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  • Don't Let Go

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,787
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,769

With unmatched suspense and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town in this powerful new thriller.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The new Harlan Coben?!

  • By shelley on 10-01-17

great story - outstanding narration

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

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The way the background was covered - a man talking to his deceased twin - really worked for me. Got all the context, and a real sense of the protagonist's personality/intelligence/dry humor. The narrator is awesome - going to look for more from him. His inflection choices made listening a real treat. Also? He manages to do female voices without making the characters sound like clueless idiots.*** I highly recommend this author and narrator. I hope they team up often in the future.

***(A personal pet peeve - and something all audible editors should take care with: if a character is an airhead, fine - but don't let a male narrator read strong females in high, breathy tones, with the cadence going up as each sentence ends).

  • Art in America

  • By: Ron McLarty
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

Art in America tells the story of unknown writer Steven Kearney, an aging man whose lifelong commitment to his art finally brings him to homelessness in NYC. Then miraculously he receives an invitation to become playwright in residence of a troubled Rocky Mountain town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Apple Dumpling Gang for Adults

  • By Carolyn on 07-18-12

Another great tale from Ron McLarty

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-18-09

Mr. McLarty is a master of characterization. His quirky, endearing characters come to life for me - I can both see and hear them as I read his words. He is also a truly gifted narrator. So I end up with the novel in two forms - printed and audible- first reading, then listening. The best of both worlds.
The book jacket has a review likening this novel to A Confederacy of Dunces and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. ACoD is one of my all-time favorite books, but there is no likeness between the two protagonists, other than large heads and weight. What the two novels do have in common is well-drawn characters, with many eccentricities. The allusion to OFOtCN befuddles me. There is no Nurse Ratched, no oppression, no cohersion. The only commonality I found between the three novels, is that they are very good reads.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Say You Love Me

  • By: Johanna Lindsey
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 759
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495

Her parents' death has left Kelsey Langton penniless - and responsible for the well-being of her younger sister, Jean. Kelsey knows that the only way to avert their doom is to allow herself to be sold at auction. Resigned to becoming the plaything of a well-heeled gentleman, she gets more than she bargained for.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Something Different

  • By XYZPDQ on 11-29-08

Characters' voices wrong

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-30-09

The story is fine - and actually the narrator's voice is quite pleasant when in Narrator mode - but when speaking in any of the male characters' voices, he sounds much too old - and privileged - and snotty. Makes it hard to like the males.

  • A Confederacy of Dunces

  • By: John Kennedy Toole
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,441
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,449

The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Done

  • By Jon on 09-18-05

Bumptious, Noxious, Fractious Ignatius J. Reilly

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-09

"When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him."
- Jonathan Swift

'Confederacy' is one of my top-5 favorite books - both in print and audio. I just finished my second 'listen', and am amazed at the book's ability to make me laugh and wince in equal measure. To those who have tried this book but put it down unfinished, give it another chance. It is meant to be experienced in a visceral way, much like New Orleans itself. Someone once said that upon returning home to NO, he had to find a bowl of great Red Beans & Rice and eat it right away, to get back into the funk of his town. Ignatius Riley is part of that funk, with his troublesome valve, inexorably obese body, and unbelievably overwhelming hubris.

Mr. Whitener is spot-on in his narration. He truly brings Ignatius to life, is great with the supporting cast of characters, and the ironic tone of his Narrator is perfect.

If only the Coen brothers would get the movie rights, and cast Philip Seymour Hoffman as Ignatius, my world would be complete. Surely their combined genius would please even the dimmest confederacy of dunces.

31 of 34 people found this review helpful

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        Joyce Bean
    
    


    
    Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
    194 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • Bait

  • By: Karen Robards
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

It's a business trip that takes attorney Maddie Fitzgerald down to New Orleans, but it's hardly business as usual when a man breaks into her hotel room and tries to kill her. Barely escaping with her life, the sexy, stylish 32-year-old brunette calls the police and finds herself face-to-face with FBI agent Sam McCabe. Unnerved by his questions - and his good looks - Maddie is told she's been targeted by a hired killer, one who has eluded McCabe for years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting Read!

  • By Monique on 12-19-08

Didn't shut it off, but...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-09

... I won't ever revisit this book/listen. The storyline is fine, but awfully 'wordy' for audio. Quite a lot of non-atmospheric filler lines - taking 50 words to express what needs only 10. That plus the reader reading 'unsub' as an acronym (U-N-S-U-B) instead of the abbreviation for 'unidentified subject' (read as one word - unsub) is quite distracting. Hearing multiple FBI agents referring to the U-N-S-U-B is funny, but surely a mistake that an editor should have caught.
All that said, I didn't turn it off. I did want to know which of the two possible killers was after the main character.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Coraline

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,975
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,987

In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scary, but interesting for both adults and kids

  • By Melise on 03-19-08

purely Gaiman

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-08

The only thing better than reading a Gaiman story is hearing the author himself read it. Coraline herself is resilient, loyal and courageous -- everything a girl should be.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • It's In His Kiss

  • By: Julia Quinn
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744

Raised by an unloving father who told him he was actually a bastard, Gareth St. Clair, the second son of a viscount, has plenty of private demons to battle. Years later, after ironically becoming the heir to the St. Clair title when his older brother dies, Gareth still doesn't understand why his father, Lord St. Clair, hasn't publicly denounced his position in society.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid historical romance

  • By A on 05-31-07

Pure fun

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-08

This will be a definite re-visit in future -- the narrator is splendid.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Daughters of Fire
    
    
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        Barbara Erskine
    
    


    
    
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    Length: 25 hrs and 42 mins
    125 ratings
    Overall 3.4
  • Daughters of Fire

  • By: Barbara Erskine
  • Narrated by: Barbara Erskine
  • Length: 25 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

As the Romans invade Britannia, the princess of the great tribe of the Brigantes watches the enemies of her people come ever closer. In the present day, historian Viv Lloyd Rees has immersed herself in the legends surrounding the Celtic queen.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Too much work

  • By Kathy on 02-17-08

recommend w/reservations

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-08

The plot of this book is compelling, and the narrator's voice perfect for the part -- actually 'parts', as she clearly distinguishes between characters with her distinctive accents.
What the book lacks is decent editing. A good going-through with red pen, cutting superfluous scenes and repetitive conversations, would keep the storyline moving. Instead it has serious drag points -- how many times does one need to hear a character whine about then doubt their visions -- twice would have done for me. The characters repeatedly have huge flashes of anger or remorse, followed by apparent short-term memory loss, as they repeat their actions 24 hours later.
The author herself suffers from a lack of focus, as the characters she starts the book with seem to regress to adolescence emotionally.
A really good editor is needed here -- both to eliminate redundancy and help the author stay on track.

The Reincarnationist
    
    
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    Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
    200 ratings
    Overall 3.1
  • The Reincarnationist

  • By: M. J. Rose
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45

A bomb in Rome, a flash of bluish-white light, and photojournalist Josh Ryder's world exploded. From that instant nothing would ever be the same.

As Josh recovers, his mind is increasingly invaded with thoughts that have the emotion, the intensity, the intimacy of memories. But they are not his memories. They are ancient...and violent. A battery of medical and psychological tests can't explain Josh's baffling symptoms. And the memories have an urgency he can't ignore, pulling him to save a woman named Sabina, and the treasures she is protecting.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • melodramatic tedium

  • By TypicalConsumer on 10-24-07

melodramatic tedium

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-07

Of the 100s of audiobooks I've listened to, some I've loved and others not so much -- but never have I felt compelled to leave a negative review. However, this one has worked my last nerve.

I can't tell who is at fault: the author for describing everything ad nauseum (including those emotions that should be intuitive -- the listener knows from the third chapter that the pagan priest and his culture are doomed -- yet after five years of persecution the priest is still dazed and confused), or the reader for giving each syllable equal measure. His tone is redundantly portentious, he pauses at each and every comma and period -- in short, a truly unskilled reading.

Overall, the book is saved from being flat-out boring only by the dubious distinction of it's irritation factor.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Black

  • Book One, The Birth of Evil
  • By: Ted Dekker
  • Narrated by: Rob Lamont
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,147

Fleeing assailants through alleyways in Denver late one night, Thomas Hunter narrowly escapes to the roof of an industrial building. Then a silent bullet from the night clips his head and his world goes black. When he awakes, he finds himself in an entirely different reality, a green forest that seems more real than where he was. Every time he tries to sleep, he wakes up in the other world, and soon he truly no longer knows which reality is real.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Start

  • By Dalen on 03-13-14

simple

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-19-06

While the author's descriptions of the Green and Black Forests are beautiful and vivid, the characters in this book are very one-dimensional-- inadvertent 'Everymen'. In addition, some of the necessary plot developments are highly improbable. World leaders gathered to listen to this young prophet-- due to his 'proof' of knowing the future (predicting the winner of the Kentucky Derby)-- would never happen. My third problem with the book itself is its length: the action would have been better served by stricter editing.

The narrator's monotone didn't add to the story. Although a huge fan of audio books, I will not be purchasing the next two in the trilogy.

The comparison to C.S. Lewis' gorgeous and engaging Narnia books is, in my opinion, totally unwarranted.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful