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  • Christmas Eve, 1914

  • By: Charles Olivier
  • Narrated by: Cameron Daddo, Xander Berkeley, Cody Fern, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,835
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,583

In 1914, the war which was to have been wrapped up by Christmas had - in reality - only just begun, as all sides entrenched themselves deeper into the Great War. Christmas Eve, 1914 follows one company of British officers as they rotate forward to spend their Christmas on the front lines, a mere 80 yards from the German guns. Upper- and working-class men and boys are thrown together into one trench and struggle to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully "illustrated"

  • By anonymous on 12-25-14

You need to hear this.

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

I'm writing this review while the tears are still drying. This was beautiful, and I am at once grateful, gladdened, heartbroken, and humbled. The course of my day has changed, and my heart is lifted.

Thank you, Audible.

  • How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind

  • Dealing with Your House's Dirty Little Secrets
  • By: Dana K. White
  • Narrated by: Dana K. White
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,172
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020

"The dirty little secret about most organizing advice is that it's written by organized people," says blogger, speaker, and decluttering expert Dana K. White. "But that's not how my brain works. I'm lost on page three." Dana blogs at A Slob Comes Clean, chronicling her successes and failures with her self-described "deslobification process". In the beginning she used the name Nony (short for aNONYmous), because she was sharing her deep, dark slob secret. Now she has truly come clean - with not only her real name but the strategies she has developed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gold star plan for de-slobification

  • By zuly on 01-18-17

Great book! (I recommend the physical copy.)

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

I DO recommend her book! It was fantastic! However, I DO recommend buying the physical book. There are parts of the audible book not included in the audible version.

I enjoyed all of her ideas, and found myself laughing out loud at times, because parts of the book could have been written by me. She is good at breaking a process down into simpler parts, and the book itself comes across as being written by a real and approachable author.

However, I hate to say that I found the narration to be painful. I cringed with every smacking sound of lip-licking, gulping, and swallowing, and it really detracted from the story. She does sound very approachable and nice and at times, funny, but every minute or two there was an audible swallow or gulp or smacking noise, and it was just too much for me. I don't know if it's something that most sound editors usually edit out, and it just didn't happen this time, but it was pretty awful and distracting. Also, I just don't find her to be a good fit as a narrator for this book. She's like the female version of Jimmy Moore, when he narrates his own books. Great information, but with not-great narration.

  • The Complete Guide to Fasting

  • Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting
  • By: Jimmy Moore, Dr. Jason Fung
  • Narrated by: Jimmy Moore
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,479

Thousands of books have been written about the latest and greatest diets that will help people lose weight and improve health. But a key element in any successful nutritional health program is a tried-and-true method that most people haven't thought about - yet it could be revolutionary for taking health to the next level. This ancient secret is fasting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, REALLY Bad Narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-03-18

Informative, repetitive, and poorly narrated.

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

I originally bought the physical book and couldn't make myself get into. Getting the audible version seemed like a win-win, as I travel at least once a month, and can make myself listen to anything for at least a few hours. I have read Dr. Fung's books before, and appreciated the in-depth explanations, so I definitely wanted to read this one. The information was good and the explanations were given in very helpful, understandable formats. However, Jimmy Moore was an awful choice as narrator. He is just painful to listen to. Nothing against him personally, as he seems to honestly strive to help people live better lives. He just does not, like most of us, have the right voice to narrate a book, any book, especially a book like this. So many things were repeated, over and over. Aggravating!

To be honest (I don't know where I got the idea), I thought Jimmy was going to just narrate a small prologue or forward, and then the book proper would be narrated by a professional. Very disappointed that I was mistaken.

The first (at least) half of the book deals with why fasting is proven and wonderful and the answer to so many problems. There is chapter after chapter (after chapter) on subjects like why it works, how it works, dispelling myths about fasting, why it really works, why it's awesome, why it's really, truly awesome, etc. So much repetition, and I honestly wanted to get to the point where Dr. Fung explained how to actually fast, what the options were, what the risks and benefits of each type were, etc. This eventually was provided, but not for many (many) chapters. All in all, I'm glad I gave it an initial listen, because I feel I may have come away with an understanding better then if I'd only read the physical book, but I can't make myself listen to his voice anymore.

  • English Grammar Boot Camp

  • By: Anne Curzan, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Anne Curzan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027

Grammar! For many of us, the word triggers memories of finger-wagging schoolteachers, and of wrestling with the ambiguous and complicated rules of using formal language. But what is grammar? In fact, it's the integral basis of how we speak and write. As such, a refined awareness of grammar opens a world of possibilities for both your pleasure in the English language and your skill in using it, in both speech and the written word.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular

  • By Quaker on 09-24-16

You may not enjoy this course...

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

You may not enjoy this course if you are like me. I very much appreciate and try to follow grammar rules. It's a point of pride. I enjoy knowing the difference between who and whom, I have never said octopuses, and I don't use they when he or she is appropriate. It definitely doesn't make me better than anyone else, but it does make me feel better about myself because it comes easily. I felt somewhat pedantic while listening, as in every single lecture in this course, there were multiple grammar rules that the author essentially dismissed, as the old-fashioned/proper way of adhering to said rule was dying anyway, so why bother? Time and time again, it felt (to me) that she was saying to go with what feels right, or what many people already use, and only reserve proper usage when writing in a truly formal manner. Everyone else does it, right? Sigh.

(Disclaimer: This is only my opinion on why I think I didn't enjoy the course. I was expecting something different. It's not a judgement on anyone that did enjoy the course, and I'm not saying that those who appreciate grammar rules couldn't possibly like it. I learned many interesting bits, but perhaps it's just my disappointment that the author seemed to communicate that what was important in grammar may no longer matter as much.)

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,044
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37,872
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,723

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely fine? No... Completely AWESOME

  • By Janna on 07-15-17

I was determined not to like this book.

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

I am not buying this just because it's in a book club, I told myself. I am not a lemming, I said. I will not Ooh and Ahh over it just because it's the story du jour.

Pfft. OK, so I was intrigued by the story description, and I bought it. Gave it a chance.

Guess what? It really is a good story, and it deserves the popularity it's attracted. The main character is brusque, off-putting, abrasive, irritating, frustrating... and eventually, the outward harshness softens, and you find that she's just a woman trying to make it through each day, who like the rest of us wants to know love, friendship, and companionship.

Turns out she's compassionate, quite funny (sometimes unwittingly), and kind. You can identify with her. She's a survivor, and she makes this book worth your credit. (Her and Raymond and Sammy and a dozen other great characters.)

You won't be disappointed.

  • The Sound of Glass

  • By: Karen White
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, Susan Bennett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,686

It has been two years since the death of Merritt Heyward's husband, Cal, when she receives unexpected news - Cal's family home in Beaufort, South Carolina, bequeathed by Cal's reclusive grandmother, now belongs to Merritt. Charting the course of an uncertain life - and feeling guilt from her husband's tragic death - Merritt travels from her home in Maine to Beaufort, where the secrets of Cal's unspoken-of past reside among the pluff mud and jasmine of the ancestral Heyward home on the Bluff.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll LAUGH, LOVE, and maybe CRY a little

  • By Jennifer on 08-08-15

I am a cynic who was surprised.

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

I expected this to be a fluff book, a bit of audible nonsense I could listen to without having to really pay attention. In fact, I delayed listening to it for many months after purchasing it for nearly nothing as a daily deal.

I was very wrong. The characters in this book grow on you, and are so much deeper than they appear at first listen. Give it a chance. It is a beautiful story, and I very much regret waiting so long to experience it. It's worth the credit.

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,861
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,689

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Total junk.

  • By Jeff in Texas on 03-31-19

Disappointing story; Wonderful narrator.

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

I never found a moment of thrill or terror that I have in so many of Mr. King's other books. I found the story interesting, but I kept waiting for it to build. It did not. The only saving grace for this story was the narrator, Will Patton. He has a wonderful voice and it is a pleasure to listen to him speak. I liked how the story brought in characters from the Mr. Mercedes series, but it still felt unfinished. Aggravatingly incomplete. I will definitely continue to read anything Stephen King writes, because they can't all be home runs, but this one is among my less-liked books. I did not return it, as I'll give it another try down the road, but I'd recommend renting it from the library. If you liked Sleeping Beauties, you might like this one, as the pace felt similar.

19 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • The Pact

  • By: Karina Halle
  • Narrated by: Lidia Dornet, Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,343

Linden McGregor is tall, rugged, and gunslinger handsome - a helicopter pilot with a Scottish brogue and charm to spare. He's also one of Stephanie Robson's best friends and has fit into that box for as long as she's known him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rating...

  • By Smitten with Reading on 12-19-15

It iwas much more than fluff.

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

I expected a twee little novel that would be easy to listen to and I hoped for some amusement. This was funny and heartwarming, sexy and heartbreaking. There are not enough words to express how very much I loved listening to the male narrator. That accent? Good Lord. Hot. I also found it to be a truly good story, about relationships of all kinds that grow and change and mature. I liked the characters and I very much liked the story. Definitely worth the credit, and this is coming from someone who is generally not a fan of romances.

  • Sleeping Beauties

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King, Owen King
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 25 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,312
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,273

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: They become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place.... The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-15-19

Average King story.

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

I have no issues with the story; however, I found the narration rather painful at times. I realize some Southern accents can be twangy on occasion (I am a Southerner, and I know we don't all sound like Dixie Carter), but the ones performed by Marin Ireland were physically uncomfortable to listen to. They were reminiscent of Daryl Hannah in Steel Magnolias, truly awful. Just absolutely cringe-worthy. In addition, the rest of the characters often sounded bored. I'll definitely read King (and King) stories again, but I'll likely steer clear if they're narrated by this lady. Will Patton would have been a better choice.

19 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • The Borrowed World

  • A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse, Volume 1
  • By: Franklin Horton
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,355

In a night of devastating terror, ISIS operatives have unleashed a coordinated attack on America's infrastructure. With thousands of trapped travelers and scarce law enforcement, the miles between Jim Powell and his family become a brutal gauntlet where the rules of civilized society no longer apply. As Jim puts his years of preparation and planning to the test, he is forced to ask himself if he has what it takes to make it home. Does he have the strength - the brutality - required to meet this new world toe-to-toe?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Close and personal story of the apocalypse

  • By Kingsley on 07-25-15

Impressed

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

Reviewed: 06-14-17

What did you love best about The Borrowed World?

I liked the no-nonsense, non-apologetic manner of the main character.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I can't recall her name (Randy?) but it was the woman who needed to quit smoking. I like how she didn't back down from adversity (or the main character), and just trudged ahead, doing what needed to be done.

Any additional comments?

I didn't get an outright feeling that this person was a diehard conservative or Republican, or any other label (and I'm not one). I just felt that the main character was someone who prepared for a rainy (or apocalyptic) day. Did I think he could have come across a bit kinder at times? Pfft. Of course. He was a jerk at times, but most of the time, he just said what most of us think inwardly, but are afraid to voice aloud, lest... well, don't get me started. The wide-eyed whining about weapons did make me laugh, though, as the campers were written as a bit too naïve and one-sided to be believable. I was proud as punch of the mother/wife, and I wish like heck the author had a side-story on what precisely was in that red notebook. It ended rather suddenly, and with an obvious slant toward the next book. I will definitely be reading more by this author.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful