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  • Still Alice

  • By: Lisa Genova
  • Narrated by: Lisa Genova
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,765
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,831
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,833

Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very poor narrator, I returned it

  • By Laura on 01-26-14

I found this audio book mesmerizing.

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

I was moved by the intelligence and the compassion in this audio book. I found the narration compatible with the narrative and recommend this audiobook. I have not read the book nor seen the movie but cannot imagine a better version of this novel than the audio version.

  • Greyhound

  • By: Steffan Piper
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,228

Sebastien Ranes’s single mom and her feckless boyfriend can’t be bothered to take care of a stuttering 12-year-old. Banished to live with his grandmother on the far side of the country, the boy can barely understand a bus schedule when he gets dumped at the Greyhound station in Stockton, California. Given $35 and a one-way ticket to Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sebastien must cross the country - alone, without a clue how to fend for himself. Filled with youthful anger and naïveté, Sebastien heads out into the "Morning in America" of Ronald Reagan’s 1980s.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Warm Story of Fragility and Friendship

  • By Gillian on 06-29-16

Loved this audio book and had to write a review

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

I generally get audio books of books I had previously read. For some reason I went directly to the Audible offer on Greyhound and am so glad I did. The book is moving, absorbing and brilliant. The audio rendition does it full justice. Nick Podehl does an excellent job recreating both the main characters, a young boy and a black man, so distinctly I forgot they were being protrayed by one actor. Each of the minor characters comes alive, but the recreation of Marcus has such warmth and humanity, and the boy Sebastian is so vulnerable and still hopeful I think Podehl's performance exceeds expectations. I recommend this book in either format, and am actually getting the paperback version to give to others.

  • Dragon Actually

  • Dragon Kin Series, Book 1
  • By: G. A. Aiken
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487

It's not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear-a lot-or else salute. It's true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother's soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man - the way she can talk to Fearghus the Destroyer. Too bad that Fearghus is a dragon, of the large, scaly, and deadly type.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I love the story, but...

  • By Margaret on 12-26-16

The wrong narrator for this book

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

Hollie Jackson has a calm, professional tone which would work very well with a serious, non fiction book. However Dragon Actually is funny, a bit over the top, with appealing and exaggerated characters. We lose the warmth and the fun in this audio version. Annwyl, the heroine is distinguished by her volcanic angers which leads her to destroy armies while in a rage, contrasting with her forthright innocence in social situations. Ms Jackson has her sounding like a vapid Regency romance heroine. Fergus, the dragon, is, in turn, wry, bemused, seductive, dangerous and arrogant. We get none of their tension and attraction in the audio version. I am extremely disappointed because these books are favorites of mine and I have been waiting for the audio version to be recorded and released.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lover Avenged

  • A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 23 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,714

J. R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood novels have introduced readers to a "different, creative, dark, violent, and flat-out amazing" ( All About Romance) world. Now, as the vampire warriors defend their race against their slayers, one male's loyalty to the Brotherhood will be tested - and his dangerous mixed blood revealed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorites so far!

  • By CindiL on 12-21-09

Addictive

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

Reviewed: 04-28-14

I love the series and each Audible book lets me enjoy the novels through listening as well as reading. I have the books in paperback and on my iPod as well. Jim Frangione is perfect as the narrator. These books are fun and exciting and if you like paranormal, profane, tough guys in your love stories you can't beat the Black Dagger series. Just start at the beginning because the stories evolve.

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  • Watership Down

  • By: Richard Adams
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,789
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,812

Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still one of the best!

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-05-10

A masterpiece well told

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

Reviewed: 04-28-14

I read this book over twenty years ago and loved it. When I got the Audible book I was concerned it would disappoint. It is as glorious a story as ever and the narrator does a perfect job of presenting each character and never getting in the way of the story or the extraordinary writing. Well worth listening to, again and again.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Archangel's Storm

  • Guild Hunter, Book 5
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,260

With wings of midnight and an affinity for shadows, Jason courts darkness. But now, with the Archangel Neha's consort lying murdered in the jewel-studded palace that was his prison and her rage threatening cataclysmic devastation, Jason steps into the light, knowing he must unearth the murderer before it is too late. Earning Neha's trust comes at a price - Jason must tie himself to her bloodline through the Princess Mahiya, a woman with secrets so dangerous, she trusts no one. Least of all an enemy spymaster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By Oli on 09-17-12

Equally as entertaining as reading the book.

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

Reviewed: 02-19-13

I had read this book and while I enjoy all the Archangel novels this was my least favourite. Neither character seemed that compelling. However listening to the audio version I changed my mind. I appreciated the weaving of the Dimitri story with Jason's and I found the female character much more interesting in this version. I enjoyed it and will listen to it again.

  • Lair of the Lion

  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

Rumor said the powerful Nicolai DeMarco could command the heavens, that the beasts below did his bidding... and that he was doomed to destroy the woman he took as wife. It was whispered he was not wholly human - as untamed as his tawny mane and slashing amber eyes. Impoverished aristocrat Isabella Vernaducci would defy death itself to rescue her imprisoned brother. She’d even brave the haunted, accursed lair of the lion - the menacing palace of legendary, lethal Don Nicolai DeMarco.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Strong hero, no way a wimp is more like it.

  • By Pat on 04-29-12

Narration is annoying.

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

Reviewed: 12-07-12

This book is a bodice ripper. I have every book Christine Feehan has written and forgive her her purple prose because she writes such a terrific story. Lair of the Lion is a perfect example, I loved it the first time I read it, which is why I bought it on Audible. But the narrator is so annoying it destroys the fun. Abby Cradens diction is impeccable but she has this very irritating habit of putting the emphasis on the last word in each SENTENCE. Does not matter if the final word is critical or NOT. She always raises her voice each time she hits the final word in every SENTENCE. After awhile this is grates like finger nails on a BLACKBOARD. It begins to drive you CRAZY. Chinese water torture has nothing on her Bloomsbury Valley Girl STYLE. Fortunately Abby Craden is not used for the Dark SERIES. I will avoid her in the FUTURE.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Darkfever

  • Fever, Book 1
  • By: Karen Marie Moning
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,111
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,943
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,947

MacKayla Lane's life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she's your perfectly ordinary 21st-century woman. Or so she thinks...until something extraordinary happens.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Stick with it!

  • By Dana on 01-27-11

Addictive series

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

Reviewed: 11-19-12

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I loved this series on my Kindle and enjoy it just as much on my iPod. I did find myself laughing out loud at the arguments between Barrone and Mac because they are so human and in a story where humans are not the main event, they are refreshing and well done.

Any additional comments?

If you purchase any one of the Fever series you should buy them all since they are really only chapters in a longer novel. Individually they have no resolution but they build to a very exciting conclusion. The first three are voiced by Joyce Bean who does a great job of sounding like a young,pretty, slightly spoiled, southern princess. She is less successful with the very critical character of Jericho Barrone, who sounds like a grumpy leprechaun. The last two books change narrators and tone which is an improvement. But Bean is perfectly fine in the earlier books when Mac is still somewhat naive. However all her male characters tend to sound much the same.

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32,132
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27,251
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,884

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Laughed so hard, I nearly coughed up a lung!!

  • By Private. on 08-02-12

Production values seemed lacking

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

Reviewed: 10-29-12

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoyed the books but the audio version sounded amateurish. The narrator was likely selected because she sounded young, and that makes sense, because the heroine starts out as a college aged, innocent and unsophisticated girl. But, Christian, the hero, is anything but innocent. He is powerful and very rich businessman, under rigid control, very confident and privately tormented by his past. This does not come across at all. The sexual tension, the slow buildup of emotion, the growing trust all have a single value in this version of the book. I was disappointed and will not buy the rest of the series in an audio format.

  • The Neon Rain

  • A Dave Robicheaux Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,794
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,784

New York Times best-selling author James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels began with this first hard-hitting entry in the series. In The Neon Rain, Detective Robicheaux fishes a prostitute's corpse from a New Orleans bayou and finds that no one, not even the law, cares about a dead hooker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The perfect combination of author and narrator

  • By S. Sand on 09-23-09

Gripping story and masterful use of language.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-24-11

The Neon Rain is the first audiobook I have listened to without having read the book first. I was completely caught up and fascinated by the story and the rich, almost operatic imagery James Lee Burke lays down to create the moods and colours of New Orleans at the end of the 20th century.
The narrator, Will Patton, delivers the work impeccably. The combination works flawlessly.
I am sure the book will be as gripping and dark on the page but listening to the story being read to me while lying in a darkened room was an intimate and often harrowing experience, redeemed by the basic decency of the main character and the talents of both artists.