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  • 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 24,181
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,974
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,925

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

Engaging history

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

Reviewed: 10-26-17

After many recommendations, I decided that I had missed out not reading this book before.
I was totally captivated by both the story and the background of the times and the personal struggles of the major character and others. Although not familiar with the intricacies of rowing, I learned a lot and contemplated just what is necessary to be a rower. I was not bored in the least. Perhaps it might have been different if I was reading the book rather than listening, but the narrator engaged me totally from the beginning. This was an inspiring look into a huge American victory.

  • The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Ruthie Ann Miles, Kimiko Glenn, Alexandra Allwine, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,394

The thrilling new novel from number-one New York Times best-selling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been abandoned and adopted by an American couple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ***EXCELLENT*** Six stars if I could !!

  • By ROBIN on 04-10-17

A Beautiful Story

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

I was impressed by the author's research on the tea industry in China. I feel like I learned a lot from the book. It was beautifully written and kept me engaged and eager to continue listening. I do think that there were a few too many coincidences, especially in a country as vast as China. And the same goes for Los Angeles. Nonetheless, I loved the story and will recommend it to my friends with great enthusiasm.

  • Barbarian Days

  • A Surfing Life
  • By: William Finnegan
  • Narrated by: William Finnegan
  • Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,188

Pulitzer Prize, Biography, 2016. Barbarian Days is William Finnegan's memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Amazing Performance by the Author

  • By Laura - Audible on 02-01-16

Fascinating Memoir

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

Thanks to the author's journaling throughout his life, the reader gets an insightful view of the world of surfing. Surfers must be fascinated by the description of the waves, surf spots and adventures as there is considerable detail. The writer's beautiful language made the long adventure truly enjoyable. Yes, there were areas (like the South Pacific journey) which seemed to drag a little, but there was so much more to come. For those who questioned the length and personal details of this book, I can only say, it is a MEMOIR. It is supposed to be about the writer, his thoughts, his experiences. He did a great job.

  • The Force

  • A Novel
  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,788

All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop. He is the "King of Manhattan North", a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of "Da Force". Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest - an elite special unit given carte blanche to fight gangs, drugs, and guns. Every day and every night for the 18 years he's spent on the job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Winslow continus to amaze

  • By Steve L on 07-13-17

Winslow is a great writer!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

I am so glad that I listened to this rather than reading it. The narration makes the story come alive. I have read most of Winslow's books and and am amazed at the breadth of his research and understanding of his subjects. He will continue to be one of the writers whom I automatically check out whenever he has a new book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Thirst

  • A Harry Hole Novel
  • By: Jo Nesbo, Neil Smith - translator
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037

In Police - the last novel featuring Jo Nesbø's hard-bitten, maverick Oslo detective - a killer wreaking revenge on the police had Harry Hole fighting for the safety of the people closest to him. Now, in The Thirst, the story continues as Harry is inextricably drawn back into the Oslo police force. A serial murderer has begun targeting Tinder daters - a murderer whose MO reignites Harry's hunt for a nemesis of his past.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Normally, I love Jo Nesbo.

  • By B.J. on 10-22-17

Still a great read!

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

I have been a long-time fan of Jo Nesbo and this book was as satisfying as any of the others. The narrator did an excellent job and the ending was totally unexpected, so I was engaged for the entire book. Harry Hole is an exceptional creation and never fails to interest me. I anticipate many more books from Nesbo.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rules of Civility

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,904

Features a sample chapter from A Gentleman in Moscow, the highly anticipated new audiobook from Amor Towles - available fall 2016. This sophisticated and entertaining first novel presents the story of a young woman whose life is on the brink of transformation. On the last night of 1937, 25-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a yearlong journey....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect narrator for this intriguing book.

  • By Cherie Walker on 08-28-11

Not much substance here

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

Reviewed: 05-20-17

I found this book to be boring and generally without merit. I was not interested in what might come next. The narration was very well done however. The problem is that the characters and plot seemed contrived and of little relevance. Compared to the other books I've been listening to, this one missed the mark. I was eager for it to end and that has not been the case very often.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye

  • Harry Bosch, Book 19
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,046

Harry Bosch is California's newest private investigator. He doesn't advertise, he doesn't have an office, and he's picky about who he works for, but it doesn't matter. His chops from 30 years with the LAPD speak for themselves. Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire has less than six months to live and a lifetime of regrets. He hires Bosch to find out whether he has an heir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Connelly Delivers Everytime

  • By Charles Atkinson on 07-19-17

Connelly scores again!

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Wrong Side of Goodbye to be better than the print version?

I'm sure that both versions are equally good, but I prefer most of my reading to be done through audiobooks.

What other book might you compare The Wrong Side of Goodbye to and why?

The other Connelly books compare favorably to this one. He is a consistently good writer and his characters return each time to convey new facets of themselves.

What does Titus Welliver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Welliver is an accomplished reader who brings life to the characters.

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

If I had the time to listen to a book in one sitting this would be a good one. However, listening for a couple of hours a day did not diminish my interest in the book.

Any additional comments?

This could have been a formulaic novel which rested on Connelly's past successes, but it definitely was not and his plots and characters remain interesting.

  • End of Watch

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,300
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,703

In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of a great Trilogy

  • By Don Gilbert on 06-09-16

The end of a wonderful trilogy!

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

If you could sum up End of Watch in three words, what would they be?

Suspenseful, engaging, masterful

What other book might you compare End of Watch to and why?

As in most of King's books, there is scarcely anything to which it can be compared.

What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

Will Patton is my favorite narrator of audiobooks. He invests great energy into his reading and brings life to the characters

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

The saga reaches a powerful conclusion

Any additional comments?

I am not alone in the feeling of sadness at the conclusion of this trilogy. The characters are memorable and I would like to read more about those who remain at the end. Where do they go from here?

  • Born to Run

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,690
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,218

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Boss demonstrates his strong work ethic and dedication to excellence as he tells his story.

  • By Tim on 12-21-16

Heartfelt and emotional

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Born to Run to be better than the print version?

I am so very glad that I listened rather than read this book. The author's own voice and inflections made it much more engaging and personal.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Born to Run?

I reacted emotionally to the father and his behavior throughout the book. The complexity of the father-son relationship and the ultimate explanation for much of their conflict gave greater substance to the book

Which scene was your favorite?

There were many as Bruce gained success in his career and endured setbacks before he could move forward again.

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

Intense, heartfelt, emotional........

Any additional comments?

It was a thoroughly enjoyable book which gave me a new perspective of Bruce Springsteen

  • The Nix

  • A Novel
  • By: Nathan Hill
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,853
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,831

It's 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson - college professor, stalled writer - has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn't seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she's reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nathan Hill is an exceptional storyteller.

  • By Bonny on 09-13-16

Unique and interesting

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

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

I am often reluctant to recommend books to friends because they may not share my taste. I did enjoy this book, however, and I would recommend it.

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that the mother had abandoned her family so many years ago kept me wondering why and how this could be explained.

Which character – as performed by Ari Fliakos – was your favorite?

I thought Ari Flaikos was masterful in creating all the characters. He had the ability to change and really get into each character's personality.

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

No. I never listen to a book in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

I found this book to be unique to the point where it is difficult to do it justice by merely telling about the plot and the characters. The whole picture is necessary to the understanding and appreciation of the book.