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  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,681
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,557
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,475

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW

  • By Kate on 11-05-18

A nice surprise

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

I really didn't expect to like this as much as I did! It was one of my free monthly downloads. A nice short story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • When I'm Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Bleeker
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,924
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,926

Luke Richardson has returned home after burying Natalie, his beloved wife of sixteen years, ready to face the hard job of raising their three children alone. But there's something he's not prepared for - a blue envelope with his name scrawled across the front in Natalie's handwriting, waiting for him on the floor of their suburban Michigan home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Father's poignant struggle to move forward after wife's death

  • By Sam on 08-05-16

Nicholas Sparks light

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

I am not one for the N. Sparks type of books, but I thought I would take a chance on this. It's cheesy, the ending is predictable, and I was bored to tears by the time I was finished. Yawn.

  • Winter in Paradise

  • By: Elin Hilderbrand
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,111

Irene Steele's idyllic life - house, husband, family - is shattered when she is woken up by a late-night phone call. Her beloved husband has been found dead, but before Irene can process this tragic news, she must confront the perplexing details of her husband's death. He was found on St. John, a tropical island paradise far removed from their suburban life. Leaving the cold winter behind, Irene flies down to the beautiful Caribbean beaches of St. John only to make another shocking discovery: her husband had a secret second family. Investigating, she is plunged into a web of intrigue and deceit belied by the pristine white sand beaches of St. John.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What???!!!

  • By Linda Brown on 11-06-18

My last Hilderbrand

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

I've read Hilderbrand before, and while she's no Hemingway, I always thought her previous efforts were decent books. This one, however, will be my last. The story could have been so much better, but instead it is just LAME. It's written on an eight grade level (I know I read better books when I was a teenager!) Honestly, it's just that bad. Never again for me!

  • Jingle Bell Pop

  • By: John Seabrook
  • Narrated by: Erin Moon
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,897
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,637
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,632

On Christmas Eve, 1818, in a small Austrian village, a local Catholic priest and a church organist composed a Christmas carol that changed the course of holiday music forever. Exactly two hundred years later, it’s not the holiday season until you’ve heard “Silent Night” in the car, at the store and on TV – all in the same day. 

In Jingle Bell Pop, John Seabrook, acclaimed author of The Song Machine, takes us deep inside the holiday music business. We go behind the scenes to meet some of the producers, songwriters and recording artists responsible for the timeless tunes we hear on repeat between Thanksgiving and Christmas every year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Making of a Christmas Hit

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

Nice little read for the season

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

This was one of those free listens that I receive each month. It's just a nice background for all the Christmas music playing on the radio.

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • A Novel
  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,121
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,953
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,939

In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (German for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners. Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism - but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A hopeful perspective on a harrowing time

  • By melyssa57 (A Page Before Bedtime dot com) on 10-10-18

A different angle

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

I never really gave any thought to the fact that there would have been someone with this specific role at Auschwitz; this turned out to be an interesting read. I also read about him on the Internet - lots of info.

  • Ohio

  • By: Stephen Markley
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies, Jayme Mattler, Joy Osmanski, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 322

 

Since the turn of the century, a generation has come of age knowing only war, recession, political gridlock, racial hostility, and a simmering fear of environmental calamity. In the country’s forgotten pockets, where industry long ago fled, where foreclosures, Walmarts, and opiates riddle the land, death rates for rural whites have skyrocketed, fueled by suicide, addiction, and a rampant sense of marginalization and disillusionment. This is the world the characters in Stephen Markley’s brilliant debut novel, Ohio, inherit. This is New Canaan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Moving and Deeply Haunting

  • By Matthew Hall on 08-26-18

Oh Hi Noooo

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

I'm not really sure how to review this book. Mr. Markley is obviously intelligent, but his rambling, stream of consciousness style of writing became tedious and tiring. By the time he actually started to put all the pieces together, about 14 hours in, I just wanted those 14 hours of my life back! I'll never listen to anything he writes again - don't think I can take it!!

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,279

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actually Humanized Trump for Me

  • By BigNutz on 12-15-18

Yes it is

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

This book was (maybe) overly hyped by the media - it's not a gossipy tell all but instead a rather in depth look at the White House. There is a lot of policy and detail in the book, but the main point is clear - the man in the White House is in way over his head.

  • 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 28,819
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,600

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

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 2,358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,606

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

  • A Novel
  • 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 12,934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,678

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.