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  • True West

  • By: Sam Shepard
  • Narrated by: Kit Harington, Johnny Flynn
  • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5,860
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,414
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5,410

Kit Harington (Games of Thrones) and Johnny Flynn (Beast) smolder and burn as sparring brothers in Sam Shepard’s darkly comic 1980 drama. The live theatre production of True West was performed at the Vaudeville Theatre in London, United Kingdom, in 2019. It was produced by Joseph Smith and John Brant for Smith & Brant Theatricals and James Bierman for Empire Street Productions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Screenwriters, golf and brother's hate

  • By Kingsley on 04-05-19

True west

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

Reviewed: 04-29-19

This is an odd piece. Two siblings in their moms home constantly at each other’s throats about a screen play that one of the brothers was working on and then the other decides to write his own screen play.

  • The Darkwater Bride

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Marty Ross
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Donal Finn, Jamie Glover, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,528
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,439
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12,402

Late Victorian London. When James Miller, the most respectable of Scottish businessmen, is pulled, dead, from the Thames, his daughter is drawn into an investigation which reveals a whole world of secrets and corruption. Alongside local detective Culley, Catriona’s search for her father’s killer leads all the way to the tragic truth behind the ghostly legend of The Darkwater Bride and the power of her deadly kiss. The Darkwater Bride combines the genres of the Victorian mystery thriller with the equally classic Victorian mode of the ghostly tale.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • spooky audio drama / sex & violence crime fiction

  • By Paul on 04-07-19

Suspenseful drama

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

Reviewed: 04-29-19

This was a lot of fun to listen too. Like an old radio show dramatization of a story. I found myself thinking about it while not listening and looking forward to each new part.

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  • Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds

  • The First Official Stranger Things Novel
  • By: Gwenda Bond
  • Narrated by: Kristen Sieh
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

It’s the summer of 1969, and the shock of conflict reverberates through the youth of America, both at home and abroad. As a student at a quiet college campus in the heartland of Indiana, Terry Ives couldn’t be farther from the front lines of Vietnam or the incendiary protests in Washington. But the world is changing, and Terry isn’t content to watch from the sidelines. When word gets around about an important government experiment in the small town of Hawkins, she signs on as a test subject for the project, code named MKULTRA. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Storyline, Poor Performance

  • By Kristen on 02-21-19

Stranger Things Pre 11

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

Reviewed: 03-29-19

Nice to hear Terri’s story - 11 aka Baby Jane’s mother. We follow Terri as she begins going to the Hawkins lab as a volunteer at first. They don’t let her know she is pregnant but continue to experiment. The story fills the gaps in on the existence of 11 and why she is so powerful. Also there are physics that saw 11 as we saw her in the show in the future to them.

  • Full Dark, No Stars

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,386

"I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eerie, honest, frightening!

  • By 9S on 01-15-11

Horror short stories

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

Only one of the four short stories I found I knew the story before listening and that was A Good Marriage, I watched it on Netflix I believe. All four stories were gruesome, creepy and top quality stories. Stephen King has been a personal favorite author of mine for many years and I always enjoy finding a story of his I haven’t read yet.

  • The Demon Next Door

  • By: Bryan Burrough
  • Narrated by: Steve White
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20,731
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18,690
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18,622

Best-selling author Bryan Burrough recently made a shocking discovery: The small town of Temple, Texas, where he had grown up, had harbored a dark secret. One of his high school classmates, Danny Corwin, was a vicious serial killer. In this chilling tale, Burrough raises important questions of whether serial killers can be recognized before they kill or rehabilitated after they do. It is also a story of Texas politics and power that led the good citizens of the town of Temple to enable a demon who was their worst nightmare.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Less sensational than advertised

  • By Kingsley on 03-01-19

A real serial killer

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

A story of a real serial killer is a good read and a difficult one. Danny Corwin was not a name I remembered hearing in the news but it seems even the town he came from have tried to forget the name. Since he Killed his victims in the 70s and then again in the 80s news coverage was quite different then it is today and that may account for the name not standing out. For the victims, I am glad to know the story to know something of them and the loss that their families felt and continues to feel. It seems justice was served in that he received the death penalty but not soon enough it seems or some additional lives could have been spared.

  • A Mind of Her Own

  • By: Paula McLain
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18,731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,895
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,872

Paris, 1893. Twenty-five-year-old Marie Sklodowska is studying science at the Sorbonne - one of the only universities in the world that has begun to admit women. A thousand miles from her native Poland, with no money and the odds stacked against any woman daring to pursue a career in such a rigorous field, Marie throws herself into her studies. She's certain that to succeed in a man's world, she will have to go it alone. Her meticulous plans get thrown slightly off-course when Marie attracts the attention of an accomplished young physicist, himself on the precipice of greatness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Based on a true story

  • By Kingsley on 03-01-19

Marie Curie the short story

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

I find any story about Marie Curie interesting; however this one was short in length and focused on her meeting her husband. While I do understand that he was also a Scientist it seems to diminish Marie’s story by focusing on when and how she got married. I would prefer to hear about her experiences and scientific discoveries.

  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,021
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,015

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now.As Harry nears the end of his 11th life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message." This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I'd feared

  • By Isobel on 04-29-16

Reincarnation extreme

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

Reviewed: 02-26-19

The story sounded much more entertaining then it actually was. I think the issue for me was that the lives each within themselves were not very exciting; even when getting involved in a big event our main character was not very exciting.

  • Heart-Shaped Box

  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,373
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,378

Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yikes! Five stars for fright

  • By Lesley on 02-23-07

Heart shaped box

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

The audible version did this odd thing with playing music at the end of big scenes but it was odd and continued into the beginning of next chapter and eventually fades out it was distracting. Overall the story kept my interest but I felt it lost focus at times of where the story was leading the reader.

  • The Spies That Bind

  • A Gallagher Girls Prequel
  • By: Ally Carter
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,220

The first day at a new school is tough for any kid, but it's especially scary when you're going to a school for spies. Cammie Morgan has spent her whole life dreaming of becoming a Gallagher Girl, but she has no idea what she’ll face when she arrives at The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. Secret passages? Check. Lab experiments that might make you lose your eyebrows (and other body parts)? Check. Classmates who are the smartest, strongest, most intimidating girls in the world? Double check. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun listen

  • By RThompson on 01-08-19

YA spy story

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

I personally like the idea of the story better than the story. It is an interesting concept of an academy for young women to become spies; however the actual school and build up did not meet my expectations as the reader.

  • Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story

  • King Legacy Series #1
  • By: Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Narrated by: JD Jackson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s account of the first successful large-scale application of nonviolent resistance in America is comprehensive, revelatory, and intimate. King described his book as "the chronicle of 50,000 Negroes who took to heart the principles of nonviolence, who learned to fight for their rights with the weapon of love, and who, in the process, acquired a new estimate of their own human worth."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A look into the mind of Dr King

  • By Georgia Burns on 02-06-16

MLK Jr

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

Glad to listen to a narrator that channeled MLK in his voice and conjecture. Learning Martin Luther King Jr’s story from his perspective is quite insightful and I’m glad to have read. The end is abrupt as was the end of his life such a tragedy; but his story is a valuable message much like his speeches inspired people of the time - his story will continue to inspire people of the future.