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  • The Harder They Come

  • A Novel
  • By: T.C. Boyle
  • Narrated by: Graham Hamilton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 756
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 679
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 683

Set in contemporary Northern California, The Harder They Come explores the volatile connections between three damaged people - an aging ex-marine and Vietnam veteran, his psychologically unstable son, and the son's paranoid, much older lover - as they careen toward an explosive confrontation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intense, gripping, absorbing

  • By Bonny on 04-10-15

Not vintage Boyle

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

This book went back. Boyle got too wrapped up in creepy dark for me, with little of his comic relief. And to what end? Seeing none in sigh, I bailed after two chapters, grateful to Audible for their merciful return policy.

  • Magpie Murders

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond, Allan Corduner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,767
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,740

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best-selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A British Whodunit

  • By Sara on 07-24-17

Sneaky fun

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

I am recommending this to all my friends. Truly unique twists and turns, with exceptional narration.

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  • Hard Choices

  • By: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Chalfant, Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Length: 26 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,271
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,111

Hillary Rodham Clinton's inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America's 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future. In the aftermath of her 2008 presidential run, she expected to return to representing New York in the United States Senate. To her surprise, her former rival for the Democratic Party nomination, newly elected President Barack Obama, asked her to serve in his administration as Secretary of State. This memoir is the story of the four extraordinary and historic years that followed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Senior Stateswoman in need of Editor

  • By Cynthia on 07-20-14

Editor!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-16

Too long. Too won't. I read this to help me vote for her. I did. The end. I hope!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • An Anthropologist on Mars

  • Seven Paradoxical Tales
  • By: Oliver Sacks
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846

To these seven narratives of neurological disorder Dr. Sacks brings the same humanity, poetic observation, and infectious sense of wonder that are apparent in his bestsellers Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. These men, women, and one extraordinary child emerge as brilliantly adaptive personalities, whose conditions have not so much debilitated them as ushered them into another reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SACKS IS AN ABSOLUTE JOY !!

  • By Jeff on 09-22-13

Too Much Information

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-16

Even so talented a writer as Dr. Sachs needs an equally talented editor. The individual case histories are truly interesting. However, the piling on and up of scientific minutiae is tedious. It detracts from the story. In fact, I gave up midway through the third story, feeling a scream coming on much as when trapped in a boring college lecture.
This book is not one of Sachs' best and I will not recommend it.

  • The Jungle

  • By: Upton Sinclair
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419

Few books have so affected radical social changes as The Jungle, first published serially in 1906. Exposing unsanitary conditions in the meat-packing industry in Chicago, Sinclair's novel gripped Americans by the stomach, contributing to the passage of the first Food and Drug Act. If you’ve never read this classic novel, don't be put off by its gruesome reputation. Upton Sinclair was a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who could turn even an exposé into a tender and moving novel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Life in the stock yards of Chicago in late 1800s

  • By Cheryl on 12-17-15

Howard Zinn, Move Over

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-24-16

As stunning as Zinn's "People's History of the United States" is, this book surpasses in writing the struggle of America's immigrant workers on the reader's heart and soul. It is a book that I am buying for my grandchildren. Truth, however troubling, is the only path to freedom. And isn't that what we all want for ourselves and our offspring?
The narration is powerful, never cloying or detracting from story.
Choosing this book was one of the best things I've done for myself this year.

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  • H Is for Hawk

  • By: Helen Macdonald
  • Narrated by: Helen Macdonald
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,063
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,781
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,772

When Helen MacDonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer captivated by hawks since childhood, she'd never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators: the goshawk. But in her grief, she saw that the goshawk's fierce and feral anger mirrored her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mabel The Hawk--The Fire That Burned The Hurts Away

  • By Sara on 04-09-15

Loved every second

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-16

I first read the hard copy of this. Then, as I wanted to hear the author in person speak her words, I bought the Audible version. As a writer myself, I am quite envious of her talent. And as a keeper of flightless domestic fowl, delighted in getting to know a wild one. Once I came upon a goshawk devouring one of my chickens. She was so magnificent a sight, just as Helen described, I didn't begrudge her her catch but took dozens of photos of her before she flew off. I also found great help in my own grief journey of late in Helen's words about her father. And am eternally grateful to be introduced to Mr. White. Next book, The Once and Future King. This book and recording is magical.

  • Maude

  • By: Donna Mabry
  • Narrated by: Shana Gagnon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,516
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,355

In 1906 I was barely over 14 years old, and it was my wedding day. My older sister, Helen, came to my room, took me by the hand, and sat me down on the bed. She said, "You've always been a good girl, Maude, and done what I told you. Now you're going to be a married woman, and he will be the head of the house. When you go home tonight after your party, no matter what he wants to do to you, you have to let him do it. Do you understand?"

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A tough women with a tough life, yet very enlightening.

  • By JH on 04-17-16

Why the flat affect?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-16

Good book but hard to listen as the narrator's tone was so flat, passionless. I wondered throughout why this tone was her choice.. The editors' choice. Regional dialect? I agree that the tone put me off. The story kept my interest and the character was irresistible.

  • Enduring Love

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 156

On a sunny afternoon, the middle-aged writer Joe Rose and his wife look up from their picnic in the countryside to see an elderly man desperately trying to anchor his giant helium balloon. Running to help, Joe is joined by other bystanders. But from that fateful day, one of them, Jed Parry, will begin to stalk Joe. Driven by religious zeal and misdirected love, the strange young man will slowly unravel each strand of Joe's life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thriller of the minds and relationships

  • By EVERETT on 12-28-04

nine hours of pure fascination

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-16

Knowing the author's close friendship with Christopher Hitchens added a grace note of humor to this otherwise dark marvel. I laughed, winced, and went without needed sleep as the characters lurched toward their destinies. The narration was spot on with uncanny and lightning switches between characters, both male and female. At the end,I felt both more and less sane for having ridden the roller coaster thoughts of Joe and Jed. The antidote may well be another McEwen book.

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