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  • Home to Holly Springs

  • The First of the Father Tim Novels
  • By: Jan Karon
  • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407

After more than 38 years, Father Tim Kavanagh returns to his childhood home of Holly Springs, Mississippi, on a profoundly personal journey. Whatever became of Tommy Noles, his forbidden childhood friend, and Peggy, the loving woman who was like his second mother? What were the facts behind the court trial that drove the Kavanagh family even further apart?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The book is wonderful as always, but.....

  • By Vickie on 12-26-07

Mitford Fans don't pass this by

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

I was caught off guard to see a different narrator. Of Course John McDonough is the perfect voice for Father Tim and all of his neighbors in Mitford. But when you travel with Father Tim back to his hometown of Holly Springs, you can understand why Scott Sowers was chosen to portray all the voices in Tim's past, and the current residents of Holly Springs. He did an excellent job, I was drawn in instantly and soon forgot all about missing John McDonough So very glad I didn't pass it by.

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  • The Orphan Keeper

  • By: Camron Wright
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,979
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,801
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,799

Seven-year-old Chellamuthu's life - and his destiny - is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in Southern India and sold to the Lincoln Home for Homeless Children. His family is desperate to find him, and Chellamuthu anxiously tells the Indian orphanage that he is not an orphan, he has a mother who loves him. But he is told not to worry, he will soon be adopted by a loving family in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Star Worthy

  • By Kari on 10-26-16

Passed over this many times, glad I took a chance

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

What made the experience of listening to The Orphan Keeper the most enjoyable?

The writer has presented enough information and details to understand the story, without tormenting empathetic listeners.

Any additional comments?

I often have to bypass heart wrenching stories. Some are so detailed they're almost to painful to listen to. Not so with this book. This author was sensitive and tactful to the story as well as the listener, EXCELLENT writing and storytelling.

  • O Pioneers!

  • By: Willa Cather
  • Narrated by: Dana Ivey
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Spirited, courageous, and independent, the daughter of Swedish immigrants, Alexandra assumes responsibility for the family farm and her family upon the death of her father. Her devotion to the harsh, forbidding prairie transforms her land and her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Read

  • By Rhonda on 07-21-17

Beautifully Read

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

If you could sum up O Pioneers! in three words, what would they be?

Pretty sounding prose.

What about Dana Ivey’s performance did you like?

I chose this selection after listening to Dana Ivey narrate A Common Life by Jan Karon

Any additional comments?

I know this is the abridged version of the story, but it was Dana Ivey that won me to the abridged version. Couldn't find a voice I liked as well in the unabridged selections.

  • A Common Life

  • The Wedding Story
  • By: Jan Karon
  • Narrated by: Dana Ivey
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346

Mitford's Lord's Chapel seats barely two hundred souls, yet millions of Jan Karon's fans will be there for the most joyful event in years: the wedding of Father Tim Kavanagh and Cynthia Coppersmith.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed in narrator

  • By Judy L. Luschen on 06-27-10

Beautifully narrated, so glad I didn't miss it!

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

Reviewed: 07-18-17

What does Dana Ivey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Dana Ivey has a lovely voice. I imagine Cynthia.

Any additional comments?

I almost missed out on this one one because I was wanting the voice of Father Tim. So glad kept going. I love all the characters in Mitford and Jan Karon's way of capturing them.

  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond

  • By: Elizabeth George Speare
  • Narrated by: Mary Beth Hurt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 872
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883

Orphaned Kit Tyler knows, as she gazes for the first time at the cold, bleak shores of Connecticut Colony, that her new home will never be like the shimmering Caribbean islands she left behind. In her relatives' stern Puritan community, she feels like a tropical bird that has flown to the wrong part of the world, a bird that is now caged and lonely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen with a friend or relative!!

  • By E. Dickson on 08-26-05

Well written. Glad I didn't miss it.

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

Reviewed: 07-16-17

What does Mary Beth Hurt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mary Beth Hurt did an excellent job with all of the character voices.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Too long to listen to in one sitting, but it surely moved along and I was drawn in.

Any additional comments?

Brought to light for me the Quaker and Puritan conflicts during this time

  • The Art of Fermentation

  • An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World
  • By: Sandor Ellix Katz
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

The Art of Fermentation is the most comprehensive guide to do-it-yourself home fermentation ever published. Sandor Ellix Katz presents the concepts and processes behind fermentation in ways that are simple enough to guide listeners through their first experience making sauerkraut, and in-depth enough to provide greater understanding for experienced practitioners. While Katz contextualizes fermentation in terms of biological and cultural evolution, nutrition, and even economics, this is primarily a compendium of practical information.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too drawn out...

  • By Farrell on 01-18-17

More Food preparation (cookbooks) please, Audible

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Fermentation to be better than the print version?

It is surprising to me how much I enjoy listening to how people prepared food. The whole book was amazing to me and opens a whole new world of food preparation. Even if you don't delve into all of these processes personally, it gives a really appreciation and understanding of the process gone through to make some of the foods you enjoy. This book is listed under nutrition, but I would put it with cookbooks. Wait, where is this is a very overlooked genre on audible. I only find chef biographies. Some of my favorite cookbook authors are so entertaining when I've seen them appear on television. Nigella Lawson would be fantastic reading her cookbooks. Their thoughts and notes about food expand beyond the basic recipe. So glad I found this.

What other book might you compare The Art of Fermentation to and why?

I will be looking for more food preparation books on audible. At this time, I don't know another book like this one.

What about Sean Crisden’s performance did you like?

Sean Crisden read this book perfectly. Not boring at all.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,255
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,182
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,200

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

Perfectly performed, thoughtfully written.

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

Reviewed: 06-16-16

Any additional comments?

Glad I didn't miss this one. Kathryn Stockett is talented writer and the narrators, perfect for the characters.

  • Peppa Pig: Once Upon a Time

  • By: Ladybird
  • Narrated by: John Sparkes
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

A collection of ten newly recorded audio stories based on Peppa Pig, the hit TV show! The stories included are: 'The Big Tale of Little Peppa', 'George's New Dinosaur', 'The Biggest Muddy Puddle in the World', 'The Story of Prince George', 'Peppa's Circus', 'Grampy Rabbit in Space', 'Granny Pig's Perfume', 'Mr Bull in a China Shop', 'Daddy Pig's Lost Keys' and 'Peppa's Sandpit '.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just what I expected

  • By Viviancarol on 01-28-16

Adorable Listening Love the Children's Voices

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

Reviewed: 05-14-16

If you could sum up Peppa Pig: Once Upon a Time in three words, what would they be?

Adorable Upbeat Listening

What other book might you compare Peppa Pig: Once Upon a Time to and why?

I do love the Dramatized version of Winnie the Pooh. Voices so entertaining

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Glass Castle

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jeannette Walls
  • Narrated by: Jeannette Walls
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,097
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,745
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,761

Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family; she called herself an "excitement addict."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What's normal?

  • By Kmrsy on 11-30-13

Read it and then Listened too, So Worth the Listen

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

Reviewed: 03-23-16

What did you like best about this story?

Jeanette Walls read her story and appreciation was in her voice. All through the listening, I kept saying, "what a well written story. What a life. What a hard worker. What respect she has for her family."

What does Jeannette Walls bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I read the book and loved it, thought I'd like to hear it read by the author and I was right. Jeanette's true inflection brought more to the audible version than you could possibly get from just reading the book.

Any additional comments?

At the end of the book, I just want to meet the author, Jeanette Walls. This is someone I want to know.

  • Always Hungry?

  • Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Lose Weight Permanently
  • By: David Ludwig
  • Narrated by: David Ludwig
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 398

Forget everything you've been taught about dieting. In Always Hungry?, renowned endocrinologist Dr. David Ludwig explains why traditional diets don't work and presents a radical new plan to help you lose weight without hunger, improve your health, and feel great. For over two decades, Dr. Ludwig has been at the forefront of research into weight control. His groundbreaking studies show that overeating doesn't make you fat; the process of getting fat makes you overeat.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book with one horrible and one good narrator

  • By Jayson Elliot on 01-16-16

A Practicing Neurologist's perspective is Valuable

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

Reviewed: 01-21-16

If you could sum up Always Hungry? in three words, what would they be?

Diets Missing Fat

What did you like best about this story?

I learned that fat in my diet is healthy and important. It's really carbohydrates that signal insulin to fat cells, to" store," instead of "use" its fat reserves. Also, be conscious when choosing to include highly processed carbohydrates. Some people are sensitive to them. Can cause inflammation all over the body from the brain fog to the swollen joints, autoimmune issues, and more. They can interfere with sleep, energy, or trigger cravings. Some people are hyper sensitive to Carbs and and should not add them back to their diet. I like Dr Ludwig's personal approach.

What does David Ludwig bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Doctor Ludwig brings his own calm voice with practical guidance in practical steps.There is an add'l woman narrator reading written testimonials from Dr Ludwig's patients interspersed in the book that are reassuring.

What did you learn from Always Hungry? that you would use in your daily life?

I now know the proper proportion of Fat, Protein and Carbohydrates in my meals for good health. Also to pay attention to not just the scale, but sleep, energy level, hunger level. Guidelines for training wheels, then transitioning to putting together my own healthy meals with the foods we enjoy. I love some of the recipes I've tried, and haven't even tried them all yet. Great ideas for make ahead sauces, dips and dressings to get the needed fat in a meal, and what delicious flavor boosts they give. Great tips for quick to put together meals. He comments that he used a dietician and a culinary chef to put together his meal combinations. I can believe that. Delicious.

Any additional comments?

The information is Important, refreshing, and feels balanced. I am free from counting calories.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful