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  • Sleeping Beauties

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King, Owen King
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 25 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,764
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,729

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: They become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place.... The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This story is a snooze

  • By Debbie Katnich on 10-19-17

Intriguing, engaging story; fantastic narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-17

What I liked: the premise. It was unusual, intriguing and deftly handled. I never got the sense that I was reading men trying to think like women; somehow or another, these two male authors pulled together a realistic story about women's lives. Angel struck me as particularly well put together as a character (due in part to the narrator's excellent interpretation).

The other-side-of-the-tree community was compelling. Women are capable of anything -- good and bad, but freed from the deep-rooted biases of traditional society, they almost always rose to the challenge. I also liked the fact that with a very few exceptions, even the bad guys were complex, well constructed, and they all evolved.

Less successful: the way the conflict was resolved. It felt a little too ... woo-woo for me. But what came after was very well done.

I think this would make a great book for a group discussion. I really liked the narrator and will look for other books from her.

I'm a little surprised by the tone of some of the negative reviews. Sometimes it's not the book, in my experience. Consider the possibility that you just might not be the right reader for this novel.

2 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Dead Zone

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,634

Johnny Smith awakens from a five-year coma after his car accident and discovers that he can see people's futures and pasts when he touches them. Many consider his talent a gift; Johnny feels cursed. His fiancée married another man during his coma, and people clamor for him to solve their problems. When Johnny has a disturbing vision after he shakes the hand of an ambitious and amoral politician, he must decide if he should take drastic action to change the future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Listen!

  • By karinzart on 04-29-17

Franco's monotone buries the Dead Zone

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-17

I've read all of King's work and listened to most of it on audio as well. I remembered this as one of the better of his early novels, but I was so distracted by Franco's narration that I couldn't maintain my interest in it.

Compare Franco to any of the others who have narrated King's work. George Guidall, Frank Muller, Craig Wasson, Will Patton. What were they thinking casting Franco beyond name recognition? I don't know what his acting is like, but he reads like a machine, in a monotone. There is little difference between dialogue and prose, and almost none between characters. It's not a boring story, but the narration put me to sleep.

It's really too bad. I was looking forward to this, but I gave up after a couple chapters and returned it.

8 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Lady Luck

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Emma Taylor
  • Length: 22 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,645

Since birth, Lexie Berry has had nothing but bad luck. Orphaned at an early age, she had a rough childhood and a boyfriend who was murdered. Now the beautiful, stylish Lexie is determined to change her luck and her life. But first she's got to make good on a promise: To pick up Ty Walker from prison. One look at the gorgeous ex-convict and Lexie knows she's in trouble-and already thinking about taking a walk on the wild side.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A FANTASTIC AUDIOBOOK EXPERIENCE!

  • By Yvette on 08-05-14

Strong romance, but overwritten and under-edited

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-14

I like long books, but sometimes a long book got that way because it wasn't edited very well. There is a lot of repetition in this story, the characters going over the same subjects to themselves and each other, in wording that doesn't vary much. This is amplified by the fact that the dialogue is full of terms that will offend some readers. Realistic dialogue isn't necessarily well-done dialogue.

The narrator, however, was good. She handled the different personalities and ethnicities really well. I'll look for more of her work, but I think that I'm not the right reader for this author's work.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Making Faces

  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794

Ambrose Young was beautiful. He was tall and muscular, with hair that touched his shoulders and eyes that burned right through you. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She'd been reading them since she was 13. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have...until he wasn't beautiful anymore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great (low heat) romance :)

  • By Malinda on 05-28-14

Insightful, Thoughtful, Moving, but too Religious

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-14

The narrator was really excellent, especially when Ambrose was the pov character. However, I almost gave up on this novel because of the strong Christianity theme. If there had been one more scene in which 'scripture' was discussed, I would have turned it off permanently. The story was well told and the themes well developed; physical beauty, or the lack thereof and the way those things shape our understanding of ourselves and the world, the loss of hope, the redemptive power of friendship, all these worked well. It's a quiet but thoughtful novel, but again, I found the repeated return to topics in Christian theology almost too much.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Gone, Baby, Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Dennis Lehane
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462

The tough neighborhood of Dorchester is no place for the innocent or the weak. A territory defined by hard heads and even harder luck, its streets are littered with the detritus of broken families, hearts, dreams. Now, one of its youngest is missing. Private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro don't want the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Literary Thriller

  • By William on 11-08-12

Bubba, is that really you?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This story is populated by people from working class Boston neighborhoods, but only a couple of them have any trace of the accent, and that inconsistently. The main characters sound like they grew up in the midwest, and even Bubba -- dear gawd, Bubba -- sounds off. He's got almost a southern tinge. Massachusetts in general and working class Boston in particular stand out for allegiance to the regional language features. I don't know if this was the producer's call or if the narrator made the decisions, but either way, the performance was severely compromised for me. I know the story well, have read the book multiple times, so this was a very big disappointment.

What did you like best about this story?

The story itself is very dark, but in a way that encourages thought about difficult subjects.

How could the performance have been better?

These characters should sound like they were born and raised in Boston. Consistently.

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

When Amanda's uncle finally realizes there's no more hope, and comes clean over a double Scotch.

Any additional comments?

The people who produce audiobooks should have a linguist or two on staff -- a sociolinguist (which yes, I am a trained academic linguist specializing in sociocultural language issues) could set them straight when they go off course like this. It happens far too often, and needn't happen at all.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36,053
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,077
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22,097

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

flawless

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is simply the best audiobook I have ever listened to, and I have listened to hundreds. The book is excellent but has what I consider a few weak spots, but the narration is flawless.

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

All of them were astounding, but Aibileen was my favorite.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Queen of Swords

  • By: Sara Donati
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 21 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,324
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131

It is the late summer of 1814, and Hannah Bonner and her half brother Luke have spent more than a year searching the islands of the Caribbean for Luke's wife and the man who abducted her. But Jennet's rescue, so long in coming, is not the resolution they'd hoped for. In the spring she had given birth to Luke's son, and in the summer Jennet had found herself compelled to surrender the infant to a stranger in the hope of keeping him safe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series

  • By Linda on 09-21-07

my own work

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-13

Where does Queen of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'm the author of this book and the series, but I'm writing this review to say how really pleased I was to have Kate Reading as the narrator. She does a spectacular job.

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

Kate has read all of the Wilderness series for unabridged audio, and her performance is consistently excellent.

If you could rename Queen of Swords, what would you call it?

This is one of the six books in the series where I actually was able to keep the title I wanted.

Any additional comments?

Thanks to Audible for their support of authors.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wallbanger

  • By: Alice Clayton
  • Narrated by: Heather Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,444
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,256
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,264

Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic prowess, Carolyn is gaining an - um - intimate knowledge of her new neighbor's nocturnal adventures. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed "dating hiatus," and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Beginnning was so GOOD!

  • By L.W. on 06-08-13

No Sex in the City

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-13

What did you like best about Wallbanger? What did you like least?

There is actually a good premise here, an unusual start to a romance. Unfortunately the author was trying so hard to be witty and funny and urbane that the characters slide right into the ridiculous. The narration actually made the problem worse, as all three female friends are read with a degree of breathless silliness that was hard to stomach.

Far sillier than Sex in the City, not nearly as entertaining.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator could have toned down the drama and silliness.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Criminal

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,371

Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Explains a lot!

  • By Joan on 11-22-12

broads old and young - and a pig's tush

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-13

What did you love best about Criminal?

Will Trent is such a complex character, there's no way to describe him in a sentence. Let's just say that he's survived hell and somehow remained compassionate and at the same time, filled with anger. So Will is a big part of the draw. But NOTE: You have to read the previous book in the series to really appreciate this one, because here's the real kicker: in that book you meet a whole slew of 60-something women police officers and ex-police officers, tough women, in some cases distinctly off-putting (Amanda, I'm looking at you); in some cases almost awe-inspiring (Evelyn). Then in Criminal you are introduced to Amanda and Evelyn early in their careers. Maybe because I'm just a few years younger than these characters, but I really adored experiencing the way they fought their way into the police department in the seventies. It's gritty, but it's also funny at times. The historical research is really excellent but not in-your-face. This is the way I remember things. But more important, the old broads (as they call themselves) started out their careers with a case that is heart breaking and which also throws light on Will Trent's current day situation, and explains a lot about Amanda and her motivations in hiring and mentoring him.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Will Trent, but it's a tough call.

Which scene was your favorite?

In a flash back, when Evelyn refuses to be cowed by a bad experience and mocks it so effectively that even conservative, staid Amanda has to laugh. Pig-Tush.

Any additional comments?

There is a great depth to the story, don't' rush reading it.

  • Chasing Fire

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,280

Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature. But there’s also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are one of the most exclusive firefighting squads in the nation, and the job is in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend in the field. She’s been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story + Great Narrator

  • By RL Green on 08-19-12

Good Story + Great Narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-12

If you could sum up Chasing Fire in three words, what would they be?

compelling, evocative, Gulliver

What did you like best about this story?

I've read a lot of Nora Roberts' novels and many of them blend together for me, which means that they were less than compelling or memorable. Not bad, mind you. Just not exceptional in any way.

A couple of her novels have stood out for me, and this I think is the one that I like best. I certainly admire Roberts' ability to make the perilous world of fire jumpers come into focus. A lot of research went into this, but (and this is the hard part) she never indulges the temptation to simply show off what she learned -- Roberts provides just enough detail to get a real sense of how physically and mentally challenging fire jumping is. I got a good idea of the current technology and how it's used, and maybe most important, I began to understand the mindset and priorities that would drive an otherwise sensible and intelligent human being to jump out of a plane into a raging fire.

The primary romance is exceptionally good. Rowan, a veteran fire jumper, and Gulliver, a rookie. I find I can't resist the urge to use the totally predictable descriptive phrase: they generate tremendous heat.

Which scene was your favorite?

Rowan tells Gulliver the truth.

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

The scenes between Rowan and her father were very well done. She realizes that he has been lonely, and that she doesn't want him to be lonely, no matter how much change scares her.

Any additional comments?

Tremendously interesting, and an alpha-hero who tempers near perfection with a good dose of self-awareness.

25 of 25 people found this review helpful