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  • From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

  • By: E. L. Konigsburg
  • Narrated by: Jill Clayburgh
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790

When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn't just want to run from somewhere she wants to run to somewhere--to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and preferably elegant. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing that her younger brother, Jamie, has money and thus can help her with the serious cash flow problem she invites him along.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How to be different on the inside, where it counts

  • By Bonny on 04-28-13

A Unique Story

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

This book is quirky and original (like most of Konigsburg's work). Claudia is a strong, smart young lady that both boys and girls can look up to, but she's also human and incredibly funny. A great little nugget of a book! “AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY”

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bird by Bird

  • Some Instructions on Writing and Life
  • By: Anne Lamott
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,885

A New York Times best-selling author of both fiction and nonfiction, Anne Lamott was also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. As much a guide to writing as an exploration of the emotional challenges of being a writer, Bird by Bird offers a candid and often humorous look at how to tackle these varied obstacles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A funny listen, but no writing samples to speak of

  • By Alice on 04-12-15

A classic, well-executed

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

Reviewed: 03-06-16

I love Anne Lamott, and hearing her words read aloud in this format is soothing in a way, even though it's also real and raw and interesting. This is a must - read/listen for those who already love writing, but I would recommend it even for those who aren't writers . . . yet.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Winter

  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 23 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,088
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,681

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. Winter despises her stepmother and knows Levana won't approve of her feelings for her childhood friend - the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn't as weak as Levana believes her to be, and she's been undermining her stepmother's wishes for years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love it

  • By JoAnne Smead on 12-23-15

Very sweet

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

Reviewed: 01-12-16

First off, I am so impressed by Rebecca Soler's performance in this. Each character is distinct, and she really commits to the sound effects and singing.

It's also a really great story. I love that this series has lots of strong female characters who are each strong in their own ways. It may be a little naively optimistic for some, but I love it's sweetness and the fact that, even if everything else is vastly different, the romance in this book is fit for a fairy tale.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dragondrums

  • Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 3
  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Sally Darling
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,284

When the voice of Piemur, an apprentice at Harper Hall, changes, he has to leave the companionship of Master Shonagar behind. But his disappointment is soon replaced by a new challenge. He is to enter the service of the Master Harper himself as a rider of dragons. Soon, he embarks on a dangerous mission to the Southern Hold. The future of Pern hangs on his success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dragon Dreams

  • By Eileen on 06-13-08

Enthralling story

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

Reviewed: 10-31-15

Where does Dragondrums rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would say it's average. I've listened to some great ones!

What did you like best about this story?

Anne McCaffrey's world-building is brilliant. She is truly a master. Also, even though this is the third book in the series, it really stands on its own as a story and I could easily see someone reading and enjoying it who knew very little about Pern at all.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I really feel as though Sally Darling's voice isn't appropriate for these books. It feels like your grandmother is sitting down to read you a story, which might be great in some cases, but these books are just too cool for that to be effective.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Am Malala

  • How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
  • By: Malala Yousafzai
  • Narrated by: Archie Panjabi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,344

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much more than expected...

  • By Jan on 10-10-13

Very Interesting and Educational!

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

Reviewed: 07-18-15

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

Yes - the history behind girls' education in Pakistan is apparently way more complex than I had realized. This book was very enlightening and inspirational.

What was one of the most memorable moments of I Am Malala?

Her reaction to the shooters floors me - that was definitely memorable.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was a little bit slow at times - I'm used to reading fiction and this is very different.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Elite

  • The Selection, Book 2
  • By: Kiera Cass
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,718

The selection began with 35 girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's love is fiercer than ever. The closer America gets to the crown, the more she struggles to figure out where her heart truly lies. Each moment she spends with Maxon is like a fairy tale, filled with breathless, glittering romance. But whenever she sees her first love, Aspen, standing guard, she's swept up in longing for the life they'd planned to share.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I confess -- I really like this series!

  • By AudioAddict on 08-30-13

Another Strong Installment

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

Reviewed: 04-29-15

Though the whole thing takes place in a single palace and is centered around a bunch of girls trying to get one guy, this book still incorporates nail-biting political intrigue with its sweet romantic moments, and the characters are relatable, (though I often want to shake America for being so dumb - it's really just because I love her).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Selection

  • The Selection, Book 1
  • By: Kiera Cass
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,414

For 35 girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth... to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels... to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You might want to wait... if you hate cliffhangers

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-27-12

Engaging story perfect for romantics

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

I was very engaged and felt real emotion for America. I was remarkably frustrated with her, excited for her, and angry with her throughout. The story is also delightfully romantic without getting too mushy or uncomfortable. The romance feels very real despite the fantasy setting. The performance wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Audible performers, simply because the character's voices didn't seem very distinct, but it was still easy to follow, and didn't keep me from engaging in the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,013
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,996

Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him all over again. He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Start with this One

  • By Elvie on 04-28-16

It's a private comedy show on your phone

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

Reviewed: 02-26-15

This audiobook really brought a smile to my face. Hearing Sedaris tell it in his own dry way really adds to it (my own inner reader is so animated, it's a totally different experience). I also LOVED the chapters that were him reading in front of a live audience. It was like the show came to me!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful