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  • Lisey's Story

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Mare Winningham
  • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,945
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,948

Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a 25-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, best-selling novelist, and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and "bools". Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went, a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive, or give him the ideas he needed in order to live.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's a love story--it's a horror story--it's both

  • By Lesley on 01-30-07

One of his best

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

Reviewed: 07-15-19

Quite possibly Stephen King’s best book. Beautiful writing and not a single dull moment. And Mare Winningham is great!

  • Even Tree Nymphs Get the Blues

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,333
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,313

A hilarious new standalone novella brimming with otherworldly charm from the reigning queen of paranormal romantic comedy Molly Harper! Ingrid Asher is the newest resident of Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where shapeshifters, vampires, witches and dragons live alongside humans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious and Cute!

  • By Britt Franks on 06-03-19

Sookie-lite

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

Reviewed: 07-03-19

It’s a watered down version of the Sookie-verse. But I did laugh here and there which is always good. It was a free original and seems like just an introduction to a series. The genre has run its course for me and has been done better so I won’t read the series. That said, for those who want something light and silly it couldn’t hurt to give it its day in court.

  • Watchers

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,639
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,044
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,016

On his thirty-sixth birthday, Travis Cornell hikes into the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. But his path is soon blocked by a bedraggled Golden Retriever who will let him go no further into the dark woods. That morning, Travis had been desperate to find some happiness in his lonely, seemingly cursed life. What he finds is a dog of alarming intelligence that soon leads him into a relentless storm of mankind’s darkest creation....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunning masterpiece that leaves you with hope.

  • By Anonymous User on 08-31-18

I hate too...

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

Reviewed: 06-28-19

Put down such a beloved book but I found it a bit saccharine for my tastes... characters too nice, too idealistic, too innocent to be interesting. I enjoyed it and listened all the way through and can recommend it as a good read but with a little less enthusiasm as other reviewers.

  • Alien III

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Tom Alexander, Barbara Barnes, Michael Biehn, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,688
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,647

Father of cyberpunk William Gibson’s original script for Alien III, written in 1987 as a sequel to Aliens, never made it to our screens, although it went on to achieve cult status among fans as the third instalment that might have been after being leaked online. This terrifying, cinematic multicast dramatisation - directed by the multi-award-winning Dirk Maggs - is the chance to experience William Gibson’s untold story and its terrifying, claustrophobic and dark encounters between humans and aliens, as a completely immersive audio experience.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Space opera shoot-em-up disappointment.

  • By Michael Lowery on 07-01-19

Unlistenable

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

Reviewed: 06-15-19

Maybe there’s a reason this wasn’t made into a movie? But I gave it a shot because it was free. All I can say is I couldn’t finish it. It’s overdramatized, cringeworthy. I’m almost ready to give up on the free originals... mostly they have been disappointing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Under the Big Black Sun

  • A Personal History of L.A. Punk
  • By: John Doe, Tom Desavia
  • Narrated by: Exene Cervenka, Henry Rollins, full cast
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467

Under the Big Black Sun explores the nascent Los Angeles punk rock movement and its evolution to hardcore punk as it's never been told before. Authors John Doe and Tom DeSavia have woven together an enthralling story of the legendary West Coast scene from 1977 to 1982 by enlisting the voices of people who were there. The book shares chapter-length tales from the authors along with personal essays from famous (and infamous) players in the scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A love song to the early punk days in LA.

  • By Brenda on 07-09-16

I'm glad I wasn't there

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

Reviewed: 06-07-19

I know this was intended to capture the spirit of a special time and place in history and that indefinable thing that happens when young people create a movement that changes everything. But it just made me sad to recall all the tragically maladjusted and mentally ill individuals who littered the subculture, how it degenerated from intense creativity to heroin culture. So many kids died it makes me sick to think about how I glamorized the LA scene when I was a kid in Portland. While I still love so many of those bands, I'm glad I wasn't there.

  • Trinity

  • By: Leon Uris
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 34 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

From the acclaimed author who enthralled the world with Exodus, Battle Cry, QB VII, Topaz, and other beloved classics of twentieth-century fiction comes a sweeping and powerful epic adventure that captures the "terrible beauty" of Ireland during its long and bloody struggle for freedom. It is the electrifying story of an idealistic young Catholic rebel and the valiant and beautiful Protestant girl who defied her heritage to join his cause. It is a tale of love and danger, of triumph at an unthinkable cost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally!!

  • By arussellga on 04-16-18

great book, mediocre narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-05-19

There’s a lot of exposition and historical background woven into the story which I’ve enjoyed reading in print but found dull and clumsy in the audiobook. I think because the narration is stilted at times and lacking emphasis in the right places it saps some of the emotional power. Still worth a listen if you don’t have time to sit down with the book.

  • More Bedtime Stories for Cynics

  • By: Kirsten Kearse, Gretchen Enders, Aparna Nancherla, and others
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, Patrick Stewart, Alia Shawkat, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,481
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10,467

Make sure the kids aren’t around! Just because you’re a grown-up doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the art of the children’s bedtime story. Nick Offerman presents this collection of 12 short stories written in the style of a classic kids' tale, but with a decidedly dark and adult approach. What really happened after Snow White died, from the perspective of the one medically trained dwarf? A naive wizard professor reports back from the trenches of an underprivileged school of magic. And much more!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Probably not for everyone

  • By Katie on 05-03-19

Stupid

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

Reviewed: 05-07-19

Stopped listening after two stories. Didn’t laugh once although Alia Shawkat has a great voice.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Wild Heart of Stevie Nicks

  • By: Rob Sheffield
  • Narrated by: Rob Sheffield
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,227
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,825
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,818

Grab your lace shawl and top hat and get ready to twirl—this is a full-throttle appreciation of the life and voice of Stevie Nicks from one of rock criticism’s most celebrated writers.   

Best-selling author and Rolling Stone columnist Rob Sheffield explores the music and artistry of the rock goddess who has kept generations of music lovers totally bewitched and spellbound, with such classic rock hits as "Rhiannon" and "Gypsy".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • As much Fleetwood Mac as Stevie

  • By Michael W. Travis on 05-05-19

Reads like fan mail

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

Reviewed: 05-07-19

Didn’t finish. Story is dull and narrator’s voice is annoying. Maybe better read than listened to if you’re really into Stevie Nicks or Fleetwood Mac. Cool thing is the reminder of how good Rumors is... gonna have to sit down and listen to that record again.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,377

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

Almost Amazing

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

Reviewed: 04-23-19

I don't think this book lives up to the hype. The ending is a little disappointing... I guess I wanted to be startled or shocked somehow but it's just more of same for the characters. And the story in general is pessimistic... the characters are flat and almost every one is a bad person--not just flawed but shallow, self absorbed and frequently psychotic--so if you're the kind of reader who wants a good guy to root for you won't find one here. The narration is generally good except that the timber of the male narrators voice is irritating and took some time to get used to.

With that said it was entertaining, I liked the layout, going back and forth from Nick's point of view to Amy's (and especially her diary entries). The plot is very solid with some good twists and surprises.

  • Wishes and Wellingtons

  • By: Julie Berry
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,744

Maeve Merritt chafes at the rigid rules at her London boarding school for “Upright Young Ladies.” When punishment forces her to sort through the trash, she finds a sardine tin that houses a foul-tempered djinni with no intention of submitting to a schoolgirl as his master. Soon an orphan boy from the charitable home next door, a mysterious tall man in ginger whiskers, a disgruntled school worker, and a take-no-prisoners business tycoon are in hot pursuit of Maeve and her magical discovery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I didn’t want it to end

  • By Julia on 10-05-18

Just plain fun

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

Reviewed: 03-28-19

I got this as a free Original and it's really the only good free book so far. The writing is good, the story is fun, the narrator is great. It's a kids book but since it was free I gave it a shot and was pleasantly surprised.