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  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,943
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,895

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but a gripping experience

  • By Andre M. Gorelkin on 09-04-16

Real waste of time

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

Would you try another book from B. A. Paris and/or Georgia Maguire?

Narrator was given material that was overhyped and success was based on the success of other popular books,

What do you think your next listen will be?

Some other category other than psychological thriller until Audible and Amazon sort out heir definitions.

What aspect of Georgia Maguire’s performance would you have changed?

Give her better material - this was for the fifty shades crowd.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Felt robbed of an audible credit and like I learned a lesson on that one.

Any additional comments?

Really dismayed by the other reviewers here. Need to find some reviewers that have similar taste.

33 of 41 people found this review helpful

  • The Art Forger

  • By: B. A. Shapiro
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,903
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,599
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,593

Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting - a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum - in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery. Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late 19th century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing forage into art forgery and intrigue

  • By D on 11-28-12

Interesting art world romance

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

Reviewed: 09-25-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Art Forger to be better than the print version?

The narrator was very good and held characters persona well,

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

I felt the protagonist was naive and only somewhat plausible,

Any additional comments?

Reviews comparing voice to print is missing the basis for reviews.... Is it a good story? Is it read well consistently with story and characters? Did it hold my attention? Your questions do not lead to accurate reviews.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24,191
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,984
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,935

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

Best book ever!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-19-15

I can listen to this over and over! Great story, character development is realistic, knowledge and appreciation of the sport is evident

  • The Industrial Revolution

  • By: Patrick N. Allitt, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Patrick N. Allitt
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 847
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740

From electric lights to automobiles to the appliances that make our lives easier at work and at home, we owe so much of our world to the Industrial Revolution. In this course, The Great Courses partners with the Smithsonian - one of the world's most storied and exceptional educational institutions - to examine the extraordinary events of this period and uncover the far-reaching impact of this incredible revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredibly entertaining, balanced, comprehensive

  • By Quaker on 12-03-14

A class I'd show up for!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-15

What did you love best about The Industrial Revolution?

The topical chapters are wonderful- only wish I could see the chapter names on my phone!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Industrial Revolution?

I am fascinated by Josiah Wedgewood- who knew a potter could be so interesting?

What does Professor Patrick N. Allitt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He seems to truly enjoy the subject matter and delights in storytelling

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

NO! This is one to savor, chapter by chapter… may want to grab additional information on the subject and re-listen.

Any additional comments?

Best of the Audible courses, so far.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Go Like Hell

  • Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans
  • By: A. J. Baime
  • Narrated by: Jones Allen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 415

By the early 1960s, Ford Motor Company, built to bring automobile transportation to the masses, was falling behind. Baby boomers were taking to the roads in droves, looking for speed not safety, style not comfort, and Ford didn’t offer what these young drivers wanted. Meanwhile, Enzo Ferrari lorded over the European racing scene, crafting beautiful, fast sports cars that epitomized style.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Entertaining Audiobook

  • By S. Perry on 12-29-13

A piece of automotive history unknown to most

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

Reviewed: 05-29-14

If you could sum up Go Like Hell in three words, what would they be?

Competitive automotive testosterone

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ferrari- because he's up against an increasingly powerful opponent, but comes back to fight!

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

No-

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Go like hell, but the first one to get there loses.

Any additional comments?

Educational and entertaining

  • Attachments

  • A Novel
  • By: Rainbow Rowell
  • Narrated by: Laura Hamilton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,421
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,168
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,173

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder, coworkers at The Courier, know the newspaper monitors their office e-mail. But they still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers, and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period. Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill still can’t believe that it’s his job to monitor other people’s e-mail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just what I'd hoped for

  • By J-L-UU on 05-30-11

Incredibly juvenile- complete waste of time

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

Reviewed: 05-29-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

An unsophisticated 15 year old.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Timothy Geithner ought to compensate for the time I wasted on this.

Would you be willing to try another one of Laura Hamilton’s performances?

I think the problem was content based- not narrator fault. (Except in picking what she puts her name on)

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

A slap on the forehead saying I can't believe I paid for this !#)(!#%.

Any additional comments?

First time I've ever returned an audible book. Glad to know that this is an option.

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,714

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

A voyeuristic pleasure…couldn't put the iPod down

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

Reviewed: 04-30-14

If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

Just plain fun

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

The characters were flawed, a bit sick and incredibly interesting.Just when I got comfortable with a story direction, it would twist and turn another direction.

Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

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

It kept me awake for hours in spite of extreme jet lag… it made me toss and turn to try to stay awake after an 11 hour flight. 21 hours+ awake and I still listened….

  • The New Yorker, January 7th 2013 (Adam Green, Lauren Collins, Hendrik Hertzberg)

  • By: Adam Green, Lauren Collins, Hendrik Hertzberg
  • Narrated by: Dan Bernard, Christine Marshall
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Highlights
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

"Shots", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Being Prepared", by Alec Wilkinson; "A Pickpockets Tale", by Adam Green; "Danish Postmodern", by Lauren Collins; and "Tough Times", by Anthony Lane.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed the pickpocket story

  • By Shari on 01-08-13

Enjoyed the pickpocket story

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

Reviewed: 01-08-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

NY'r has cut back on content over the last year. Fewer articles and writers are not bad but not up to NYs quality expectations.

If you’ve listened to books by the authors before, how does this one compare?

I'll give the NY'r audible one more year- if it continues to shrink, journalistically and literally, I'll drop it next year.

What does Dan Bernard and Christine Marshall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

For the most part, these are pros.

Was The New Yorker, January 7th 2013 (Adam Green, Lauren Collins, Hendrik Hertzberg) worth the listening time?

Ehhhh- pickpicket was an interesting listen.. everything else ZZZZZZZZ

Any additional comments?

Pull it together or lose subscribers.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Life Without Limits

  • A World Champion's Journey
  • By: Chrissie Wellington, Lance Armstrong (foreward)
  • Narrated by: Polly Lee, Chrissie Wellington
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563

In 2007, Chrissie Wellington shocked the triathlon world by winning the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. As a newcomer and a complete unknown to the press, Chrissie's win shook up the sport. A Life without Limits is the story of her rise to the top, a journey that has taken her around the world, from a childhood in England, to the mountains of Nepal, to the oceans of New Zealand, to the trails of Argentina, and finally, across the finish line. A Life without Limits reveals the heart behind her success.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Chrissie winning, on repeat

  • By Mona on 03-13-13

I am having a great escape!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-12

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

Yes- I've been listening during a morning run, an afternoon drive, and an evening gardening session. Good stuff! Insprirational and fun

What did you like best about this story?

Travel, adventure, athleticism, and endurance.

Have you listened to any of Polly Lee and Chrissie Wellington ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

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

had a hard time "putting it down" but also wanted to savor. A good combo

  • Running with the Kenyans

  • Passion, Adventure, and the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth
  • By: Adharanand Finn
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 298

Whether running is your recreation, your religion, or just a spectator sport, Adharanand Finn’s incredible journey to the elite training camps of Kenya will captivate and inspire you. Part travelogue, part memoir, this mesmerizing quest to uncover the secrets of the world’s greatest runners - and put them to the test - combines practical advice, a fresh look at barefoot running, and hard-won spiritual insights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • His Curiosity is Contagious

  • By Sharlene on 01-28-13

Great escape to Kenya

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

Reviewed: 06-03-12

Would you listen to Running with the Kenyans again? Why?

I listened to the story several times- a few chapters over and over. I loved the race prep and the visual impression of the villages.

What did you like best about this story?

It hit on my favorite topics; travel, adventure, running, family and wild animals. What could be better?!!

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene on NY eve at the game preserve.... lions think of a tent no differently than a rock...

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Fast & curious