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  • Rebecca

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,889

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives - resenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favourite novels, ever

  • By Calliope on 11-24-14

wonderful audiobook, missing at least some text

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

Reviewed: 12-28-15

I enjoy listening to well-loved, often-read books in their audiobook version in order to experience them in a new way, and Anna Massey does not disappoint in this wonderful performance of the classic. However, I was surprised to notice an important conversation in Chapter 18 (Rebecca's phone conversation with Frank) has been truncated. Not sure if this was only a technical error or a deliberate decision.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Watership Down

  • By: Richard Adams
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,697

Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still one of the best!

  • By Bapário on 12-05-10

Fine narration enhances wonderful story

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

Reviewed: 03-09-12

One of the wonderful things about audiobooks is that if well done, they allow you enjoy a familiar book again in a different way. Like another reviewer, I loved this book as a young adult but hadn't read it for a while; Mr. Cosham's excellent narration made the humorous parts funnier, the gripping parts more exciting, etc., as well as deepening the spiritual message of the book. Looking forward to listening to it again.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Find More Time: How to Get Things Done at Home, Organize Your Life, and Feel Great About It

  • By: Laura Stack
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Gold
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

You have a sink full of dishes to wash, three loads of laundry to do, 17 bills to pay, 36 e-mails to answer, a big stack of novels on the nightstand you would love to read, and zero minutes of free time. You cannot add more hours to the day, but Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro, will help you make the most of the time you do have and get things done.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Less Ranting and Complaining more Information

  • By Carolyn on 08-30-11

Almost couldn't finish it...

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

Reviewed: 03-01-12

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

but I did so that I could justify writing a review. This book might perhaps best be enjoyed by the manufacturers of the many products Ms. Stack pushes in page after page. I have never heard so many brand names and web site addresses in my life. I have to wonder if she was paid for product placement.

What could Laura Stack have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I would have appreciated hearing some anecdotes and examples from some source other than her family. Her kids' chore list, their favorite dishes and toys, the cute thing they said at church, etc. Also there was one long list after another, which maybe worked better in print but was a disaster in audio. I think I came closest to deleting the rest of the book unheard when the narrator rattled off an entire grocery store layout.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I actually checked the speed on my iPhone because I was sure it had gotten set at 2X. Nice for getting through the many lists but a major detraction otherwise. There was little variety in her delivery---a touching or humorous story got the same inflection as a list (!) of what to keep in the glovebox. The chapters seem to be divided into many confusing sections and sub-sections, the titles of which all had to be announced rapidly whenever we started a new one. Again, (maybe worked better in print.)

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. Wish I'd saved that credit. Either of the David Allen books, as another reviewer suggested, would be much more useful.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Passenger to Frankfurt

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35

Sir Stafford Nye's journey home from Malaysia to London takes an unexpected twist in the passenger lounge at Frankfurt: a young woman confides in him that someone is trying to kill her. Their paths cross again and again, and each time the mystery woman is introduced as a different person. Equally at home in any guise in any society, she draws Sir Stafford into a game of political intrigue more dangerous than he could possibly imagine.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Love, love Agatha, but not this one.

  • By Dell Murphy on 11-27-10

Wish I'd checked the reviews

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-10

I bought this in a hurry, forgetting that it's her second-to-last novel, or something like that - a meandering, talky, plotless mess, bless her heart. Even the talented Hugh Fraser cannot breathe interest into it. I'm enjoying his sonorous voice as I Christmas-clean the house, but not much else.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Holiday Classics by O. Henry

  • By: O. Henry
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,999
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,476
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,483

When it comes to the holidays, no story brings us back to the true spirit of giving like O. Henry’s classic "The Gift of the Magi". So this year we’ve asked some of your favorite Audible narrators—Audie Award winners Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, and Jonathan Davis—to bring to life this timeless tale, plus two more of O. Henry’s gems: "The Cop and the Anthem" and "The Last Leaf", in this holiday collection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank You

  • By Sherry on 12-12-10

Thank you

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-13-10

I love these stories and look forward to listening to them as I finish my holiday gift knitting. Thanks, Audible!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful