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  • The Lost Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Alyson Richman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,559

In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEST book I have read in a long time

  • By Kfcarter on 11-04-13

The narrators seem to be telling their own tale

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The ending was a complete disappointment.

If you’ve listened to books by Alyson Richman before, how does this one compare?

I have never listened to her books before.

Have you listened to any of George Guidall and Suzanne Toren ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

George Guidall is the reason I listen to most books. He's the BEST!! Suzanne Toren was outstanding as well.

Do you think The Lost Wife needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It needed a better ending. There is only so much sadness a reader wants to handle. She should have gone into at least the ending 1/8th of the book of how they interacted. I don't want to say more or I'd give away what happened.

  • Happiness: A Memoir

  • The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After
  • By: Heather Harpham
  • Narrated by: Heather Harpham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,384

Happiness begins with a charming courtship between hopelessly attracted opposites: Heather, a world-roaming California girl, and Brian, an intellectual, homebody writer, kind and slyly funny, but loath to leave his Upper West Side studio. Their magical interlude ends, full stop, when Heather becomes pregnant - Brian is sure he loves her, only he doesn't want kids. Heather returns to California to deliver their daughter alone, buoyed by family and friends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like Being At A Riveting One-Woman Show

  • By Erin - Audible on 08-09-17

I fell in love with the author/narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-16-17

What did you love best about Happiness: A Memoir?

I loved the "performance" of the narrator. It wasn't until the end of the book when I realized it was the MOTHER/AUTHOR!!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gracie was my favorite because of her expressions and the voice of the narrator/MOTHER!! Her innocence and true "GRACE!!"

Which character – as performed by Heather Harpham – was your favorite?

GRACIE!!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Of course it mostly makes you think and appreciate the fragility of life!

Any additional comments?

Crediting the doctors and nurses and giving their real names would be the best part!

  • Word by Word

  • The Secret Life of Dictionaries
  • By: Kory Stamper
  • Narrated by: Kory Stamper
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255

While most of us might take dictionaries for granted, the process of writing them is in fact as lively and dynamic as language itself. With sharp wit and irreverence, Kory Stamper cracks open the complex, obsessive world of lexicography - from the agonizing decisions about what and how to define to the knotty questions of usage in an ever-changing language.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kory should narrate more Audible books!

  • By R. Stern on 04-24-17

Kory should narrate more Audible books!

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

Reviewed: 04-24-17

What made the experience of listening to Word by Word the most enjoyable?

I loved the author's, ( Kory Stamper), modulation and lilt and energy and explanations and rants about words like "irregardless" and "it's/its" and full throttle pronunciations and expertise! She wasn't arrogant, she spoke to the listener as if she were a friend explaining her chosen field.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Word by Word?

Her explanation about how people who apply and are lucky enough to get a job like hers chose it so they never have to talk to people!!! More than ever, people want that!!! Then she explained why SHE was chosen to respond to grievances.

Have you listened to any of Kory Stamper’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have NEVER heard such an enthusiastic reader. I wish she narrated more books! ANY BOOKS!!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think I liked her honesty about coming from Colorado and having to adjust to the Mid-Atlantic pronunciations and jargon.

Any additional comments?

As a long ago linguistics minor...I always learned that all we have to do is make ourselves understood even if we don't spell perfectly. But it is an unappreciated art to GET IT RIGHT!!!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Pursuit

  • By: Robert L. Fish
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

The thousand-year Reich is crumbling, and the Red Army races toward Berlin. As the senior leadership of the Nazi party burns its files and flees the country, Colonel Helmut von Schraeder takes a different approach. After years in charge of the concentration camp at Lublin, he knows the Russians will not spare him. And so he throws away his uniform and asks a plastic surgeon to give him a disguise no one will question: that of a Jew.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An underrated seventies gem

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-15-16

Double header

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

Reviewed: 01-22-17

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

Absolutely. PJ Ochian is THE BEST ACTOR/READER I HAVE EVER HEARD!!! He could do any and every accent!

What other book might you compare Pursuit to and why?

I've never read a book like this one. This was Exodus and Night all is one.

Which scene was your favorite?

The realization that Debra was pregnant by Grossman

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Two-headed monster

Any additional comments?

I named it double header because the content was just as good as the "Telling/reading/acting" by PJ Ochian!!!

  • Mischling

  • By: Affinity Konar
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Johansson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584

It's 1944 when the twin sisters arrive at Auschwitz with their mother and grandfather. In their benighted new world, Pearl and Stasha Zagorski take refuge in their identical natures, comforting themselves with the private language and shared games of their childhood. As part of the experimental population of twins known as Mengele's Zoo, the girls experience privileges and horrors unknown to others, and they find themselves changed, stripped of the personalities they once shared, their identities altered by the burdens of guilt and pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, horrible, brilliant!

  • By Mcearl12 on 11-06-16

WONDERFUL NARRATOR READER!

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

Reviewed: 10-16-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book because it is so well written! AND so well spoken! Glad I LISTENED!

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the development of Pearl and Sasha.

Which character – as performed by Vanessa Johansson – was your favorite?

Vanessa Johansson has the most melodious voice I've yet heard! Any character would love their story told in her voice. Of course, Sasha and Pearl received her gift!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The story tears you apart. Yet, Affinity presented the horrors in a gentle way if that could be possible! I have twin granddaughters and it hit me hard.

Any additional comments?

The reason I didn't give it five stars was because I felt shocked that she found her father. Like where did that jump out from. I had to listen twice to make sure I heard it correctly.
I felt the very last chapter could have lingered further. I wondered how and what she fed the baby in he end as well.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Goodbye

  • By: Carla Buckley
  • Narrated by: Ali Ahn, Suzy Jackson, Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,024
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,844
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,838

Two cousins, Rory and Arden, lie unconscious in a hospital burn unit. The fire, which broke out in their shared college dorm room, killed another student, and the police want answers. Tension between Rory and Arden's parents was already at an all-time high before the fire, owing to a recent financial crisis and the decline of the family business. As the parents huddle anxiously in the waiting room, carefully avoiding the subject of their own unraveling relationships, disturbing truths come to light.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So sad!

  • By CR on 07-04-16

Could NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN

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

Reviewed: 08-29-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Good Goodbye to be better than the print version?

ABSOLUTELY!! The characters came alive with the narrators great DIFFERENT accents.It was also helpful that before a new character spoke, they would state who is speaking!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Arden was the most sympathetic character. She was a dear friend to her cousin. She had a lot of depth. More depth than Rory.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Arden was my favorite all the way around. It was perfect that Gabriel, Rory's mother, had a french accent. She was not someone I would EVER want to befriend! Very cold woman!The narrator played her perfectly! AND, of course, that's because the writer wrote her perfectly!!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Love and pay attention to your children...but do NOT hover!

Any additional comments?

I HAD to see how it turned out...so I stayed up until I did AND WAS VERY PLEASED I DID!

  • Fool Me Once

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,845
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,002
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,978

Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya's husband, Joe - who had been brutally murdered two weeks earlier. The provocative question at the heart of the mystery: Can you believe everything you see with your own eyes, even when you desperately want to?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Darn it

  • By Glenda Jeffers on 03-25-16

Waste of time

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

Reviewed: 08-21-16

My husband and I listened to this book together while driving on a vacation. The story was very weak
And contrived. The killer was not believable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dancing on Broken Glass

  • By: Ka Hancock
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon, Zach Villa
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Lucy Houston and Mickey Chandler probably shouldn't have fallen in love, let alone gotten married. They're both plagued with faulty genes - he has bipolar disorder and she has a ravaging family history of breast cancer. But when their paths cross on the night of Lucy's 21st birthday, sparks fly, and there's no denying their chemistry. Cautious every step of the way, they are determined to make their relationship work-and they put it all in writing. Mickey promises to take his medication. Lucy promises not to blame him for what is beyond his control. He promises honesty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • beautiful story of love and devotion

  • By TM on 01-25-17

Sad, yet great insight into real life situations

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

Reviewed: 03-05-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Cancer is not a subject people choose to live with or read about….Top this off with bipolarproblems. But if my friend wanted to really dive into the fragile state of
real life for some people, I think to HEAR it Audibly is the only way to go!!

What other book might you compare Dancing on Broken Glass to and why?

Definitely "Me Before You" by Jojo Moyes and "Out of my Mind" by Sharon Draper

What about Amy Landon and Zach Villa ’s performance did you like?

I really really liked Amy's rhythm!!! I had a hard time hearing Zach many times because he dropped his voice. Then Amy would speak and it seemed twice as loud and clear.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Never! But I couldn't put it down because I wanted to know what happened. It took about a week to finish while I walked.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,728

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Calming!!

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

Reviewed: 02-19-15

Would you listen to A Man Called Ove again? Why?

What a great protagonist, Ove!!

What other book might you compare A Man Called Ove to and why?

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry! By Gabrielle Zevin
I loved both those books dearly!!

What about George Newbern’s performance did you like?

EXCELLENT!!!! I needed him to speak a bit louder. I listen in the car and had it on the loudest and had a bit of trouble hearing this particular book though.

If you could take any character from A Man Called Ove out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Provena. I loved her!

Any additional comments?

I would have liked the performer, (reader), to speak a bit louder. I listen in the car and had it on the loudest and had a bit of trouble hearing this particular book though.

  • Yes Please

  • By: Amy Poehler
  • Narrated by: Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,810
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40,845
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,662

Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Necessarily for Knope Fans

  • By Katie - Audible on 06-04-15

Sucked in again!

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

Reviewed: 02-08-15

Would you try another book from Amy Poehler and/or the narrators?

Never

What could Amy Poehler have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Have the actual people she states are "readers" actually read MORE!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She should stop COMPLAINING.

What character would you cut from Yes Please?

Patrick Stewart!

Any additional comments?

I saw this book on the "best seller" list. I love comedy…but this represents the "new"Saturday Night Live. It cannot compare to the Gilda Radner days of the original Saturday Night Live cast and that writing! There was nothing funny about this book and I stopped listening to it half way through when Seth Myers read a chapter!!