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  • The Bone Collector: The First Lincoln Rhyme Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Connor O'Brien
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (66)

    In his most gripping thriller yet, Jeffery Deaver takes listeners on a terrifying ride into two ingenious minds...that of a physically challenged detective and the scheming killer he must stop. The detective was the former head of forensics at the NYPD, but is now a quadriplegic who can only exercise his mind. The killer is a man whose obsession with old New York helps him choose his next victim. Now, with the help of a beautiful young cop, this diabolical killer must be stopped before he can kill again!

    Kindle Customer says: "Wonderful Story, Terrible Narration"
    "Wonderful Story, Terrible Narration"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I struggled through this book because I love the story. I don't know if I can sit through it again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amelia was my favorite character. She is flawed but courageous and very smart.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Connor O'Brien?

    Scott Brick, Norman Dietz, just about anyone but Connor O'Brien.


    Was The Bone Collector worth the listening time?

    If you love the story enough, yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I waited a long time for an unabridged version to come out. Hoping they rethink and redo the narration, until then I am stuck with it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Deeper Than the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1400)
    Performance
    (792)
    Story
    (786)

    Three children, running in the woods behind their school, stumble upon a partially buried female body, eyes and mouth glued shut. Close behind the children is their teacher, Anne Navarre, shocked by this discovery and heartbroken as she witnesses the end of their innocence. What she doesn't yet realize is that this will mark the end of innocence for an entire community, as the ties that bind families and friends are tested by secrets uncovered in the wake of a serial killer's escalating activity.

    John says: "A pleasant surprise"
    "How did we solve crime before the internet?"
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    Where does Deeper Than the Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is an excellent read with believable characters that you can care about and root for and also despise. The setting was nostalgic and revealing. We have really come along way.


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

    The plot was fast paced but had very good character development. The murders and kidnappings were chilling and more realistic than you want to believe.


    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    Kirsten Potter is an excellent narrator who portrayed both children and adults, men and women in separate distinctive voices without being distracting.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this author to anyone who loves mysteries and well developed characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3198)
    Performance
    (1375)
    Story
    (1373)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "An Unforgettable Read!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society to be better than the print version?

    The narration is wonderful for all the characters. I did listen to this book before I read it and now I can hear the voices when I read the book to myself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Juliet is my favorite character for many reasons. She loves books like family, she is funny and compassionate, and very honest. When asked for references, she provides the name of a family friend who loves her, and a women she worked with who despises her. How cool is that?


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Juliet performed by Susan Duerden was my favorite, so much so that I have looked for (and found) other books she has narrated.


    Any additional comments?

    This book will make you laugh and cry. The characters become real friends who you can root for and live with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lady Most Willing...: A Novel in Three Parts

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Connie Brockway
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (155)

    When Laird Taran Ferguson's nephews refuse to wed and secure his birthright, he takes matters into his own hands, raiding a ball and kidnapping four likely brides - a bonny lass, an heiress with a slight reputation problem, a rich English beauty, and a maiden without a name or a fortune. But which one is ready to fall in love with the Scottish lord?

    SandyH says: "Funny, Funny, Funny!"
    "A Delightful Romp!"
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    Where does The Lady Most Willing... rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a favorite that I will be listening to again and again. Beautifully written and very funny.


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

    I have to say that I picked this book primarily because of the narrator and secondly from the rave reviews. I loved the voice of Juliet in "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" so I was thrilled to discover other books narrated by Susan Duerden. She lived up to my expectation and her lovely accent and inflection made this book a delight.


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

    I sure did but had real life interruptions like work and sleep.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Winifred Watson
    • Narrated By Frances McDormand
    Overall
    (1145)
    Performance
    (592)
    Story
    (592)

    Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. Over a period of 24 hours, as she becomes caught up in the life of Delysia LaFloss, her own life is changed - forever. This charming, funny, light-hearted 1938 novel was a bestseller on its first appearance. Read by Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand, who stars in the 2008 film as Miss Pettigrew.

    Holly C. Salley says: "Adorable"
    "Wonderful "Feel Good" Book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day the most enjoyable?

    The main characters embrace of what was happening and her determination to live out her day to the fullest. So often in life we shy away from a new experience instead of closing our eyes and jumping in with both feet. The automatic acceptance and kindness of Delicia and Miss Pettigrew drawing on her prior employers characters to help her deal with each challenge were both amusing and heartwarming. I laughed outloud in places and was moved to tears in others.


    What other book might you compare Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day to and why?

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society because the main character in that story also follows her heart and overcomes obstacles to reach a happy ending.


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

    I have not but I will look for more from her. Her narration is wonderful and I am very particular about narrators.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10620)
    Performance
    (9889)
    Story
    (9892)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Most Excellent Audiobook!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ready Player One to be better than the print version?

    I do make a practice of reading most books before downloading them to make sure I like the story enough to buy it here. I would have gladly skipped reading it and gotten right to the superb narration provided. I love the audio format so much better than reading because unfortunately have yet to find a way to do chores, drive, etc. while reading.


    What other book might you compare Ready Player One to and why?

    I really have never read another book quite like it, but I liked it as much or more than Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Wade is older than Ender but they are both fighting to maintain their "worlds". It matters not a bit that Wade's is virtual.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Wade outwits the Sixers!


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

    The last scene is sweet. I too am an introverted computer gamer who is a sparkling character online but not too sure of myself in the real world. I am as lucky to have found my own "Wade" in real life.


    Any additional comments?

    The movie quotes brought back such great memories and having someone who shared so much of the same favorite things was such a treat. If you love the 80's and computer games, this book is for you.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nancy Atherton
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    Popular mystery writer Nancy Atherton is praised for her heartwarming mysteries and the loveable characters who inhabit them. In Aunt Dimity’s Death, Atherton deftly weaves a cozy, modern story with endearing snapshots of a time long past.

    GrannyAnna says: "An excellent story"
    "The story is Great! Narration is so so."
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    Where does Aunt Dimity’s Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was an engaging enjoyable listen. I will listen to it again. The narration was not the best, although I must say I prefer British narration and found this reading lackluster. The story was interesting enough to make it worthwhile in the end.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Patrick McManus
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (27)

    Patrick McManus, author of How I Got This Way and one of America's favorite humorists, is an impish commentator on the obvious and not so obvious absurdities of modern life. His national best seller, The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw, is a collection of hilarious short pieces about fishing, its exotic equipment, and activities like "gunkholing". You will learn, for example, that the best way to learn to fish is to build an addition to your house first.

    Kindle Customer says: "Hilarious family fun!"
    "Hilarious family fun!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    My whole family are die hard McManus fans and listen to his stories over and over. You don't have to have ever caught a fish or gone camping to find these stories funny. They are very appropriate for children as they have no swearing or sexual references. Recommended listening for the whole family!


    What did you like best about this story?

    We love Mr. McManus's Crazy Eddie stories best!


    Which character – as performed by Norman Dietz – was your favorite?

    Crazy Eddie Muldoon is our favorite character.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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