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  • The Caine Mutiny

  • By: Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 26 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,701

Having inspired a classic film and Broadway play, The Caine Mutiny is Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life—and mutiny—on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater. It was immediately embraced upon its original publication as one of the first serious works of American fiction to grapple with the moral complexities and the human consequences of the Second World War. In the intervening half century, this gripping story has become a perennial favorite, selling millions throughout the world, and claiming the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even Better than the Movie

  • By James on 06-20-12

A classic

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

Reviewed: 05-31-19

I read this book decades ago and decided to listen to it after Herman Wouk died. I’d forgotten how much I loved it. It’s such a great story with wonderful character development. The narrator was good, did not detract from the story at all.

  • The Orphan's Tale

  • A Novel
  • By: Pam Jenoff
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Wydra, Kyla Garcia
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,718

Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep. When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sappy and tedious

  • By Churchill on 03-23-17

Music?

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

I loved this book, the story, the narrators. It was one of those books I couldn’t stop listening to. But the music at the beginning and end was so incongruent with the story—some silly, upbeat tune! I do not like when music is added to a book. I’ve never had it add to a book, only detract. Other than that little thing, I loved this book!

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,168

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully narrated

  • By A. Hawley on 11-23-07

I can't imagine reading this

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

The narrator for this book deserves an Oscar! I know I wouldn't have enjoyed this book nearly as much if I had read it. He performed this book, without being a distraction. I think I've listened to one other Gaiman book, and now I will definitely try more of his. This was so well written and utterly original. The only thing I did not like, and this is to whoever produced the book, sticking in music occasionally was NOT a good choice. It just seemed stuck in randomly and did not enhance the listening experience at all.

  • Open Season

  • A Joe Pickett Novel
  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,618

Joe Pickett is the new game warden in Twelve Sleep, Wyoming, a town where nearly everyone hunts and the game warden—especially one like Joe who won't take bribes or look the other way—is far from popular. When he finds a local hunting outfitter dead, splayed out on the woodpile behind his state-owned home, he takes it personally. There had to be a reason that the outfitter, with whom he's had run-ins before, chose his backyard, his woodpile to die in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As refreshing as sunrise in the mountains

  • By AudioAddict on 10-02-16

A new series to devour

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

Reviewed: 11-30-16

Is it great literature? Of course not. But it is a great listen. I love the Cork O'Conner series by William Kent Kruger and was so sad to finish all of them. This is filling their place. It helps a lot that David Chandler also narrates the Joe Pickett series. I love his voice. He is the perfect narrator for this genre.

  • Twelve Angry Men

  • By: Reginald Rose
  • Narrated by: Dan Castellaneta, Hector Elizondo, Armin Shimerman
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,503

Over the course of a steamy and tense afternoon, 12 jurors deliberate the fate of a 19-year-old boy alleged to have murdered his own father. A seemingly open and shut case turns complicated, igniting passions and hidden prejudices.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG....I loved this dramatization!

  • By Debi Ursery on 04-06-12

Relevant during this election

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

Reviewed: 09-13-16

Wow! I'm so glad I listened to this! I don't think I've ever seen the movie ( I will now), but I had heard about it. I had no idea it would be so timely, having been written in the 50's. Listen to it and you will hear the current political tone. So glad I purchased this.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Manitou Canyon

  • Cork O'Connor Mystery Series
  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632

Since the violent deaths of his wife, father, and best friend all occurred in previous Novembers, Cork O'Connor has always considered it to be the cruelest of months. Yet his daughter has chosen this dismal time of year in which to marry, and Cork is understandably uneasy. His concern comes to a head when a man camping in Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness goes missing. As the official search ends with no recovery in sight, Cork is asked by the man's family to stay on the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love Cork

  • By Alice on 09-12-16

I love Cork

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

I've never really been into this genre of book. Then I read "Ordinary Grace" by William Kent Kruger and I went hunting for any other books by him. That is how I got introduced to Cork O'Conner and I was hooked. I love how Mr. Kruger writes. He draws you into their lives and you feel like you know them. They are flawed, but that's part of why I love them. He always spins a good tale. I also appreciate that the characters grow and age as the series progresses. And David Chandler! He is the perfect narrator for this series. There were some in the middle done by a different narrator and I had to force myself to listen. David Chandler is my narrator crush. He makes each character sound distinct without it being a distraction.
I can't wait for the next Cork O'Conner! (And if you haven't read Ordinary Grace, do it now).

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Wilson

  • By: A. Scott Berg
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 32 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533

A hundred years after his inauguration, Woodrow Wilson still stands as one of the most influential figures of the 20th century, and one of the most enigmatic. And now, after more than a decade of research and writing, Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg has completed Wilson - the most personal and penetrating biography ever written about the 28th President. This is not just Wilson the icon - but Wilson the man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well Written & Narrated But Too Much Hero Worship

  • By IRP on 11-17-13

Fascinating, but that narrator!

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

Reviewed: 07-01-16

I found this book fascinating, particularly after reading The Bully Pulpit. It filled in some large gaps in my knowledge of Wilson and WWI. But I really had to concentrate to keep my mind from wandering. The narrator has a pleasant voice, but it NEVER varies. Every sentence had the exact same cadence, no variation at all. After listening to Edward Herrmann (RIP), this guy was like Ambien. Audible, do you read these reviews and give narrators feedback? That being said, the book was well worth my credit.

  • Dad Is Fat

  • By: Jim Gaffigan
  • Narrated by: Jim Gaffigan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,427

In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor").

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good for Gaffigan fans - better for expecting dads

  • By Sean on 05-17-13

Just what I needed

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

I've been listening to a lot of history and murder mysteries lately, and I realized I needed to laugh! This book delivered.

  • Seven Women

  • And the Secret of Their Greatness
  • By: Eric Metaxas
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480

In his eagerly anticipated follow-up to the enormously successful Seven Men, New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas gives us seven captivating portraits of some of history's greatest women, all of whom changed the course of history by following God's call upon their lives - as women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Different Kind of Inspiring

  • By Samuel Hudnet on 09-11-15

Meh

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

Reviewed: 05-04-16

I wanted to love this, but I felt that I could have found the information on each woman on Wikipedia. The narrator was blah (and a man). I got tired of the author's not so thinly veiled political opinions. These women deserved a better book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,814
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,143

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, what a performance and what a story

  • By Jared G on 08-27-16

Not my normal genre

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

This would not be a book or series I would normally choose, but my son-in-law recommended it so I thought I'd give it a try. I loved it and am downloading the second one as soon as I'm done writing this. Very entertaining. And I think the narrator made me enjoy it 100 times more than I would've just reading it. Give it a try!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful