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  • Jacob T. Marley

  • By: R. William Bennett
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,780
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,586

"Marley was dead to begin with...." These chillingly familiar words begin the classic Christmas tale of remorse and redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Now R. William Bennett rewinds the story and focuses the spotlight on Scrooge’s miserly business partner, Jacob T. Marley, who was allowed to return as a ghost to warn Scrooge away from his ill-fated path. Why was Marley allowed to return? And why hadn’t he been given the same chance as Ebenezer Scrooge? Or had he?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is my favorite book! I listen to it all year

  • By Lyle K Holden on 08-07-17

Get it. Just get it. Get this book. Now.!

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

All I can say is get it. Just g-e-t t-h-i-s b-o-o-k. As my millennial friends say (I'm 50 years young) .... "I can't even." OK probably not the same context (did I mention I'm 50?) but you can't miss this story. Can't. Period. Get it.... Now. Thank you R William Bennett, Simon Vance, and Audible.

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  • The Testament of Mary

  • By: Colm Toibin
  • Narrated by: Meryl Streep
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,515
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,501

Meryl Streep’s performance of Colm Tóibín's acclaimed portrait of Mary is hailed by the New York Times Book Review as “an ideal audiobook,” presenting the three-time Academy Award-winner in “yet another great role.” Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary presents Mary as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity. In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son's crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel. They are her keepers, providing her with food and shelter and visiting her regularly. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was "worth it"; nor that the "group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye," were holy disciples. This woman who we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone, in a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • from a non believer...

  • By Taormina60 on 09-27-13

heavy on the heart but loved it

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

To hear the story as it may have been experienced by Mary....heart rendering, intriguing, visual, visceral. and Meryl, pure perfection .

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  • Heft

  • By: Liz Moore
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,030
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,028

Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing--Captivating--Altering

  • By Mel on 04-19-12

Oh Arthur Opp....

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

I enjoyed this story very much, certainly touching. Some perhaps complex (maybe too srrong of a word) relationships, not just with others but with oneself. imposing self-limitations and working toward toward resolutions with both. Most intriguing characters were Arthur and Charlene. While I liked Kel, his story seemed to drag at times, but overall, I did really enjoy this story very, very much and related to all characters for different reasons, but especially Arthur.

  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,107
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,545

With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Part of Saturday

  • By George Knight on 12-16-14

Thank You Alan

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

That's all I have to say....thank you Alan Cumming. Thank you. This was a gift of brilliance, history, personal experience of many. This just happened to be Alan's. Much love.

  • The Signature of All Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,762
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,771

In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss this one

  • By Molly-o on 12-27-13

A new favorite,

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

I could not stop listening and had to pace myself because I didn't want it to end. I loved all of the characters and found them all so interesting and real from a human/life perspective. I loved the life experiences that shaped the characters, the vivid and moving descriptions throughout the book - whether picturing places, various settings, or understanding individuals' thoughts and emotions. I so admired, respected, felt for, and connected with the protagonist, Alma. Is it weird to miss a fictional character?? I miss Alma. The narration is absolutely superb. I immediately sought out more by Juliette Stevenson and have at least a dozen more of hers to listen to, even if I already had the same book narrated by another author (e.g. some British classics).

  • The Bean Trees

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 900
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904

Clear-eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away. But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car, she meets the human condition head-on. By the time Taylor arrives in Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired a completely unexpected child, a three-year-old American Indian girl named Turtle, and must somehow come to terms with both motherhood and the necessity of putting down roots.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a dear favorite

  • By withherownwings on 02-22-14

ugh.

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

wish I would've read other reviews and listened to the sample before getting this. oh my lawd, the narrator!!!!! So annoying!!!! Then I read the reviews that (besides annoying narration) said the story goes nowhere....I had to stop 2 hours in. That grating voice, the inflections, tone, accents.. Really, don't waste your money or credit.

  • You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams

  • My Life in Stories and Pictures
  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 617

A beloved actor and famous man-on-the-scene, Alan Cumming takes the reader on a wild journey of pithy and cheeky fun, presenting his real-life stories of debauchery during late night Hollywood parties, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and hilarious yet poignant memories of his life, family, and friends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Stained Glass Window

  • By Dr. Louie on 12-14-16

A fun listen

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

I didn't really know what to expect, bought it as a daily deal, and I really liked it! Alan is funny and real and a great story teller. It was a fun and engaging listen. Now I have to figure out where the photos are (an attached PDF?).

  • The Weird Sisters

  • By: Eleanor Brown
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 369

There is no problem that a library card can't solve. The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. See, we love each other.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • "I am not bound to please thee with my answers."

  • By Sabrina on 03-09-11

Enjoyable, easy read

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

Reviewed: 12-24-17

I really liked The Weird Sisters, probably because it reminded me of myself and my two sisters and "roles" we have in our family. I identified with the relationships of all of the characters and of each character individually. It's an enjoyable, easy listen.

  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,191

A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!!!

  • By Alia on 12-11-09

Timeless and PERFECT narration!

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

Reviewed: 12-24-17

l listened to this while making Christmas goodies in the kitchen today. Narration was superb. I never tire of this story and it's messages.

  • Bull's-Eye

  • The Power of Focus
  • By: Brian Tracy
  • Narrated by: Brian Tracy
  • Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,532
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,350
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,339

Clarity, Focus, and Concentration: Three strong attributes needed to hit the bull's eye! And just as you can develop your physical muscles through hard work and concentration, you can develop your mental muscles through continuous repetition. Bull's Eye will teach you how to unleash your powers for success and accomplish more in the next few months than many people do in a lifetime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really Good Step-by-Step

  • By Gillian on 06-15-16

Short and Sweet

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

I really liked this book. it's short and to the point. I'm sure a number of things aren't new to some folks, and I recognized some suggestions, too: however, I just really liked how sthe suggestions were made and will implement them in my own life. I liked that the author/narrator had a calm mellow voice, less daunting than many speakers on this subject. Glad I bought it and am looking for a used copy of the book now. It contains some great quotes from others, and I'd like to have the suggestions in writing to remind me at a glance.