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  • The Lake House

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,550

Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented fourteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure ...One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRAVO!!!!!!!

  • By Maria on 10-30-15

Elementary English Mystery

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes. I loved the narrator's voice and how she used it for character development. I also liked the author's creation of a stereotypical hidden estate in Cornwall shrouded in mystery during wartime England.

Would you recommend The Lake House to your friends? Why or why not?

I think I answered this above.

Which scene was your favorite?

I have to admit, I loved the relationship between Clementine and Theo and the description of their morning adventures. I also loved Sadie's morning runs with the dogs

Did The Lake House inspire you to do anything?

Not really. I drive and listen to many books - Connie Willis books have more of an influence on my level of curiosity. Although I may try another Kate M. book.

Any additional comments?

the book is long, and wordy, and often predictable. On paper, I would have skimmed many, many, many pages. Especially toward the middle of the story. I did like the character development and 'coincidences'. The ending was, well, predictable, but nicely so with a couple of tears and smiles. It was ok.

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  • Brokeback Mountain

  • By: Annie Proulx
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: Not Yet Known
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297

Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, two ranch hands, come together when they're working as sheepherder and camp tender one summer on a range above the tree line. At first, sharing an isolated tent, the attraction is casual, inevitable, but something deeper catches them that summer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Because quitting someone is not that easy...

  • By Inkish Kingdoms on 08-21-17

I tried to like it

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

Where does Brokeback Mountain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

On a scale from 1 - 10 probably a 3. I honestly just didn't think it was as good as all the hype about it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Brokeback Mountain?

Hmmm, for me, the author captures the space of the West, and how the sheer breadth of it remains,but there is not one specific moment

What does Campbell Scott bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

My experience with The majority of Audible narrators is that they are able to make a story come alive. I am not sure I would have read, or possibly finished this particular book on my own, but it was a decent short story b /w two, long books.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, although it's length makes it possible. I listened to it because my curiosity finally got the best of me. As a short story, it was brilliantly written and succinct. Her prose and word-smithing are quite beautiful and reminiscent, to me, of Cold Mountain. But, I could not connect with any of the characters, like I did in reading Cold Mountain.

Any additional comments?

I just wasn't overwhelmed. I didn't have sympathy or connection for either character.

  • Wizard's First Rule

  • Sword of Truth, Book 1
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
  • Length: 34 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,094

In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is a blast

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-09-12

Excellent fantasy

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

Reviewed: 08-11-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would - I love the character development which is enhanced by the narration.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters

Which character – as performed by Sam Tsoutsouvas – was your favorite?

Zed and Rachel. He also made the bad guys creepy.

Did Wizard's First Rule inspire you to do anything?

No - LOL - wizards first rule actually does explain why some people follow charismatic leaders, Who in the long run cannot keep their promises to society. It was apropos considering the current election year and the candidates in the United States. The book is quite the Everyman's tale which is why it is such a compelling story with larger-than-life characters.

Any additional comments?

I normally recommend that books not be abridged.. However the authors writing style at times detracts from the story and slows the action down to a crawl. I understand that the author may have been trying to add emotional intensity to the plot, but it was truly unnecessary and I found myself fast forwarding through his tedious explanations for example, Richard emotions. If I had been reading it as a book, I would've skipped many pages to get back to the action. Given that the story is an excellent story, the author's regression into strong emotional outbursts was distracting; the action And the characters were able to stand on their own merit.

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  • Legion

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,974
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,042

Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The only flaw...

  • By Joshua on 12-09-12

Very clever short story

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

Reviewed: 09-26-13

What made the experience of listening to Legion the most enjoyable?

The narrator was great; good storyteller who was able to bring alive the many aspects in the room.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The navy seal. As the true alter ego, he provided depth to the main character

Have you listened to any of Oliver Wyman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. I have not, but I was impressed.

Any additional comments?

Right length; exceptional characters; quick moving plot.

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  • Daring Greatly

  • How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
  • By: Brené Brown PhD
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,045
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,198

Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives. In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on 12 years of research, her book argues that vulnerability is not weakness but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Important information - painful narration

  • By Marc on 10-01-12
  • Daring Greatly
  • How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
  • By: Brené Brown PhD
  • Narrated by: Karen White

Why oh why this narrator?

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

Reviewed: 04-21-13

Would you try another book from Brené Brown and/or Karen White?

Definitely Brene Brown. Karen White was less than impressive and ruined a great story. Ironically, Brene Brown is a fantastic public speaker, with a wonderful voice. I would actually rate the performance -zero- except for the content.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Daring Greatly?

I loved the chapter on shame and the difference in expression between men and women. I also loved the connection to Harry Potter, a wealth of psychology and therapy resources, personality types, culture, and neurosis.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I really looked forward to listening to this book. It was required reading for a Masters level course on Culture, Race and Sexual Identity. Our teacher picks outstanding books from original sources. I do not understand how or why this person was picked to narrate. Her voice was so entirely distracting that i will buy the book to read. I travel for an hour and a half back to school and appreciate Audible and using "listening time". This woman does not have the "voice" of a narrator. This point was amplified by the fact that Brene Brown does have a wonderful voice. See Ted Talks online.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

This would not be a movie.

Any additional comments?

Brene Brown does some very out of the box research which is time appropriate to our society, highlighting that on-line communication is not the best source for connection. Wonderful book and a joy to watch on Ted Talks. The narrator of the book stinks and basically ruined the listening experience.

  • The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

  • By: Gary Chapman
  • Narrated by: Gary Chapman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,126

Dr. Gary Chapman identifies five basic languages of love and then guides couples towards a better understanding of their unique languages of love. Learn to speak and understand your mate's love language, and in no time you will be able to effectively love and truly feel loved in return. Skillful communication is within your grasp!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected Brilliance

  • By Vanessa on 02-08-07

Yes, but is knowing without practice enough?

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

Reviewed: 01-18-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts to be better than the print version?

I have not, and will not buy the print version. This provided what i considered to be the "lite" version of therapy, which accentuates a "pixie dust" mentality to working on relationships, but it is a good start - but just a good start.

Would you be willing to try another book from Gary Chapman? Why or why not?

No. I was a little disappointed. Self-help books to me often provide over-simplified solutions to hard questions and situations. I would put this in that subject category, because the author and narrator over-emphasizes positive results. He can do this because he is a therapist who has practiced over 20 years. The best way to learn about relationship and successful marriage and couple therapy, is to be able to show the failures as well as the successes. Gary Chapman chooses to focus 97% of his time on successes.

Have you listened to any of Gary Chapman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No i have not, and would not be interested.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts?

I do like the categories, and was able to identify my language and that of my husband's.

Any additional comments?

As a book for the masses, and a place to start in trying to understand communication difficulties, this book is wonderful, but a little too simplistic. A little over-hyped. I can only imagine a couple coming to therapy mis- "labeling" each other, only adding confusion to the mix. I would skip the first three or four chapters; they are repetitive and sort of blah blah filler material - horrible for a long car trip and rather numbing on a highway. The chapters that actually deal with each of the 5 languages are insightful, and provide some great stories. I enjoyed the Audible book, 'The Greatest Salesman' by Og Mandino more than this book.Many people will like this book, and I know its popular, but consider it only a place to start, not the solution.

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  • The Greatest Salesman in the World

  • By: Og Mandino
  • Narrated by: Og Mandino
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584

This is the legend of Hafid, a camel boy 2,000 years ago, and his burning desire to improve his lowly position in life, as told to his apprentice Erasmus. Hafid relates the story of how he became known as the Greatest Salesman in the World. His success lies in the wisdom of ten leather scrolls passed down to him from his master, Pathros.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Greatest Salesman in the World

  • By Robert on 09-26-10

A precious gem of wisdom

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

Reviewed: 01-18-13

If you could sum up The Greatest Salesman in the World in three words, what would they be?

Wisdom of Life

Who was your favorite character and why?

Erasmus, for his loyalty and steadfast character

Did Og Mandino do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Hmmm, well yes, but I would have preferred another narrator. I caught myself reacting to the brooklyn accent and letting it get in the way of my listening pleasure.

What did you learn from The Greatest Salesman in the World that you would use in your daily life?

This little book reinforces what many of us already know, but often do not practice - mindfulness, presence and love.

Any additional comments?

I listened to this book after i had listened to the 5 languages of love by Garry Chapman, also available through Audible. Both provide very simple lessons in communicating with each other and offering ways in which we treat the Other. Chapman fails because he only provides his success stories. Some will certainly remark that comparing the two books is like apples to oranges, but of the two, I enjoyed this book, for its presentation, its affectation, its hope for humanity, and its simple way of providing a way in which to become the greatest salesperson in the world. Narration aside, its simplicity is a marvel and wonder to hear.

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  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,067
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,379

In 1914, a spirited American girl named Mary Russell meets a retired Sherlock Holmes in the English countryside. Instantly realizing that Mary is gifted with astonishing deductive powers, the Great Detective emerges from retirement to join her as she tracks down a fiendish assassin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best of British restraint

  • By Marie-Elizabeth Finamore on 09-15-09

Cheers for Mary Russell

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

Reviewed: 01-18-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Beekeeper's Apprentice to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version. However, i would consider buying it in addition to my Audible version. There are two or three very lyrical descriptions one of which occurs when Russell and Holmes are in Palestine. The characters are memorable, and yes, it is true, Holmes is resurrected as his recognizable character, but with a depth that provides fallibility and charisma that reaches beyond Doyle's Sherlock. Very admirable.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beekeeper's Apprentice?

The reconciliation of Russell and Holmes. I laughed over my steering wheel.

Have you listened to any of Jenny Sterlin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, she narrates the Doomsday Book, one of my favorite books. It is also a superb performance.

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

Both. This was a most engaging book. I am not sure there are any slow points. If so, they are well calculated to allow the listener or reader catch her breath.

Any additional comments?

Sherlock Holmes story plots can be predictable, but Mary Russell is delightful. Her character is an immeasurable addition to twisting plots and situations.

  • Psychotherapy Without the Self: A Buddhist Perspective

  • By: Mark Epstein
  • Narrated by: Dean Sluyter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Immersed in Buddhist psychology prior to studying Western psychiatry, Dr. Mark Epstein first viewed Western therapeutic approaches through the lens of the East. This posed something of a challenge. Although both systems promise liberation through self-awareness, the central tenet of Buddha's wisdom is the notion of no-self, while the central focus of Western psychotherapy is the self. This book wrestles with the complex relationship between Buddhism and psychotherapy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Challenging and Enlightening

  • By Constant reader on 10-07-12

Not for the Road

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

Reviewed: 12-30-12

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

Different narrator

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I didn't get to that part. I was very disappointed. I am a MAMFT atudent at a seminary. I am not a Christian, and wanted a sense of providing clinical therapy from a buddhist perspective. I would read this book to give it a second chance, but i would return the audible book. The hour in which i listened to the book sounded like a dissertation. Not something I need to listen to on the interstate at 6am. I know, from listening to Brain Rules, and Aging as a Spiritual Practice (see reviews) that a narrator can make or break a book, and the best books are those that 'teach' well about difficult subjects. In other words, you can't wait to hear the next chapter! This audible book appeared to lack both advantages, and I need to emphasize that fact. There is a big difference betweem writing a dissertation and writing a book for a general population, no matter if the topic is interesting. If it is not presented for the audience to understand; re-think the stance.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I did not like the performance.

What character would you cut from Psychotherapy Without the Self: A Buddhist Perspective?

This is not a work of fiction.

Any additional comments?

The historic summary of 'western' Buddhism is interesting, and a good explanation of how Americans often abberate belief systems to fit their own mold of secular 'spirituality' , removing authenticity of a very honorable philosophy and way of life.

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  • Brain Rules

  • 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School
  • By: John J. Medina
  • Narrated by: John J. Medina
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,927
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,176

Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know - such as the brain's need for physical activity to work at its best. How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget - and so important to repeat new information? Is it true that men and women have different brains?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book for students.

  • By Beenre on 03-28-09

Be prepared to think! And laugh!

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

Reviewed: 12-30-12

What made the experience of listening to Brain Rules the most enjoyable?

John Medina is hysterical! I am thankful that my steering wheel stopped me from doubling over and losing sight of the interstate! Plus, i am a geek, i love brain stuff, and Medina knows how and what to explore and in a manner that you do not forget what you are listening to.

What did you like best about this story?

It's organization and Medina's ability to interweave personal experience into the narration.

Which character – as performed by John J. Medina – was your favorite?

Medina narrated his own book. This is not fiction. His voice is friendly, expresses humor, yet with an intensity that shows his scientific dedication to finding out how and why the brain works!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, i could sitting in my car which is where i listen to all my audible books. very entertaining and exceptionally easy to follow

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended - interesting even at 9:30 going home on the interstate.