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  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 109,600
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 101,508
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 101,024

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • On and On and On and On

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-15-17

Blown away by Trevor Noah

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

Reviewed: 12-06-16

I never listen to non fiction. But I decided to listen to this book on a whim. OMG. I was blown away by Trevor's writing skills, his beautiful narration, and his life story. I simply cannot believe how well done this book is.
The tales are riveting and moving and often hilarious.
Even though racism is not the sole focus of this book, I wish everyone who doesn't understand how harmful racism is would listen to or read this book.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Nature of the Beast

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,239

Hardly a day goes by when nine-year-old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions to walking trees to winged beasts in the woods to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Go with hard copy next time

  • By Angela on 07-30-16

Enjoyable even with Ralph Cosham gone

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

Reviewed: 10-30-15

It was very sad to hear that Ralph Cosham had died since the last book. I am so used to his soothing voice for Gamache that I was a bit nervous. However, Robert Bathurst did a really good job reading and it felt appropriate to have a new reader in light of the change in direction for the main characters.
This book was so much better than the last one (which for me has been the only disappointing book in the series) and I felt enthusiastic again about the story line. Per usual with this series, I did get a tiny inpatient with the cryptic nature of the plots. and I think the killer was unlikely. However, I love the characters and will stick with them until their or my bitter end.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Wolf's Hour

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 22 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670

Michael Gallatin is a British spy with a peculiar talent: the ability to transform himself into a wolf. Although his work in North Africa helped the Allies win the continent in the early days of World War II, he quit the service when a German spy shot his lover in her bed. Now, three years later, the army asks him to end his retirement and parachute into occupied Paris. A mysterious German plan called the Iron Fist threatens the D-Day invasion, and the Nazi in charge is the spy who betrayed Michael’s lover. The werewolf goes to France for king and country, hoping for a chance at bloody vengeance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing story

  • By LRoger01 on 02-08-15

Fun and exciting, even though it's a bit long.

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

Reviewed: 07-15-15

I really enjoyed this book, as I have enjoyed the Matthew Corbett books of Robert McCammon. I was a bit worried that a book about a "wolf man" during WWII would be too campy to really enjoy, but that worry did not play out. Like other of McCammon's book, this one was really well written, had convincing dialogue, and was truly exciting! Like his other books, the only negative for me is that there are a bit too many details that make the book longer than it needs to be. However, that fact does not stop me from recommending it, and did not stop me from really enjoying this listen. I wish there were a sequel novel, but so far, only sequel short stories.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Providence Rider

  • A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 4
  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,801
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,642

The Providence Rider is the fourth installment in the extraordinary series of historical thrillers featuring Matthew Corbett, professional problem solver. The narrative begins in the winter of 1703, with Matthew still haunted by his lethal encounter with notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter. When an unexplained series of explosions rocks his Manhattan neighborhood, Matthew finds himself forced to confront a new and unexpected problem. Someone is trying - and trying very hard - to get his attention.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a fun series

  • By bionichands on 06-05-12

Another great one in the series

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

Reviewed: 06-28-15

Again, I really enjoyed listening to the continuing sagas of Matthew. So well written, so well narrated. The plot was pretty much exciting from beginning to end.
My only concern is that the story is still not done, and the reviews for the book that follow this one are not stellar.
But, this book was a fantastic listen!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,458

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

A book that will keep you enthralled to the end.

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

Reviewed: 05-23-15

I love books where you want to listen to every word, and rewind when you miss something. This is how this book was for me. I had no idea what would happen next and I damn well wanted to know! The characters were all so well developed, and none were merely there to move the plot along. They all played important parts to the book's success, even those whom we hated at the beginning of the book. (Sometimes I think that detestable characters could be left out entirely without changing the success of a book.)
The book was extremely well written and edited, and was one of my favorites of the last two years. I thought the narrator was great and I would happily listen to her narrate another book.
Really awesome book.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Bookman's Wake

  • By: John Dunning
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

When rare book collector Cliff Janeway is offered a lucrative bondsman job, he can't refuse, especially since the bail jumper might have a priceless copy of The Raven. This is a must listen for mystery buffs and especially those who love booklore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the prequel

  • By David on 03-18-08

If I were a book collector...

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

Reviewed: 05-14-15

If I were a book collector, the details of this book would have kept me enthralled (I think). But I am not a book collector, and the details began to lose me and my attention. The book started strong, and I felt exhilarated to be listening to George Guidall reading what seemed like a very exciting book. But after a while, the excitement diminished, the plot got sidelined to make room for many details about book printing and book collection, and I started to not worry about what had happened to one of the characters who went missing. The ending was drawn out for hours, and I was not satisfied.
It's hard to not like a book that George Guidall narrates, but I just didn't enjoy this book very much.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Mister Slaughter

  • A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 3
  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,104
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,925

. Mister Slaughter opens in the emerging metropolis of New York City in 1702, and proceeds to take both Matthew and the reader on an unforgettable journey of horror, violence, and personal discovery. The journey begins when Matthew, now an apprentice problem solver for the London-based Herrald Agency, accepts an unusual and hazardous commission. Together with his colleague, Hudson Greathouse, he agrees to escort the notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter from an asylum outside Philadelphia to the docks of New York.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic series!

  • By Cheryl on 07-14-12

I liked this almost as much as Book 2

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

Reviewed: 02-01-15

Again, like Book 2 (Queen of Bedlam), this book kept my interest throughout, the mystery was developed and resolved in a consistently entertaining way, and the main characters were quite likable. The narrator does a great job with each of the characters too.
The only negative was that there was bit of redundant and tedious writing that made me antsy and impatient at points.
However, even with that flaw, I still would recommend this as a fun and engaging listen. And I do plan to listen to Book 4.
I just wish it were on sale like Book 2 and 3.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Queen of Bedlam

  • A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 2
  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,418

Robert McCammon brings the hero of his previous novel, Matthew Corbett, to 18th-century New York, where a killer wields a bloody and terrifying power over a bustling city carving out its identity - and over Matthew's own uncertain destiny.

The unsolved murder of a respected doctor has sent ripples of fear throughout a city teeming with life and noise and commerce. Who snuffed out the good man's life with the slash of a blade on a midnight street? The local printmaster has labeled the fiend "the Masker," adding fuel to a volatile mystery...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Matthew Corbett is King, man

  • By J. Kelly on 08-09-12

A really enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 02-01-15

I bought this book because it was the sale of the day, and I ended up enjoying it immensely. Although it takes place in the late 1600s (or early 1700s), it was modern enough to keep my interest. Modern in the sense that women had voices and strength, and many of the male characters were very likable and modern-feeling. I could not stand to listen to a book where oppression and harshness of the day were the pervasive storyline.
The book was entertaining and the mystery is superbly developed and resolved. The reader did a very good job with the different characters' voices.
I liked this book so much I bought the next one (and plan to buy the others in the series too).
Highly recommended.
Note: If you are someone who is still sad that Caleb Carr did not write a third book in the Alienist series, you will get a bit of a fix listening to this book and its sequels. Has some of the same feel and humor present in the Alienist.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Alienist

  • By: Caleb Carr
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,291

The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend and former Harvard classmate Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, or "alienist." On the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge, they view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy, a prostitute from one of Manhattan's infamous brothels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding on several levels.

  • By lyl on 12-30-12

Absolutely fabulous!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-14

What a fabulous find. (I actually stumbled across this book by looking for books narrated by George Guidall, and bought it despite the occasional negative review. I was surprised to learn that so many of my friends had already read this book when it came out in the 90s because I hadn't heard of it.)
I have not enjoyed an audiobook so much in many months. It was a riveting listen, and as usual, George Guidall did an excellent job at bringing out the characters and making them feel so real. I was enthralled from beginning to end, and was so relieved to learn that there was a sequel (which I enjoyed almost as much as The Alienist).
I am totally sad this listen is over…I just wish Caleb Carr would write more in this series.
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!

23 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • How the Light Gets In

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,610
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,304

Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome Home!

  • By Nancy J on 09-06-13

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 09-14-13

Fantastic, per usual for Louise Penny. And the questions we have had have all been answered.
Definitely should read or listen to the books that preceded this one in order to fully follow the plot!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful