite what we expected it to be.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Reading My Father: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Alexandra Styron
    • Narrated By Alexandra Styron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (19)

    Alexandra Styron's parents—the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Sophie’s Choice and his political activist wife, Rose—were, for half a century, leading players on the world’s cultural stage. Alexandra was raised under both the halo of her father’s brilliance and the long shadow of his troubled mind. Reading My Father portrays the epic sweep of an American artist’s life. It is also a tale of filial love, beautifully written with humor, compassion, and grace.

    Douglas says: "William Styron Ranks..."
    "Fascinating story, beautifully read"
    Overall

    I loved this audiobook: the story it tells of William Styron's complex life alone would have been worth the price of admission, but hearing it from his daughter's point of view made it even more intense, more poignant, more complex and human. One of the best biographies of an artist and a parent I've ever read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (4068)
    Performance
    (2616)
    Story
    (2643)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Superb listening experience! An all-time fav."
    Overall

    This book has been a thoroughly engaging listen. I kept thinking, she's told the whole story, what's going to be left for the 2d half, but it's keeps me enthralled for both parts. It's a great scientific and human interest story, in which the author deftly raises a series of important issues of science, race, class, medical and health care, economics, education, and journalism, parenting, family, loss, and mental health,

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Last Town on Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Thomas Mullen
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    The Last Town on Earth centers on the inhabitants of a small logging town in Washington and what happens when they take drastic measures (quarantine) to try and protect themselves from the virulent and deadly flu epidemic of 1918. When a deserting WWI soldier demands sanctuary, events are set in motion that change the town forever.

    A User says: "Thrill for a Reader. Model for a Writer"
    "Havent finished but a little tedious to listen to"
    Overall

    Several friends liked this book and I may as I get further in it but at least the first third feels more stiff and slightly pedantic than I'd expected it to be. I'm still trying to figure out why the author keeps having people "smirk" when they are in fact being rueful.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Master of the Delta

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Thomas Cook
    • Narrated By T. Ryder Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    Multiple Edgar Award nominee Thomas H. Cook is the author of dark, terrifying thrillers like Places in the Darkand Red Leaves. In Master of the Delta, it's 1954 down in Mississippi and Jack Branch has finally come home, taking a job as a high school teacher. He soon learns that one of his students is the son of a notorious local murderer, the Coed Killer. And as they say, like father, like son.

    M Shep says: "Narrator detracts from book"
    "Narrator detracts from book"
    Overall

    I'm just in the second hour of this book and am sorry that the company that published this audiobook chose T. Ryder Smith to read it. The first-person narrator is supposed to be a well-educated, articulate schoolteacher from an equally well-educated Southern family -- no, this isn't an oxymoron -- yet he mispronounces too many words that he should know. In addition, his southern accent rings false. (For example, who says "uman" for "human" in the Delta?) Another reader, speaking of yet another audible book narrated by T Rider Smith, says this: "The book is a good, very original story, but the narrator's southern accents are so bad that it warps the entire book. . . . I live in Mississippi and I can assure you that people don't talk like this. It really detracts from what could have been a very enjoyable listen." I agree.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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