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  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,230
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,859
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,762

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Experience

  • By Stephen R. Grant on 11-05-18

Very entertaining and twisty. Some laughs too.

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

Even though I’ve dutifully downloaded my two free Audible Originals each month, this is the first one I e listened to. I only chose it to be first because it is one of the shortest. It’s a radio play written by and starring Billy Crystal, it’s very typical of Billy Crystals voice and comedy. It also stars Kevin Kline, Annettte Benning, Christopher Jackson and others.
I enjoyed it. It was a fun entertaining play with a few twists and turns. A few laughs and lots of schmaltz. Too much schmaltz really but it was only an hour and a half long so I was willing to go along with it. Good job audible. I look forwards to enjoying more of these original production.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Time of Love and Tartan

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306

When Pat accepts her narcissistic ex-boyfriend Bruce's invitation for coffee, she has no idea of the complications in her romantic and professional life that will follow. Meanwhile, Matthew, her boss at the art gallery, attracts the attention of the police after a misunderstanding at the local bookstore. Whether caused by small things such as a cup of coffee and a book, or major events such as Stuart's application for promotion and his wife Irene's decision to pursue a PhD in Aberdeen, change is coming to Scotland Street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love this series

  • By cyndyloowhoo on 02-08-18

Another great 44 Scotland Street novel

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

I absolutely love this series and the audio version, for me, is the best way to enjoy them. The narrator is perfect, I can't imagine that anyone could be better at capturing the qualities of each of the distinctly different characters. My only complaint about these books is that they are too short and too infrequent.

  • Hellbent

  • An Orphan X Novel
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,753
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,422
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,398

Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as an off-the-books government assassin: Orphan X. After he broke with the Orphan Program, Evan disappeared and reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, a man spoken about only in whispers and dedicated to helping the truly desperate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easily earns 5 stars!

  • By Wayne on 01-31-18

Empathy for the innocent

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18


A government trained assassin with empathy for the innocent, hellbent on avenging the loss of someone close to him. That’s the premise of #3 in the Orphan X series. I was disappointed in book 2 in this series but this installment was a welcome return to form. I hope we see more of 16 yr old Joey in future books, I like how she affected X. I love a good tale of revenge once in a while and this was a pretty good one.
The audiobook was wonderfully narrated by Scott Brick. This type of novel is perfect for his voice.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,566
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,568

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overrated

  • By David on 04-03-13

Saved a little by the narrator and the ending.

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

If it wasn’t for Ray Porter I would have given up on this thing a few hours in. The story, a group of people living in an apartment building in LA notice strange things about the building and decide to investigate, was intriguing. I was expecting a spooky tale with a bit of weirdness I guess but there was no spookiness, no tension, just a little curiosity and then when the reason behind the buildings weirdness was revealed I was just bored. I suppose in the end it does fit in the horror genre but it takes around 7 hours to get there.
The positives are that the characters are interesting and like able, the last ten minutes of the plot were the most interesting and Ray Porter’s narration was as usual, perfect.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Attempting Elizabeth

  • By: Jessica Grey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55

Kelsey Edmundson is a geek and proud of it. She makes no secret of her love for TV, movies, and, most especially, books. After a bad breakup, she retreats into her favorite novel, Pride and Prejudice, wishing she had some of the wit and spirit of Elizabeth Bennett. She falls asleep reading Darcy’s letter to Lizzy and awakens to find herself in an unfamiliar place that looks and sounds suspiciously like her favorite book. Has she somehow been transported into Pride and Prejudice, or is it just a dream?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun!

  • By Teresa Niehenke on 03-03-15

Is this a Joke? Narrator was an insult to my ears.

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

Reviewed: 03-06-17

I've listened to hundreds of audio books and this, by far, is the worst narrated book I have ever experienced. Some phrases sounded like a a robot, and some I'm just perplexed at the syntax. Either way this audio version is an absolute insult to my ears and makes me very irritated that it was even produced and put out there to be downloaded. I'm sorry that the time limit for returning this has passed. If there is anyway I can help others avoid this travesty of an audio book then it is worth the time it's taking me to write this.
This may be a decent book. The story seems cute and I usually love all types of Austen inspired modern retelling but I'll have to read the print version to know that.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Absolutist

  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

It is September 1919: Twenty-one-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a package of letters to the sister of Will Bancroft, the man he fought alongside during the Great War. But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan's visit. He can no longer keep a secret and has finally found the courage to unburden himself of it. As Tristan recounts the horrific details of what to him became a senseless war, he also speaks of his friendship with Will - from their first meeting on the training grounds at Aldershot to their farewell in the trenches of northern France.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love, War, and Guilt

  • By Cariola on 01-27-13

War makes Monsters of Men.

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

Reviewed: 03-21-16

Lord, what a traumatic read this is. John Boyne's understated writing expertly evokes the hell that was a soldiers life in the trenches of world war 1.
Tristan, returned from the war, goes to visit the sister of his fallen friend, Will Bancroft. Ostensibly to return some letters to her but really to tell her the story of her brothers war. I was engaged and invested from the first line. I could see it all, the insanity of war, the awful conditions and events, senseless loss of life, and the terrible grief and shame of those left behind. Slowly a story more horrific than the living conditions of the men involved could ever be was revealed. I was absolutely stunned by the way things turned out for Will. Jaw droppingly stunned. If ever there was a book that brilliantly portrays how war makes monsters of men then this is it.
The narrator, Michael Maloney was excellent. I noticed, and appreciated his voice but it never became bigger than the story he was telling.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Letter from Your Lover

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,225

A sophisticated, pause-resistant double love story spanning 40 years - an unforgettable Brief Encounter for our times. It is 1960. When Jennifer Stirling wakes up in the hospital, she can remember nothing - not the tragic car accident, not her husband, not even who she is. She feels like a stranger in her own life until she stumbles upon an impassioned letter, signed simply "B", asking her to leave her husband. Years later, a journalist named Ellie discovers the same enigmatic letter in a forgotten file in her newspaper's archives....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Excellent Audio!

  • By careful shopper on 02-12-14

Cliched plot. Dull narrator.

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

Reviewed: 11-13-15

There were a few bright spots in this book but not enough to overcome the overly long, cliched plot, the poor pacing, and irritating characters. The fact that Moyes couldn't seem to make up her mind whether to write the past and present timelines as separate or intertwined was also distracting as a reader. I enjoyed Me Before You by this author but I should have known it's often a mistake to go backwards in an author's timeline. It's hard to believe both books were written by the same author. The narrator of this audiobook performed it in a very flat, dull voice. She either couldn't be bothered to try slightly different voices for male or female characters or just lacked the skill to do so. Either way her performance made this book even more boring in places than it needed to be. :-(

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,812
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,496

London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb.... As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends – and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I felt like a bit of a voyeur

  • By Ella on 03-10-09

Heart warming and engaging. Excellent narration.

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

Reviewed: 03-29-15

I've listened to this audio multiple times and it never gets old. This time around I introduced it to my 12 year old daughter who was just as charmed, and moved by it as I thought she would be. The story is interesting and makes you want to discover more about Guernsey under nazi occupation. The characters are vividly created. It brought laughter and tears from us. Definitely a credit worthy listen.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cinder

  • Book One of the Lunar Chronicles
  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,307

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surpised by how much I enjoyed it

  • By Staaj on 01-17-12

Brilliant storytelling and narration.

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

Reviewed: 05-16-14

Rebecca Soler's performance of this audiobook is fantastic. She portrays many characters of different accents, genders and personality very well. She portrays the actions and emotions of the story perfectly. She didn't put a foot wrong anywhere. No false pauses or emphases on the wrong word in a sentence. Good emotional intensity when called for without being shrill or overacting. Best of all, she was able to communicate the deep warmth and humanity of this story of a cyborg by her tone. One of the best narrators I've heard in recent memory. You won't want to stop listening to it and will get frustrated when your kids make you turn it off when they aren't with you in the car. You'll try but won't be able to listen to your "adult book" because this vivid story won't step aside to make room for a lesser one.

The retelling of the Cinderella story is so cleverly done that I had to sometimes strain to see the similarities between this and the original. This book isn't a conventional fairy tale love story. It may develop into one as the series progresses but so far only friendship and regard with some mild flirtation is there. In fact every time either Cinder or Kai is faced with a choice between what they want in their heart or the greater good, any feelings they may secretly hope for are pushed to the side in favour of duty and honor. This theme of self sacrifice is refreshing.
There is a stern stepmother and some sisters but cinder is no timid wanna be princess in need of saving from her circumstances. If any saving is needed it will most likely be done by her. While she is most definitely a teenager in sensibility which was so realistically portrayed that I felt exasperated with her at times. Cinder is a fantastic, strong, and new (to me) YA heroine. I ready see.
There is also great world building here. Marissa Meyer has created a believable alternate world which while obviously futuristic in technology, laws and customs is at the same time recognizable in the motivations and hopes of its inhabitants. They want a peaceful, healthy safe place to raise their families in and to be happy.
Great story telling and plotting. We did figure out some of the coming plot twists due to little seeds planted early on but they were pretty subtle and made the experience of this audio book more enjoyable rather than less.

Highly recommended for both girls and boys.
If you know a reader looking for a new series to get immersed in get them to try this. I quite enjoyed the Divergent series (up to mid way through book three that is.) I think this is better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fangirl

  • By: Rainbow Rowell
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Maxwell Caulfield
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,140

Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life - and she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow Series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Freshman Comes into Her Own

  • By FanB14 on 05-12-14

Fangirl is fantastic.

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

Reviewed: 09-25-13

Any additional comments?

This is a fantastic, entertaining, make you laugh and cry, make time fly by fast, very credit worthy audiobook. Rebecca Lowman gives a brilliant performance. She makes the characters and the story come alive in such a way that after a while you stop noticing the narrator. The story just happens inside your head. I like the world of Fangirl very much. It's a small world, but a place I enjoyed spending time in and populated by characters I cared about very much. I especially enjoyed Levi, he's not a conventionally handsome or perfect guy who never puts a foot wrong, but there was just something about him that made me root for him and made me smile inside and out, even when he screwed up. We should all have a Levi in our lives at some point.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful