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  • 84, Charing Cross Road

  • By: Helene Hanff
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat, John Franklyn-Robbins
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

When Helene Hanff makes an innocent inquiry about the possibility of purchasing hard-to-find books through Marks and Co., Booksellers, she begins a 20-year love affair with Frank Doel, the proper English bookseller who answers her letter and sends along her first order in the fall of 1949. They are two very unlikely correspondents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A True Story About How Books Connect People

  • By Kitty on 01-11-18

A gem in print as well as in audio form

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I've owned this book in print for many years and have read it many times. It is refreshing to finally listen to it in this wonderful audio version. The narrators brought the characters to life with the same pizzazz as it had been scribed.
The special relationship between Helen and Frank is such a heart warming and gentle "love" story.
I wish that antique book stores that specialize in providing service to book lovers rather than the almighty dollar still exist.
This is truly an amazing book. A must listen!

  • Relentless Spirit

  • The Unconventional Raising of a Champion
  • By: Missy Franklin, D.A. Franklin, Dick Franklin, and others
  • Narrated by: D.A. Franklin, Dick Franklin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

In Relentless Spirit, Missy and her parents, D.A. and Dick Franklin, share the story of how Missy became the athlete she is today, a six-time Olympic medalist, five of them gold. Since her Olympic debut in London's 2012 games - when Missy was just 17 - people who have met the Franklins or seen them on TV have wondered what it was like to raise such a champion. What was the training like? How did Missy handle school? How did the family find the right facilities, coaches, and support network?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More accurate title: My Perfect Life

  • By Bookworm on 05-13-17

An Open and Honest Memoir

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

Reviewed: 12-20-16

I have personally followed Missy's career since her break-out moment in 2011 World Championships in Shanghai. I've also watched the documentary "Touch the Wall" which documents her rise into the swimming elite circuit.
What makes this book so extraordinary though is the honesty. Not only the honesty that Missy writes regarding her success, but her parents' honesty on how they dealt with raising a superstar. What we all love about Missy Franklin is her sweet, honest and heart of gold personality. What we didn't realize is that her personality was not all attributed to her parents. Yes, they played a vital role in her development, but it is truly Missy herself who rises above the pack, with the help of her religion and spirituality challenging herself to face and fight her demons. This book is well written and narrated. I knocked off one star in the performance for two reasons, One is that we do not know who performed the narration of Missy's voicing, This narrator is outstanding! It could be brilliant for not mentioning who she is because I actually can believe it is Missy herself, if I didn't know better. D.A.'s performance was good, but at times it was as if her reflections were mundane. Dick Franklin's narration was surprisingly professional. I could actually listen to another audio book narrated by him.
Overall, a great book! If you are a fan of Missy or even a fan of swimming; heck if you are a fan of loving parenting you will enjoy this book. I would listen to it again.

  • Finding Fish

  • A Memoir
  • By: Antwone Q. Fisher
  • Narrated by: Thomas Penny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Baby Boy Fisher was raised in institutions from the moment of his birth in prison to a single mother. He ultimately came to live with a foster family, where he endured near-constant verbal and physical abuse. In his midteens he escaped and enlisted in the navy, where he became a man of the world, raised by the family he created for himself. Finding Fish shows how, out of this unlikely mix of deprivation and hope, an artist was born.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book will not disappoint you.

  • By Joseph on 10-16-16

This book will not disappoint you.

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

Reviewed: 10-16-16

I've requested that Audible obtain the rights to the unabridged version of this book over two years ago. I was so glad to see that my request finally came to fruition. I wish there is a way that Audible could notify someone that their request had been fulfilled. Anyway, this audio-book is a gem! When I first listened to it over 5 years ago, I was completely enthralled by Mr Fisher's story that I couldn't stop listening to it. Since then, I have suggested this book to many of my friends. If you like a good memoir, this one will not disappoint!
The story of Antwone Quentin Fisher is one of cruelty, submission, mental fortitude, self realization, and accomplishment. His story will leave you gasping in horror and exclaiming in excitement as his story is told. In the end, an interview with the author himself makes you feel as if an old friend that has returned home since you know of and understand his most darkest secrets. His telling of coming of age while in the Navy was spot on. I too had an experience in the Navy where I transformed from boyhood into manhood.
Don't be fooled by thinking that because you may have seen the movie, you know the whole story. The screenplay is just that; made for Hollywood. This book is raw emotion.
I highly recommend it. Enjoy,

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Book 4

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 21 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 47,293
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,398
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43,300

The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter - but that doesn't stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe'en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons, and dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through - alive!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best of a Brilliant Series

  • By Gretchen SLP on 11-21-15

So far, the slowest of the Harry Potter Series

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

Reviewed: 03-07-16

Let me start with a positive. Jim Dale is one of the best (if not the best) narrators on Audible! Michael Kramer (Wheel of Time series) is a close second. The narration is pleasant to the ear and characters come alive in your mind. I find that sometimes I get so caught up in the telling of the story that when I end up at work, I think to myself; how did I get here?
Book 4 of the Harry Potter series, for me, was the slowest so far. Although, the story was more complex than the previous books. I can clearly see how the Author and her fans have grown with the series. Book 4 would definitely be labeled as Young Adult as opposed to the earlier books which were written more for budding teenagers.
Overall, a good story. I am currently listening to Book 5 and enjoying it. This is a must listen series!
When I'm done, I'll finally be able to rent the movies and binge watch. Until then, I'll sit back and enjoy Jim Dale unfold the world of witches and wizards in my head.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Jupiter's Travels

  • By: Ted Simon
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas, Ted Simon
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418

On October 6, 1973, Ted Simon knew there was no going back. He loaded up his 500cc Triumph Tiger in the pouring rain and said good-bye to London. Over four years he rode 64,000 miles round the world. Breakdowns, revolutions, war, a spell in prison, and a Californian commune were all part of his experience, which was colored variously by utter despair and unimaginable joy. He was treated as a spy, a god, a welcome stranger and a curiosity

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eloquently Written ~ Exquisitely Told

  • By Joseph on 10-13-15

Eloquently Written ~ Exquisitely Told

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

Reviewed: 10-13-15

"In spite of wars and tourism and pictures by satellite, the world is just the same size it ever was. It is awesome to think how much of it I will never see. It is no trick to go round the world these days; you can pay a lot of money and fly round it nonstop in less than forty eight hours, but to know it, to smell it and feel it between your toes you have to crawl. There is no other way. Not flying, not floating. You have to stay on the ground and swallow the bugs as you go."
YES!!! If you've ever taken a road trip on a motorcycle, or have ever dreamt of doing so, you will absolutely love this book. Ted Simon has provided a written account in prose, using eloquent yet playful vocabulary. Rupert Degas does a wonderful job narrating Ted's work.
Ted's journey is so descriptive that a detailed picture forms in the mind, providing a transcendent experience.
I loved this book, and would highly recommend it for anyone interested in exotic journeys.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

  • By: Maya Angelou
  • Narrated by: Maya Angelou
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,467

Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age - and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. But years later, she learns about love for herself and the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Emotional & Powerful

  • By Miss Toni on 06-30-13

Blahh

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

Reviewed: 07-24-14

That's it, no more audio books narrated by the author. I know that we speak her name, and may she rest in peace, but in my opinion, Maya Angelou's reading of her own work was horrible. It was as if she forgot her reading glasses and was struggling to read the words. I found it very annoying.
I did not enjoy this book.

14 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • The Opposite of Loneliness

  • Essays and Stories
  • By: Marina Keegan
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 628
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 556
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 562

Marina Keegan's star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at the New Yorker. Tragically, five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash. Even though she was just 22 when she died, Marina left behind a rich, expansive trove of prose that, like her title essay, captures the hope, uncertainty, and possibility of her generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Young Talent Old Soul

  • By Joseph on 05-01-14

Young Talent Old Soul

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

Reviewed: 05-01-14

Every once in a while a talent comes along which is prematurely taken from us. Marina Keegan is one such talent. Only 22 years old, she had an uncanny ability to capture the spirit of the young and the wisdom of the old. While listening to her stories, I was transported back in time to a point in my life where I was full of hope and optimism while reflecting on the experience and wisdom that has come with living life's adventures. Her story about her Toyota in "Stability in Motion" made me laugh as it brought back memories about my first vehicle - a 1970 Volkswagen Camper.
Emily Zeller does an outstanding job of narration. It is as if Marina herself is reading the stories to me in my car. Couple great narration with great writing and you get one hell of an audio book!
Marina has truly left her mark on this world through her writing. One sad aspect of Marina's untimely death is that we must live in this world without being able to read another word crafted by her.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Jaws

  • By: Peter Benchley
  • Narrated by: Erik Steele
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,885
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,500
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,513

Jaws is the classic, blockbuster thriller that inspired the three-time Academy Award-winning Steven Spielberg movie and made millions of beachgoers afraid to go into the water. Experience the thrill of helpless horror again - or for the first time! Jaws was number 48 in the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movies, and the film earned the coveted number-one spot on the Bravo network's 100 Scariest Movie Moments countdown. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating, but not for the obvious reason

  • By John M on 07-21-10

Here's a twist on an old saying

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

Reviewed: 12-10-13

The movie was better than the book. Kudos to Peter Benchley for bringing us this wonderful story. However, for the first time in my life I'd have to say that the movie was better than the book. Nothing more.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Look Me in the Eye

  • My Life with Asperger's
  • By: John Elder Robison
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619

Ever since he was small, John Robison had longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits, an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes, had earned him the label "social deviant". No guidance came from his mother or his father. It was no wonder he gravitated to machines, which could, at least, be counted on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshing!

  • By Anne on 10-27-07

A nice surprise unfolded before me

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

Reviewed: 05-09-13

I've had this book in my wish list for quite some time and I finally made the decision to buy it. I was more than surprised when I started listening and low and behold one of my favorite authors, Augusten Burroughs, had written the forward. Augusten authored "Running with Scissors" a highly recommended memoir. I was even more surprised to find out that this book was written by his brother. Unlike his brother, John Robison lacked the talent to craft his story into a mesmerizing account of his childhood, but John's story was raw, entertaining, educational, and down right fun! I enjoyed it immensely. I would highly recommend listeniong to this book and the accounts of John Robison as he grows from a boy with Aspergers into a man that is nothing more than a genious. I would also recommend that you read "Running with Scissors" first. Only then could you truly understand the household that these boys grew up in and a perspective of childhood that few of us had to endure...luckily.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Tears in the Darkness

  • The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath
  • By: Michael Norman, Elizabeth Norman
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 17 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770

For the first four months of 1942, U.S., Filipino, and Japanese soldiers fought what was America's first major land battle of World War II, the battle for the tiny Philippine peninsula of Bataan. It ended with the surrender of 76,000 Filipinos and Americans, the single largest defeat in American military history. The defeat, though, was only the beginning, as Michael and Elizabeth M. Norman make dramatically clear in this powerfully original book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting and heartbreaking

  • By 9S on 08-15-09

Not "Unbroken" but not bad

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

Reviewed: 12-30-12

I listened to this book after listening to "Unbroken". Much of what I 've learned about how and why the Japanese treated their prisoners of war was attributed to the book Unbroken. This book lacked the raw power that Unbroken did, but it managed to tell the horrible story of the Battan Death March. I would recommend the book Unbroken first, then this listen next. You will get the whole story of WWII POW's in Japan.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful