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  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,569
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,990

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 🍊🍾🔑🤺🗡🏇🏼💊Only Sorry There’s No Book Five Yet 💵🧯🔦📞♟🎨🐴

  • By Gretchen SLP on 01-08-19

Didn't want to stop listening !

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

The Cormoran Strike series is so compelling! Strike and Robin are such full characters I feel like they're old friends. Only bad thing is knowing I have to wait for the next book in the series!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Chesapeake

  • A Novel
  • By: James A. Michener
  • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
  • Length: 50 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508

The central scene of Michener's historical novel is that section of Maryland's Eastern shore, hardly more than 10 miles square. To this point come the founders of families that will dominate the story.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Soooo worth my time... and a rant at the end

  • By Jan on 08-29-15

One masterful tale

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

I absolutely adore and revere James Michener. This is one of his that I can re-read often and love it everytime. Chesapeake makes me cry, and laugh out loud, with the rich characters, the plight of the native people and wildlife, and the life of the land and water.
I can't say enough good about this delight.

  • Y is for Yesterday

  • By: Sue Grafton
  • Narrated by: Judy Kaye
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,095
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,081

The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a 14-year-old classmate - and film the attack. Not long after, the tape goes missing, and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state's evidence, and two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes without a trace.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not her best

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-29-17

Intricate plot, understated protagonist.

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

Kinsey Millhone is like a family member by now, yet Sue Grafton manages to make her more real with each book. This one featured some detestable characters in a sickening plot, underscored by a mortal threat hanging over from X.
Why does the alphabet have to end with Z?

  • A Voyage Long and Strange

  • Rediscovering the New World
  • By: Tony Horwitz
  • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 109

On a chance visit to Plymouth Rock, Tony Horwitz makes an unsettling discovery. A history buff since early childhood, expensively educated at university - a history major, no less! - he's reached middle age with a third-grader's grasp of early America. In fact, he's mislaid more than a century of American history, the period separating Columbus' landing in 1492 from the arrival of English colonists at Jamestown in 16-oh-something. Did nothing happen in between?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Just Not For Me

  • By Sara on 10-25-15

Definitely worth repeated listening!

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

Reviewed: 09-06-15

Although th narrator did not match my imagined voice of Tony Horwitz, the engaging, informative, and entertaining writing kept me listening throughout the book. Horwitz is a national treasure. - I can't wait to find his next book!

1 of 2 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
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,338

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

Laughed out loud!

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

Reviewed: 05-07-12

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

Yes, because of the many different storylines woven into one man's village life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand?

Among the many scenes which will stay with me is the party put on by the ladies' committee at the country club.

What does Peter Altschuler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His very British accent brings the major truly to life.

Who was the most memorable character of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand and why?

The major himself, and although he was in some ways more reminiscent of an earlier generation (i.e. Agatha Christie characters), I found him extremely appealing.

  • Tara Road

  • A Novel
  • By: Maeve Binchy
  • Narrated by: Katherine Borowitz
  • Length: 17 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664

When two unhappy women switch homes for the summer, there are extraordinary consequences, and each learns that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed. At the end of the summer, when the women at last meet face-to-face, they find that they have become, firmly and forever, good friends.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Material good - quality, not-so-much

  • By B. W. on 09-05-08

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 05-07-12

What did you love best about Tara Road?

The development of the characters.

What did you like best about this story?

Seeing the female characters not allow themselves to be denied their dreams and aspirations

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many memorable scenes.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Marilyn's admission of her son's situation and the effect it has on her and her husband.

  • Wicked

  • The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
  • By: Gregory Maguire
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,623
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,005
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,055

Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's not easy being green

  • By Kathleen on 07-30-08

disappointing

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

Reviewed: 05-07-12

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

NO idea

Would you ever listen to anything by Gregory Maguire again?

maybe, but not with the same narrator

What didn’t you like about John McDonough’s performance?

Voice quality, slowness of presentation, dry delivery.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Wicked?

I have not been able to listen to more than the first third of the book and will probably not try to go any further.

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  • The Sisters Who Would be Queen

  • Mary, Katherine, and Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Tragedy
  • By: Leanda de Lisle
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

Mary, Katherine, and Jane Grey---sisters whose mere existence nearly toppled a dynasty and altered a nation's destiny---are the captivating subjects of Leanda de Lisle's new book. The Sisters Who Would Be Queen breathes fresh life into these three young women, who were players and victims in the violent and vicious world of Tudor power politics and whose heirs could otherwise be ruling England today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Attention: Tudor Junkies!

  • By Cariola on 06-29-12

Interesting story, sometimes confusing

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

Reviewed: 05-07-12

What made the experience of listening to The Sisters Who Would be Queen the most enjoyable?

The author makes the sixteenth century seem much more recent and accessible

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I have not yet finished, but don't expect any surprises, since it is a history.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator's voice is pitched quite high, and sometimes the speed with which she speaks makes it hard to follow the text. There is a bit of a grating quality, also.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Children and heirs of Henry VIII could never expect to die of old age!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Moby-Duck

  • The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them
  • By: Donovan Hohn
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 89

When the writer Donovan Hohn heard of the mysterious loss of thousands of bath toys at sea, he figured he would interview a few oceanographers, talk to a few beachcombers, and read up on Arctic science and geography. But questions can be like ocean currents: wade in too far, and they carry you away. Hohn's accidental odyssey pulls him into the secretive world of shipping conglomerates, the daring work of Arctic researchers, the lunatic risks of maverick sailors, and the shadowy world of Chinese toy factories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant narration

  • By K. on 06-09-11
  • Moby-Duck
  • The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them
  • By: Donovan Hohn
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch

Wow! I liked this even more than I expected!

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

Reviewed: 05-07-12

What did you like about this audiobook?

Yes because both the author and narrator made the story very compelling, informative, and entertaining.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

Tory Horwitz's "Confederates in the Attic", because the style is similar, and because the author breathes life into topics that may seem very dry and anecdotal.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

I found his voice to be very engaging and he made even technical passages sound compelling.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

I did find myself laughing aloud and wanting to share what I'd just heard with those around me. I urge others to read and/or listen to the book.

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

  • By: Rebecca Skloot
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,935

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Story

  • By Prisca on 04-30-10

Engaging, informative, heart-wrenching

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

Reviewed: 05-07-12

Would you consider the audio edition of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks?

Among the memorable passages was the point at which Henrietta's daughter learns that it is her mother's cancer cells, not healthy ones, that have become immortal.

Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell and Bahni Turpin – was your favorite?

Debra

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

While I needed to take a break from the topic at times, due to wanting to absorb all that had been presented, it was very compelling and the author's style leads the reader/listener seamlessly forward.

Any additional comments?

unlike many books, this is one I will probably listen to, or read in print, again.