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  • A Crowded Marriage

  • By: Catherine Alliott
  • Narrated by: Suzy Aitchison
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

A family in dire financial straights is offered a rent-free cottage on the estate of the husband's ex-wife. A Crowded Marriage is the latest novel from Catherine Alliott.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Still Laughing

  • By Heather on 06-18-09

Refreshing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-11

I loved this book. At times I was laughing out loud. It was so refreshing and the main character was so down-to-earth. It was a wonderful listen. I think I've found another author to watch for AND another narrator too.

  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,255

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • worthwhile

  • By Joe on 08-01-09

What a wonderful find

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-11

This book had been recommended to me numerous times by both my Kindle device and Audible, so I took a chance and am happy to report that I've found another wonderful author. This book was fantastic - right up my alley.

  • Unbearable Lightness

  • A Story of Loss and Gain
  • By: Portia de Rossi
  • Narrated by: Portia de Rossi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599

In this searing, unflinchingly honest book, Portia de Rossi captures the complex emotional truth of what it is like when food, weight, and body image take priority over every other human impulse or action. She recounts the elaborate rituals around eating that came to dominate hours of every day, from keeping her daily calorie intake below 300 to eating precisely measured amounts of food out of specific bowls and only with certain utensils. When this wasn’t enough, she resorted to purging and compulsive physical exercise, driving her body and spirit to the breaking point.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Sad

  • By Dawn on 11-13-10

Wow

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-11

This book was wonderfully brave. I love Porta as an actress but I respect and admire her as an author for this book. I wish it was a mandatory read for all young women in high school or college. Simply fantastic.

  • The Woman Who Walked into Doors

  • By: Roddy Doyle
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Paula O'Leary is hugely popular with the boys from her working-class Dublin neighbourhood. But it is the charming Charlo Spencer who finally gets her. Yet after their honeymoon, everything changes. When Charlo first strikes her, she is stunned. But as his violent outbursts develop from slaps and bruises to broken fingers and knocked-out teeth, she gradually loses all self-respect, denying how bleak things are and drinking heavily.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Roddy Doyle Titles Please!!

  • By Linda on 05-29-13

Amazing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-10

This book is nothing short of wonderful. Not only did I fall in love with the characters, but I also loved the way it was written. This coming of age story set in Ireland made me laugh out loud, gave me chills, and made me cry too. It also made Caroline Lennon my favourite narrator. My only complaint is that it ended. It was one of those books that I wished I could unread just to re-experience it again for the first time. I've since bought the actual book and have relistened to this novel numerous times. Definitely worth your time!!

  • Memoirs of a Geisha

  • By: Arthur Golden
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 17 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,894
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,065

In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect ---- in every way

  • By Amanda on 02-08-06

Loved it, loved it, loved it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-26-08

This narration made me want to go and read my copy of the book again. I found every excuse to listen to the book. The story grabbed me when I read it, and the audio was no disappointment.

  • The Historian

  • By: Elizabeth Kostova
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre, Paul Michael
  • Length: 26 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,442
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,463

Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great immersion entertainment

  • By Joseph on 08-26-08

Horror?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-26-08

I couldn't even finish the book, I was so bored. Horror? Not quite. I was nearly to the end and just couldn't stand to listen to any more. Why a rather sick pitched man's voice for the lead adult female when a female's voice was sufficient for the lead young female? I guess the narrators just never convinced me. I was pretty disappointed.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • By: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,958
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,960

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there!

  • By D. McMillen on 05-31-05

a long tale

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-26-08

I wasn't on the edge of my seat, but enjoyed the book very much.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Children's Hour

  • By: Marcia Willett
  • Narrated by: June Barrie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

In the big old house overlooking the sea, five small children listened as their mother read them a story. Theirs was an idyllic childhood, as they played on the beach, in the gardens and the woods, before the war and other tragedies disrupted their lives. Now, many years later, Nest and Mina still live at their beautiful childhood home, surrounded by the glorious Devon country side. But, when their sister Georgie comes to stay at Ottercombe, memories of their past start to revisit them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Read

  • By Faith on 09-05-05

a well read tale

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-07

At first I was a bit disappointed in my purchase thinking this book nothing more than fluff, but then suddenly I found myself invested in the characters and curiously caring about their circumstances. For me the narration made the story - fluff or not. I doubt anyone else could have drawn me in. Before I knew it, I was extending my walks just a little further . . . I may just chance another book by this author provided the same narrator is on board.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Firefly Summer

  • By: Maeve Binchy
  • Narrated by: Kate Binchy
  • Length: 23 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

" Firefly Summer is warm, humorous, sad and happy. Reading it is a joy." ( Irish Independent) In the summer of 1962, an American millionaire arrives in a small, sleepy Irish town with far-reaching consequences. For the children of the Ryan family, the long hot summers are usually spent playing in the ruins of a large, abandoned house. But when the American, Patrick O'Neill, buys the ruins, dreams are made and broken and secrets which should never be revealed are betrayed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inviting

  • By Linda on 08-22-07

Inviting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-07

Maeve Binchy pulled me right in from the opening paragraph. I couldn't help but feel that the characters were my own neighbours and friends. It was a delightful story and one which I would highly recommend.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Angela's Ashes

  • By: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
  • Narrated by: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,903

Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic book *and* a classic audiobook

  • By Karen on 01-30-03

matter of fact

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-06

I found myself laughing out loud, gasping, muttering etc. while I listened to this book. It was truly the story of a courageous young boy. To endure the sadness, the poverty and the weight of religious guilt like none I've ever known is a feat in itself. I loved this story very much and looked forward to every moment spent listening to the author tell his tale.