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  • Convenience Store Woman

  • By: Sayaka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori - translator
  • Narrated by: Nancy Wu
  • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 249

Tokyo resident Keiko Furukara has never fit in - neither in her family, nor in school - but when at the age of 18 she begins working at the Hiiromachi branch of national convenience store chain Smile Mart, she realizes instantly that she has found her purpose in life. Delighted to be able to exist in a place where the rules of social interaction are crystal clear (many are laid out line-by-line in the store's manual), Keiko does her best to copy the dress, mannerisms, and mode of speech of her colleagues, playing the part of a "normal" person excellently, more or less.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good

  • By Louise on 08-07-18

Unusual and entertaining novella

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

This book is unlike anything I'd listened to before. It seems to fit the trend of books with quirky, somewhat unlikable narrators who appear to be on the spectrum and who learn to connect to the world, like Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine or Britt-Marie Was Here. Yet this narrator is stranger and does nothing to ingratiate herself to readers. Perhaps because of this, she is a more interesting, and the setting of the Japanese convenience store adds to the overall sense of delving into a very particular world. The narrator does a great job bringing this character to life, and I felt transported by the story. I recommend this for the novelty of it, particularly for readers interested in contemporary Japan.

  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,057
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,416

A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!!!

  • By Alia on 12-11-09

Wonderful Narration of a Classic

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

It’s hard not to be familiar with the general story of A Christmas Carol, as it has been retold in so many pop cultural forms. But it is really worth hearing the original tale, which has more nuance and emotional weight than one might expect. It is beautifully written, and perfectly narrated by Tim Curry, who brings out all the emotion of both the characters and the story. It is a quick listen, and quite enjoyable.

  • Lady Audley's Secret

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Kim Hicks
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

Lady Audley is universally adored: Beautiful, kind and charming, she enamors all whom she meets. It is not until the strange disappearance of widower George Talboys that her behavior takes an odd turn. George's friend, Robert Audley, Lady Audley's nephew-in-law, is on the case; an upper-class layabout turned detective, he is determined to get to the bottom of things.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book with a Great Reader!

  • By Yvette on 05-29-16

Great performance by narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

I highly recommend this audiobook for people who love a good Victorian sensation novel. This book is often compared to The Woman in White, and while it isn't as well written or as well plotted as that novel, I would recommend Lady Audley's Secret for fans of Wilkie Collins. The mystery is intriguing, and the writing is wonderful. Unfortunately, the novel is longer than it needs to be, and the hero of the book is something of a condescending prig without much personality, which made it hard for me to root for him. On the plus side, all of the other characters--villains, heroes, and even side characters--are incredibly well drawn. Lady Audley is particularly fascinating. Although the story does drag in parts, Kim Hicks does such a great job with the narration that I was never bored. She brought the characters to life so that, even if the plot wasn't advancing as quickly as I would have liked, I was always invested in the dialogue and action being narrated. All in all, it's an enjoyable listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hound of the Baskervilles

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

The award-winning Sherlock Holmes narrator David Timson leads us through Conan Doyle's most famous tale. This extended story brings the archetypal detective to the moors with his friend and biographer Dr. Watson to investigate the mystery of a beast terrorizing the neighborhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterpiece

  • By Linda on 07-18-11

A wonderful classic

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

Reviewed: 07-30-16

David Timson does an excellent job narrating this masterpiece. The only aspect I didn't enjoy was his awful impersonation of an American accent, but all of his other character voices, as well as his general tone, is highly engaging.
The story itself is, in my opinion, the best of the Holmes novels. There are shocking revelations, tantalizing clues, and an atmospheric setting on the moors. I listened to this on a long drive, and it made the hours fly by.

  • In a Dark, Dark Wood

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,678
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,660

Leonora, known to some as Lee and others as Nora, is a reclusive crime writer, unwilling to leave her nest of an apartment unless it is absolutely necessary. When a friend she hasn't seen or spoken to in years unexpectedly invites Nora ( Lee) to a weekend away in an eerie glass house deep in the English countryside, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. Forty-eight hours later, she wakes up in a hospital bed injured but alive, with the knowledge that someone is dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS BOOK.

  • By jennifer on 09-06-15

Engaging and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 07-30-16

I would put this in the category of good, but not great, suspense-mystery. If you enjoy unreliable-narrator/amnesiac suspense in the vein of Girl on the Train, this is worth a listen.

I did enjoy the narrator--she keeps the story engaging, and does a fairly good job voicing the different characters. The mystery-aspect isn't played up much until the end, but suspense is maintained throughout. The first half is largely there to set up what happens (I won't spoil it for you--a lot of the fun is wondering what terrible fate has befallend which characters), but you always know that the details laid out from the start will eventually come together at the end. The end is a strange mix of predictable and totally implausible, but otherwise, it's a fun ride.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,306

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Had so much promise

  • By Brian G on 09-01-17

So disappointing

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

Reviewed: 08-19-15

I loved listening to 14 and was so excited to download this! My boyfriend, who also loved 14, and I listened to The Fold together on long drives this summer, and we both were so annoyed by the end that finishing this book felt more like a chore than anything else. If I'd been listening alone I would have quit halfway through.

