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  • Hi Bob!

  • By: Bob Newhart
  • Narrated by: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,193

In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well edited, funny, sincere

  • By RCC on 09-24-18

Candid, highly-entertaining behind-the-scenes

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

What isn't there to love? Bob chats casually with various comedians and they compare and contrast their own rises to popularity. They discuss writing, the creative process, challenges, life on the road, and all kinds of things. My 78-year-old dad and I listened together when we drove different places and we both really enjoyed it.

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  • The Man on the Mountaintop

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Susan Trott, Libby Spurrier - adaptor
  • Narrated by: Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, Clare Corbett, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,973

The Man on the Mountaintop tells the story of Holy Man Joe, an ageing and unassuming man who lives in a hermitage on top of a mountain. During the summer months, thousands of hopefuls line the path leading to his door, seeking his wisdom. From bombastic, wealthy nobles intent on cheating their way to the top to drunkards who gradually build the physical and mental strength they need to quit their addiction, The Man on the Mountaintop is a rousing tale full of humour, wit and life lessons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple - which is all you really need

  • By Solunari on 02-01-19

Humorous and touching, chock full of wisdom

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

I wasn't sure what to expect with this, other than a good performance because of the cast. I was pleasantly surprised. I found myself wishing I could spend an hour with Joe, the holy man. The characters in this book are well-written. Joe draws upon the teachings of many prophets and conveys the truths in a relatable manner. I found it interesting how various people reacted and changed as they waited in line for days for their audiences with him. I found I learned a few lessons right along with the characters. The cast is fantastic, particularly Stanley Tucci, no surprise there. I often go right from one book to another, but after listening to this one, I just sat working in the quiet for a while, thinking about everything.

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  • The Magnolia Inn

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973

Inheriting the Magnolia Inn, a Victorian home nestled in the East Texas pines, is a fantasy come true for Jolene Broussard. After living with the guilt of failing to rescue her self-destructive mother, Jolene knows her aunt and uncle’s B&B is the perfect jump start for a new life and a comforting place to call home. There’s just one hitch: stubborn and moody carpenter Tucker Malone. He’s got a half interest in the Magnolia Inn, and he’s planting his dusty cowboy boots squarely in the middle of her dream. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Magnolia Inn

  • By Debbie on 01-16-19

I couldn't get past the first minute

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

I just couldn't get past the first minute. sometimes a voice just doesn't get it for you or grates on your nerves. I might read the book at some point, but I don't really want to listen to it.

  • Pax

  • By: Sara Pennypacker
  • Narrated by: Michael Curran-Dorsano
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,680

Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild. At his grandfather's house 300 miles away from home, Peter knows he isn't where he should be - with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox. Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pax needs to be included in MS & HS curricula

  • By Dragon-Fox on 04-29-16

A multi-layered novel skillfully read

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

this is in the genre of White Fang and Call of the Wild, with the story going back and forth between the Pax the fox's point of view and the main human character's view. It is beautifully written and the reader brings true emotion to the performance without going over the top. It wasn't exactly unpredictable, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommended. I am 51 years old, but I enjoyed this story very much.

  • An American Cage

  • By: Ted Galdi
  • Narrated by: Scott R. Pollak
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

 

Danny Marsh is a good guy and also an escaped felon. He has 24 hours to make it to freedom in Mexico. Along the way, he must evade the rabid Texas authorities and, even deadlier, the schemes of one of his closest allies, who isn't who he seems.   

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A good story - a great psychological insight

  • By Maria on 12-26-18

An enjoyable listen with good character arc

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

I enjoyed the story, particularly the character arc of Danny. He is basically a good guy who made a bad choice and is suffering the consequences. The descriptions of the characters and the little details about the scenes were captivating. I was able to envision the scenes as they played out. My only beef was the narration was a little matter-of-fact, more like I was listening to a history book in some cases than a narrative made to build suspense. I didn't dislike the reading, but it didn't pull me in like some narrators' readings do. I received this audible title at no cost in exchange for posting an honest review.

  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,535
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16,545

A young couple buys a beautiful house by a picturesque lake in the Catskills, looking to escape the bustle of the city to raise their newborn baby. It is a perfect place for a fresh start. Except that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. As autumn nights close in around their home, they learn that darkness takes many forms. And sometimes that darkness is hungry. New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry delivers an unsettling Audible Original that will give listeners the Halloween creeps all year round.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scott Brick Rivals Vincent Price

  • By Forgettable Woman on 10-17-18

All the suspense of a Scholastic Book for Children

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

This read like a story from Scholastic Books for Children. It is a tired ghost story trope. I wanted to like it because I enjoyed Scott Brick's narrations, but even he could not save this one. I very rarely say this, but this particular book was truly awful.

  • Girls & Boys

  • By: Dennis Kelly
  • Narrated by: Carey Mulligan
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,973
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,915

A pulse-pounding new play from Tony Award-winning® playwright Dennis Kelly takes you on a journey that is at once hilarious, gripping, and heartbreaking. This world-premiere production starring Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, An Education) is available exclusively on Audible after a celebrated run at the Royal Court Theatre in London and off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have never heard a story performed so well.

  • By Erin Reeve on 07-05-18

Wow, not what I expected.

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

Spoiler alert! This was not what I expected, in a good way. I actually didn't go into it with any preconceived notions. From the initial minutes, I thought it was a satire or dramady, maybe. It's told in an engaging manner, with the storyteller dipping into her past, her troubled marriage, and wending her way to the present. There are times she addresses her children, and those instances planted seeds of dread. Even so, her story plays out in what I considered unexpected. By the end, I was fully invested and saddened. It hit home for me because I grew up in a home filled with abuse from a violent father; this story made me think of how things could easily have ended for my mother and me. #witty #issuefiction #gritty #FemaleProtagonist #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Tender Hearts Taste Better in Butter

  • By: Weston Ochse
  • Narrated by: Weston Ochse
  • Length: 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 203

A kidnapping turns to be unexpectedly deadly when the Mafia encounters ogres and demons. This is one of several tales in the Smoky Mountain Horrors collection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good book

  • By Slim on 04-26-16

Can't get past the reader

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

The story might be fantastic, but I can't get past the reader. I feel bad saying this because the reader is the author. Some people just don't have the knack for bringing people into a story, or at least for bringing ME into a story. Stefan Rudnicki, Sean Runnette and Will Patton kind of spoil you. Here, the author sounds like he's reading it and I can't immerse myself in the story. I might try this in Kindle format later.

  • We Like You so Much and Want to Know You Better

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 686
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 605
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 603

A million people, a billion, wanted to be where Mae was at this moment, entering this atrium, 30 feet high and shot through with California light, on her first day working for the only company that really mattered at all. A story from The New York Times Magazine, adapted from The Circle, a new novel by Dave Eggers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My kind of horror story

  • By David on 10-26-13

A pretty accurate depiction of social media

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

I didn't think the story was surprising. I imagine there is pressure at the large social media companies similar to what is described here. We are encouraged increasingly as a people to be transparent and document everything. I enjoyed the narrator's reading.

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  • Unmentionable

  • The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners
  • By: Therese Oneill
  • Narrated by: Betsy Foldes Meiman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478

Have you ever wished you could live in an earlier, more romantic era? Ladies, welcome to the 19th century, where there's arsenic in your face cream, a pot of cold pee sits under your bed, and all of your underwear is crotchless. (Why? Shush, dear. A lady doesn't question.) Unmentionable is your hilarious, scandalously honest (yet never crass) guide to the secrets of Victorian womanhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I hope my review does this book justice.

  • By jb11 on 12-13-17

Highly entertaining with great reader

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

This book is an education and a half. Wonderfully witty, with dry humor, and so many interesting facts about life in the Victorian era. I'm glad I wasn't a woman back then! The reader made me snort on many occasions. She's awesome, delivering the lines perfectly. as someone said, if you enjoy writings by science journalist Mary Roach, you will love this.