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J. Beecher

Palo Alto, CA
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  • Carry On, Jeeves

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

From the moment that Jeeves walks through Bertie Wooster's door, Bertie gives up running his own affairs and lets Jeeves take charge. Whether it's the color of a tie, the style of a hat or a coat, Jeeves is always right. He is there to depend on in times of trouble, and such times are frequent in the lives of Bertie and his friends. Whether it's Corky's artistic career that needs boosting or Bingo Little's gloom that needs lifting, Jeeves can always be relied upon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious. A treasure

  • By J. Beecher on 02-01-19

Hilarious. A treasure

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

Wodehouse’s stories are a treasure and this narrator is a gem. Many of the stories in this book are also found in “My Man Jeeves” but it is worth hearing this narrator read them again all the same. His intonations are perfectly hilarious and I could listen to this book over and over.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Gods of Guilt

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,975
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,951

Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • God of Scribe

  • By Big jim Picotto on 03-12-15

Riveting mystery and courtroom drama

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

Such a well done book! Grabs you and keeps you interested throughout. Creates characters you care about. Also I am an attorney and I appreciated that most of the legal stuff here was pretty accurate. It bugs me to no end when courtroom dramas are all wrong and this one was not like that. Well done! Connelly is excellent.

  • Repeat

  • By: Kylie Scott
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,865
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,859

When a vicious attack leaves 25-year-old Clementine Johns with no memory, she’s forced to start over. Now she has figure out who she was and why she made the choices she did - which includes leaving the supposed love of her life, tattoo artist Ed Larsen, only a month before. Ed can hardly believe it when his ex shows up at his tattoo parlor with no memory of their past, asking about the breakup that nearly destroyed him. The last thing he needs is more heartache, but he can’t seem to let her go again. Should they walk away for good, or does their love deserve a repeat performance?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Adorable Story of Love

  • By B. Wood on 01-10-19

Starts out well but goes off the rails

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

Starts promisingly but then becomes silly and devolves into some of the most offputting sex scenes I have ever read. So bad. Yuck. Then the story ends abruptly and moronically. Poor.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter

  • Dexter, Book 1
  • By: Jeff Lindsay
  • Narrated by: Jeff Lindsay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,985
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,988

Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He’s a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened - of himself or some other fiend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love the show, like the book

  • By Heather on 02-14-13

Well written but disturbing

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

I'm puzzled about the popularity of this book and the series. Dexter is a disturbing character that disgusts me. The book is well written and engaging. I was indeed drawn in and wanted to hear how it turned out. The plot was well done. But in the end I wouldn't ever listen to it again or any of the others in the series because the murders are so disturbingly grisly, and the character of Dexter is himself disturbing and unlikable. I'm a little bothered by how popular he is, to be honest. Although he only murders bad people who are themselves murderers, he is still a psycho and enjoys torturing them -- and he also talks about how he tortured animals as a kid. It's just not for me.

  • Cake

  • A Love Story
  • By: J. Bengtsson
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Joe Arden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,660

Jake McKallister might have been a rock star, but he was no ordinary one. Surviving an unspeakable crime as a young teen had shaped him into a guarded workaholic, and he now lived his life trying to forget. If it hadn't been for music and the redemption he found through it, he might not have survived. Career success came easily for him. Personal connections did not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Freakin Rockin Book

  • By Alanna on 12-22-16

For people age 25 and under

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

I'm surprised at how overrated this book is. I guess it is very popular with young people. It is cute but no better than the average romance novel. The characters are 23 years old. The dialogue is an accurate portrayal of that immature age. The back story of the tortured boy is a bit over the top, with him having been kidnapped, raped, and tortured as a child. Really? For adult readers there is a lot better work out there.

  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,597
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,546

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A must hear ... but not for kids!

  • By Dylan on 02-19-19

Fascinating, utterly engrossing, well done!

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

This fascinating book covers a variety of aspects of Victorian England ranging from murderers to sanitation to barbers and cosmetics to racial attitudes and on and on. I loved every minute. Each chapter is presented in an entertaining way but is also really informative and interesting. Each chapter is akin to a very well done Radiolab episode. Different historians and actor voices take part in each. I loved the narration and sound effects and the content was fantastic. I wish there were more programs of this high quality on audible. This is top notch entertainment in my opinion. Well done stephen fry! Bravo.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Cruel Prince

  • By: Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,064
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,053

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him - and face the consequences.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings . . .

  • By S. E. on 03-09-18

So boring, couldn't finish it. For kids only.

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I usually love YA fiction, and I've been a big fan of the Twilight series, Hunger Games, the Lunar Chronicles, Throne of Glass, and more. But this book was so tedious I couldn't even finish it. Forcing myself to listen to it was like work. I only made it halfway. The protagonist and narrator, Jude, has no distinguishing character traits to make her an interesting person. She's just pablum, and the evildoers are equally boring. No discernible plot had emerged as of halfway through, when I gave up on forcing myself to listen. I'm so incredibly disappointed in this book. It's a YA book that is strictly for young adults. Baffled by the good reviews - must be teenagers who love it.

  • Somebody to Love

  • The Life, Death and Legacy of Freddie Mercury
  • By: Matt Richards, Mark Langthorne
  • Narrated by: Tim Bruce
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369

When Freddie Mercury died in 1991, aged just 45, the world was rocked by the vibrant and flamboyant star's tragic secret that he had been battling AIDS. That Mercury had even been diagnosed came as a shock to his millions of fans, with his announcement coming less than 24 hours before his death. In Somebody to Love, biographers Mark Langthorne and Matt Richards skilfully weave Freddie Mercury's incredible pursuit of musical greatness with Queen, his upbringing and his endless search for love with the story of a terrible disease.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning dual biography of Freddie and AIDS

  • By tru britty on 07-19-18

Excellent biography, with context

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I loved this biography in part because it placed Mercury's life and death in the context of the overall history of the beginning of the HIV/AIDs pandemic and the world events surrounding the initial discovery of HIV/AIDs as well as the politics of the time vis-a-vis gay men and the stigma around HIV/AIDs. This aspect of the historical context of Mercury's life is not covered in other biographies and I think it's a critical part of understanding Mercury's life choices, such as his decision not to reveal publicly that he was suffering from HIV/AIDs until the day before his death. This biography includes interviews and facts not found in the Mercury bio by Lesley-Ann Jones (although I recommend that one as well, because it likewise contains interviews and facts not found here).

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Mercury

  • An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury
  • By: Lesley-Ann Jones
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247

As lead vocalist for the iconic rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury's unmatched skills as a songwriter and his flamboyant showmanship made him a superstar and Queen a household name. But despite his worldwide fame, few people ever really glimpsed the man behind the glittering facade. Now, more than 20 years after his death, those closest to Mercury are finally opening up about this pivotal figure in rock 'n' roll. Based on more than a hundred interviews with key figures in his life, Mercury offers the definitive account of one man's legendary life in the spotlight and behind the scenes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Melancholy

  • By S. Roberts on 12-16-16

Good biography

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

A good bio of Mercury but misses some things. It's a definite must-read for the fascinating interview of Barbara Valentin, which is only found in this book. Portions of it are repeated in Somebody To Love but not all of it. I only gave it 3 stars because the end is a bit disrespectful in describing the circumstances around Mercury's death in detail that I don't think was necessary and served no point. I still think you need this book as well as Somebody To Love because each book has slightly different details from different interviews.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 932
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 868
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865

Audible presents a special edition of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde narrated by Richard Armitage. With Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Richard Armitage tells the story of a conflicted man who seeks a remedy to free the monster inside him from the clutches of his conscience. Following his celebrated performance of David Copperfield, Armitage delivers another powerhouse performance as the narrator of this Gothic tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Changed my understanding of processing literature

  • By Brent W on 11-02-17

Amazing performance by Richard Armitage

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Richard Armitage works magic with this classic tale. You'll be riveted. In less talented hands, the story could have been a bit dull, but Armitage breathes life and horror into it. I couldn't stop listening. Richard Armitage is a treasure.