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  • La Vérité sur l'Affaire Harry Quebert

  • By: Joël Dicker
  • Narrated by: Thibault de Montalembert
  • Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Marcus Goldman, auteur d'un premier best-seller, est en panne d'inspiration. Quand il apprend que son mentor, le célèbre écrivain Harry Quebert, est le suspect numéro un d'un crime, il se précipite à son secours. Dans le jardin de Quebert, on a retrouvé le corps de Nola - 15 ans - serrant contre elle le manuscrit du roman d'amour que Quebert lui avait dédié. Devenu un best-seller, il avait fait la gloire de son auteur. L'histoire de Quebert devient alors le sujet romanesque que Marcus avait tant cherché.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent audio rendition of a disappointing book

  • By Cedric on 10-31-15

NPR reviewer was right; NYT's wasn't

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

Reviewed: 07-05-15

I can see how this book managed to find a large audience among adolescents (as it turns out, that is the selection criterion for the Prix Goncourt *des lycéens*), but I would caution anyone drawn to the "Goncourt" name to lower their expectations. This is a very badly paced—repetitive and rambling—page-turner, without finesse in language, dialogue, or character development. And despite the many red herrings the author threw our way, at least this reader could identify the perpetrator in the first third of this needlessly drawn-out story.

  • Bird by Bird

  • Some Instructions on Writing and Life
  • By: Anne Lamott
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,982
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,962

A New York Times best-selling author of both fiction and nonfiction, Anne Lamott was also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. As much a guide to writing as an exploration of the emotional challenges of being a writer, Bird by Bird offers a candid and often humorous look at how to tackle these varied obstacles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A funny listen, but no writing samples to speak of

  • By Alice on 04-12-15

Too personal

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

Reviewed: 07-05-15

There is no doubt that the author is an expert in her field: I was especially impressed with the series of questions she comes up with for helping even the least inspired student to flesh out a topic into something readable. However, I found the flippant tone of the narrator and the author's clumsy attempts at humor to be a very poor match. The anecdotes were also too specific to the author to resonate with a larger audience.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Am Pilgrim

  • A Thriller
  • By: Terry Hayes
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 22 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,258

An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please let this all be fiction.

  • By B.J. on 08-08-14

A story of superlatives

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

Reviewed: 06-30-15

I thought writers knew better than to lavish superlatives, but apparently some writers—including this one and like-minded scribes that work on soap operas) are happy to stay in that comfort zone, where the hero is the most intelligent, the most disciplined (even more so than one of the "baddest" terrorists in history), the most affluent, etc. And any character that outsmarts him or earns his admiration through her/his efficiency, whether in the service of good or evil, is blessed with similar traits and becomes an object of wonder. So although the story was competently plotted (despite the handful of egregious coincidences that are central to this story) and the hero/narrator (NOT Mr. Ragland) did his best to leave bread crumbs at the end of many chapters to guide us pedestrian readers along, this is not an author whose work I would be interested in exploring any further. Mr. Ragland seemed an even match for the story, despite the occasional mispronounced foreign words/names (e.g., dacha; Thessaloniki, etc.).

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Finders Keepers

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,895
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,189

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far - a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes. "Wake up, genius." So begins King's instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn't published a book for decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars for Will Patton reading Stephen King

  • By PlantCrone on 06-21-16

A fun rewriting exercise

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

Reviewed: 06-30-15

As a lowly reader, I'm usually happy to follow the story wherever the author has decided it shall lead. However, I do sometimes find my mind wandering, and ask myself, "What if ...?" Mr. King has done even that job for us here, revisiting some of his previous work and well-known American classics just as Shrek and Once Upon a Time have with fairy tales. I didn't like either the main antagonist or the hero of this story, but I nevertheless appreciated how it unfolded and welcomed the opportunity to "visit with" Hodges and Jerome. I look forward to reading more of their adventures in the future.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Modern Romance

  • An Investigation
  • By: Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg
  • Narrated by: Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,072

At some point every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it's wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and informative

  • By ty on 08-23-15

Pretty impressive

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

Reviewed: 06-30-15

I picked up this title on Jon Stewart's recommendation, and wasn't disappointed. And despite Ansari's merciless criticism of audiobook listeners/buyers, I was glad to have the audio version with the ad libs and the hilarious accents, which make this much more than a self-help book or a practical guide to dating in the 21st century. The only small issue I had with the structure of the book was the proportion of the latter chapters, which felt less researched and not as well thought out as the earlier ones.

43 of 46 people found this review helpful

  • Stoner

  • By: John Williams
  • Narrated by: Robin Field
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,776

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

Frustrating "read"

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

Reviewed: 06-30-15

The narrator's clipped and deliberate style may be responsible for my lukewarm response to this title; I admit I may have had a completely different reaction had I simply picked up the written word version instead. On the other hand, the writer's style was not the easiest to warm up to: it was strange encountering so much adverbial modification (I wasn't even sure if some of these adverbs could ever be found in the dictionary). And although I understand that the impossibly impassive and stoic protagonist might actually have a counterpart in the real world, I found it very unfortunate that he had not learned anything from the extensive reading he had done. It is hard to reconcile his professed passion for literature with such a glaring absence of all the major themes of literature from his everyday life, whether physical or emotional.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Ghettoside

  • A True Story of Murder in America
  • By: Jill Leovy
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,410

Audie Award, Non-Fiction, 2016. On a warm spring evening in South Los Angeles, a young man is shot and killed on a sidewalk minutes away from his home--one of the thousands of black Americans murdered that year. His assailant runs down the street, jumps into an SUV, and vanishes, hoping to join the scores of killers in American cities who are never arrested for their crimes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wish I liked it more

  • By Deborah on 03-05-15

Better than fiction

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

Reviewed: 01-28-15

I have not enjoyed any of my recent Audible purchases. In fact, I am still struggling to finish them. But this title reminds me why I have been an Audible subscriber all these years. The central narrative is enough to captivate readers without any interest in social policy, and unfolds like a pretty good police procedural. It feels like a bonus that this is not fiction, but true life, and it is truly comforting to know that there are people like Det. Skaggs out there who are changing things for the better, and journalists like the author who have made it their personal cause to shed light on the plight of the victims. The story was so entertaining it kept me up through the wooden and plodding delivery.

20 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Mercedes

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,696

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this style of King!!!

  • By Joyce on 07-07-14

Very topical

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

Reviewed: 06-10-14

The main plot point hit home, and perhaps because of that, I couldn't help feeling that the author was holding back (about 2nd Amendment rights vs. the recent rash of gun massacres). The topical references to TV shows and electronic products also seemed excessive. The opening chapter read great and was my favorite part, but it was disappointing to see the police procedural and profile of a mass murderer take over the story.
There have been quite a few great police procedurals on TV in recent years. I suppose some readers (like me) are looking for something more in a novel.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Missing You

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,293
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,282

Number-one New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben set huge sales records with last year’s Six Years - and he’s poised to do it again in his next breathtaking stand-alone thriller. Harlan Coben, author of six consecutive instant number-one New York Times best sellers and a total of 24 award-winning, best-selling, and internationally acclaimed novels, returns with another ripped-from-real-life thriller full of impossibly high emotional stakes and the real-to-life characters for which he has become famous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different and wonderful crime thriller!

  • By Wayne on 11-23-15

Stephen King didn't need to be jealous

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

Reviewed: 04-21-14

I picked this title on the following Twitter recommendation of none other than Mr. Stephen King: "The new Harlan Coben is twisty and terrific. The stuff about the cops' wives is especially good. Beautiful observation. I'm jealous." That part may be true, but I found the shifts in perspective, plot twists (if you can call them that), and dialogs that drag on past the point of necessity to be underwhelming. The most disappointing aspect, though, was the heroine, who did not strike me at all as a detective with good instincts or a likable character (, who was the farthest thing from "cute and perky," by the way). I dare say TV writers are really giving mystery authors a run for their money these days.
The narration was competent for the most part (especially with the accents, as far as a foreigner can tell), but overly dramatic and emotional in others, and the male voices sounded either stuffy or strained.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Loudest Voice in the Room

  • How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News - and Divided a Country
  • By: Gabriel Sherman
  • Narrated by: Erik Singer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 229

When Rupert Murdoch enlisted Roger Ailes to launch a cable news network in 1996, American politics and media changed forever. Now, with a remarkable level of detail and insight, New York magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman brings Ailes’s unique genius to life, along with the outsize personalities - Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Megyn Kelly, Sarah Palin, Karl Rove, Glenn Beck, Mike Huckabee, and others - who have helped Fox News play a defining role in the great social and political controversies of the past two decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Monumental Achievement

  • By Lawrence on 01-28-14

Whoa! Really? Yikes.

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

Reviewed: 02-14-14

Had it not been for the author's assurances that the content of this book has been fully vetted by him and two fact-checkers, I would have thought this pretty outrageous and nauseating fiction. But I fully understand that when the subject refuses to agree to an interview unless his demands for censorship are met, the author has little choice but to go with second-hand accounts. And the picture is far from pretty. Very few people that are mentioned in the book come through as decent; most [characters--that is how they struck me at least] are much more self-serving and cowardly than anybody I happen to have had the good chance to meet in my life. Their egomania, sense of entitlement, and lack of common compassion proved a little too much to handle in large doses, which partly explains why it took me nearly a month to finish a pretty straightforward account of the life of Roger Ailes.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful