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  • The Bourne Ultimatum

  • By: Robert Ludlum
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 29 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 937
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 938

The world's two deadliest spies in the ultimate showdown. At a small-town carnival two men, each mysteriously summoned by telegram, witness a bizarre killing. The telegrams are signed Jason Bourne. Only they know Bourne's true identity and understand the telegram is really a message from Bourne's mortal enemy, Carlos, known also as the Jackal, the world's deadliest and most elusive terrorist. And furthermore, they know that the Jackal wants: a final confrontation with Bourne.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Was the Movie supposed to be based on this book?

  • By Tim on 02-04-10

Perfect end to the trilogy

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

If you enjoyed the movies you should read all three in this trilogy but beware the books are quite different and don't follow the same story line, character development, actions and locations as the movies. Nevertheless this book, which is almost 30 hours long was an excellent and engaging read and the best of the series.

  • Sprig Muslin

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Sian Phillips
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 881

Finding so young and pretty a girl as Amanda wandering unattended, Sir Gareth Ludlow knows it is his duty as a man of honour to restore her to her family.

But it is to prove no easy task for the Corinthian. His captive in sprig muslin has more than her rapturous good looks and bandboxes to aid her - she is also possessed of a runaway imagination...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Teen years favorite comes to Audible --at last!

  • By A on 10-21-08

Typical Heyer

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

Reviewed: 06-03-15

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Sprig Muslin is a uniform Heyer Romance/Adventure story. As a big fan of the author I am unashamedly biased so I might have rated this book a bit higher than it deserves. While it is not These Old Shades or even Devil's Cub, which are two of my favorites, it is still entertaining.
I was a few steps ahead, knowing in advance what would happen with the introduction of each new character but that didn’t take away from the fun of the story. If you’re looking to start reading Heyer’s anthology, don’t start with this one. Start with one in the Alastair-Audley series, you will not be disappointed!

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,315

It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I took a chance.

  • By Robert on 08-20-11

Excellent Narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-21-15

Any additional comments?

This story was really special. From the outset of the book, the reader is almost forced to fall in love with Liesel. She speaks to the inner child in all of us and to the lightness of youth. I think this aspect of character development is driven by the writing and the writer. The narrator however, gives the remainder of the characters unbelievable life, especially Rosa Hubermann.
This wasn't quite a tearjerker for me but it definitely highlighted atrocities of WWII in a very different light--that of juvenile innocence and clarity. I would absolutely recommend this book to young adult readers.

  • The School for Scandal

  • By: Richard Brinsley Sheridan
  • Narrated by: Stuart Bunce, Jane Carr, John Francis Harries, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Beware the gossips! Lady Sneerwell and her hireling, Snake, are certainly up to no good in this timeless send-up of hypocritical manners. Thanks to their scandal-mongering, the comely Lady Teazle must fend off the slanderous barbs that have caught the ear of her elderly husband - as well as every other gossip in London! What follows is a torrent of mistaken identities and sex-crazed scheming in which the upper classes have never looked so low class.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is a play for English Lit students!

  • By Kemdi on 03-25-15

This is a play for English Lit students!

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

Reviewed: 03-25-15

Any additional comments?

I definitely enjoyed The School for Scandal and even found myself laughing at times. I think the story was elevated by the excellent performances, particularly those of Peter Teazle and Lady Candour.
This story is very much an artifact of its time. It plays on what might be considered scandalous during that period and it develops this notion that each subset of society is made up of at least one of each type of person portrayed--an honest gentleman and an honest woman, an older gossip, a conniving wench, an egotistical older man who likes pulling rank...I could go on, but you probably get it by now!
Anyway, if you do listen to his audible performance or read the story, you might want to do so while you're still in school. I am a few years removed from college and I certainly would have understood the nuances, satire and irony in this play a lot better with the help of a professor and a preceptor.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Casino Royale

  • James Bond, Book 1
  • By: Ian Fleming
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,354

For James Bond and the British Secret Service, the stakes couldn't be higher. 007's mission is to neutralize the Russian operative Le Chiffre by ruining him at the baccarat table, forcing his Soviet masters to "retire" him. When Le Chiffre hits a losing streak, Bond discovers his luck is in - that is, until he meets Vesper Lynd, a glamorous agent who might yet prove to be his downfall. This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with Dan Stevens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bond. James Bond.

  • By Troy on 09-19-14

Don't read this if you actually like James Bond!

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

Reviewed: 02-22-15

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As a Bond film connoisseur and a huge fan of Daniel Craig and Sean Connery, I decided to make a foray into 007's story in the written form. That was a very bad idea.
While I appreciate Dan Stevens' reading, (I'm a Stevens fan from his performance in Sense and Sensibility prior to Downton Abbey) I absolutely do not like Fleming's character invention of James Bond. He is a massive tool.
The way Bond comments on the flavor of his famous Vesper cocktail being affected by the distinct potato taste in the alcohol made me nearly puke in my mouth. This and so many other occurrences in Casino Royale paint Bond as an out-of-touch loser and while I would normally be partial to the original rendering of any fictional character, I'm so glad that Craig's films have given Bond a real personality that is relatable and likable. Casino Royale, the movie, remains one of my favorite films of all time but absolutely no thanks to this ridiculous book. I will not be reading any more from this series or author.

0 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Isabella: Braveheart of France

  • By: Colin Falconer
  • Narrated by: Anne Johnstonbrown
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 109

12-year-old Isabella, a French princess marries the King of England - only to discover he has a terrible secret. Ten long years later she is in utter despair - does she submit to a lifetime of solitude and a spiritual death - or seize her destiny and take the throne of England for herself? Isabella is just twelve years old when she marries Edward II of England. For the young princess it is love at first sight - but Edward has a terrible secret that threatens to tear their marriage - and England apart.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A Bizarre "Reader's Digest" Version of History...

  • By Sara on 01-06-15

Don't Bother...

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

Reviewed: 10-06-14

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I picked this book up because I'm a medieval British history buff and hadn't really read any his-fic about the time period covered in this story. Unfortunately, it was a terrible story. The narration is hard to follow; I felt no connection to any of the characters and the historical integrity is very questionable. Don't bother if you're looking for a good book...

  • A Place Beyond Courage

  • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

It is a time for ambitious men to prosper, and royal servant John FitzGilbert Marshal is one of them. Raised high, as the kin of the deceased King Henry battle each other for England's throne, John reaps rich rewards but pays a terrible price for the choices he makes - as does his family. His wife, fragile, naïve Aline is hopelessly unequipped to cope with the demands of a life lived on the edge and, when John is seriously injured in battle, her worst nightmare is realised.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hit and Miss

  • By AvidReader on 03-01-18

A Must for Chadwick fans

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

Reviewed: 10-02-14

Any additional comments?

I read this book nearly two years ago..while at work...and it was the best time I ever spent in the office! It is a classic Elizabeth Chadwick novel--a full-bodied-story paying homage to historical features that may sometimes be overlooked. Chadwick is really an excellent writer and APBC is perfect if you loved Greatest Knight! I am a Sharon Kay Penman purest but Chadwick works so hard to be true to historical fact that I always find myself going back to this author for a fast, easy and enjoyable his-fic read. This book gives us a glimpse at William Marshal's father who isn't known for being the best dad in history! In this story, however, he's given a heart as we see his actions from a different perspective. If you like Chadwick, you must add this book to your queue!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bring Up the Bodies

  • A Novel
  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,009

Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection in story and the telling

  • By Ry Young on 09-18-12

Stand Alone Classic

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

Reviewed: 10-02-14

Any additional comments?

Mantel is truly a great writer. I was wary about reading this book because I can't be bothered with another novel about Henry VIII but this was a surprisingly fresh perspective. I wasn't expecting much but Thomas Cromwell is truly an amazing lead character for this novel. Its just the right breadth and length for someone like him who is important to history but not one of the famously major players. I appreciated the way Mantel used Cromwell to espouse some of what I believe to be her own views on the value of books, reading and writing. Mantel is truly an excellent storyteller! And I'm a tough critic!

Note: I read this book before Wolf Hall and I believe it is a great stand alone book. That being said, reading Wolf Hall definitely adds any missing pieces to the story. Wolf Hall can be read before or after 'Bodies' although its the first in the series.