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  • Faithful Place

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,051

New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-19-10

loved listening to this book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-11

I have read Tana French's two prevous books and thoroughly enjoyed them. After listening to "Faithful Place," I wish that I had listened to them, too. The reader is an absolute delight. His Irish accent is spot-on (at least to my ears)--lyrical but not so much so that I can't understand him. My husband and I are both listening to this book--separately--and we both think it is wonderful. Tana French captures the male voice very well, and her writing is excellent.

  • Blasphemy

  • By: Douglas Preston
  • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,451
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 541
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 540

The world's biggest supercollider is locked in an Arizona mountain. The Torus was built to unlock the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. Will the Torus divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? Or will it, as some predict, suck the earth into a mini black hole? Or is the Torus a Satanic attempt, as a powerful televangelist decries, to challenge God Almighty on the very throne of heaven?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling!

  • By Mary R on 01-17-08

waste of time

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-08

I have read or listened to most of the books by the team of Preston and Childs. Preston without Childs is very weak. This book was too far-fetched to even be fun. Don't bother.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ballad of the Whiskey Robber

  • By: Julian Rubinstein
  • Narrated by: Eric Bogosian, Demetri Martin, Tommy Ramone, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231

Ballad of the Whiskey Robber tells the hilarious and improbable true story of Attila Ambrus, the Robin Hood of Eastern Europe. He's the onetime pelt smugger, goaltender (possibly the worst in the history of pro hockey), pen salesman, Zamboni driver, gravedigger, church painter, roulette addict, building superintendent, whiskey drinker, and native of Transylvania who's decided that the best thing to do with his time is to rob as many banks as possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DUH

  • By Randall on 07-22-07

An Engaging Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-06

This book was a blast to listen to. The reader was fantastic, and it was more like theater, complete with occasional music and sound effects, than a straight reading. The introduction gave a good quick synopsis of the history of Hungary, but it was the combination of dry and almost slapstick humor that made this book sing for me. I gave my son, who is living in Europe, the actual book, and he said he was reading it on a train when a group of Hungarians recognized the title and all started talking to him about this guy (with great enthusiasm). By the end of the book, the plight of the Whiskey Robber is clearly very sad and discouraging, but it was one of the most engaging stories I've listened to.

7 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

  • By: Lauren Willig
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 659

Deciding that true romantic heroes are a thing of the past, Eloise Kelly, an intelligent American who always manages to wear her Jimmy Choo suede boots on the day it rains, leaves Harvard's Widener Library bound for England to finish her dissertation on the dashing pair of spies the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian. What she discovers is something the finest historians have missed: a secret history that begins with a letter dated 1803.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly entertaining

  • By Jeny on 04-03-10

disappointing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-06

This book has turned out to be one of those romantic "bodice rippers," and not all that well written. The review that said the heroine sounded like a Valley Girl was right on the mark. In an effort to sound breezy and clever, the dialogue sounds trite and completely inappropriate for the time period. I got messed up between Parts I and 2 on my iPod, and discovered that I had skipped much of Part 1, and it made no difference at all. Now I am just relieved I did not have to listen to all of Part 1. I'm sticking with it to the end, because I paid for it, but it won't be a moment too soon.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Brilliant

  • By: Marne Davis Kellogg
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

At Ballantyne and Company, a genteel but failing auction house in the heart of London, Kick Keswick has been an expert on painting, furniture, and objets d'art for over 30 years. When Ballantyne falls victim to a corporate takeover by robber baron and womanizer Owen Brace, Kick is the next target for Brace's idea of romantic merger and acquisition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cotton Candy Listening

  • By James W Dietz on 05-12-06

Cotton Candy Listening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-06

I loved listening to this book. It is light and witty and delicious. My dog got a lot of extra walks so that I could keep listening. The reader is wonderful. Don't expect great literature, but for pure fun, you can't go wrong.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 44 Scotland Street

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,332
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,011
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,010

The brilliant Alexander McCall Smith became an international sensation with his New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels. His award-winning wit, made famous through that series, is fully on display in 44 Scotland Street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smith's answer to Maupin

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-23-05

subtle and sweet

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-06

I listened to this book while I walked the dog--the walks got longer as I got more involved in the characters (the dog got happier). Nothing really happens, but if you can allow yourself to appreciate the little stories about the characters, it is a charming book. The humor is very dry and understated. They became pleasant companions that I looked forward to walking with. The reader does a good job with a modified Scottish accent.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful