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  • Lily and the Octopus

  • By: Steven Rowley
  • Narrated by: Michael Urie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 900

When you listen to Lily and the Octopus, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride. The magic of this novel is in the listening, and we don't want to spoil it by giving away too many details. We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can't live without. For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion, Lily, who happens to be a dog.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dog sighs....

  • By Franca on 06-15-16

Dog sighs....

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

Reviewed: 06-15-16

This book is amazing. Maybe because I am a singleton and doggy parent - but this book made me FEEL. I had some laugh out loud moments and some sobbing - but I will definitely be putting this in my top 10 Audible books!

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 59,056
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 53,532
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 53,531

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Sad, Sad Confession…

  • By Mike L Lane on 08-08-17

Like visiting an old friend

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

Reviewed: 12-10-15

I was in my twenties when the books first came out - and I gobbled them up las quickly as they came out! Looks like I know what I will be spending my credits on for the next little while!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

  • A Novel
  • By: Robin Sloan
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,988
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,220
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,198

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A light, fun, easy listen

  • By january on 11-04-12

Fantastic novel

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

Reviewed: 06-08-15

I've never read the book - the audio version was my first experience - and I must say - thoroughly enjoyed it. At times I wanted to speed through the book while at the same time not wanting to end the experience. Loved it so much I purchased copies for my techie brothers!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

  • By: Gabrielle Zevin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,547

The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Tale for Booksellers

  • By B. Leon on 04-15-14

So glad I took a chance and now have a new fave!

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

Reviewed: 01-03-15

I love this book. As I was listening to it I knew I was loving it. I also knew I was going to buy it in print so that I had it in my physical library and not just my audio library. How to sum up a book that for me was a lot of things...a book about loss, redemption, family, betrayal, love and heartache...a book about books....
Oh A.J. - I "get" you...

  • Matilda

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Kate Winslet
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,665
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,355
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,354

"The Trunchbull" is no match for Matilda! Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing story delightfully narrated

  • By jeanne on 09-22-14

Ronald Dahl Favourite

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

Reviewed: 01-02-15

Was in my early teens when this book came out in print. Was an instant favourite. Kate Winslet performing it had me and my young nieces falling in love with Matilda.

  • Me Before You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,967
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,915

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Journey Into the Unknown

  • By Pamela Harvey on 01-13-13

A story of love and what it can mean

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

Reviewed: 07-20-14

Any additional comments?

I knew...within the first 15 minutes of this book that it would move me. I do not wish to give anything away - although I'm fairly certain, I am among the later readers, but this book will make you smile, frustrate you, long and in my case, weep. I regret waiting this long to listen to this book - it is so well written and well read that I feel like I denied myself a rare treat for far too long. Believe me - it is well worth the credit.

  • The Sweet Spot

  • By: Stephanie Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Katie Schorr
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 147

When pro baseball player Chase Walker first meets Amanda at her restaurant, it's love at first sight. While Amanda can't help noticing the superstar with the Greek-god build, he doesn't have a chance of getting to first - or any other - base with her. A successful entrepreneur who built her business from scratch, Amanda doesn't need a Prince Charming to sweep her off her feet. And a curvy girl who likes to cook and eat isn't interested in being around the catty, stick-thin herd of females chasing Chase and his teammates.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lightweight, Fun Read

  • By Lulu on 08-02-14

Meh

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

Reviewed: 07-09-14

Any additional comments?

Initially, I had high hopes for this book. The first couple of pages hinted at humour, feistiness and characters I could get into. And then...I don't know what happened...at about 30% in - I had to stop. When a book actually distracts you - makes your thoughts slide into a hundred different things that have NOTHING to do with the book - then clearly that book is not for you. I believe that to be the case for me - this book started to bore me and thus I couldn't finish. Maybe I will go back to it - I'm not going to return it - but should I finish it - I will update my review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Twenties Girl

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720

When the spirit of Lara's great-aunt Sadie - a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance - mysteriously appears, she has one last request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie's possession for more than 75 years, and Sadie cannot rest without it. Lara, on the other hand, has a number of ongoing distractions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My first Kinsella

  • By Marie on 05-03-13

Not my favourite Kinsella

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

Reviewed: 03-27-14

What would have made Twenties Girl better?

The two main female characters in this book are annoying and selfish to the point where I actually disliked them. I am having a hard time finishing the book!

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Don't get me wrong - there are some great funny scenes - what with Lara trying to hide the fact that she's communicating with Sadie, her deceased great aunt. But they just weren't enough to get me past the personalities of the women. Just not for me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,221

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

Who do we really know...

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

Reviewed: 02-10-14

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book gripped me from the beginning - and I'm not going to lie - it had one definite surprise turn for me - but once that surprise passed - I knew how the book would play out. What I hadn't counted on was how much I would dislike certain characters. Don't want to get into specifics for fear of ruining it for anyone. But when I finished - I was actually annoyed. Which is not a bad thing. If a book evokes any sort of emotion - well - it's done its job!

  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

  • A Novel
  • By: Maria Semple
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Wilhoite
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,156
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,152

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading cover contains excellent novel

  • By jennifer on 01-28-16

Why did I wait so long??

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

Reviewed: 02-03-14

What about Kathleen Wilhoite’s performance did you like?

Fantastic narrator - did an excellent job with all the characters.

Any additional comments?

I don't know why I had so many false starts with this book and why it took me so long to listen! Fantastic story about life, family and the craziness we sometimes get caught up in. This will be a book I will listen to again!