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  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11,281
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,293
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10,250

One of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Pride and Prejudice, is vividly brought to life by Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike ( Gone Girl). In her bright and energetic performance of this British classic, she expertly captures Austen’s signature wit and tone. Her attention to detail, her literary background, and her performance in the 2005 feature film version of the novel provide the perfect foundation from which to convey the story of Elizabeth Bennett, her four sisters, and the inimitable Mr. Darcy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect narration of a perfect book

  • By Akela on 12-09-15

Charming

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

A better read ghan I tjought possible. My sincere compliments to Ms Austin and Ms Pike.

  • 61 Hours

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,403

A tour bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces. If she's going to live long enough to testify, she'll need help. Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cliffhanger was disappointing

  • By JV on 05-28-10

Pretty Silly Storyline.... Lots of Drama....

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

Reviewed: 04-10-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I listen to books while I am commuting, so yes this book did beat the sound of rush hour traffic but the story line, which started strong just became silly. The villain was apparent from very early on and plot was just silly many different levels. This series needs a real reality check. Give Adrian McKinty a go for great crime drama.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I am going to give Medival history a go with a great book I found.

Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I loved Dick Hill as he narrated the Harry Bosch series. They were much better stories. Dick does a great job!

Did 61 Hours inspire you to do anything?

Yes, I will give this series a break. I was disappointed before and came back, maybe I will again, but I cannot recommend the story.

Any additional comments?

Try Carafiglio as well...... Great Crime!

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 158,603
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 146,371
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 146,212

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

a gripping story...

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

a gripping storyline and a very likable lead character make for an entertaining read. The reader did get the right tone for the character and he often read to fast. highly recommended anyway....

  • Duma Key

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: John Slattery
  • Length: 21 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,746

A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Play the Book and Let the Book Play You

  • By OldDog on 11-09-09

A silly beach book......

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

Reviewed: 05-08-14

What disappointed you about Duma Key?

I was looking for a supernatural mystery with great characters I cared about. The characters never developed for me and the story just sort of petered out. The plot became silly and I found myself wondering why I was still listening.

What do you think your next listen will be?

After this I will go back to some of the international mysteries I had been enjoying by McKinty or Carofiglio.

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

The narrator did a good job. He has a pleasant likable voice and his voice inflection for characters was very good.

What character would you cut from Duma Key?

I didn't really care enough about any character to care or not care about cutting them.

Any additional comments?

This will sound silly to most of you, but I became irritated by the author having his characters throwing out political jibes and one sided sniping, out of context and with no connection to the story. I got the creepy feeling that I was reading government propaganda and not good writing. I don't know if this is a habit recently with King or not but I found the tactic condescending and patronizing. I don't give a whit for King's politics and I don't form my opinions my beach books.

  • A Walk in the Dark

  • Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 2
  • By: Gianrico Carofiglio
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

When Martina accuses her ex-boyfriend - the son of a powerful local judge - of assault and battery, no witnesses can be persuaded to testify on her behalf. Guido Guerrieri knows the case could bring his legal career to a premature and messy end, but he cannot resist the appeal of a hopeless cause. Nor can he deny his attraction to Sister Claudia, the young woman in charge of the shelter where Martina is living, who shares his love of martial arts and his virulent hatred of injustice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heartfelt tale with an Italian Rebus as hero.

  • By Sherri on 09-25-12

Great Listen

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

Reviewed: 04-08-14

If you could sum up A Walk in the Dark in three words, what would they be?

Compelling, Identifiable, Intriguing

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the careful development of the main character.

Which scene was your favorite?

I love the scenes when Guido is judging his own behavior.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I have no idea. I don't believe Hollywood would ever make these beautiful stories into movies. These are compelling studies of human behavior at its best and worst. Hollywood is busy making comic books.

Any additional comments?

I love the look into every day Italian life. The work day, the taste in music, the taste in literature, dating, marriage and all the rest. Wonderful..

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  • Nothing to Lose

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,954
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,944

Two lonely towns in Colorado: Hope and Despair. Between them, 12 miles of empty road. Jack Reacher never turns back. It's not in his nature. All he wants is a cup of coffee. What he gets is big trouble. So in Lee Child's electrifying new novel, Reacher - a man with no fear, no illusions, and nothing to lose - goes to war against a town that not only wants him gone, it wants him dead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Least favorite of all the Reacher novels

  • By Ed on 08-12-09

Ridiculous!

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

Reviewed: 01-27-14

What would have made Nothing to Lose better?

This was a completely ridiculous and implausible plot and story line. Lee Child had been turning out good stories. This was a complete bust.

Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Dick Hill is an engrossing reader. I have listened to him many times and always enjoy his performance.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Nothing to Lose?

I would have cut this entire story premise. You could drive a truck through the holes in this story. The political insight was also off target and unnecessary. I am going to take a long break from reading this series.

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