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  • 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 63,969
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,434

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

Stupendous

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

Reviewed: 10-24-16

Everything about this book was exceptional. The audio performance was excellent. This book gives you everything great in a piece of literature. The human qualities of all the characters I found very realistic. We have all known each one of these personalities in our own life and learned to love each one like they were our own friends and neighbors. Ove is the crotchety old man with a heart of gold that we all wished we had in our life. I laughed and cried my way through this book and would highly recommend it.

  • In Sheep's Clothing

  • Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People
  • By: George K. Simon
  • Narrated by: Kevin Foley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,030
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 881
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 872

Dr. George K. Simon knows how people push your buttons: your children---especially teens---are experts at it, as is your mate. A coworker may quietly undermine your efforts while professing to be helpful, or your boss may prey on your weaknesses. Manipulative people have two goals: to win and to look good doing it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great enlightenment for confused codependents

  • By Darcy on 05-20-14

Very informative

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

Reviewed: 07-28-15

This was just what I needed to hear. I will take to heart and practice how to deal with overt and covert aggressive personalities in my life. The performance was a bit dry but I found the ideas within very useful.

  • The Invention of Wings

  • A Novel
  • By: Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,777

From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!

  • By Jan on 01-09-14

Historical fiction at its finest!

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

Reviewed: 07-21-15

Although I was not at first interested in reading yet another novel about slavery, this was a surprise. I tend to be too sensitive when it comes to human mutilation and degradation stories and would rather be uplifted. I feel there is enough atrocities in this life and I would rather focus on the positive. We have come a long way, but we still have a long way to go in this area. That being said, the author took real characters from history and wove them with fiction to give the reader a life like depiction of what life back then must have been like. The Gremkey sisters were pioneers for women's rights and the anti-slavery movement. The only way for evil to prosper is for good men AND women to do nothing. Their courage and bravery left me so inspired to want to do the same in my life. This was a wonderful story on how just two women could have such a positive impact on their society. As the saying goes: "Good girls rarely make history. "

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132,934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,269

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

Who din it?

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

Reviewed: 06-26-15

Great summer thriller! I would highly recommend it. Read it during the summer! Great fun read.

  • Emerald Green

  • The Ruby Red Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Kerstin Gier
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929

In Kerstin Gier's Emerald Green, Gwen has a destiny to fulfill, but no one will tell her what it is. She’s only recently learned that she is the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve, and since then nothing has been going right. She suspects the founder of the Circle, Count Saint-German, is up to something nefarious, but nobody will believe her. And, she’s just learned that her charming time-traveling partner, Gideon, has probably been using her all along.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The end!

  • By Erin - Audible on 10-01-13

Fantastic fantasy series

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

A cross between Back to the Future time travel and Harry Potter magic. I enjoyed the performance and the story held my attention. This is more of a young adult series with a touch of young romance and adventure. A light hearted summer read.

  • These Is My Words

  • The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901
  • By: Nancy E. Turner
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628

A moving, exciting, and heartfelt American saga inspired by the author's own family memoirs, these words belong to Sarah Prine, a woman of spirit and fire who forges a full and remarkable existence in a harsh, unfamiliar frontier. Scrupulously recording her steps down the path Providence has set her upon - from child to determined young adult to loving mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Epic Pioneering Woman Story

  • By Andrea on 01-03-15

A story of the Wild West

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

This was a great historical fiction novel about The struggles of life in the 1800s as people moved to the Western part of the United States in a wagon-train. Sarah and her family moved to set up their home. She lived a life full of struggles and hardships. It was a realistic depiction of how life could have been in the wild west. Sarah's journal tells about the wonderful loving relationship between herself and Capt. Jack Elliott. Sarah had many ups and downs and throughout all of her trials and tribulations she manages to come through it all to the other side still determined and willing to live another day.

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  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,897

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, good narrator, not so great production

  • By j phillips on 08-08-17

A great piece of literature

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

Reviewed: 02-07-15

Great story telling full of metaphor which lends itself to great visuals in the minds eye. On the level of Schindler' List but told from the perspective of the Germans and their struggle in WW2. I would have given it more stars but I don't like books about war. It's too depressing for my taste. It was very well written and literary. I felt like it was an assignment I had to get through for school. It was a bit slow for my taste but it kept my interest enough to want to find out what happened to the main characters.

  • Solomon's Song

  • The Australian Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 19 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,722

Here is the story of two families, branches of the Solomons, transported to an alien land. Both branches eventually grow rich and powerful. But through three generations, the families never, for one moment, relinquish their hatred for each other. This novel is also the story of Australia, from its beginnings to its coming of age as a nation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Seems to get off the track

  • By Bernadine Martin on 11-13-09

The end of a great trilogy

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

Reviewed: 02-01-15

I loved all three of his books but this one not my favorite. I am not a big fan of war novels and the majority of this is about Ben in WW1. That being said, this series of books was the best I have ever listened to on Audible. I would highly recommend this trilogy. I wish there was a book four.

  • Tommo and Hawk

  • The Australian Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 20 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,378

Brutally kidnapped and separated in childhood, Tommo and Hawk are reunited at the age of 15 in Hobart Town. Together, they escape their troubled pasts and set off on a journey into manhood. From whale hunting in the Pacific to the Maori wars of New Zealand, from the Rocks in Sydney to the miners' riots at the goldfields, Tommo and Hawk must learn each other's strengths and weaknesses in order to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brillant Narration

  • By Angie on 05-01-07

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 01-03-15

If you could sum up Tommo and Hawk in three words, what would they be?

Audibles Best Series

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tommo and Hawk?

The ending made me cry!

Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

Maggie Pie was my favorite character. I mean really, whats not to love? Anyone who can get away with wearing a Magpie bird on her head everyday in her hat is ok in my book. This girl kept me laughing!

If you could take any character from Tommo and Hawk out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Hawk is everything we strive to be. He would do the right thing even if no one was watching. Honest and kind to a fault this loving giant of a man would be someone I would like to call my friend. He will never let the "mongrels" win.

Any additional comments?

The story takes place in the 1800s I Australia. This is my favorite quote that shows how little has changed since then with regards to the rich and the poor. There are still what I call the Nobles and the Peasants. If you are not part of the wealthy 1% of today's society, then you are a peasant no matter what propaganda the two parties spin. We should not be arguing about gun control or abortion, but instead we should be coming together and focusing on the extreme economic divide that is our present circumstance.
Greed among the wealthy together with crime among the poor create such misery. In these societies too, little punishment is needed by the law where the powerful cheat the week and the threat of prison or the rope seems not to deter those who have practiced violence for gain. Alas I fear we shall never learn to live differently....it is so each man must have his turn against the fellow below him in the pecking order. Somewhere somehow there must be some better system of justice which does not depend on superstition, religion or the rule of law. For this last always favors the rich and powerful above the common herd. How this utopia might come about I cannot say, and who would help in this cause I do not know. As Ikey often said, "The poor be like mangy strays, who fights in the dust over a dry bone but cannot get together long enough to raid the butcher shop my dear. They may be relied to do as much to prevent an improvement to their circumstances as those who exploited their poverty and despair. " But perhaps Ikey could be proved wrong and some kind of brotherhood could be formed against those who exploit them.

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  • Mr. Midshipman Hornblower

  • By: C. S. Forester
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936

The year is 1793, the eve of the Napoleonic Wars, and Horatio Hornblower, a 17-year-old boy unschooled in seafaring and the ways of seamen, is ordered to board a French merchant ship and take command of crew and cargo for the glory of England. Though not an unqualified success, this first naval adventure teaches the young midshipman enough to launch him on a series of increasingly glorious exploits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb narration of a great story

  • By Merlin on 01-20-12

Toot your horn!

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

Reviewed: 05-10-14

Would you listen to Mr. Midshipman Hornblower again? Why?

Yes I would buy the next book to find out what happened to Mr. Hornblower.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The English accent and old ships vocabulary was very authentic but sometimes hard to follow and understand.

What does Christian Rodska bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I absolutely loved how he did all the different characters voices! I would buy other books that he read just to listen to his performance again.

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

No