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  • The Lost Queen

  • A Novel
  • By: Signe Pike
  • Narrated by: Toni Frutin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466

In a land of mountains and mist, tradition and superstition, Languoreth and her brother Lailoken are raised in the Old Way of their ancestors. But in Scotland, a new religion is rising, one that brings disruption, bloodshed, and riot. And even as her family faces the burgeoning forces of Christianity, the Anglo-Saxons, bent on colonization, are encroaching from the east. When conflict brings the hero Emrys Pendragon to her father’s door, Languoreth finds love with one of his warriors. Her deep connection to Maelgwn is forged by enchantment, but she is promised in marriage to Rhydderch, son of a Christian king.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lost no more!

  • By Beckersly on 09-13-18

Well done!

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

This is a well-written and thoughtful story masterfully performed by Toni Frutin. The delivery narration contributed so much to this audio book. I absolutely LOVED it. I listen to a lot of books (and I'm a tough customer), and this one had me reaching for it every day. It never dragged - there is not a wasted word.

  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,613
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,595

Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. This. Book.

  • By Em on 07-17-15

S-C-A-R-Y !!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

Holy SMACK! This audio book was so scary! Santino Fontana should get an Audie Award for this production. He completely nailed this one. After hearing it in audio, I cannot imagine it being as good on the page. Santino's performance is stellar!

If you are a single woman who lives alone, do not get this audio book! I had to keep shutting it off, it was so scary. It's everything that creeps you out about innocent looking strangers.

I will be looking over my shoulder for a good long while.

Santino - you have replaced Scott Brick as my #1 audio performer!

  • The Feather Thief

  • Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century
  • By: Kirk Wallace Johnson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603

On a cool June evening in 2009, after performing a concert at London's Royal Academy of Music, 20-year-old American flautist Edwin Rist boarded a train for a suburban outpost of the British Museum of Natural History. Home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world, the Tring museum was full of rare bird specimens whose gorgeous feathers were worth staggering amounts of money to the men who shared Edwin's obsession: the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying. Once inside the museum, the champion fly-tier grabbed hundreds of bird skins - some collected 150 years earlier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unusual and true natural history mystery!

  • By Sylvia on 04-28-18

Intriguing!

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

It was a little slow here and there but overall, this nonfiction story read like fiction. Performed well- enjoyable overall.

Worthwhile.

  • Deep Down Dark

  • The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free
  • By: Héctor Tobar
  • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735

The exclusive, official story of the survival, faith, and family of Chile’s 33 trapped miners. When the San José mine collapsed outside of Copiapó, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped 33 miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking 69 days. Across the globe, we sat riveted to television and computer screens as journalists flocked to the Atacama desert. While we saw what transpired above ground during the grueling and protracted rescue, the story of the miners’ experiences below the Earth’s surface - and the lives that led them there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Profound

  • By Deborah on 12-18-14

Just OK

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

So, I remember listening to this drama unfold when it happened. I'd hoped to learn more about the miners and their stories - and I did, but it just wasn't satisfying. The miners are working stiffs who endured quite a trauma, but I felt like the author scraped up newspaper article-length content to make a full novel.

  • The Winter Sea

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,989
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,008

History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Get Out Your Hankies

  • By Martha on 07-29-11

Just right

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

First time listening to this author and narrator- the story and narration were well paired. I liked both very much. Sure the accents are wonky but I didn’t care. The narrator did a good job separating the characters.

This is a light story, pleasant and historical. I’ll explore this author again.

Enjoy!

  • What Alice Forgot

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Tamara Lovatt-Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,960
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,493

What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK

  • By mlfarr on 03-11-15

Dull...really dull.

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

How could this book have so many positive reviews? It's boring and dull and even by the end, I can't figure out why I stuck with it. The narrator did a good job with soft work. It just didn't need to go on for so doggone long - about absolutely nothing.

Disappointingly dull, I'm sorry to say.

  • Goodbye, Things

  • The New Japanese Minimalism
  • By: Fumio Sasaki, Eriko Sugita - translator
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,356

Fumio Sasaki is not an enlightened minimalism expert or organizing guru like Marie Kondo - he's just a regular guy who was stressed out and constantly comparing himself to others, until one day he decided to change his life by saying goodbye to everything he didn't absolutely need. The effects were remarkable: Sasaki gained true freedom, new focus, and a real sense of gratitude for everything around him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Practical , Deep and Self-Reflection

  • By Anonymous User on 05-11-17

Surprisingly relatable

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

I’m truly surprised by the way I’ve felt while listening to this audio book. So many resonant concepts. I can’t see myself living a Japanese aesthetic, but I can absolutely apply these principles to my life and living situation.

Emphatic thumbs up!

  • The Spinning Heart

  • A Novel
  • By: Donal Ryan
  • Narrated by: Wayne Farrell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

In the aftermath of Ireland's financial collapse, dangerous tensions surface in an Irish town. As violence flares, the characters face a battle between public persona and inner desires. Through a chorus of unique voices, each struggling to tell their own kind of truth, a single authentic tale unfolds. The Spinning Heart speaks for contemporary Ireland like no other novel. Wry, vulnerable, all-too human, it captures the language and spirit of rural Ireland and with uncanny perception articulates the words and thoughts of a generation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 21 Distinct Voices Beautifully Crafted

  • By Cariola on 03-19-14

Brutal clarity

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

With a clear voice Donal Ryan weaves a painfully vivid narrative. Well done, expertly performed.

Its as if he’s describing family and neighbors, people he knows well, such is the authenticity. It may be fiction, but shite man - feels all too real.

  • Frankenstein

  • By: Mary Shelley
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,990

Narrator Dan Stevens ( Downton Abbey) presents an uncanny performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel, an epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Modern Prometheus

  • By Anon on 07-23-18

Outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

On every level, this production was ideal. I had a thousand mile drive and Frankenstein was perfect for the prairie. Dan Stevens did an awesome job narrating - he was perfect!

I can't get over Mary Shelley's perceptiveness, her youth - and as I understand it, she wrote this novel shortly after losing her first baby. Incredible on so many levels.

This one is a keeper.

  • The Jekyll Revelation

  • By: Robert Masello
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,306
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,306

While on routine patrol in the tinder-dry Topanga Canyon, environmental scientist Rafael Salazar expects to find animal poachers, not a dilapidated antique steamer trunk. Inside the peculiar case, he discovers a journal, written by the renowned Robert Louis Stevenson, which divulges ominous particulars about his creation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It also promises to reveal a terrible secret - the identity of Jack the Ripper.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • pleasantly surprised

  • By Genevieve Paquette on 04-17-17

Quite good!

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

This story is interwoven with biographical details from Robert Louis Stephenson’s life. It works nicely as fiction.

Enjoyable and fast paced without a moment’s lag. Well done.