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  • Her Last Day

  • Jessie Cole, Book 1
  • By: T.R. Ragan
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,787
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,592

Ten years ago, PI Jessie Cole and reporter Ben Morrison each suffered a tragedy that changed their lives - and now these two strangers are about to share a nightmare. For Jessie, who makes her living finding missing persons, no case has consumed her more than the disappearance of her younger sister, Sophie. But left alone to raise Sophie's daughter, she realizes that solving the case has become an unhealthy obsession.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What the?

  • By Vlad E. on 04-21-18

Okay story, wooden narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

The storyline was interesting, although very dark (the torture was hard to get through) but I almost quit the book several times because the narrator was so dry—almost computer-like at times—monotone, and added nothing to the book.

  • The Accidental Alchemist

  • By: Gigi Pandian
  • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,593
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,573

Unpacking her belongings in her new hometown of Portland, Oregon, herbalist and reformed alchemist Zoe Faust can't help but notice she's picked up a stowaway. Dorian Robert-Houdin is a living, breathing three-and-half-foot gargoyle - not to mention a master of French cuisine - and he needs Zoe's expertise to decipher a centuries-old text. Zoe, who's trying to put her old life behind her, isn't so sure she wants to reopen her alchemical past... until the dead man on her porch leaves her no choice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting premise, mediocre story.

  • By Martha on 06-03-15

5 Stars!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-02-15

This book exceeded my expectations--the Narrator was great and the story was interesting, with well-developed characters and an interesting plot line .

  • The President's Pilot

  • By: Robert Gandt
  • Narrated by: Thomas Block
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 768
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 698
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 687

A year and a half into her first term as President of the United States, Libby Paulsen is in a world of trouble. Her controversial agenda has placed her in a doomsday clash with a right wing cabal led by an enigmatic Air Force general. The conspirators will stop at nothing - including assassination - to remove Libby Paulsen from office. When the cabal targets Air Force One, Libby's Presidency - and her life - rest in the hands of a maverick pilot named Pete Brand, a man with whom the President shares a long-smoldering secret.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Is everyone drunk?

  • By Mike on 02-06-15

Good story, LOUSY narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-14-15

I would try another book from Robert Gandt as long as Thomas Block was not the narrator. The story is interesting, and just plausible enough to keep me interested, but I almost stopped listening several times because of the poor narration. The narration is extremely inconsistent, the narrator slurs many words, mispronounces others and does a terrible job with characterization, escpecially with the female characters. It was painful at times to listen to.
We have several hundred books in our Audible library, and once again, I find that the narrator can make or break a book. I wouldn't recommend this book in audio form to anyone.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Word of Promise Complete Audio Bible: NKJV

  • By: Thomas Nelson Inc.
  • Narrated by: Jason Alexander, Joan Allen, Richard Dreyfuss, and others
  • Length: 98 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,039
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,046

This faithful rendering of the New King James Version presents the Bible in more than 90 hours of compelling, dramatic audio theater format.This world-class audio production immerses listeners in the dramatic reality of the Scriptures as never before with an original music score by composer Stefano Mainetti (Abba Pater), feature film quality sound effects, and compelling narration by Michael York and the work of over 500 actors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely...needs a section guide. I made one

  • By A. Lee on 08-29-16

The Bat Man of Bibles

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

Reviewed: 01-02-13

Would you try another book from Thomas Nelson, Inc. and/or the narrators?

The narrators individually yes. I found the presentation extremely distasteful. I am not a fan of ensemble casts, but this is very bad. And God (tympani) said (women singing vowels -AAAAAA, OOOO, UUUU) strike them with the edge of the sword (Smack, Biff, Whap) and there will be crying and gnashing of teeth (weeping screaming) etc. etc. I kind of think the book stands on its own, or should. Most of the actors were clearly told to overact and took the direction to heart. The text is not segregated into books in a manner that could be referenced easily.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Word of Promise Complete Audio Bible: NKJV?

When it was blessedly over.

What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

To many, most seeming to be competing to overact the others. Michael York, one of my favorite narrators, was a refreshing exception.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The text stands on its own, but it was not left alone.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • In Defense of Food

  • By: Michael Pollan
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,823

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These simple words go to the heart of Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food. Humans used to know how to eat well, Pollan argues. But the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused, complicated, and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists-all of whom have much to gain from our dietary confusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life and Death

  • By James on 06-03-10

Food for thought

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-10

I am sympathetic to Michael Pollan’s way of thinking about food so this was an interesting presentation of what I already believe. I would recommend this book to those of like minds, for example if you enjoyed The Omnivore’s Dilemma. However, I have the same criticism as I did of his previous work. It tends to be a little on the officious side, and as much as I like Scott Brick, he is the wrong narrator for this book. A little officious become downright pompous with Brick’s narration. If I did not agree with the content it would be difficult to finish the book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Lords of the Sea

  • The Epic Story of the Athenian Navy and the Birth of Democracy
  • By: John R. Hale
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

The navy created by the people of Athens in ancient Greece was one of the finest fighting forces in the history of the world and the model for all other national navies to come. The Athenian navy built a civilization, empowered the world's first democracy, and led a band of ordinary citizens on a voyage of discovery that altered the course of history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sound narrative history

  • By Matthew on 06-16-09

Ramming speed

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-10

Obviously you are interested in the history of the period or you would not be looking at the reviews, so this book is for you. It is well researched and presented and a good read, but not a casual one. If you have no familiarity with the area or time I might suggest some primers first. It is a rather quick stroke through the Peloponnesian War and surrounding waters. I think the Athenian navy being the source of democracy is a stretch, but points are well made and the history is fascinating. A map will help.

David Drummond does a masterful narration on a difficult script.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blade Runner

  • Based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,751
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,762

It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill. Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there lurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignment: find them and then..."retire" them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be found!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Asking the important questions 50 years on

  • By Ian C Robertson on 05-09-12

Not so great Scott.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-10

It is hard to recommend this. Perhaps if you are into 1960 science fiction and have a good suspension of reality ability. Character development is ok and action is suspenseful at times.

I am normally a fan of Scott Brick, but I have to ask what happened? He drags the dialog and the voices sound enough alike to be confusing. I would caution not to disregard other books he narrates because of this one.

7 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Gone with the Wind

  • By: Margaret Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Linda Stephens
  • Length: 49 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,233
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,749
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,775

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • not to miss audible experience

  • By dallas on 12-08-09

Well worth a damn.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-10

It is difficult for me to understand how I could be so interested in such a long book filled with characters that I have such little sympathy for. But there you have it; I did enjoy it and would recommend it to anyone interested in the period. Well, not anyone, if you are offended by overt racist comments, this would call for some thickening of the skin. Scarlett did strain credulity with being so scatter brained in some areas and insightful in others.
Linda Stephens is wonderful. Character voices are clear consistent and enjoyable. I will look for more from her.

26 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • Crowner Royal

  • By: Bernard Knight
  • Narrated by: Paul Matthews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

London, 1196. At the command of Richard the Lionheart, Sir John de Wolfe has left his beloved West Country for the Palace of Westminster, where he has been appointed Coroner of the Verge. But with the king overseas, embroiled in a costly war against King Philip of France, Sir John is dismayed to discover that the English court is a hotbed of greed, corruption and petty in-fighting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good

  • By Wadie on 02-05-10

Exceptional narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-10

If you are looking for a historical novel of this period check out The Greatest Knight and The Scarlet Lion. For a murder mystery perhaps Medicus. I found myself wishing the author would move the plot along. There is a lack of surprises and twists that should make a book like this captivating. The characters are well developed and sympathetic.

I did enjoy this listen I think mostly for the exceptional narration of Paul Matthews.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Good Omens

  • By: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,370

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as ever!

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-21-13

Effable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-09

I would highly recommend to anyone interested in angles, demons, or just a lighthearted read about death, destruction, and the end of days. I agree a taste for English humor is necessary (footnote, not British because I am sure the Welsh and Scotts are knee slapping hysterical if you could just understand them, and, well, is there humor in Ireland?).

Mr. Jarvis does a wonderful job of narration, but the complaint that there is no separation between jumps to different settings is valid (footnote, entirely cleared up if you have a fish in your ear).

1 of 2 people found this review helpful