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  • The Monet Murders

  • By: Terry Mort
  • Narrated by: Tony Pasqualini
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 363

Private investigator to the stars Riley Fitzhugh finds himself caught up in the case of a missing Hollywood beauty - and a stolen Monet - in a 1930s hard-boiled caper as deadly as it is delightful. Hollywood, 1934. Prohibition is finally over, but there is still plenty of crime for an ambitious young private eye to investigate. Though he has a slightly checkered past, Riley Fitzhugh is well connected in the film industry and is hired by a major producer - whose lovely girlfriend has disappeared.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Noir light.

  • By Mike T. on 06-30-16

Fun mystery and characters

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

I forgot I had listened to this long ago and enjoyed it a 2nd time. In part due to the narrator . He brought the humor of the book to light and all his character voices were distinctive. A fun early Hollywood romp, you can imagine it as an old black and white P.I. movie.

  • My Antonia

  • By: Willa Cather
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings, Ken Burns (introduction)
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,921
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,940

Through Jim Burden's endearing, smitten voice, we revisit the remarkable vicissitudes of immigrant life in the Nebraska heartland, with all its insistent bonds. Guiding the way are some of literature's most beguiling characters: the Russian brothers plagued by memories of a fateful sleigh ride, Antonia's desperately homesick father and self-indulgent mother, and the coy Lena Lingard. Holding the pastoral society's heart, of course, is the bewitching, free-spirited Antonia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • applause for a classic

  • By Western Canada on 04-19-08

why the raves?

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

What disappointed you about My Antonia ?

i haven't been able to stay with it, fast forwarded a bit to see if it was going to get any better. I listened to a couple of hours and gave up. Antonia has barely even become much of a character and I'm not enjoying it enough to see the draw to find out why she;s so amazing.. I feel like the reader is reading to a very young audience and large part of my disconnect with it.

Has My Antonia turned you off from other books in this genre?

no and maybe it would be a better read than listen. but I don't expect to delve into it any time soon since I have so many other books. I enjoy depictions of this era both fictional and non. this had sounded really good.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Cummings and Ken Burns (introduction) ’s performances?

Possibly but wont necessarily seek them out. will just depend on the book

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

yes, disappointment that it wasn't any better. it didnt create any emotional interest or desire to invest more time

Any additional comments?

Returning and moving on!

  • Get Well Soon

  • History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
  • By: Jennifer Wright
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,768

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Once over lightly with a nasty tone

  • By Helen Feddema on 08-20-17

so far so good

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

have just barely started but can already tell its going to be an interesting and even humorous ride down what can at times be a rather gross path! i've already had some "yuck" moments and some chuckles as well as " Hmmm, Interesting". writing is good and the narrator is doing a great job. looking forward to the rest of it on my way back and forth to work.

  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

  • By: Dorothy Gilman
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,979
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,488

Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Barbara Rosenblatt: THE Voice!

  • By Barbara on 01-14-12

what fun, reader perfect

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

Reviewed: 01-09-16

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

definitely. it was a fun jaunt with an woman looking to put some spice into her golden years. had heard of her, one reason I chose to add this one into my library for long rides back and forth to work. reader was great, fit Mrs. P just right and did male voices well.

  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,066
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,080

The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Read, Throughly Enjoyable!

  • By WickedGoodYarn on 03-11-12

great rendition

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

Reviewed: 10-04-15

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

Would definitely recommend this version. I really enjoyed that they had a variety of readers for the characters instead of just one person reading the book. added a lot to it and brought it to life more, especially with the story written so much in diary form. I didn't realize the original story was written that way, having only fully seen the K. Reeves/Oldham version of the movie, and a stage version of it (that was great).

Who was your favorite character and why?

cant beat Renfrow! poor guy. Of course Dr. Helsing is a very interesting character and someone I think would be enjoyable to meet if he were a real person. He had great heart

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

too long to listen to in one sitting. was awesome for daily long drive to/from work and would be anxious to get back to it each day

Any additional comments?

would have preferred that Tim Curry got to be the reader for Dr. Seward rather than the smaller part of Dr. Van Helsing. the Dr. Seward reader got annoying sometimes and was the prevalent reader.

  • Just After Sunset

  • Stories
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King, Jill Eikenberry, Holter Graham, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292

Just After Sunset - call it dusk, call it twilight, it's a time when human intercourse takes on an unnatural cast, when nothing is quite as it appears, when the imagination begins to reach for shadows as they dissipate to darkness and living daylight can be scared right out of you. It's the perfect time for Stephen King.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • King scores another coup

  • By Jeff G. on 03-21-09

so far so good

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

Reviewed: 10-04-15

What did you love best about Just After Sunset?

im enjoying having a variety of King to listen to with it being short stories. this will make it easy to listen to one genre, take a break, and come back to it later if I want. great to have a variety of readers too. so far im up to Mare Winingham's story (sp?), she has a great voice for reading.

Any additional comments?

will fill in more later after I hear more stories

  • Painted Horses

  • By: Malcolm Brooks
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

Painted Horses sends a dauntless young woman on a heroic quest, sings a love song to the horseman's vanishing way of life, and reminds us that love and ambition, tradition and the future, often make strange bedfellows. It establishes Malcolm Brooks as an extraordinary new talent.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written

  • By Michal on 09-13-14

cant get through it, better to maybe read

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

Reviewed: 10-04-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I'm having a hard time staying interested. It might be one better suited to just reading. I get bored though I do love the imagery of the Montana wilderness. I've listened to the reader before too, for the most part like her but all her male voices tend to sound the same and lack much excitement.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I cant get there, I get bored. was going to scan forward a lot like skimming pages but I hit my kindle button by mistake and got put back at page one. don't think I care enough to get back to the story.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

too slow. she does great with the imagery of it, but the conversations need to be spiced up.

Any additional comments?

think im returning it for another story that will better hold my interest. sad, because I love horses and westerns, and really wanted to enjoy this.

  • Nim's Island

  • By: Wendy Orr
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570

Nim lives on an island in the middle of the wide blue sea, shared by only her father, Jack, a marine iguana called Fred, a sea lion called Selkie, a turtle called Chica, and a satellite dish for her e-mail. No one else in the world lives quite like Nim, and she wouldn't swap places with anyone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting for All

  • By Carol on 06-03-08

overall loved the tale

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

Reviewed: 10-04-15

What made the experience of listening to Nim's Island the most enjoyable?

You could imagine the experiences of living on that remote uninhabited island. what an adventure for a young adult! All kids want to be raised with wild animals as their close friends, I did!

What other book might you compare Nim's Island to and why?

something like Flipper, Never read Robinson Crusoe or related genre books so cant make exact comparison

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

No extreme reactions, but sure felt the fear when that storm rolled in both for Nim to be alone on the island, worrying about her dad, and for dad trying so hard to get back to his daughter.

Any additional comments?

my only complaint was the reader's annoying constant pronunciation of the word incognito in the email address that she had to read a lot. 'In-cog-knito' she'd say, instead of In-cog-neeto as its supposed to be. it was the email address of a woman hiding behind her male name as an author--going incognito under her writers pseudonym.

  • Chosen by a Horse

  • How a Broken Horse Fixed a Broken Heart
  • By: Susan Richards
  • Narrated by: Lorna Raver
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416

The horse Susan Richards chose for rescue wouldn't be corralled into her waiting trailer. Instead, Lay Me Down, a former racehorse with a foal close on her heels, walked right up that ramp and into Susan's life. This gentle creature, malnourished, plagued by pneumonia and an eye infection, had endured a rough road, but somehow her heart was still open and generous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved, loved, LOVED this book

  • By Deanna on 03-03-10

fabulous listen

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

Reviewed: 08-08-15

What made the experience of listening to Chosen by a Horse the most enjoyable?

the reader was a great 'character'. I love horses and could relate to her attachment, and her loss of Lay Me Down. Her herd is such a fun and relatable group and each of their personalities shines through the reader's voice.

What other book might you compare Chosen by a Horse to and why?

Soul of a Horse is another true encounter that is as heartwarming and insightful as this into these gorgeous and often times difficult creatures. Makes you want one if you don't have one (or two or three or...) yet.

Which character – as performed by Lorna Raver – was your favorite?

Georgia sure comes to life! Pushy Diva :) the skittish one reminds me a bit of my timid rescued appaloosa Cherokee so I could relate to Susan and him (cant remember his name, not Hotshot). and her first pony as a kid reminded me of our mini Pearl. Attitude galore.

Any additional comments?

may read her "sequel" though doubt i'll get the one about her experiences pre-Lay Me since she covers some of that already in this one.

  • August: Osage County

  • By: Tracy Letts
  • Narrated by: Tara Lynne Barr, Shannon Cochran, Rosemarie DeWitt, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 388

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast recording, featuring members of the original Steppenwolf Theatre and Broadway productions: Tara Lynne Barr, Shannon Cochran, Deanna Dunagan (Tony Award®, Best Leading Actress), Kimberly Guerrero, Francis Guinan, Scott Jaeck, Ron Livingston, Robert Maffia, Mariann Mayberry, Rondi Reed (Tony Award®, Best Featured Actress), and David Warshofsky. Directed by Bart DeLorenzo. Recorded by L.A. Thetare Works before a live audience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Side-Splitting and Heart-Breaking!

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-10-15

not sure why all the hype

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

Reviewed: 05-20-15

What did you like best about August: Osage County? What did you like least?

the performances were very good, I did like that it was a recorded stage play and could envision it as it all happened. however I wasn't overly impressed with the play itself and probably would have stopped it at some point if it were any longer. just another maladjusted family with secrets that weren't all that surprising. not sure why all the accolades about the story. haven't seen the movie version yet.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

to see it in person the ending would probably be effective but found it lacking to hear it. a sad ending to be sure.

Which scene was your favorite?

none really stand out especially.

Did August: Osage County inspire you to do anything?

not really, made me think of the problems/attitudes our family has had over the years but they've been basically mild compared to this family.

Any additional comments?

I think I ordered this one on a buy 2 for 4.95 or 2 for 1 credit, so would be upset if I used a whole credit for it. the movie had gotten such good reviews I thought i'd give it a try, and sounded interesting to be an actual recorded stage play. I may still try to watch the movie to see if I like it any better to see performances but not in any rush now.

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