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  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,921
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,086
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,064

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I've never read a book quite like this one

  • By Joey on 04-23-12

Ideal for insomniacs

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

This is 3 novels with the same characters, back-to-back. It is long, slow and surreal, which is the author's signature style. Spreading the telling among three appropriate narrators keeps it going. The pace would be intolerable for prime-time listening, but I found it just right during my nightly episodes of insomnia.

  • The Beekeeper's Lament

  • How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America
  • By: Hannah Nordhaus
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595

Award-winning journalist Hannah Nordhaus tells the remarkable story of John Miller, one of America's foremost migratory beekeepers, and the myriad and mysterious epidemics threatening American honeybee populations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting listen!

  • By M. Cieri on 02-23-17

Bubbly writing and narration

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

The author and narrator make the tedious economic and medical issues with domestic honey bees fascinating.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Inside of a Dog

  • What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
  • By: Alexandra Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 429
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 383

Have you ever wondered what your dogs are thinking? What they're feeling? Now you can finally know! The answers will surprise and delight you as scientist and dog owner Alexandra Horowitz explains how our four-legged friends perceive their daily worlds, each other, and that other quirky animal, the human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great insight to a dog 's life

  • By Jesus on 07-11-16

boring lectures by a pompous professor

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

Lots of hectoring about not anthropomorphizing dog behavior. Not much insight to anyone who has ever paid attention to dogs. Maybe useful to a new dog owner who might think that a dog is a human baby.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 652

If you are driving, pull over. If you are at work, close your door, unless you don't mind your colleagues seeing you doubled over, in tears, on your office floor. With this recording, taped before a delirious sold out audience at Carnegie Hall, you are there as David Sedaris performs new stories from his upcoming book. A parrot who mimics an ice maker, lovers quarreling over a rubber hand, and a Santa Claus who moonlights from his job as bishop of Turkey, the cast of characters is like no other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Like Being There

  • By Rick on 06-27-12

terrible production

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

This classic Sedaris performance is butchered by the audio editors, with long repeated segments and important chucks of monolog snipped out. Doesn't audible do any quality control?

  • Old Man's War

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,025

John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Witty Military Sci-Fi

  • By M. Spencer on 10-21-12

Heinlein for enthused geriatrics

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

Works for anybody who enjoyed adolescent Heinlein in the 1950's, and is still adolescent in the 2010's.

  • The Grapes of Wrath

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,269

At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish I could give it 10 stars!

  • By P. Minor on 07-18-14

A polemic from the recent past

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

I am the product of blue-collar depression-era parents who found the American dream to work for them, and for me. So, this polemic novel from the Great Depression is almost as remote as a story from the Civil War. It is forced whenever it attempts generalization about large-scale society, but hits spot-on when the persona of the novel speak and act for themselves. Nobody who read this is ever going to forget the Joad family.

  • To Show and to Tell

  • The Craft of Literary Nonfiction
  • By: Phillip Lopate
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Distinguished author Phillip Lopate, editor of the celebrated anthology The Art of the Personal Essay, is universally acclaimed as “one of our best personal essayists” ( Dallas Morning News). Here, combining more than 40 years of lessons from his storied career as a writer and professor, he brings us this highly anticipated nuts-and-bolts guide to writing literary nonfiction. A phenomenal master class shaped by Lopate’s informative, accessible tone, and immense gift for storytelling.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Must for Aspiring Writers

  • By Troy on 03-06-13

Boring!

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

Reviewed: 01-30-17

A middle-aged professor tries to tell you how to write interesting essays, demonstrating that a tiresome self-absorbed style does not work.

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    Length: 22 hrs and 25 mins
    6,826 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • The Likeness

  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
  • Length: 22 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,390

Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really on a Different Level

  • By Michael on 07-05-10

An excellent undercover mystery

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

Reviewed: 12-21-16

While the premise is fantastical, the emotional experience of a detective pretending to be the double of herself is extraordinary. The author is great at developing the individual personalities of the victim, friends, enemies, and police.

  • Last Hit

  • Hitman, Book 1
  • By: Jessica Clare, Jen Frederick
  • Narrated by: Iggy Toma, Kasha Kensington
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519

Nikolai: I have been a contract killer since I was a boy. For years I savored the fear caused by my name, the trembling at the sight of my tattoos. If you saw my eyes, it was the last vision you'd have. With her I am the mark, and I am ready to lie down and let her capture me. Opening my small, scarred heart to her brings out my enemies. I will carry out one last hit, but if they hurt her I will bring the world down around their ears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THANK YOU JC & JF FOR A PERFECT 5 STAR LISTEN

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 03-22-15

x-rated romantic comedy

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

Reviewed: 10-15-16

Unexpectedly x-rated tale of a hot virgin and a cold hit man having happy sex and justifiable murder. A women's notion the current Russian mafia. A really interesting romantic comedy with lots of oral sex.

  • Solaris

  • The Definitive Edition
  • By: Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston - translator
  • Narrated by: Alessandro Juliani
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,768
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,241

At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani ( Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A comment on negative reviews

  • By Burns on 09-20-11

Life is but a dream

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

Reviewed: 03-27-16

A nice sci-fantasy about a planet that is alive and may/not be sentient, but off-handedly plays with your mind. The chapters meander between actions, dreamlike states, and academic minutia, a process rather like switching TV channels to keep your attention, if not your understanding. I particularly liked the planet's own dreamy activities. The reader is good at switching between voices of anxiety, lovers and mad scientists.