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  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,135
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,522

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, heartfelt, inspiring

  • By Jon K. Rust on 07-24-17

Extraordinary novel

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-18

I predict that this novel will be deemed a classic. The book is mesmorizing, his words magical. Actually a simple tale of a Russian aristocrat caught up in the politics of revolution and his determination to maintain his dignity and stay true to himself. But, what a tale it is. Slowly but surely you are captivated by this beautifully crafted tome. I don' t mean to be redundant but know that this is a book to be relished and not soon forgotten.

  • The Fisherman's Tomb

  • The True Story of the Vatican's Secret Search
  • By: John O'Neill, Sarah Wynne, Katie Clark
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

In 1939, a team of workers beneath the Vatican unearthed an early Christian grave. This surprising discovery launched a secret quest that would last decades a quest to discover the long-lost burial place of the Apostle Peter. From earliest times, Christian tradition held that Peter, a lowly fisherman from Galilee, whom Christ made leader of his church was executed in Rome by Emperor Nero and buried on Vatican Hill. But his tomb had been lost to history. Now, funded anonymously by a wealthy American, a small army of workers embarked on the dig of a lifetime. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-06-18

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-18

A well told chronical of the effort expended in finding St Peter's tomb over a ten year period

  • Depth of Winter

  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,505
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,411

In Craig Johnson's latest mystery, Depth of Winter, an international hit man and the head of one of the most vicious drug cartels in Mexico has kidnapped Walt's beloved daughter, Cady, to auction her off to his worst enemies, of which there are many. The American government is of limited help and the Mexican one even less. Walt heads into the 110-degree heat of the Northern Mexican desert alone, one man against an army.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I miss Vic and Henry!

  • By Nancy R on 09-06-18

Mr Johnson you have made a mistake!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-13-18

Let me preface this review saying that I have been a Longmier fan, hooked,
since book #1 and anxiously wait for the next installment. Perhaps this iteration willl improve but since I am at chapter 11 and there are only 6 to go it doesn't seem likely. You should go back to Vic, Henry and the gang. Without them the story is just so-so and not all that interesting.
If this was my first Longmier book i would never look for the next. However, I feel you will read some of the real reviews and not stray again.
I look forward to you being back in your own country with your own confederstes. We all love Walt!I
PS Hope it gets better.....












  • The Listener

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,471
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,468

It's 1934. Businesses went under by the hundreds, debt and foreclosures boomed, and breadlines grew in many American cities. In the midst of this misery, some folks explored unscrupulous ways to make money. Angel-faced John Partlow and carnival huckster Ginger LaFrance are among the worst of this lot. Joining together they leave their small-time confidence scams behind to attempt an elaborate kidnapping-for-ransom scheme in New Orleans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Southern Fried Horror Done Right

  • By Ila in Maine on 03-05-18

Depraved violence

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-18

Immolating puppies! Too much for me! Murdering and then burning the man's face with gasoline fire to obscure recognition. Sick,sick,sick.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,707

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

An amazing life story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Very good but drawn out; could use some discreet editing. A little redundant at timrs. None the less it is an extraordinary life story.

  • This Is What Happened

  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 39

Twenty-six-year-old Maggie Barnes is someone you would never look at twice. Living alone in a month-to-month sublet in the huge city of London, with no family but an estranged sister, no boyfriend or partner, and not much in the way of friends, Maggie is just the kind of person who could vanish from the face of the earth without anyone taking notice. Or just the kind of person MI5 needs to infiltrate the establishment and thwart an international plot that puts all of Britain at risk. Now one young woman has the chance to be a hero - if she can think quickly enough to stay alive.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, but disappointing

  • By Meg on 02-04-18

Mindless

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

Boring, repetative, nothing. A true "who cares" book. Not me. I have enjoyed his "Slough House" stories; it is hard to believe he would put his name to this drivel.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Rooster Bar

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,261
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,248

Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier, for-profit law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Think he was trying for a younger audience.

  • By Anonymous User on 11-06-17

Law 101

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-17

Interesting but not his best. At times the story becomes a bit farfetched. That said you will stay the course if only to to see if they all survive the "system".

  • The Late Show

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,698
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,003
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,966

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Noooooooooooooooooo!

  • By H. Jamieson on 08-12-17

Enjoyable Story-Dreadful Narration

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

Reviewed: 08-22-17

I enjoyed this decent start to a new series. While Renée Ballard is not Harry Bosch, she seems to share his ethics and they probably would get along just fine. The narration however is so poor that it is difficult to develop a connection with the protagonist.
The flat presentation of this new and interesting series could kill it before it gains any headway.
I hope Connelly listens to the Audible version and insists it be re-done and that a more empathetic narrator performs his next novel.
I really dislike being critical of Ms. Moennig's performance or that of any artist but, in this case she is destroying Renée and Connelly.
Despite it all, I look forward to the next in this series.....with a different narrator!

AUDIBLE, DO YOU EVER PAY ANY ATTENTION TO THE REVIEWS AND ACT ON THER COMMENTS???

  • Camino Island

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,939
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,909

Priceless F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts stolen in a daring heist; a young woman recruited to recover them, and a beach-resort bookseller who gets more than he bargained for - all in one long summer on Camino Island.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham wrote this?

  • By Dan on 06-13-17

More"Nancy Drew Detective" than Grisham

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

I preface this criticism with my long lasting admiration of Grisham. He has always been my “go to” author. That said, it is confounding to think that the same man who wrote A Time to Kill and Sycamore Row could demean himself with this drivel. The loosely defined plot is not even plausible. No woman today is as unknowing as the female principal. Sorry to say it does not even meet the criteria for a decent beach book. He said in an interview that his wife suggested the premise for the story. Perhaps she is the true author. Best he stay with his own ideas, which have served him quite well up to now. Regardless, I will not give up and look forward to his next foray into nonfiction or whatever else suits his fancy.

75 of 82 people found this review helpful

  • The Immortal Irishman

  • The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero
  • By: Timothy Egan
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,071
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,907
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,896

The Irish-American story, with all its twists and triumphs, is told through the improbable life of one man. A dashing young orator during the Great Famine of the 1840s, in which a million of his Irish countrymen died, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony. He escaped and six months later was heralded in the streets of New York - the revolutionary hero, back from the dead, at the dawn of the great Irish immigration to America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What A Life!

  • By Carrie Arnold on 03-29-16

Outstanding Epic

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

Reviewed: 07-09-16

This beautifully written story of the extraordinary life of Irish born Francis Meagher continues to linger in my mind. Read it and relish a true “man for all seasons”,