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  • Murder on the Orient Express

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,420
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,704

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My first Christie

  • By Michael Andrew Kinkead on 08-06-17

Excellent narrator!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

This was so much fun to listen to. Forget the story; it's old. Just enjoy the telling.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 25,577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,455

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

Not a good narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

Just not very good. The story is excellent and the added features are great, but Daines narration is boring.

  • The Afterlife of Stars

  • By: Joseph Kertes
  • Narrated by: Tristan Morris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

When Russian tanks roll into the public squares of Budapest to crush the Hungarian Revolution, brothers Robert and Attila Beck flee with their family to the Paris townhouse of their great-aunt Hermina. The year is 1956, and as their country changes forever, these two boys transform as well, confronting danger and wonders previously unknown. As they travel through minefields both real and imagined, Robert and Attila grapple with sibling rivalry, family secrets, and incalculable loss.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Aftermath of 1956

  • By Dr. Marlena Corcoran on 04-01-17

Good story throughout.

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

Reviewed: 03-11-17

Every moment offered a surprise and a moment of fascination. Humor and not-humor were in every chapter. This is a very good accomplishment.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bunker Hill

  • A City, a Siege, a Revolution
  • By: Nathaniel Philbrick
  • Narrated by: Chris Sorensen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,134

Boston in 1775 is an island city occupied by British troops after a series of incendiary incidents by patriots who range from sober citizens to thuggish vigilantes. After the Boston Tea Party, British and American soldiers and Massachusetts residents have warily maneuvered around each other until April 19, when violence finally erupts at Lexington and Concord.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Fantastic Story by Philbrick

  • By Rick on 09-30-13

A little too long

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

Reviewed: 11-01-16

I liked valiant ambition better as a narrative. This is still very good and includes some great and striking details.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Tourist

  • A Novel
  • By: Olen Steinhauer
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,090
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 578

In the vein of John le Carré and Graham Greene, this contemporary international thriller follows Milo Weaver as he is drawn into a conspiracy that links riots in the Sudan, an assassin committing suicide, and an old friend who's been accused of selling secrets to the Chinese. Once the CIA and Homeland Security are after him, the only way for him to survive is to return, headfirst, into Tourism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book

  • By Derek on 04-13-09

More twists than chubby checker......

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

Reviewed: 05-21-16

It's a little hard to follow and you're always catching up. In the end, well, I might read it again.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 163,136
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,566
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,404

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Surprised

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

Reviewed: 01-06-16

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the book. I especially liked the characterization of the nasa administrators.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Original Sin

  • Adam Dalgliesh, Book 9
  • By: P.D. James
  • Narrated by: Penelope Dellaporta
  • Length: 20 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

Adam Dalgliesh takes on a baffling murder in the rarefied world of London book publishing in this masterful mystery from one of our finest novelists. Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team are confronted with a puzzle of impenetrable complexity. A murder has taken place in the offices of the Peverell Press, a venerable London publishing house located in a dramatic mock-Venetian palace on the Thames. The victim is Gerard Etienne, the brilliant but ruthless new managing director, who had vowed to restore the firm's fortunes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • as always PD James is good

  • By Kristine on 12-11-14

Needs better editing

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

Reviewed: 09-09-15

Too many passages were repeated twice. This was very annoying . The narrator of the private patient created a better Dalgleish.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Glass Rainbow

  • A Dave Robicheaux Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,614

Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • God help me if I outlive James Lee Burke

  • By John M. Smith on 07-23-10

May be his best

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

Reviewed: 05-01-15

Best I don't want to leave a damn review I just want to exit and move on and screw this

  • I, Claudius

  • By: Robert Graves
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,908

Here is one of the best historical novels ever written. Lame, stammering Claudius, once a major embarrassment to the imperial family and now emperor of Rome, writes an eyewitness account of the reign of the first four Caesars: the noble Augustus and his cunning wife, Livia; the reptilian Tiberius; the monstrous Caligula; and finally old Claudius himself. Filled with poisonings, betrayal, and shocking excesses, I Claudius is history that rivals the most exciting contemporary fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unsurpassed, addictive brilliance

  • By Chris on 06-09-09

Captured from Chapter 1!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-15

Well done from the start to the finish. This was worth a second listen. Definitely worth the time i spent.

  • Competitive Strategy

  • What Is Strategy
  • By: Michael Porter
  • Narrated by: Deaver Brown
  • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 197

This audiobook was created based on Michael Porter's landmark book Competitive Strategy. This was Mr. Porter's synopsis of his book for the Harvard Business Review.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tough to listen to this one

  • By Richard on 01-26-12

Terrible audio quality

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

Reviewed: 06-11-12

What disappointed you about Competitive Strategy?

This article is very difficult to listen to. The audio quality is poor; there is echo and editing remarks throughout. The narrator is lifeless.

What did you like best about this story?

This is a seminal work in academics and it should be better wrought.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Deaver Brown?

A woman woul dbe better suited to narrate the text.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

This is a seminal work in academics.

Any additional comments?

Technology has certainly improved enough to make this technically more acceptable.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful