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  • By: Andrew Sean Greer
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,064
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,057

You are a failed novelist about to turn 50. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: Your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes - it would be too awkward - and you can't say no - it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world. Question: How do you arrange to skip town? Answer: You accept them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Endearing, funny, but sometimes overly clever

  • By Lili on 07-30-17

Less would be more if it was 1987

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

Reviewed: 12-24-18

Not 2017!!

Talk about a yawner!

I had to go back and cleanse my reading palate with
Amistead Maupin ‘Tales of the City’ .who did it better and was in the same genre— character driven episodic stories in cosmopolitan settings

Pulitzer, Shulitzer!! There must have been no competition or the judges were all ill!

  • Twain’s Feast

  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,467
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,441

Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain’s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain’s favorite foods.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Recycling

  • By Greg Hill on 11-17-18

Cobbled together and shows it.......

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

Uninteresting journey to find something about food, that doesn't really happen...... oh and they trick you to think it is about Mark Twain, but is really about their PC 21th century take on slavery.....

Spoiler,

oh, there are none

why? you can't spoil something that's already bad!

  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,456
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,272

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW

  • By Kate on 11-05-18

YES!

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

A charming and touching story set in the White House, and (hurray!) no politics!
This is written, and then performed expertly by such a great cast!

Heartwarming..... thanks to Billy Crystal and Quinton Peebles for such a wonderful life story!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hi Bob!

  • By: Bob Newhart
  • Narrated by: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,167

In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well edited, funny, sincere

  • By RCC on 09-24-18

Hi Bob! ------ Give me more BOB!!

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

Loved the vintage stuff, some of the current people he conversed with do NOT have the depth to appreciate and awareness of of the GREATNESS of BOB!
Slobbed it up by SS with the #metoo stuff--- Comedy is comedy, and going back in time to criticize an era is getting very old.... FAST!

It was great to hear some of the backstory on the Newhart shows..... they were the best!
Bob was always a classy guy, and still is!

A great listen overall!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Once Upon a Haunted Moor

  • The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Harper Fox
  • Narrated by: Tim Gilbert
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 948
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 872
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 878

Gideon Frayne has spent his whole working life as a policeman in the village of Dark on Bodmin Moor. His first missing-child case is eating him alive. When his own boss sends in a psychic to help with the case, he's gutted - he's a level-headed copper who doesn't believe in such things, and he can't help but think that the arrival of clairvoyant Lee Tyack is a comment on his failure to find the little girl. But Lee is hard to hate, no matter how Gideon tries. At first Lee's insights into the case make no sense, but he seems to have a window straight into Gideon's heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent start, terrific narration

  • By Annika on 01-26-18

Don't get this for the Mystery...... there is none

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

Short, undeveloped mystery, if that is what you are here for....... weak, stereotypes abound! You were warned!

  • The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness

  • By: Paula Poundstone
  • Narrated by: Paula Poundstone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,082
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,000

Is there a secret to happiness? Beloved comedian Paula Poundstone conducts a series of "thoroughly unscientific" experiments to find out, offering herself up as a guinea pig and recording her data for the benefit of all humankind. Armed with her unique brand of self-deprecating wit and the scientific method, in each chapter Paula tries out a different get-happy hypothesis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Contemplative, with bursts of laughter

  • By Diana on 05-15-17

A LONG STUDY-- and you don't want it to end!

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Almost didn't purchase this one; remembering her tribulations with the law made me think twice, but saw the high ratings and did it.....
Paula is a gem of a person, humorous, generous, and introspective (and addressed that 'law' issue), but here we see her smack dab in the middle of raising her adoptive brood, and all the pitfalls and realities and parenting issues involved.
This seven-year project is exactly as presented, unscientific, putting Paula in the midst of some project/activity that purports to bring her happiness.
We get to see the hypothesis, proof and results, and much humor ensues!
This single parent really has it together, even though she didn't at times, it is a 'slice of life' that is truly worth the listen!
Any parent will see themselves in her, and her narration is the 'cherry on top'
Very enjoyable!

  • You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams

  • My Life in Stories and Pictures
  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 617

A beloved actor and famous man-on-the-scene, Alan Cumming takes the reader on a wild journey of pithy and cheeky fun, presenting his real-life stories of debauchery during late night Hollywood parties, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and hilarious yet poignant memories of his life, family, and friends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Stained Glass Window

  • By Dr. Louie on 12-14-16

Hollywood... yes, its as debauched as you thought

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

A collection of stories surrounding snapshots taken through this actor's life. Some 'stories' are a couple of sentences
The dog stories are charming
Much liberal activism and the corresponding generalizations about people who are not in his 'camp'
The Hollywood and Broadway party scene--lots of name dropping
Meh..... his memoir "Not my Fathers son" was much better

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Reporter Who Knew Too Much

  • The Mysterious Death of What’s My Line TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen
  • By: Mark Shaw
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 692

Was What's My Line TV star, media icon, and crack investigative reporter and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen murdered for writing a tell-all book about the JFK assassination? If so, is the main suspect in her death still at large? These questions and more are answered in former CNN, ESPN, and USA Today legal analyst Mark Shaw's 25th book, The Reporter Who Knew Too Much.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book! Well organized, great narration

  • By Jaybird on 05-24-17

Why was this woman not CELEBRATED for her talents?

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

SPOILER ALERT:

you've been warned:


Because, thanks to the MOB, she was killed and it was made to look like an OD/suicide!
Shaw lays it all out, she was a woman of talents and drive to get to the story, a true journalist of the time, she HAD the story on JFK/Oswald/Ruby, and she was killed because of it! Her 'sheaf of notes' disappeared at her death, and has never been recovered!

This woman, ahead of her time, was truly a renaissance woman! She did it all, and was celebrated, a media icon!

We don't hear of her because of the sad circumstances of her death (murder).
and that is the worst, she should be a part of any discussion of accomplished famous WOMEN!

Was the story somewhat repetitive? yes
Could it have been a shorter read/listen? yes
Does it matter? No.....

This story was too important and the author (I'm sure) was trying to be thorough, and he succeeded!

So move past some of those negative reviews, this "TRUE CRIME" story will hopefully shed light on the story of Dorothy Killgallen and help right the wrong that ended her life and tarnished her life story!

The narration by Gabra Zackman always adds to a story, she is perfection.




  • Wild Thing

  • A Novel
  • By: Josh Bazell
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff, Stephanie Wolfe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 503

It's hard to find work as a doctor when using your real name will get you killed. So hard that when a reclusive billionaire offers Dr. Peter Brown, aka Pietro Brnwa, a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world's worst field assignment, Brown has no real choice but to say yes. Even if it means that an army of murderers, mobsters, and international drug dealers-not to mention the occasional lake monster-are about to have a serious Pietro Brnwa problem.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Lot Like Cotton Candy

  • By Dr. on 02-24-12

NOT worth it; sophomore effort FAIL

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

I really liked Beat the Reaper, and quickly went for this second effort, BUT.....
Its like a choose your own adventure, but every option written into the story. Talk about a HOT MESS!
Note to author; stick to your globalist politics, you'll have more success, that diatribe at the end was your undoing.....
Not making this mistake again; need to read the reviews!
The only good thing was the great narration.... but unfortunately
this is a RETURN!

  • The Black Book

  • By: James Patterson, David Ellis
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,401

Billy Harney was born to be a cop. The son of Chicago's chief of detectives, whose twin sister is also on the force, Billy plays it by the book. Alongside Detective Kate Fenton, Billy's tempestuous, adrenaline-junkie partner, there's nothing he wouldn't sacrifice for his job. Enter Amy Lentini, a hard-charging assistant state's attorney hell-bent on making a name for herself - who suspects Billy isn't the cop he claims to be. They're about to be linked by more than their careers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT STORY!

  • By Artkeep on 07-03-17

Overall It's a 3.75 STARS- No spoilers!

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18


Did I like it? -- Yes
Was it the best Patterson--No
Did it keep my interest-- Yes and No, It had a lot of misdirection and suspense, but some of the improbable situations tempered my interest.
Will I listen to it again-- Probably, it would be a good 2nd listen to hear some of the twists I didn't catch the 1st time.
Was it a good narration? Absolutely, Ballerini did a great job...
Is it worth a credit?- Yes
So looking at what the stars mean, its between
Pretty Good and Great!