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  • The Whole Art of Detection

  • Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes
  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,217

Internationally best-selling author Lyndsay Faye became enamored with tales of Sherlock Holmes and his esteemed biographer, Dr. John Watson, as a child and later began spinning these quintessential characters into her own works of fiction - from her acclaimed debut novel, Dust and Shadow, which pitted the famous detective against Jack the Ripper, to a series of short stories for the Strand Magazine, whose predecessor published the very first Sherlock Holmes short story in 1891.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yay! More Sherlock!

  • By KadySiga on 03-13-17

Good Solid Short Entertainment

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

These are great for when you need some diversion but don't want to get caught up in a lengthy compelling plot, like say, in the middle of the night when you can'r sleep. The characters are well fleshed out and the mysteries are clever - I would say fun.

Simon Vance does his usual, spectacular job of narration.

  • Middlemarch

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 35 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,049
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,793
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,774

Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audible book ever

  • By Molly-o on 12-25-11

Surprisingly Good!

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

I enjoyed the book much more than I expected to. Eliot goes so deeply into the thoughts and minds of the characters that the actual events might seem to be secondary, but in fact, I kept wanting to go on to find out what would happen next, and how things would turn out.

I had one technical issue, which at first I thought was a problem with my equipment or with the Audible App, but I believe it is a problem with the audio book - the first part does not seem to be chaptered, which throws the chapter numbers off for the rest of the parts. As this is a book where I kept wanting to go back to pick up details I had missed, I found this a hindrance. Since the title is free with the Romance Package I downloaded a different version with a different narrator and have continued listening on that one.

  • Persons of Interest

  • DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 4
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562

In the peace and tranquility of the woods at Pinehills on a Saturday afternoon, a mobile phone begins to ring. The phone belongs to DC Smith, and it isn't unusual that the call is from Kings Lake Central police station; what is unusual is the fact that he seems to be the subject of an investigation rather than taking part in one. What can the links be between a prisoner's violent death in another county, the disappearance of two teenagers, and the highest profile case in Kings Lake for many years?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Visit to "DC"'s World

  • By Chalis on 06-27-17

Personality is the best part

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

D. C. Smith is a brilliant, experienced detective and is thoughtful and sensitive as well - a refreshing change from the typical detective/hero. The mystery is complicated and satisfying. The narrator is perfect for the story. I am enjoying this series and plan to get all that are available.

  • Everyday Meditation

  • By: Aaptiv
  • Narrated by: Ceasar F. Barajas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 89

20 audio-guided sessions. Improve your mood and fight fatigue and stress with this four-week meditation program. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Introduction to Meditation

  • By Bellaisa on 09-16-18

Great introduction to meditation

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I really like these and was shocked when I saw all the negative reviews. I have been through Mindfulness training and meditate fairly regularly but wanted to try something different so started this program. I have gone through the first 8 days and really enjoy them and find them quite doable. They start with just a few minutes and add a little time each day.

The narrator's voice is quite pleasant - I don't think he sounds at all like a motivational speaker - just friendly. He just greets you and then gets you started on systematic breathing, then leaves you to do it on your own, checking in with you now and then. Comes back at the end and wishes you a great day. Since Mindfulness Meditation is mainly just focusing on your breathing, this fits with it nicely.

Also I really enjoy the music.

I think it all depends on what you are expecting - many meditation programs have visualizations and positive affirmations and these do not have that.

If you have an interest in learning to meditate I recommend you give these a try. If you don't like it you can return it.

By the way, I listen on an IPod Shuffle and have no trouble. Each day I only put one day's meditation on the device. That makes it easier to go through the program in order.

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  • Canada

  • By: Mike Myers
  • Narrated by: Mike Myers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,119

Comedy superstar Mike Myers writes from the (true patriot) heart about his 53-year relationship with his beloved Canada. Mike Myers is a world-renowned actor, director and writer and the man behind some of the most memorable comic characters of our time. But, as he says, "No description of me is truly complete without saying I'm a Canadian". He has often winked and nodded to Canada in his outrageously accomplished body of work, but now he turns the spotlight full-beam on his homeland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book by my favorite comedian

  • By Spencer cox on 09-21-17

As Good a Writer as an Actor

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

We listened to this book on a very long road trip - it made a small portion of the trip so enjoyable - we wished it had been longer. We learned a lot about Canada but we also laughed A LOT. He tells his own experiences both as a child and an adult, and gives his own perspective of Canada, often contrasted with the United State.

I highly recommend this book, especially for a road trip.

  • Vanity Fair

  • By: William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Narrated by: John Castle
  • Length: 31 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491

Set during the time of the Napoleonic Wars, this classic gives a satirical picture of a worldly society. The novel revolves around the exploits of the impoverished but beautiful and devious Becky Sharp who craves wealth and a position in society. Calculating and determined to succeed, she charms, deceives and manipulates everyone she meets. A novel of early 19th-century English society, it takes its title from the place designated as the centre of human corruption in John Bunyan's 17th-century allegory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book that was meant to be read aloud!

  • By Constance on 02-03-11

My Best Audiobook Experience Ever!

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

I enjoyed this book so much! I don't think I could have read the print copy but the audio version was magnificent! I wish I could find something else to listen to that would match it. John Castle really brings this one to life.

I won't go into the details of the story. It is great satire but at the same time a wonderful tale of a group of characters who generally get what they deserve.

Thirty-one hours of this book was too short - I hated for it too end.

  • This Side of Paradise (AmazonClassics Edition)

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25

Young midwesterner Amory Blaine is certain he is destined for greatness. On his quest, he enrolls in Princeton, finds an ephemeral first love, fulfills his duty in war, and becomes enraptured by debutante Rosalind Connage, who defines all that Amory has desired and everything he could lose. As conventions, romance, and money fail him, Amory's restless pursuit of enlightenment takes him down a dark path, but closer to understanding himself and his place in the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Passionate

  • By Tad Davis on 01-15-18

Couldn't Finish!

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

My husband and I were reading this for a book club - he had the printed version, I the audiobook. Neither one of us could finish it.

It's the story of a nacissistic young man who goes to college, where he is (probably typically) obnoxious. I couldn't stand him so gave up pretty early on. My husband got farther with it than I did and thought it was picking up for a while, but finally gave up in disgust.

I understand Fitzgerald wrote this at 23; the book shows promise for the writer. Our problem was not with the writing but with the character, who was perhaps too well portrayed. Maybe the ending redeems the book - we'll never know.

Dick Hill does his usual excellent performance.

  • The Return of the Native

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Alan Rickman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 756

Set on Egdon Heath, a fictional barren moor in Wessex, Eustacia Vye longs for the excitement of city life but is cut off from the world in her grandfather's lonely cottage. Clym Yeobright who has returned to the area to become a schoolmaster seems to offer everything she dreams of: passion, excitement and the opportunity to escape. However, Clym's ambitions are quite different, and marriage only increases Eustacia's destructive restlessness, drawing others into a tangled web of deceit and unhappiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always Hardy

  • By Wallen on 04-20-11

Enjoyed it so much more than I did in High School!

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

Alan Rickman's narration is perfection! The story was pretty intriguing - the characters seemed a bit cardboard but they WERE interesting. Hardy's use of the English language is almost like Shakespeare. I loved the portrayal of rural life with its echos of Paganism and Celtic custom.

This book is somewhat of a tragedy but things turn out pretty well in the end.

I was spellbound.My enjoyment was so great I wanted to read another classic and I've just started on Vanity Fair, which promises to be a great listen also.

  • Ethan Frome

  • By: Edith Wharton
  • Narrated by: Jim Killavey
  • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

Ethan Frome is a 1911 novel by Edith Wharton, set in turn-of-the-century New England, in the fictitious town of Starkfield, Massachusetts. It is the story of a poor farmer, lonely and downtrodden, his wife Zeena, and their pretty and vivacious cousin, Mattie Silver. This is a short but powerful and engrossing drama, and although it is the least characteristic of the author's novels, it has become her most celebrated book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad but Wonderful

  • By Sarah on 08-31-17

Sad but Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

I gave it five stars because Wharton is a fabulous writer, but the story is about as grim as one could be. If you are interested in this book it's probably for a class or a book club. I picked this edition of the many available because of the price but I was not disappointed.

Killavey reads in a careful almost plodding manner on the narrative parts but really makes the dialogue come alive. I thought his style of reading fit the narrative quite well, but it might seem too slow for some listeners.

I would never choose this book unless, as it happened, it was a book club selection, but I found it very engaging. I enjoyed it even though the author reveals in the beginning that the ending won't be a happy one. It seems an accurate picture of the hard life on a New England farm back in day, told through the eyes of an engineer from the modern world visiting the area to work on a project about twenty years after the main part of the story.

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  • The Moon and Sixpence (Based on the Life of Paul Gauguin)

  • By: W. Somerset Maugham
  • Narrated by: Stanley Green
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

"The Moon and Sixpence" is a novel by W. Somerset Maugham, first published in 1919. It is told in episodic form by a first-person narrator, in a series of glimpses into the mind and soul of the central character Charles Strickland, a middle-aged English stockbroker, who abandons his wife and children abruptly to pursue his desire to become an artist. The story is based on the life of the painter Paul Gauguin. A stunning classic by a master.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I Enjoyed It

  • By Sarah on 08-20-17

I Enjoyed It

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

This was the monthly selection for a book club I attend. There were a number of audio versions available - I picked the cheapest one. I like to listen to a book on my morning walks.

I looked forward to this book because I had an interest in Gauguin - I believe that like me Maugham was curious what would make a man abandon his family and business to join the Paris art scene etc. In this book the artist is an Englishman named Charles Strickland. He is a very strange character and not at all likable. His life follows the general pattern of Gauguin's but I doubt if he was very much like the real person.At any rate it is an interesting story.

This narrator was a good choice - he is an excellent reader and creates distinctive characters. I probably would never have listened to this book were it not the selection of my book club, but I did enjoy the story. Maugham is an excellent writer the characters are well developed. They are certainly not typical - either in fiction or real life.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful