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  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 40,639
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36,807
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 36,755

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

60 minutes in and I quit due to the narration.

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

Reviewed: 12-19-15

Would you try another book from Kristin Hannah and/or Polly Stone?

I plan on reading the book as I like this author and this book has gotten excellent reviews. I will not, however, buy another audiobook by this narrator.

What didn’t you like about Polly Stone’s performance?

The narration speed is very slow, the foreign accents do not sound authentic, and the higher pitched voice used for the young daughter is painful to listen to. I am very disappointed as I was looking forward to this audiobook.

  • Arctic Rising

  • By: Tobias S. Buckell
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Michelle Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 84

Global warming has transformed the Earth, and it's about to get even hotter. The Arctic Ice Cap has all but melted, and the international community is racing desperately to claim the massive amounts of oil beneath the newly accessible ocean. Enter the Gaia Corporation. Its two founders have come up with a plan to roll back global warming. They plan to terraform Earth to save it from itself—but in doing so, they have created a superweapon the likes of which the world has never seen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Plausible & interesting first 1/3; then falters

  • By K Cornwinkle on 03-24-12

Mediocre

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

Reviewed: 05-01-12

What would have made Arctic Rising better?

The story was good but the narration was stilted in parts and the accents were not always authentic enough to be believed. The Jamaican and African accents were spot on but the French, Russian and other accents all sounded the same. The narration was sometimes slow.

Would you recommend Arctic Rising to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend the book but not the audiobook due to the narration.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointing overall.

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  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,096

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully narrated

  • By A. Hawley on 11-23-07

One of the best

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

Reviewed: 05-01-12

What did you love best about Anansi Boys?

Take a wonderful, entertaining, thought provoking story, add an incredible narration and you have one the most entertaining audio books out there. My all time favorite audiobook....

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86,545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74,309
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 74,258

In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

Game of Thrones-great listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-11

This story grabs you and pulls you in and doesn't let you go. The characters are complex and throughly human. The narration by Roy Dotrice is one of the best I have heard. Given the length of the story and number players he does an amazing job. One of my favorite fiction series and narrators.

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