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  • Beauty and Sadness

  • By: Yasunari Kawabata
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

Returning to Kyoto, where temple bells announce the New Year, a grave and penitent Oki is drawn to a haunting obsession from his past. Gently lyrical, yet fierce with the stark intensity of passion, Kawabata's last novel tells the story of the lasting consequences of a brief love affair.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • nostalgic literature from Japan

  • By Emily on 10-29-10

Audible version

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

Kawabata is a skilled writer and he does not disappoint in this short novel that looks at the many facets of love and the results of its passions and betrayals. Nothing is permanent in life except death. However, the narrator of the audible version of the book, Nishii, was both monotonous and boring. His vocal inflections when speaking as a female character were extremely annoying and detracted from the story. It is Kawabata's skill with words that kept me listening to the book despite the terrible, terrible narrator.

  • The Fourth Monkey

  • By: J. D. Barker
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Graham Winton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,180

Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called "a talented writer with a delightfully devious mind". For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one that proves he has taken another victim, who may still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twisted Knives And Killer Humor

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-15-17

Deeply disturbing

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

Any additional comments?

There is nothing redeemable about this book. The major portion of the book was devoted to the heinous torture of women. I just do not need to fill my head with such disturbing images. This is just another example of an Audible "Daily Deal" gone bad.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Bachelor Establishment

  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,543

High adventure and dark mystery combine in a sparkling historical romance, by Jodi Taylor writing as Isabella Barclay from The Chronicles of St. Mary's. Bascombe, widowed and tied to an impoverished estate, has learned to ask little of life. With no hope of leaving, the years have passed her by. Lord Ryde, exiled abroad after a scandal, has returned to strip his estate and make a new start in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A clever and well-plotted Regency Romance

  • By Hope on 09-17-15

First Jodi Taylor book and I am NOT impressed

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

Any additional comments?

I made the mistake of buying this as a Daily Deal, thinking a period mystery with a hint of romance might be a change from my mystery/thriller genre. While this was a period piece, I did not feel much history was included, other than the constant "keeping a woman in her place." The sex scene was almost laughable for the time period. I felt as though we had to plod through a longer-than-needed book to get to the meat of the story. I will say that I did enjoy the humor and sniping between characters - I did laugh aloud at times. Despite a few laughs, I doubt that I will read another Taylor book, even if she is using a pseudonym.

  • The Chosen

  • The Fredrika Bergman Series, Book 5
  • By: Kristina Ohlsson
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

On a cold winter's day, a preschool teacher is shot to death in front of parents and children at the Jewish Congregation in Stockholm. Just a few hours later, two Jewish boys go missing on their way to tennis practice. A heavy snowstorm hits Stockholm and the traces of the perpetrator are few and far between. Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht are faced with one of their toughest challenges ever, as they hunt for a killer that seems as merciless as he is effective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent addition to the series

  • By Nitenurse on 08-08-17

Excellent addition to the series

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

This is the 5th book in the Fredrika Bergman series and my favorite thus far. Nice plot twists. The narrator was excellent.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Present Darkness

  • By: Malla Nunn
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Five days before Christmas, Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper sits at his desk at the Johannesburg major crimes squad, ready for his holiday in Mozambique. A call comes in: a respectable white couple has been assaulted and left for dead in their bedroom. The couple’s teenage daughter identifies the attacker as Aaron Shabalala— the youngest son of Zulu Detective Constable Samuel Shabalala—Cooper’s best friend and a man to whom he owes his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brillliant ! Wonderful !

  • By Glenn on 05-04-15

Another great one from Malla Nunn

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-16

Love the Emmanuel Cooper series and this one does not disappoint. The setting is again South Africa during apartheid. Police corruption abounds and Cooper and his friend, DC Shabalala must investigate on their own if this case, involving Shabalala's son as a suspect, is to be solved. The narrator for the audio book is excellent. I can't wait for the next book in this series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Shift Omnibus Edition

  • Shift 1-3, Silo Saga
  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,690
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,278

In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech (CAN) outlined the hardware and software platform that would one day allow robots smaller than human cells to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate. In the same year, a simple pill, it had been discovered, could wipe out the memory of any traumatic event. At almost the same moment in humanity's broad history, mankind had discovered the means for bringing about its utter downfall - and the ability to forget it ever happened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Back to where it all started

  • By Lore on 07-05-17

Slow

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

Reviewed: 12-08-15

Any additional comments?

