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  • Milkman

  • By: Anna Burns
  • Narrated by: Bríd Brennan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes "interesting" - the last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed, and to be noticed is dangerous. Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is a story of inaction with enormous consequences. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narration made it even better

  • By Alan on 01-20-19

Maybe Magnificent !

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

Authentic and atmospheric bit of historical fiction recounting the everyday intricacies of life in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. Having recently spent time in Belfast and Derry, my sense at the time that something very bad had happened not so very long ago, was borne out and made clear by Milkman. It is a deserved prize winner made all the more poignant by Brid Brennan’s masterful narration.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Song of Achilles

  • A Novel
  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,782
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,228

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't Expecting to Like It- BOY! was I wrong!!

  • By susan on 06-11-14

As Contemporary as Mythology gets!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

I listened to this glorious story of Achilles and Patroclus on the heels, so to speak, of Madeline Miller’s Circe. I highly recommend both! Contemporary for sure, as they remind us that some issues transcend time. Beautifully written and expertly narrated give yourself a break from the current fare and enter a time when mortals acted like they were immortal and gods flaunted their humanity. Fascinating!

  • The Whole Art of Detection

  • Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes
  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,294

Internationally best-selling author Lyndsay Faye became enamored with tales of Sherlock Holmes and his esteemed biographer, Dr. John Watson, as a child and later began spinning these quintessential characters into her own works of fiction - from her acclaimed debut novel, Dust and Shadow, which pitted the famous detective against Jack the Ripper, to a series of short stories for the Strand Magazine, whose predecessor published the very first Sherlock Holmes short story in 1891.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yay! More Sherlock!

  • By KadySiga on 03-13-17

Doyle’s Holmes well served by Lyndsay Faye

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

Conan Doyle has a 21st Century doppelgänger in Lyndsay Faye. A slightly more ironic Holmes and a more loquacious Watson ( I know hard to believe), deeply involved in new mysteries make for fine listening. Having recently thoroughly enjoyed Stephen Fry’s superb anthology, I truly thought I had consumed the singular rendering of Doyle’s work. Thankfully for all of us Sherlockians, Ms. Fay continues the legacy in a most admirable fashion!

  • The Heart's Invisible Furies

  • A Novel
  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 21 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,660
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,488

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery - or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding. A Must listen.

  • By Keith G on 09-04-17

Ireland: So Complicated...

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

Beautifully written, beautifully narrated and a pleasure to listen to for it all. Pathos and humor enrich this emotional story of family, sexual freedom and religion in Ireland since the end of WW2. A great listen!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Alas, Babylon

  • By: Pat Frank
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,266

This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timeless

  • By Celeste Albers on 05-24-17

Timeless and timely!

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

Reviewed: 05-28-17

A enduring classic post-apocalyptic tale! Unfortunately, all too possile in our very unsettled times. Expertly narrated by one of the best!

  • An Officer and a Spy

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,064

Paris in 1895: Alfred Dreyfus, a young Jewish officer, has just been convicted of treason, sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil's Island, and stripped of his rank in front of a baying crowd of 20,000. Among the witnesses to his humiliation is Georges Picquart, the ambitious, intellectual, recently promoted head of the counterespionage agency that Dreyfus had passed secrets to the Germans. At first, Picquart firmly believes in Dreyfus' guilt. But it is not long after Dreyfus is delivered to his desolate prison that Picquart stumbles on information that leads him to suspect that there is still a spy at large in the French military.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top Notch Historical Fiction

  • By Ryan on 03-18-14

Historical Fiction at its very best!

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

Reviewed: 04-14-17

A finely crafted work of historical fiction. Superb narration made the dramatization of one history's most infamous events a pleasure to recall. It also left me thinking that little has changed in the last 120 years. Highly recommended for those fond of this genre. Mr. Harris and Mr. Rintoul are fine team.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ireland

  • By: Frank Delaney
  • Narrated by: Frank Delaney
  • Length: 19 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809

One evening in 1951, an itinerant storyteller arrives unannounced at a house in the Irish countryside. In exchange for a bed and a warm meal, he invites his hosts and their neighbors to join him by the wintry fireside, and begins to tell formative stories of Ireland's history. Ronan, a 9-year-old boy, grows so entranced by the storytelling that, when the old man leaves abruptly under mysterious circumstances, the boy devotes himself to finding him again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Listen In A Quite While

  • By John on 03-17-05

Why we listen!

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

Reviewed: 09-21-16

Just loved this book! It is an excellent example of why I am so fond of audiobooks-the storytelling by a storyteller-it's everything🍀

  • The Murder of Mary Russell

  • A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin, Susan Lyons
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,172

Mary Russell is used to dark secrets - her own and those of her famous partner and husband, Sherlock Holmes. Trust is a thing slowly given, but over the course of a decade together, the two have forged an indissoluble bond. And what of the other person to whom Mary Russell has opened her heart: the couple's longtime housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A New Twist for Holmes & Co.

  • By Carole T. on 04-13-16

On the Hudson!

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

Reviewed: 04-20-16

A fine tale which chronicles the life of Holmes stalwart Clara Hudson. Captivating listening for a Mary And Sherlock groupie. Jenny and Susan make a great narrating team ! Thanks Laurie for another solid story of the beekeeper and apprentice.

  • Morning Star

  • Book III of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,404
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,548
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,497

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society's mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narration and content = outstanding

  • By Gus on 05-30-17

Prime!

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

Reviewed: 02-22-16

A fitting end to this hyperbolic allegory. Well written and well told and well worth the listen!

  • May the Road Rise Up to Meet You

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Troy
  • Narrated by: John Keating, Allyson Johnson, Marrie Kreinik, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

Ethan McOwen is an Irish immigrant whose endurance is tested in Brooklyn and the Five Points at the height of its urban destitution; he is among the first to join the famed Irish Brigade and becomes a celebrated war photographer. Marcella, a society girl from Spain, defies her father to become a passionate abolitionist. Mary and Micah are slaves of varying circumstances, who form an instant connection and embark on a tumultuous path to freedom. All four lives unfold in two beautiful love stories, which eventually collide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Four passionate performances give wings to story

  • By Cheimon on 04-26-12

A Blessing Afterall!

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

Reviewed: 06-04-12

What a beautiful listen-both content and delivery-mixing elements of The Kitchen House and The Help and delivering all the best that good Historical Fiction has to offer. Congratulations to Peter Troy for such a finely woven story of the heartache and the joy of the end of slavery and the rebirth of an nation. Also thanks to the four narrators for bringing these fascinating heros and heroines to life. May the Road Rise up to Meet You is truly a blessing afterall. Highly recommended!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful