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  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,854
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,464

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

  • By Kathy on 08-07-17

Eleanor Oliphant Is *more than* completely fine.

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

A wonderful story, made even better by a nuanced and rich narration. I didn't want the story to end.

  • When the Song of the Angels Is Stilled

  • A Before Watson Novel
  • By: A. S. Croyle
  • Narrated by: Cat Gould
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

It is Spring, 1874, and 20-year-old Sherlock Holmes is a lonely, mopey, friendless Oxford student. He attends classes and spends countless solitary hours conducting chemical experiments, reading, and playing his violin. Suddenly, his life changes because of a serendipitous moment on campus. While walking on the grounds of the university and practicing fencing moves with his foil, he encounters Victor Trevor and his sweetheart, Poppy Stamford, younger sister of the man who will one day introduce Sherlock to Dr. John Watson.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent book, but not a great mystery

  • By AdaChaDad on 09-20-16

Wonderful listen

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

Reviewed: 09-14-16

This audiobook is a skillful homage to Sherlock Holmes. Well written and beautifully narrated. A real treat!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Rosie Project

  • A Novel
  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,233

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a typical romance - so much more

  • By Gretchen on 10-03-13

Love, love, love

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

Reviewed: 08-09-16

What did you love best about The Rosie Project?

Everything. Loved the story, Loved the narration, loved the quirky lead character and the look inside his differently wired brain, the depth of the characters, did I mention the narration?

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rosie Project?

I love the way that Don Tillman knows he has no understanding of emotions, facial or verbal expressions - and the way he reacts to the world...and that we get to hear his (confused) inner dialogue totally makes you fall in love with this character.

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many to list.

Any additional comments?

As soon as I finished the Rosie Project, I bought and listened to The Rosie Effect. Just as good!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Truth Hurts

  • By: Dawn Chapman
  • Narrated by: Holly Adams
  • Length: 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Kept away from her grandmother for most of her life, young Natalie stumbles upon a secret hidden in the old woman's drawings: communications from another world. She quickly finds herself learning not only of an alien race, but the many dark truths that pulled her family apart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting enough.

  • By ATX-LH on 08-09-16

Wish there was more

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

Reviewed: 08-09-16

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

I knew it was a short story, but it felt like there was a lot missing- plot lines that could have been explored in more depth. I enjoyed the writing and characters,but wish the story was more fleshed out.

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

I enjoyed the narration very much, the narrator did a great job of "growing up" with the main character- I would be interested in listening to more books narrated by her

Any additional comments?

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Starring Madame Modjeska

  • On Tour in Poland and America
  • By: Beth Holmgren
  • Narrated by: Sally Martin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

In 1876, Poland's leading actress, Helena Modrzejewska, accompanied by family and friends, emigrated to Southern California to establish a utopian commune that soon failed. Within a year Modrzejewska made her debut in the title role of Adrienne Lecouvreur at San Francisco's California Theatre. She changed her name to Modjeska and quickly became a leading star on the American stage, where she reigned for the next 30 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating history

  • By Maureen on 12-28-15

Fascinating history

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

Reviewed: 12-28-15

Where does Starring Madame Modjeska rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'm a huge fan of Sarah Bernhardt, but had never heard of her contemporary, Helena Modjeska. What a fascinating peak into the theater of the day in Poland, and the U.S. A meticulously detailed history of the actress and her times. Very much enjoyed this audiobook. Not a "light" listen by any stretch - it's a 'meaty' listen and Martin's narration was yeoman's work!

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

Sally Martin's narration was akin to a favorite history professor, delivering the story of Madame Modjeska bit by bit, a consistent and easy to listen to narration- very much enjoyed her delivery.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

  • The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky

  • By: David Litwack
  • Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

After centuries of religiously motivated war, the world has been split in two. Now the Blessed Lands are ruled by pure faith while in the Republic, reason is the guiding light - two different realms, kept apart and at peace by a treaty and an ocean. Children of the Republic, Helena and Jason were inseparable in their youth until fate sent them down different paths. Grief and duty sidetracked Helena's plans, and Jason came to detest the hollowness of his ambitions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, great characters & terrific narration

  • By Amiesbookreviews on 11-04-15

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 07-28-15

What did you love best about The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky?

Wow! I thoroughly enjoyed this book- the writing was thoughtful and fast-paced, the characters were real and engaging. Zimmerman's narration was the icing on the cake- her characters were believable and understated. I'll be looking for more work from her and Litwack.

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Borrowed World

  • A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse, Volume 1
  • By: Franklin Horton
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,234

In a night of devastating terror, ISIS operatives have unleashed a coordinated attack on America's infrastructure. With thousands of trapped travelers and scarce law enforcement, the miles between Jim Powell and his family become a brutal gauntlet where the rules of civilized society no longer apply. As Jim puts his years of preparation and planning to the test, he is forced to ask himself if he has what it takes to make it home. Does he have the strength - the brutality - required to meet this new world toe-to-toe?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Close and personal story of the apocalypse

  • By Kingsley on 07-25-15

Gripping...but...

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

Reviewed: 07-28-15

Would you be willing to try another book from Franklin Horton? Why or why not?

It was a gripping story, hooked me from the first chapter; *however* I found the over-detailed information about the various guns used, found, and stored by the characters throughout the story to be a major distraction to the plot line. If you're a gun enthusiast, you'd love this book. I liked it. It was very detailed and obviously well researched but at times it got a bit didactic about prepping, but I must admit I did Google "bug out bag" when I finished listening.

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

Pierce's understated, down-home delivery lends itself really well to post-apocalyptic stories. I could listen to him for hours- in fact I have.

Any additional comments?

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nevermore

  • A Novel of Love, Loss, & Edgar Allan Poe
  • By: David Niall Wilson
  • Narrated by: Gigi Shane
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

One dark, moonlit night, two artists met at the Lake Drummond Hotel, built directly on the borderline of North Carolina and Virginia. One was a young woman with the ability to see spirits trapped in trees and stone, anchored to the earth beyond their years. Her gift was to draw them, and then to set them free. The other was a dark man, haunted by dreams and visions that brought him stories of sadness and pain, trapped in a life between the powers he sensed all around him and a mundane existence attended by failure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Talented Writer of the Macabre

  • By Kimberly Scott on 06-19-13

Once upon a midnight dreary...

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

Reviewed: 06-23-15

Would you try another book from David Niall Wilson and/or Gigi Shane?

I would like to try another audiobook narrated by Gigi Shane-I felt her performance was hindered by the writing. The continually dark and ominous tone of the story got old after a while, just kept hitting that same tone- and at times it lost me as a listener. I think the author tried to capture the feel and tone of a work of Poe, but fell short.

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

I have not listened to any other work of Gigi Shane but would like to see what else she is capable of.

Any additional comments?

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."

  • Hunters Moon

  • The Fae Medallion
  • By: Geraldine Allie
  • Narrated by: Alex Hyde-White
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

To this day, it is said that the descendants of the Fae left behind still wait for the return of the Seer's and guardians…As a young teenager, Victoria is sent to live with an Aunt and Uncle with a sinister and deadly secret. For over five years she has taken the harsh punishments from the hands of her evil Aunt and Uncle who have a craving for the blood of the Fae. Now a young adult, Victoria will come up against the biggest threat of her life to fulfill a prophecy; and find the one that history has destined her to be with, a Fae Prince who never expected to be made a prisoner by vampires.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good start to the series!

  • By Cyndi on 04-23-15

Enjoyable tale for young adults or grown ups

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

Reviewed: 02-03-14

Would you listen to Hunters Moon again? Why?

I would listen again, the narrator's read was lilting and inviting, and the story was engaging.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I liked the history of the characters unfolding throughout the story.

What about Alex Hyde-White’s performance did you like?

His style of narration was perfect for this book, felt like I was sitting at a story teller's knee while listening, his various accents and voices for the characters was good too- not over the top, just right.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this audiobook.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful