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  • Eleven on Top

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1410)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (524)

    Trouble seems to find Stephanie Plum no matter where she goes, and once again she's struggling with her tangled love life, her chaotic family, and her God-given gift for destroying every car she drives. This time, Stephanie has decided to quit her job as a bounty hunter. She wants something safe. She wants something normal. She's tired of creeps, weirdos, and stalkers. But just when she thinks she's out, they pull her back in!

    G. Heideman says: "More Plum Fun"
    "I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!"
    Overall

    I'm so sad to have finished this eleventh in the Stephanie Plum series. You see, I went to Janet Evanovich's book signing a year ago for #10 having never read any of her books. I had heard she was a great author and thought I'd show up for the party and get a copy. They handed out index cards with either "Joe" or "Ranger" on them. I didn't even know who they were! After hearing all the people in line rave about Janet Evanovich, I decided that I needed to start at the beginning. Since July 2004, I have listened to all 11 books unabridged, except for Seven Up which until recently, was only available in abridged form.
    I have lived with and gotten to know Stephanie, Joe, Ranger, Lulu, Grandma Mazer and all the characters for a whole year...and now, I've finished. Janet, please hurry up with #12!
    I highly recommend this series. Sure, you can listen in any order as you'll still be laughing so hard, you'll have to pull your car over...but I recommend listening in order even if you can only find the abridged versions.
    Thank you Janet for a wonderful series. Will she ever choose a man to marry?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bosch Behind-the-Scenes Podcast: The Origins

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Tom Bernardo
    • Narrated By Tom Bernardo, full cast
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    In this exclusive podcast, author Michael Connelly and Executive Producer Henrik Bastin (The Killing, Burn Notice) discuss the creation and production of Bosch, from the origins of the series to how it found a home at Amazon to casting its star, Titus Welliver (Lost, The Good Wife). Connelly shares his experiences of working on the show, and offers Harry Bosch fans an idea of what they can expect from the much-anticipated series.

    Shamus says: "Partner"
    "What a gift for all Harry Bosch Fans!"
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    I'm a long time listener to Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series, and recently watched all the "Bosch" season 1 episodes in about a week. What a great series. Then, we get these podcasts "GIVEN" to us with behind the scenes. How lucky we are. I have listened to the first 2 and will listen to the other 4 starting tomorrow morning because I finished a "re-listen" of "City of Bones" today. I'm working my way through all the books. If you are a fan, you don't want to miss these podcasts. However, watch Season 1 before listening, then watch the Season again...we're going to soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Angels Flight: Harry Bosch Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (984)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (282)

    The man most hated by the LAPD - a black lawyer who has made his name by bringing lawsuits alleging racism and brutality by police officers - has been found murdered on the eve of a high-profile trial. The list of suspects includes half the police force. And Harry Bosch is the detective chosen to lead the investigation.

    Stephen says: "Average Harry Bosch Story"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
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    Have started back at the beginning of the Harry Bosch series and worked up to, and just finished "Angels Flight." Connelly's writing is meaty and totally draws you in. Can't wait to start the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Poppins: The Mary Poppins Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By P. L. Travers
    • Narrated By Sophie Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (153)

    Here is the timeless story of Mary Poppins, the world's favorite nanny, and her magical adventures with the Banks family. Mary Poppins is like no other nanny the Banks children have ever seen. It all starts when their new nanny is blown by the east wind onto the doorstep of the Banks house, carrying a parrot-headed umbrella and a magic carpetbag. She becomes a most unusual nanny to Jane, Michael, and the twins.

    Adrienne says: "Why Did I Wait So Long?"
    "Delightful! - Excellent Narration"
    Overall
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    I was so curious about this book after watching Walt Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks" and of course "Mary Poppins!" The other reviews made me even more curious. First of all, I have to say that the narration by Sophie Thompson is out of this world. She flows from voice to voice so easily and perfectly that you would never realize it was one person.Excellent job -- in fact "practically perfect in every way!" It is true that Mary Poppins is cross and mean at times, but the fun and caring for the children still comes through. I'm not sure I'll go forward with the rest of the series, but this one was delightful. Can't wait to listen with my husband on our next road trip. Oh, and if you are the movie fan, you won't be disappointed as this book does include at least 3 of the familiar stories from the movie. No spoilers though.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3256)
    Performance
    (2857)
    Story
    (2885)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Gave over my 10% - Sorry"
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    I purchased this book mainly because of J.K. Rowling. I'd love to listen to the HP books, but since they aren't on Audible, thought I'd listen to "The Casual Vacancy" Stephen King says to spend 10% on any book before passing judgement, so I've listened to 194 min, well over the 10% of 107 min so am giving up and removing it from my iPhone. Too many characters and I'm just not interested in what happens. I have many more books waiting to be listened to to finish off another 14+hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3462)
    Performance
    (3098)
    Story
    (3105)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "Wonderful!"
    Overall
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    I asked for this title in Audible ages ago, and was delighted to get the email that it was available. I never read the novel in paper form, but having watched the movie, I knew it would be best to hear the whole story. Sissy Spacek was an excellent narrator, and her narration of Harper Lee's words just engulfs you and brings you right into the town and characters. I asked my husband half way through to watch the movie, so when finishing the last 4 hours had every character in my mind. I recommend this highly to anyone that has never read the book or read it years ago, and wants to hear it again. Excellent!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aunt Dimity's Death

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nancy Atherton
    • Narrated By Teri Clark Linden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    Down-on-her-luck Lori learns she's about to inherit a sizable estate - if she can discover the secret hidden in a treasure trove of letters in Dimity's English country cottage. What begins as a fairy tale becomes a mystery - and a ghost story - in an improbably cozy setting, as Aunt Dimity's indominable spirit leads Lori on an otherworldly quest to discover how, in this life, true love can conquer all.

    Amazon Customer says: "great book, lousy reader"
    "Love Love Love Aunt Dimity and all the characters!"
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    If you could sum up Aunt Dimity's Death in three words, what would they be?

    Endearing, sweet and quirky!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story of Lori Shepherd, her mother's friendship with Dimity Westwood and Bill and the Harris' is just unforgettable. I can't wait to catch up with all the stories.


    Have you listened to any of Teri Clark Linden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I really like her narration.


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

    No special moment other than every minute!


    Any additional comments?

    I've been a fan of Nancy Atherton's Aunt Demity books for years and had been introduced to the series via the 1st two books which I got from the library. I just found an email I had written her in 2010 pleading for Audible books. She replied that "apparently, they didn't sell well enough to inspire Recorded Books to make more recordings." I also implored Audible to record them and YEA -- they have. Thank you, Thank you!

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Birds of a Feather: Maisie Dobbs Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Kim Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (899)
    Performance
    (580)
    Story
    (580)

    Maisie Dobbs is back, and this time she has been hired to find a wealthy grocery magnate's daughter who has fled from home. What seems a simple case at first becomes complicated when Maisie learns of the recent violent deaths of three of the heiress's old friends. Is there a connection between her mysterious disappearance and the murders? Who would kill such charming young women? As Maisie investigates, she discovers that the answers to all her questions lie in the unforgettable agony of The Great War.

    Linda P-C says: "Yikes! This is a problem."
    "Love this Maisie Dobbs Mystery series"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I just love this mystery series and can't wait to download the next book. I think Miss Hick's narration was wonderful and don't understand the other reviewers issues, unless there was a technical issue early on. Her voices and dialects is just spot-on for everyone. The story line is excellent and is suspenseful. I was definitely caught off-guard by "who dunnit" -- total surprise for me anyway.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Real: Yada Yada Prayer Group

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Neta Jackson
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    After everything the Yada Yadas had been through in the past eight months, I told God I could sure use a little "dull and boring" in the new year! But that was before Leslie "Stu" Stuart moved upstairs. Ms. Perfect herself and me--Jodi Baxter--living in the same two-flat? A recipe for collision. Then Delores Enriquez's son Jose wanted to throw my Amanda a quinceanera - a coming out party, Mexican-style - and they're only 15!

    Carla says: "OK. Now my husband is also hooked on this series!"
    "Warms my heart"
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    I discovered this Yada Yada series about a year ago and started at the beginning with book 1 then book 2. Just finished this third book, and while I thought nothing would top the others, this did. I'm almost afraid to start the next one as this was just so rich and REAL! First of all the narrator is wonderful. If you know the story of the prayer group's beginnings, the Yada Yada sisters really become full Christian sisters in this edition. They've had many challenges since they were thrown together at a women's conference including several tragedies that could have pushed them apart permanently. But they prayed, and prayed and really...I know its a fictional book...I found myself praying for them and with them. If you haven't been introduced to the Yada Yada's, start at book 1 and then continue on. You won't be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Condoleezza Rice
    • Narrated By Condoleezza Rice
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (107)

    This is the story of Condoleezza Rice that has never been told, not that of an ultra-accomplished world leader, but of a little girl - and a young woman - trying to find her place in a sometimes hostile world, and of two exceptional parents, and an extended family and community, that made all the difference.

    Balakrishna says: "March without a march"
    "Enjoyed this book immensely!"
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    Where does Extraordinary, Ordinary People rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to many biographies and this one definitely ranks very high. I loved the way Condoleezza wove the story of her parents, grandparents and her own growing up and career seamlessly together....good, good writing and very interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Why Condoleezza Rice, who else?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to choose, but I think when the Stanford students were having a sit-in to object to a policy that Provost Rice had implemented...Condoleezza's response was priceless. You'll have to listen to find out. :-)


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

    Both laugh and cry...just a very enjoyable book especially because she reads it herself.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going to see if her latest book is on Audible. I sure hope so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarecrow

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2735)
    Performance
    (1086)
    Story
    (1085)

    Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career. He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

    P. Giorgio says: "Depth & Breadth"
    "Excellent Thriller A++++"
    Overall

    I hated for this one to end although I wanted to see the bad guy to get what he deserved. Before I listened I read some reviews and one said that the action stopped half way through the book. I kept waiting, but never figured out where that reader thought it stopped. Anyhow, I loved this story and think Michael Connelly writes the best thrillers...this one was just perfect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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