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  • Six Degrees of Assassination: An Audible Drama

  • By: M J Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Andrew Scott, Freema Agyeman, Hermione Norris, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,357
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,352

On a sullen, cloudy July day ten years since 7/7, the happy, confident and optimistic British Prime Minister is visiting a charity in East London. It’s just two months after the general election which saw John Campbell's government returned to power with a clear majority, the economy is on the mend and the coalition is fast becoming a bad memory. Suddenly, a man appears out of the crowd and shoots him three times in the chest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Original Drama Pity About the "Music"

  • By lynn on 01-15-15

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

Like old time radio revamped for modern day or like watching an episode of Law and Order all an audio.Gripping, great background music, believable performances. Only sorry that it’s so short, only four hours. Will be looking for more of the same, definitely!

  • The Spy

  • A Novel
  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber, Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 233

On the occasion of the centenary of Mata Hari's execution for espionage in 1917, Paulo Coelho reconsiders her life and character in a fictional memoir. In a series of letters written from prison on the eve of her death, Mata Hari reflects on the choices she has made to always pursue her own truth - from her childhood in a small Dutch town to unhappy years as the wife of an alcoholic diplomat in Java to her calculated and self-fashioned rise to celebrity in Paris and across Europe as an exotic dancer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong woman versus the patriarchy

  • By Margaret on 11-25-16

Highly recommended

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

Reviewed: 05-28-17

Great narration. Meticulous detailing of facts and documents and final, just exoneration of a wrongly-accused. Heartbreaking and very timely.

  • Sweet Caress

  • The Many Lives of Amory Clay
  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Born into Edwardian England, Amory's first memory is of her father standing on his head. She has memories of him returning on leave during the First World War. But his absences, both actual and emotional, are what she chiefly remembers. It is her photographer uncle Greville who supplies the emotional bond she needs, who, when he gives her a camera and some rudimentary lessons in photography, unleashes a passion that will irrevocably shape her future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good book killed by the narrator

  • By Margaret M. Bell on 01-07-16

Beautiful , evocative, heartbreaking

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

Reviewed: 06-20-16

I love what the author did to make this book. He assembled anonymous, forgotten photos into a beautiful narrative that reads like an historical bio. It kept me riveted and the narrator was spot-on

  • Look Again

  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: Mary Stuart Masterson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,545

When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a "Have You Seen This Child?" flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look again, and her heart stops - the child in the photo is identical to her adopted son, Will. Her every instinct tells her to deny the similarity between the boys, because she knows her adoption was lawful. But she's a journalist and won't be able to stop thinking about the photo until she figures out the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good!

  • By Susan on 04-18-09

A fun read, gripping

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

Reviewed: 05-30-16

Made me miss all my favorite shows 'cause I couldn't stop listening. Nicely tied up all loose ends. Fantastic narration. Clean and unpretentious. Just what the story needed. Recommended!

  • Mrs Queen Takes the Train

  • By: William Kuhn
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,604
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,599

An absolute delight of a debut novel by William Kuhn - author of Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books - Mrs Queen Takes the Train wittily imagines the kerfuffle that transpires when a bored Queen Elizabeth strolls out of the palace in search of a little fun, leaving behind a desperate team of courtiers who must find the missing Windsor before a national scandal erupts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable with deeper meaning

  • By SydSavvy on 12-31-15

Just outstanding, a surprise gift of a story!

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

Reviewed: 03-21-16

As a rather picky Anglophile, I got this after reading others' reviews. Many wrote of how surprised they were at how engrossing this story was despite what, on the surface, appears to be a simple plot. Now having listened to it, I have the same reaction. The author does such a wonderful job doing the background of each character that when they subsequently speak, you know precisely the series of events of their lives which has led each to that particular reaction. The narrator is easily half, if not more, of the story for me and this one was spot on with accents and timing. I'm sorry it's over!

  • The Einstein Prophecy

  • By: Robert Masello
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,318
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,306

As war rages in 1944, young army lieutenant Lucas Athan recovers a sarcophagus excavated from an Egyptian tomb. Shipped to Princeton University for study, the box contains mysteries that only Lucas, aided by brilliant archaeologist Simone Rashid, can unlock. These mysteries may, in fact, defy - or fulfill - the dire prophecies of Albert Einstein himself.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not so good

  • By Robin on 03-30-16

Fantastic story, fantastic narration!

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

Reviewed: 02-27-16

For anyone who likes a good mystery mixed with supernatural, Egyptology and thoughts on spirituality, time travel - for anyone who likes great characters, and even possibly better narration, this book is for you. Disregard any nay-sayers. This one is a gem and the narrator is so great, does great accents (take it from a German speaker), not cartoonish stereotypes insulting to one's senses. I loved it and hung on every word. Wish this author reused the narrator because I'd love to order more from him.

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,768
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,107

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Afraid to Write a "Less-Than-Positive" Review

  • By Elizabeth on 08-06-14

Beautiful prose, haunting story

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

Reviewed: 10-27-15

Would you consider the audio edition of All the Light We Cannot See to be better than the print version?

Hard to say, each has its charm and there are some words that are definitely undecipherable when heard so for the purists, you might want to re-read

What was one of the most memorable moments of All the Light We Cannot See?

Don't want to give away spoilers but there are some beautiful passages, haunting, like when Werner is killed..the author's command of the language is picturesque and visceral

What about Zach Appelman’s performance did you like?

Good German pronunciation, able to convey urgency without being theatrical which adds to the mystery in the plot

Any additional comments?

Would have liked to have had Von Rumple's plot come to an end. The author was so good at describing each character's arc and this one was so vile, I feel I was denied the satisfaction of his final demise. Also, obviously, what happened to the Sea of Flames? I had to search the internet for that and it's the first line that comes up on Google so clearly I was not the only one looking. Now that I know, going back and re-listening to the chapter on it, it does make sense. // It was so beautiful and so magnificently written, I was sorry to have it end and actually went back two chapters to prolong it. Highly recommended.

  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

  • By: Michael Chabon
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,173

It's 1939, in New York City. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat: smuggling himself out of Hitler's Prague. He's looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a partner in creating the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book. Inspired by their own fantasies, fears, and dreams, they create the Escapist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Escape From Reality is a Worthy Challenge

  • By Dave on 07-11-12

Phenomenal all around!

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

Reviewed: 06-21-15

There's a reason this won the Pulitzer. The gorgeous language of Chabon, the intricate, detailed storytelling; the spot-on narration, inclusive of colloquial accents, all lend themselves to such an unforgettable experience that I need to listen to this a second time, immediately. Don't miss this gem.

  • Peter Mayle's Provence: Including 'A Year in Provence' and 'Toujours Provence'

  • By: Peter Mayle
  • Narrated by: Peter Mayle, Patrick Macnee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240

When Peter Mayle and his wife traded England's long, gray winters and damp summers for life in southern France, they entered an enchanting, wonderful, sometimes bewildering world. Now, share their adventures, pleasures, and frustrations: the joys and occasional hazards of wining and dining in France, taking part in goat races, attending a Pavorotti concert under the stars - and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relaxing and light hearted read

  • By Anne on 06-29-12

Brilliant could listen to again and again!

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

Reviewed: 04-13-15

Warm and funny, a feast for the imagination of any francophile or foodie. And Patrick Macnee's performance is simply superb.

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  • Dorothy Parker

  • By: Marion Meade
  • Narrated by: Grace Conlin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

She was known for her outrageous one-liners, her ruthless theater criticism, her clever verses and bittersweet stories. But there was another side to Dorothy Parker, a private life set on a course of destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • heartbreaking and hilarious

  • By Heimo on 01-05-10

Interesting read

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

Reviewed: 03-31-15

Good narration but at some basic mispronunciation even Ms. Parker would have blanched. Otherwise, the timbre suited the theme and the writing was interesting. Clearly the research for the book was in depth.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful