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  • Live Wire

  • A Myron Bolitar Novel
  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901

Myron Bolitar has always dreamed about the femme fatale walking into his office and asking for help. The woman standing in his doorway has killer curves all right: She’s eight months pregnant, which kind of ruins the fantasy. Former tennis star Suzze T and her rock star husband, Lex, are both clients, and over the years Myron has negotiated his share of contracts for the power pair. But now Lex has disappeared and Suzze is in tears, fearing the online rumors questioning the baby’s paternity have driven away Lex.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator is important

  • By Donald on 04-05-11

Don't Waste A Credit !!!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-16

What disappointed you about Live Wire?

Oh - where to begin - the first hour ?? This is a typical cut and paste from Chapter 1 to the end - characters from every "Myron Bolitar" book Harlan Coben has written - none of whom have improved with age - asking the same questions - repeating the same silly responses - so for me the entire experience was disappointing !!

What could Harlan Coben have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Nothing.

What didn’t you like about Steven Weber’s performance?

It was difficult to tell one character's voice from another - even the women sounded like men.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Live Wire?

If this book had an "editor" he or she should have advised against publishing it.

Any additional comments?

Forget this one !!!

  • Heartburn

  • By: Nora Ephron
  • Narrated by: Meryl Streep
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,102

Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes. For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of Sleepless in Seattle reminds us that comedy depends on anguish as surely as a proper gravy depends on flour and butter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just a treasure

  • By David Shear on 07-10-13

Don't Waste A Credit On This One !!!

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

Reviewed: 07-18-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

No one - it is a pathetic effort from this author !!

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not sure, but it won't be anything written by Nora Ephron.

Which character – as performed by Meryl Streep – was your favorite?

None of them - too many crazy people to count !!

What character would you cut from Heartburn?

There are so many characters in this audiobook - every five minutes a new set was added, all of them more neurotic than the other - so cutting one would not have made it worth my time in listening to this nonsense.

Any additional comments?

Meryl Streep was exactly what I expected - wonderful - fantastic !!

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  • No Mark Upon Her

  • A Duncan Kincaid - Gemma James Crime Novel, Book 14
  • By: Deborah Crombie
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311

When a K9 search-and-rescue team discovers a woman's body tangled up with debris in the river, Scotland Yard superintendent Duncan Kincaid finds himself heading an investigation fraught with complications. The victim, Rebecca Meredith, was a talented but difficult woman with many admirers - and just as many enemies. An Olympic contender on the verge of a controversial comeback, she was also a high-ranking detective with the Met - a fact that raises a host of political and ethical issues in an already sensitive case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a great addition to the series

  • By Ruth on 06-03-12

Don't Waste A Credit On This One !!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

Where does No Mark Upon Her rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Deborah Crombie is one of my favorite authors and, after an enjoyable reading of the hardcover version of this book, obviously I wanted the audiobook. However, the narrator spoiled it for me - his voice does not change from one character to another and it is impossible to tell which person is speaking - all the women sound like men - like the narrator - horrible !!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Duncan Kincaid. I've read the entire series and he never fails to entertain me.

How could the performance have been better?

Audible could have offered the version narrated by Jenny Sterlin - she is the best !!!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

N/A

Any additional comments?

I will not be listening to any other audiobooks narrated by Gerald Doyle !!

  • The Great Gatsby

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,587

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal ( Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured

  • By Darwin8u on 04-09-13

One Of My Favorite Oldies

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

Reviewed: 06-07-16

Would you listen to The Great Gatsby again? Why?

Definitely !! Because, in my opinion, it was F. Scott Fitzgerald's finest novel and I find something - a story line or character - to enjoy each time. Also Jake Gyllenhaal's narration was excellent..

What did you like best about this story?

Nick's devotion to Gatsby - or rather to the person Gatsby wanted to become with Daisy.

Which scene was your favorite?

Sorry, cannot choose - loved the scene "Gatsby having tea with Daisy" at Nick's house..

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I would not change the title - "The Great Gatsby" is a classic.

Any additional comments?

Yes. My first reading of this novel was over 30 years ago and it still strikes me as strange that Mr. Fitzgerald wrote the lines (for Nick's character ): " .... in the end Gatsby turned out okay ...." (or ...."Gatsby turned out all right" ...."). Gatsby was shot and died in his swimming pool !! Perhaps he meant "okay" or "all right" without Daisy - to Nick's way of thinking. We will never know.

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  • Step-Ball-Change

  • By: Jeanne Ray
  • Narrated by: Jeanne Ray
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

With a ringing phone, Jeanne Ray's charming and amusing novel gets off to a rollicking start that never lets up. On the other end of the phone is Caroline's daughter, Kay, a public defender like her father, sobbing at the improbably good news that the richest, most eligible boy in Raleigh, North Carolina, has asked her to marry him. While Caroline and Tom are trying to digest this, the other phone, the "children's line," rings and it is Caroline's sister, Taffy, hysterical over her husband's decision to leave her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Wonderful !!

  • By Fran Foster on 05-11-16

Absolutely Wonderful !!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-16

What did you love best about Step-Ball-Change?

Everything !!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Step-Ball-Change?

When Tom tells Trey that Kay loves him - not Jack "The D.A."

Have you listened to any of Jeanne Ray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes - I have all of them and think Step, Ball, Change is her best.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Family Life Is A Dance".

Any additional comments?

No.

  • Perfect Touch

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Lowell
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

An art dealer and owner of her own design studio, Perfect Touch, Sarah "Sam" Maddox travels the world to find the ideal artwork for her clients. Her sophisticated, comfortable life in San Francisco is light years away from the poverty of her family's dairy farm, and Sam will do whatever it takes to keep her business strong. A dedicated urban career woman focused on her work, she doesn't have time or energy for a family or distracting romantic entanglements.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Elizabeth Lowell! Loved it!

  • By M. Davis on 08-03-15

Perfect Story, Perfect Performance

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

Reviewed: 03-02-16

Would you listen to Perfect Touch again? Why?

Yes !! I have read all of the printed novels by this husband and wife writing team and love everything Elizabeth Lowell publishes. I would purchase every audiobook available, but unfortunately the narrator who reads approximately 99% of them is horrible - she absolutely can not "do" the voices of men !! It was delightful to hear Ms. Zanzarella's wonderful narration - more of her please Audible !!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Perfect Touch?

When Sarah and Jay finally take a positive stand against his step-mother and brother. And, of course, there was the truly great love scenes between the two of them !!

What does Nicol Zanzarella bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She does a remarkable narration - each character is very distinct - obviously that is a treat you can not receive from the printed page.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Perfect Touch" would work for me.

Any additional comments?

No comment on this audiobook - just a question for Audible: you offer many options for your customers, i.e., abridged, unabridged, a variety of languages, etc., why are there no options as to narrators ? In the same manner as Elizabeth Lowell's books - I would purchase the entire series of Stephen White's "Dr. Gregory" audibooks if they were read by another narrator - say Jonathan Davis - but NEVER by the man who "reads" the series offered now.

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  • The Milliner's Secret

  • By: Natalie Meg Evans
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527

June 1940. As Paris, the City of Light, approaches its darkest hour, a young woman treads the line between survival and collaboration. Londoner Cora Masson has reinvented herself as Coralie de Lirac, using a false claim to aristocratic birth to launch herself as a fashionable milliner. When the Nazis invade, the influence of a high-ranking lover protects her business. But the cruel demands of war - and of love - cannot be kept at bay forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Beautiful Story! A must read!

  • By Natalie Bezuhov on 12-09-15

Complete Waste Of Time And Money

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

Reviewed: 02-28-16

What disappointed you about The Milliner's Secret?

The deception of the preface vis-a-vis the plot or story. Having recently read "Light of the Moon" by Elzabeth Buchan and found it fascinating, thie brief description of this audiobook caught my attention. Shame on me - will do more research next time - can not believe the reviewers listened to the same book as I.

Would you ever listen to anything by Natalie Meg Evans again?

No

What three words best describe Julie Teal’s performance?

I can not speak Gernman, so can make no comments regarding the critical reviews on the way she pronounces certain words; nor can I think of three words to describe her narration - one imagines she did the best she could considering what she had to read.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Milliner's Secret?

This was not an audiobook with scenes - it was a circus with a variety of characters wandering in and out every five minutes - making no real contribution to the story and disappearing without explanation. The premise of the book - or as much of it as I can understand - is that drop dead gorgeous Cora Masson flees a drunken and abusive father in a small village near London, makes her way to Paris during its occupation by Germany, becomes romantically involved with a high- ranking German officer who changes her name to "Coralie," and surfaces as the owner of a fashionable millinary shop. However, this is the point at which the author turns Coralie into "Super Woman - she sews hats, she sings, she dances, she cooks, she nurses and heals the sick or wounded, she hides various Jewish people from the German authorities - and still finds time to be a mother and dabble in the French underground resistance movement. I have listened to this nonsense almost to the end of Part 2, and am still unable to understand by what magic she, out of all the dozens of characters in the book, escapes notice, capture, internment, etc., by the overly suspicious Gestapo; especially since her lover, Von-whatever (he also has several names), is heavily implicated in a plot to kill Hitler.

Any additional comments?

Save your time and money - buy and listen to "Light of the Moon" - you will enjoy it more than once !!

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  • Split Second

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,768
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,540
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,531

Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • not a bad read

  • By David on 11-14-03

One Of Baldacci's Best !

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

Reviewed: 02-11-16

What made the experience of listening to Split Second the most enjoyable?

I read the printed version when it was first published and at the time only an abridged version was available on tape - this Audible audiobook fully develops the personalities of all the book's characters, adding background, answering questions and thus making it a very pleasant experience.

What did you like best about this story?

The manner in which the author brought the two main characters, Sean and Michelle together; the difference in their lifestyles, work habits and determination to work as partners in solving the mysteries at the heart of the book. I also found it enjoyable that he did not have them fall in love the instant they met as that has been "done" to death (no pun intended) in so many so-called mysteries.

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes - many of the audiobooks in my collection were purchased because he was the narrator. His performance was, as always, perfection !

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Split Second" works for me.

Any additional comments?

Great audiobook, excellent narrator and extremely good bargain price !!

  • Desperate Duchesses

  • By: Eloisa James
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 798
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 666
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 663

Welcome to a world of reckless sensuality and glittering sophistication, of dangerously handsome gentlemen and young ladies longing to gain a title, of games played for high stakes, including - on occasion - a lady's virtue. A marquess's sheltered only daughter, Lady Roberta St. Giles, falls in love with a man she glimpses across a crowded ballroom: a duke, a game player of consummate skill, a notorious rakehell who shows no interest in marriage, until he lays eyes on Roberta.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent start to a series!

  • By Michelle on 09-09-11

Really Great Fun !!

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

Reviewed: 02-09-16

Where does Desperate Duchesses rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is difficult to rate this book because it is not serious literature - but rather an imaginary and long party with semi-royals of the 17th century. Compare it to putting down a book written by John Grisham and picking up People magazine - a change of pace just for the pure fun of it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gemma - because she is so worldly, hopeless addicted to chess games and inventive in her choice of partners - not withstanding the fact that she is married to a man who spends his life either with his mistress or in the House of Lords. Loved her !!

What does Rosalyn Landor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

As usual, her narration brings a different voice to each character - even the small boy - making the story more entertaining. I don't believe anyone would find that experience in the printed version of this book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not especially, but it is not an emotional story so I didn't expect any reaction of that sort.

Any additional comments?

Try it - you'll enjoy !!!

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  • The Book Club

  • By: Mary Alice Monroe
  • Narrated by: Deanna Hurst
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 89

New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe invites you to meet five remarkable characters as she explores the power of friendship with tenderness, honesty and understanding.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Beware: Title Is Deceptive !!

  • By Fran Foster on 02-07-16

Beware: Title Is Deceptive !!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-16

What would have made The Book Club better?

An exploration of the characters' interest in each other and books.

What could Mary Alice Monroe have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

She could have written a book about women who are friends, who enjoy reading and discussing books, stories, plots, etc., together. The characters in this book are not friends, they don't even like each other. A book club - don't think so - there are no discussions about any particular book, only an occasional reference by title.

What didn’t you like about Deanna Hurst’s performance?

Her narration was dull and flat. It is difficult to distinguish one character from another.

What character would you cut from The Book Club?

Doris - she is more interested in showing off her china and table settings than being "friends" or in literary pursuits; she is a 50 year old woman who speaks in clichés about the activities of her husband's mid-life crisis as if it were not patently obvious he is having an affair - his interest in pornography for example, silk boxers - please Doris - get a clue !! Eve - hopelessly naïve about her own husband's extra-marital affair - the weeping red head at his funeral, condoms in his overnight bag, pictures of another woman in a locked box - OMG. Her pretense of a year-long period of grief is unbearably tedious. Annie - is this woman stupid ?? She is an attorney by trade and any first-year law student could have told her - "do your research lady" - having a child at 40+ years of age and all she can do is complain about what is required to accomplish that goal ??

Any additional comments?

Forget about this one - save your money, time and attention. Check out a library copy of "The Jane Austen Book Club" - delightful book. Unfortunately, the narrator spoils it.

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