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  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,620
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,835

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely fine? No... Completely AWESOME

  • By Janna on 07-15-17

Breathtakingly Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

This is one of the best novels of the 21st Century. Eleanor Oliphant is an enigma from the first page. Childlike, she is able to hold down a job while drinking copious amounts of vodka. Socially inept without seeming to realize it, she lives alone and friendless.

Two events change her life: She develops an adolescent crush on a rock singer and she, along with her co-worker, Raymond, witness an older man, Sammy, having a heart attack on a sidewalk. Raymond rushes to assist while Eleanor simply follows his instructions. Assuming that Eleanor is as concerned as he is, Raymond asks her to come along on a visit to the man in hospital.

This hospital visit is a catalyst for Eleanor to expand her narrow life. Her crush on the singer prompts her to do things which are well known to most females in the developed world - manicures, haircuts, and fashion. These scenes are both hilarious and agonizing as her knowledge of life beyond her lonely apartment and her job as a payroll clerk is so bizarre that those with whom she comes into contact think she's just being funny.

She meets Raymond's family and Sammy's family and finds herself included in family events as alien to her experience as though she had been raised by wolves in Siberia.

Although the reader understands that Eleanor has experienced something horrific in her childhood and that her mother, whom she never sees but does talk with, remains a large and malevolent presence in her.

This story is so compelling, so astonishing. Get it.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

  • By: Al Franken
  • Narrated by: Al Franken
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,854
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,723
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,581

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was reading this when the allegations against Franken came out

  • By Fruitsalad200 on 12-10-17

I Laughed! I Cried! Stupendous! The Best Words!

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

This book helped me to wake, not only from PIS, political induced stupor, but caused me to do something so shocking I almost didn't recognize my voice! Laughter! Remember laughter? It was only a few short months ago when there were things to actually joke about.

If Al Franken, who must confront Ted Cruz on a regular basis, can still laugh, we must all rise to the challenge. A voice of reason in a Senate suffering from PSTS, post traumatic Trump syndrome, Al Franken is enough to make me relocate to Minnesota.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Death in the Stocks: Inspector Hannasyde Series, Book 1

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 237

In the dead of the night, a man is found murdered, locked in the stocks on the village green. Unfortunately for Superintendent Hannasyde, the deceased is Andrew Vereker, a man hated by nearly everyone, especially his odd and unhelpful family members. The Verekers are as eccentric as they are corrupt, and it will take all Hannasyde's skill at detection to determine who's telling the truth, and who is pointing him in the wrong direction. The question is: who in this family is clever enough to get away with murder?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hated it, loved it

  • By Glenda on 01-06-15

Great Classic Mystery

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

Reviewed: 06-02-17

Turn up the narration speed or it's like slogging through molasses. It has dry English wit and compelling characters. M

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Secrets of Wishtide

  • By: Kate Saunders
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,683

Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, aged 52, is the widow of an archdeacon who makes her living as a highly discreet private investigator. Her brother, Frederick Tyson, is a criminal barrister living in nearby Highgate with his wife and 10 children. Frederick finds the cases, and Laetitia solves them using her arch intelligence and her immaculate cover as an unsuspecting widow. When a case arises involving the son of the highly connected Sir James Calderstone, Laetitia sets off for Lincolnshire undercover as the family's new governess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical intrigue-

  • By Shirley on 04-16-17

A Diverting Listen

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this - it's long and not so complicated that it needs rewinding if one becomes distracted. The 'detective' is Laetittia Rodd' a widow whose brother is a defense attorney and he has called on her to discover who might be blackmailing a member of the nobility.

Of course, Letittia is hardly on the case when several people become murder victims and the son of the blackmailed nobleman is accused of the crime. There are a few laughworthy quotes such as when someone uses "blowback" in conversation and there is a scene using a crane which seemed a bit of a stretch for the 1800's.

I listened to this while I was whitewashing a large stone fireplace and didn't miss much as I ran from the house to the garage for paint rags, etc.

What did you like best about this story?

It was like an adult bedtime story. Not complex.

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

No extreme reaction - which is actually what you want if you happen to be driving or engaged in a task with risk.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Marriage Lie

  • By: Kimberly Belle
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,329
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,220
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,222

Iris and Will have been married for seven years, and their marriage is as close to perfect as it can be. But on the morning Will leaves for a business trip to Florida, Iris' happy world comes to an abrupt halt. Another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board, and, according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers. Grief stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding. Why did Will lie about where he was going? What is in Seattle? And what else had he lied about?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • W.....T......F..... Seriously....?!

  • By Wendi on 09-07-17

Possibly Ruined By Narration

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

What did you like best about The Marriage Lie? What did you like least?

The plot lines are there - and perhaps in reading it, this book would seem less disjointed and more compelling. Iris losers her husband in a plane crash - a flight to Seattle when she thought he was heading to a conference in Orlando.

So much of this book, at least in the listening, is taken up with Iris's emotions. She cries, she wails, she vomits, she screams and yells. The author creates drama far too great in situations far to banal.

This is really a cozy mystery attempting to be a thriller - had I not been in the car on a road trip without much opportunity to download something else, I would have abandoned this one after about an hour.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Meh

How could the performance have been better?

This narrator did not have the vocal range necessary for this.

Was The Marriage Lie worth the listening time?

NO!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Franchise Affair

  • By: Josephine Tey
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388

Marion Sharpe and her mother seem an unlikely duo to be found on the wrong side of the law. Quiet and ordinary, they have led a peaceful and unremarkable life at their country home, The Franchise. Unremarkable that is, until the police turn up with a demure young woman on their doorstep.Not only does Betty Kane accuse them of kidnap and abuse, she can back up her claim with a detailed description of the attic room in which she was kept, right down to the crack in its round window.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No way out

  • By Janice on 10-05-17

A Great Novel from A Master

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

Reviewed: 02-25-17

The narrator, Carol Boyd, is fantastic. Josephine Tey is one of the great classic British mystery of manners writers.

In this original and charming story, an eccentric woman and her daughter are accused of kidnapping and abusing a girl they picked up at a bus stop. She arrives home full of bruises and with the clothes on her back.

The girl's story is compelling and, of course, the women swear they've never seen her much less held her prisoner. The plot has some holes as large as the Chunnel but it's still a fun listen made better by a terrific narrator

If she wasn't held captive in the women's attic, where had she been for the month she went missing?

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Brat Farrar

  • By: Josephine Tey
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,224
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,220

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

One of the Great Stories

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

Reviewed: 02-25-17

Read by one of the best narrations ever. If you loved Rebecca, you will love this classic.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dry

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,884

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing dry here!

  • By green ice cream garden on 01-18-17

Pretty Darned Good!

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

Reviewed: 02-14-17

Where does The Dry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Well, it is not War and Peace but it is close to Lee Child.

What did you like best about this story?

This is a mystery set in a grim place in Austrailia. The Dry refers to a severe drought which has affected the town and its residents. Tempers were short and when a grizzly murder/suicide (or maybe not) brings a federal agent to town for a funeral, the fireworks begin.

There were very few characters which made listening easy. The author was clever mixing the past and present and I would definitely like to listen to another of her books.

What about Steven Shanahan’s performance did you like?

Very nice, indeed.

Any additional comments?

If you like mysteries, you'll probably fine this a "good listen."

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Deep Water

  • By: Patricia Highsmith
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

In Deep Water, set in the small town of Little Wesley, Vic and Melinda Meller's loveless marriage is held together only by a precarious arrangement whereby in order to avoid the messiness of divorce, Melinda is allowed to take any number of lovers as long as she does not desert her family. Eventually, Vic tries to win her back by asserting himself through a tall tale of murder - one that soon comes true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Highsmith

  • By Diana on 09-05-16

Too Long and Not Compeeling

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

Reviewed: 01-31-17

This book will put you to sleep - at least it worked for me for several nights.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Moth Catcher

  • A Vera Stanhope Mystery
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489

Life seems perfect in the quiet community of Valley Farm. Then a shocking discovery shatters the silence. The owners of a big country house have employed a house sitter, a young ecologist, to look after the place while they're away. But his dead body is found by the side of the lane - a lonely place to die. When DI Vera Stanhope arrives on the scene, she finds the body of a second man. What the two victims seem to have in common is a fascination with studying moths - and with catching these beautiful, intriguing creatures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much More Than A "Procedural"

  • By Chalis on 10-31-16

Diverting Listening

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

Reviewed: 01-20-17

When two murders, seeming unrelated, occur within a mile of a newly built housing estate, Vera and her team struggle to find a connection.

Just when a thread ties the victims, it appears to lead nowhere. It's the kind of listen with many accents which the narrator pulls off admirably. Just the ticket for a long car ride or background to daily activities.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful