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  • Calypso

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,900
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,732

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And it's as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation - and dark humor - toward middle age and mortality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, as always

  • By Ruthie on 05-31-18

Sedaris Get Better With Age

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

This is classic David Sedaris with his unique take on mundane life events, making fun of himself and fellow humans. But this book shows maturity in his observations that make them even funnier. With the deaths of both parents and his sister, he was finally free to express both the funny and sad aspects of his relationships with them, while expressing with fondness the quirky foibles of the rest of his family.

  • Carolina Moon

  • By: Jill McCorkle
  • Narrated by: Margaret Daly
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Energetic, voluptuous, and well past sixty, Queen Mary Purdy opens a smoke-enders clinic in the resort town of Fulton, North Carolina. Her unorthodox approach (aroma therapy? Massage?) provides much grist for the rumor mill.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Lost Interest

  • By Kate in SF on 05-25-18

Lost Interest

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

I read McCorkle's "Tending to Virginia" years ago, and loved it - the small southern town, the quirky characters, and the love story. This book has the same elements, but it just didn't hold my attention.

  • The View from Penthouse B

  • By: Elinor Lipman
  • Narrated by: Mia Barron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

Unexpectedly widowed Gwen-Laura Schmidt is still mourning her husband when her sister, Margot, invites her to join forces as roommates in Margot's luxurious Village apartment. For Margot, divorced amid scandal, then made Ponzi-poor, it's a chance to shake Gwen out of her grief and help make ends meet. To further this effort she enlists a third boarder, the handsome Anthony. As the three swap money-making schemes and Gwen ventures back out into the dating world, the arrival of Margot's paroled ex in the apartment downstairs creates not just complications but the chance for all sorts of unexpected forgiveness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must-Listen Lipman Novel

  • By L. Syre on 06-10-15

Classic Lipman Fun

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

As with most of her books, Elinor Lipman has assembled an appealing cast of characters. They are all equally flawed and charming, and in this story, help each other rebuild broken or interrupted lives. Even the minor characters -- including personals ads respondees -- have the Lipman touch, supported by the nuanced reading of Mia Barron. Take a break from your more serious fiction and non-fiction books and just enjoy this easy-going, fun story.

  • Call the Midwife

  • A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
  • By: Jennifer Worth
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,552

At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book I've listened to this year

  • By Richard on 06-12-13

Early 1950s England - Excellent Performance

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

The best aspect of this book is the reader. She has an extraordinary capability of capturing accents and personalities. The story is fine, and gives a glimpse of post-war England through the eyes of a young midwife. I found it heavy on the medical/midwifery practices of the time, and I would have preferred more development of the characters and their relationships.

  • The Long Haul

  • A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road
  • By: Finn Murphy
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358

More than 30 years ago, Finn Murphy dropped out of college to become a trucker. Since then he's covered hundreds of thousands of miles packing, loading, and hauling people's belongings all over America. Murphy whisks listeners down the I-95 Powerlane, across the Florida Everglades, in and out of the truck stops of the Midwest, and through the steep grades of the Rocky Mountains.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shines a whole new light on moving industry

  • By Chad on 03-01-18

Surprisingly Compelling

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

In the tradition of John McPhee, Finn Murphy takes us into a world most of us know nothing about. The book is an easy listen as he takes you into "shipper's" houses, shipping warehouses, and truck stops. Along the way you will meet cranky dispatchers, nervous and self-important customers, renegade truckers, and very diverse helpers. Take the trip - it's a compelling book.

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  • Fire and Fury

  • Inside the Trump White House
  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,226

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as credible as one would like.

  • By Jerry R. Nokes Jr. on 01-29-18

Inside Details of a Chaotic White House - Yikes!

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

This book provides the details of White House events in Donald J. Trump's first year: the political naivety of most of the senior staffers, extraordinary in-fighting, chaotic decision-making, and multiple firings/resignations. We knew these things were true, but now know more about how and why they happened. This is an easy listen - the stories, quotes, egos, and unbelievable back-stabbing will keep you riveted, with one "yikes!" moment following another. All of it cooks up to what we already knew: "the greatest leader and best deal-maker ever" is neither.

  • Rather Be the Devil

  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James Macpherson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

As he settles into an uneasy retirement, Rebus has given up his favorite vices. There's just one habit he can't shake: He can't let go of an unsolved case. It's the only pastime he has left, and up until now it's the only one that wasn't threatening to kill him. But when Rebus starts reexamining the facts behind the long-ago murder of a glamorous woman at a luxurious hotel - on the same night a famous rock star and his entourage were also staying there - the past comes roaring back to life with a vengeance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New Rebus release was a nice surprise!

  • By Midwesterner on 02-11-17

Classic Rebus

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

Like all of Rankin's Rebus mysteries, this is fun, smart and engaging. The performer makes it more fun with his Scottish accent and excellent voice modulations for each voice.

  • Between the World and Me

  • By: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Narrated by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,838
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,253
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,181

"This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it." In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race", a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Heartfelt Self-aware Literary Masterpiece

  • By T DeMon Spencer on 07-30-15

Short, but Every Word Counts

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

Reviewed: 12-20-17

The best book that describes what it it like to be black in a white world that I have ever read. He is a really good writer who uses his words with precision in this letter to his son. It is short but compelling, so make sure you don't have anything else to do -- you will likely listen from beginning to end, deferring other events in your day or evening (as I did).

  • Murder on the Orient Express

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Tom Conti, Jane Asher, Ruta Gedmintas, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,126

What begins as a routine journey on the luxurious Orient Express soon unfurls into Agatha Christie's most famous murder mystery. This all-star production features lead performances from Tom Conti ( The Dark Knight Rises, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence) as Hercule Poirot, Sophie Okonedo ( After Earth, Hotel Rwanda and Ace Ventura) and Eddie Marsan ( Sherlock Holmes, V for Vendetta and Hancock) plus a full supporting cast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Mystery, dramatized by Audible

  • By Tracy on 11-06-17

Fun Listen - Not the Actual Book

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

Reviewed: 11-20-17

This is a fun listen - Tom Courtenay as Poirot is reason enough - but it is actually more of a radio play than an audible experience of Christie's book. If you want something quick and light, this will work, but if you want the real book, there are other versions you can listen to.

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  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

  • By: John Berendt
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,408

Genteel society ladies who compare notes on their husbands' suicides. A hilariously foul-mouthed black drag queen. A voodoo priestess who works her roots in the graveyard at midnight. A prominent antiques dealer who hangs a Nazi flag from his window to disrupt the shooting of a movie. And a redneck gigolo whose conquests describe him as a "walking streak of sex".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A little slow, but entertaining

  • By Joey on 12-14-06

Just as Good the Second Time

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I read this when it was first released, and again recently in advance of a trip to Savannah. It is as fun now as then - and the characters are equally as charming. Savannah IS different from other equal-sized cities, and John Berendt did a wonderful job of delivering this unique place and its engaging people to the reader. The narrator does an excellent job of bringing a voice to each of the characters.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful