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  • A Town Like Alice

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,114

Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, beautifully told

  • By Mary on 03-27-11

Beautiful book. One of the classics.

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

Reviewed: 07-18-15

Alice is a beautifully written story about a young English woman who survives the horrors of war and goes on the build a life in Australia with a man who was willing to give up his life to help her survive the atrocities which befell them. Great plot with surprising turns and humor. More than it is a story of determination and survival.

  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

  • A Novel
  • By: Maria Semple
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Wilhoite
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,584
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,583

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading cover contains excellent novel

  • By jennifer on 01-28-16

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 06-30-13

If you could sum up Where'd You Go, Bernadette in three words, what would they be?

Hysterical imaginative story

Who was your favorite character and why?

The daughter B, she was so innocent and optimistic. Also the neighbor who lived below B's family

Which scene was your favorite?

The parking lot altercation becasue people really do such bizaar things just to make everyone conform.

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

Truth is better than fiction; we couldn't make this stuff up

Any additional comments?

This story is so totally beleiveable, someone must have known these characters in real life. I have never listened to a book this well narrated and I have listened to ablut 50 books. You can tell the narrator is an actress. I strongly recommend this book. It is not just a summer read.

  • To Fetch a Thief

  • A Chet and Bernie Mystery
  • By: Spencer Quinn
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 825

Spencer Quinn’s quirky, best-selling tales from the four-legged perspective of K-9 school dropout Chet are unlike anything else in the mystery genre. In this third adventure, Chet once again teams with his two-legged detective partner Bernie Little to sniff out the clues in a perplexing case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Fun

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-31-11

Kind of gimickey

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

Reviewed: 10-14-12

What did you like best about To Fetch a Thief? What did you like least?

Cure idea. Liked the point of view of the dog

Was To Fetch a Thief worth the listening time?

Yes. Light hearted

Any additional comments?

Probably wont read the rest of this series. The cat who series is better in my opinion

  • The Glass Rainbow

  • A Dave Robicheaux Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,916
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,489

Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • God help me if I outlive James Lee Burke

  • By John on 07-23-10

I need to read more by this author

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

Reviewed: 10-14-12

Would you listen to The Glass Rainbow again? Why?

Yes, I am actually thinking of starting over. The narrator terrific, but the characters are many and I found I had to think a lot about which character the passage was about.

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

Yes, after a few chapters. Second half was better than the first

Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

Dave, the main charter

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

No, it was just a good mystery

Any additional comments?

I'd listen to anything by Will Patton

  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,084
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,098

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The circus of your dreams

  • By Pamela on 09-22-11

Didn't really care for it.

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

Reviewed: 10-06-12

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

No. I just didn't enjoy the story. It went no where

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

made it interesting

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

Jim is excellent, book was not good

What would have made this romance irresistible?

Interesting characters

  • One for the Money

  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lori Petty
  • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 892
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 291

Meet Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter with attitude. Desperate for work, with her Miata repossessed and her refrigerator empty, she cons her way into a job as an "apprehension agent" for a bail bondsman. This best selling debut earned Evanovich nominations for the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, Shamus, and Macavity awards.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged......Left out so much!

  • By Connie on 02-17-09

great read

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

Reviewed: 09-24-11

Would you consider the audio edition of One for the Money to be better than the print version?

this was a great first book in a great, amusing series. I love the story but wish this was an unabridged edition. That being said, it was still worth reading.

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36,024
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,050
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22,070

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

It surprised me.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-11

I was not thinking I would love this book, but I did. The hype made me leery. However, it it was very, very good. The cast of narrators was impressive. The many voices made it seem like a stage production, which I loved. It was well written story that made me reflect on what it must have been like to live as these ladies did. I highly recommend this book.

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Elijah Wood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,184

A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful Narration

  • By Michael Balzoa on 03-11-11

Well worth listening to!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-11

I probably read Huckleberry Fin in High School, but that was 40 years ago. I was curious how well Elijah Wood would narrate the book and though it was one of the BEST books I have purchased so far. Elijah was very, very good at capturing the dialects and I did appreciate the original text, N word and all. I highly recommend this book. It is a classic that anyone would enjoy listening to.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Until Dark

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,081
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,103

Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • That Vampire Said ....

  • By Pamela on 07-24-08

Fun read.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-11

I had seen the first few episodes of the show "True Blood" and was intrigued by this plot line. Also, I am a big fan of series books and Audible.com had a sale on first books in many series. I did enjoy the book. The narrator was awesome. The story was good, but the ending was a bit disappointing. I am not sure I will read the next in the series. It wasn't really my cup of tea, but I was not disappointed that I listened to this book.

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Martin Wenner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden...and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wishing I got the "unabridged" version

  • By Willliam on 08-02-10

Was too short

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-10

This plot was so well devised that I wish i had bought the unabridged version. Many said the long version was slow in the beginning, but I really did not want the abridged version to end; 8 hours was not near enough!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful