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  • War and Peace

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 61 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,709
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,030
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,987

Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Work of genius

  • By James on 02-13-06

A literary experience you don’t want to miss!

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

What I think I loved most about War and Peace (besides Pierre of course) was the seamless way in which Tolstoy weaves his story between the microscopic study of Russian aristocratic society and the macroscopic sweep of the war Napoleon wages across Europe. I did wonder at first about Davidson’s narration but I very quickly warmed to his style and ended up loving it! The various sections this audio book is broken up into makes for very quick downloading and easy progress through the novel. After listening to this audio book which took me far less time than I had expected, I watched the latest BBC series and really felt that the series in many ways successfully captured the essence of the characters and their development. You really can’t go wrong in selecting this particular audible version of this magnificent Russian novel!

  • Warbreaker

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 24 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,042
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,024

Warbreaker is the story of two sisters who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, the lesser god who doesn't like his job, and the immortal who's still trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago. Their world is one in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren's capital city and where a power known as BioChromatic magic is based on an essence known as breath that can be collected only one unit at a time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Sanderson Yet

  • By Carol on 09-10-17

“By the Colours ....... I AM a god!”

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

Loved this slow burn, richly imagined fantasy that is largely character driven. With some interesting twists and turns along the way, builds to a wonderfully satisfying finale in which we finally see Nightblood drawn fully from its sheath!

  • Restart

  • By: Gordon Korman
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross, Laura Knight Keating, Ramon de Ocampo, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746

New York Times best-selling author Gordon Korman harkens back to his No More Dead Dogs days in this stand-alone that takes a tone more serious than you've ever heard from him before. A boy who's been a bully and hanging out with the wrong friends gets a new start after a memory-loss-inducing accident. But can someone really change who he is, or will the old him merely come back over time?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story for kids

  • By Bryan Lowe on 08-31-18

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

Hugely fun and poignant tale of second chance redemption wonderfully narrated with a full cast.

  • The Bloody Chamber

  • By: Angela Carter
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 512

A collection of short stories, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories was first published in 1979 and awarded the Cheltenham Festival Literary Prize. This Audible exclusive adaptation is narrated by legendary actors, Richard Armitage and Emilia Fox, who take on different chapters of the audiobook. Among these are 'The Bloody Chamber', 'The Courtship of Mr Lyon', 'The Tiger's Bride', 'Puss in Boots', 'The Erl-King', 'The Snow Child', 'The Lady of the House of Love', 'The Werewolf' and 'Wolf-Alice'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fairy tales by Angela Carter

  • By Elizabeth P. Fowler on 03-20-18

Lyrical, compelling and haunting collection.

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

I loved this collection of highly original tales beautifully told and narrated with some nice twists on some classic stories and a fine touch of horror.

  • Bushido Online

  • Friends and Foes
  • By: Nikita Thorn
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545

Now a Level 10 ronin, Seiki is slowly coming to terms with the death of Master Tsujihara and his new life in Shinshioka. Spending his days in the Wilderness, he’s venting his remaining frustration while staying away from the city drama and those griefers, like the Rogami Clan, who had made his in-game experience so challenging thus far. He has even taken up a trade skill. But when he’s presented with an offer he can’t refuse and accepts a simple mission to deliver a message to Kano Castle, he quickly finds his troubles are only just beginning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • exemplary

  • By farmer john on 10-18-18

Even better than the first!

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

Thorn’s second book continues to build this game world and an increasingly complex mythology arc. The action is more evenly paced and less frenetic with the introduction of some wonderful new characters and the re-appearance of some old foes. We also get to learn more about Seiki’s internal struggles which adds a particularly poignancy to the story. Excellent narration by Christian Rummel. Very much looking forward to the next installment!

  • Bushido Online: The Battle Begins

  • By: Nikita Thorn
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,121

Seth Kinnaman's dream has always been to become the best fighter the world has ever seen. After spending his entire life training, he's finally ready to test his skills in the biggest tournament on Earth, where hundreds of the fiercest competitors vie for the supreme title. In the semifinals, Seth is getting the upper hand when his opponent uses an illegal blow to take him out. Upon waking up from a coma, Seth finds out he's lost his sight. He's become blind, and he's completely devastated. All his dreams are now shattered, and he soon falls into depression.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gamer's Fun Ride!

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 06-18-18

Non stop action in Samurai Japan.

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

Wonderful start to a new LitRPG series - one action scene after another that will leave you breathless as Thorn sets about creating the rules of this game world full of sword wielding Samurai, Ronans, and Ninjas.

  • Blackwater: The Complete Saga

  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 30 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,148

Blackwater is the saga of a small town, Perdido, Alabama, and Elinor Dammert, the stranger who arrives there under mysterious circumstances on Easter Sunday, 1919. On the surface, Elinor is gracious, charming, anxious to belong in Perdido, and eager to marry Oscar Caskey, the eldest son of Perdido's first family. But her beautiful exterior hides a shocking secret. Beneath the waters of the Perdido River, she turns into something terrifying, a creature whispered about in stories that have chilled the residents of Perdido for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 6 Star Worthy Epic!

  • By jksullycats on 10-29-17

Kind of like John Irving meets Stephen King

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

This book is really hard to classify into any particular genre - it certainly has moments of horror but it isn’t a horror story. It also has elements of fantasy and the supernatural but it doesn’t fit easily into either of these categories either. It is really a family saga set in Alabama following the lives of the Caskeys over successive generations from 1919. The writing is superb, the narration masterful and before you know it you have been swept up and along with the gentle ryhthme of the writing style into the wonderfully drawn lives of each of the members of the Caskey family as if caught in the strong currents of the Perdido River so that the book becomes very very hard to put down. Its high ratings are well earned - the book truly is a masterpiece of literature made all the more enjoyable as an audiobook.

  • Strange Weather

  • Four Short Novels
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Joe Hill, Wil Wheaton, Kate Mulgrew, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,540
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,534

A collection of four chilling novels, ingeniously wrought gems of terror from the brilliantly imaginative number one New York Times best-selling author of The Fireman, Joe Hill.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • All Sizzle No Steak

  • By Constant Reader on 03-20-18

Another brilliant offering from Joe Hill!

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

Joe Hill once again strikes off into new and original territory with these 4 Novellas - each one entirely absorbing, powerful, thought provoking, disturbing as hell and with ideas and endings that will haunt you long after the narration has finished. The stories are hard to classify into a particular genre - a kind of mix between urban horror, fantasy and elements of science fiction. No words are wasted in the tightly driven tales and characterisations. The narration of each story is brilliant and it’s wonderful to hear Kate Mulgrew team up with Joe Hill once more in a world very different to that of Christmasland!

1 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • The Deep

  • By: Nick Cutter
  • Narrated by: Corey Brill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 858

A strange plague called the "Gets" is decimating humanity on a global scale. It causes people to forget - small things at first, like where they left their keys... then the not-so-small things like how to drive, or the letters of the alphabet. Then their bodies forget how to function involuntarily - and there is no cure. But now, far below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, deep in the Marianas Trench, an heretofore unknown substance hailed as "ambrosia" has been discovered - a universal healer, from initial reports.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply Disturbing; Descent into Madness

  • By Mel on 01-29-15

Brilliant Claustrophobic Locked Room Horror!

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

This has been my third outing with Cutter and Brill and I have loved every one. I have pretty much read them in a row and, I have to say, it will be something of a relief after finishing The Deep, to surface back into the real world for a while. Cutter never fails to take you on a deliciously dark, twisted and terror filled journey that you just can’t put down. The Deep features a particularly inspired narration by Corey Brill which is just astonishing!

  • Never Get Angry Again

  • The Foolproof Way to Stay Calm and in Control in Any Conversation or Situation
  • By: David J. Lieberman
  • Narrated by: David J. Lieberman, Robert Fass
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

David J. Lieberman understands that a change in perspective is all that is needed to help keep from flying off the handle. In Never Get Angry Again, he reveals how to see anger through a comprehensive, holistic lens, illuminates the underlying emotional, spiritual, and physical components of anger, and gives listeners simple, practical tools to snuff out anger before it even occurs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Principles on how to lead an authentic life.

  • By Calico Pete on 08-04-18

Principles on how to lead an authentic life.

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

This is more a book about how to lead an authentic, meaningful, happy, fulfilling life, in accordance with the dictates of our conscience so that anger never arises at all. It covers a diverse range of principles and useful practices along this line. There are some useful anger management techniques as well. Be warned that the author does assume a belief in God and the soul but there is still some very useful material if this is an issue for you. Although the audiobook was narrated very well, there is so much material here that it would also be helpful to get a printed copy of the book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful