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  • 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 13,641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,247

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

Puerile "Romance" edited to use Curie name

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

This is not in any way a biography of my life.. it is an insipid, puerile, romance-wannabe stab at writing... Then edited afterwards to use the Marie Curie persona. This writer and publisher should be ashamed of themselves.
Even though I didnt pay for it, I'm mad at Audible for the waste of a Monthly Original credit and a very deceptive summary.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Body in the Dales

  • A Yorkshire Murder Mystery
  • By: J. R. Ellis
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 255

A body is discovered deep in a cave beneath the Yorkshire Dales. Leading the investigation into the mysterious death are experienced DCI Jim Oldroyd and his partner DS Carter, a newcomer from London. The deceased is Dave Atkins, well known throughout the village but not well liked. While there is no shortage of suspects, the details of the crime leave Oldroyd and Carter stumped. How did Atkins’s body end up in such a remote section of the cave? When someone with vital information turns up dead, it becomes clear that whoever is behind the murders will stop at nothing to conceal their tracks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fresh approach; great narration

  • By Panache on 08-12-18

Solution is obvious; good characters

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

Method of murder is obvious from Ch.1.
The characters are good, but very typical storytelling.
Narration is good.... but does Yorkshire sound like Wales or Cornwall?

  • The Valley of the Moon

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: Josh Smith
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

"The Valley of the Moon" (1913) is a novel by American writer Jack London. The valley where it is set is located north of the San Francisco Bay Area in Sonoma County, California where Jack London was a resident; he built his ranch in Glen Ellen. A road novel 50 years before Kerouac, The Valley of the Moon traces the odyssey of Billy and Saxon Roberts from the labor strife of Oakland at the turn of the century through central and northern California in search of beautiful land they can farm independently.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By ShirleyC on 01-27-19

Intolerable Narration

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

The narrator reads as though there is no punctuation in the text, and he making it up as he goes along.
A shame, I love the story. Going back to reading this one.

  • Mark Twain. The Complete Novels

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: James Hamill
  • Length: 88 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

This Audiobook contains the complete novels of Mark Twain: "The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today", "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", "The Prince and the Pauper", "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court", "The American Claimant", "Tom Sawyer Abroad", "The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson", "Tom Sawyer, Detective", "Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc", "A Horse's Tale, The Mysterious Stranger".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pending further analysis.

  • By Shawn G on 01-17-19

Seriously? Not organized by title?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-19

This entire set of 12 novels is spread over eight parts... None of which are titled or annotated in any way to allow for any kind of navigation buy work. You literally have to download all 8 parts, and then skip around through them all, trying to guess what work you're in and find what you're looking for.

Even if it's this cheap and taken from the public domain, come on people ...... this is totally lazy to the point of making it impossible to use and enjoy.

And the narrations range from just tolerable to the truly awful and unbearable.

You get what you pay for.

52 of 54 people found this review helpful

  • Treasure Island

  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Josh Collins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

"Treasure Island" is an adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, narrating a tale of "buccaneers and buried gold". Its influence is enormous on popular perceptions of pirates, including such elements as treasure maps marked with an "X", schooners, the Black Spot, tropical islands, and one-legged seamen bearing parrots on their shoulders. "Treasure Island" is traditionally considered a coming-of-age story and is noted for its atmosphere, characters, and action. It is one of the most frequently dramatized of all novels.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • come on.

  • By Nicole St Germain on 10-02-18

Great Pirate Narration!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

Great story, of course, and suitable for kids.
This narrator does a great pirate voice, which of course is key for Long John Silver, arrrgh!

  • Collected Short Stories

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Brian Kelly, Dale Condon, Shane Hannigan, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34

This work contains the collected short stories of H.P Lovecraft: "The Festival", "He", "Cool Air", "In the Vault", "Pickman's Model", "The Nameless City", "The Alchemist", "The Very Old Folk", "Rats in the Walls", "From Beyond", "The Hound", "The Strange High House in the Mist", "The Unnamable - Hypnos", "The Quest of Iranon", "The Temple", "The Moon Bog", "The Evil Clergyman", "The Horror at Martin's Beach", "The Silver Key", "The Transition of Juan Romero", "The Other Gods", "The Outsider".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bad Readers, Interesting stories

  • By Trent Edwards on 09-07-18

Truly horrible narrations.

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

[Readers should know that it seems all of these narrations were taken from the public domain as part of the project known as LibriVox. While it is a noble endeavor, it means that any volunteer can record and submit an audio narration of works of literature free of copyright.]

However, you would think that with key works of literature like these, they would still be more picky about who they allowed to narrate. We're talking about narrations done in incongruous (and *very thick*) foreign accents, and narrators who can't pronounce common words like "strength" or "escape", and other glaring and unforgiveable issues with the recordings.

They are free however... So what can you say.

  • 10 Masterpieces You Have to Listen Before You Die 2

  • By: Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Kate Chopin, and others
  • Narrated by: Brian Kelly, Sinead Dixon, Claire Walsh, and others
  • Length: 74 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 40

This Audiobook contains the following works arranged alphabetically by authors last names: "Emma" by Jane Austen, "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Brontë, "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin, "Heart of Darkness" byJoseph Conrad, "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London, "The Dunwich Horror" by H.P Lovecraft, "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu, "The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Awful Narrations...but practically free.

  • By SpiderGrrl on 01-11-19

Awful Narrations...but practically free.

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

readers should know that it seems all of these narrations were taken from the public domain as part of the project known as LibriVox. while it is a noble endeavor, it means that any volunteer can record and submit an audio narration of works of literature free of copyright.

However, you would think that with key works of literature like these, they would still be more picky about who they allowed to narrate. we're talking about narrations in incongruous (and very thick) foreign accents, narrators who can't pronounce common words like "strength" or "expect", and other glaring and Unforgivable issues with the recordings.

They are free however... So what can you say.

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • The Fifth Knight

  • By: E. M. Powell
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 143

To escape a lifetime of poverty, mercenary Sir Benedict Palmer agrees to one final, lucrative job: help King Henry II's knights seize the traitor Archbishop Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. But what begins as a clandestine arrest ends in cold blooded murder. And when Fitzurse, the knights' ringleader, kidnaps Theodosia, a beautiful young nun who witnessed the crime, Palmer can sit silently by no longer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tale of historical murder and unexpected love

  • By Pat on 03-28-14

Was the Jew bashing necessary?

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

Very light-hearted, light-weight rewriting of historical events to make a very juvenile "romance"... but features some blatant trashing of Jews by a teenage nun, absolutely nothing to do with the plot except to render her an ignorant bigot...
Really? Stick to teen romances and leave religious persecution out of your writing.

  • Edinburgh Twilight

  • Ian Hamilton Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Carole Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 636

Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is no stranger to Edinburgh's darkest crimes. Scarred by the mysterious fire that killed his parents, he faces his toughest case yet when a young man is found strangled in Holyrood Park. With little evidence aside from a strange playing card found on the body, Hamilton engages the help of his aunt, a gifted photographer, and George Pearson, a librarian with a shared interest in the criminal mind.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and Depressing . . . did I say DEPRESSING!!!

  • By Glenda on 11-12-17

Can't stand this narrator!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Ugh... this is the 3rd interesting book this narrator has ruined for me. His male character voices are ok, but geez his narration is so mechanical and pedantic, it's like nails on a chalkboard to me, and the female voicings are laughable. Literally.
:s

  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,517
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,466

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Part history lesson, part audio documentary.

  • By brian on 11-01-18

Loved it, and Sherlock surprise bonus!!

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

Loved it! Entertaining, informative, and even touching. And bonus: a chapter on Sherlock Holmes with audio interview of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!! ♡♡♡

0 of 1 people found this review helpful