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  • Short Stories

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Bart Wolffe
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

A Selection of Short Stories by Leo Tolstoy read by Bart Wolffe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Short Stories

  • By Mark on 07-03-14

Recommended for Tolstoy Students

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

This aristocratic sounding narrator was a pleasure to hear. I believe the five stories are: The Three Hermits, Three Deaths, Albert, God Sees The Truth But Waits, and Ermac.

  • The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to David Copperfield

  • By: David Timson
  • Length: 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37

David Timson talks about Charles Dickens, much loved for his great contribution to classic English Literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you, Audible!

  • By Ann on 12-26-18

Thank you, Audible!

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

These free introductions to Dickens' novels helped me decide which one to select first. I chose David Copperfield, the book Dickens called his "favorite child." David Timson's voice is always pleasure to hear.

  • The Executioner's Song

  • By: Norman Mailer
  • Narrated by: Maxwell Hamilton
  • Length: 42 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Norman Mailer's Pulitzer Prize-winning and unforgettable classic about convicted killer Gary Gilmore now in audio. Arguably the greatest book from America's most heroically ambitious writer, The Executioner's Song follows the short, blighted life of Gary Gilmore who became famous after he robbed two men in 1976 and killed them in cold blood. After being tried and convicted, he immediately insisted on being executed for his crime. To do so, he fought a system that seemed intent on keeping him alive long after it had sentenced him to death. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pulitzer-winner spoiled by numskulled narration

  • By W Perry Hall on 05-21-18

An extraordinary book

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

This is an unabridged audiobook of Mailer's book which won a Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction in the late '70's. It's written in the style of New Journalism and is a very long and detailed account of events surrounding the execution of Gary Gilmore by firing squad in Utah. For those of us who remember this era and are familiar with the voice Mailer had given these Western speakers, the young California narrator does a reasonably good job. Local names and places such as Kanab are sometimes mispronounced. This is not a book for the squeamish.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Harm Done

  • An Inspector Wexford Mystery
  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ravenscroft
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Chief Inspector Wexford is charged with solving mysterious disappearances, protecting a pedophile, and catching a killer. But as this gripping mystery unfolds, he learns that when it comes to the inner life of families, justice is rarely as straightforward as the letter of the law.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • thrilling

  • By Clefstick1 on 11-25-03

An interesting short novel

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

There are lots of characters in this Ruth Rendell story, and I enjoyed smugly guessing where the plot was going and getting in wrong more than once. The sound quality isn't ideal, but it was well worth the price.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 41,380
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37,448
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 37,278

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Not necessarily about Mormons, but....

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

I know from personal experience the emotional pain that can come when LDS parents and extended family are unwilling to forgive those who leave the fold. This experience is certainly not unique for any particular group, and it extends beyond religious affiliation.
It’s guilt for having the courage to make your own decisions which is described so well in this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Last Stories

  • By: William Trevor
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

With a career that spanned more than half a century, William Trevor is regarded as one of the best writers of short stories in the English language. Now, in Last Stories, the master storyteller delivers ten exquisitely rendered tales - nine of which have never been published in book form - that illuminate the human condition and will surely linger in the listener's mind. This final and special collection is a gift to lovers of literature and Trevor's many admirers, and affirms his place as one of the world's greatest storytellers. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stories in a melancholic key

  • By San Rafael, CA on 09-23-18

List of Titles

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

The Piano Teacher's Pupil
A Crippled Man
At the Caffe Daria
Taking Mr. Ravenswood
Mrs. Crasthorpe
The Unknown Girl
Making Conversation
Giotto's Angels
An Idyll in Winter
The Women

The combination of William Trevor's moving short stories and Simon Vance's beautifull reading is perfection.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Death of an Expert Witness

  • By: P. D. James
  • Narrated by: Penelope Dellaporta
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 115

An evil-tempered forensic scientist is put to death, putting many of his colleagues out of misery. Dr. Lorrimer appeared to be the picture of a bloodless, coldly efficient scientist. Only when his brutally slain body is discovered and his secret past dissected does the image begin to change. Once again, Chief Inspector Adam Dalgliesh learns that there is more to human beings than meets the eye and more to solving a murder than the obvious clues.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to Hear

  • By John L on 07-15-09

P. D. James' wonderful writing read beautifully

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

I didn't find it hard to hear on my MacBook Pro. I'm extremely happy to have these P. D. James audiobooks to enjoy again and again.

  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18,060
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,565
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16,575

A young couple buys a beautiful house by a picturesque lake in the Catskills, looking to escape the bustle of the city to raise their newborn baby. It is a perfect place for a fresh start. Except that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. As autumn nights close in around their home, they learn that darkness takes many forms. And sometimes that darkness is hungry. New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry delivers an unsettling Audible Original that will give listeners the Halloween creeps all year round.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scott Brick Rivals Vincent Price

  • By Forgettable Woman on 10-17-18

Shades of The Turn of the Screw

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

I found this short well written ghost story to be entertaining. The narrator was excellent. Thanks Audible.

  • Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,437

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person - but also that the cold-reading skills she's honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased...where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it. Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware's signature suspenseful style, an addictive thriller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • By Debbie De on 06-03-18

Just okay

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

I'd have to encourage listeners to hang in there, because this book gets more interesting and unpredictable after the first chapters. I'm sorry to say that Imogen Church's narration, particularly of male voices, grated a bit. I love British mysteries, but this wasn't my cup of tea.

  • The Moving Finger

  • A Miss Marple Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Richard E. Grant
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395

Lymstock is a town with more than its share of shameful secrets - a town where even a sudden outbreak of anonymous hate mail causes only a minor stir. But all that changes when one of the recipients, Mrs. Symmington, commits suicide. Her final note says "I can’t go on", but Miss Marple questions the coroner's verdict of suicide. Soon nobody is sure of anyone - as secrets stop being shameful and start becoming deadly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite Miss Marple Mystery

  • By ButterflyRose on 07-20-15

Excellent rendition of a favorite Agatha Christie

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

This old fashioned rather charming mystery was an unexpected pleasure after my string of English language best sellers and translations of dark Scandinavian thrillers, yet the story held my interest and the narrator was a delight.