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  • Small Great Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,869
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,833

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than 20 years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders, or does she intervene?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must Read

  • By Sabrina on 11-01-16

Worth Coming Back To

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Small Great Things to be better than the print version?

I only listened to the audiobook, but the different narrators added a realistic flavor.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ruth was my favorite. Watching her find her voice was powerful.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Each one was distinct, so I felt like I was seeing the same situation through three sets of syes.

If you could take any character from Small Great Things out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Ruth's teen-aged son Edison. He had a lot to contend with, and seemed to be losing his way for awhile. His emotions were more inferred than directly stated, but very realistic.

Any additional comments?

At first, Ruth's responses seemed to be so naive that I was having a hard time relating to her. I put the book down for some time. When I came back to it, the plot and the characters grabbed me, and I was hooked. I am SO glad I didn't give up on this book. I will be recommending it to a lot of my friends. Highly recommend for a book club.

  • Whodunnit?: Murder on Mystery Island

  • By: Anthony E. Zuiker
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,952
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,729
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,746

Ten excited co-workers arrive at the beautiful Avondale Resort on a remote island in the middle of the Caribbean, having been told that they are being rewarded for their hard work and productivity. But their relaxing tropical getaway soon turns into a murderous nightmare.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly good for a free listen!

  • By AudioAddict on 05-04-14

Didn't Get It

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

Reviewed: 09-14-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would have appreciated some motive for the murders.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I'll probably return to the In Death series.

What about Gildart Jackson’s performance did you like?

The crisp, sonorous tone.

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

Under no circumstances.

Any additional comments?

I kept listening, hoping something would "click" -- some inkling of why this elaborate set-up was created & why these apparently random people were killed. Never happened.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Entwined with You

  • Crossfire Series, Book 3
  • By: Sylvia Day
  • Narrated by: Jill Redfield
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,417

The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires.... From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I also saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside - so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat. No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I would title it "Bored with You"

  • By AudioAddict on 07-24-13

Not a trilogy!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-13

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

I enjoyed the first two in the series, and was looking forward to the insights and conclusion that this book promised. Apparently Sylvia Day did not respect the intelligence of her audience enough to deliver what she had promised. This is NOT the conclusion. There are more episodes to follow. I resent the feeling that our loyalty to the series was exploited. I will not be buying any more in this series.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Conclude it as promised.

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

She was an enjoyable narrator. I probably listened to the book for longer periods than I would have read in book form.

Did Entwined With You inspire you to do anything?

Not really. Reflected in You, on the other hand ...

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Carnal Innocence

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,995
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,998

New York Times best-selling novelist Nora Roberts captivates millions of fans with her provocative blend of scorching passion and chilling suspense. With Carnal Innocence, she creates a gripping tale of murder, infatuation, and true love in a small southern town. After beautiful concert violinist Caroline Waverly breaks up with her conductor and lover Luis, she escapes to her late grandmother’s home in Innocence, Mississippi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The wait has ended

  • By Empress Karen on 04-17-12

Southern comfort

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

Reviewed: 07-03-12

Where does Carnal Innocence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's probably in the top 10

What was one of the most memorable moments of Carnal Innocence?

I liked when Caroline came into the library and discovered there was more to Tucker than she'd first thought.

What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

I love love love Tucker's voice. It's entirely possible it's the sexiest voice I've ever heard.

If you could take any character from Carnal Innocence out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Tucker, partly just to listen to him talk, and partly because of his easy-going intelligence.

Any additional comments?

My second Nora Roberts listen. Even though I had figured out who the killer was, I'm a fan.

  • The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

Ptolemy Grey is 91 years old and has been all but forgotten - by his family, his friends, even himself - as he sinks into a lonely dementia. His grand-nephew, Ptolemy's only connection to the outside world, was recently killed in a drive-by shooting, and Ptolemy is too suspicious of anyone else to allow them into his life, until he meets Robyn, his niece's 17-year-old lodger and the only one willing to take care of an old man at his grandnephew's funeral.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story- Wonderful Reader

  • By Gail on 01-18-12

An Old Friend

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

Reviewed: 03-06-12

Would you listen to The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey again? Why?

I have already listened to it at least 6 times.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love the main character, Ptolemy

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

No, this is the only one. I like him, but it's the story and the character that captured me.

Any additional comments?

Some parts of the story are vividly violent, and the language is authentic if you're sqeamish, but in the service of a brilliantly crafted story of an old man given the ability to make sense of his long life. My college-aged son found the pace of the story too slow, but I just went with it, and the main character got under my skin. Ptolemy has become part of my life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage audiobook cover art
  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Ann Patchett
  • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,461
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,862
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,874

We are excited to present our members with a gift that is truly unique: an original essay, available exclusively here at Audible, written and voiced by best-selling author – and fellow listener – Ann Patchett. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a very real love story, and one that is much more about the journey than the destination.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Was this our holiday present?

  • By Liz Hart on 12-13-11

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 02-21-12

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

I would absolutely recommend it. The story, the author's voice and the length were perfect. It felt like I was listening to her talk over dinner.

What other book might you compare This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage to and why?

Can't think of one.

What about Ann Patchett’s performance did you like?

It sounded like we were in a conversation -- she was ironic, laugh-out-loud funny and managed to convey a sense of wonder with no mushiness at all.

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

I laughed out loud more than once and found tears leaking out at the end.

Any additional comments?

Loved loved loved this story. I'm going to re-listen, and than go buy some of Ann Patchett's books.

  • The Game of Life and How to Play It

  • By: Florence Scovel Shinn
  • Narrated by: Dixie Glassman
  • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 671
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 660

This audiobook has inspired thousands of people around the world to find a sense of purpose and belonging. It asserts that life is not a battle but a game of giving and receiving, and that whatever we send out into the world will eventually be returned to us. This little book will help you discover how your mind and its imaging faculties play leading roles in the game of life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great reminder but terrible narration

  • By Uyen Le on 05-06-14

Game of Life

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

Reviewed: 01-08-12

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator read way too fast. I would probably have a different narrator.

How could the performance have been better?

It could have been slower, allowing the listener to think about what was being said.

Did The Game of Life and How to Play It inspire you to do anything?

I loved the book, which I read years ago and now have on my Kindle. It inspires me to be more intentional in my thoughts, words and actions.

  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

  • The Millennium Series, Book 3
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,928
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,472

Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect.

  • By B.J. on 06-15-10

Hornet's Nest is a winner!

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

Reviewed: 12-26-11

If you could sum up The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest in three words, what would they be?

Gripping page-turner

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lisbeth Salander

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

I appreciated his comfort with Swedish names that would have been very distracting to read (I tried it on my Kindle, and WAY preferred listening to him.)

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The Phoenix Rises

Any additional comments?

Though not a stand-alone, this was probably every bit as good as Dragon Tattoo.