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  • Sleeping Beauties

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King, Owen King
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 25 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,934
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,894

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: They become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place.... The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The first Stephen King novel I didn't finish

  • By Pete on 09-09-18

I'm partial to King but great plot

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

What made the experience of listening to Sleeping Beauties the most enjoyable?

The exploration of the idea of a world without women and at the same time that nagging good and bad exploration.

What other book might you compare Sleeping Beauties to and why?

I am not habitually a SF reader so it's hard to tell

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No it spoils the looking forward to-ing

Any additional comments?

Well written, well imagined and always surprising, I recommend it

0 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Shady Cross

  • By: James Hankins
  • Narrated by: Bon Shaw
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,431
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,423

In one hand small-time crook Stokes holds a backpack stuffed with someone else's money--$350,000 of it. In the other hand, Stokes has a cell phone, which he found with the money. On the line a little girl he doesn't know asks, "Daddy? Are you coming to get me? They say if you give them the money, they'll let you take me home."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced, very entertaining

  • By shelley on 03-14-15

A nonstop listen!

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

Reviewed: 02-28-16

Any additional comments?

Despite clearly illogical and dumb decisions, the main character is under the influence of Murphy's law... up to the end. Entertaining despite all. You keep thinking it cannot get any worse but it does without seeing it coming. I will definitely check out this writer

  • The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition]

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,860
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,818

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • JUST SIMPLY FANTASTIC LISTENING ! !

  • By Gary on 04-24-12

A bit too glossy and too clean for me

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

Reviewed: 08-10-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

it's just not plausible, story's ok. I would have expected at least the characters to be more credible. Love doesn't solve every childhood wound and one cannot be that good in everything, it's just too much of everything.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Jojo Moyes, Jodi Picoult, Gillian Flynn or a good murder story but no Nora Roberts for a time.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes good

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

it has rythm and keeps you hooked

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Elephant Whisperer

  • My Life with the Herd in the African Wild
  • By: Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,922
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,532

>When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story, beautifully written

  • By Tango on 01-12-13

Delicious from start to finish

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

Reviewed: 07-23-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes very "dépaysant" which means by change of scenery it clears your head. Although the main character seems to be on top of everything, often, the story is realistic, probably true and really interesting. The insight into animal behaviour is a discovery for me

What did you like best about this story?

Introspection into animal behaviour

Which scene was your favorite?

When the elephant decides not to charge the owner of the reserve

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

This would take me hours... I'll go back to books sorry

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,921
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,518

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic story to be read by all!

  • By Gina on 07-25-09

Impressive, as if you were there

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

Reviewed: 07-23-14

What did you like best about The Pillars of the Earth? What did you like least?

You can imagine living in such times. Not always so pleasant. Sometimes a bit longish and the bad characters are very bad (not nuanced) which borders on simplistic at times. My first Follett, I'd love to try another in a different time period.

Would you be willing to try another book from Ken Follett? Why or why not?

Yes but not the second one yet. It is said to be of exactly the same vein.

Would you listen to another book narrated by John Lee?

Yes it was very impressive. Acting really

Do you think The Pillars of the Earth needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It seems to me a difficult tasks to follow the different generations and in this story it seemed to me all was said... except the construction of the cathedral

  • Emily and Einstein

  • A Novel of Second Chances
  • By: Linda Francis Lee
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 895
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 767
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 770

He was a man who didn’t deserve a second chance... but he needed one. Emily and her husband, Sandy Portman, seemed to live a gracious if busy life in an old-world, Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building. But one night on the way to meet Emily, Sandy dies in a tragic accident. The funeral isn't even over before Emily learns she is on the verge of being evicted from their apartment. But worse than the possibility of losing her home, Emily is stunned when she discovers that her marriage was made up of lies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well-written, kept my attention

  • By Allison on 03-20-11

Most entertaining

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

Reviewed: 07-23-14

What did you like best about Emily and Einstein? What did you like least?

The relationship between reincarnated boyfriend and main character. Hilarious in a not so funny story. Depicts people not always on their best side which is refreshing.

Would you be willing to try another book from Linda Francis Lee? Why or why not?

Yes definitely, this was my first one at a sale

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Can't think of anything

Was Emily and Einstein worth the listening time?

Definitely. Could do all my cleaning with her stories

Any additional comments?

Some events in the story are forseeable and slightly cliched but totally acceptable. Lovely comprehension of the way the male gender works, hilariously spot on at times

  • The Silkworm

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,575

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elizabethan Revenge Tragedy In Contemporary London

  • By Gretchen SLP on 08-24-16

Always a surprise

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

Reviewed: 07-23-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, you can't guess what's next. Very good rythm

What other book might you compare The Silkworm to and why?

of course the first of the series with detective Strike The Cuckoo's Calling which has the same charasteristics. Quite realistic when depicting emotions and above all life's issues of the characters.

What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

Good at accents, be it Northern England or American or Australian, it always baffles me

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

No not quite, but can't put it down all the same

Any additional comments?

May be a bit dark at times. All characters of Rowling post Potter, be it in Casual Vacancy or after are torn by their contradictions. A bit heavy at times

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Me Before You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,321

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Journey Into the Unknown

  • By Pamela Harvey on 01-13-13

Brilliant.... and so sad

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

Reviewed: 08-01-13

Where does Me Before You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In my five best ever

What did you like best about this story?

The tackling of a grave subject : euthanasia

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

Never read her before but am about to read "the last letter from your lover"

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

Cry... buckets Absolutely brilliant that despite the obvious love between the two main characters, she has not fallen into the sticky sweet trap of a happy ending.

Any additional comments?

Well researched and well directed, her ideas never fall into easy opinions or too much religion rectitude, the subjects are grave and still the whole story has a certain joy. Joy of living of the girl protagonist. An absolute discovery for me. A book one grieves when it's finished!
Living in a country in which euthanasia is tolerated, i never thought much about the opinion of people in other countries. Interestiing. Nor does it mean it is absolutely the right thing to approve. But in some circumstances it is a right to defend, even if it still constitutes a luxury (costwise). Mind you if your illness has an effect whatsoever on your mental capabilities, your right to terminate your life is immediatly withdrawn.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,860
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,380

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Owe Stephen King An Apology

  • By Kelly on 04-16-12

Brilliant in every way

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

Reviewed: 04-19-13

What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

I love King's reflections of today vs ago and his vivid imagination

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

None of these but serious material for thinking.

Any additional comments?

Thoroughly enjoyable and for this once no gore

  • The Keys to the Street

  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Simon Russell Beale
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Mary Jago had donated her own bone marrow to save the life of someone she didn’t know. And this generous act led directly to the bitter break-up of her affair with Alistair. For him, it was as though her beauty had been plundered. But the man whose life she had saved would change Mary’s life in a way she could never have imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery with humor and insight

  • By Ida Hagman on 10-02-12

Good and clever, as they say a page turner

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

Reviewed: 03-12-13

Would you try another book from Ruth Rendell and/or Simon Russell Beale?

Ruth Rendell yes I remember I read some younger but there are so many good writers.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Keys to the Street?

The way the author handles the abused person and the bully.

What three words best describe Simon Russell Beale’s voice?

pleasant in character

Do you think The Keys to the Street needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

not necessarily, I think the main character has had enough adventure.

Any additional comments?

Compared to lots of others the sound was bad. As if copied from tape. Somehow muffled.