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  • New York Dead

  • Stone Barrington, Book 1
  • By: Stuart Woods
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,005

Everyone is always telling Stone Barrington that he’s too smart to be a cop, but it’s pure luck that places him on the streets in the dead of night, just in time to witness the horrifying incident that turns his life inside out. Suddenly he is on the front page of every New York newspaper and his life is hopelessly entwined in the increasingly shocking life (and perhaps death) of Sasha Nijinsky, the country’s hottest and most beautiful television anchorwoman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good start for the series

  • By Think about this on 10-31-13

Twisty detective story, loved it!

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

New York Dead is the first in the long Stone Barrington series. It presents us with a great mystery and also lays the foundation for Stone's personality and how he interacts with his friend Dino and other characters. It also shows that how he interacts with women and gives some depth to his backstory: Stone graduated from law school but rather than taking the bar exam to be a lawyer, he joined the NYPD.

In this story, Stone witnesses a woman falling from her high-rise apartment. It turns out that she is a famous television personality and as he investigates the high-profile crime, secrets keep coming out and the story becomes more and more twisty and convoluted. At any point in the story, there are a number of characters that could essentially be guilty, but I wasn't 100% sure of the bad guy until the very end. Totally kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through and I listened to the bulk of this audiobook in one day.

I loved the narration by Richard Ferrone and I would totally recommend this audio to other listeners. I will say that some of the words and phrases Stone and his friend Dino use are outdated and quite frankly, sexist. Still the story is compelling and a lot of fun, and I'm definitely continuing with the series.

  • The Bridges of Madison County

  • By: Robert James Waller
  • Narrated by: Kelli O'Hara, Steven Pasquale
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341

The legendary love story and the major motion picture starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. This is the story of Robert Kincaid, the photographer and free spirit searching for the covered bridges of Madison County, and Francesca Johnson, the farm wife waiting for fulfillment of a girlhood dream. It shows readers what it is to love and be loved so intensely that life is never the same again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like a beautiful photograph

  • By David Reinwald on 08-23-15

NOT FOR ME.

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

Reviewed: 03-23-19

The more I think about this story, the more I dislike it. I feel like the author has manipulated his audience into supporting and even cheering on bad behavior here in the form of an affair without negative consequences. This "love story" is essentially an affair (not a spoiler-you find out right away in the story) and there is no context for the health of the marriage that the farmer and his wife have that might encourage one to stray, nor are there any indications of a resolution of any sort. In fact, the husband and children are (mostly) missing from the story completely, which I find convenient. Moreover, even though I normally can suspend my disbelief fairly easily, I have a hard time believing an ending like this one would occur.

Perhaps it is all in the language used; if we call this a "love story" does it make it easier to overlook that it is an affair? Possibly. But calling it what it is makes it look far less romantic. I've read/listened to stories with affairs in them before that were actually quite good. In this one, the author has made some creative choices that I just can't get behind.

As far as the actual audiobook goes, the narration is wonderful. The audiobook itself is great. So if you want to read this one, the audiobook would be a great way to do it.

  • The Huntress

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 816
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810

Bold and fearless, Nina Markova always dreamed of flying. When the Nazis attack the Soviet Union, she risks everything to join the legendary Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment wreaking havoc on the invading Germans. When she is stranded behind enemy lines, Nina becomes the prey of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress, and only Nina's bravery and cunning will keep her alive. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EVEN BETTER THAN ALICE NETWORK

  • By Nina on 03-02-19

OH MY GOSH, SO GOOD!

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

Was this really almost 19 hours? I didn't even notice!

The Huntress is fantastic. Absolutely worth a credit and you will not be sorry. I was riveted every single minute. Saskia Maarleveld is amazing in every single role.

  • Evidence of the Affair

  • By: Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, George Newbern, James Daniels, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329

The correspondence between Carrie Allsop and David Mayer reveals, piece by piece, the painful details of a devastating affair between their spouses. With each commiserating scratch of the pen, they confess their fears and bare their souls. They share the bewilderment over how things went so wrong and come to wonder where to go from here. Told entirely through the letters of two comforting strangers and those of two illicit lovers, Evidence of the Affair explores the complex nature of the heart. And ultimately, for one woman, how liberating it can be when it’s broken.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By Pavlina on 01-16-19

Okay, wow.

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

This is a very easy listening, epistolary novella with a full cast, including Julia Whelan who is outstanding in her role. There are a lot of raw emotions in here and I personally felt a wide range of reactions, including a discomfort at how everything played out for both of these couples-the cheaters and the spouses left behind. I tried, but I had a hard time suspending my disbelief that people actually respond the way these spouses did, and while the end seems to make many other audio listeners and ebook readers feel happy and want more, I just feel devastated for the two families involved. I think I feel this story perhaps more than I was intended to?

I did enjoy seeing Daisy Jones' name pop up and I wonder if any of these characters will turn up in another story later.

Overall, I can appreciate what Taylor Jenkins Reid did here and I'm glad that I listened to it, but I'm not sure that I'm up for listening to it again.

  • Kilmeny of the Orchard

  • By: L.M. Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Grace Conlin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Twenty-four-year-old Eric Marshall arrives on Prince Edward Island to become a substitute schoolmaster, even though he has a bright future in his wealthy family's business. Eric has taken the two-month teaching post only as a favor to a friend - but fate throws in his path a beautiful, mysterious girl named Kilmeny Gordon. With jet black hair and sea blue eyes, Kilmeny immediately captures Eric's heart. But Kilmeny cannot speak, and Eric is concerned for and bewitched by this shy, sensitive mute girl.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming.

  • By Nicholas J Vavra on 02-19-10

Kilmeny of the Orchard

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

This is a delightful story about Eric Marshall, who falls in love with a beautiful girl named Kilmeny Gordon, who is unable to speak. Honestly, this one is outdated in that it really wouldn't be published as it is by today's standards. But it is certainly recognizable as an LM Montgomery story as the descriptions are lush and vibrant, and the story is wholesome and enjoyable. I particularly love that Montgomery includes the details about Kilmeny thinking herself cursed because of her mother's romantic choices, and how Eric shows her that she is not cursed at all.

Grace Conlin is a wonderful narrator for this story.

  • Unravel Me

  • Shatter Me, Book 2
  • By: Tahereh Mafi
  • Narrated by: Kate Simses
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her - people with gifts - and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance. She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch. Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When Superheros meet dystopian teen romance

  • By Sara Crosby on 03-15-13

Unravel Me!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

This audiobook is somehow better than Shatter Me, and I really loved Shatter Me. I usually expect middle books in a series to be as good as the first books, but this one is really and truly better. There is still the lovely writing from before but since Juliette seems to be in a much better place mentally, there are fewer of the scratchy sound effects (and fewer strikethroughs in the print editions). The story sort of moves along on two fronts: there is the impending war between The Reestablishment and Omega Point and there is the Juliette/Adam and Juliette/Warner love triangle. The love triangle is gooood. The secondary characters are great too.

I've listened to this Unravel Me multiple times and I love it more with every listen. The narrator is just fantastic and even does the male voices quite well. Totally worth the credit that I spent on it.

  • Shatter Me

  • By: Tahereh Mafi
  • Narrated by: Kate Simses
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,035
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,857
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,863

"You can't touch me," I whisper. I'm lying, is what I don't tell him. He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him. But things happen when people touch me. Strange things. Bad things. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't let the sample fool you - So Good!

  • By Amanda on 06-08-12

The narrator is perfect for this story! So good!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

I've listened to Shatter Me several times and I love it every time I listen to it. The story is so engaging and I can't stand the thought of turning the audiobook off when I have to stop and do real-life things. This is almost like a "dystopian romance" story - not sure if that's a real sub-category of story or not, but there's definitely a romance alongside the other plotline, which is that Juliette has power that she initially believes is a dangerous threat to those around her. The narrator is perfect at playing Juliette. She starts the book, fairly small and weak-sounding, which is exactly how Juliette should sound because she has been locked up in an asylum for many days. Over the course of the story, her sound strengthens as Juliette gains assertiveness and independence and confidence. I love that this narrator does a great job with male voices too. There are special effects (a scratchy sound) where the book has strikethroughs (indicating Juliette's tumultuous inner thoughts). These are really cool within the story, especially if you are able to also see them on the page and understand what it looks like when you hear it.

I've enjoyed this audiobook so many times and I think it's well worth the credit that I spent on it.

  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,588

Sir John Penlyon is planning to spend Christmas at his estate with his niece and his friend Danby, the closest thing he has to family since disowning his daughter years ago. (She eloped with the parson, who was, of course, penniless.) Danby suggests that at Christmastime the estate needs the presence of small children, and offers to find some - the “hirelings” - despite Sir John’s skepticism. Three children duly arrive, and the youngest, precocious four year-old Moppet, quickly endears herself to Sir John. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A warm and lovely Christmas story

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 12-13-18

Delightful Victorian tale with perfect narration.

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

A delightful, charming, and heartwarming Victorian holiday tale that reminds me quite a bit of the stories of Charles Dickens. I thought my heart might break at one point but things turned out just fine in the end. This is perfect to listen to at the holiday season but in truth, it would be wonderful at any time of year. The narration by Richard Armitage is just perfection; he does justice to all of the characters, even the women and children. In particular, the young little girl named Moppet is really quite precious and will pull at your heartstrings.

  • A Christmas Vow of Seduction

  • By: Maisey Yates
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

With one band of gold, Prince Andres of Petras can erase his past - albeit pleasurable - sins. But his prospective bride is untamable Princess Zara, so the playboy prince must seduce her into compliance and crown her by Christmas!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't like this one.

  • By Asheley on 12-29-18

Didn't like this one.

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

I chose to listen to this one because I enjoy this author and because it is a holiday story. I wasn't enjoying it, but I stuck with it, hoping it would get better; I've had great luck with this author in the past. But it just didn't redeem itself and I didn't really enjoy it much at all. The romance felt unrealistic and just wasn't romantic. I understand where the author was going with these characters-an arranged-type marriage between a royal and woman that used to be part of a royal family, but I just couldn't get past either character's personality and their constant fighting. I've read other Harlequin Presents stories that were enjoyable but this one just was not.

Even though I didn't care for the story, the narrator did a nice job.

  • Christmas Eve, 1914

  • By: Charles Olivier
  • Narrated by: Cameron Daddo, Xander Berkeley, Cody Fern, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,202

In 1914, the war which was to have been wrapped up by Christmas had - in reality - only just begun, as all sides entrenched themselves deeper into the Great War. Christmas Eve, 1914 follows one company of British officers as they rotate forward to spend their Christmas on the front lines, a mere 80 yards from the German guns. Upper- and working-class men and boys are thrown together into one trench and struggle to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully "illustrated"

  • By anonymous on 12-25-14

Short Christmas Eve ceasefire

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

"How many times in a life will you actually meet your enemy face to face in a neutral field?" -- Christmas Eve 1914 by Charles Olivier

This is wonderful. Tells the story of when the two WWI opposing sides agreed to take a short ceasefire on Christmas Eve in 1914. It was for a common cause, done in the spirit of Christmas. Despite the fear coming from the soldiers' voices in the first part of the story, I love how hopeful the story eventually feels towards the end. I actually did not know about this part of our world history and found it fascinating to be able to go back, research a little bit, and read the history more closely. The voice actors were wonderful and I enjoyed the sound effects, especially the instances where the soldiers sang the Christmas carols. Just a nice, short audio drama that was perfect for me during this holiday season and would be great, actually, at any time of year.