The premise is interesting and the story starts off with an intriguing mystery, but quickly slides into the tedium of terrible writing and limited ideas. None of the characters are realistic, and none are given any depth or development. They are all just character types, and the dialogue is so stilted it takes ten minutes to get through the most mundane conversations. Mike, the main character, has no distinguishing personality features beyond his perfect recall, which is described in such a ludicrous way as to make him an entirely unbelievable hero. Also, as a side note, the author seems to think the teaching profession is entirely worthless. The amount of time devoted to pointing out how silly it is for a super intelligent, talented man to waste himself teaching high school is insulting to anybody who respects teachers!

To sum up: without the wit or fun of 14, The Fold is a disappointing follow up to the previous book. It's boring, and at the end of the novel, you haven't learned anything new about the Lovecraftian universes these books are set in, so the slow ride to nowhere isn't worth it.


1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,168

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader

  • By Sires on 04-13-14

Less than expected

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

Reviewed: 02-02-15

I had high hopes for this book, but it's far less interesting than its premise. If, like me, you're interested in the idea of somebody being able to explore historical periods, this is NOT a book for you. Though the characters travel back in time, we don't actually get any interaction with historical figures or even much description of the times or places. There is a lot of silly Adventure Story plot, but very little about time travel or English history.

Worse still, the protagonist is annoying, and her character doesn't make sense. She's supposed to be a PhD in History, but she acts like a simpering and rather foolish teenager, even though she's a grown woman and, so we are told, a gifted scholar. A lot of the characters' interactions are straight out of a YA story about a high school for magical time-traveling teens, but, again, we are supposed to believe these are all intelligent adults. Zara Ramm's reading is perfectly competent, but the character is so annoying I found myself disliking her performance.
I suggest skipping this one.

22 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • The Coroner

  • By: M. R. Hall
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

When lawyer Jenny Cooper is appointed Severn Vale District Coroner, she's hoping for a quiet life and space to recover from a traumatic divorce, but the office she inherits from the recently deceased Harry Marshall contains neglected files hiding dark secrets and a trail of buried evidence. Could the tragic death in custody of a young boy be linked to the apparent suicide of a teenage prostitute and the fate of Marshall himself?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book of the year, so far.

  • By karen on 05-11-13

Not your average mystery novel

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

Reviewed: 10-01-14

The Coroner is different from most crime novels because the "detective" is a lawyer who has taken the job of coroner in a small town in Wales. Thus her investigation methods are different from your typical sleuth, or even from a medical examiner/detective figure like Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta. I definitely learned a lot about coroner law, which is far more interesting than I expected!

The mystery itself is a bit bland. The courtroom scenes are far more gripping than the investigation, but overall the central plot is not exciting. Two juvenile offenders end up dead, one in custody and one who has just been released, and Jenny is suspicious of what happened at the facility where they both were detained. From there, it doesn't go anywhere you wouldn't expect it to, and it takes a bit too long to arrive at the conclusion. The main draw here is in the unique main character, and her unique career.

Jenny is fascinating, in part because she isn't a lovable protagonist. The fact that she suffers from panic attacks is one main focus of the novel, which I found compelling, but if you don't want to hear the explicit details of what it's like to have an anxiety disorder, this is not your next read. The idea of the damaged detective is nothing new, but Jenny Cooper's particular story--her mental illness, her anger about her recent divorce and job change, and her traumatic history--make her unusual for this genre. Sian Thomas's narration fits the character but is nothing spectacular.

Overall, I would recommend this as a good, but not great, mystery that is worth reading if you are looking for something a little different than the typical detective fare.

  • Cranford

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Clare Wille
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

This charming piece of social observation throws a gentle spotlight on life in a small village in northern England of the 1850s. The middle-aged ladies, existing in rather impoverished circumstances, nevertheless maintain the rules of politeness which they feel they should live by.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming episodes, beautifully told

  • By Angharad on 10-24-11

Charming novella, well read

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

Reviewed: 10-01-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Cranford to be better than the print version?

Listening to the story made it easier to follow along. I switched back and forth and both reading and listening had their merits, but this audio edition is at the very least equal to the print.

What other book might you compare Cranford to and why?

It is a bit like Winesburg, Ohio in that it's a series of interconnected stories that describe one town, but the tone is lighter, though the stories do cover some dark topics. It is also a bit like Lark Rise to Candleford.

What about Clare Wille’s performance did you like?

Her tone matches the somewhat ironic, sometime sad but often funny voice of the narrator perfectly. Sometimes when reader perform Victorian novels they can drone, but Clare Wile kept the story interesting.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I had the time, I could have easily listened to it all in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

This isn't a listen for someone looking for lots of drama or plot, but it is sweet, and evokes a time and place quite vividly.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

My Man Jeeves
    
    
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        P. G. Wodehouse
    
    


    
    
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        Martin Jarvis
    
    


    
    Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
    350 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • My Man Jeeves

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 270

A new Jeeves audiobook is cause for celebration, especially when the stories are not available in print. This hilarious installment of the inimitable manservant Jeeves and his twit of an employer, Bertie Wooster, includes the earliest stories written by the master of the pen, prank, and pun. The stories are woven together with original material performed by Martin Jarvis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Martin Jarvis is perfect

  • By Tad Davis on 05-29-06

Too many non-Jeeves stories

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

Reviewed: 05-26-14

Martin Jarvis is great, and as a newcomer to Wodehouse I found myself really enjoying the stories of Bertie and Jeeves. I give the Jeeves stories 5 stars, but there are only 2 of them, and the other stories here feature a different character entirely: Reggie Pepper. Pepper's stories are not nearly as good, and I was sorely disappointed when I realized that there were so many of them. I suggest downloading a different book in the Jeeves series.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful