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  • Ordinary Grace

  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,788
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,276

Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Wonderful - In Every Way

  • By tooonce72 on 03-29-13

A feel good book for Christians

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

Reviewed: 08-10-14

Was Ordinary Grace worth the listening time?

Not worth it for me. The moralizing became more intense as the book progressed. I wasn't interested in the "message."

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Beggar King

  • A Hangman's Daughter Tale
  • By: Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translated by)
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892

1662: Jakob Kuisl, the hangman of a village in the Alps, receives a letter from his sister calling him to the imperial city of Regensburg, where a gruesome sight awaits him: her throat has been slit. When the city constable discovers Kuisl alongside the corpse, he locks him in a dungeon, where Kuisl will experience firsthand the torture he’s administered himself for years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Woth the Credit & more.

  • By John on 06-19-16

Superficial

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

Reviewed: 04-16-14

Any additional comments?

Listening to this book is like listening to someone read a comic book. Flat, superficial, predictable, and basically not very interesting.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A High Wind in Jamaica

  • By: Richard Hughes
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

Set in the 19th century against a backdrop of island life and the vast surrounding seas, A High Wind in Jamaica is the gripping story of the Bas-Thornton children, whose parents send them back to England following a hurricane in the postcolonial Caribbean they call home. Having set sail, the children quickly fall into the hands of pirates. As their voyage continues, things take an awful turn

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite novels

  • By Dan Harlow on 07-07-13

Bach gets in the way

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

Reviewed: 10-28-13

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I do not understand why the producers of this book believe that frequent interludes of music add anything. I suppose they believe that the words can't carry the story well enough, and so must insert guitars, dramatic scores, Johann Sebastian Bach. Also, unfortunately, the narrator has a way of reading in a very condescending manner, as if he were reading to children. He likes to drop the volume of his voice to emphasize passages, invariably requiring me to back up and increase the volume. It really detracts from the enjoyment of the story.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Shantaram

  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 43 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,990
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,999

This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do Not Miss This

  • By Jamie on 06-19-06

Too introspective, but outstanding narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-04-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Shantaram to be better than the print version?

Yes

Would you recommend Shantaram to your friends? Why or why not?

No, it's too long. And the author spends too much time navel-gazing when it's really not necessary. The story should carry and deliver the key concepts without the redundancy of the author picking so much lint out of his nave.

What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

fabulous narration, tremendous character portrayal, huge range of voice.

  • Water for Elephants

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,969
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,051

Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Rosie the bull elephant?

  • By Randall on 07-22-07

Guitar, piano, emotional narration

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-11

If you like a soundtrack with your audible book, then you'll love this one. I guess the publisher felt that the author's words couldn't convey emotion well enough -- so they inserted overwhelming piano, strings, guitar in so many places in the book that I was convinced the story MUST be emotional. I couldn't count on the words, since the music took over. And the narrator was over the top.

What's wrong with a well-read novel, leaving the chamber music for another cd?

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Alchemyst

  • The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 1
  • By: Michael Scott
  • Narrated by: Denis O'Hare
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,339
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,377

Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest alchemist of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty. The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives, but only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Children's Novel......Maybe!

  • By DaBears113 on 11-27-09

If you're a teenager . . .

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-11

If you're a teenager, you may like this one. It was just too much like an arcade game for me. I stopped listening before the half way mark. Admittedly, for a grumpy old guy like me, it was too shallow. I hoped for more depth, less cartoon.

  • A Town Like Alice

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,167

Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, beautifully told

  • By Mary on 03-27-11

Well done

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-11

Imaginative, realistic, even the romance for an old f**t like me was just fine. Nice completion, it made my commutes in the car go by TOO fast! Excellent narration.

  • The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore

  • By: Benjamin Hale
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 20 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 91

Bruno Littlemore is quite unlike any chimpanzee in the world. Precocious, self-conscious and preternaturally gifted, young Bruno, born and raised in a habitat at the local zoo, falls under the care of a university primatologist named Lydia Littlemore. Learning of Bruno's ability to speak, Lydia takes Bruno into her home to oversee his education and nurture his passion for painting. But for all of his gifts, the chimpanzee has a rough time caging his more primal urges.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Prepare To Be Dazzled!

  • By Casey Keller on 03-08-11

Overrated

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

Reviewed: 04-10-11

I was willing to go along with the author all the way through the first volume, and half way through the second of the three audible volumes, but that's when I put this book on ice. Not interesting enough, too repetitive, and after the novelty of the main character ran its course (well, actually it repeated the same course indefinitely), it flattened out like a pancake.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • The Egyptian

  • Volume 1
  • By: Mika Waltari
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 198

The world of ancient Egypt springs magnificently to life in this astonishing historical novel of love, war, political intrigue, and religious revolution. Told from the first person point of view, it is the story of Sinuhe, physician to the royal court of Pharaoh Amenhotep III and his successors in the middle of the tumultuous 14th century B.C.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best historical Novel Ever written

  • By Fernando on 07-11-04

Very disappointed

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-10

If you like quacking ducks with your audible book, you'll love this one. It seems the producers found it impossible not to embellish the spoken word with extraneous LOUD sounds not just in the introduction, but spaced throughout.

I gave up on the book, consigned it to the dust bin.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful