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  • The Sleep Tight Motel

  • Dark Corners Collection, Book 2
  • By: Lisa Unger
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 611
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 525

Eve has a fake ID, a .38, and a violent lover receding in the rearview mirror. He’ll never find her at the isolated motel, and its kindly manager is happy to ease her fears. But if Eve is the only guest, whom does she keep hearing on the other side of the wall? Eve won’t get a good night’s rest until she finds out.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The reading is flat, dull, and awful

  • By Chynna Blue on 10-01-18

The reading is flat, dull, and awful

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

The story may be okay, but I'm having a hard time getting past the terrible reading. It's flat, dull, and has an oddly robotic cadence. I first thought it was being read by the default accessibility reader on my phone because it was so strangely robotic. There's no feeling, no warmth. The reader feels completely disengaged from the story. Since I got this through Kindle Unlimited, I'll try reading the book on my Kindle and forego the audio. I see they used the same reader or all of the Dark Corners Collection. I'll see if those are any better, but I'm not feeling very hopeful right now.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

  • By: Marlon Bundo, Jill Twiss
  • Narrated by: Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, and others
  • Length: 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,805
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,996
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,931

HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents the story of a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny. Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence - the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon's life is about to change forever....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This story is cute, but let's be honest.

  • By João on 03-19-18

Great story and fantastic performances

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

This is a very sweet story about love, acceptance, and the idea that it's okay to be different. It's written in classic children's book style with easy words and repetition. The performances are fantastic, especially John Lithgow as the Stinkbug and Jim Parsons as Marlon. It's very short and I listened to it several times just to hear John Lithgow's loud and haughty stinkbug. They had to have rushed this book into production, but it does not feel like that. It's a quality story with quality performances.

  • Bunk

  • The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News
  • By: Kevin Young
  • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
  • Length: 20 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42

Bunk traces the history of the hoax as a peculiarly American phenomenon, examining what motivates hucksters and makes the rest of us so gullible. Disturbingly, Young finds that fakery is woven from stereotype and suspicion, race being the most insidious American hoax of all. He chronicles how Barnum came to fame by displaying figures like Joice Heth, a black woman whom he pretended was the 161-year-old nursemaid to George Washington.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unlistenable

  • By Carolinkus on 11-28-17

Interesting Content, Difficult Narration

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

I pre-ordered this book the day I heard Kevin Young speak at the Texas Book Festival. I should have waited to hear the sample, first. Young himself was engaging and interesting, but the reader here sounds dry and stuffy. It was a chore to listen to this one and I'm sorry I did not get the Kindle version instead. I think I would have rated this book more highly if it had had a different reader.

The content is interesting. I knew about many of the hoaxes Young examines in the book, but had never made the connections he makes here - that many hoaxes revolve around race or bigotry and stereotypes. Some hoaxes have obvious victims, but others are less obvious until examined in the lens of the harmful negative stereotypes hoaxes often push on society.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Murder Al Dente

  • Southern Pasta Shop Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer L. Hart
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Cerreta
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 880
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 881

Andy Buckland has always dreamed of being a chef. But after a live studio audience is stricken with food poisoning during her debut cooking show, she finds herself blacklisted in the culinary community. The only job open to her is working in her family's southern pasta shop, and, to make matters worse, her first assignment is serving baked ziti to her former lover and his spoiled bride-to-be at their engagement party!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb writing and a fantastic narrator

  • By Judy C on 06-07-15

Fantastic narration by Suzanne Cerreta

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

Reviewed: 07-08-17

This is a typical "cozy" mystery that leaned heavily toward the romance side. The characters were enjoyable and the story held my interest, but it wasn't exceptional.

The narrator had to take on multiple characters from different parts of the world with different accents and dialects and managed it beautifully. She covered New Zealand, Asia, Italy, and the American south. Usually I hate it when a narrator takes on a voice for a member of the opposite sex, but Ms. Cerreta handled them all very well.

  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

  • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,386

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

  • By ambER on 04-20-17

More relevant than ever

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

Reviewed: 05-16-17

Claire Danes did an excellent job reading the book. I appreciated that she read it well, but did not use different voices for the characters. Sometimes that can be too much and this story really didn't need that. She brought life to Offred and her story in a very real way.

The "full cast" isn't really used until the Historical Notes on the Handmaid's Tale section (an epilogue), so don't be fooled by that. The initial story is all read by Claire Danes. This new version has added a Q&A section to the Historical Notes presentation, which is a wonderful addition.

I really enjoyed the addition of the afterward by Margaret Atwood and the essay by Valerie Martin, which both gave me new insight into the story.

  • Gretel and the Case of the Missing Frog Prints

  • A Brothers Grimm Mystery
  • By: P. J. Brackston
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 718

Bavaria, 1776. When Albrecht Dürer the Much Much Younger's frog prints go missing, he knows exactly where to turn for help. Gretel (yes, that Gretel), now 35 and still living with her gluttonous brother Hans, is the country's most famous private investigator, and she leaps at the opportunity to travel to cosmopolitan Nuremberg to take on the case. But amid the hubbub of the city's annual sausage festival, Gretel struggles to find any clues that point toward the elusive thief.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Mystery

  • By Marianne on 01-18-15

Not a favorite, performance was grating

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The names of some of the characters are bothersome and wore on me. I don't want to hear about Wolfie or Strudel again.

Would you be willing to try another book from P. J. Brackston? Why or why not?

Maybe, but I won't do it as an audio book. I found the reading very distracting.

What didn’t you like about Kate Reading’s performance?

I did not like the way she did male characters. I wish that they would stop making performers do voices of the opposite sex. It almost never works. I found it to be extremely distracting and detracted from my enjoyment of the story. I would not recommend this book based mostly on the performance. When it came to basics, it was good, but the male characters were just awful. I haven't even finished the book, but came to write the review based on how strongly I feel about this performance.

Do you think Gretel and the Case of the Missing Frog Prints needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I don't know, I will edit later.

Any additional comments?

Dear audio book producers: please, please STOP making your performers do voices for members of the opposite sex. It doesn't work and often comes out as insulting. Just stop, please.

  • Razor Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Carl Hiaasen
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,088
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,087

When Lane Coolman's car is bashed from behind on the road to the Florida Keys, what appears to be an ordinary accident is anything but (this is Hiaasen!). Behind the wheel of the other car is Merry Mansfield - the eponymous Razor Girl - and the crash scam is only the beginning of events that spiral crazily out of control while unleashing some of the wildest characters Hiaasen has ever set loose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book this year!

  • By green ice cream garden on 09-19-16

Narrator does a poor job with women's voices

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

Reviewed: 09-19-16

Would you listen to Razor Girl again? Why?

No, I'm not sure I will even finish listening once. The story is good and I may return the audio book and buy the Kindle version, instead. The narrator does a horrible job with the women characters and that made it impossible to enjoy the story.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

No, this isn't a suspense book, but I do love a Carl Hiaasen book for the humor.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Rubinstein?

Anyone. Steven Hoye did a much better job with Star Island, a previous Carl Hiaasen book with women in lead roles. The way Rubinstein read the women's roles was grating and distracting. In the case of Merry, it was downright insulting. When he read Merry and laughed as her, I cringed. He should stick to books that do not feature women.

If you could rename Razor Girl, what would you call it?

Razor Girl: Buy the Kindle Version or the Paper Version, Not This.

Any additional comments?

To all of the producers of audio books everywhere, please reevaluate the way you have male narrators play female characters. It's frequently very bad, occasionally awful, and sometimes just plain insulting. Women are regular people, please stop making men play us like weird, mythical creatures.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 47,510
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,295

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

Much more than I expected

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

Reviewed: 02-26-15

What did you love best about Yes Please?

I love that Amy Poehler has such a positive message, but also wasn't afraid to talk about serious issues, like hurting someone's feelings with a sketch she did on SNL or about body image.

What other book might you compare Yes Please to and why?

Many people will compare this to Tina Fay's Bossy Pants, since the two women are so often linked. I enjoyed both, but I got more out of Yes Please because more of what Amy Poehler said resonated with me. I also enjoyed the added narrators.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Amy Poehler read the book and did a fantastic job, but there's so much more here. She talked about her negative side, voiced by Kathleen Turner. She had a poem read by Patrick Stewart. Seth Meyers came in and read a chapter so that "Amy can take a break." Even her parents get in on the act.There's a wonderful chapter on Parks & Recreation and she brought creator Mike Schur in for that. They have some great banter while she reads through that chapter. The last chapter is an audio recording of her reading the last chapter at the theater where the current Upright Citizen's Brigade does their shows. I'm just so glad that I went with the audio version of this book.

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

No - it's 7 hours long and I have things to do! But it's one I carried with me and listened to every chance I got.