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  • The Cold Dish

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,870
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,848

Introducing Wyoming's Sheriff Walt Longmire in this riveting novel from the New York Times best-selling author of Dry Bones, the first in the Longmire series, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire. Johnson draws on his deep attachment to the American West to produce a literary mystery of stunning authenticity, full of memorable characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)

  • By Dataman on 09-12-12

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 09-06-17

I was thinking of discontinuing my audible account, trying to save a few bucks, but I've discovered the Longmire series and have changed my mind.
This book has a little of everything: good mystery, great characters, a bit of adventure and a little sardonic humor. I couldn't wait to get back to it.
I wish I knew these folks in real life.

  • The Stand

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 47 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,028

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth the credit

  • By Hunter on 03-27-12

Good summer read

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

Stephen King rarely disappoints- a really great story and characters- good and bad- that you want to find out more about.
I always default to King's books when I can't seem to find anything that holds my interest. Is that a good or bad recommendation? I'm not sure, but they're dependable, at the very least, thought-provoking and suspenseful at their best.
The narrator was great- I had to get past his slightly nasal delivery at first but then each characterization was consistently apt and accurate to their personality. Well done.

  • Moonglow

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Chabon
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,148
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,146

Moonglow unfolds as the deathbed confession, made to his grandson, of a man the narrator refers to only as "my grandfather". It is a tale of madness, of war and adventure, of sex and desire and ordinary love, of existential doubt and model rocketry, of the shining aspirations and demonic underpinnings of American technological accomplishment at midcentury, and, above all, of the destructive impact - and the creative power - of the keeping of secrets and the telling of lies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Liked the [meandering] story; shameful narration

  • By Michael Rose on 02-01-17

Another great Chabon book

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

Reviewed: 12-18-16

Great story, great characters, very engaging all around- I'm a big fan of Chabon's work- The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is one of my top 5 and this one is as engrossing and interesting.
I only wish the narrator had a better grasp of the pronunciation of basic Yiddish words like yarzheit and Kiddush.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dolores Claiborne

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Frances Sternhagen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965

Dolores Claiborne is suspected of killing Vera Donovan, her wealthy employer, and when the police question her, she tells the story of her life, harkening back to her disintegrating marriage and the suspicious death of her violent husband 30 years earlier. Dolores also tells of Vera's physical and mental decline and how she became emotionally demanding in recent years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Fantastic!

  • By Matthew S. Hill on 06-06-16

Frances Sternhagen was made for this book

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

Reviewed: 10-16-16

This one made me have to admit- Stephen King is a good writer. The story was engaging, humorous, scary at times, with a nice little twist at the end.
What really made it a great experience was the narrator. Her delivery- and accent- made me forget I was listening to a book- more like I was sitting across from her, listening to her story.
I was looking for a "light read" and got much more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The House of the Spirits

  • A Novel
  • By: Isabel Allende
  • Narrated by: Thom Rivera, Marisol Ramirez
  • Length: 18 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712

The House of the Spirits brings to life the triumphs and tragedies of three generations of the Trueba family. The patriarch Esteban is a volatile, proud man whose voracious pursuit of political power is tempered only by his love for his delicate wife, Clara, a woman with a mystical connection to the spirit world. When their daughter, Blanca, embarks on a forbidden love affair in defiance of her implacable father, the result is an unexpected gift to Esteban.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrators spoil it

  • By Cookie on 09-27-16

Narrators spoil it

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

Reviewed: 09-27-16

This is such a great story and I want so much to listen to the whole thing but the narrators are both distracting and monotonous at the same time.
The female narrator has a habit of reading to the end of a line as if there is a period then putting the wrong emphasis on the beginning of the next, as if it's a new sentence.
They both lack the acting nuances to pull off the emotion that is written so well in this book.
It's a darn shame.

24 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • The Complete Talking Heads

  • The classic BBC Radio 4 monologues plus A Woman of No Importance
  • By: Alan Bennett
  • Narrated by: Alan Bennett, Patricia Routledge
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

The complete audio collection of Alan Bennett's celebrated monologues, published together for the first time and performed by some of Britain's best actors. The Talking Heads monologues are widely regarded as one of Alan Bennett's finest dramatic achievements. First broadcast on BBC TV and BBC Radio 4 in the 1980s and 1990s, they won a host of awards and huge popular acclaim, and remain among his most admired works today.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Depressing

  • By Cookie on 09-19-16

Depressing

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

Reviewed: 09-19-16

The performances on these plays are top notch, every one.
The stories themselves are depressing and sad. The characters are wonderfully fleshed out and real but maybe a little too real.
I'll only listen to the rest if I need a good cry.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Night Calls

  • The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes
  • By: David Pirie
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

As a young medical student, Arthur Conan Doyle - the creator of Sherlock Holmes - studied under the pioneering forensic investigator Dr. Joseph Bell. Critically acclaimed author David Pirie has created an engrossing series of novels that pairs the two as partners in criminal investigations in the dark underworlds of Victorian England. The Night Calls chronicles a most frightening and disturbing case: their encounter with the man who prefigures Holmes's arch-nemesis Moriarty.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying

  • By Cookie on 03-07-14

Annoying

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

Reviewed: 03-07-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Different narrator

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

More complexity. More red herrings, even.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator's accents were atrocious. The Scottish sounded like Romanian (or something), the American/Canadian was all over the place. And why did he have to yell every time one of the Scots spoke? It was distracting, to say the least.

Any additional comments?

I'm 3/4 of the way through and may not be able to finish because I can't really pay attention to the story with all the ridiculous accents being hurled at me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful