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  • Giovanni's Room

  • By: James Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Dan Butler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834

Set in the 1950’s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin’s now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Baldwin: sensational. Butler: great. One caveat.

  • By Music Man on 06-28-14

Boring narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

Great story, but in my opinion, it was read by the world's most BORING narrator. I couldn't finish it because the narration kept putting me to sleep.

  • Frankenstein: Dead and Alive

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282

As a devastating hurricane approaches, as the benighted creations of Victor Helios begin to spin out of control, as New Orleans descends into chaos and the future of humanity hangs in the balance, the only hope rests with Victor's first, failed attempt to build the perfect human. Deucalion's centuries-old history began as the original manifestation of a soulless vision - and it is fated to end in the ultimate confrontation between a damned creature and his mad creator. But first they must face a monstrosity not even Victor's malignant mind could have conceived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Entertainment

  • By Equestrian on 07-02-18

Love the action and banter, hate the insects,

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

I really enjoy Koontz way of writing, very distinct, elegant. But, the only part of his storytelling that I struggle with is his obsession with entomology. He's an excellent storyteller, but I can't for the life of me understand how he manages to incorporate bugs in practically every story. And not just insects, but man morphing into giant, talking insects. I enjoyed the first novel in this series, but by the time I got to the 3rd story, somehow it turned from Victor Frankenstein and creatures turning into insects; bent on destroying mankind. I continued reading despite this, but he lost me completely when one of his creatures morphed into a man sized insect, produced a mouth in his forehead than proceeded to sing "Ava Maria". The story was going along quite well until that moment. All I can say is "stick a fork in me, I'm done!!"

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Grigori

  • Brothers of Ash and Fire series, Book 1
  • By: Lauren Smith
  • Narrated by: Lucy Rivers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Grigori Barinov is the eldest in an ancient line of dragon shifters and the guardian of his family's lands and fortune. Sworn to protect their history and magic, he won't rest until he neutralizes any threat to their existence. When he discovers an ancient manuscript that exposes that his family and their dragon lineage has fallen into a mortal woman's hands, he knows he must get the book back by any means necessary. If that means seducing a nosy American woman with an intoxicating scent, he is more than willing to carry her off to his palatial home deep in the heart of Russia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Amazing!

  • By Lynne Denena on 04-29-18

Ludicrous story!

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

I love fantasy stories, especially with dragons. Thanx to Thea Harrison. But, unfortunately I've yet to read a storyline that equals Ms. Harrison's take on magic, dragons and so on. This particular novel started off with a pretty weak beginning. 'Leaving a book with all your families secrets in a "library" And becoming angry when someone checks it out. Also, why it's set in Russia is beyond me, especially since the narrarator, who is a very good reader, but fails dismally when called to provide a Russian accent. All the people with accents sound alike, not mention a little slow. Terrible, terrible novel, couldn't finish it. Once again Thea Harrison reigns supreme in dragon story telling. This was laughable and a waste of my time and credit.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • God

  • The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction
  • By: Dan Barker
  • Narrated by: Dan Barker, Richard Dawkins, Buzz Kemper
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

Originally conceived as a joint presentation between influential thinker and best-selling author Richard Dawkins and former evangelical preacher Dan Barker, this unique book provides an investigation into what may be the most unpleasant character in all fiction. Barker combs through both the Old and New Testaments (as well as 13 different editions of the "Good Book"), presenting powerful evidence for why Scripture shouldn't govern our everyday lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, we hear what is not cherry-picked.

  • By Abraham R. on 09-13-16

Deadpan narration

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

I had a hard time getting past the narrarator. It's very apparent that Mr. Baker used to be a man of faith. Somewhere along the way he became disillusioned, now he's made it his life's purpose to shit all over everybody else's faith. Get over yourself. Religion and a person's concept of God has been around long before you, and will still be here long after you're long gone. You don't have to be an excellent minister, or even a Bible scholar to see this. Any thinking person can look at human history and see that religion is manufactured by humans. True or false, man's belief in God is necessary to function and survive through this life, which can often times be unbearable without some type of faith. Here's something to contemplate; The world is in dire straits, actually, we've never known real, lasting peace. Many still cling to faith in some forms or other; now imagine how the world would be with NO FAITH AT ALL.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Man in the Black Suit

  • 4 Dark Tales
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: John Cullum, Becky Ann Baker
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 165

A haunting recollection of a mysterious boyhood event, The Man in the Black Suit leads off this masterful collection from Stephen King. Other dark tales include: All That You Love Will Be Carried Away, in which a man checks into a Lincoln, Nebraska Motel 6 to find the meaning in his life; That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French, presents the ultimate case of deja vu; and The Death of Jack Hamilton, a blistering tale of Depression-era outlaws on the run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Classic Stephen King

  • By A. L. DeWitt on 01-13-03

No, no, again...NO!

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

Stephen King, is a SUPERB storyteller, but the stories in this particular book are boring and dated. After my mind kept wandering as I was trying to listen to these dull stories, I realized that I just wasn't enjoying them. There are many older King classics that are older, but this book isn't one of them. I guess even the best writers can produce bad stories sometime.

  • The Haunting of Cardon House

  • By: Carrie Bates
  • Narrated by: Ed Walters
  • Length: 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

Brad and Camille, happily married and successful stockbrokers, fell in love with Cardon house, a beautiful Victorian mansion, the moment they saw it. They dream of restoring the mansion to its glory days. But their love of the house is short-lived when the rusty pipes start spewing out a substance other than water. When Camille experiences an evil presence in their front yard near one tree and also witnesses a grotesque silhouette at night by the same tree, things soon turn from blissful to hellish. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Silly haunting

  • By happyjo on 08-06-18

Story completely ruined by TERRIBLE narration!

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

I often wonder what is the criteria that a narrarator is chosen. Did the people who hired this particular narrator, listen to his reading and really believe he was qualified to read an entire novel and keep the listener interested? It sounded like a promising story, but the narration was so bad, that I couldn't finish. He read like he just learned how to read. And as if there were no commas, or other abbreviations in the sentences. He paused at all the wrong places, and it sounded like someone reading who had very little practice in reading. Wow, couldn't finish it, very bad experience.

  • Gilchrist: A Novel

  • By: Christian Galacar
  • Narrated by: Kevin Clay
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

Two years after losing their infant son to a tragic accident, Peter Martell, a novelist with a peculiar knack for finding lost things, and his wife, Sylvia, are devastated to learn they may no longer be able to have children. In need of a fresh start, and compelled by strange dreams, the couple decide to rent a lake house in the idyllic town of Gilchrist, Massachusetts, a place where bad things might just happen for a reason. As bizarre events begin to unfold around them, Peter and Sylvia are drawn into the chaos.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Nomi on 04-03-18

Slooow and boring!

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

I definitely struggled to finish, perhaps the story got better, but It was too drawn out, to finish. And there were too many characters for it to be this boring. Sometimes, while focusing on one character for so long, I forgot about the other characters. I lost interest, couldn't finish.

  • Master of Ceremonies

  • A Memoir
  • By: Joel Grey
  • Narrated by: Joel Grey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Born Joel David Katz to a wild and wooly Jewish American family in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1932, Joel Grey began his life in the theater at the age of nine, starting in children's theater and then moving to the main stage. He was hooked, and his seven-decades-long career charts the evolution of American entertainment - from Vaudeville performances with his father, Mickey Katz, to the seedy, gangster-filled nightclubs of the '40s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quite the Master

  • By Anonymous52 on 05-13-16

I simply, love, love, loved it!!!

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

I enjoyed his story so much, that I will cherish this book , always. I always wanted to know about Mr. Joel Grey, and finally, in his own words and not 'hearsay" I was able to get a glimpse of the man behind the legend. So, fortright, and witty. I think he's is extraordinary! Several years ago I read and reread the biography of Montgomery Clift, by Patricia Bronsworth and it was written so well and her research was so thorough, that by the end I was practically in tears. I fell in love with him after that book. This book of course wasn't as tragic as Monty Clift's story. (thank God), but was just as moving. It is a MUST READ!

  • Locked in Silence

  • Pelican Bay, Book 1
  • By: Sloane Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458

10 years after leaving his small Minnesota hometown in his rear view mirror for what Nolan Grainger was sure would be the last time, life has decided to throw the talented musician a curveball and send him back to the town he lived in but was never really home. When he’s forced to use the last of his own money to keep from losing the family home, desperation has him turning to the one man he’d hoped never to see again....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG! So good!

  • By SassiKassi on 01-26-18

"The book of Job" with a gay twist!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

A lovely story about two good men, who find love and happiness, despite overwhelming odds. I found the story intriguing and I especially liked Nolan, I found myself being pulled in right away. Life is not easy, especially when you don't conform to what society says you should be. And I knew that facing and overcoming the challenges life throws at you, makes for an interesting story. I thought the tragedies were a bit extreme, and I must say I struggled to reach the end; how much more could the characters endure? They did? Thank God! The narrarator wasn't great, but I got use to him and eventually felt he fits the characters, especially Nokan. I hope to read more of the series.

  • A Duke in Shining Armor

  • Difficult Dukes
  • By: Loretta Chase
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413

Hugh Philemon Ancaster, seventh Duke of Ripley, will never win prizes for virtue. But even he draws the line at running off with his best friend's bride. All he's trying to do is recapture the slightly inebriated Lady Olympia Hightower and return her to her intended bridegroom. For reasons that elude her, bookish, bespectacled Olympia is supposed to marry a gorgeous rake of a duke. The ton is flabbergasted. Her family's ecstatic. And Olympia? She's climbing out of a window, bent on a getaway.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully humorous and entertaining!

  • By Millicent j Hill on 12-13-17

"Superb narration, tedious storyline"

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

Reviewed: 12-17-17

The narration by Kate Reading, as expected, is excellent. She has a beautiful accented British voice that's pitch perfect for this genre. But, unfortunately, even she couldn't save this long, drawn out tale. The heroine was silly, and unnecessarily argumentative to the point of exasperation. I had no sympathy for her, I didn't find her appealing at all. I did find the dialogue, at times witty and very funny, but the scenes were drawn out and eventually I became bored. Also, it was very clear that they were "Dukes" and any woman would be honored to be the focus of their attention. But, I didn't think it was necessary to constantly be reminded of that fact, throughout the story. Mediocre story, weak characters. I've read many storylines of that period, some good, some bad. This one is bad.