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  • Tropic of Cancer

  • By: Henry Miller
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 448

Now hailed as an American classic, Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller's masterpiece, was banned as obscene in this country for 27 years after its first publication in Paris in 1943. Only a historic court ruling that changed American censorship standards, ushering in a new era of freedom and frankness in modern literature, permitted the publication of this first volume of Miller's famed mixture of memoir and fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By chris on 09-15-08

Tell again why?

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

Let me say first off, I'm not a romance or sensual book lover (I wouldn't even stretch it to say I liked them). I can see why this was banned and out of print for so long. I read this for a book group, but would NEVER have wasted my time to plug through it otherwise. Soft porn anyone?

  • This Is Where It Ends

  • By: Marieke Nijkamp
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl, Whitney Dykhouse, Kate Rudd, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 812
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 739
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 737

10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve. 10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class. 10:03. The auditorium doors won't open. 10:05. Someone starts shooting. Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Valiant Effort in Otherwise Melodramatic Read

  • By Chinee on 02-28-16

Good book...but not in audio format

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

Powerful book about a school shooting from the POV of the shooter's family and victims. With the number of active shooter situations in the US lately, this was all too real despite being a work of fiction. I listened to the book on audible. The book contains a number of posts from social media. I found the "hashtag..." and social media abbreviations - yes they use the actual letters i.e. "KTFO" - VERY annoying and distracting. Had I read this in a paper version I could have skimmed over all of that.

  • Rose Under Fire

  • By: Elizabeth Wein
  • Narrated by: Sasha Pick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203

Rose Justice is a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. On her way back from a semi-secret flight in the waning days of the war, Rose is captured by the Germans and ends up in Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi women's concentration camp. There, she meets an unforgettable group of women. These damaged women must bond together to help each other survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific story paired with passible narration

  • By Daryl on 04-14-15

Good story...narrator not so much

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

Reviewed: 01-08-17

The narrator- Sasha Pick - made this a painful listen for me. She was too chipper and upbeat for the situations Rose was in and the whiny nasally voice she used for some of the rabbits drove me crazy. I believe I will pass on other audible books having Ms Pick as a narrator.

  • Empty Mansions

  • The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
  • By: Bill Dedman, Paul Clark Newell Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 916
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 806
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 812

When Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Dedman noticed in 2009 a grand home for sale, unoccupied for nearly 60 years, he stumbled through a surprising portal into American history. Empty Mansions is a rich mystery of wealth and loss, connecting the Gilded Age opulence of the 19th century with a 21st-century battle over a $300 million inheritance. At its heart is a reclusive heiress named Huguette Clark, a woman so secretive that, at the time of her death at age 104, no new photograph of her had been seen in decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Wowzer Book!

  • By Beje on 07-20-14

Numbers, numbers, numbers...

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

Reviewed: 05-20-15

Interesting story about a historical period which was unknown to me. I had never heard of W.A. Clark - as a Copper Baron or a politician. The book was interesting in its own right but seriously lagged as each amount spent, donated, gifted or lost was itemized. YAWN! A great deal could have been summarized without detracting from the story.

  • Wild

  • From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
  • By: Cheryl Strayed
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,386

At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I Took the Trip

  • By FanB14 on 04-08-13

Doesn't live up to the hype

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

Reviewed: 03-11-15

Meh...
Could not "like" Cheryl Strayed no matter how much I wanted too. Some interesting info about the history of the PCT, but otherwise not a book I would recommend or read again.

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  • A Double Barreled Detective Story

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Jonas Yarkman
  • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4

At a mining camp in California, Fetlock Jones, a nephew of Sherlock Holmes, kills his master, a silver-miner, by blowing up his cabin. Since this occurs when Holmes happens to be visiting, he brings his skills to bear upon the case and arrives at logically worked conclusions that are proved to be abysmally wrong by an amateur detective with an extremely keen sense of smell, which he employs in solving the case. This could be seen as yet another piece in which Twain tries to prove that life does not quite follow logic.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • HORRIBLE NARRATOR!

  • By Trisha on 02-13-13

HORRIBLE NARRATOR!

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

Reviewed: 02-13-13

I could only tolerate about 30 minutes before I wanted to fall asleep with the narrator's monitone voice. This is the second Twain work I've listened to and both seem to have this same narrator. I will pick up the story to read elsewhere. Definitely NOT an audible best.

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  • A Dog’s Tale

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Length: 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

This short novel of Twain’s, from 1903, is told from the point of view of a loyal and beloved family pet. Themes of heroics, valor and heart-wrenching tenderness fill this work. The story is also filled with happy events as well as sad ones and is ultimately about what dogs are to us … best friends. A Dog’s Tale is quintessentially Twain.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible narrator!

  • By Trisha on 12-29-12

Horrible narrator!

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

Reviewed: 12-29-12

The story was a typical Twain tale, but it was difficult to tell with the narration. A young child could have done better. His pronunciations were incorrect, pauses in the wrong places and narration was devoid of any emotion. I would steer clear of the audio version and read the paper or e book version.

  • Home

  • A Novel
  • By: Toni Morrison
  • Narrated by: Toni Morrison
  • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

Frank Money is an angry, self-loathing veteran of the Korean War who, after traumatic experiences on the front lines, finds himself back in racist America with more than just physical scars. His home may seem alien to him, but he is shocked out of his crippling apathy by the need to rescue his medically abused younger sister and take her back to the small Georgia town they come from and that he's hated all his life. This is a deeply moving novel about an apparently defeated man finding his manhood - and his home.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Urbane

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-11-12

Stick to a physical book

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

Reviewed: 12-19-12

I found the story and characters interesting and engaging. I would have rated the book much higher if it had been narrated by someone other than the author. Ms. Morrison wove an interesting story but her narration was monotone and she sounded bored. It was often difficult to hear or understand what she was saying. I will confine my future adventures into Toni Morrison's work will be in a physical book or e-book - especially if she chooses to narrate her own work again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Dead Man in Naples

  • By: Michael Pearce
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

Naples, 1913. Sun-baked, blue-skied, and with its amazing bay it is one of the most beautiful spots in Italy. But it’s also one of the most corrupt. A new arrival here is a junior British official, Scampion, who has already been banished from Florence. Scampion, however, brings with him a new craze that is sweeping Italy: bicycling. But one day as he walks home after a bicycle race, he is stabbed to death. That happens all the time in Naples, but remarkably his wallet was not taken.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love Seymour!

  • By katydid on 03-12-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 12-02-12

What disappointed you about A Dead Man in Naples?

The review piqued my interest into listenin, but the story and characters were flat and boring. The narration was good and I plodded through to the end...but was grateful when the ridiculous plot came to an end.

What do you think your next listen will be?

A Jo Nesbo book or some historical fiction novel.

Would you be willing to try another one of Bill Wallis’s performances?

Yes

What character would you cut from A Dead Man in Naples?

All of them! There was nothing redeeming about the story.