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  • Moloka’i

  • By: Alan Brennert
  • Narrated by: Anne Noelani Miyamoto
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,482

The powerful debut novel from Alan Brennert, Moloka’i tells the story of Rachel Kalama, a seven-year-old Hawaiian girl who contracts leprosy and is quarantined on the island of Moloka’i during the 1890s. Separated from her family and forced to grow up in the leper colony of Kalaupapa, Rachel experiences intense isolation. But she remains strong, finding moments of joy, and even love. Rich in Hawaiian history, this novel proves itself a stellar piece of historical fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Book!

  • By David on 08-23-12

Amazing Story

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

Reviewed: 08-24-17

The narrator really made the story come alive and pulled you into the characters who led such extraordinary lives. I found myself near tears many times and many times nearly choking with laughter. It was a joy to listen to, and an important glimpse into Hawai'i's history.

  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

  • And Other Lessons from the Crematory
  • By: Caitlin Doughty
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Doughty
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,101

Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty - a 20-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre - took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. With an original voice that combines fearless curiosity and mordant wit, Caitlin tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters, gallows humor, and vivid characters (both living and very dead).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ms. Frizzle Takes the School Bus to a Morgue

  • By Ren on 06-02-16

Death and wisdom and entertainment

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

Reviewed: 04-16-17

Where does Smoke Gets in Your Eyes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very high. The author is a great narrator and the wisdom she imparts while giving a fascinating peek behind the curtains is excellent.

What did you like best about this story?

The humor, the behind-the-scenes view of the death industry.

Any additional comments?

If you like science writer Mary Roach's book STIFF, you'll love this book, too. Both are fascinating without being morbid.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Caught Dead Handed

  • Witch City Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Carol J. Perry
  • Narrated by: C.S.E Cooney
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 286

Most folks associate the city of Salem, Massachusetts, with witches, but for Lee Barrett it's home. This October she's returned to her hometown - where her beloved Aunt Ibby still lives - to interview for a job as a reporter at WICH-TV. But the only opening is for a call-in psychic to host the late-night horror movies. It seems the previous host, Ariel Constellation, never saw her own murder coming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good light whodunnit

  • By Margaret on 07-05-15

Good cozy

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

What did you love best about Caught Dead Handed?

I loved the setting (Salem), the psychic phenomena (well-presented), and the cat, O'Ryan, though you don't really get to know him until the second book.

Any additional comments?

It went a little long at the end (I had already figured out the killer), but I still wanted to keep reading until the end.

  • Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad

  • By: M. R. James
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 357

The story tells the tale of an introverted academic who happens upon a strange whistle while exploring a cemetery on the East Anglian coast. When blown, the whistle unleashes a supernatural force that terrorises its discoverer. Montague Rhodes James was a noted British mediaeval scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905–1918) and of Eton College (1918–1936). He is best remembered for his ghost stories which are widely regarded as among the finest in English literature.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not great, not bad....

  • By Doug on 07-13-17

Good old-time terror

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

Reviewed: 02-06-17

excellent story, excellent narration. recommended. David Suchet is a treasure and does this classic supernatural horror story justice.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Rejection Proof

  • How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection
  • By: Jia Jiang
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,458

Jia Jiang came to the United States with the dream of being the next Bill Gates. Despite early success in the corporate world, his first attempt to pursue his entrepreneurial dream ended in rejection. Jia was crushed and spiraled into a period of deep self-doubt. But he realized that his fear of rejection was a bigger obstacle than any single rejection would ever be, and he needed to find a way to cope with being told no without letting it destroy him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Never Waste A Rejection!

  • By Gillian on 05-30-16

Good not only for salespeople, but for creatives

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

Reviewed: 11-04-16

Would you listen to another book narrated by Mike Chamberlain?

Not sure. He sounded a little stiff and loud, but maybe he was trying to get the author's enthusiasm across.

  • In a Witch's Wardrobe

  • Witchcraft Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Juliet Blackwell
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818

Taking a night off from running her successful San Francisco clothing store, Lily attends a local art deco ball where vintage fashions steal the show. But when a young woman at the event falls under a mysterious sleeping sickness, Lily senses that a curse was placed on the woman's corsage. Before Lily can solve the woman's magical ailment, she's asked to assist in investigating a string of poisonings in the Bay Area witchcraft community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loving this series

  • By Beatrice on 12-24-12

Good cozy mystery with believable magic

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

Reviewed: 04-24-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

In Juliet Blackwell's "A Witchcraft Mystery" series, she creates a world in which natural witches and witches who had no skills before training exist side by side, each learning and practicing differently, but each having an effect.

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

Xe Sands really brings Blackwell's characters to life. I can visualize them better. Excellent narration.

If you could take any character from In a Witch's Wardrobe out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Lily. She sounds like she'd be a good conversationalist.

  • Dead Ever After

  • A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,034
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,045

Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Welp, At Least She Didn't Do An Anita Blake

  • By J Barrington on 06-23-13

Fine end to a fine series

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

Reviewed: 10-02-13

What made the experience of listening to Dead Ever After the most enjoyable?

The wrapping up of loose ends and the beautiful narration.

Any additional comments?

I've enjoyed the Audible series from the beginning, and though I'm sad to see it go, I'm satisfied with the way Ms. Harris ended the series, and I look forward to her next adventures.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Skeleton in the Family

  • A Family Skeleton Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Leigh Perry
  • Narrated by: Katina Kalin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 285

Moving back into her parents' house with her teenage daughter had not been Georgia Thackery's Plan A. But when she got a job at the local college, it seemed the sensible thing to do. So she settled in and began reconnecting with old friends. Including Sid. Sid is the Thackery family's skeleton. He's lived in the house as long as Georgia can remember, although no one, including Sid, knows exactly where he came from and how he came to be a skeleton.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun for all ages

  • By Craig on 05-11-14

Stimulating mystery with a wise-cracking skeleton

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

Reviewed: 10-02-13

Who was your favorite character and why?

Georgia Thackery. She's independent, witty, and strong. She loves her daughter and her best friend, Sid, and would do anything to help them.

Any additional comments?

Very good depiction of academia and all its politics. Very good banter between Sid and Georgia.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Elisha Barber

  • The Dark Apostle, Book 1
  • By: E. C. Ambrose
  • Narrated by: James Clamp
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

As a child, Elisha witnessed the burning of a witch outside of London, and saw her transformed into an angel at the moment of her death, though all around him denied this vision. He swore that the next time he might have the chance to bind an angel’s wounds, he would be ready. And so he became a barber-surgeon, at the lowest ranks of the medical profession, following the only healer’s path available to a peasant’s son. Elisha is good at his work, but skill alone cannot protect him. In a single catastrophic day, Elisha’s attempt to deliver his brother’s child leaves his family ruined, and Elisha himself accused of murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark, very dark, but mesmerizing

  • By A reader in Southborough on 10-02-13

Dark, very dark, but mesmerizing

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

Reviewed: 10-02-13

What did you love best about Elisha Barber?

The characters and settings were so well-drawn that even weeks after finishing the book I can see the scenes in my mind.

What did you like best about this story?

The fascinating descriptions of medieval medicine and how the barbers fit into the medical picture, and the inventive depiction of magic.

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

In the beginning, I dreaded it, but couldn't put it down.

Any additional comments?

The narration was excellent and the magic compelling. I'd recommend it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Spook

  • Science Tackles the Afterlife
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Quigley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,050
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 845
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 846

In an attempt to find out, Mary Roach brings her tireless curiosity to bear on an array of contemporary and historical soul-searchers: scientists, schemers, engineers, mediums, all trying to prove (or disprove) that life goes on after we die. She begins the journey in rural India with a reincarnation researcher and ends up in a University of Virginia operating room where cardiologists have installed equipment near the ceiling to study out-of-body near-death experiences.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good book, gave me more questions then answers

  • By Brad on 07-31-08

Another thought-provoking volume

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

Reviewed: 08-24-12

What did you love best about Spook?

The different areas she investigated. Her balanced investigation and open mind.

How could the performance have been better?

I think the narrator was terribly mismatched. Roach's wit is dry, yet the performance was too peppy, too stage-projected for the book. I feel bad for both the author and the performer.

Any additional comments?

I love Roach's writing, and I think the delivery should convey her personality more.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful