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RueRue

RueRue

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180
REVIEWS
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FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • The Absolutist

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Boyne
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (118)

    It is September 1919: Twenty-one-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a package of letters to the sister of Will Bancroft, the man he fought alongside during the Great War. But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan's visit. He can no longer keep a secret and has finally found the courage to unburden himself of it. As Tristan recounts the horrific details of what to him became a senseless war, he also speaks of his friendship with Will - from their first meeting on the training grounds at Aldershot to their farewell in the trenches of northern France.

    Dennis says: "A Thin Red Line Between Love and Hate"
    "Heartbreaking and powerful"
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    Would you listen to The Absolutist again? Why?

    Yes, even knowing the ultimate outcome, this is nuanced and powerful story, and the narration was fabulous.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator was really exceptional. I was absolutely drawn into the story, and the question of what constitutes courage.


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

    The first performance that I've listened to. Loved his reading of the story.


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

    A very emotional story...I was so involved that there were times I felt like speaking directly to the characters. There is a sense of sadness that haunts the story.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • After Her

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joyce Maynard
    • Narrated By Joyce Maynard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (104)

    Summer, 1979: A dry, hot Northern California school vacation stretches before Rachel and her younger sister, Patty - the daughters of a larger-than-life, irresistibly handsome (and chronically unfaithful) detective father and the mother whose heart he broke. When we first meet her, Patty is 11 - a gangly kid who loves basketball and dogs and would do anything for her older sister, Rachel.

    Krista says: "Wonderful to listen to, decent story"
    "A bond between sisters"
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    I really enjoyed this story, and was impressed by the excellent reading by the author. ( I usually avoid author-read audio ). A very touching story of family, crime, but mostly the bond between two sisters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3132)
    Performance
    (2863)
    Story
    (2887)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "Fabulous Cast, dated narrative"
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    I would not have been able to wade through this exceeding slow narrative, written in quaint old-style English prose, without the benefit of the excellent narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • News from Heaven: The Bakerton Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jennifer Haigh
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer, Alexander Cendese, Cynthia Darlow, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Now, in this collection of interconnected short stories, Jennifer Haigh returns to the vividly imagined world of Bakerton, Pennsylvania, a coal mining town rocked by decades of painful transition. From its heyday during two World Wars through its slow decline, Bakerton is a town that refuses to give up gracefully, binding - sometimes cruelly - succeeding generations to the place that made them. A young woman glimpses a world both strange and familiar when she becomes a live-in maid for a Jewish family in New York City. A long-absent brother makes a sudden and tragic homecoming.

    RueRue says: "Poignant short stories"
    "Poignant short stories"
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    A series of loosely connected short stories (similar in format to "Olive Kitteridge"). The stories are focused on character, not plot, and are small gems of real-life emotion. Therese Plummer was the best of the (4) narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician's Lie: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Greer Macallister
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Nick Podehl
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    The Amazing Arden is the most famous female illusionist of her day, renowned for her notorious trick of sawing a man in half on stage. One night in Waterloo, Iowa, with young policeman Virgil Holt watching from the audience, she swaps her trademark saw for a fire ax. Is it a new version of the illusion, or an all-too-real murder? When Arden's husband is found lifeless beneath the stage later that night, the answer seems clear.

    Selene Abad says: "Great Story"
    "Disappointing"
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    I expected to enjoy this story, but it fell flat. None of the charm or atmosphere of "Water for Elephants", although the melieu is similar. The biggest problem for me was the unlikability of all the key players. There is also an abusive relationship that was hard to handle. The ending was a letdown, too. I wouldn't recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Painted Veil

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (245)

    First published in 1925, The Painted Veil is an affirmation of the human capacity to grow, change, and forgive. Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s, it is the story of the beautiful but shallow young Kitty Fane. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to a remote region of China ravaged by a cholera epidemic.

    Kevin says: "A Joyous Realm"
    "Classic story, classy narration"
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    I loved this beautifully written, tragic story. The narration by Kate Reading is perfect. A timeless classic

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lobster Kings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alexi Zentner
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    The Kings family has lived on Loosewood Island for three hundred years, and they've been blessed with the bounty of the sea. But for the Kingses, every blessing comes with a curse. Woody Kings, the leader of the island's lobster fishing community and the family patriarch, teeters on the throne. Cordelia, the oldest of Woody's three daughters, stands to inherit the crown after the death of her brother. To do so, however, she has to fend off meth dealers from the mainland while navigating sibling rivalry and the vulnerable nature of her own heart when she falls in love with her stern man.

    RueRue says: "Ultimately Dissappointing"
    "Ultimately Dissappointing"
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    I started off really enjoying this story, but the author lost focus and the ending was rushed and ultimately dissappointing. As always, Cassandra Campbell reads this beautifully ! Her narration saves the story from being a complete train wreck.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1889)
    Performance
    (755)
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    (755)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "Good narration, implassible story"
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    The author does a good job of rendering life in Russia during Stalin's regime, but the plot has a lot of problems, most glaring ( for me ) being the motivation of the murderer. Good narration kept me interested in spite of the weak plot.

    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
    (1858)
    Performance
    (1718)
    Story
    (1728)

    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"
    "Classic story almost ruined by narrator"
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    Sissy Spacek does a TERRIBLE reading of this classic story ! So disappointing ! I sincerely hope that another version with a different narrator will be offered at some future date. Until then, read the book and watch the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moriarty: Sherlock Holmes, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind-Tutt, Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (134)

    Internationally best-selling author Anthony Horowitz's nail-biting new novel plunges us back into the dark and complex world of detective Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty - dubbed the "Napoleon of crime" by Holmes - in the aftermath of their fateful struggle at the Reichenbach Falls. Days after the encounter at the Swiss waterfall, Pinkerton detective agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York.

    Tony says: "Re-Imaginings in the Holmes Universe"
    "Excellent story in the Sherlock Holmes tradition"
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    I am puzzled at the negatives reviews for narrator Julian Rhind-Tutt. I thought he did a n excellent job and felt his performance added greatly to the drama of the story. As a Sherlock Holmes enthusiast, I enjoyed this tremendously. It felt true to the spirit of he original stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boston Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anita Diamant
    • Narrated By Linda Lavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (120)

    Addie Baum is "The Boston Girl", born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie's intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine - a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture and new opportunities for women.

    Meryl H. Ruth says: "Sweet, Nostalgic"
    "Great story, great narration"
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    Loved Linda Lavin's narration ! It was just like sitting down with her character, Addie, and hearing her talk about her life. This is not a plot-driven narrative, but a simple story of growing up in Boston in the early to mid 20th century. The only complaint is the rushed conclusion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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