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  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,653
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23,680

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By kurdis teed on 05-28-17

Tedious and miserable

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

Reviewed: 09-16-14

Would you try another book from Donna Tartt and/or David Pittu?

I would not buy another book from this author.

What was most disappointing about Donna Tartt’s story?

Every part of the book was 5 times too long, too wordy, too repetitive, and too boring.

Would you be willing to try another one of David Pittu’s performances?

Maybe. David Pittu was great at different characters I just didn't like him for the main character. Then again... there wasn't anything else to like about the main character either.

Any additional comments?

When the main character was contemplating suicide... I was rooting for him to do it.

  • Jessica

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710

Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl's fight for justice against tremendous odds. A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father, as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob: but will justice prevail in the courts? Nine months later, a baby is born...with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father's identity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No light reading!

  • By Dave on 10-04-10

Not a Courtenay Classic

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

Reviewed: 04-04-12

I loved both Power of One and Brother Fish so Jessica was a disappointment. The relationships were underdeveloped, the characters unrealistic, and the story could (should) have been broken up into two books. It is hard to swallow there could be so many evil women out there... in one place... mothers and sisters no less. The only happy moments seemed to pop out of no where and without developing a vested interest in the outcome. Humphrey Bower was, as always, 5 stars! Jessica is 2 stars at best.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stardust

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,193
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,474

Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve the star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran on the most unforgettable adventure of his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Witty and magical

  • By R. BREEN on 12-21-06

Great performance.... yet again!

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

Reviewed: 02-24-12

I love listening to Gaiman... I wish he could tuck me in and tell me bedtime stories. I enjoyed his performance and the story while not as much as The Graveyard Book which is my favorite of his so far. I couldn't imagine reading his books, however, if they are available on audible with him as the narrator!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Brother Fish

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 31 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,426

From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Just Another Fish Story - something special

  • By Rebecarol on 07-07-08

Holy Humphrey Bower!!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-10

What an amazing narrator!!! I can't say enough about how great he is and the unbelievable feat he accomplished by creating so many disparate and believable charactor voices. Bryce Courtenay is also an incredible writer. Interesting and real characters... intriguing storylines... heartwarming relationships... great dialogue (loved his colloquial speech)... BUT, I think this book would be better read vs. listened to. Courtenay has a habit of saying the same thing in many different ways. It gets tedious and repetitive and I found myself daydreaming while I was listening. Much could have been cut out. That is the only reason for the 4 rating. Otherwise, it would be a resounding 5. I'm going to read The Power of One vs. listen to it.

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  • The English American

  • By: Alison Larkin
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 441

When Pippa Dunn, adopted as an infant and raised terribly British, discovers that her birth parents are from the American South, she finds that "culture clash" has layers of meaning she'd never imagined. Meet The English American, a fabulously funny, deeply poignant debut novel that sprang from Alison Larkin's autobiographical one-woman show of the same name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Michael on 07-05-09

British Chick Lit

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-10

If British Chick Lit is what you are looking for, this is it. Very cute, entertaining, and funny. I really liked the heroine. The narrator was great!! If I were to rate this versus my other favorites like The Help, and Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, I would rate it lower than a 4. BUT, in the world of Chick Lit... this is a 4.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Family Matters

  • By: Rohinton Mistry
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 205

From the author of the highly acclaimed A Fine Balance, comes a brilliantly evocative novel that confirms Mistry's reputation as one of the finest writers of our time. "As close to perfect as a novel can get," raves Booklist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More greatness from Rohinton Mistry

  • By JOHN on 02-10-06

Barely finished it

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-10

I bought this book because of the "unraveling of the family's secrets and surprising revelations from the past" and the great reviews. The so-called secrets were obvious and too quickly revealed. There was no build up to any of the events that happened. I was very disappointed and often times BORED.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • This Heart of Mine

  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109

Molly Somerville knows she has a reputation for trouble. She did give away her $15-million inheritance, but, hey, nobody's perfect. Yes, Molly's happy about almost everything...except her long-term crush on the daredevil quarterback for the Chicago Stars. That awful, gorgeous Kevin Tucker, a man who can't even remember her name! One night, Molly's penchant for running into trouble runs her right into Kevin himself, turning her world upside down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 stars

  • By Donna A on 05-09-08

I love Molly

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-09

This is not my typical genre but sometimes, you just need an escape... this is one of my favorites! Molly is probably favorite romantic heroines of all time. Honest, cute and sassy!! I've read/listened to several of Phillips books and this was the best of those. The narrator is top notch!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Played with Fire

  • The Millennium Series, Book 2
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,396
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,631

Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • irritatingly engrossing

  • By David on 03-16-10

Even better...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-09

This one was even better than Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. They are both fantastic, however, so get them both... and in order. I can't wait for the 3rd!

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,272
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,006

London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb.... As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends – and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I felt like a bit of a voyeur

  • By Ella on 03-10-09

Story is as original as the title

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-09

Loved it! Pleasantly surprised that a book, solely of letters could be so satisfying. I loved every character, every storyline, and every narrator. One of my favorite audiobooks. I'll be giving this book as X-mas gifts!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Graveyard Book

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,713
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,053

Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful!

  • By Paula A Ford on 12-13-09

Pleasantly surprised

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-09

I bought this book because of the rave reviews... not because of the description of the book. It started slowly for me, I almost thought I had made a mistake. Then, it sucked me in. Very cute and original story. The narrator (the author) was brilliant!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful