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  • Marvel's Black Widow: Forever Red

  • By: Margaret Stohl
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 353

Natasha Romanoff is one of the world's most lethal assassins. Trained from a young age in the arts of death and deception, Natasha was given the title of Black Widow by Ivan Somodorov, her brutal teacher at the Red Room, Moscow's infamous academy for operatives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly, I really liked it

  • By Careena on 10-11-16

Surprisingly, I really liked it

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

I really wasn't expecting to like this book. I'm a hardcore Scarlett Johansson fan, but I do go for anything Black Widow, so after staring at it for a while, I decided to give Forever Red a listen. It felt surprisingly like Black Widow, to the point I forgot I wasn't watching a movie or TV show. Occasionally, the narrative did feel a bit out of character, but I was too absorbed in the story that it really didn't bother me. The story was well done, and although I'll take the plot points as an AU or something, I'm really glad I bought it and will probably listen to it again.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38,216
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,065
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,080

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

A Must-Read

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

Reviewed: 09-06-15

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

Absolutely! This is a fabulous read on a time in American history that isn't much talked about, and from a perspective that's often forgotten.

Who was your favorite character and why?

How do you pick just one? Skeeter was the one I identified with in the book, but everyone was so distinct and well done.

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

The accents are the only way to read this book. Given that most of my reasoning behind deciding to read it was that I wanted to watch the movie because Emma Stone was in it, I didn't expect to get such a quality experience. I don't think reading it myself would have kept my interest nearly as much as listening to it.

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

The ending made me cry. It hardly resolved like readers want their books to. There's no happily-ever-after for these characters, not really, and their fight for equality was just beginning.

Any additional comments?

It surprised me how hard the "white ladies" had it, bullied and completely guided by society and the social mores. It felt like something from the 1800s and, being so wide-read in that time period, it was a very easy read for me. This is going to be a classic piece of literature, as much as Emma or Huck Finn or anything written hundreds of years ago.

  • Macbeth: A Novel

  • By: A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,797
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,793

Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator choice inspired

  • By Beverly on 07-10-11

Not nearly as good as Hamlet

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

I picked this piece up because it was by the same authors who wrote Hamlet, which won book of the year 2014. Not because it was any less well done, nor anything to do with Alan Cummings brilliant performance, it just failed to get me really interested. Macbeth is just a much darker, creepier story than Hamlet and I personally couldn't get into it.

  • Doctor Who: Nuclear Time

  • By: Oli Smith
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Briggs
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

‘My watch is running backwards.’ Colorado, 1981. The Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive in Appletown - an idyllic village in the remote American desert where the townsfolk go peacefully about their suburban routines. But when two more strangers arrive, things begin to change. The first is a mad scientist - whose warnings are cut short by an untimely and brutal death. The second is the Doctor... As death falls from the sky, the Doctor is trapped. The TARDIS is damaged, and the Doctor finds he is living backwards through time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What A FInd!

  • By Andy on 01-18-12

So confusing!

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

Reviewed: 06-15-15

This story was ridiculously confusing. It was one of those that go back and rewrite themselves at the very end to change history, similar to Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS in season 7. You have a whole story developed, then that one thing that "changes the course of history" goes back and erases everything and nobody remembers or it never happened. I had no idea what was going on most of the time, and then at that crucial moment, I almost lost it. It was very odd, and I'm not sure if it fits with the Doctor Who canon laws of time and all that.
Nick Briggs, however was absolutely fantastic, as always, and he's one of the only reasons I stuck through to the end. I wished there had been more Amy and Rory as well, there's very little of them in this story at all.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ruby in the Smoke

  • Book One
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 831
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 432

In search of clues to the mystery of her father's death, 16-year-old Sally Lockhart ventures into the shadowy underworld of Victorian London. Pursued by villains at every turn, the intrepid Sally finally uncovers two dark mysteries, and realizes that she herself is the key to both.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read For All Ages

  • By Bonita on 06-23-04

Just like the movie

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

Reviewed: 05-16-15

I came at this novel having watched and rewatched the Masterpiece Theater version with Billie Piper, Matt Smith, JJ Feild, and Hayley Atwell. I didn't even realize it had been a book first, but when I found it, I knew I had to read it. I'm a mystery and period drama fan and the Sally Lockheart mysteries combine the best of both worlds. I was pleasantly surprised to find how accurately the movie is based on the book as well.

Anton Lesser's a great narrator, very distinct, realistic voices that not only distinguish one character from another but also describe their personality so well. I started off with just this first one to see if I liked it, but I will definitely go back now and pick up the rest of the series.

  • Doctor Who; The Crawling Terror: A 12th Doctor novel

  • By: Mike Tucker
  • Narrated by: Neve McIntosh
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Neve McIntosh reads an original novel featuring the Twelfth Doctor and Clara, as played by Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman.Gabby Nichols is putting her son to bed when she hears her daughter cry out. ‘Mummy there’s a daddy longlegs in my room!’ Then the screaming starts... Kevin Alperton is on his way to school when he is attacked by a mosquito. A big one. Then things get dangerous. But it isn’t the dead man cocooned inside a huge mass of web that worries the Doctor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely "crawling"

  • By Careena on 04-16-15

Definitely "crawling"

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

Reviewed: 04-16-15

What is the obsession of the Doctor Who novels with horrible mutant bugs as the alien monster? I'm pretty sure this is the fourth or fifth novel I bought that has them. I suppose they're relateable. Definitely creepy. I almost set it aside when sedan-sized mosquitoes flew in. But I stuck it out and was pleased that I did. Overall it's a really good story with strong character arcs, which is the important part for me. Neve McIntosh is a brilliant narrator as well, I'll be looking for more books narrated by her.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Casino Royale

  • James Bond, Book 1
  • By: Ian Fleming
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,717

For James Bond and the British Secret Service, the stakes couldn't be higher. 007's mission is to neutralize the Russian operative Le Chiffre by ruining him at the baccarat table, forcing his Soviet masters to "retire" him. When Le Chiffre hits a losing streak, Bond discovers his luck is in - that is, until he meets Vesper Lynd, a glamorous agent who might yet prove to be his downfall. This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with Dan Stevens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bond. James Bond.

  • By Troy on 09-19-14

First James Bond

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

Reviewed: 04-04-15

It's been a little while since I've listened to this, but this book was my first exposure to James Bond. It was nice, I've listened to several others since then and I really enjoy them.

Dan Stevens' performance was top-notch, I would totally listen to him over and over again.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Doctor Who: Lights Out: Twelfth Doctor
    
    
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        Holly Black
    
    


    
    
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        Samuel Anderson
    
    


    
    Length: 49 mins
    66 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • Doctor Who: Lights Out: Twelfth Doctor

  • By: Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Samuel Anderson
  • Length: 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Doctor Who: Lights Out read by Samuel Anderson. As the newly-regenerated Twelfth Doctor arrives on our TV screens, Puffin are publishing the twelfth instalment in its sensational series of Doctor Who eShorts! With 11 previous stories by some of the most exciting names in children's fiction, this Twelfth Doctor ebook is written by bestselling US author Holly Black.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Sub-Companion's Story

  • By domnogin on 05-07-16

Very short

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

Reviewed: 04-04-15

I actually fell asleep listening to this and missed most of the middle so I don't feel like I really knew what was going on. But even just catching the end, I could fill in what I missed pretty easily. It's a very brief book with not much story going on. I wish I could say more for Samuel Anderson's performance as well, but as much as I really loved him as Danny Pink, he's not a narrator. He didn't even attempt to give the different characters different voices (much less the Doctor's signature Scottish accent). It was cheap, so not much loss, but if I did it again, I'd skip over this piece.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel

  • By: A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,159

It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge - of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet - son of the old king, nephew of the new - becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception - and murder. Beautifully performed by actor Richard Armitage ("Thorin Oakenshield" in the Hobbit films), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something Rotten in Denmark...

  • By Carole T. on 08-23-14

Winner for a reason

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

Reviewed: 04-04-15

What can I say about this book that hasn't already been said? This is basically my new favorite book. As an English major, I studied Shakespeare extensively in college and got out a bit sick of it. I'm at the point where I can appreciate it again, but none of my studies covered Hamlet this deeply, and it's an interpretation. I feel like I understand the characters and their motives and personalities so much better now, their reasonings for the things that they did. Instead of reading just the play and feeling like every single character was a complete nutter, I can now understand the motivations for everything that they all individually did. Yorick is done especially well, and his part in the story was so well executed.

Would I like it as much just reading it as much as I enjoyed listening to Richard Armitage's narration? I highly doubt it. I've always loved just listening to his voice (seriously, I'd listen to him read the phone book), but he gives each character such life with his accents and voices that I actually forgot I wasn't hearing a full cast.

tl;dr: Get this book if you can in any format, but even if you've already read it hard copy, Armitage's performance makes it a million times better. There is a very good reason this won audiobook of 2014.

  • The Spy Who Loved Me

  • James Bond, Book 10
  • By: Ian Fleming
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 194

When 007 turns up at a sleepy American backwoods motel, it doesn't take him long to realize that Vivienne Michel is in a tight spot, and that Sol Horror and Sluggsy Morant are hardened killers bent on destruction. Escaping from a past she doesn't want to relive, Viv turns to James Bond to save her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 007 from the prospective of a"Bond Girl" .

  • By Len O'Rork on 08-21-15

Not a favorite

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

Reviewed: 03-17-15

I've listened to a few James Bond now and this one was not a favorite. It took me a while to figure out what was going on, and probably sixty percent of the story was just the girl's history and James Bond wasn't even in it. I actually fell asleep at the end and don't even know how it finished. It didn't connect real well with the other ones I'd read and just felt like a one-off.

Rosamund Pike wasn't difficult to listen to, though. She was probably the one redeeming quality of this book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful