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  • Skylight Confessions: A Novel

  • Booktrack Edition
  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Mare Winningham
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

On the night her father dies, Arlyn - a dreamy believer in destiny and love - is certain the man she is meant to be with will walk into her life. But fate seems to be playing a trick when cool, practical, and deliberate John Moody knocks on her door to ask for directions. Their difficult marriage leads them and their children to a house made of glass in the Connecticut countryside, to the avenues of Manhattan, and to the blue waters of Long Island Sound, all in a search for family and identity.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A window into the soul of a family

  • By Stephanie on 11-13-18

A window into the soul of a family

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I don’t know what I was expecting, but for some reason this one caught me by surprise. I love Hoffman’s voice and storytelling, and Skylight Confessions did not disappoint. She paints the story of addiction with care and empathy, and the history of a marriage and what a family is with compassion. Mare Winningham’s narration is simply wonderful. She and Hoffman are a match made in heaven.

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,503

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully narrated

  • By A. Hawley on 11-23-07

Fabulous listen

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

Very creative, yet somewhat familiar in the endearing style of fables. Very much enjoyed the narrator, who is awesome at his job!, and the story. Could have listened to this all over again.

  • The Left Hand of Darkness

  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,494
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,277
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,277

A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can change their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters. Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost 50 and still amazing

  • By kwdayboise (Kim Day) on 06-07-17

Dull

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

I am over halfway through AND JUST REALIZED THAT THERE ARE MULTIPLE POINTS OF VIEW. I normally really like George Guidall, have even sought him out in the past, but sci-fi is definitely not his forté. I started wondering what this would have been like with a more virtuoso narration (recently finished The Force, which was so incredibly well read) very early on, tried to stick with it in honor of Le Guin. Failed utterly. The story’s premise is so interesting! The narration ruins it completely.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Force

  • A Novel
  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,483

All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop. He is the "King of Manhattan North", a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of "Da Force". Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest - an elite special unit given carte blanche to fight gangs, drugs, and guns. Every day and every night for the 18 years he's spent on the job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Winslow continus to amaze

  • By Steve L on 07-13-17

I have a crush on Dion Graham's voice

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

Actor Dion Graham and his merry band of accents make this book come alive. From the King of Manhattan North, NYPD detective (and red-haired Staten Island son of a cop) Denny Malone to drug dealers and seasoned black sergeants and Staten Island housewives -- this character-driven novel is putty in Graham's capable hands. The book is good (hate the ending!), but so much better being narrated by this guy.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Whole Heart, Whole Horse

  • Building Trust Between Horse and Rider
  • By: Mark Rashid
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 193

Many horse trainers, even those who espouse the so-called natural horsemanship approach, take the position that horses who fail to obey a human's request are doing so as much out of perversity as ignorance. That's not Mark Rashid's view. In his words, "If we understand that horses can't separate the way they feel from the way they act, then we can start to see that unwanted behavior isn't bad behavior at all. More times than not, it's just the horse expressing the way he feels at that particular moment in time....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always something to learn from Rashid

  • By Stella9 on 01-27-16

Big Rashid Fan!!

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

Reviewed: 09-06-17

Commencing reading all of his books now. Full of common sense, tips, experiences and all that, but also that horse love that we can't help.

  • A Good Horse Is Never a Bad Color

  • Tales of Training Through Communication and Trust - 2nd Edition, Revised & Updated
  • By: Mark Rashid
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 230

In A Good Horse Is Never a Bad Color, Mark Rashid continues to share his talent for training horses through communication rather than force. Rashid uses humorous, feel-good stories to relate his techniques of teaching horses by examining their view of the world. This book is a must-have for compassionate horse trainers and owners. Tales of Arabs, appaloosas, and paints - mistrusted and mistreated because of their breed - will give listeners a new perspective on these breeds and others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Book!

  • By Trish K. on 06-29-15

Great lessons hidden in good storytelling

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

I was not familiar with Mark Rashid prior to listening to this, but I really like the lessons he shares. I've been around horses forever, but didn't really start riding (English) until just a couple of years ago. The valuable lessons within are really about horsemanship, so don't worry about the western backdrop and just listen.

  • Be Frank with Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Julia Claiborne Johnson
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,058
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,058

Reclusive literary legend M. M. "Mimi" Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style Ponzi scheme, she's flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, and to ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress. The prickly Mimi reluctantly complies - with a few stipulations: no Ivy Leaguers or English majors. Must drive, cook, tidy. Computer whiz. Good with kids.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Whirlwind

  • By Sara on 09-02-16

Excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

Story was ok, though I hated the subject of the story. Could Ms. Banning never spare a kind word for Alice? We had to infer some kind of decency and conjure sympathy via backstory and tiny clues. If I were Alice suffering all that verbal abuse I would not have done so quietly, continuously reinforced love of Frank notwithstanding.

  • Lily and the Octopus

  • By: Steven Rowley
  • Narrated by: Michael Urie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,365
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,366

When you listen to Lily and the Octopus, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride. The magic of this novel is in the listening, and we don't want to spoil it by giving away too many details. We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can't live without. For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion, Lily, who happens to be a dog.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OMG WHY!!???!??? last hour redeemed the first 7

  • By Cynda on 03-21-18

Dragged

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

Aside from Lily's voice, I thought the narration was fine. The story and plot jumped the shark, or octopus, as the case may be, very early on. Then I had to suffer through to the end just to see if it got any better, which never happened. I get it, but the weird premise just didn't fly with me. Didn't care for the self absorption either, even as much as I understand the grief. This book was overhyped.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon

  • By: Kelly Barnhill
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,431

Every year the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, Delightful, Engaging

  • By Tom on 08-31-17

A fairy tale in all the right ways

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

Reviewed: 03-28-17

This audiobook had me right from the beginning, with its fables and dragons and witches. It's creative and suspenseful, and just whimsical enough to be fun without feeling trite or childish. Really enjoyed the story from start to finish, even the ending. The characters were so well-written that I enjoyed every chapter. This narrator needs a raise and an award for her depictions. Thank you for a really enjoyable listen that I did not want to end.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Flood Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard Fifield
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,641
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,493
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,487

This snappy, sassy redemption story set in small-town Montana is "a wild and crazy debut novel by a talented young writer" (Jackie Collins), filled with an uproarious and unforgettable cast of characters you won't want to leave behind.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Trashy unfunny people

  • By Cathy on 08-11-16

Not exactly what you expect

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

Reviewed: 11-18-16

This was a little long and a little tragic, but I liked the redeeming qualities about Rachel and her adventures. She deserved the 2nd chance. I wish I hadn't quite trusted the writer to reward my endurance with that ending, though. Nothing fair about it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful