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  • The Shell Seekers

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Hayley Atwell
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,207

At the end of a long and useful life, Penelope Keeling's prized possession is The Shell Seekers, painted by her father and symbolizing her unconventional life, from bohemian childhood to wartime romance. When her grown children learn their grandfather's work is now worth a fortune, each has an idea as to what Penelope should do. But as she recalls the passions, tragedies, and secrets of her life, she knows there is only one answer...and it lies in her heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Back again

  • By LINN CANNING on 01-22-18

With 500 books in my library THIS IS THE BEST!

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

What an incredible book! Having been to England quite a few times, I could picture just what was being so beautifully described. The story & narration was as good as it gets! I just did NOT want it to end.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fortune's Children

  • The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt
  • By: Arthur T. Vanderbilt II
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347

Written by descendant Arthur T. Vanderbilt II, Fortune's Children traces the dramatic and amazingly colorful history of this great American family, from the rise of industrialist and philanthropist Cornelius Vanderbilt to the fall of his progeny - wild spendthrifts whose profligacy bankrupted a vast inheritance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Rise and Fall of the Gilded Age

  • By Hilary on 10-22-14

Fascinating!

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

Reviewed: 04-30-16

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

Yes! Very interesting and not normally the type of book I purchase.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fortune's Children?

The over all decadence of that era.

What about Patrick Lawlor’s performance did you like?

Not my favorite reader, but I eventually adjusted to his style.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No...I can't imagine anyone even could. But it was wonderful for getting a lot done around the house:-)

Any additional comments?

In the middle of watching Anderson Coopers piece on CNN, Nothing Left Unsaid. What a treat to get to see this after listening to the book!

  • The Tea Rose

  • By: Jennifer Donnelly
  • Narrated by: Jill Tanner
  • Length: 28 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057

East London, 1888 - a city apart. A place of shadow and light where thieves, whores, and dreamers mingle, where children play in the cobbled streets by day and a killer stalks at night, where bright hopes meet the darkest truths. Here, by the whispering waters of the Thames, Fiona Finnegan, a worker in a tea factory, hopes to own a shop one day, together with her lifelong love, Joe Bristow, a costermonger's son. With nothing but their faith in each other to spur them on, Fiona and Joe struggle, save, and sacrifice to achieve their dreams.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. Wow wow wow!

  • By I like to shop on 04-26-16

So Glad I stumbled onto this one

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

Reviewed: 03-09-15

I won't get another book until I have read all of Jennifer Donnelly's books. I have been a member for at least 12 years with about a thousand books on 3 accounts and this is the best yet.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Far Pavilions

  • By: M. M. Kaye
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 48 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931

When The Far Pavilions was first published 19 years ago, it moved the critic Edmund Fuller to write this: "Were Miss Kaye to produce no other book, The Far Pavilions might stand as a lasting accomplishment in a single work comparable to Margaret Mitchell's achievement in Gond With the Wind." From its beginning in the foothills of the towering Himalayas, M. M. Kaye's masterwork is a vast, rich, and vibrant tapestry of love and war that ranks with the greatest panoramic sagas of modern fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heroism, adventure, sadistic cruelty, and love.

  • By Velan on 02-19-13

why all the 5 star ratings?

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

Reviewed: 12-21-13

Bought this because of all the great reviews and what a disappointment! I may not be an expert, but in my opinion, the writing leaves a lot to be desired and the reader doesn't help at all. I stuck with it through the 3rd book but cannot go any farther.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Desiree: The Bestselling Story of Napoleon's First Love

  • By: Annemarie Selinko
  • Narrated by: Nicole Quinn
  • Length: 25 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Fourteen year old Desiree can't believe her good fortune. Her fiance, a dashing and ambitious Napoleon Bonaparte, is poised for battlefield success, and no longer will she be just a French merchant's daughter. She could not have known the twisting path her role in history would take, nearly breaking her vibrant heart but sweeping her to a life rich in passion and desire. A love story, but so much more, Desiree explores the landscape of a young heart torn in two.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning telling of a riveting story.

  • By bookworm on 08-29-12

One of the best books ever!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-13

Looking more for more books by Annemarie Selinko. This was a fabulous book! Narration was wonderfully done as well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Winter of the World

  • The Century Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,015

Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Sequel

  • By Tim on 03-15-13

specifically which part is missing?

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

Reviewed: 10-24-12

I got an e-mail from audible saying they had fixed it, but need to know which section got fixed, since I have already listened to it and just assumed that was how the story went.

27 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • The Golden Bowl

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble, Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 21 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 81

Published in 1904, The Golden Bowl is the last completed novel of Henry James. In it, the widowed American Adam Verver is in Europe with his daughter Maggie. They are rich, finely appreciative of European art and culture, and deeply attached to each other. Maggie has all the innocent charm of so many of Jamess young American heroines. She is engaged to Amerigo, an impoverished Italian prince; he must marry money, and as his name suggests, an American heiress is the perfect solution.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Collapses under the weight of its own brilliance

  • By Erez on 03-18-14

Worst book in 7 years of Audible

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

Reviewed: 09-05-11

I am trying to remember why I bought this one. I tried 4 hours of listening, thinking something should get me into it, but between the terrible writing and the narrator's sing song rendition I gave up. I have been getting 2-3 books per month for 7 years and this one definitely wins the prize for the worst.

4 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Simonson
  • Narrated by: Peter Altschuler
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,263

You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming book with an excellent narrator

  • By jc on 03-05-10

Be ready to laugh out loud!

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

Reviewed: 03-28-11

I love getting anything British with my credits and this book has been different than any I have listened to. A word of warning...do not listen anywhere being quiet is required! I use these books in part to listen to when going to sleep, but that has not worked because it is impossible to stifle the laughs. In the past, I have never wanted to listen to a book a second time...just like not being able to watch a movie I have seen before...but this one will be repeated many times! I want to buy the book as well, to be able to highlight some of the absurdly hilarious remarks.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Honourable Schoolboy

  • By: John le Carre
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 23 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

The preceding novel in the George Smiley series ( Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) ended with the devastating unmasking of a double agent at the heart of the British Secret Service. Now, in The Honourable Schoolboy, George Smiley, who has assumed the unenviable job of restoring the health and reputation of his demoralized organization, goes on the offensive. He searches for a whisper, a hint, a clue that will lead him back to his opposite number: Karla, a Soviet officer in Moscow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful cold war thriller

  • By Iain on 03-22-05

Disagree with others on Narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-06

I almost didn't buy this because of all the negative reviews regarding the narrator. I'll admit it took a while to really get into the book, but I felt the narrator was absolutely perfect for this type of novel.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful