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  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,088
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,172

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

Superb Storytelling

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

Rarely, I listen to an audiobook that inspires me to find a few more chores to do around the house so that I can have an excuse to keep listening. This was that book for me. Beautifully written, utterly absorbing, Circe's story touches on so many familiar threads, but does so in a way that makes them come alive in new ways. I also enjoyed Miller's "Song of Achilles", but loved this one even more. It's no spoiler to say that the ending, in particular, was just about perfect.

  • Provenance

  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 896

A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned. Ingray and her charge will return to her home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray's future, her family, and her world before they are lost to her for good.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A lackluster followup

  • By protoculture on 03-22-18

Loved the protagonist!

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

Often, I find female-hero-protagonists right now to all be in the "Katniss" tough-as-nails kick-ass mold. Which is fine. But Ingray, with her foibles and her sweetness and her more subtle brilliance is a very refreshing heroine. I found her and the other characters around her to be extremely likable and fascinating. I was glad I read the Ancillary books first because it gave me good context for where to place the story, but I would be interested to hear from someone who read this without having that context... I see that Adjoa Andoh has received mixed reviews for her narration, but I found her wide variety of accents and voices to add depth that I think reflects the diversity of the setting-- all these different types of humans and non-humans from different worlds jumbled up together. It works really well.

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • To the Bright Edge of the World

  • A Novel
  • By: Eowyn Ivey
  • Narrated by: John Glouchevitch, Christine Lakin, Kiff Vandenheuvel
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

In the winter of 1885, Lieutenant Colonel Allen Forrester sets out with his men on an expedition into the newly acquired territory of Alaska. Their objective: to travel up the ferocious Wolverine River, mapping the interior and gathering information on the region's potentially dangerous native tribes. With a young and newly pregnant wife at home, Forrester is anxious to complete the journey with all possible speed and return to her.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A Jumble

  • By Sara on 09-04-16

I'd recommend this one in hard copy

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

I love audiobooks, but wish I would've read this one in its actual paper version. The book has pictures and maps that add some nice visuals to the story. Also, I wasn't a big fan at the way Christine Lakin read Sophie's part (which is a large segment of the story). I thought Sophie's character could use a more "grounded" voice... I get that Sophie has a fervent soul with a wide current of transcendentalism, but she didn't need to be as breathy and girlish. As a woman, I guess I'm a little picky and want all my strong women characters (which Sophie certainly is) to be represented that way. It was harder to respect her. It feels like sort of a petty complaint for a book that I certainly enjoyed.

  • Boy

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

Where did Roald Dahl get all of his wonderful ideas for stories? From his own life, of course! As full of excitement and the unexpected as his world-famous, best-selling books, Roald Dahl's tales of his own childhood are completely fascinating and fiendishly funny. Did you know that Roald Dahl nearly lost his nose in a car accident? Or that he was once a chocolate candy tester for Cadbury's? Have you heard about his involvement in the Great Mouse Plot of 1924? If not, you don't yet know all there is to know about Roald Dahl.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened and Read This a Few Times!

  • By Dylan on 05-25-16

Horrifying and Delightful

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

Reviewed: 06-21-16

Reader Dan Stevens does a splendid job bringing mean-spirited candy-shop owners and bull-headed prefects to life in these memories of Dahl's childhood. He captures Dahl's voice beautifully-- bubbling with the dark humor and pranskter-pleasure that are such powerful ingredients in all Dahl's writing. I found myself recounting bits of this book to friends and family, and I very much look forward to listening to "Going Solo" soon.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Soul of An Octopus

  • A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness
  • By: Sy Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Sy Montgomery
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,499
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,379
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,380

Sy Montgomery's popular 2011 Orion magazine piece, "Deep Intellect", about her friendship with a sensitive, sweet-natured octopus named Athena and the grief she felt at her death, went viral, indicating the widespread fascination with these mysterious, almost alien-like creatures. Since then Sy has practiced true immersion journalism, from New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, pursuing these wild, solitary shape-shifters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eight legs and so much more!

  • By Kirstin on 07-02-15

Super-interesting, Moderately Sciency

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

Reviewed: 06-04-16

I very much liked this book, and was really very drawn in by her narration of her experiences with various octopuses and those who cared for them. There were many times at which the science-to-poetics ratio was way too heavy on the poetics for my liking. An example from the conclusion of a scuba diving experience: "I ascend with him slowly, like a dying soul reluctant to leave its body, and we watch the silver trail of our bubbles rising above us like shooting stars." Sometimes, the poetics really worked for her, but sometimes they felt sappy and heavy-handed.

However, the personalities of the octopuses in the book, and their relationships to their keepers were, frankly, fascinating. And the discussions and descriptions of other animals--like the electric eel and the anacondas, were also engaging. The good FAR outweighed the bad. I wasn't surprised when I learned that the author does the audio-narration, because she captures the mood of the book so well. But, I did wince at several mispronunciations-- like "azure"

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Station Eleven

  • By: Emily St. John Mandel
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,050
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,053

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Alternative Dystopian Viewpoint

  • By CScott on 12-20-16

Plot, please?!

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

Reviewed: 08-18-15

Great premise, engaging writing, but I kept feeling like it was building up to something that never actually happened. I'd like a little more story arc here.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

  • Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope
  • By: William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer
  • Narrated by: Chike Johnson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356

Here is the remarkable story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual's ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Wonderful

  • By L. Lyter on 12-27-10

A story of INGENUITY, richly narrated

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

Reviewed: 07-06-15

Narrator Chike Johnson's warm and accurately-accented reading of William Kamkwamba's story makes me glad that I listened to it on audio rather than just reading it off a page. The beautiful East African accent is easy to understand and helps draw the listener into the story. Moreover, the endurance, resilience, and determination Kamkwamba demonstrates had me practically cheering through the second part of the book as he painstakingly gathers the materials for his windmill.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Portrait of a Lady

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth McGovern
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

The Portrait of a Lady tells the compelling and ultimately tragic tale of a beautiful young American woman's encounter with European sophistication. Set principally in England and Italy, we follow Isabel Archer's fortunes as a variety of admirers vie for her hand. Her choices will be crucial, and she is not wanting for advice, whether from the generous-spirited Ralph Touchett or the charming but rootless Madame Merle....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Abridgment Worked

  • By E Wagner on 05-09-15

The Abridgment Worked

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

Reviewed: 05-09-15

I didn't realize this book was abridged when I bought it; I just liked the audio sample of Elizabeth McGovern reading it. At first, when I figured out that it was abridged, I was annoyed. I never listen to abridgments! However, for this book, it actually worked out just fine. It is hard to trust whoever is editing it down, but I felt like I got the right amount of story without it getting laborious. The characters were sharp and clear and held my interest for 5 or 6 hours. I don't think I would have found 23 hours NEARLY so worthwhile or enjoyable!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wildwood

  • By: Colin Meloy, Ellis Carson
  • Narrated by: Amanda Plummer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 245

Prue McKeel’s life is ordinary. At least until her brother is abducted by a murder of crows and taken to the Impassable Wilderness, a dense, tangled forest on the edge of Portland. No one’s ever gone in – or at least returned to tell of it. So begins an adventure that will take Prue and her friend, Curtis, deep into the Impassable Wilderness. There they uncover a secret world in the midst of violent upheaval - a world full of warring creatures, peaceable mystics, and powerful figures with the darkest intentions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Colin Meloy please narrate

  • By Carina M on 02-02-14

Talking Animals and Blood-Hungry Invasive Species!

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

Reviewed: 07-30-14

At first, I was skeptical. I enjoyed Meloy's music, but could he write a YA novel? And it took me a little bit to get used to Plummer's quirky narration. However, once I settled into it, I was delighted! Meloy pays tribute to Brian Jacques and C.S. Lewis! It's an odd adventure story that sometimes meanders, but it includes plenty of swashbuckling rescues and dark twists. I'm an 8th grade teacher, and although this certainly isn't a general crowd-pleaser that I would recommend to just any teen, it will be perfect for just that right kid who wants something special to read in between "Princess Bride" and "Wrinkle In Time." And although Plummer's Irish accent could use a little practice, I actually found her narration fit the story nicely.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Thousand Acres

  • By: Jane Smiley
  • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 292

Three daughters and their husbands are pulled into a tangle of love, jealousy, and fear when their father, Larry Cook, grows too old to manage the family's fertile thousand-acre farm. As each couple struggles with their own tragedies and challenges, they know their father is judging them in light of the weighty inheritance that hovers within their reach.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • good book bad reader

  • By C. Carlson on 08-07-08

Beautiful Reinterpretation of King Lear

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

Reviewed: 07-29-14

I was glad I listened to this one. C.J. Critt's voice was direct, interpreting Ginny's character superbly. Although I know and enjoy Shakespeare's "Lear", this story nevertheless engaged and surprised me, sometimes making me gasp audibly. Smiley's story diverges from the original in several intriguing and thoughtful ways, but stays true to the heart of it. I would encourage anyone listening to it to refresh their memory of "King Lear." I think you will find your experience of this book enriched!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful