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  • Out to Canaan

  • The Mitford Years, Book 4
  • By: Jan Karon
  • Narrated by: Jan Karon
  • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

Thousands of readers have come home to Mitford, the little town with the big heart, whose endearing and eccentric residents have become like family members. But now change is coming to the hamlet. Father Tim, the Episcopal rector, and his wife Cynthia are pondering retirement; a brash new mayoral candidate is calling for aggressive development; a suspicious realtor with plans for a health spa is eyeing the beloved house on the hill; and, worst of all, the Sweet Stuff Bakery may be closing.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged HORRIBLE

  • By Me on 07-03-16

Too short, but still enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

I dislike abridged books. I don’t see the point of them, and no matter how carefully done, something is going to be lost. I wish there was a full length version of this audiobook, but since there wasn’t one available on Audible I decided to make do. I don’t regret it.

I did miss the original narrator, who I came to think of as the voice of Father Tim. That said, unlike some reviewers I did not find Jan Karon’s reading so terrible. I thought she did a fine job. I’d still prefer the narrator of the first few books, but Karon’s reading was very listenable.

  • Unnatural Death

  • A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery
  • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Narrated by: Ian Carmichael
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

The wealthy Agatha Dawson is dead and there are no apparent signs of foul play. Lord Peter Wimsey, however, senses that something is amiss and he refuses to let the case rest, even without any clues or leads. Suddenly, he is faced with another murder, Agatha's maid. Can super-sleuth Wimsey find the murderer and solve the case before he becomes the killer's next victim?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intricate puzzle

  • By Rebekah52 on 03-08-06

Great story, uneven production

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

An excellent mystery, a very good sampling of Dorothy L Sayers' favorite character. I did figure it out before the end, but there were several good red herrings and plot twists to keep things interesting.

The only real negative is not with the book but with this particular production. Around about chapter 8 a different voice picks up the reading. Some time later it switches back again, but the initial effect is jarring.

Ian Carmichael does a flawless Lord Peter, and gives distinctive voices to the other characters, as well. But when it switches to the different narrator, unnamed, much of the distinction is lost. In addition, the listener is 'thrown out' of the story, having to focus on figuring out the Che characters all over again.

I would be interested in knowing what happened. Was part of the recording damaged and they had to fill in, as Carmichael passed away a few years ago? Or was carmichael taken ill and they did the best they could?

  • Good Omens

  • The BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
  • By: Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Mark Heap, Full Cast, Peter Serafinowicz
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,669
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,539

A full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman’s celebrated apocalyptic comic novel, with bonus length episodes and outtakes. According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday in fact. Just after Any Answers on Radio 4….Events have been set in motion to bring about the End of Days. The armies of Good and Evil are gathering and making their way towards the sleepy English village of Lower Tadfield.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An adaption of one of my all time favorite books

  • By Mr Benn on 02-03-15

So much fun!

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

Just about my all time favorite, reread in hard copy many times, and I have the audiobook. As a hardcore fan, I am picky, but I was not disappointed. In a dramatization, a certain amount of rewriting must be done because you no longer have the omniscient voice narrating thought and descriptions. That's tricky to do and remain faithful to the book, but this effort is darn near perfect. Don't miss the Pratchett/Gaiman cameo.

  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,953
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,940

Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected, also, that someone had been blackmailing her. Then, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose. But the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information. Unfortunately, before he could finish reading the letter, he was stabbed to death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in series

  • By Deb on 04-20-16

A very fine story

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

Written much later than most of Christie's Poirot stories, it is still a very fine example and perhaps one of her best psychological mysteries as so much hinges on the personalities of the characters. I'm a lifeline Christie fan so I can't claim I didn't know how it ended. But it was fun trying to spot the clues. There is a difference between this one and most of the others, and that difference is a clue in itself. But I won't give it away. The reading is very fine and the characters well defined. I enjoyed this story very much.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250

The dentist was found with a blackened hole below his right temple. A pistol lay on the floor near his out flung right hand. Later, one of his patients was found dead from a lethal dose of local anaesthetic. A clear case of murder and suicide. But why would a dentist commit a crime in the middle of a busy day of appointments? A shoe buckle holds the key to the mystery. Now - in the words of the rhyme - can Poirot pick up the sticks and lay them straight?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Does Agatha ever disappoint?

  • By Anastasia on 12-20-14

One of Christie's Best

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

Reviewed: 07-24-17

I think this is one of the lesser known of the Hercule Poirot stories, but that's a shame. It has a nice twist and a good cast of characters. It's one of my favorites, and Fraser does a nice job reading it. He played Hastings, Poirot's sidekick, for many years and sometimes a little Hastings does slip in, but overall it's quite good and most of the time his Poirot sounds just like David Suchet's famous portrayal. But please enjoy the story for its own sake because it is very good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wee Free Men: Discworld Childrens, Book 2

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,576
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,663
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,662

Armed only with a frying pan and her common sense, Tiffany Aching, a young witch-to-be, is all that stands between the monsters of Fairyland and the warm, green Chalk country that is her home. Forced into Fairyland to seek her kidnapped brother, Tiffany allies herself with the Chalk's local Nac Mac Feegle, aka the Wee Free Men, a clan of sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men who are as fierce as they are funny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First Sight and Second Thoughts

  • By Richard on 02-21-05

A master story teller

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

Reviewed: 06-25-17

Nobody tells a story lol Terry Pratchett, gods rest his soul. And this is not just a story for children. It's a wonderful tale. It's real storytelling, and very finely read by Mr. Briggs. Enjoy

  • Eric

  • Discworld #9
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821

From Terry Pratchett's famed Discworld series. 14-year-old Eric is the first ever demonology hacker. Fortunately, he doesn't succeed in raising any devils, but he does raise Rincewind (the most incompetent wizard in the universe) and the Luggage (the world's most dangerous travel accessory).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good things in small packages.

  • By Glen Phipps on 12-12-03

Rincewind saves the day!

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

Reviewed: 05-01-15

The only problem with this story is that it's too short and I want to know what happens next! Rincewind is my favorite anti hero. He always wins if only because he has perfected the art of running away.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • World War II: A Military and Social History

  • By: Thomas Childers, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Thomas Childers
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,078
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,070

Between 1937 and 1945, approximately 55 million people perished in the series of interrelated conflicts known as the Second World War. No continent was left untouched, no ocean unaffected. The war led to the eclipse of Europe and the emergence of the United States and the Soviet Union as global superpowers; ushered in the atomic age; produced, in the Holocaust, the most horrific crime ever committed in the history of Western civilization, and led to the end of Europe's colonial empires around the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading title, but a good course

  • By O. D. S on 07-15-15

Gripping. Simply Gripping

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

Reviewed: 04-27-15

I've listened to several of The Great Courses offerings, and by far my favorites are those on history. Done well, and most of them are, it's a lot like listening to someone read you an epic novel. In this case, it's the story of the single most important event in human history - WWII. Childers delivers the scenes and the names we know, but also fills out with lesser known facts and weaves them into a narrative that covers both theaters, European and Pacific. That he does so in a rather matter-of-fact voice only serves to underscore the drama.

There are quotes from the names you know, and snatches of personal letters from people you've never heard of. You get the background information, the cultural factors that lead into the start of the war. You get all the numbers and dates that so bored you back in high school, but in a context that makes them anything but boring. You learn of the Allied triumps and the heartbreaks. You learn that some of the most pivotal moments were combinations of mistakes on both sides, and plain luck, both good and bad. You'll hear about the Miracle of Midway, the heroic bloody battles fought in Russia, the incredible feat of the Army Rangers in climbing Pointe du Hoc under enemy fire, the Bataan death march, and more.

And in the end, you'll know why it was The Greatest Generation.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Medieval World

  • By: Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,776

Far from being a time of darkness, the Middle Ages was an essential period in the grand narrative of Western history. But what was it like to actually live in those extraordinary times? Now you can find out.These 36 lectures provide a different perspective on the society and culture of the Middle Ages: one that entrenches you in the daily human experience of living during this underappreciated era.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Prof. Armstrong is an rockstar. Loved her class.

  • By Rocco on 10-04-13

Quite good!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-15

Each lecture is a bit too short to really do its topic justice, but the series provides a good overall view. The lecture is given with obvious enthusiasm, which contributes to the positive experience. My only quarrel is with attempts at reproducing accents when reciting from written documents. They all tend to sound the same, something vaguely middle European, and that includes the Old English passages. But barring that, I enjoyed the series very much.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The History of the United States, 2nd Edition

  • By: The Great Courses, Allen C. Guelzo, Gary W. Gallagher, and others
  • Narrated by: Allen C. Guelzo, Gary W. Gallagher, Patrick N. Allitt
  • Length: 43 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,706

This comprehensive series of 84 lectures features three award-winning historians sharing their insights into this nation's past-from the European settlement and the Revolutionary War through the Civil War, 19th-century industrialization, two world wars, and the present day. These lectures give you the opportunity to grasp the different aspects of our past that combine to make us distinctly American, and to gain the knowledge so essential to recognizing not only what makes this country such a noteworthy part of world history, but the varying degrees to which it has lived up to its ideals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Christina on 09-09-14

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 09-09-14

This is my third Great Courses lecture series, and it was as amazing as the other two. I especially enjoyed Professor Guelzo's enthusiasm, which was contagious, but I give high marks to all three. They did a great job of breaking the series at logical points, which makes it possible to break off listening for a bit while you go read or listen to something less weighty, then come back and pick it up, no problem. I really feel, after listening to this series, that I have a more well-rounded grasp on American history, more than just the cold dates and facts. The various eras and the individuals who left their marks really came alive for me. I'm so glad that Audible and The Great Courses have teamed up! And now off to find another new favorite.

28 of 28 people found this review helpful