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  • Jingle Bell Pop

  • By: John Seabrook
  • Narrated by: Erin Moon
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,878
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,621
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,617

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

This is not a Holiday Hit as far as books go.

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

Received as a free selection from Audible. Would not pay for it or give a credit for it. After listening to most of the free offerings i have received, I usually wish that I had listened to something else in my wish list.

  • 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 632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418

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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Orphan Keeper

  • By: Camron Wright
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,019
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,841
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,839

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 454
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353

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 1,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 921

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 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

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 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,591
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,487
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,505

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 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

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 11,387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,002
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,020

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.