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  • The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    With his devoted Dr Watson, Holmes emerges from his smoke-filled rooms in Baker Street to grapple with the forces of treachery, intrigue and evil, including the diabolical Professor Moriarty.

    C. Telfair says: "A Must for the Holmes Fan"
    "memoirs of sherlock holmes, dramatised"
    Overall

    this was a very good introduction to audible books for me...I enjoyed the quality, and ease of listening immensely...thank you audible!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3625)
    Performance
    (3175)
    Story
    (3191)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Diamond and Rough"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Threat Vector in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, Entertaining, Thought-provoking


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

    Threat Vector is a "page turner" but not spill the popcorn edge of the seat type of book...Like most of Clancey's work, it has to be digested at a leisurely rate.


    Have you listened to any of Lou Diamond Phillips’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is a great performance of Lou Diamond Phillip's. Considering the length of the novel, he was able to keep his multitude of characters straight and believeable throughout. His oriental accents were very believable. I just wish readers in general would not struggle with females so much. Listeners can tell when there is a character switch, and deep tonal readers, just can't make a high pitch female voice that's believable....it can be distracting. With that said, Mr. Phillip's manages to do a respectable job with the female characters in this rendition as compared to his earlier attempts.


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

    If anyone can do this book in one sitting, I would give them a certificate of merit. Clancey's characters, and plotting need sto be savored over a bit of time. I was able to do 3 hours at max for one sitting on this one...


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Philllips' 'diamond' quality reading and Mr. Clancey's 'rough' characters made a smooth blend on this production in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Garden Spells

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1014)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (568)

    The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers.

    Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.

    Together again in the house they grew up in, the Waverley sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy - if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom - or with each other.

    Joihelene says: "I so want to give it 5 stars...!!!!"
    "A Gardener's Tasty Delight"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend Garden Spells to all my friends who have a bit of green on their thumbs, those with "majickal" feelings of love, and especially to all who combine "ditchery-witchery-and tasty dishery".


    What did you like best about this story?

    The combination of daily struggles, majick philosophy, and real life romance foibles make for pure enjoyment.


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

    I have not heard any of Susan Ericksen's other work, but I will be looking out for it in the future. It was a pleasure to listen to her light yet deeply involved interpretation.


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

    I did a bit of laughing, soul searching, and a good deal of remembering while listening to Garden Spells.


    Any additional comments?

    The addendum at the end was a special touch for those of us who believe that nature's bounty can be enjoyed visually, "scent-ually" and edibly. Here's to the wonderful world of mother nature....you may want to be close to a kitchen garden while you enjoy this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barefoot in the Park (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By Neil Simon
    • Narrated By Norman Aronovic, Laura Linney
    Overall
    (663)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (177)

    A brand new lawyer and his young bride have returned from their honeymoon and are moving into their new high-rent apartment. In order to reach this "charming" dwelling, they must first climb six creaking flights of stairs. Once there, they find the place is absolutely bare of furniture, the paint job is all wrong, the skylight leaks, there is room for only one twin bed, and the wacky neighbors pop up at the worst times.

    Fabio says: "A nice treat"
    "Like you were there"
    Overall

    As a great fan of the Robert Redford, Jane Fonda movie version of this wonderful frolic, I found this Audible version almost uncanny. Even while riding the bus to university, all I had to do was close my eyes and I could visualize the snow flittering down through the skylight... see the tiny bedroom, and of course, picture the principles expressions as they climbed along the building's ledge to the attic for an evening of craziness.

    Thank you once again Audible for sending top notch programs and original productions over the air for us to enjoy - once again, or explore for the first time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moonstone

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By David Thorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Claimed as the first detective story in the English language, Wilkie Collins weaves his classic mystery through a series of often "meandering" narratives by various characters in the book who had first hand knowledge surrounding the disappearance of a large valuable yellow diamond (the Moonstone) from the room of it's young owner, Rachel Verinder.

    Barbara says: "Classic Classic"
    "Classic Classic"
    Overall

    My mom read The Moonstone in the 20's and I have read it several times... but this version read by Mr. Thom was pure enjoyment.... It is a very long story, along the lines of the Cantebury Tales, but being a classic the plot has been duplicated in modern movies.... viewpoints of various witnessess.... that is what makes a true classic: It withstands all the duplication, and remains wonderful. Thank you for presenting it to us.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5677)
    Performance
    (3852)
    Story
    (3860)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "An Echo that Keeps Repeating"
    Overall

    I could not wait to catch my bus each day so that I could continue this vivid tale.

    Ms. Gabaldon has done it once again. With Davina Porter's narration, this is a tale not soon forgotten.

    My only wish is that Ms. Porter not try so hard to "make" children's voices... that was the only flaw in my hours of enjoyment.

    I was sad to hear it end... this tale still is a part of my life long after it is over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agincourt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1490)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (620)

    Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

    Andrew says: "Fantastic!"
    "Agincourt"
    Overall

    Listening to Audible while traveling to university and back on the bus, has become a habit. While enjoying Charles Keating's lively narration, I hated to come to my stop. Most of all, on the return home, I kept listening even tho' I had stepped out of history and through my door.

    Having read several accounts of the story, and have seen several teleplays on the subject, this version by Bernard Cornwell was one of the most enjoyable.

    I spent so much time with Mr. Keating, I would wake up hearing his voice in the night. Truly a memorable listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • People of the Book

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1057)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (501)

    This ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in 15th-century Spain.

    When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding - an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair - only begin to unlock its deep mysteries.

    Yvette says: "Amazing, fabulous, wonderful!!!"
    "People come alive"
    Overall

    This is a great listen. Going back and forth through time and over oceans the story unfolds with the listener thinking that they know what is coming next, but fooled every so often.

    Scholarly yet enjoyable, the listener learns about the conservation of our favorite things -- books. Across the centuries, Edwina Wren does a fairly good job of mimicking several voices from many languages and dialects.

    A hardy "well done!"

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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