LISTENER

Julie

Le Center, MN, USA
  • 61
  • reviews
  • 141
  • helpful votes
  • 258
  • ratings
  • Tuscan Rose

  • By: Belinda Alexandra
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 23 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781

A mysterious stranger known as 'The Wolf' leaves an infant with the sisters of Santo Spirito. A tiny silver key hidden in her wrappings is the only clue to the child's identity and so begins a story as intriguing and beautiful as the city of Florence itself. Belinda Alexandra's new novel, Tuscan Rose, is set in Italy during the time of Mussolini. This richly woven tale of passion, love, longing, witchcraft and magic promises to be everything her readers love and more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Such a beautiful listen....

  • By A. Renea on 09-21-13

Great Story, poor production quality

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

The story was enthralling, and the narrator was okay but the whole thing was spoiled by sloppy sound editing. The sound engineer failed to edit out the narrator's inhalations, and there were frequent, annoying clicks and pauses, especially toward the end of the book.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128,822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113,666
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113,516

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl on The Train

  • By BookReader on 12-30-15

our century's version of 'gaslight '

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

Reviewed: 05-09-16

Even when you figure this one out, you can't stop listening because you don’t know how the narrator is ever going to get someone to believe her. Gripping right up to the very end.

  • Moby Dick

  • By: Herman Melville
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 23 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 534

The outcast youth Ishmael, succumbing to wanderlust during a dreary New England autumn, signs up for passage aboard a whaling ship. The Pequod sails under the command of the one-legged Captain Ahab, who has set himself on a monomaniacal quest to capture the cunning white whale that robbed him of his leg: Moby-Dick. Capturing life on the sea with robust realism, Melville details the adventures of the colorful crew aboard the ship as Ahab pursues his crusade of revenge, heedless of all cost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping despite the minutiae

  • By Sarah on 06-06-08

good narration

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

Reviewed: 04-20-16

This is tough material, and the narrator makes it sound as natural as possible. If you want to check Moby Dick off your bucket list, I would recommend this version.

  • The Lake House

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,039

Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented fourteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure ...One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRAVO!!!!!!!

  • By Maria on 10-30-15

lots of twists and turns

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

Reviewed: 03-19-16

Very satisfying use of twists, turns, and red herrings. Many times I thought I had it worked out and then even when I did, I couldn't be sure. It kept me on pins and needles almost to the end and did not let me down.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Solomon's Song

  • The Australian Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 19 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,628

Here is the story of two families, branches of the Solomons, transported to an alien land. Both branches eventually grow rich and powerful. But through three generations, the families never, for one moment, relinquish their hatred for each other. This novel is also the story of Australia, from its beginnings to its coming of age as a nation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I hoped for.

  • By John on 02-11-11

over too soon

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

I just wanted to go on and on and on with these characters. I really hope he comes back with another book so we can find out what happens with the next generation.

  • Tommo and Hawk

  • The Australian Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,216

Brutally kidnapped and separated in childhood, Tommo and Hawk are reunited at the age of 15 in Hobart Town. Together, they escape their troubled pasts and set off on a journey into manhood. From whale hunting in the Pacific to the Maori wars of New Zealand, from the Rocks in Sydney to the miners' riots at the goldfields, Tommo and Hawk must learn each other's strengths and weaknesses in order to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brillant Narration

  • By Angie on 05-01-07

Just as good as the first one!

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

Reviewed: 02-22-16

Can't wait to see what happens next! Especially what happens to Tommo. I don’t want to say anything by saying more

  • The Potato Factory

  • The Australian Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 23 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,017
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,902
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,901

Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audiobook of the year!

  • By karen on 11-30-05

A Modern Dickens

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

Reviewed: 02-13-16

Loved the great sympathy for the plight of the underclasses plus this is a dang good story. The characters will stay withe forever. Can't wait to get to the next in the series

  • Mrs Queen Takes the Train

  • By: William Kuhn
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,573
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,567

An absolute delight of a debut novel by William Kuhn - author of Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books - Mrs Queen Takes the Train wittily imagines the kerfuffle that transpires when a bored Queen Elizabeth strolls out of the palace in search of a little fun, leaving behind a desperate team of courtiers who must find the missing Windsor before a national scandal erupts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable with deeper meaning

  • By SydSavvy on 12-31-15

Modern Roman Holiday

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

Reviewed: 02-05-16

This story is a delightful exploration of destiny and duty, very much along the lines of the classic movie, but so much more poignant without a schmaltzy romance. Not to say that there isn't romance, there is plenty. Also suspense and a touch of humor. LOVED every minute of it.

  • The Story of the Lost Child

  • The Neapolitan Novels, Book 4
  • By: Elena Ferrante
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,638

Here is the dazzling saga of two women: the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery, uncontainable Lila. Both are now adults; many of life's great discoveries have been made, its vagaries and losses have been suffered. Through it all, the women's friendship has remained the gravitational center of their lives. Both women once fought to escape the neighborhood in which they grew up - a prison of conformity, violence, and inviolable taboos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of the series. But should be read after the others to get the full impact.

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-01-16

hated to let these characters go

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

Reviewed: 01-08-16

I was disappointed that there wasn't a definite answer on what actually happened to Lila and Tina but I loved every minute up to the end.

  • Skippy Dies

  • By: Paul Murray
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber, Fred Berman, Clodagh Bowyer, and others
  • Length: 23 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,723
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,092
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,111

This touching and uproarious novel by author Paul Murray made everyone’s best fiction of 2010 lists, including The Washington Post, Financial Times, Village Voice, and others. Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the mystery that links the boys of Dublin’s Seabrook College (Ruprecht Van Doren, the overweight genius obsessed with string theory; Carl, the teenager drug dealer and borderline psychotic; Philip Kilfether, the basketball-playing midget) to their parents and teachers in ways that no one could have imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, touching, entertaining

  • By Chicago Laura on 01-22-11

Most truthful coming of age story I have ever read

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

Reviewed: 11-08-15

The author captured with kindness and unblinking honesty the way both adults and children struggle to make sense of the world and find a reason to go on. the themes echo through the generations and characters, very much like the themes in Pachelbel's canon echo each other. A really touching and well constructed tale.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful