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  • Cork Dork

  • A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste
  • By: Bianca Bosker
  • Narrated by: Bianca Bosker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700

Amateur drinker and professional tech reporter Bianca Bosker didn't know much about wine - until she stumbled on an alternate universe where taste reigned supreme, a world of master sommeliers who could, after a single sip, identify the grape a bottle was made from, in what year, and where it was produced, within acres. Where she tasted wine, they detected not only complex flavor profiles but entire histories and geographies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but not educational

  • By Blake Brasher on 10-14-17
  • Cork Dork
  • A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste
  • By: Bianca Bosker
  • Narrated by: Bianca Bosker

Interesting premise, but not so much the reader

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

My husband and I owned a wine import and distribution company for 28 years, selling to the all aspects of the trade this author talks about in the book. The world of wine is well represented with great detail and accuracy, but we found her style of writing a bit too self-indulgent...quite full of herself.

The author would have required more assistance and leg-work than she presented, to gain access thru the many doors of the wine world she managed to open.

Her reading was too "cutesy," with exaggerated emphasis, often where none was needed.
The reading almost made us quite listening it was so annoying.

An informative read, but suggest reading rather than listening.

  • Me Before You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,888

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Journey Into the Unknown

  • By Pamela Harvey on 01-13-13

Really makes you appreciate the small things in life

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

Reviewed: 04-03-16

A really good story with honest, interesting characters. Very well read by all. Highly recommend

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 42,360
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38,365
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 38,312

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

Liked it better than All the Light You Cannot See

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

Reviewed: 11-18-15

Story, details, writing and narration packed this WWII book. A gripping story from start to finish.

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  • Winter of the World

  • The Century Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,823
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,443

Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Sequel

  • By Tim on 03-15-13

Love this trilogy

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

Reviewed: 03-28-15

The stories and families and connections continue to grow. Love the characters and their stories. Lots of good history and characters make this story even more engrossing then the first book. Thoroughly enjoyed all of it.

  • 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 42,471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,928

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Afraid to Write a "Less-Than-Positive" Review

  • By Elizabeth on 08-06-14

Kept me interested from beginning to end

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

Reviewed: 03-28-15

A really good story of the last Nazi bastion in France. Battle details were engrossing. The back and forth of the Nazi boy's story and the French girl's story kept good pace and suspense.
After reading the book I was in Saint Malo and had fun walking many of the locations detailed in the book. Authentic

  • Shadows in the Vineyard

  • The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World's Greatest Wine
  • By: Maximillian Potter
  • Narrated by: Donald Corren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 147

In January 2010, Aubert de Villaine, the famed proprietor of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, the tiny, storied vineyard that produces the most expensive, exquisite wines in the world, received an anonymous note threatening the destruction of his priceless vines by poison - a crime that in the world of high-end wine is akin to murder - unless he paid a one million euro ransom. Villaine believed it to be a sick joke, but that proved a fatal miscalculation and the crime shocked this fabled region of France.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating history of wine

  • By dullman on 03-28-15

Fascinating history of wine

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

Reviewed: 03-28-15

Really enjoyed the story along with the history of wine, terroir, & the families. A really good story even if you are not "into" wine.

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  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24,754
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,511
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22,461

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

Loved this story

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

Reviewed: 03-28-15

If you could sum up The Boys in the Boat in three words, what would they be?

Fascinating historical account

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Boys in the Boat?

Their first race against the UC Berkley team

Which scene was your favorite?

The big win

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The whole book moved me

Any additional comments?

A good story, good narrator, just lots of good stuff here. A feel good book with substance

  • Ripley’s Game

  • By: Patricia Highsmith
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 237

Living on his posh French estate with his elegant heiress wife, Tom Ripley, on the cusp of middle age, is no longer the striving comer of The Talented Mr. Ripley. Having accrued considerable wealth through a long career of crime—forgery, extortion, serial murder—Ripley still finds his appetite unquenched and longs to get back in the game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant and disconcerting at the same time

  • By Darwin8u on 12-20-12

Good read

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

Reviewed: 03-28-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I always enjoy the Tom Ripley character, there were some twists in this one.

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

Well done

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

No

Was Ripley’s Game worth the listening time?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Good airplane book

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129,642
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114,406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114,265

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.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl on The Train

  • By BookReader on 12-30-15

kept waiting for it to get better

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

Reviewed: 03-28-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Thought it was okay, I kept waiting for it to get better. I felt the story and the characters dragged too much.

Would you ever listen to anything by Paula Hawkins again?

I would consider it

What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

Difficult to differentiate

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably not

  • The Secret Place

  • Dublin Murder Squad, Book 5
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,138

"The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well...I really liked 50% of it

  • By Pamela on 09-11-14

Big disappointment

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

Reviewed: 11-06-14

Would you try another book from Tana French and/or Stephen Hogan and Lara Hutchinson ?

I LOVE Tana French and have enjoyed listening to all her previous books.
Apart from the poor reader for this one, I hope she has a better editor next time...this should never have made it to print. I agree with the other reviews on the female reader with the breathy, unintelligible, voice. I had no trouble with listening to any of Tana French's other books...accents are one of the best reasons to listen rather than read a book.
Voices bring a perspective not available inside of one's head. It brings a story to life, usually!

What was most disappointing about Tana French’s story?

The back & forth of the teenage girls conversation against that of the detectives.
Ms French uses this back & forth often in her other detective stories and it has been quite effective. But who cares what 15 year old girls babble on about day and night.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen Hogan and Lara Hutchinson ?

Stephen Hogan was okay, but Lara Hutchinson was not.
Heather O'Neill who narrated "The Likeness" would be a great improvement

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

Disappointment with the story, frustration with the narration

Any additional comments?

I will hold good thoughts for Tana French's next story. All the others are too good to be brought down by this one.

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