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  • The Last Days of August

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,426
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,412

In December 2017 the famous porn star August Ames committed suicide in a park in the Conejo Valley. It happened a day after she’d been the victim of a pile-on, via Twitter, by fellow porn professionals - punishment for her tweeting something deemed homophobic. A month later, August’s husband, Kevin, connected with Jon Ronson to tell the story of how Twitter bullying killed his wife. What neither Kevin nor Ronson realized was that Ronson would soon hear rumors and secrets hinting at a very different story - something mysterious and unexpected and terrible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a healing masterpiece

  • By A. M. on 01-04-19

I wish I could give 6 stars!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

The story "reads" like the best tabloid exposé, only with a well of compassion that turns a salacious headline into a sympathetic, very human experience. I'm not particularly familiar with the porn industry, but that, too, seems to be portrayed with surprising clear eyed objectivity.

I came into the story expecting a trashy, brain candy mystery, and instead found myself touched and examining how present I am in my own relationships.

On a final note, the narration was excellent all around. Kudos on the casting!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The City of Mirrors

  • A Novel (Book Three of the Passage Trilogy)
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 29 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,846
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,233

The Twelve have been destroyed, and the 100-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew - and daring to dream of a hopeful future.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted vampires, not college orgies

  • By Todd Harris on 08-08-18

Well, there's 29 hours I'll never get back...

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

There are 2 redeeming qualities to this book - the narrator, who is superb, and the last 10 minutes. otherwise, the time jumps ate annoying at best, confusing at worst. The great battle is painfully anticlimactic (and just plain painful), and also confusing. Zero's monologuing is tedious and, to me anyway, doesn't make him sympathetic. In fact, at this point *none* of the characters are particularly sympathetic. Nor are they particularly true to their personalities in the two previous books.

Okay, I'll add a 3rd redeeming quality. Book 3 finally fills in a few of the gaps in the present day portion of Book 1.

  • Murder in Mesopotamia

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

Nurse Amy Leatheran had never felt the lure of the "mysterious East", but she nonetheless accepts an assignment at Hassanieh, an ancient site deep in the Iraqi desert, to care for the wife of a celebrated archaeologist. Mrs Leidner is suffering bizarre visions and nervous terror. "I'm afraid of being killed!" she admits to her nurse. Her terror, unfortunately, is anything but unfounded, and Nurse Leatheran is soon enough without a patient. The world's greatest detective happens to be in the vicinity, however....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ghastly Narration

  • By CobwebLing on 11-25-17

Ghastly Narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-17

intriguing story, though lacking many of the subtle clues of other Christie classics, but the narration was absolutely painfilul. Nurse sounded like an aged spinster, rather than the thirty-something professional woman she was. All the men had gutteral, vaguely Germanic accents and rather froggy voices. The only reason I forged through was for cookies are other stories - and in the veeeery end there was o be. So, yes. Decent boom made barely palatable by horrific narration.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Fool's Quest

  • Book II of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Elliot Hill
  • Length: 33 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,969
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,753

The harrowing adventures of FitzChivalry Farseer and his enigmatic friend, the Fool, continue in Robin Hobb's triumphant follow-up to Fool's Assassin. But Fool's Quest is more than just a sequel. With the artistry and imagination her fans have come to expect, Hobb builds masterfully on all that has gone before, revealing devastating secrets and shocking conspiracies that cast a dark shadow over the history of Fitz and his world - a shadow that now stretches to darken all future hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, great series, misses the old reader

  • By Andrew on 08-20-15

Better plot - dreadful narration.

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

Reviewed: 09-19-15

The trilogy plot begins in bk2. Horrid voices change character personalities. Painful narration bad to worse.

  • Fool's Assassin

  • Book One of the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Elliot Hill
  • Length: 27 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,296
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,029
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,023

FitzChivalry - royal bastard and former king’s assassin - has left his life of intrigue behind. As far as the rest of the world knows, FitzChivalry Farseer is dead and buried. Masquerading as Tom Badgerlock, Fitz is now married to his childhood sweetheart, Molly, and leading the quiet life of a country squire. Though Fitz is haunted by the disappearance of the Fool, who did so much to shape Fitz into the man he has become, such private hurts are put aside in the business of daily life, at least until the appearance of menacing, pale-skinned strangers casts a sinister shadow over Fitz’s past...and his future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please Audible for Eda & El change the narrator!!!

  • By Andre Alvarez on 01-09-15

Annoying Narrator & Ambiguous Plot

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

Reviewed: 09-16-15

Every character whispered, shrilled, or talked like acartoon. Plot didn't start until last few chapters.

  • Fool's Fate

  • The Tawny Man, Book 3
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 32 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,271
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,976
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,968

FitzChivalry Farseer has become firmly ensconced in the queen’s court. Along with his mentor, Chade, and the simpleminded yet strongly Skilled Thick, Fitz strives to aid Prince Dutiful on a quest that could secure peace with the Outislands - and win Dutiful the hand of the Narcheska Elliania. The Narcheska has set the prince an unfathomable task: to behead a dragon trapped in ice on the isle of Aslevjal. Yet not all the clans of the Outislands support their effort. Are there darker forces at work behind Elliana’s demand?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A triumphant ending to the trilogy!

  • By GLENNO on 08-16-14

You will ugly cry...

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

Reviewed: 09-14-15

Fitz's a bit homophobic, but Fool's explanation of gender/sexuality/love is enlightening. Womens' voices too shrill.

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  • Golden Fool

  • The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 26 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,426

Prince Dutiful has been rescued from his Piebald kidnappers and the court has resumed its normal rhythms. There FitzChivalry Farseer, gutted by the loss of his wolf bondmate, must take up residence at Buckkeep as a journeyman assassin. Posing as a bodyguard, Fitz becomes the eyes and ears behind the walls, guiding a kingdom straying closer to civil strife each day. Amid a multitude of problems, Fitz must ensure that no one betrays the Prince’s secret - one that could topple the throne.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing like hanging out with Fitz

  • By Chad on 08-30-14

When Did Fitz Become a Homophobe??

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

Reviewed: 09-09-15

Many mispronounced words like crotch-it for crochet. Ze wimmens all sound European, men sound Scottish.

  • Fool's Errand

  • Tawny Man, Book 1
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 25 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,156

For fifteen years FitzChivalry Farseer has lived in self-imposed exile, assumed to be dead by almost all who once cared about him. But now, into his isolated life, visitors begin to arrive: Fitz's mentor from his assassin days; a hedge-witch who foresees the return of a long-lost love; and the Fool, the former White Prophet, who beckons Fitz to fulfill his destiny. Then comes the summons he cannot ignore. Prince Dutiful, the young heir to the Farseer throne, has vanished.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A solid fantasy story in first person

  • By Kevin Stokes on 08-31-14

Why does everyone sound Scottish?

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

Reviewed: 09-06-15

Another wonderful entry into the saga of Fitz and the Fool. Highlight: Fennel the Cat!

  • Assassin's Quest

  • The Farseer Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 37 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,891
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,906

King Shrewd is dead at the hands of his son Regal. As is Fitz - or so his enemies and friends believe. But with the help of his allies and his beast magic, he emerges from the grave, deeply scarred in body and soul. The kingdom also teeters toward ruin: Regal has plundered and abandoned the capital, while the rightful heir, Prince Verity, is lost to his mad quest - perhaps to death. Only Verity's return - or the heir his princess carries - can save the Six Duchies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I Weary of a Stupid Hero

  • By Holly Helscher on 11-04-13

Annoying female voices the only negative

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

Reviewed: 09-03-15

Hobbs gives another wookie-cry-face-story witha reasonably settled ending,but I'm thrilled about The Tawny Man Trilogy.

  • Dead Witch Walking

  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,554
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,564

Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law-breakers throughout Cincinnati. She's also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50 percent of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves: the creatures of dreams and nightmares have lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But now they've stopped hiding, and nothing will be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wildly entertaining

  • By Patti on 09-27-07

irritating characters meet irritating narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-24-15

Rachel; petty, immature &irrational. Ivy: soulless-acting &irrational. Poor sound editing &production. Jinx &Nick were okay.