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  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,900

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gaiman delivers an intimate masterpiece

  • By Talia on 08-07-13

Is Gaiman capable of writing a bad book?

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

Only recently discovered Gaiman as he started publishing during the years I was so busy with academic reading that I had no time or desire to read just for fun. This book is as wonderful as the others I've read. He is my new favorite author.

  • Empress Dowager Cixi

  • The Concubine Who Launched Modern China
  • By: Jung Chang
  • Narrated by: Jolene Kim
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

At the age of 16, in a nationwide selection for royal consorts, Cixi was chosen as one of the emperor's numerous concubines. When he died in 1861, their five-year-old son succeeded to the throne. Cixi at once launched a palace coup against the regents appointed by her husband and made herself the real ruler of China - behind the throne, literally, with a silk screen separating her from her officials who were all male.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very Important if flawed history of a leader

  • By Heidi on 01-09-14

Author clearly loves the Empress

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Good performance, I don't speak Chinese so no idea how well she pronounced those words. That said the author is clearly a major fan of the empress and feels that HIS-Story has unfairly maligned her in order to make the men around her look better #feminist #international #tagsgiving and #sweepstakes

  • Holes

  • By: Louis Sachar
  • Narrated by: Kerry Beyer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,442

Stanley Yelnats isn't so surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to a juvenile detention center. After all, his family has been ridden with bad luck ever since a one-legged gypsy put a curse on his great-great grandfather. He is told that the hard labor he must perform, digging five-foot holes in the dried up soil where Green Lake once sat, is meant to build character. But it soon becomes clear to Stanley that the warden is really using the boys to search for something very valuable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected delight!

  • By Jennifer on 09-15-04

Really a wonderful story

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

I knew they'd made a movie of it, and that's about it. That said, it was a much better book than I thought it would be. #YAliterature #Clever @happyEnding #tagsgiving and #sweepstakes

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  • Funny Amazon Reviews

  • By: Jane Lynch
  • Narrated by: Jane Lynch
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,526
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,077
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2,071

Famous comedians reading real Amazon product reviews. Hosted by Jane Lynch and presented by Audible. Featuring Lewis Black, John O'Hurley, Joel McHale, Margaret Cho, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, Lauren Cook, Jonathan Katz, Laura Silverman, Melissa Villasenor, Ron Funches, Gilbert Gottfried, Dan Savage, Vern Musical Improv.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • hilarious!!!

  • By EmilioDaVinci on 07-10-17

not all that funny

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

the who thing was kind of forced, as amazon reviews go I've read much funnier ones than most of what was performed #comedy #absurd #tagsgiving and #sweepstakes

  • The Midwife's Apprentice

  • By: Karen Cushman
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 219

Lyrical yet unsentimental, The Midwife's Apprentice won the coveted 1996 Newbery Medal. Filled with striking characters, it paints unforgettable pictures of village life in the Middle Ages, the midwife's craft, and a very remarkable girl's growing independence and pride.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good morality tale for young people

  • By Sher from Provo on 06-22-12

Midwives in Medieval England

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

My one major issue with the story is there's no mention of witchcraft. Midwife's in Medieval England were a "necessary evil" and regularly killed for being witches, so how you can have a book about the topic and NOT even mention it is beyond me. Otherwise, fairly decent historical fiction #YALiterature #historical #feminist #tagsgiving and #sweepstakes

  • London

  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 49 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

Here is Edward Rutherfurd's classic novel of London, a glorious pageant spanning 2,000 years. He brings this vibrant city's long and noble history alive through the ever-shifting fortunes, fates, and intrigues of half-a-dozen families, from the age of Julius Caesar to the 20th century. Generation after generation, these families embody the passion, struggle, wealth, and verve of the greatest city in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Fabulous!

  • By Angelyn S. Furst on 03-04-18

love this book

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

Read it 3 times before I bought the narrated version. Listened to it during a road trip ... and was very happy with the performance #Historical #tagsgiving and #sweepstakes

  • The Witches

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Miranda Richardson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561

This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches. Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There's nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma's stories - but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't listen in the car

  • By Elicia on 08-14-16

Good, but for a point

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

Not the best Dahl book ever, but that said — Richardson is good other than her grand high witch... in her attempt to make the accent the character becomes impossible to understand #ChildrensLiterature #scary #tagsgiving and #sweepstakes

  • Danny the Champion of the World

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Peter Serafinowicz
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

Can Danny and his father outsmart the villainous Mr. Hazell? Danny has a life any boy would love - his home is a gypsy caravan, he's the youngest master car mechanic around, and his best friend is his dad, who never runs out of wonderful stories to tell. But one night Danny discovers a shocking secret that his father has kept hidden for years. Soon Danny finds himself the mastermind behind the most incredible plot ever attempted against nasty Victor Hazell, a wealthy landowner with a bad attitude. Can they pull it off? If so, Danny will truly be the champion of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book for all ages!

  • By susan crowley-forkey on 04-22-16

I LOVE this book... great for adults (tears)

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

Had heard of this book but never read it before. I'm pretty hit and miss when it comes to Dahl, some of his works I love, some I just want to bitch slap him. THIS is a LOVE LOVE LOVE... it lacks the zany aspects of some of his work which often is over the top and annoying to adults... this one it feels almost autobiographical and while it promotes some illegal activities, it does a wonderful job or portraying a really loving relationship between a single father and his son... tears I'm telling you, tears...

  • The House at Pooh Corner

  • A.A. Milne's Pooh Classics, Volume 2
  • By: A. A. Milne
  • Narrated by: Peter Dennis
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 417

"One day when Pooh Bear had nothing else to do, he thought he would do something, so he went round to Piglet's house to see what Piglet was doing." Thus begins The House At Pooh Corner, A.A. Milne's wonderful companion volume to Winnie-the-Pooh. You will rediscover Pooh, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Eeyore, and all their friends, and be introduced to the irrepressible and very bouncy Tigger.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I Love these stories but...

  • By Abigail on 09-02-08

Not thrilled with how he did tigger

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

Other than the narrator's choices for how to portray tigger was simply annoying as all heck, this is well read. And it's Winnie the Pooh so there's not much negative to say about the story. Granted I knew most of the tales from things like Disney and Tao of Pooh... but this was my first time 'reading' it ... listened while roadtripping #childrensliterature #classic #tagsgiving and #sweepstakes

  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

  • By: Ian Fleming
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

Crackpot is what everybody calls the Pott family. So when they go to buy a new car and come back with a wreck, nobody is surprised. Except for the Potts themselves. First, the car has a name. And she tells them what it is. Then they find that she can fly... and swim... Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a car on a mission to stop a criminal gang in its tracks and she is taking the Potts with her! Jump into the world s most loved magical car, for her first adventure ever!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not even close to the musical movie

  • By MissSusie66 on 05-30-14

So much better that the movie

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

It wasn’t until just now that I discovered that chitty chitty bang bang was written by the same author as James Bond, who would have figured. This book is so much better than the movie! It does have James Bond elements in it and yet it is so delightful and fanciful. Also very well performed... I need to see what other books David Tennant has read