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  • Harry Clarke

  • With Bonus Performance: Lillian
  • By: David Cale
  • Narrated by: Billy Crudup, David Cale
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,642
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,426
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,424

A sexually charged and wickedly funny thriller starring Tony Award-winning actor Billy Crudup, Harry Clarke is the story of a shy Midwestern man leading an outrageous double life as the titular cocky Londoner. Moving to New York City and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family's life as the seductive and precocious Harry, whose increasingly risky and dangerous behavior threatens to undo more than his persona.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Come for Harry, stay for Lillian

  • By Celeste Albers on 12-17-18

Not what I expected. Better.

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

I don’t know if there’s a clear way to describe the story of Harry Clarke. I spent most of it aghast and amused and astonished, if that helps.

Billy Crudup’s adept vocal performance is absolutely top-notch.

Just leave your expectations at the door and be open to an amazing experience.

(Lillian and the behind-the-scenes bits are inspiring too!)

  • The Man on the Mountaintop

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Susan Trott, Libby Spurrier - adaptor
  • Narrated by: Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, Clare Corbett, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,283

The Man on the Mountaintop tells the story of Holy Man Joe, an ageing and unassuming man who lives in a hermitage on top of a mountain. During the summer months, thousands of hopefuls line the path leading to his door, seeking his wisdom. From bombastic, wealthy nobles intent on cheating their way to the top to drunkards who gradually build the physical and mental strength they need to quit their addiction, The Man on the Mountaintop is a rousing tale full of humour, wit and life lessons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple - which is all you really need

  • By Solunari on 02-01-19

Beautiful, easy, challenging

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

The story, or series of connected vignettes, is ultimately beautiful and insightful and powerful. It is in turns restful and agonizing and triumphant and sad.

The voices are incredible. Very well done.

  • Scrappy Little Nobody

  • By: Anna Kendrick
  • Narrated by: Anna Kendrick
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,053
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,916
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,820

Anna Kendrick's autobiographical collection of essays amusingly recounts memorable moments throughout her life, from her middle-class upbringing in New England to the blockbuster movies that have made her one of Hollywood's most popular actresses today. Expanding upon the witty and ironic dispatches for which she is known, Anna Kendrick's essays offer her one-of-a-kind commentary on the absurdities she's experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Anna Kendrick: Scrappy Little... Revelation

  • By Andrew on 01-17-17

Funny but tiresome

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

Anna Kendrick is funny! The best part is that this really does sound like a one-sided conversation replete with snarky asides and almost-internal musings, rather than someone just reading their own words. That makes the “performance” enjoyable.

Anna’s stories are amusing, well organized, and well written. I hope she had very little help with that part, as her analogies, metaphors, similes, and word choices are fun/unexpected/impressive.

The element of pulling back the proverbial curtain on the whole Hollywood/celebrity experience is interesting, but is (appropriately) hard to resonate with. Since I’m a person who’s listen-able time blocks lend themselves to bingeing, the caustic or self-deprecating bits got a little rich (pun intended) for me. This would have been way more enjoyable in smaller chunks.

That’s what she said.

  • Last of the Breed

  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: David Strathairn
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,328

This is the compelling story of U.S. Air Force Major Joe Mack, a man born out of time. When his experimental aircraft is forced down in Russia and he escapes a Soviet prison camp, he must call upon the ancient skills of his Indian forebears to survive the vast Siberian wilderness. Only one route lies open to Mack: the path of his ancestors, overland to the Bering Strait and across the sea to America. But in pursuit is a legendary tracker....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A western "indian" story set in Siberia

  • By John S on 11-25-13

I expected more from the “master”

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

I first read “Last of the Breed” as a youth. It was my dad’s copy, from his collection of his favorite author. I remember loving it, and thinking it a gripping and detailed survival tale.

Around 30 years later, as an aspiring writer myself, it strikes me as just okay and awfully dated.

There is no denying that the details are plentiful, well-researched, and mostly delicious. There’s also a pretty skilled weaving together of several storylines. But much of the broad story logic left me uncertain, as did that of some individual characters. Treatment of “Indian” heritage feels a bit on-the-nose and dated, as do the obvious criticisms of Russian government (this was written in 1986, during the Cold War).

Things don’t get exciting until about the last third, but when they do, it’s fun. I don’t mind the ending, either (which many reviewers seem to take issue with). I think being open to a sequel that never came is just fine, and the grisly threat is pretty nice.

The performer’s voices and accents are excellent, though the general cadence is a mite stale and lulling.

Overall, a story I ended up wanting to get over with, rather than being inevitably drawn to.

  • Emma

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Joanne Froggatt, Isabella Inchbald, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,117

This Audible Original production is narrated by Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), with a full supporting cast including Joanne Froggatt, Morgana Robinson, Aisling Loftus, Joseph Millson, Alexa Davies and rising star Isabella Inchbald as our eponymous heroine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More of a Radio Drama than an audiobook

  • By Cyberlucy on 09-11-18

Gadzooks! Hyperbole of the highest order!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

I have not read or listened to hardly any of Jane Austen‘s works in my life. I am not readily familiar with the social orders and mores of the time period in which she wrote and/or wrote about.

So, this story of Emma was for me a fascinating, quirky, amusing portrait of society. I’m amused by what busybodies everyone is, and how obsessively concerned with and constantly assessing of one another’s temperament and social status. How exhausting!

I’m also amused by the extravagant lengths the characters go to in order to express themselves. Nothing is ever “good” or “bad”, but rather either the most splendiferous joy to ever enter their hearts, or the singularly wretched and astonishing circumstance ever witnessed! There is hardly a middle ground. A fun exploration of language, overall, which, while verbose, is quite accessible and very clear in meaning.

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  • With Blood upon the Sand

  • By: Bradley P. Beaulieu
  • Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
  • Length: 30 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Çeda, now a Blade Maiden in service to the kings of Sharakhai, trains as one of their elite warriors, gleaning secrets even as they send her on covert missions to further their rule. She knows the dark history of the asirim - that hundreds of years ago they were enslaved to the kings against their will - but when she bonds with them as a Maiden, chaining them to her, she feels their pain as if her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful addition to the story!

  • By superstardrifter on 10-09-17

Excellent performance of a dauntingly long book

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

Ms Coombs’ performance of the book is amazing. Her voice and pace are pleasant and her ability to keep distinct character voices consistent is awesome.

The tale itself is great...plenty of intrigue and unique/subtle magics. Peril is realistically felt, even the erotic parts are tasty.

But the sheer size of it!! Epic doesn’t even seem large enough a word. It’s daunting to begin, and at certain times did feel like a chore to continue.

  • The Paper Magician

  • By: Charlie N. Holmberg
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,008
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,641
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,630

Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she's bonded to paper, that will be her only magic... forever. Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Valley girl reads book on faux British accent

  • By James and co. on 06-23-15

Slow to start, incongruous

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

The first bit is slow, though it contains some information that’s necessary later. Intriguing world, though the MC is hard for me to like.

My biggest turn-off by far is the English accents/setting paired with Imperial measurements like feet and miles! WHAAAAA??

  • The Shining

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,424

Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE FOG OF ANGER

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 06-08-16

Terrifying descent into madness, not a gore-streaked shocker

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

The strength of this story — besides the mastery of language — is that it doesn’t rely on blood and guts to be terrifying. Ifs a psychological study, and a descent into madness take that’s so diabolically slow that it’s believable. By the time madness comes, we can sympathize with the tragic characters rather than writing them off as inherently or inexplicably evil for evil’s sake, which is a weakness of many terror/horror stories.

This is a masterful work of suspense and terror and heroism and magic and evil and madness and desperation.

The narration is superb as well. Slight accents keep characters distinct and consistent. The pacing is excellent. Strong language is delivered with the shocking, grating, desperate madness that it’s meant to have. *earbuds!!*

  • Destiny of the Republic

  • A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
  • By: Candice Millard
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,982
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,975

James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard

  • By Mel on 02-08-12

An Incredible (True) Tale, Masterfully Told

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Not only is it ridiculous and amazing that this series of events happened at all, with this particular cast of characters, but that Ms. Millard was able to skillfully select the correct threads of story with which to weave a tale that is by turns inspiring, shocking, funny, heart-wrenching, and full of intrigue.

Mr. Michael’s narration brings the past to brilliant life. His pace is even, his words clear. His accents and inflections are the perfect amount of variety and flavor.

I am grateful for and in awe of the story and the storytellers.

  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,243
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,674

With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Part of Saturday

  • By George Knight on 12-16-14

Heartbreaking & beautiful

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

A twisted and heart-rending tale, made worse by its utter trueness. This is gorgeously narrated and masterfully constructed. I feel closer to the author and resonate with many of the themes presented. Tears were shed.