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  • The Library Book

  • By: Susan Orlean
  • Narrated by: Susan Orlean
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 965
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 885

On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual false alarm. As one fireman recounted later, “Once that first stack got going, it was good-bye, Charlie.” The fire was disastrous: It reached 2,000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn’t take the narration!

  • By Cliente de Kindle on 01-05-19

Enjoyed info but could have been better

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

I listen to all audible books at 1.25x speed because everyone reads too slow. However, this book I listened to at 1.5x. I think a professional narrator rather than the author might has made this a better listen.

I did enjoy many of the facts about libraries and books. I think this topic would be difficult to write about and it flowed better than expected. Many people probably would not make it through this book. The fact that she reads a list of books, authors and titles with the Dewey Decimal number. This was excruciating. I would skip ahead and back if it went too far. If actually reading a real book one could skip this page. B+ for effort though.

  • Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,022
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,012

Georgie, or Lady Georgiana Rannoch, is busy planning her upcoming nuptials to Darcy O'Mara. Unfortunately, what has started as a simple wedding has become quite a royal headache and grand affair, thanks to a guest list that includes the queen and the appointment of princesses as Georgie's bridesmaids. “If only Darcy and I had eloped!” she thinks, as she attempts to organize her wedding and find a place for her and her husband-to-be to live. Just as she despairs of ever finding a home, her godfather offers his fully staffed country estate. But something sinister is afoot....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall I loved it!

  • By Dylan on 08-13-18

New narrator should change character personalities

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

Should the new narrator have listen to previous books to ensure the proper nouns such as names and places be pronounced the same as the past 11 books. Additionally, I didn’t like trying to figure out the characters again since their personalities seem to be completely different.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Crowned and Dangerous

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,664
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,368

Nothing is simple when you're 35th in line for the British crown, least of all marriage. But with love on their side and plans to elope, Lady Georgiana Rannoch and her beau, Darcy O'Mara, hope to bypass a few royal rules....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I always adore Lady Georgiana

  • By Dylan on 03-28-17

Finally getting somewhere

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

The relationship between Darcy and Georgiana is finally getting somewhere and Queeny is becoming less bothersome. Yeah! I like this story and Katherine does a fabulous job narrating as always.

  • Killing England

  • The Brutal Struggle for American Independence
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,364
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,339

The breathtaking latest installment in Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's mega-best-selling Killing series transports listeners to the most important era in our nation's history, the Revolutionary War. Told through the eyes of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Great Britain's King George III, Killing England chronicles the path to independence in gripping detail, taking the listener from the battlefields of America to the royal courts of Europe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You Must Read This Book

  • By Susie Davis on 10-22-17

Too tactical for me

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

While I'm glad I listen to this book and did learn some things I don't know that I learned anything of great significance. I have enjoyed more the other 6 books I have listen to by O'Reilly in the killing series.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

  • And Other Lessons from the Crematory
  • By: Caitlin Doughty
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Doughty
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,341

Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty - a 20-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre - took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. With an original voice that combines fearless curiosity and mordant wit, Caitlin tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters, gallows humor, and vivid characters (both living and very dead).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ms. Frizzle Takes the School Bus to a Morgue

  • By Ren on 06-02-16

If you want to know...

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

Reviewed: 07-06-17

Do not read this book if you do not REALLY want to know about the deceased and how bodies are cared for. I have been married to a mortician for the past 15 years. He has been in the death care industry for 26+ years. The authors descriptions are accurate although you may not really want to hear them if you just have a passing curiosity. I found her history of the death also factual and interesting. I don't agree with all of the authors opinions about caring for the dead but it is okay. I do agree in that I wish death was not a topic one is to be careful of discussing or even a passing mention. I don't get why people think saying, "he died", is so harsh but "he passed away" is okay. Give me a break.

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,610
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,954
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,876

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Reprieve Amidst Ugly News, Relentless Negativity

  • By Cathy Lindhorst on 08-27-17

Impeccable

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

Reviewed: 06-21-17

What a lovely book. I thoroughly enjoyed the reading. While there was no major action it held all of my interest completely. Since the entire 5 volumes takes place in one hotel the ability of the writer to be engaging is impressive.