This series just plodded along. The narrator did not help with is sloooooooooow reading. The books just did not capture or hold my attention at all. I returned one but Audible refused to allow me to return the other 2 but this is not the place to review Audible policies. The series was a big disappointment and I would not read anything else by this author, nor will I recommend him.

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,780

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

I wanted more.

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

Reviewed: 11-05-15

Any additional comments?

This could have been a great book but it was just too predictable and there were too many unbelievable occurrences. What starts off as a college assignment turns into a race to clear a convicted criminal of his crimes. The main character, Joe, seems to be able to do it all - care for his autistic brother, deal with his carousing alcoholic mother, attend college, begin a relationship with his female neighbor AND exonerate a criminal. The last part of the book where Joe escapes from a murderer is totally unbelievable and at this point, the author lost my interest. Joe, his mother, and his brother could have made compelling characters in a novel that dealt with family dynamics but instead, the author tried to squeeze in too much and the book ended up uneven and unsatisfying. I simply wanted more. On a positive note, the reader, Zach Villa, did a wonderful job. Too bad he didn't have better material to read.

27 of 44 people found this review helpful

  • Effigies

  • A Faye Longchamp Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Mary Anna Evans
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Archaeologist Faye Longchamp and her friend Joe Wolf Mantooth have traveled to Neshoba County, Mississippi, to help excavate a site near Nanih Waiya, the sacred mound where tradition says the Choctaw Nation was born. When farmer Carroll Calhoun refuses their request to investigate a nearby mound on his land, Faye and her colleagues are disappointed, but his next action breaks their hearts: He tries to bulldoze the huge relic to the ground. Faye and Joe rush to protect history - with their bodies, if necessary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just a Mystery- but great Historical Fiction!

  • By PattyQB on 02-15-14

No More for Me

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

Reviewed: 10-30-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. The story just did not hold my interest. I find Faye's character unbelievable and the mysteries to be light and too easy to figure out. I also am not looking for a romance in my mysteries.

Would you be willing to try another book from Mary Anna Evans? Why or why not?

No. I have listened to 3 and do not like the undertone to each book. Faye has a big chip on her shoulder and as a character in RELICS told her, "This is the 21st Century. Move on" or something to that effect.

What didn’t you like about Cassandra Campbell’s performance?

Her voice is very annoying. She reads Faye in a breathy voice, then attempts an accent for other characters that always fails. There is a sarcastic tone to her reading.

Did Effigies inspire you to do anything?

Yes, it inspired me to remove the remaining books in the series from my Wish Lists at Amazon, Audible, and my public library.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • When I Found You

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,997
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,737
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,743

Nathan McCann thought he didn't want a family. But when he finds an abandoned newborn in the woods, he feels an inexplicable bond with the boy and starts to make plans to raise the child as his own - until the baby's grandmother steps forward to claim him. Nathan makes a request of her, though: to one day bring the boy to meet his rescuer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Giving without Expecting Something Back . . .

  • By Debbie on 05-29-14

Might be a good book but...

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

Reviewed: 10-14-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No! The reader was HORRIBLE!

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

I did not listen to the end. In fact, I could only tolerate about 2 hours before I had to stop listening.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeff Cummings?

Ralph Cosham. Jeff Cummings was so horribly boring. As a result, I could not get into the story.

Any additional comments?

Might try the print version to see if it is a story worth reading.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Crow Hollow

  • By: Michael Wallace
  • Narrated by: Rosemary Benson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 751
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 677

Prudence Cotton has recently lost her husband and is desperate to find her daughter, captured by the Nipmuk tribe during King Philip's war. She's convinced her daughter is alive but cannot track her into the wilderness alone. Help arrives in the form of James Bailey, an agent of the crown sent to Boston to investigate the murder of Prudence's husband and to covertly cause a disturbance that would give the king just cause to install royal governors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent historical novel

  • By MaineOne on 09-20-15

Good listen

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

Reviewed: 10-14-15

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

Yes. It was well read, and the story kept my interest to the end.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful