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  • Ghosts in the Graveyard

  • And Other Tales
  • By: Kathleen McClure
  • Narrated by: Megan Scharlau
  • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Eight flash fiction pieces that will transport you across a landscape of time, space, and emotion, from Bergen-Belsen, to Faeryland, to the belly of a whale and back.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Margaret Lake on 04-15-18

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

Any additional comments?

To be honest, I got about halfway through the first story (the title story) and really didn't want to listen anymore. It was too upsetting. So I decided to read the book first and I'm really glad I did. I was then able to listen to that first story (about children in Bergen-Belsen) and go on to listen to the rest.

These stories are amazing. McClure manages to develop characters and tell a complete story in just a few pages. Some are very imaginative retellings of fairy tales but others are original stories. My favorite is A Mother's Work. It really is about what mother's do ... figuratively speaking.

Megan Scharlau brings a different tone to each story, which is another plus.

If you like stories that make you think or that look at fairy tales from an entirely different point of view, you'll like this audiobook

I was given a copy of this audiobook for free in exchange for my honest review.

  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,692
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,724

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ages Well

  • By Dennis on 10-21-12

Absolute fun!

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

Reviewed: 06-30-14

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

I would definitely recommend this book and already have on a forum. Very good characters and a wildly improbable story that I loved. I had to laugh out loud several times and smiled a lot.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the main character, Allan Karlsson and the way he just stumbled through life and managed to survive. I came to know him really well.

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

As I was listening, I thought I might not enjoy reading the book, but Steven Crossley's narration made the story and characters interesting and fun.

If you could take any character from The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared out to dinner, who would it be and why?

It wouldn't be Allan alone, because I couldn't keep up with his vodka consumption. I'd go for dinner with him and all his companions, including Sonia.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this audiobook.

  • A Reason to Live (Marty Singer Mystery #1)

  • By: Matthew Iden
  • Narrated by: Lloyd Sherr
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 722
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 618
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 618

In the late 90s, a bad cop killed a good woman and DC Homicide Detective Marty Singer got to watch as the murderer walked out of the courtroom a free man. Twelve years later, the victim's daughter comes to Marty begging for help: the killer is stalking her now. There's just one problem: Marty's retired...and he's retired because he's battling cancer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At Last - a Voice for Marty!

  • By guttersnipe on 09-03-13

A good detective story with a great narration

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

Reviewed: 01-30-14

Would you consider the audio edition of A Reason to Live to be better than the print version?

No, I wouldn't consider it better. I both listened to and read the book and also whispersynced it. There are good aspects to both just reading and just listening. I get a bit more of the urgency of this type of story when I just read and I can certainly read faster than the narrator. But the narrator does bring the words to life. So, it's really fifty-fifty for me.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the character of Marty Singer the best. Julie and Jim were good characters, too. Amanda, although the story centered around her, was not as dramatic for me as the other three. But Marty really tops them all. He's not so much the cynical ex-cop as a man on a mission. It's what he's been doing for over thirty years and forced retirement along with chemo and cancer are not going to change that..

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

Lloyd Sherr's voice and expression were so perfect for this story that I was drawn right into it. He's also the voice for Modern Marvels on The History Channel, but once I knew that, I didn't find it distracting at all. It actually added to my enjoyment of the narration.

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

If my time wasn't so limited, I would like to have listened for longer periods.

Any additional comments?

I see the next book isn't available on audio yet. I'm assuming it will be so I will watch out for it.

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  • The Cricket on the Hearth

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,378
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,718
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,758

The holidays are upon us, and this year Audible is very happy to present to our members one of Charles Dickens’ most popular Christmas stories, The Cricket on the Hearth. This holiday classic (original subtitle: “A Fairy Tale of Home”) tells the innocent, picturesque, and charming story of a poor family and their would-be guardian angel; in short, a delightful vision of Victorian Christmas. As always, a great story calls for a great voice, so we’ve brought in legendary actor and record-breaking Audie and Grammy award-winning narrator Jim Dale (The Night Circus). Happy holidays and happy listening!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best stories about Men and Women ...

  • By Benedict on 12-26-13

Made me smile

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

Reviewed: 12-27-13

What made the experience of listening to The Cricket on the Hearth the most enjoyable?

Jim Dales characterizations

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cricket on the Hearth?

The end when Dot won't let John come to her until she's had her say.

Have you listened to any of Jim Dale’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was the first except for one or two short excerpts from Harry Potter. I can't really compare since this was a full narration and I got to listen to the range of Jim Dale's characterizations.

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

I definitely smiled a lot.

Any additional comments?

I really liked John and Dot, most especially John, and the voices Jim Dale gave them. The other characters were good, but John and Dot were definitely the stars of the story and the performance.

  • The Good Earth

  • By: Pearl S. Buck
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,320

This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Ryan on 05-08-10

Couldn't have asked for a better narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-23-13

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

Anyone who's ever read The Good Earth and loved it as I do, will be more than pleased with this audiobook.

Who was your favorite character and why?

O-Lan has always been my favorite character. Because she rarely spoke, she seemed to be unintelligent, but it was very often her quick thinking that saved Wang Lung and their family.

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

Anthony Heald brought the book to life for me. I was a little reluctant to listen to the audio version because the book always drew me into Wang Lung's world. Heald's narration was beautifully suited to Pearl S. Buck's wonderful writing and also drew me in to that time and place..

If you could rename The Good Earth, what would you call it?

There isn't another name for it. Wang Lung was all about the land. He loved his land more than any person and from this Good Earth sprang the house he founded.

Any additional comments?

I know I'll listen to this audiobook again.