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  • Righteous

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,969
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,960

For 10 years something has gnawed at Isaiah Quintabe's gut and kept him up nights, boiling with anger and thoughts of revenge. Ten years ago, when Isaiah was just a boy, his brother was killed by an unknown assailant. The search for the killer sent Isaiah plunging into despair and nearly destroyed his life. Even with a flourishing career, a new dog, and near-iconic status as a PI in his hometown, East Long Beach, he has to begin the hunt again - or lose his mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joe Ide can write!

  • By 6catz on 10-20-17

Brilliant Sequel

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

The IQ series is one of the best I've listened. This second book takes IQ back to explore his brother's murder. The story expands on the fascinating and complex character and the narration is perfection.

  • Brat Farrar

  • By: Josephine Tey
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,280
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,275

A stranger enters the inner sanctum of the Ashby family posing as Patrick Ashby, the heir to the family’s sizeable fortune. The stranger, Brat Farrar, has been carefully coached on Patrick’s mannerisms, appearance and every significant detail of Patrick’s early life, up to his 13th year when he disappeared and was thought to have drowned himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great all around

  • By Catherine on 10-23-11

Classic

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

Reviewed: 06-13-17

I read this book years ago and loved it. This book is a mystery in the vein of Patricia Highsmith. It has a plot that slowly shifts and reveals. The narration is superb and makes the book even better. One of my favorites.

  • The Dead Zone

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,995

Johnny Smith awakens from a five-year coma after his car accident and discovers that he can see people's futures and pasts when he touches them. Many consider his talent a gift; Johnny feels cursed. His fiancée married another man during his coma, and people clamor for him to solve their problems. When Johnny has a disturbing vision after he shakes the hand of an ambitious and amoral politician, he must decide if he should take drastic action to change the future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Listen!

  • By karinzart on 04-29-17

Even scarier now!

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

I read the book years ago, listened to an earlier audio book and now listened again. It is a really good book but now I realize Stephen King channeled this book just like Johnny. The book is about a man who has two brain injuries, lapses into a comma and comes out seeing flashes of the future. Very well written with great characters that you come to care about. The evil is very real and believable. Listening to it now is truly terrifying. I don't want to give away any of the plot twists but HOLY COW, we are living the Dead Zone.

James Franco did a very good job reading. It wasn't my favorite reading ever but I've found that the books read by movie stars sometimes aren't as good as the best full time readers. I think they don't have the years of experience of delivering a story with no visual clues. Still, listen to this book. It's like watching the evening news!

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  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Thandie Newton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,632
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,224

Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-21-16

So wonderful! It's like a new book.

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books. I have read it multiple times and have listened to the masterful narration of Juliet Stephenson. This reading, however is a revelation. Thandie Newton has me enthralled, like it is a new story! Her voices and inflections are superb. I cannot recommend this enough. I hope she has read other books. I'd listen to anything by her.

  • Julian Fellowes's Belgravia, Episode 1

  • Dancing into Battle
  • By: Julian Fellowes
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

On the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, two families meet at the duchess of Richmond's ball. From this moment on, their stories will be linked by a secret. Julian Fellowes's Belgravia is a story in 11 episodes published week by week in the tradition of Charles Dickens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Serial Which Delivers Plenty

  • By Ilana on 04-22-16

Heaven

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

Reviewed: 04-15-16

I love this book. It is, so far, a period piece starring a family of merchants thrown into the upper class by the Napoleonic war. It brings to mind a cross between Jane Austin and Patrick O'Brian. We'll see where it goes but I am happily along for the ride. Plus, the narration is by Juliet Stephenson who is one of my all time favorites. She is an outstanding actress and she brings that knowledge to the books she reads to bring the characters to life. I love everyone of the books she has read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The House at Sea's End

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 565

A team of archaeologists, investigating coastal erosion on the north Norfolk coast, unearth six bodies buried at the foot of a cliff. How long have they been there? What could have happened to them? Forensics expert Ruth Galloway and DCI Nelson are drawn together again to unravel the past. Tests reveal that the bodies have lain, preserved in the sand, for sixty years. The mystery of their deaths stretches back to the Second World War, a time when Great Britain was threatened by invasion.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Shaky Series Installment

  • By Sara on 01-02-15

Wonderful Series

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

Reviewed: 08-04-15

I read the first 3 books in this series a few years back. I decided to listen to them again, in order. They are even more enjoyable as audio books. The characters are really well drawn and fleshed out. The plots are not predictable and the back stories are engaging. The reader is fantastic! I am really enjoying this series and am looking forward to the next book that I haven't read.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Strange Highways

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,622
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,458
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,462

Joey Shannon, an alcoholic whose life has been going nowhere for 20 years, returns to his hometown for the funeral of his father. As he leaves town, he gets a mysterious second chance to relive the night in 1975 when his life began its downward spiral: to both literally and figuratively take the road that he didn't originally take. On this road he is supremely tested by conflict with his successful and charismatic older brother P.J., by conflict between his cynicism and his lost faith, and by conflict between the ultimate good and evil.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing Without The Short Stories

  • By Alicia K. Russell on 03-19-14

Ugh, trite Catholic horror

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

Reviewed: 10-27-14

This book is shallow and preachy. Not my favorite combo. By the first third of the book I knew where the story was going. Nothing surprised me. Maybe if you want your Catholic dogma through a poorly written horror story this might appeal. Glad I got it as a daily deal. I did listen to the end.

  • The Old Curiosity Shop

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Flo Gibson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

Little Nell and her grandfather are forced to leave their curiosity shop and live as beggars. Peopled with such unforgettable characters as Daniel Quilp, Dick Swiveller, Thomas Codlin, Kit Nubbles, and Sampson and Sarah Brass, this Dickens classic is a real tearjerker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A sentimental charmer

  • By Robin on 06-13-13

A sentimental charmer

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

Reviewed: 06-13-13

This is not my favorite Dickens novel, but the superb reading by Flo Gibson brings the book to life. The books stars sweet Little Nell and her slightly addled Grandfather. They are thrown out of home through some evil actions and wander the back roads of Victorian England fleeing from danger. This book lacks the depth of character of the later books and Nell's sweetness is somewhat cloying. Even with these short comings it is a great book. Dickens takes us through the social structure of the times and shows us country life and the grim cities of the Industrial Revolution. I am struck how many of the same issues of poverty and homelessness resonate with today. The themes of greed and avarice are the same now as then.

Flo Gibson was a true master reader. Her deep voice takes a little while to get used to but her understanding of he work is a marvel. She conveys the meanings of the text with her phrasing and inflections. This was the only Dickens novel I never finished reading. It just never caught me. This reading had me hooked.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Inferno

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23,138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,817
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20,891

Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last 36 hours, including how he got there...or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings. Langdon's world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping, compelling

  • By Happy Woman on 09-15-16

Tons of fun!

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

Reviewed: 05-17-13

This book takes off like a rocket and never slows down. Sure, this is made on the same formula as the other books- Robert Langdon must travel from location to location using his vast knowledge to puzzle out clues to the hidden secret and avoid murderous bad guys along the way. This book has more twists than the previous books, great arcane facts and glorious settings. I've been to one of the cities and I felt like I was standing there next to Robert. The book is pure escapism of the top level. It may not be War and Peace but I never expected that. Instead it is a 150 and mph romp with some really thought provoking ideas. Loved it!!!!

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Minnie Goode
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,586
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,257

This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good post-apocalyptic/dystopian novel!

  • By Wayne on 01-01-18

Pretty good story RUINED by reader

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

Reviewed: 04-04-13

I have nearly 500 books in my Audible library. This one wins the award for the worst narration. Horrible voices and she feels the need to use the awful voice even when the character is simply thinking. She pops in and out of accents within a sentence. I would NEVER EVER listen to her again.

That said, the book is pretty good, not great, but enjoyable. There are some intriguing concepts. I bought it for Kindle and gave up on listening midway through. Do your self a favor and read, not listen.