You no longer follow Bill L.

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Bill L.

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Bill L.

Hamden, CT | Member Since 2000

18
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 9 reviews
  • 243 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 38 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4432)
    Performance
    (4088)
    Story
    (4102)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Dave says: "Oh, the Wondrous Ocean!"
    "So good, I listened to it twice!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Neil Gaiman in top form, both as a story teller and as a Narrator. This was such a rich and layered story that I listened to it twice in the same week! I never do that. This is an engaging tale on so many levels, beautifully written and read by the author. You will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Earth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton-Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (567)

    The Western Front, 1916. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of no-man's-land gone? For that matter, where has Percy gone? Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some say mad, others allege dangerous - scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson find a curious gadget.

    colleen says: "A Different Pratchett"
    "Plodding and Pedantic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    On a second listen, I found this to be very disappointing. It is a plodding and pedantic listen, with very little of Pratchett's sparkle and humor. Narrator does a fine job with so-so material. That's all too bad, because the underlying story idea is at least interesting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Night Watch: Discworld #27

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1110)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (579)

    Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch had it all. But now he's back in his own rough, tough past without even the clothes he was standing up in when the lightning struck.

    Terry A. Austin says: "Another brilliant Pratchett"
    "The Best of the Best: My Favorite Discworld Novel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Night Watch is the the best of the Discworld Novels. It just works on so many levels, and features Cmdr. Vimes, Watch History, History Monks, and a story that will grab your heart. I love the whole series, but especially the Watch related books, and this IS the best of the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warm Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Isaac Marion
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (924)
    Performance
    (863)
    Story
    (860)

    R is a young man with an existential crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. His ability to connect with the outside world is limited to a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend, Julie.

    Tabitha says: "Incredible!"
    "Not into Zombies"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if they were into zombies.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this title on the strength of an Audible email and its recommendations. I should have thought more before I did. Zombies and their stories, no matter how well told, are just not my thing...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Sue Townsend
    • Narrated By Paul Daintry
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Adrian Mole is 34 and three quarters, almost officially middle-aged, when Mr. Blair tells Parliament that Weapons of Mass Destruction can be deployed in 45 minutes and can reach Cyprus. Adrian is worried that he might not get a refund on his holiday. But that's not all that is bothering him. There's his odd girlfriend Marigold who has become distressingly New Age. And his son Glenn who is in Deepcut Barracks. Would Mr. Blair have been quite so keen if it had been his son manning a roadblock?

    Chi-Hung says: "Farewell, my childhood friend!"
    "Maybe you have to be a Brit"
    Overall

    I couldn't finish this. Maybe you have to have a British sense of humor. I didn't find it funny at all.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus: What's So Good About the Good News?

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter J. Gomes
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    "What did Jesus preach?" asks this esteemed Harvard pastor, who believes that excessive focus on the Bible and doctrines about Jesus have led the Christian church astray. To recover the transformative power of the gospel, "the good news", Gomes says we must go beyond the Bible and rediscover how to live out Jesus' original revolutionary message of hope.

    Stuart says: "A Thoughtful and Important Book"
    "Great Content Poor Narration"
    Overall

    I loved the contents of this book, but hated the narration. The Narrator has a pompous tone when reading straight text, and then used fake accents when reading quotes within the text.

    A great disservice to a book crammed with legitimate "Good News"!

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Google Story: Inside the Hottest Business, Media, and Technology Success of Our Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David A. Vise, Mark Malseed
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (668)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (71)

    The Google Story is the definitive account of the populist media company powered by the world's most advanced technology that in a few short years has revolutionized access to information about everything for everybody everywhere.

    Roger Smith says: "Very Good"
    "Breathless Accolades?"
    Overall

    The book often has interesting content, but way too many superlatives thrown around about Google and its founders. A bit more critical distance would have been appreciated. And the narrator's overly enthusiastic delivery tends to enforce the "best of breed", most creative, most this, most that, greatest this, greatest that view of the Google enterprise.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Set in Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert Goddard
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    Recovering from the recent tragedy of his wife's death in a cliff fall, Tony Sheridan goes to stay with his sister-in-law, Lucy, and her husband at their new home, Otherways, a strange, circular, moated house. Disturbed by memories of his wife and a growing attraction to Lucy, Sheridan is also troubled by weird and vivid dreams. And as he and Lucy embark on a secret and passionate affair, Sheridan begins uncovering the truth about Otherways.

    Marie says: "Dont miss this winning team"
    "Good book, excellent narration"
    Overall

    Robert Goddard has become a new favorite author. Though this isn't his best book here on Audible, it is quite good. The narrator is excellent, and kept my interest to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eventide

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kent Haruf
    • Narrated By George Hearn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    One of the most beloved novels in recent years, Plainsong was a best seller from coast to coast, and now Kent Haruf returns to the High Plains community of Holt, Colorado, with a story of even more masterful authority.

    Bill L. says: "Wonderful!"
    "Wonderful!"
    Overall

    This is a wonderful book, well read. The characters and their world will engage you, and leave you wanting more. Elegantly and sparely written, with dialog that sounds both real and just right. It picks up where Plainsong leaves off, with some of the same characters. I was sorry for the book to end, and hope the series continues.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.