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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 25,361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,033
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23,057

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

This was blah, blah, blah boring from start to end

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

Reviewed: 07-17-14

I ordered this book because it was a best seller. All I can say is listeners must not expect much if this is considered interesting, much less worth listening to. It's a hard luck story of a young boy and never improves.

  • Doomsday Book

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,794
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,911
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,934

For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting

  • By mudcelt on 11-02-09

An endless back and forth

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

Reviewed: 12-15-13

Seems to be needlessly drawn out with something ALWAYS, ALWAYS standing in the way of our heroin discovering the obvious. It's a very tedious listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dead as a Doornail

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery # 5
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,963
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,966

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won an Anthony Award for her one-of-a-kind Sookie Stackhouse mystery series. Sookie, a Louisiana cocktail waitress, skilled telepath, and friend to vampires, has a dedicated fan base that grows larger every day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Telepathic barmaid, shapeshifters, vampires!

  • By Anne on 05-31-05

Hilarious and fun

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

Reviewed: 08-28-12

I love a good series because once you find a great main character, which Suki Stackhouse definitely is, a lot of the guesswork is taken out of one's next choice. The narration by Johanna Parker is one of the best I've ever listened to. She captures the point of view, mood and fun of the character perfectly. I also like how the author keeps the storyline moving along, introduces new and interesting characters, and leaves enough 'unknown' to motivate the listener to keep going. I have now listened to 4 from this series and can't wait for my credits to renew to get my next one.

  • Hyperion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,880

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Shrike Awaits. Enter The Time Tombs...

  • By Michael on 10-13-12

not a favorite

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

Reviewed: 06-10-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, I wouldn't. Very plodding story line. I got bored way before the last download section and didn't even bother. It was doom and gloom from the start and I found nothing to motivate me towards hearing the last. I can't even rate the Performance honestly because I so disliked the story.I hate buying a book I don't even want to finish because it's such a waste of time and money. sorry folks, wish I had liked it.

What could Dan Simmons have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Have an interesting plot line and more dimensions to the characters

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

Nothing could save it

Could you see Hyperion being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I hope not

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Spin

  • By: Robert Charles Wilson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,801
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,483
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,486

One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • thoughtful, Bradbury-esque SF

  • By Ryan on 09-20-10

Unrelieved doom and gloom

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

Reviewed: 02-27-12

What disappointed you about Spin?

There is not a hint of hope or change of pace. All is dismal and getting more so. If you aren't already depressed by reality, TRY THIS!

  • The Miracle at Speedy Motors

  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547

Mma Ramotswe is busy investigating her latest case: a woman who is looking for her family. The problem is, the woman doesn't know her real name of whether any members of her family are now living. Meanwhile, Phuti Radiphuti has bought Mma Makutsi a glorious new bed. Unfortunately, it will inadvertently cause her several sleepless nights.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Totally Addictive

  • By Joanne on 05-17-08

Very slow story about nothing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-10

I was very much looking forward to listening to this book because I had read other books in this series and found them amusing and interesting. I was very disappointed by both the Author and especially by the narrator, Lisette Lecat, who was not only exceedingly s-l-o-w, but pronounced every 'M' as MMMMMM, until I couldn't stand to hear another word, even when I put my Ipod on 'faster' speed. It was so slow and boring I couldn't even tell you what it was about.

  • Coyote Rising

  • A Novel of Interstellar Revolution
  • By: Allen Steele
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Allen Steele
  • Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 419
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 263

The Hugo Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed Coyote returns to the setting of his grand novel of interstellar exploration with the continuing epic of Earth's first space colonists - and a tale of revolution against a repressive government to reclaim their world in the name of freedom...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great sequel, though a very different book

  • By spacecasecake on 05-12-11

Unending dreariness plagues this book

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-10

I kept waiting for some small ray of hope to relieve the total doom and gloom of this book. From beginning to end, it is full of hopelessness. It become tedious and boring. I definitely don't recommend wasting money or time on it.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Framley Parsonage

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Mark Robarts, a young vicar, is newly arrived in the village of Framley. With ambitions to further his career, he seeks connections in the county's high society. He is soon preyed upon by a local member of parliament to guarantee a substantial loan, which Mark, in a moment of weakness, agrees to, even though he knows the man is a notorious debtor; it brings Mark to the brink of ruin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn't disappoint

  • By Herv J. Peairs on 06-27-07

hard to follow, boring to listen to.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-09

I expected I would like this book because I have read numerous Georgette Heyer books set in this era, but was sadly disappointed in the way this was presented. The author tells one the story rather than having the characters' dialogue carry the story. Was bored to tears by hour 2 and couldn't stand to finish it.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Beauvallet

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 126

Sir Nicholas Beauvallet has fallen in love with a Spanish noblewoman. She and her father were aboard a galleon captured by Sir Nicholas. He vows to make her his bride even though it means returning the pair to Spain and entering the lion's den.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good

  • By bebe on 12-27-10

Not up to expectations

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-09

I am a dedicated Heyer fan, but the voice of the Hero made him sound in his 70's rather than that of the daunting dare devil portrayed. Overall it destroyed the whole wonderful illusion Heyer usually casts and I would return it if I could. I'm so glad Audible now gives listeners the opportunity to hear a few minutes BEFORE one buys.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dies the Fire

  • A Novel of the Change
  • By: S. M. Stirling
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 22 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,655
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,664

Michael Havel was flying over Idaho en route to the holiday home of his passengers when the plane's engines inexplicably died, forcing a less than perfect landing in the wilderness. And, as Michael leads his charges to safety, he begins to realize that the engine failure was not an isolated incident.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An SCAer's dream

  • By David on 02-17-14

Great Story and fantastic Narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-09

For me the story being told is critical, but with audiobooks, the narration is just as important. With S.M. Stirling enthralling series about what happens when the world is thrown into 'The Change,' complimented by the topnotch narration of Todd McLaren, you get the best of both worlds. I've listened to the first 2 books of this series and I can't wait to download the third next month!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful