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Silver Spring, MD, United States
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  • Birthday Suit

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York, January Lavoy, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612

An all-star production of a brand new stand-alone romance from number one New York Times best-selling author Lauren Blakely, performed by a full cast of 12 narrators.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best audiobook. EVER!

  • By Kara Hildebrand on 01-14-19

So much fun!

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

I love the story and performance of the full cast. The extras at the end were a special treat. Thank you Lauren!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Glorious

  • By: Bernice L. McFadden
  • Narrated by: Alfre Woodard
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 128

Glorious is set against the backdrops of the Jim Crow South, the Harlem Renaissance, and the civil rights era. Blending the truth of American history with the fruits of Bernice L. McFadden's rich imagination, this is the story of Easter Venetta Bartlett, a fictional Harlem Renaissance writer whose tumultuous path to success, ruin, and revival offers a candid portrait of the American experience in all its beauty and cruelty.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gruesome violence

  • By Marilyn on 11-22-11

A great story - a great listen.

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

Reviewed: 03-20-14

Racism, love, hate, loss, jealousy, wanderlust, the desire for more, the time to move on, the black experience, the harlem renaissance ... all told through the life of Easter. Well written, well developed, and excellent narration by Alfre Woodard. It was hard to listen to at times but so worth it in the end.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ordinary Grace

  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,441

Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Wonderful - In Every Way

  • By tooonce72 on 03-29-13

What a great find. So glad I took a chance.

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

Reviewed: 03-04-14

I stumbled across this book and I'm so glad I listened. I enjoyed all aspects - the unfolding of the story, the relationship of the 2 brothers, their father's calm steadiness. The narrator did an excellent job in bringing out the characters. I even looked him up on audible to check out other books he narrated. I highly recommend this book.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Gatsby

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,434

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal ( Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured

  • By Darwin8u on 04-09-13

Bummer Jake Gyllenhaal. I expected more.

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

Reviewed: 03-04-14

What did you like best about The Great Gatsby? What did you like least?

What I like best is my memory of reading this book in high school. What I liked least? Jake G.'s reading. Mon.o.tone. Geeze louise, put some pep into it.

Would you be willing to try another book from F. Scott Fitzgerald? Why or why not?

Probably not. Not having much luck in revisiting the classics.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He read in a boring monotone. I'm not quite sure why he felt like he had to read it like he did. Not much energy.

Did The Great Gatsby inspire you to do anything?

I stopped listening.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,989
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,479

Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow's only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she'd like. Running all their daylight errands - from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled O neg - gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vampire life. Her rules are strict; relationships with vamps are strictly business, not friendship - and certainly not anything else. But then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and only Iris can help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Once again this should have disclaimers

  • By yasmine32068 on 08-01-12

Not the best of Molly and Amanda...

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

Reviewed: 03-04-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend another of Molly's books. Not so much this one. I felt like it to started to become predictable and drag on.

If you’ve listened to books by Molly Harper before, how does this one compare?

Not the best.

What aspect of Amanda Ronconi’s performance would you have changed?

she did a terrible job with the main male character. I heard Wisconsin, Brooklyn and even Russia in the accent. She couldn't quite seem to find the character's voice.

Did The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires inspire you to do anything?

Sure, I fast forwarded it to finish it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Driving Mr. Dead

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,168

Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Molly Harper can't write fast enough for me!!!!

  • By d.e.matthews on 01-14-12

Fun as usual...

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

Reviewed: 03-04-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

for easy, light listening, yes. Always a good laugh...

Would you be willing to try another book from Molly Harper? Why or why not?

I have listened to several of Molly Harper's and enjoyed them all.

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

She does a great job bringing the characters to life.

  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,221
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,249

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ages Well

  • By Dennis on 10-21-12

Truly Enjoyable Adventure

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

Reviewed: 03-03-14

What did you love best about The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared?

This story was engaging and fun right from the start. I looked forward to listening to find out what would happen next.

What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

Mr. Crossley did an excellent job as a story teller. Monotone reader he was not. I believe he embodied in the story telling what the author was trying to convey.

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

I wasn't necessarily compelled to listen in one sitting but I did sit in the parking garage at work listening for a bit before heading into my office.

  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist

  • By: Mohsin Hamid
  • Narrated by: Satya Bhabha
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 497

At a cafe table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with a suspicious, and possibly armed, American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful meeting. Changez is living an immigrant's dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by Underwood Samson, an elite investment firm. He thrives on the energy of New York. But in the wake of September 11, he finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not about Fundamentalism in its usual sense.

  • By Paula on 08-25-11

Do I keep listening?

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

Reviewed: 01-16-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different style of writing - see comment below.

What do you think your next listen will be?

The 100 year old man who climbed out the window...

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

His accent and voice variation for different characters.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Reluctant Fundamentalist?

I purchased this book because I watched the movie and enjoyed it. The overall concept of the story is good but I did not like how it was written. The main character told the story with a one-sided conversation with a tourist at a café in Lahore, Pakistan. I felt the technique of narrating a one-sided conversation ("would you like some tea? you would? i'll order it for you.) distracting. I also felt like it was a lazy way to write a book. And as I was debating whether or not to continue listening, the story ended. Just a like that.

Any additional comments?

In this case, the movie was better than the book.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful