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  • A Discovery of Witches

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,161

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A most terrific & non-typical treatment of Witches

  • By Neal on 04-17-14

"Twilight"-Lestat- Hermione -"The Historian"

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

Reviewed: 04-12-15

Fantastic narrator -- well done. She kept me in the story more than anything. There's is much to recognize in this story, but the new mythology is well presented and holds out interest. There's also some of the DaVinci Code here as well. Give it a try if this sounds interesting. You can always return it.

  • Yes Please

  • By: Amy Poehler
  • Narrated by: Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,876
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39,980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,794

Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good enough to speed through, not enough to rave

  • By JD on 12-02-14

Nailed It! The most enjoyable and fun audiobook

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

Reviewed: 11-20-14

What made the experience of listening to Yes Please the most enjoyable?

Amy Poehler nailed it in her book. This is the reason to listen to books: when a writer reads their own work and they are REALLY GOOD AT IT. If you know Amy's work, then you know she is funny, compassionate, kind, and not afraid to share her weaknesses along with her triumphs. She time travels back and forth in her book (and relates her theory of time travel), and all the while I felt like I was listening to her talk to me on the phone or allow me to be a fly on the wall of her life. I highly recommend this audiobook.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,394
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,308
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,325

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

Audiobook of the Year? Yes!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-26-10

I chose this book based on the Audible "Best of List" as well as the suggestion of a book club friend. I enjoyed the book immensely, due mostly to the fabulous production and amazing vocal performances. There is something for everyone in this book, and although female-centric, it isn't "chick-lit." This is a wonderful story with an inside view of an important time in recent American history.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Open

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Andre Agassi
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,859
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,854

From Andre Agassi, one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court, a beautiful, haunting autobiography. Agassi brings a near-photographic memory to every pivotal match and every relationship. Never before has the inner game of tennis and the outer game of fame been so precisely limned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just an Incredible Story!

  • By Patrick on 12-13-09

Great read, even if you're not a tennis fan

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-09

I loved this story from start to finish. I am a sports fan and was always aware of Agassi, but I was never a big tennis fan. This revealing portrait of the boy, teen, and man behind "image is everything" is compelling and compulsively readable (listenable). Highly recommended.

  • Under the Dome

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Raul Esparza
  • Length: 34 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,789

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Stephen King I've Heard

  • By Scott on 02-10-10

Best Bet for One Credit

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-09

This is masterful storytelling by the best of the best. At only one credit, this is a must have. It isn't horror, but the idea of the dome is horrifying. The narration is very good and the action is fast-paced and there is a fabulous cast of characters, both good and evil. Other Stephen King books I have read and enjoyed; "The Stand," "The Talisman," and "Different Seasons."

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Testimony

  • A Novel
  • By: Anita Shreve
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff, Eve Bianco, Ellen Archer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 394

At a New England boarding school, a sex scandal is about to break. Even more shocking than the sexual acts themselves is the fact that they were caught on videotape. A Pandora's box of revelations, the tape triggers a chorus of voices - those of the men, women, teenagers, and parents involved in the scandal - that details the ways in which lives can be derailed or destroyed in one foolish moment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Required Reading

  • By Robert on 01-27-09

Good Story, Dizzy Narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-09

This is a review of the director's choice of narration. Having different narrators for different characters/POVs is nothing new and often works. This is the first book I've listened to where the different characters read as if reading a play, but with the inclusion of "he said," or "she said" being spoken by the character whose POV we are in. This technique works in other audiobooks, namely those by Orson Scott Card because I think the director chooses in those books to omit the "he said" and let it read like a play or dramatic reading.
That being said, this is an entertaining and well written book. If you want to experience this book, I don't recommend this format.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow Puppets

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,845
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,468

Best selling SF author Orson Scott Card brings to life a new chapter in the saga of Ender's Earth.

Earth and its society have been changed irrevocably in the aftermath of Ender Wiggin's victory over the Formics. The unity forced upon the warring nations by an alien enemy has shattered. Nations are rising again, seeking territory and influence, and most of all, seeking to control the skills and loyalty of the children from the Battle School.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The usually exciting Enderverse gets tedious

  • By Kadi on 08-16-12

Excellent follow-up

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-09

Bean is my favorite character in the Ender universe and in this story, which is really a Stratego game within which our favorite characters operate, Bean finally gets the girl, Petra Arcanian. Petra is my second favorite character and I disagree with the reviewer that said there is too much dialogue and that Card can't write dialogue. He is a playwright first and I find his words magical, especially how he voices Petra, Bean, and the indomitable Colonal Graph. If there is one thing missing from this series, it is the maturity of Peter: we missed the transformation. In "Ender's Game" Peter seems like he could easily become a killer like Achilles, but the focus instead is on his continued insecurity. I would like "The lost year of Peter maturing" as a novella.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The English Major

  • By: Jim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 128

Newly divorced and robbed of his farm by his real-estate shark of an ex-wife, 60-something Cliff is off on a road trip across America, on a mission to rename all the states and state birds and redeem them from the banal names men have given them.Cliff's adventures take him through a whirlwind affair with a former student from his high-school teaching days 20-some years before, to a snake farm in Arizona owned by an old classmate, and into the high-octane existence of his son, a big-time movie producer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A picaresque novel for baby boomers

  • By Scott on 12-02-08

Curmudgeonly Tale of the Road

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-09

I enjoyed this book so much. I think the magic is the sum of the parts: the narration is spot-on; the story of the open road is descriptive and interesting without being laborious; the literary allusions of the title are non-pretentious and often heart-aching; and the main character: priceless. I almost didn't get this book because of the other reviews, but trust me, for those of a certain sensibility, this is a journey you will enjoy.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 21

  • Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions
  • By: Ben Mezrich
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 827
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378

In the midst of the Go-Go '90s, the culture of greed infused the MIT campus. A small blackjack club sprang up, dedicated to counting cards and beating the house at major casinos around the country. The Club grew slowly at first, but by the late 1990s, the right people had come up with the right system to take some of the world's most sophisticated casinos for all they were worth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book.. HORRIBLE Narrator

  • By Julie on 03-24-08
  • 21
  • Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions
  • By: Ben Mezrich
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller

What's the Problem?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-08

Before I decided on the book, I was so scared of the narration from all the bad reviews, that I almost didn't get it. But after seeing the movie "21," and being an avid gambling fiend myself, I decided to take my chances. It was an intriguing story with hints of the movie, and I didn't hear any of the complaints about the narrator. In fact, I just heard an engaging story, which is what a halfway decent narrator is supposed to do. If you liked the movie, you'll love this book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fatal Voyage

  • By: Kathy Reichs
  • Narrated by: Katherine Borowitz
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

Written with the riveting authenticity that only world-classic forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs can provide, Fatal Voyage pairs witty, elegant prose with pulse-pounding storytelling in a tour de force worthy of crime writing's new superstar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Recommend

  • By marlenedegrood on 10-26-05

Read right after

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-15-06

My book club had just finished "Stiff" when I read this book. I enjoyed the mystery and the learning as I went along. This book is like the Sue Grafton series meets C.S.I. A fun read.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful