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  • The Witch Elm

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,281
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,265

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, the Main Character Comes Off Poorly, But...

  • By Marina on 10-19-18

Too long, boring.

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

So much whining in this book! This book is not up to the Tana French books I’ve read previously, I only kept reading it thinking something would twist and turn and become amazing...that never happened. The protagonist was a pathetic whining rich kid who could not get over himself.

  • Who I Am

  • By: Pete Townshend
  • Narrated by: Pete Townshend
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707

From the voice of a generation: the most highly anticipated autobiography of the year, and the story of a man who wanted The Who to be called The Hair; wanted to be a sculptor, a journalist, a dancer and a graphic designer; became a musician, composer, librettist, fiction writer, literary editor, sailor; drank too much and nearly died; detached from his body in an airplane, on LSD, and nearly died; planned to write his memoir when he was 21; and published this book at 67.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal

  • By Cow Poke McGhee on 10-11-12

Great Read For So Many Reasons

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

I’m an avid Audible listener and found this book to be excellent. Though I’m not much younger than Pete Townshend I was never into loud rock and was far far away from the time of The Who’s heyday. This book is about a legendary rock star, historically significant, entertaining, talented writing and superb narration. I thought that in a book this long there would surely be parts that would drag on, there wasn’t. This is a story about a real person with genius creativity and the many foibles that life throws at us all. And it is rather amazing that he lived to tell the tale. In this book I was able to look at the world through the eyes of Pete Townshend.

  • The Historian

  • By: Elizabeth Kostova
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre, Paul Michael
  • Length: 26 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 729

Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of - a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling!

  • By Professor Hardcore on 12-22-16

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

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

For me there was way too much letter and transcript reading in the book, very tedious and boring. The good part was I could do many other things while listening to this and miss whole sections without missing the story line at all.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Maybe a mystery

Any additional comments?

I’ve been a fan of vampire and Dracula books for a long time, this book doesn’t compare. It seems the author wanted to tell a fictional story yet also inundated the reader with a lot of research, true reasearch and fabricated. I would have preferred a more succinct story line without getting weighed down with the other.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Dark Tower I

  • The Gunslinger
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,785
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,645
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,614

In the first book of this brilliant series, Stephen King introduces listeners to one of his most powerful creations: Roland of Gilead, The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which frighteningly mirrors our own, Roland tracks The Man in Black, encounters an enticing woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the boy from New York named Jake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book.

  • By David Murphy on 06-11-17

Boring

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Some of the voices were bad, the protagonist was done well by the narrator, I may have liked the book better if some of the other character's voices weren't so terrible.

Any additional comments?

I slogged through most of this book hoping the pace would pick up and something in depth or interesting would happen..it didn't. Never the less I wanted to finish, but it was just too mind numbing boring.

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  • Faithful Place

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,052

New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-19-10

Chick Murder Story

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

Reviewed: 03-30-17

I did struggle to finish this book, just got really tired reading about a family of adults who had no ability to move past their childhoods.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Broken Harbor

  • Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 19 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,662
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,636

In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in the Series

  • By sara miller on 07-29-12

Not Her Best

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

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

Until this book I was addicted to Tana French. I was bored listening to the protagonist going on and on about his early years.

Would you be willing to try another book from Tana French? Why or why not?

Yes! I'm hoping to read more Tana French like the 3 prior listens that were incredible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Museum of Extraordinary Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Judith Light, Grace Gummer, Zach Appelman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,454
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,319
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,316

Coney Island: Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a boardwalk freak show that amazes and stimulates the crowds. An exceptional swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid in her father's "museum", alongside performers like the Wolfman, the Butterfly Girl, and a 100-year-old turtle. One night Coralie stumbles upon a striking young man photographing moonlit trees in the woods off the Hudson River.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating historical fiction+Hoffman interview!

  • By mendolynne on 06-04-14

Narration Ruined The Listen

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

Reviewed: 12-04-16

Would you try another book from Alice Hoffman and/or the narrators?

I enjoy Alice Hoffman's books and this may have been a better story with better narration. Judith Light was over dramatic at times, her cadence mismatched the story line...just awful.

Would you recommend The Museum of Extraordinary Things to your friends? Why or why not?

No, not on Audible.

How could the performance have been better?

Different narration

  • The Miniaturist

  • By: Jessie Burton
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,112

On a brisk autumn day in 1686, 18-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office - leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too Many Holes

  • By Cariola on 11-02-14

Unrealistic, and the ending is depressing.

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

Reviewed: 07-31-16

Would you try another book from Jessie Burton and/or Davina Porter?

Maybe, the writing was good and I do like Davina Porter however, in many books, like this one, her voice is way too child like. In this book the premise of the miniaturist is too far fetched, as is much of the rest of the story line. And in the end it was just depressing.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not sure.

What three words best describe Davina Porter’s voice?

Great reader, but too feminine/child like in many cases.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Kingdom

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,706
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,314

The story is seen through the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman, who is captured as a child by the Danes and then raised by them so that, by the time the Northmen begin their assault on Wessex, Alfred's kingdom and the last territory in English hands, Uhtred almost thinks of himself as a Dane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cornwell is becoming my current best favorite author

  • By Eyal on 10-20-15

Great Adventure Story

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

Reviewed: 04-08-16

I listen to so many audible books that sometimes I think I've maybe read all the good ones. But this book was a fine story with a fantastic narrator, I loved it!

  • Pema Chödrön and Alice Walker in Conversation

  • On the Meaning of Suffering and the Mystery of Joy
  • By: Pema Chödrön, Alice Walker
  • Narrated by: Pema Chödrön, Alice Walker
  • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 54

Pema Chödrön and Alice Walker in Conversation reveals the revolutionary power of tonglen through a dialogue between two hearts and minds forged in very different cultures - and yet deeply joined in the simple practice of compassion.Take a front-row seat as the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker and American-born Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön reflect on anger, joy, fear, and the union of spirituality and social activism.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Why Is There A Cost To Listen To and Why Did I Pay

  • By Pamela on 01-02-16

Why Is There A Cost To Listen To and Why Did I Pay

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

What disappointed you about Pema Chödrön and Alice Walker in Conversation?

I greatly admire Pema Chodron and this is a nice little conversation but why on earth is there a cost to listen to this little conversation. Isn't she making enough money from all her other books? Why not share a little?

Would you ever listen to anything by Pema Chödrön and Alice Walker again?

Sure

How did the narrator detract from the book?

No

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

2 of 8 people found this review helpful