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  • Absolutely Almost

  • By: Lisa Graff
  • Narrated by: Noah Galvin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 249

Albie has never been the smartest kid in his class. He has never been the tallest. Or the best at gym. Or the greatest artist. Or the most musical. In fact, Albie has a long list of the things he's not very good at. And his parents keep reminding him of those things all the time...even when it's just by accident. But then Albie gets a new babysitter, Calista, who helps him figure out all of the things he is good at and how he can take pride in himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully performed, great book

  • By Library on 11-10-14

A long uncomfortable wait for a happy ending

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

This book was tough for me to listen to. It was about a misunderstood kid who struggled with measuring up to his peers and parents. He had two working parents who didn’t spend enough time with him. Albie was isolated and it got to a point in the book where I was just sobbing. I’m a special Ed teacher so I can see the importance of analyzing and being aware of all perspectives so that we can do a better job of reaching and supporting their needs. But I picked it up as a light read and I’m a bit traumatized. There was no abuse or severe trauma, but it encapsulates so many experiences children have in being neglected and rejected by peers and adults in their lives. And our children are precious so it was painful to listen to what we as adults inflict on our children. It was well written and so sadly true to the world today. And I’m glad it had a happy ending, but it was a painful listen.

  • The Chimes

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,078
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,353
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6,347

A haunting tale set on New Year's Eve, The Chimes tells the story of a poor porter named Trotty Veck who has become disheartened by the state of the world, until he is shown a series of fantastical visions that convince him of the good of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Version of "The Chimes" on Audible!

  • By Gillian on 12-14-15

Well-written and well-performed

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

Richard Armitage is an excellent actor and reads each character with distinction. Very well done!

  • The Foundling

  • The True Story of a Kidnapping, a Family Secret, and My Search for the Real Me
  • By: Paul Joseph Fronczak, Alex Tresniowski
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 614
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 561
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 566

The Foundling tells the incredible and inspiring true story of Paul Fronczak, a man who recently discovered via a DNA test that he was not who he thought he was - and set out to solve two 50-year-old mysteries at once. Along the way he upturned the genealogy industry, unearthed his family's deepest secrets, and broke open the second longest cold-case in US history, all in a desperate bid to find out who he really is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Prepare yourself for a journey that will take you to shocking places!

  • By OUChris on 04-04-17

A story about a man who chose to be selfish

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

What would have made The Foundling better?

If the author had made a decision to make his own family his first priority and not the research of his misguided progenitors, he would have solved the real problem--ending the cycle of selfishness and abuse.

What was most disappointing about Paul Joseph Fronczak and Alex Tresniowski ’s story?

This was such a terrible book. The author spends so much time taking the listeners to dead ends. He doesn't guide the listener into coherent sequences of events that matter. He just keeps making bad decision after bad decision. He doesn't invest his time in his own family. He alienates his wife who has chosen to love him. He alienates his parents and his brother in pursuit of his own personal goals. He really destroyed the real meaning of family in his own life. I hate listening to memoirs about people who are clueless and selfish. This was an exercise in ego and arrogance. He tries to make it seem like there are some great twists ahead and that we will find out some crazy truth, but it's a very typical and endless pursuit of unverifiable facts. He finds some information, but doesn't get to any sort of finish line. He destroys his own life--and for what? For some DNA connections and some names? He keeps trying to blame his worst choices on the family connections he has, but he is his own worst enemy. I hated this book.

What three words best describe Kirby Heyborne’s performance?

Fine, Unmemorable, ?

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Foundling?

I would cut the entire DNA sequencing and painstaking details of every little effort made to track his DNA and genealogy. So boring and fruitless.

Any additional comments?

This guy needs to get a life. He makes it seem like he is part of some big amazing adventure with an amazing resolution, but there is no resolution. His mother had some very astounding and incredible things happen to her and the fact that he was misidentified prior to adoption was very interesting, but his choices as an adult leave me depressed about who he has chosen to be as a person. He had no personal growth. The most important part of a memoir--no matter how much drama and twists occur--is the individual's ability to grow and become moral and selfless and strong. This guy just kept dropping every important person in his life to chase something that didn't exist.

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  • Dad Is Fat

  • By: Jim Gaffigan
  • Narrated by: Jim Gaffigan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,128

In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor").

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good for Gaffigan fans - better for expecting dads

  • By Sean on 05-17-13

If you are already a fan, nothing new

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

Reviewed: 10-20-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I kind of wish I hadn't bought it because it was mostly a rehashing of all his material. And while I understand that creating stand up material is difficult, let alone with five kids, I would want fresher or more information in a book. I would have hoped to see something more profound from a book by a guy writing about being a parent. I was hoping to get more insight into the joy of having a large family. His reading pace was odd as he is used to live audiences, so he just read it without giving any proper space after punchlines. The first story was the best and the rest of the book wasn't really worth listening to. I love Jim Gaffigan and his style, but this was a waste of my time. I've heard he's irked by not being asked to be on Fresh Air with Terry Gross and I can see why. He hasn't done anything profound. This was a wasted opportunity for him to dig deeper and make a statement about life and who he is.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jim Gaffigan again?

If he puts something out that gets great reviews, maybe.

Have you listened to any of Jim Gaffigan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes and his standup is great. His vocal inflection in the book is great. As I said, it's the content I found lacking.

Was Dad Is Fat worth the listening time?

No.

Any additional comments?

I hope he can come out with something better some day.

  • Lucky

  • A Memoir
  • By: Alice Sebold
  • Narrated by: Alice Sebold
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 549
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303

In a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold ( The Lovely Bones) reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an 18-year-old college freshman, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus. What propels this chronicle of her recovery is Sebold's indomitable spirit - as she struggles for understanding; as her dazed family and friends sometimes bungle their efforts to provide comfort and support; and as, ultimately, she triumphs, managing through grit and coincidence to help secure her attacker's arrest and conviction.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT BOOK! Really bad narrating.

  • By Kelleefornia on 03-10-15

A somber and enlightening listen.

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

Reviewed: 10-29-12

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

It is among my top five so far.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lucky?

I loved Alice Sebold's insightful statements about women and societal expectations of women who are abused. She was able to voice universal truths that abuse victims have to endure. The first few chapters are especially haunting, as they are written in such a powerful way. She does such a great job of conveying the horrible repercussions of rape on the body, the mind, the ego, and the family.

Have you listened to any of Alice Sebold’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

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

It made me cry several times during my listen. She opens herself up so much that you can't help but want to hold her in your arms to try to make her feel better.

Any additional comments?

Many may think this book a morbid subject and it is definitely a book you have to prepared to endure. It is not for anyone too young. I would only give it to an adult. I would love for men to listen to this book. I think it offers an insight into being a woman in a way they are usually in the dark. I believe any woman should listen to this, whether they need to commiserate or whether they need to open their eyes to a reality that affects 1/3 of women.

  • Death Comes to Pemberley

  • By: P. D. James
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,228
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,062

It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of fun for Austen lovers!

  • By Lesley A. Slavin on 12-20-11

If you are a die hard P&P fan, pick this book.

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

Reviewed: 02-21-12

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No because I didn't realize how much this book would be just a continuation of Pride and Prejudice. It didn't seem much like a suspense book as much as it did a chance for the author to help the reader enjoy more scenes that would fit perfectly in the original P&P. It basically is a guilty pleasure book to enjoy those characters again.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I think I'm getting out of the 19th century chick flick titles.

Which scene was your favorite?

They all blend together. It really is just more of the same when it comes to this book. P&P spent so little time where you could enjoy the relationship between Elizabeth and Darcy and this book allows the reader to luxuriate in that. But I didn't realize how tired I am of the whole story.

Did Death Comes to Pemberley inspire you to do anything?

Nope.

Any additional comments?

Pick this book if you love P&P and are looking for more.