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  • Society's Child

  • My Autobiography
  • By: Janis Ian
  • Narrated by: Janis Ian
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 976
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 975

Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh my! What a book!

  • By OKCycle on 12-17-12

Janis Ian lives again

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

Reviewed: 01-03-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Society's Child to be better than the print version?

I have not read the book but Janis Ian takes you on a journey into the world of Entertainment and it's darker side.

What other book might you compare Society's Child to and why?

I can't compare this book to any I have heard before

Which scene was your favorite?

I enjoyed Janis giving us introductions to chapters with her own singing and guitar prowess

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

Janis Ian was in a brutal relationship with a man and despite her knowing it was wrong she couldn't break free from this scumbag for many years. I found this part of her story very moving and heartbreaking.

Any additional comments?

This story is full of all the emotions that you can experience. I am glad that Janis Ian is back, I grew up with her music. I am happy she is in a stable relationship and is having a good life.

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 1
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hopefully this is the first of a series

  • By Jane on 07-29-13

Wow What a Story

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

Reviewed: 07-22-13

Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

I am getting ready to listen to this book again and I have only just finished it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cuckoo's Calling?

The way this book has been structured there isn't one moment that isn't memorable

What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

Robert Glenister gives a superb performance of this book. He is now my second favourite reader on Audible.com

If you could take any character from The Cuckoo's Calling out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Definitely Robyn and Cormoran Strike.

Any additional comments?

I am aware who has written this book under a different name now and I am absolutely of the opinion that the books to come from this series, and I hope there will be more, will be as much awaited as those this writer has penned before. With the exception of the last book under the writer's real name that I didn't enjoy. I don't want to spoil it for those who don't know who it is but there is so much detail in The Cuckoos Calling combined with the research and style in which the book is written makes it impossible to put it down. I can't wait for more to come.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Inferno

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 348

Dan Brown’s new novel, Inferno, features renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and is set in the heart of Europe, where Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centred around one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces. As Dan Brown comments: "Although I studied Dante’s Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dan Brown at his best

  • By Garry on 06-20-13

Dan Brown has been fired up again for Inferno

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

Reviewed: 07-18-13

What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

As with all of Dan Brown's book he has done his research and the books are full of historical facts.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favourite character is Robert Langdon. His character is well rounded. I would love to have him at one of my dinner parties.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Sometimes I felt the narration lacked passion as far as the characters were concerned. The anger and some of the interpretation of the dialogue were lacking.

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

When Sienna reveals who and what she really is.

Any additional comments?

Many times during the story I felt a little let down by the narration. Having said that though, I did enjoy Inferno and am looking forward to it being made into a film with Tom Hanks again as Robert and directed by Ron Howard. Am looking forward to seeing who is cast as Sienna.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Iris and Ruby

  • By: Rosie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Rula Lenska
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

A story of love, loss, and the distance between three generations of one family, this novel centres on Iris and Ruby, a grandmother and her granddaughter, as they try and make sense of their respective lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tender, heart-felt and beautifully narrated

  • By "unknown" on 04-21-10

LONG LONG AND LONG

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

Reviewed: 03-02-13

Would you listen to Iris and Ruby again? Why?

No, I wouldn't listen again. I found this book very long and it didn't go anywhere. I am struggling to finish the 2nd part.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Maybe I won't get there

What about Rula Lenska’s performance did you like?

I like Rula's reading but in this book I found it inconsistent. Ruby was part London Goth and part Toffee Tart

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

Have yet to get there.

Any additional comments?

I like stories that take me away and this book put me to sleep.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Persimmon Tree

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 27 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,312

The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Author- Narrator combo on the market

  • By theenglishmajor on 09-26-10

The Persimmon Tree - A Bloody good story mate

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

Reviewed: 01-27-13

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

This book is a must read. Bryce Courtney does the Australian Servicemen and Women proud in this epic novel of what it means to be young, Aussie and flung into a war only to have to cope with the consequences of the decisions made during that war. I am so proud to be able to say this book was written and researched thoroughly because there isn't one thing I could fault. Bryce Courtney is no longer with us but I will be sure to read the prequel to this story next. Love it!

What did you like best about this story?

Each part of this engrossing tale is as gripping and enjoyable as the last. So Australian. Some of the Aussie sayings are brought to life by Humphrey Bower and said exactly as my parents used to all the time. I particularly liked the one "After the matinee, you still have to go home and mow the lawn." The writing is wonderful and many memories of how my mother and father survived during the war came to life in this book as both of them served as officers in the Australian Army.

Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

His accents are spot on. I like all of his characters especially the Japanese and Javanese characters. The women too. Anna, Marg etc. all delivered with a slightly gentler tone. He is my favourite reader thus far.

Who was the most memorable character of The Persimmon Tree and why?

Anna because she reminds me a little of myself. I love her bravery in the most frightening of situations.

Any additional comments?

I generally don't like Bryce Courtney's writing but this one has whet my appetite for more.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Redeemer: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 6

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

One freezing night in Oslo Christmas shoppers gather to listen to a Salvation Army street concert. An explosion cuts through the music, and a man in uniform falls to the ground, shot in the head at point-blank range.Harry Hole and his team have little to work with: no immediate suspect, no weapon and no motive. But when the assassin discovers he has shot the wrong man, Harry Hole’s troubles have only just begun.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Good Jo Nesbo Book

  • By Lia on 02-19-13

Great Story

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

Reviewed: 01-04-13

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

Yes. Sean Barrett delivers a terrific performance of all the characters, even the female ones. I could listen to him any time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Harry Hole

What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

He has a great delivery and even performs the females well. I like the quality in his voice.

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

Harry Hole books don't really move you.

  • Life of Pi

  • By: Yann Martel
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,833

Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audio of the year for me

  • By Theresa Ann McIntyre on 06-04-03

Life of Pi for the second time

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

Reviewed: 12-09-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Life of Pi to be better than the print version?

Yes

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pi of course

Which scene was your favorite?

The island with the meer cats

If you could take any character from Life of Pi out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Pi because his story is amazing and I would want to hear it from him.

Any additional comments?

Everyone should hear this book. I read the book years ago but listening to it was a real treat. I can't wait for the movie to come out now.

  • The Playroom

  • By: Frances Fyfield
  • Narrated by: Rula Lenska
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Kathryn and David are the ideal couple. But unseen by their envious or admiring friends, splinters are beginning to form. David suspects one of their two children is not his own and Kathryn struggles to iron out family confrontations to maintain the calm of their lives together. But slowly things start to slip from her control. David's mood swings become more irrational and violent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story

  • By Delah on 06-19-12

Creepy and sad at the same time

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

Reviewed: 12-09-12

Would you listen to The Playroom again? Why?

Probably not because of the story content. It was very sad

What did you like best about this story?

I thought it was a well written story

Which character – as performed by Rula Lenska – was your favorite?

Rula is very good at all the characters.

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

It made me cry because of the child in it.

Any additional comments?

This book is not for everyone as it deals with a very disturbing subject matter. Any cruelty of any form on another human being especially a child is so sad and, even though it should be told, I found myself gripped with fear.

  • Doc

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Doria Russell
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 916
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747

The year is 1878, peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge City, Kansas, a saloon-filled cow town jammed with liquored-up adolescent cowboys and young Irish hookers. Violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp. And it is a matter of strangely personal importance to Doc Holliday, the frail 26-year-old dentist who has just opened an office at No. 24, Dodge House.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great writing and narration

  • By Dennis on 06-02-11

This is one for our American friends

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

Reviewed: 12-09-12

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoyed listening to this book but it was so full of American history that it lost me a few times.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Quite sad

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The accent was a bit hard to take sometimes.

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

Yes

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 229

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't have expectations!

  • By Michael on 10-01-12

There was a Big Casual Vacancy left

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

Reviewed: 11-05-12

Would you try another book from J. K. Rowling and/or Tom Hollander?

I didn't enjoy this book because I was waiting for something to happen and it never did. It was boring and I lost interest. The Characters were too detailed by J.K Rowling for me. I loved the Potter books but this one didn't do a thing for me.

Would you ever listen to anything by J. K. Rowling again?

Yes the Potter books maybe

Would you listen to another book narrated by Tom Hollander?

Yes

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Casual Vacancy?

Too many to mention

Any additional comments?

This book was about awful people in an awful place. The language was not necessary and although the beginning started off with someone dying the story for me never really went anywhere and I lost interest in it.