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  • A Good Marriage

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Jessica Hecht
  • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989

What happens when, on a perfectly ordinary evening, all the things you believed in and took for granted are turned upside down? When her husband of more than 20 years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends a good marriage.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Buy Full Dark, No Stars

  • By Tim on 11-02-14

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 10-01-15

wasn't sure I would in the beginning but loved the courage Darcy showed with her difficult decision.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Agony and the Ecstasy

  • A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo
  • By: Irving Stone
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 33 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775

This is Irving Stone's powerful and passionate biographical novel of Michelangelo. His time: the turbulent Renaissance, the years of poisoning princes, warring popes, the all-powerful Medici family, the fanatic monk Savonarola. His loves: the frail and lovely daughter of Lorenzo de Medici; the ardent mistress of Marco Aldovrandi; and his last love - his greatest love - the beautiful, unhappy Vittoria Colonna.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Best Historical Novels Ever Written

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-22-12

A beautiful story

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

Reviewed: 03-03-15

Wonderfully told story about a genius in a time fraught with change
History come to life with Mr. Stone's words.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack

  • Burton & Swinburne, Book 1
  • By: Mark Hodder
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,754
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,573
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,582

Sir Richard Francis Burton and Algernon Charles Swinburne are sucked into the perilous depths of a moral and ethical vacuum when Lord Palmerston commissions Burton to investigate assaults on young women committed by a weird apparition known as Spring Heeled Jack - and to find out why werewolves are terrorizing London's East End.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Steampunk but on the outlandish side

  • By Robert L. on 02-08-12

I wanted to like it.

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

Reviewed: 06-07-12

Think Steam-punk-Sherlock meets Aldus Huxley's a Brave New World with a little bit of Star Trek. Maybe it would have been fascinating if I'd known more about Victorian England's history and politics. I'd like to think that there were more than a few tongue-in-cheek references to things that I as a relatively un-worldly American just wouldn't understand...that's what it felt like listening to this; like some joke was floating just above my reach.

But take this review with a pinch of salt...I wasn't able to finish listening to this one, despite numerous starts and one re-start, which I rarely waste time on.

The narrator's voice kept pulling me back though. He was phenomenal...seriously.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sh-t My Dad Says

  • By: Justin Halpern
  • Narrated by: Sean Schemmel
  • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,349
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,354

After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, 28-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his 73-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Funny! Should Be Up for an Audie Award

  • By Michael on 05-08-10

It was cute.

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

Reviewed: 06-07-12

Everyone knows someone like this; the guy with a no-holds-barred attitude towards rearing children. I've even met a few well educated people with as foul or fouler mouths than that of the author's father. It's the little tidbits of wisdom that come through hysterically. You think to yourself,"Exactly! I couldn't have put it better myself, " several times.

My two complaints are that the father's voice sounds like it comes from Brooklyn instead of the Midwest and that it was so short.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Snowman

  • A Harry Hole Novel
  • By: Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,475
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,473

Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nesbo is the Cat and I am The Mouse

  • By Russell on 10-14-13

My New Favorite Author!!!

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

Reviewed: 06-06-12

This book was so amazing, I immediately bought the whole series...including the ones I had to order from the UK in paper form in order to get a n English translation. I eagerly devoured them all and then, while looking for more books that might be translated soon, I did some research on this man.

Hes world renowned! I felt like s some dumb American, not having heard of him before. I guess I'm not the only one though, because the American press is publishing his books with these ridiculous pink and red stickers on the front that say, "The Next Steig Larsson." Steig Larsson was the author of the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series, that I loved, however, it turns out that Jo Nesbo, pronounced Yo Nez-bah, has been writing his novels and winning awards for years before Mr. Larsson ever picked up his proverbial pen. Hes considered Norway's best writer all around and Scandinavia's best mystery writer and one of Europe's best thriller writers.

Having read all of his books that are currently translated...I know exactly why.

Try this book, trust me...it's good.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Ex

  • By: Harley Jane Kozak
  • Narrated by: Deanna Hurst
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 122

When David Zetrakis, the producer of a popular soap opera, is found shot to death, Wollie Shelley finds herself caught up in the murder. Zetrakis was one of the many Mr. Wrongs in Wollie's career as a serial dater, and her friend Joey has emerged as the media's prime suspect. A hot-tempered celebrity who had dated Zetrakis and was fired from his show some years ago, Joey has inherited a million-dollar Klimt painting from him. But Joey is not the only potential suspect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling

  • By Shay J. on 09-27-07

vapid

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

Reviewed: 05-24-12

Maybe I'm not understanding the trend in mystery towards romance, but I just don't see what the protagonists relationship with her FBI boyfriend had to do with the story line at all except as a way of interjecting sex into every chapter. One would think that such a person in the story would be able to figure out a way to either help his new girlfriend out of her predicaments, or remain mysterious and shadowy while really pulling the strings behind the scenes. But no, hes just window dressing for intimacy, commitment issues and middle aged thigh clenching (yuch) that get in the way of what could actually be a great story line and well loved characters.

I think this author will soon outgrow her genre and actually write something thought provoking. I could tell it was there under a surface of Dolce and Gabana, Hollywood-isms and vapid man-rating.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Macbeth: A Novel

  • By: A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,782
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,779

Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator choice inspired

  • By Beverly on 07-10-11

If you liked Scottish Play, you will love Macbeth.

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

Reviewed: 05-24-12

They've completely taken all the Shakespeare out of Macbeth. Without the beautiful poetry, the story is not a tragedy but a dreary retelling of Scottish history. The only redeeming factors, and they really steal the whole show, are the three witches.

If one were to take the beautiful singing out of an opera one would only be left with a bad story line. Shakespeare was a poet, not a novelist, therefore it goes without saying that his subject matter would need a ton of research, character development, and a few well placed narratives that evoked famous speeches.

I think that the authors did their best with a bad subject, really. And that's saying something, because David Hewson is one of the best authors writing today. You have to really love Macbeth to get this one. Its not a read for the average person looking for a little culture in their day.

Alan Cumming, however was superb...as always. A true artist.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  • By: Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,682
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,697

Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Amazing Book

  • By Elizabeth on 11-01-13

OMG. Tragic and beautiful.

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

Reviewed: 05-24-12

This book brought me to tears repeatedly. I cried from sadness, shame, pity, love, beauty and happiness. I never cry.

I'm glad that I listened to this book. I feel changed for the better because I took the time out of my busy life to contemplate; and that is what I think was the authors purpose, but I would never want to experience it again. This story is so heavy, heady, and well written that its like therapy for the soul. It was a cathartic read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Everything Is Illuminated

  • By: Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman, Scott Shina
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,246
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 807
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 810

Jonathan is a Jewish college student searching Europe for the one person he believes can explain his roots. Alex, a lover of all things American and unsurpassed butcher of the English language, is his lovable Ukrainian guide. On their quixotic quest, the two young men look for Augustine, a woman who might have saved Jonathan's grandfather from the Nazis. As past and present merge, hysterically funny moments collide with great tragedy, and an unforgettable story of one family's extraordinary history unfolds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a brilliantly original work!

  • By L. Berlyne-Kovler on 12-19-08

I'm not sure I can do it justice

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

Reviewed: 05-24-12

Such a simple idea...looking for ones ancestors, making a family tree. It never occurred to me that for families of the victims of the holocaust, there is probably no website to look up ones great uncle or library to fill in the family Bible. That thought alone is so deep and sad and poignant that to make it the subject of a novel would seem a deliberate effort to write darkly unpalatable prose that wallows in grief and threatens to drown the reader in the futile efforts of man to reconcile the past. However, the clownish somewhat slapstick buffoonery of our authors second protagonist, and his grammar errors especially, are so unexpected that, I for one, repeatedly laughed out loud, making perfect strangers stare and or ask what I was listening to. There is more here than sadness and loss and hilarity. This book contains a perfect love story or two.

Its the authors style I cannot do justice to. Its just...unusual, its fun. I cant tell if the book is written like a Yiddish narrative, passed from grandmother to child, or if the story's disjointed skips from time to time, emotion to opposite emotion, story line to alternate story line, is just the authors way of writing. Either way, it was pure art.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sacre Bleu

  • A Comedy d'Art
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,949
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,958

In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Is Nothing is Sacre'?

  • By Mel on 05-07-12

half fantasy, half mystery, all fascinating

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

Reviewed: 05-24-12

What were to happen if an artists muse were to really come alive? What if the passion for art was a physical need, like a drug addiction. What if the drug was a single color and its pusher were a being as old as time? The premise is fascinating, even without such colorful (pun intended) characters as La Trec, Renoir, and Van Gogh. Set the whole thing in the modernist renaissance, et voila! A masterpiece.

I truly loved this story.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful