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  • Holidays on Ice

  • Featuring Six New Stories
  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,712
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,708

David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favorites as the diaries of a Macy's elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris's tales of tardy trick-or-treaters ("Us and Them"); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the French ("Jesus Shaves"); and what to do when you've been locked out in a snowstorm ("Let It Snow").

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best When In SantaLand

  • By Dave on 12-06-11

ALL ROUND GREAT LISTEN

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

Reviewed: 12-22-17

I love this bag of mixed nutty Christmas stories. Deliciously ridiculous to downright sarcastic, Sedaris always puts a funny twist on any subject. Thoroughly enjoyable!

  • Flight Behavior

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,717

Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another homerun for Barbara Kingsolver!

  • By 3xcharm on 09-15-13

Beautiful slice of life

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

Reviewed: 08-22-17

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

Yes. The book is lovely - full of mystical prose.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Flight Behavior?

The characters are earthy and authentic. Kingsolver's writing is funny, beautiful and profound.

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

She has just the right accent and cadence for this slice of life.

Any additional comments?

A great read by a great author.

  • The Birth Order Book

  • Why You Are the Way You Are
  • By: Kevin Leman
  • Narrated by: Wayne Shepherd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

Dr. Kevin Leman's The Birth Order Book will help you understand yourself, get along better with others, overcome ingrained tendencies you never thought you could get rid of, and be more successful in the workplace. This revised and updated audio edition of Dr. Leman's classic book includes more than 30 years of experience and research, current examples, and fascinating stories to show how birth order impacts your life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just for fun

  • By bruce on 05-30-12

Like listening to a sales pitch.

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If it was written by a more personable or knowledgable author.

What could Kevin Leman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Offer more insight and information and take out all his personal back-patting. Don't try to sell himself and everything he says. If you have good material it will sell itself.

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

Not really. I shut it off after the author lists Bill O'Rielly, Rush Limbaugh (and Bill Cosby) as paragons of their birth orders. Just disgusting.

Any additional comments?

If you are looking for real information on birth order try Born to Rebel: Birth Order, Family Dynamics, and Creative Lives or another book. This one is just boring and insipid.

  • Anne of Green Gables

  • Anne of Green Gables, Book 1
  • By: L. M. Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Laurie Klein
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 93

Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert of Green Gables had no intention of adopting the talkative, mischievous, red-headed girl the orphanage in Nova Scotia sent by mistake. What they wanted was a sturdy, sensible boy to help with the chores. Instead, they got 11-year-old Anne Shirley, whose capacity for adventure was only matched by her bright spirit and love of life. Still, there was something about the little girl that gave them second thoughts. She was keen of wit with a scintillating effervescence that was purely captivating. Just perhaps....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, bad production

  • By Ann on 12-15-15

Great Book - not so great reading.

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes - it is one of the best youth books in the world.

What didn’t you like about Laurie Klein’s performance?

I thought she started out well but after a few chapters she seemed over-exaggerated and not true to character. Her voice was a little grating and the acting was bad.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Theft by Finding

  • Diaries (1977-2002)
  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,313

For nearly four decades, David Sedaris has faithfully kept a diary in which he records his thoughts and observations on the odd and funny events he witnesses. Anyone who has attended a live Sedaris event knows that his diary readings are often among the most joyful parts of the evening. But never before have they been available in print. Now, in Theft by Finding, Sedaris brings us his favorite entries. From deeply poignant to laugh-out-loud funny, these selections reveal with new intimacy a man longtime fans only think they know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A softer, sweeter Sedaris

  • By Pamela J on 05-31-17

FUN and QUIRKY bits of life.

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

Reviewed: 06-13-17

What made the experience of listening to Theft by Finding the most enjoyable?

Sedaris takes us on a journey filled of weird humans of the world. The French tales are amazingly close to my experiences as a Canadian working in Paris in the 90's.

What did you like best about this story?

I love Sedaris' take on life throughout the years - he touches on major events but finds the most interest in the doings of ridiculous human beings on a personal scale.

Which character – as performed by David Sedaris – was your favorite?

Sedaris' work is always best preformed by the author - I highly recommend this audiobook to all those who enjoy a good chuckle. If you think your life is not interesting a little Sedaris will help you see there is always something to laugh at.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Fellowship of the Ring

  • Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25,222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,993
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,094

The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last - The Definitive Recording!

  • By L. N. on 10-10-12

BEST UNABRIDGED READING

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

Reviewed: 05-31-17

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

Yes - this is an epic book with a great read by Rob Inglis.

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

Peter Jackson did it better.

Any additional comments?

Rob Inglis does a fantastic read of this Tolkien classic - great characterizations and high drama all the way through. The only weak spot would be the songs - the guy is not a singer LOL.

  • The Private Patient

  • By: P. D. James
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 218

Cheverell Manor is a lovely old house in deepest Dorset, now a private clinic belonging to the famous plastic surgeon George Chandler-Powell. When investigative journalist Rhoda Gradwyn arrived there one late autumn afternoon, scheduled to have a disfiguring and long-standing facial scar removed, she had every expectation of a successful operation and a pleasant week recuperating. Two days later she was dead, the victim of murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Problem with narrator.

  • By R. Sentman on 12-12-08

Great cozy mystery if you love PD James.

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

Would you listen to The Private Patient again? Why?

Yes - it's plot and characters are complex enough that a second or third listen could be enjoyed. PD James has a wonderful way with words and I always add to my dictionary when reading her.

Which character – as performed by Rosalyn Landor – was your favorite?

She was good with all the characters.

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

It is too long for that one sitting but makes you want to get back to it right away.

Any additional comments?

PD James is my absolute favourite mystery author and this read was great. I have tried to listen to Penelope Dellaportia's reads but they fall far short of the mark so it was pleasant to find a good reader attached to one of the Queen of Crime's books! Please make more!

  • Never Look Away

  • By: Linwood Barclay
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Cummings
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

A warm summer Saturday. An amusement park. David Harwood is glad to be spending some quality time with his wife, Jan, and their four-year-old son. But what begins as a pleasant family outing turns into a nightmare after an inexplicable disappearance. A frantic search only leads to an even more shocking and harrowing turn of events.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad but not his best

  • By Girlbos on 04-05-12

Good listen.

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes - it is great for a lazy listen or a beach read, as are most of Barclay's books.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would not.

What about Jeffrey Cummings’s performance did you like?

He was perfectly cast for this story and did a great job with his characterizations.

Was Never Look Away worth the listening time?

Yes - it is loaded with twists and turns (some a bit predicable perhaps) that keep you interested and is great light reading or listening.

Any additional comments?

Very satisfied with this audio book.

  • A Tap on the Window

  • By: Linwood Barclay
  • Narrated by: Mark Zeisler
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 456

International best-selling author Linwood Barclay delivers pulse-pounding suspense that puts him among the masters of the genre. A Tap on the Window finds private investigator Cal Weaver making an ill-advised decision to pick up a young female hitchhiker who reminds him of his dead son. But something is off about the girl, and Cal is soon drawn into a host of nightmarish secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars for Tap on the Window

  • By shelley on 04-16-14

Great read of a good mystery.

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

Would you listen to A Tap on the Window again? Why?

No - the story is simple so one listen is enough.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes - it's a good little mystery - easy to listen to with lots of twists and likeable main character.

Which character – as performed by Mark Zeisler – was your favorite?

The detective.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was touching and well crafted. No great lasting reactions, just a good book.

Any additional comments?

The reader was well-suited to the book and his acting was perfect for it. Barclay almost always spins a good yarn and this one was a good listen. Very enjoyable.