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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 23,983
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,160

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
  • Completely fine? No... Completely AWESOME

  • By Janna on 07-15-17

Is she?

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

One hour in to this book and I went back to the Audible website to figure out why in the world I chose this strange book. It got a little better, and I finished it, but it's an odd book. I can't say it's bad, but I am just not sure it's something I would recommend. Not my cup of tea.

  • Hornet Flight

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,485

It's June 1941, and the low point of the war. England throws wave after wave of RAF bombers across the Channel, but somehow the Luftwaffe is able to shoot them down at will. The skies, indeed, the war itself seem to belong to Hitler.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Outstanding Spy Novel

  • By C. McCoy on 03-13-05

NIce story

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

I like Ken Follett, and this book was an interesting story set in WWII. While the narrator will never become a favorite, it was a good listen.

  • Leaving Time

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,061
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,054

Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars

  • By Jan on 10-18-14

Just loved this

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

I haven't read Jodi Picoult in a long time, and chose this at random. While the book ends a little strangely, the facts about the elephants were, to me, the best parts of the book. It's a good story with narration that works, too. Give it a try.

  • God, If You're Not up There, I'm F*cked

  • Tales of Stand-up, Saturday Night Live, and Other Mind-Altering Mayhem
  • By: Darrell Hammond
  • Narrated by: Darrell Hammond
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

Tina Fey’s Bossypants meets David Carr’s The Night of the Gun in Darrell Hammond's groundbreaking memoir, God, If You’re Not up There, I’m F*cked - a raw look inside the troubled life and mind of an American comic genius.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A "must listen" for Hammond fans

  • By Karen on 08-12-18

For your sake, I sure hope so!

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

While I'm not SNL's biggest fan, I certainly know who Darrell Hammond is and always thought he was good on the show. I had heard about his cutting and mental health issues, but I wasn't quite prepared for the details in the book. It's sometimes really hard to hear about the trauma he endured, as well as the punishment he inflicted upon himself. I'm glad the book had a relatively happy ending. (The brief standup routine at the end is just OK.)

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  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,796

In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joanne Froggatt 💕

  • By Anonymous User on 09-06-17

Froggatt rocks!

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

Wow - some books are narrated, and others are performed. Joanne Froggatt does an incredible job with the narration; I'd like to hear her do more. The story itself was pretty good, even if by the end there seems to be more than one psychopath in town....

  • From Sand and Ash

  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,965
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,950

As children, Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco were raised like family but divided by circumstance and religion. As the years go by, the two find themselves falling in love. But the church calls to Angelo and, despite his deep feelings for Eva, he chooses the priesthood. Now, more than a decade later, Angelo is a Catholic priest and Eva is a woman with nowhere to turn. With the Gestapo closing in, Angelo hides Eva within the walls of a convent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such beauty in the darkest of times <3

  • By featherlashes on 12-04-16

Stick with it

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

I almost returned this book immediately; I just couldn't stomach the narrator's painful rendition of a young Italian girl. But I stuck it out, and I'm glad I did - good story and the narration got better as the characters became adults.

  • 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 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25,966
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,600
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,545

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

What a story

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

I know nothing about rowing, but the reviews were good, and I could listen to Ed Herrmann read a phone book. This had everything I like in a book - good story mixed with a lot of history. Just listening to the race to the finish line got me a little choked up with pride; i wasn't expecting that! I also looked at the book in a book store (for the pictures) and was amazed at just how close the gold medal race was. Highly recommend.

  • Sh*tshow!

  • The Country's Collapsing . . . and the Ratings Are Great
  • By: Charlie LeDuff
  • Narrated by: Charlie LeDuff
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

A daring, firsthand, and utterly-unscripted account of crisis in America, from Ferguson to Flint to Cliven Bundy's ranch to Donald Trump's unstoppable campaign for President - at every turn, Pulitzer-prize winner and best-selling author of Detroit: An American Autopsy, Charlie LeDuff was there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Official Credentials!!

  • By SuZieCoyote on 06-21-18

You said it!

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

I suppose the author did have something to say; it was just lost in the rambling, disconnected stories he strung together for this book. I was disappointed - thought it would have been much better.

  • Something in the Water

  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,405

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

Something missing...

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

This is one of those mysteries that you shouldn't dwell on after finishing; you will realize that it doesn't quite add up in the end. The overall story, however, is good, so I would recommend giving it a try. And I always cringe when books are read by the author, but Ms. Steadman is fantastic - I would listen to her again.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Broken Grace

  • By: E. C. Diskin
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith, Scott Merriman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,482
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,479

On an icy winter's day in southwest Michigan, Grace Abbot wakes up as the survivor of a car crash. But she's left with a traumatic brain injury and a terrifying reality: she can't remember anything. Left in the care of her sister, Grace returns to the family's secluded old farmhouse to recover - but within an hour of her return, the police arrive. Grace's boyfriend has been murdered. Without any memory, Grace has no alibi.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • But why? But wait. But What?

  • By green ice cream garden on 04-29-16

Ugh

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

Whenever I listen to a novel this bad, I always toy with the idea of becoming a writer myself; I could produce better fiction than this drivel. Uninteresting characters with a ridiculous plot line makes for just a tedious listen. SKIP this one - it's awful!