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  • Stoner

  • By: John Williams
  • Narrated by: Robin Field
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,714
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,720

William Stoner is born at the end of the 19th century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar's life, far different from the hardscrabble existence he has known. And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating book

  • By Mark J. Lura on 07-12-11

Neoclassic

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

I recommend this book if you wish to read superior writing and appreciate subtlety. Stoner to me is easy to listen to and follow, while still being sweeping. No melodrama, just good drama. The author definitely didn’t phone this in, the book felt intentional, like he had a story to write and this was it.
The best part was how mundane his life was, and how his lack of subterfuge and wile contributed to decisions that were unfortunate. His is an unfortunate but ordinary life.

  • Calypso

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,591
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,837

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And it's as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation - and dark humor - toward middle age and mortality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and funny

  • By dana k sherwood on 06-05-18

Outstanding family story

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

Besides the hilarity and hijinks, i found the human elements so relatable. At turns dark, then reflective, this book is never pretentious. The comedy seems a symptom of the telling, not the disease. That’s hard to do. It’s my first Sedaris book, and now searching for others to read.
I don’t leave many reviews, but after almost a thousand books on audible between two accounts, please read this. It’ll make you not hate your family so much.

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,064
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54,966

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Top 20 fiction titles on audible

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

I’ve skipped over this book for a year or more. It looked maudlin, and a little “Lifetime Channel” for my tastes. I broke down and downloaded it. prepared to abandon it in the first chapter. I couldn’t put it down. After listening to audiobooks since 99, and listening to thousands of books, this is a top 20 fiction. I don’t like to leave reviews...and i typically don’t let them stop me from buying a book. I hope my review encourages someone to give this one a shot.
The narrator...this voice could not have been a better fit, for the setting and the language. Sure it’s translated in English, but this narrator gets the feel of the sentence structure, which you can glean is Swedish. The narrator does women very well, none of that high pitched crap you hear narrators trying to do - just a gentle shift that lets me know, a woman is talking. The sound quality was high, and there were no annoying dry or wet mouth sounds that KILL an audiobook.
The story is a happy one. Just not in the way you would expect. There are no twists. This gem needs no tricks. I’m glad I met you Ove, say hi to Sonia.

  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Thandie Newton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,525
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,206

Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-21-16

Thandie oh thandie

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

what a blissful narration. thandie Newton brought this book to life, with perfect character development, and feeling. Her interpretation of scenes was appropriate and thoughtful. I felt like she really understood how people acted in the period, and she was never wooden, never annoying. She gave just the right touch to Jane. Her voices for Yorkshire accents were epic. Her narration never distracted from. the story which was important to me, it just emerses you deeper into the plot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Volume II

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King, Kathy Bates, Matthew Broderick, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480

A star-studded cast of readers present unabridged tales of horror and suspense from Stephen King's classic best-selling short story collection.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The audiobook that started it all...

  • By Cage on 08-22-11

Mostly Amazing

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

Reviewed: 05-22-17

Each story was wonderful. Kathy, Matthew, Tim Curry, & SK did great with their narrations but the others failed to command attention. Boring voices maybe? Overall this audiobook was worth listening to and wonderful.

  • Black House

  • By: Stephen King, Peter Straub
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 26 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,386

Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer traveled to a parallel universe called the Territories to save his mother and her “Twinner” from an agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, Wisconsin. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jack Sawyer delivers

  • By Brian on 12-28-12

Thank you.

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

Reviewed: 11-21-16

I remembered the last words of The Talisman as I listened to this story. It was lovely to hear of Jack's adult life. This story was pretty much as good as The Talisman. It's hard to follow that act but, this book held up well.

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,801
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,754

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but a gripping experience

  • By Vanessa Arizona on 09-04-16

Riveting

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

Reviewed: 09-26-16

I couldn't stop listening. But before you listen...
Suspend the idea you would have behaved differently...it's a story not a biography.
second: this moves pretty quickly. The character development is for the sake of the story, not for the sake of character development. That gave me a different enjoyment of this novel than say a more immersive character study...and to tell this story, it worked. Great job.
This novel was very clear about what it wanted to be and it stuck to that task beautifully. I love the focus, the characters and the result.
I would have liked to know more about Esther, other than that I can find no fault in this "I dun it" suspense novel.

  • The Dragon Factory

  • The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 2
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,624

In The Dragon Factory, Ledger and his team from the Department of Military Sciences square off against two separate groups of corrupt scientists. The beautiful but twisted Jakoby Twins are creating transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenaries for sale to the highest bidder. Their father, who takes evil to an entirely new level, is using cutting-edge science to complete the Nazi master-race program.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Extinction coutndown

  • By TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer on 05-31-17

Worth every penny

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

Reviewed: 09-19-16

This would have been a five star trilogy for me, except I struggled not to fast forward through the preachy parts. For example, Rudy's diatribes, and some of the world humanitarian views. Other than that, the action was perfect, and the character development was adequate for the peripheral characters.
Thrilling ride.

  • The Fireman

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,499
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,482

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it's Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies - before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A 23-Hour Long Short Story

  • By M. Grant on 06-16-18

Thank you Kate!

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

Reviewed: 05-23-16

What did you love best about The Fireman?

Kate Mulgrew, references to Joe Hill's inspirations, Harold Lock and the Fire Man.
The narrator can break even a great story - I hope she narrates more

What other book might you compare The Fireman to and why?

The Stand. The epic plagueness of it. But it wasnt a copy. Joe Hill is going into legend status and he is really just beginning. Ive read everything so far, before I knew he was Stephen King's son. If you are a King fan, Hill is an amazing progression.

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many to list, even my not so favorite scenes, like the scene where Harper left Nick and went to her house for a few hours...it was ok because Kate carried the story through even some parts I thought could have been set up better.

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

It made me want to put it on repeat like an album.

Any additional comments?

If Kate Mulgrew was Joe's choice - he could not have found anyone better to read this. After listening to NOS4A2 I fell in love with Kate's voice, which means she does the story and the characters justice. She makes a scary story scary, makes sinister characters sinister...she does everything right and I find myself captured by her first word to the last without feeling a character (especially males and children) was short changed by her performance.

3 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,267

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally Original Story of Horror and Courage

  • By JoanneG on 11-04-15

Why haven't I heard of Smitherd before?

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

Reviewed: 11-29-15

This wasn't on a best seller list, or a must read list...I came across the minimalist cover on audible and thought, well this is either going to be complete crap or brilliant. I don't use brilliant randomly, it was brilliant. Not Moby Dick brilliant, but more like Orwell brilliant. I've read a lot of books. I spend an average of 12 hours a day plugged into my audible library and besides that sounding antisocial, I've got a good handle on a story...whether it's good or just eh, or had poor execution. Read this book. As original as a story can get when all stories are a regurgitation. Smitherd doesn't take the easy way out, with the beginning, middle or end, which is to say he doesn't lose interest or give us crap love stories. Your money will not be poorly spent. I'll be getting more from this guy. Smitherd, hope your relatively young and not a heavy drinker, you need to stick around a while.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful