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  • The Tao of Bill Murray

  • Real-Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing
  • By: Gavin Edwards
  • Narrated by: Gavin Edwards
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 137

New York Times best-selling author Gavin Edwards, like the rest of us, has always been fascinated with Bill Murray - in particular the beloved actor's adventures offscreen, which rival his filmography for sheer entertainment value. Edwards traveled to the places where Murray has lived, worked, and partied, in search of the most outrageous and hilarious Bill Murray stories from the past four decades, many of which have never before been reported.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator something out of a horror movie

  • By Me on 05-24-18

FYI- This book isn't comedic, it's phylisophical

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

You think a book about Bill Murray is going to be funny, but it truly was written as a book about philosophy and Bill Murray's influence on the world. So yah, not that fun to listen to unless you are a hard core fan and love hearing anything about him. Also the narrator's voice is so low it's kind of weird for this genre, like imagine Morgan Freeman casually joking around.

  • The Lake House

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,424

Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented fourteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure ...One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRAVO!!!!!!!

  • By Maria on 10-30-15

UGH Kate Morton's Characters are 2D and boring

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

Reviewed: 07-21-16

I read The Forgotten Garden and after finding it also to rate about a 3 I decided to give this one a go as well, since it was rated so highly. Unfortunately, just like the other, by the time the book ends I don't really care what happens to them. The story has lovely twists and turns, except that instead they feel like an acquaintance telling a long winded story at a party since again, the characters do not develop much with the story. They are nice people but that's it, and whether the story concludes one way or the other won't affect any of their lives much anyway.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sisterhood

  • By: Helen Bryan
  • Narrated by: Laura Roppe
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 776
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 664
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 670

Reeling from a broken engagement, adopted 19-year-old Menina Walker flees to Spain to bury her misery by writing her overdue college thesis - and soon finds herself on an unexpected journey into the past. The subject of her study is Tristan Mendoza, an obscure 16th-century artist whose signature includes a tiny swallow - the same swallow depicted on a medal that is Menina’s only link to her birth family. Hoping her research will reveal the swallow’s significance and clue her in to her origins, Menina discovers the ancient chronicle of a Spanish convent containing the stories of five orphaned girls hidden from the Spanish Inquisition.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Implausible & schoolgirlish

  • By Kafwood on 05-28-13

Starts off as page turner, but tedious to finish.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-14

The beginning was so good- such a page turner- but about three quarters of the way through I found myself bored and not that concerned about what happened to the myriad of characters anymore. The story becomes melodramatic and unbelievable. I also found the brief description of Christ towards the end to be really offensive as I imagine most Christians would (she portrays him as basically an evil sorcerer as a kid- other characters actually call him such- What a strange and unsubstantiated idea).

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of Mormon

  • By: Joseph Smith Jr. - translator
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 25 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 354

Here is an audio edition of the sacred text of the Latter-Day Saint movement that followers believe contains the writings of ancient prophets who lived on the American continent from approximately 2200 B.C. to A.D. 421. A fascinating listen for religious scholars and denominational adherents alike.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very poor production

  • By Jared on 08-09-12

The performance was so bad I returned it!

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

Reviewed: 03-17-14

The narrator reads the numeric reference to each verse before reading the text which breaks up each chapter so much- it really interrupts the flow. I found it so distracting I decided to return this. At least the old cd version one can still find doesn't do this.

As for the performance itself, well I was hoping it would be better than the cd version since it's newer. However it's not, it is just as mechanical and flat. It reminded me of a computer. So much for a great portable version I can listen to. I'm going to just have to stick with written text where the Book of Mormon is concerned.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Racketeer

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: J.D. Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,252
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,240

Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Enjoyable Grisham

  • By Ron on 10-25-12

Just kept waiting for it to grip me, it never did.

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

Reviewed: 09-21-13

I haven't read a John Grisham in awhile, but my expectation was for this to be a page turner. Well if I was reading pages I would've put it down. Since I was listening to it while I do housework, well I just kept waiting for it to get better until if finally ended and I wondered why I wasted my time. I think one of the problems is the narration style Grisham decided to write in this time- the main character tells the story in past tense which doesn't allow for much suspense to build. By the end I didn't even care about the protagonist anymore or what happened to him.

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth

  • By: Jeff Kinney
  • Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357

Jeff Kinney’s tales featuring wise-cracking middle schooler Greg Heffley have reached number-one on the New York Times best-seller list, inspired a major motion picture, and been translated into dozens of languages. Greg has endured countless horrors—girls, bullies, jocks, oblivious parents, wrestling in gym class, even the dreaded Cheese Touch—the past few years. But everything changes in this fifth hilarious adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book

  • By Nice😄 on 03-19-17

Zzzzzzzzzz

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

Reviewed: 11-15-12

I think this series is a pretty funny listen as an adult, but this one was so boring. Kids that are into the series will probably be fine with it, but I personally found it so boring I stopped at 30 minutes and have no desire to finish. Later I read Amazon reviews from hard copy readers expressing that this book is the worst of the entire series. However, a few readers also expressed that Kinney redeems himself with Cabin Fever (and that it's one of the best of the series). I wish I'd read that review first- I would've skipped this altogether.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Jesus Storybook Bible

  • Every Story Whispers His Name
  • By: Sally Lloyd-Jones
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 818

In The Jesus Storybook Bible, every story whispers his name. It tells the story beneath all the stories in the Bible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love the book, Love the audio even more

  • By Julie on 02-10-12

Amazing performance, tough book.

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

Reviewed: 11-13-12

The sample sold me on this one. I mean the performance was just captivating, and I loved the perspective of this children's Bible- that everything points to his name even making that connection with the old testament stories. However, the Bible is just a tough one, I mean creating a version that will appeal to all the differing Christian religions that use it (I myself am from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints- aka Mormon) is almost impossible.

What I like about it is that it is a LONG book, meaning it has a lot of stories that other children's Bible's omit, and each story is developed with characters instead of just presenting a bland summary in one paragraph. It is written and read in an absolutly captivating way.

However, sure enough there are parts of this Bible that are inaccurate in my view and even a bit irreverent, so I did return it. I decided instead to just stick with the paper version. No my boy won't be listening to it as he falls asleep at night as I'd like, but if I"m reading the paper version I can edit as I go. I still think it's a great introduction to Bible stories for kids.

I do recommend this book for those who are less rigid in their Bible interpretations.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Little Hoot

  • By: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • Narrated by: Abby Sher
  • Length: 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

It's not fair! All Little Owl wants is to go to bed at a reasonable hour, like his friends do. But no . . . Mama and Papa say little owls have to stay up late and play. So Little Owl spends all night jumping on his bed, playing on the jungle gym, and doing tricks on his skateboard - but he's hooting mad about it ! Children who have a hard time going to bed will love this fun twist on the universal dilemma.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Story for Any Little Bedtime Owl

  • By Ann on 07-14-12

Fun Story for Any Little Bedtime Owl

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

Reviewed: 07-14-12

"Little Hoot" is a great little bedtime story about an owl who wants to go to bed when his other animal friends do, but instead his parents make him stay up late and play because that's what good little owls do.

While this recording doesn't have all the bells and whistles that some performances does, Abby Sher has a really fun voice that lends itself well to kid characters.

We also love Sher's recording of "Little Pea" about the pea who has to eat all his candy dinner before he can have his spinach dessert (in fact if you have to choose one, my kids prefer this one but I think that's just because they like candy so much themselves), and I hope audible does some more of this tongue in cheek series by Rosenthal.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Cat in the Hat Comes Back

  • By: Dr. Seuss
  • Narrated by: Kelsey Grammer
  • Length: 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

The mischievous cat returns on a snowy day when there is work to be done.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The kids love it!

  • By Timikratts on 04-26-17

Great Performance by Kelsey Grammar Again!

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

Reviewed: 07-14-12

Kelsey Grammar reading Dr Suess, what's not to like really? Although this isn't at all my favorite top ten Dr Suess books, it's still delivers all my expectations in the Seuss department, and it's fun to have a sequel to a classic. I have to say that the pace at which Grammar reads the story is a little bit on the rapid side, which made it a less than relaxing experience to listen to this book. I think it may have even wound my kids up a bit, so this will not be part of our bedtime/naptime playlist.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Little Pea

  • By: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • Narrated by: Abby Sher
  • Length: 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

If Little Pea doesn't eat all of his sweets, there will be no vegetables for dessert! What's a young pea to do?

Children who have trouble swallowing their veggies will love the way this pea-friendly audiobook serves up a playful story they can relate to.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delight for the little ones

  • By vmk on 06-08-18

I like this book far more than my kids do

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

Reviewed: 07-03-12

THisis a fun little story about a pea who hates having to eat all of his dinner (candy) so he can have some desert (spinach). Abby Sher has a unique voice that's humorously nasal to me and reminds me of a kid. This does not fall into our favorites playlist yet (kids are 3 and 5), but I think that's because the kids didn't quite understand the story concept without actually reading/seeing the physical book. I recommend this book, but I would read it to kids first before just playing the audio version. We listen to audio books when we travel in the car or when I'm dragging them around on our Madsen cargo bike- since our errands take longer when we do them that way.