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D. Bailey

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  • Henry: The Queen’s Corgi

  • By: Georgie Crawley
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe, Beth Chalmers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

When their dog goes missing during a day trip to London, the Walker family are forced to accept that they may never see Henry again. But as the family search for their beloved pet, the reality of what has happened to Henry never even crosses their minds: Henry has been mistaken for one of the Queen's prized corgis.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Sweet Christmas Charmer

  • By Gillian on 12-24-17

Sweet and cheery

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

Reviewed: 06-15-19

Best comfort listen ever! I love dogs and British accents. And I love listening to something deliciously sweet like this after I’ve finished a scary true crime book.

  • The Wild Heart of Stevie Nicks

  • By: Rob Sheffield
  • Narrated by: Rob Sheffield
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,318
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,003
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,996

Grab your lace shawl and top hat and get ready to twirl—this is a full-throttle appreciation of the life and voice of Stevie Nicks from one of rock criticism’s most celebrated writers.   

Best-selling author and Rolling Stone columnist Rob Sheffield explores the music and artistry of the rock goddess who has kept generations of music lovers totally bewitched and spellbound, with such classic rock hits as "Rhiannon" and "Gypsy".

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A bad recap of Rolling Stone interviews

  • By kristen mukai on 05-08-19

Listen to this with YouTube close at hand

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

Reviewed: 05-05-19

I thought this was great fun. I recommend enhancing this with YouTube for song and video references, and then I recommend listening to Daisy Jones right after for a fictional take on the same territory.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Normal People

  • A Novel
  • By: Sally Rooney
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 533

 At school, Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He’s popular and well-adjusted, star of the school football team, while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her job at Marianne’s house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers - one they are determined to conceal. A year later, they’re both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, compelling

  • By D. Bailey on 04-20-19

Beautiful, compelling

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

Reviewed: 04-20-19

The story is so compelling and engrossing, the writing is beautiful, and the narrator is excellent. It’s overall just a dream of a novel. I felt I lived in the world of this book during the hours I listened, and it’s so worthwhile.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Station Eleven

  • By: Emily St. John Mandel
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,376
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,380

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Alternative Dystopian Viewpoint

  • By CScott on 12-20-16

Beautiful and compelling

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

Reviewed: 04-11-19

I recently listened to the audiobook & I’ve been thinking about the world of Station Eleven every day since. Emily St John Mandel’s writing is so beautiful & Kirsten Potter’s narration is wonderful. I was afraid the story would be a dystopian bummer, but it was the opposite. It made me ecstatically happy while I listened, and some of that feeling has remained with me. It’s a book that’s like a spell, and I’m so glad I experienced it.

  • There's a Word for That

  • By: Sloane Tanen
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

A hilarious and moving chronicle of a wildly flawed family that comes together - in rehab, of all places - even as each member is on the verge of falling apart. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 11hrs 27mins...

  • By Linda Ottey on 04-29-19

Funny and appealing

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

Reviewed: 04-09-19

I love this! I laughed a lot and even teared up a little in places. It’s so compelling I couldn’t stop listening. I loved the writing, and the narrator is wonderful. It all works great together—it’s so good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Good Talk

  • A Memoir in Conversations
  • By: Mira Jacob
  • Narrated by: Mira Jacob, Full Cast
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

A bold, wry, and intimate graphic memoir about American identity, interracial families, and the realities that divide us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring, funny, very good yet quick read

  • By Maureen on 06-03-19

Wonderful, wonderful

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

Reviewed: 03-27-19

This is excellent—smart, funny, touching, full of life. It’s so well done as an audiobook, too. It’s an intense pleasure to get to listen in on all these conversations. I love every character’s voice, both in what each person says and how each narrator brings the talk to life. It’s deliciously wonderful, and I’m so glad I listened.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Daisy Jones & The Six

  • A Novel
  • By: Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Beals, Benjamin Bratt, Judy Greer, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,592
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,118

Daisy is a girl coming of age in LA in the late '60s, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s 20, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things. Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Different Kind of Review

  • By D. Fields on 03-23-19

The perfect audiobook for me

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

I love Reid’s clever approach of a fictional oral history to tell this cool story, and the use of excellent multiple narrators pushes the audiobook over the edge of greatness. This is certain to stay my favorite audiobook of the year, and I can hardly wait for it to win all the awards and recognition. Every narrator was great, and Judy Greer’s bright, clear voice was thrilling to me. I love this, and I wish it could be the perpetual audiobook queued up in my listening stack. It went by way too fast.

  • To Night Owl from Dogfish

  • By: Holly Goldberg Sloan, Meg Wolitzer
  • Narrated by: Imani Parks, Cassandra Morris, full cast
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Avery Bloom, who's bookish, intense, and afraid of many things, particularly deep water, lives in New York City. Bett Devlin, who's fearless, outgoing, and loves all animals as well as the ocean, lives in California. What they have in common is that they are both 12 years old and are both being raised by single, gay dads. When their dads fall in love, Bett and Avery are sent, against their will, to the same sleepaway camp. Their dads hope they will find common ground and become friends - and possibly, one day, even sisters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming and funny

  • By D. Bailey on 02-17-19

Charming and funny

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

This is a quick listen that is sweet and funny. I thought it was totally charming. I’ve been listening to some dark true crime, and this was just the listen to lighten things up for me.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Family Trust

  • A Novel
  • By: Kathy Wang
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 111

For years, Stanley Huang has claimed he’s worth a small fortune. But the time is coming when the details of his estate will finally be revealed, and Stanley’s family is nervous. As Stanley’s death approaches, the Huangs are faced with challenges that upend them and eventually lead them to discover what they most value. A compelling tale of cultural expectations, career ambitions, and our relationships with the people who know us best, Family Trust skewers the ambition and desires that drive Silicon Valley and draws a sharply loving portrait of modern American family life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A nice weekend listen

  • By SHANNON BOEHM on 11-04-18

Great family in crisis fiction

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I love this novel about a family in crisis, set in my favorite part of California, the SF Bay area. #Multigenerational #Clever #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • My Salinger Year

  • By: Joanna Rakoff
  • Narrated by: Joanna Rakoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 120

At 23, after leaving graduate school to pursue her dreams of becoming a poet, Joanna Rakoff moves to New York City and takes a job as assistant to the storied literary agent for J. D. Salinger. Rakoff is tasked with answering Salinger’s voluminous fan mail. But as she reads the candid, heart-wrenching letters from his readers around the world, she finds herself unable to type out the agency’s decades-old form response. Instead, drawn inexorably into the emotional world of Salinger’s devotees, she abandons the template and begins writing back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Salinger Year

  • By JEAN on 11-13-17

Wonderful and thought-provoking

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I loved listening to every minute of Joanna Rakoff's nonfiction narrative about her first job in the world of New York publishing after she left graduate school. Rakoff is a terrific narrator for her own work, too. I've returned to this audiobook several times to listen again to parts--it's good enough to inspire multiple listens. Audible 20 review sweepstakes entry.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful