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  • Terms of Endearment

  • By: Larry McMurtry
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

A widow with a small army of suitors, Aurora Greenway loves the limelight. She’s got three grandchildren whom she adores (in small doses) and her son-in-law Flap, whom she’s not really crazy about. And there’s her daughter Emma. In some ways, Emma is all there ever was. Now, there’s little time left to say the things that need to be said.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Much Better Than The Movie

  • By Julia on 02-10-16

Listened to this right after Lonesome Dove

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

It pales by comparison. The movie was so long ago, and I was surprised to find out that Larry McMurtry wrote them both, so I thought I’d try Terms. Almost wish I hadn’t. And the narrator sometimes emphasizes the wrong word in a sentence.

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,584
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,933

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, heartfelt, inspiring

  • By Jon K. Rust on 07-24-17

Appeals to over 60 crowd more than 40s

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

From talking to my book club members and other people, the older people love it, and the younger ones liked it. I listened to it twice, and parts three times.

  • 1776

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,966

In this stirring audiobook, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success, without which all hope for independence would have been dashed and the noble ideals of the Declaration would have amounted to little more than words on paper.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Front Seat on History

  • By Mark on 10-22-05

Who knew that we almost lost the Revolutionary War?

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

Reviewed: 08-22-16

I couldn't give it five stars because the reading was a little dry, but I could hardly stop listening to the last half. There is a lot this 60 year old didn't learn in high school history! I have never listened to a history book before. This opened a new world. Thanks.

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  • Lonesome Dove

  • By: Larry McMurtry
  • Narrated by: Lee Horsley
  • Length: 36 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,059
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,229

Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audio book I have ever listened to!

  • By James on 12-20-04

My new favorite listen - can't believe I loved a Western!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-15

Excellent performance of many different voices so never a question of which character was speaking.

I listened because an earlier review said they were surprised they liked a Western so much and I agree. I got totally involved and am sorry it's over.

Who knew Lee Horsby could do so well? I never watched his TV show.

  • Wild

  • From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
  • By: Cheryl Strayed
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,875
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,930

At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I Took the Trip

  • By FanB14 on 04-08-13

Maybe it should be called Whine instead of Wild.

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

Reviewed: 10-02-15

I listened to this because someone recommended it and because it is coming out as a movie with Reese Witherspoon. Not good enough reasons. Although the descriptions of the trail and scenery were interesting, I could have done with much less about her dead mother.
The narrator mispronounced quite a few words. Is there no QA by Audible?

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Wild Swans

  • Three Daughters of China
  • By: Jung Chang
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 22 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,061
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 952

Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular best seller which has sold more than 13 million copies and a critically acclaimed history of China; a tragic tale of nightmarish cruelty and an uplifting story of bravery and survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book and great audio-book!

  • By AEL on 12-22-11

Learn Chinese History that we don't learn in school

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

Reviewed: 08-25-15

I read this book back in the 1990s in a book club and loved it, so I was happy to see it in Audible. I thought the narrator was very stilted and must have been chosen just because she can pronounce Chinese names. I must not have finished it in the 90s because the last half gets boring and I didn't remember it at all. Or was it the narration? I cannot recommend this version although the content is amazing. My schooling certainly never got up to Mao and the cultural Revolution. I may have to try her book in Mao that is more recent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Not That Kind of Girl

  • A Young Woman Tells You What She's 'Learned'
  • By: Lena Dunham
  • Narrated by: Lena Dunham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,753
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,097
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,105

For readers or listeners of Nora Ephron, Tina Fey, and David Sedaris, this hilarious, poignant, and extremely frank collection of personal essays confirms Lena Dunham - the acclaimed creator, producer, and star of HBO's Girls - as one of the brightest and most original writers working today.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some interesting parts, but on the whole... meh

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-06-14

I liked Girls but not this

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

Reviewed: 04-12-15

Too much information and her poor parents. She should not have written this. I wish I could un-hear most of it.

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,578

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

What a page turner!

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

Reviewed: 09-01-14

I could not stop listening to this. Good thing I was on vacation most of the time. My 23 year old daughter recommended it to me and I am almost 60. We both loved it.

The narration goes back and forth between the husband's voice and the missing wife's voice through diaries. Fascinating.

Many plots twists. Some fantastic adjectives that really paint a picture. I don't know if this is Gillian Flynn's only book, but I am going to check.

  • Bossypants

  • By: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,190

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just didn't get all the humor.

  • By Jason P Gossen on 02-18-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 06-20-12

I thought this would be great to read because I admire all Tina Fey has been able to do, but she talks too fast and it it just rambles on chronologically through her life. I have restarted twice, and have now given up on ever finishing it.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Boys Adrift

  • Factors Driving the Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men
  • By: Leonard Sax
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159

Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere 20 years ago. Fully one-third of men ages 22 to 34 are still living at home with their parents, about a 100 percent increase in the past 20 years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college. Family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax presents practical solutions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Startling, well-researched view...

  • By Kirt on 08-14-08

OMG throw away the Xbox!

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

Reviewed: 06-20-12

I have a 21 year old daughter with plenty of male friends who are not doing anything with their lives. For example, one finished a very good college in three years, including some time in China, and now he is working at a big box store. I read this because I wanted to prevent that happening to my 16 year old son. Well, let me tell you, he is being weaned off those games. The author has suggestions for how to get them interested in other things - not an easy task.

After the first few hours of the book, I was exclaiming at the dinner table about all the facts and how it made perfect sense. There is an actual part of the brain that has to do with motivation that is adversely affected by the incredibly violent realistic games!!! I read another Audible review that didn't care for it when he got into less scientific areas, but some of the letters he received, really hit a nerve and made sense to me as to explaining why even older guys play them. I am so glad I read this now, and can only wish it was a few years ago. I've already recommended it to someone else with a problem nephew.