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  • Killing Commendatore

  • A Novel
  • By: Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel - translator, Ted Goossen - translator
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 28 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703

In Killing Commendatore, a 30-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When he discovers a previously unseen painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances. To close it, he must complete a journey that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a two-foot-high physical manifestation of an Idea, a dapper businessman who lives across the valley, a precocious 13-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt during World War II in Vienna.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Masterpiece and A Good Novel To Start

  • By Elif Kaya on 10-18-18

Not a fan

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

This is my first Haruki novel. While the plot itself is interesting, the writing is too repetitive for my liking. There were times when I felt as though I was listening to a section on repeat because the author was describing a previously shared situation/plot point, but was using the exact same wording - now times this by ten because it happened frequently to the point of exhaustion. I also found myself disliking ALL of the characters. I found almost all the characters to be weak, whiny, and/or just unlikable. Not to mention, I feel as thought the author spoke about female things in a way that many females/women would not describe or discuss in such a manner - just completely out of touch with women. I really wanted to like this story, because again, the plot itself was fascinating, but I just couldnt stand the writing or characters. I wouldn't recommend.

  • Everything's Trash, but It's Okay

  • By: Phoebe Robinson, Ilana Glazer - foreword
  • Narrated by: Phoebe Robinson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314

Wouldn't it be great if life came with an instruction manual? Of course, but like access to Michael B. Jordan's house, none of us are getting any. Thankfully, Phoebe Robinson is ready to share everything she's experienced in hopes that if you can laugh at her topsy-turvy life, you can laugh at your own. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious & Enlightening

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-01-18

I couldn't finish it

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I love supporting black writers, but I couldn't make it past chapter 3. The narrating and ultimately the writing just wasn't too irritating and felt jumpy. It was like having a bad one-sided conversation with someone you met at a bar. Not a fan.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Darkest Child

  • By: Delores Phillips
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,065
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949

In 1958 Georgia, the shade of a 13-year-old black girl's skin can make the difference in her fate. Tangy Mae is the smartest of her mother's 10 children, but she is also the darkest complected. The Quinns - all different skin shades, all with unknown fathers - live with their charismatic, beautiful, and tyrannical mother, Rozelle, in poverty on the fringes of a Georgia town where Jim Crow rules. Rozelle's children live in fear of her mood swings and her violence, but they are devoted to her. Rozelle pulls her children out of school when they are 12 years old so that they can help support her by going to work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Darkest Child

  • By Beguiling on 04-02-18

phenomenal voice actress and moving story

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

this novel has one of the best voice actresses I have ever listened to. she captured each character perfectly, it felt like I was there. The story itself was certainly sad and may even weigh heavy on a reader, but it is written so well, and the plot itself is so addicting that you can't stop. one of the best things I have listened to all year.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Changeling

  • A Novel
  • By: Victor LaValle
  • Narrated by: Victor LaValle
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 996
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 994

When Apollo Kagwa's father disappeared, all he left his son were strange recurring dreams and a box of books stamped with the word improbabilia. Now Apollo is a father himself - and as he and his wife, Emma, are settling into their new lives as parents, exhaustion and anxiety start to take their toll. Apollo's old dreams return and Emma begins acting odd.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fractured Fairytale

  • By Diane on 08-07-17

The narrator is painful to listen to! Story is ok

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

I enjoyed the story, but the narrator is just awful - I almost couldn't finish listening because he was so monotone and couldn't make the characters engaging. I understand that the writer of the novel is the narrator, but he truly took away from his own story! Please, just hire voice actors next time.

In regard to the story itself, I wouldn't say it was the best I ever read. I enjoy the fantasy genre, but this particular book wasn't a smooth story to me. It took awhile to develop, and once we got there I felt that the writing went a bit down hill and the story itself felt choppy. Again, not my favorite story, interesting read though.

  • Sharp Objects

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,908

Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitch Perfect Performance

  • By theenglishmajor on 02-14-14

Predictable plot, but good story telling

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

I accuratrly predicted the murderers by chapter 2, but while it lacked suspense, the writing was done so well that I happily continued on.

  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

  • By: Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,419
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,438

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages - not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story & INCREDIBLE Narrator!

  • By Coffee on 09-04-12

I don't care for the voice of the reader

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

I love the story, but the voice of the reader was a bit irritating to me. the main female characters lines were read oddly, just felt out of place, but all other characters' voices were decent.

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,613
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,510

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Great Audio And Story

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

Reviewed: 12-23-16

The voice actor did a fantastic job, one of the best Ive come across. I highly recommend this audiobook.