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  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

  • By: Marlon Bundo, Jill Twiss
  • Narrated by: Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, and others
  • Length: 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,514
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,724
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,662

HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents the story of a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny. Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence - the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon's life is about to change forever....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This story is cute, but let's be honest.

  • By João on 03-19-18

Prattle

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

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

You've got to be kidding. Stars? This thing wouldn't make a solitary quark.

Has Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo turned you off from other books in this genre?

Fortunately, it' a genre unto its own.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

By speaking.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo?

The first and last words and everything in-between.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Gray Mountain

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,692
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,956
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,965

The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Painful to listen to

  • By Toni on 10-24-14

Sad to see such decline

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

Reviewed: 03-16-15

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

Are we back in grade school? Do we really need to dumb down review writing to answering a few pithy questions?

What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

Does Audible think its listeners lack the ability to express themselves? Audible, like Grisham, has slipped far from earlier standards.

How could the performance have been better?

In a word - Everything. Audible's, Grisham's, and above all, the reader's performance could hardly be worse.

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

All of the above. Anger that Audible has not lowered its pricing to compensate for ever-decreasing quality. Sad to see once good authors pump out trash to satisfy Audible. Disappointment that Amazon seems to have cheapened the entire Audible experience.

Any additional comments?

After ten-plus years of two books per month, I am finding it very difficult to justify my present one per month subscription due to the poor quality and limited selection on offer.

  • The Corrections

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Franzen
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 21 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,990
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,713
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,726

The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century--a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. After almost 50 years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Contemporary Literature at it's best

  • By greg on 01-05-12

Even Guidall couldn't get me far into this one.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-12

The author seemed bent on impressing us with wordplay rather than plot or character development. Sadly, even George Guidall, an excellent narrator, could not keep me engaged.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Only Time Will Tell

  • The Clifton Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,376

From the internationally best-selling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words "I was told that my father was killed in the war"....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Archer

  • By cristina on 10-21-11

Archer in bits and pieces

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

Reviewed: 09-17-11

Archer is my favorite living fiction author. So sad the marketing people decided to chop him up into bits and pieces. What next, selling books by the chapter? But then, I suppose this scheme would work well in magazines and tabloids. I'd be much happier to wait until the story is ready to be told in full. Please call me when it's ready.

10 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Cutting for Stone

  • A Novel
  • By: Abraham Verghese
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 23 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,453

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration

  • By Mary Lynn Richardson on 03-20-09

Boring, boring, boring

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-11

For me, a total waste of a credit. Far too much medical jargon, far too little story. Very boring. Gave up after first hour.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dead or Alive

  • By: Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
  • Narrated by: Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Length: 20 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,344
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,336

Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Same great Clancey - Great narration

  • By Robert B. Wales on 12-12-10

DOA

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-20-10

Dead Or Alive is Dead On Arrival. Entertain me, Tom. Don't try to re-educate me on politics.

5 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Daemon

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,865
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,909

When the obituary of legendary computer game architect Matthew Sobol appears online, a previously dormant daemon activates, initiating a chain of events that begins to unravel our interconnected world. This daemon reads news headlines, recruits human followers, and orders assassinations. With Sobol’s secrets buried with him, and as new layers of his daemon are unleashed, it’s up to Detective Peter Sebeck to stop a self-replicating virtual killer before it achieves its ultimate purpose - one that goes far beyond anything Sebeck could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever

  • By Erica on 01-22-09

Terrible narration

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-09

The narrator begins each line by stating the characters name then follows with a painfully boring reading of the line. This is the very worst narration of any audio book I have ever tried to listen to. I have no idea of the quality of the story. The reading was so distracting I gave up early on.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Charon's Landing

  • By: Jack Du Brul
  • Narrated by: J. Charles
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

Russian mastermind Ivan Kerikov plans to use an ecological terrorist group to sabotage the Alaska pipeline and pollute the western coast of North America with oil, all to turn the United States from domestic to foreign sources of oil. He's being paid millions by a rogue Arab oil minister who is plotting a coup in his own country and is in desperate need of foreign income to solidify his position.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too Much

  • By Fan of Fantasy and Fiction on 11-16-14

A narrator to avoid

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-09

The storyline was, at best, shaky. The characters lacked believability. The narrator was terrible. Had I read comments about this narrator's other readings beforehand I could have avoided wasting my time and money. He does a truly dreadful job.

  • Middlesex

  • By: Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Narrated by: Kristoffer Tabori
  • Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,425
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,368

In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth Waiting It Out

  • By D. N. Meads on 08-28-09

Waste of time and money

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-08

No reader/listener should have to work so hard to try get into a story. I gave it my best. But as hard as I tried, this one was a dud.
I gave up after a very boring 45 minutes.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • A Prisoner of Birth

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,425

One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later, Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible

  • By Randall on 01-10-10

Storytelling at its best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-08

A thoroughly enjoyable listen. Masterful storytelling. Another favorite author, JG, should take note of how Archer, in his latest tale, fully develops his characters and certainly does not let us down at the climax. Intriguing plot. Excellent narration. Best savor the twisty ending for a day or two before listening, if you must, to the author's exceedingly immodest interview.

8 of 25 people found this review helpful