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  • The Poison Thread

  • A Novel
  • By: Laura Purcell
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle, Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Dorothea Truelove is young, wealthy, and beautiful. Ruth Butterham is young, poor, and awaiting trial for murder. When Dorothea's charitable work brings her to Oakgate Prison, she is delighted by the chance to explore her fascination with phrenology and test her hypothesis that the shape of a person's skull can cast a light on their darkest crimes. But when she meets one of the prisoners, the teenaged seamstress Ruth, she is faced with another strange idea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just WOW!

  • By Diane Day on 06-29-19

Grim Grim Grim

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

Reviewed: 07-03-19

I cried copiously. This was heart breaking
F LAWLESS NARRATION.
Unrelenting cruelty that only Brits can commit.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Darkwater Bride

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Marty Ross
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Donal Finn, Jamie Glover, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14,510
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,357
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13,315

Late Victorian London. When James Miller, the most respectable of Scottish businessmen, is pulled, dead, from the Thames, his daughter is drawn into an investigation which reveals a whole world of secrets and corruption. Alongside local detective Culley, Catriona’s search for her father’s killer leads all the way to the tragic truth behind the ghostly legend of The Darkwater Bride and the power of her deadly kiss. The Darkwater Bride combines the genres of the Victorian mystery thriller with the equally classic Victorian mode of the ghostly tale.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • spooky audio drama / sex & violence crime fiction

  • By Paul on 04-07-19

Poor Writing, good actors

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

Reviewed: 04-26-19

No truthful human reactions.
Inaccurate female behavior and speech for Edwardian Era. Good actors wasted

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

  • By: Kiersten White
  • Narrated by: Katharine McEwan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver", and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets...until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything - except a friend. Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable - and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing

  • By Marykatherine Meyer on 02-02-19

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

the narration is not only flawless,the wa accents are spot on. the writing is sharp, perceptive. startlingly funny at times.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Atticus: A Woman’s Journey with the World’s Worst Behaved Dog

  • By: Sawyer Bennett, S. Bennett
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Through the haze of vodka and self-loathing, Hazel Roundtree saw the poor creature lying in a ditch. One brown eye. One blue. Covered in mud and crying from pain, the puppy was desperately trying to free itself from a hopeless situation. She almost kept walking by. She had her own problems, and besides...no one had ever stopped to help her. Hazel had no idea the dog would be her beginning, her second chance, the miracle she never saw coming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  • By Cyndi Marie on 09-03-18

Not so great. Not awful<br />

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

I disliked the narration of Hazel. Her style was way to superficial which surprised me. Was Ms Turpin directed to be so lacking in vocal subtlety? The dog is NOT a bad dog and its tiresome to laugh once more at his antics. Loved the solid dog info tho.

I couldnt figure out what this book is supposed to address: Self hel? Inspirational? Click lift? 22 step?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Paris Architect

  • By: Charles Belfoure
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,717
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,711

Like most gentiles in Nazi-occupied Paris, architect Lucien Bernard has little empathy for the Jews. So when a wealthy industrialist offers him a large sum of money to devise secret hiding places for Jews, Lucien struggles with the choice of risking his life for a cause he doesn't really believe in. Ultimately he can't resist the challenge and begins designing expertly concealed hiding spaces - behind a painting, within a column, or inside a drainpipe - detecting possibilities invisible to the average eye. But when one of his clever hiding spaces fails and the immense suffering of Jews becomes incredibly personal, he can no longer deny reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By C. B. Schindel on 08-23-15

who said :"scared shitless" in 1942?

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

The author has no sense of how people spoke during WW2. All his vernacular is present day. the plot is great but the poor dialog destroys the mood.

Mark Bramhill does a great Gestapo voice. His authentic French accent comes and goes

  • Be Frank with Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Julia Claiborne Johnson
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,349
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,350

Reclusive literary legend M. M. "Mimi" Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style Ponzi scheme, she's flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, and to ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress. The prickly Mimi reluctantly complies - with a few stipulations: no Ivy Leaguers or English majors. Must drive, cook, tidy. Computer whiz. Good with kids.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 stars -- more resolution would give it 5

  • By Kelly on 02-02-16

the Greatest narration ever

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

Tavia Gilbert inhabits each character in this adroit and witty tragedy. Laughed
Cried. READ THIS!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beach Music

  • A Novel
  • By: Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Marosz
  • Length: 26 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,513

Pat Conroy is without doubt America's favorite storyteller, a writer who portrays the anguished truth of the human heart and the painful secrets of families in richly lyrical prose and unforgettable narratives. Now, in Beach Music, he tells of the dark memories that haunt generations, in a story that spans South Carolina and Rome and reaches back into the unutterable terrors of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Memorable

  • By Ella on 03-14-10

overwrought, overwritten some beautiful exceptions

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

too many adjectives and dumb similes. sometimes tho, the dialog was pure gold. I probably am done with Conroy tho because of this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,875
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,703

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Will Patton great - story so so

  • By Randall on 06-19-18

Will Patton is GOD!

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

Even tho he's become formulaic and redundant, like mashed potatoes with gravy, he comforts me. pLUS Will Patton's narration is amazing and absolutely perfect.

1 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,124

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now.As Harry nears the end of his 11th life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message." This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I'd feared

  • By Isobel on 04-29-16

Perfect. Captivating story. Brilliant narration.

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

The premise and plot are fascinating and skillfully crafted
The narration is entrancing. Peter Kenny can do the voice of anyone.

  • Celine

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Heller
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 307

From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars and The Painter, a luminous, masterful novel of suspense - the story of Celine, an elegant, aristocratic private eye who specializes in reuniting families, trying to make amends for a loss in her own past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting twists!

  • By Peregrina on 08-07-18

Horrible Narration

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

Reviewed: 04-05-17

Narrator's voice was inexpressive and overly arch. she made everything sound sarcastic. Only the plot kept me going.