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P. Strome

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  • Island

  • By: Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 858

In his final novel - which he considered his most important - Aldous Huxley transports us to the remote Pacific island of Pala, where an ideal society has flourished for 120 years. Inevitably, this island of bliss attracts the envy and enmity of the surrounding world. A conspiracy is underway to take over Pala, and events are set in motion when an agent of the conspirators, a newspaperman named Faranby, is shipwrecked there. What Faranby doesn't expect is how his time with the people of Pala will revolutionize all his values and - to his amazement - give him hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great narration for a great book.

  • By AndrewL on 09-21-16

Couldn't Finish

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-18

The narration was excellent! But this was one of the rare times I could not finish a book.

I read close to half of it, hoping it would get better. I gave it every chance. I never got hooked. The content was boring and preachy. I finally gave up.

  • The Island of Dr. Moreau

  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,147

Written by H.G. Wells, the great visionary author, this legendary novel is both timeless and thought provoking. Listeners will thrill to this chilling masterpiece as man boldly takes evolution into his own hands for the first time. Dr. Moreau, a scientist expelled from his homeland for his cruel experiments, continues his transplantations on a small South Pacific island, creating hideous creatures with manlike intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Oldie but a Goodie

  • By David Thomas on 01-19-15

A Classic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-18

First off, the narration was xxellent, as has always been th case IMHO with Audible books.

Second, I would not recommend this book to animal lovers. Or else seek out an abridged edition. Nor would I recommend it to children.

The story itself is captivating. I would personally categorize it as more in the Horror genre than in the SciFi genre. But it is thought-provoking as well. It would be a good sunjct for a book club.

  • Once Upon a Summertime

  • A New York City Romance
  • By: Melody Carlson
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Grace
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Managing the Value Lodge in her hometown was not what Anna Gordon had in mind when she set out in the hospitality industry. But it's a safe choice for a woman whose childhood was anything but stable. Out of the blue, she gets a once-in-a-lifetime chance to reinvent herself by moving to New York City, where she hopes for a management position at a stylish new boutique hotel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Clean Read

  • By P. Strome on 02-08-17

A Good Clean Read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-17

Most romance novels follow a very predictable formula. You know from page one who the romantic couple will be, due to the fact that they can't stand each other. But this one was different, and in a very good way! The person of interest doesn't show up right away, for one thing. And for another, the conflict required (or face it, you don't have a plot), is more plausible than most. I've read several books by this author, and have never been disappointed! The narrator did a very good job too! Enjor!

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  • The Lazarus File

  • How Often Must an Undercover Agent Die in Order to Survive?
  • By: Donn Taylor
  • Narrated by: Alexander Edward Trefethen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

The United States, caught in a dangerous game of global espionage, turns a CIA agent working deep under cover as a drug pilot in Colombia to protect a powerful and prominent woman held hostage in Columbia. Trapped in an industrial conspiracy that threatens to destabilize the Americas, the reluctant pair seeks to prevent an international terrorist strike aimed at the heart of the United States. Held captive in a remote Andean valley near the Bolivian border, the couple fights to save themselves and their respective counties.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Secret Agent Man

  • By Allen Anthony on 02-14-16

Good "Cozy" Adventure

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-17

I like a good spy story, and this was no exception! I also appreciated that it was not littered with bad language, and there were no sexual situations. It was kind of like watching a classic movie, where things were hinted at, but that was all. I would still not recommend this for children, as it involved spies, drug lords, and violence.

The narration was well done, but not exceptional. One problem was the narrator's pronunciation of Spanish. He pronounced many names and words correctly. But his American pronunciation of "señor(a)" (even by native Spanish-speaking characters) was quite off-base. Someone should have caught that, and taught the narrator how to pronounce thosr words correctly.

  • Hercule Poirot's Christmas

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,014
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,012

Christmas Eve, and the Lee family's reunion is shattered by a deafening crash of furniture and a high-pitched wailing scream. Upstairs, the tyrannical Simeon Lee lies dead in a pool of blood, his throat slashed. When Hercule Poirot offers to assist, he finds an atmosphere not of mourning but of mutual suspicion. It seems everyone had their own reason to hate the old man....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio adds to a terrific mystery!!

  • By Byron on 12-23-12

Superb!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-18-16

The narration was really exceptional, with various voices and accents! And, of course, Agatha Christie keeps you guessing!

  • The Turn of the Screw

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Richard Armitage - introduction
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,336
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,323

Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy winner Emma Thompson lends her immense talent and experienced voice to Henry James' Gothic ghost tale, The Turn of the Screw. When a governess is hired to care for two children at a British country estate, she begins to sense an otherworldly presence around the grounds. Are they really ghosts she's seeing? Or is something far more sinister at work?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great, but Mightn't be the Best on Audible

  • By Gillian on 03-16-16

Exceptional!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-16

Emma Thompson's performance was phenomenal -- perhaps the finest I've ever heard! The story was captivating! I actually listened to the book twice in a row, to be sure I captured all the nuances. The subject matter, FYI, is not suitable for young listeners. I would recommend high school or above.