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  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 26 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,928

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Painfully nostalgic

  • By Barry on 07-29-15

Well worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 09-24-15

Loved the narration - it really made the story. The characters are fascinating and the story and unusual one but well formed. Great Book to listen to.

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  • The Whites

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard Price, Harry Brandt
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 869

Back in the run-and-gun days of the mid-'90s, when Billy Graves worked in the South Bronx as part of an anticrime unit known as the Wild Geese, he made headlines by accidentally shooting a 10-year-old boy while stopping an angel-dusted berserker in the street. Branded as a cowboy by his higher-ups, for the next 18 years Billy endured one dead-end posting after another.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Richard Price sets the high water mark in genre

  • By Bradley P. Valentine on 02-24-15

Just alright

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

Reviewed: 04-20-15

Not as compelling as some of his other work but fairly entertaining and well narrated so all in all ok

  • Fall of Giants

  • The Century Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,997
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,058
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,032

Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team

  • By Keith on 11-07-10

How can you not like Ken Follett?!

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

Reviewed: 08-17-13

If you could sum up Fall of Giants in three words, what would they be?

Facinating depiction of war

Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes and he is brilliant. Not only does he get all the regional and country accents spot on, he imparts a complete charactirization of the people focused in the book.

If you could take any character from Fall of Giants out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Ethel - because she is a trail blazer of her time.

Any additional comments?

Slow to start but once you get in is a true Follett

  • Killing Lincoln

  • The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Bill O'Reilly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,844
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,968

The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • History Made Interesting

  • By Daniel on 04-11-12

Great story - get an actor to read it next time.

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

Reviewed: 08-17-13

What would have made Killing Lincoln better?

Having someone who doesn't send you to sleep would be a good idea.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Killing Lincoln?

The story line is intriguing and so well written, there are many parts that are unbelievably good, However I just could not listen to Bill O'Reilly's voice.

Would you be willing to try another one of Bill O'Reilly’s performances?

Book yes - if someone else read it. Bill O'Reilly's performance absolutely not.

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

Sadness.

Any additional comments?

If you are a Bill fan, or can tolerate his voice - try it. It really is well written. If you cannot listen to his voice - don't bother.

  • The Forgotten Garden

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,683
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,726

Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Six stars if I could

  • By Robert on 07-26-10

Great story with good 'twists' to it.

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

Reviewed: 09-28-12

Where does The Forgotten Garden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I veru much enjoyed this book so this ranks up there for me.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I enjoyed how all the characters are defined, but Nell was the one I was compelled by, given what had happened to her.

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

The voices were interesting, though she didnt get the accents all correct she did bring emotion into the characters.bv

  • Delusion In Death

  • In Death, Book 35
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,869

It was just another after-work happy-hour bar downtown, where business professionals unwound with a few drinks, complained about the boss, maybe hooked up with someone for the night. Until something went terribly wrong. At first it was just a friction in the air. The noise intensified. The crowd seemed oppressive. Some sharp words were exchanged, some pushing and shoving. Then the madness descended. And after 12 minutes of chaos and violence, 80 people lay dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Robb, Dallas & Ericksen - what a Fantastic Combo

  • By Lisa on 09-17-12

Not really a fan

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

Reviewed: 09-28-12

Would you try another book from J. D. Robb and/or Susan Ericksen?

I did not know anything about this author and went on the reviews. Not really my thing. I did not care for the narration and thought the story a bit obvious.

Would you recommend Delusion In Death to your friends? Why or why not?

I would not recommend this book as it did not captivate me or intrigue me.

Could you see Delusion In Death being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

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  • Divergent

  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,629

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insane No, Dauntless Yes

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 07-26-13

Interesting premise for a story

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

Reviewed: 06-14-12

If you could sum up Divergent in three words, what would they be?

Engaging, well written, good start for novice scifi readers.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters

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

It made me keep reading.

Any additional comments?

  • White Queen

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,715

They ruled England before the Tudors, and now internationally best-selling author Philippa Gregory brings the Plantagenets to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Prep for Starz Drama

  • By FanB14 on 06-27-13

Another great story by Philippa Gregory

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

Reviewed: 06-14-12

Would you listen to White Queen again? Why?

Yes. Because it is an enlightening view of 15 century England.

What other book might you compare White Queen to and why?

The other two in the trilogy and the Boyleyn series. Very smartly written historical fiction.

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  • The Red Queen

  • A Novel
  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,406
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,419

Heiress to the red rose of Lancaster, Margaret Beaufort never surrenders her belief that her house is the true ruler of England and that she has a great destiny before her. Her ambitions are disappointed when her sainted cousin Henry VI fails to recognize her as a kindred spirit, and she is even more dismayed when he sinks into madness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, unsympathetic heroine

  • By Karin on 09-12-10

Great story

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

Reviewed: 05-29-12

Where does The Red Queen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my favorite historical fictions, though I am a fan of Philippa Greagy. This is a good way to learn about some of the history in England during the Lancaster/Tudor wars. Philippa Gregory writes in a way that allows the reader to get completely immersed in the period and completely understand the personality of the characters and their role in history. She takes historical facts and fills in the blanks in such an intellectual way that you sometimes feel you are ready a history book and not historical fiction. This is a must for those who love the theatre of English monarchy.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Elizabeth Woodsville - because she was a facinating character, beguiling, beautiful and focused.

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

Great dictation and certainly provided the feeling and energy that might be lost by reading the book.

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

No

Any additional comments?

Great read.