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  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,833

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Long, Hard Slog Through Endless Despair and Heartache

  • By Morro Schreiber on 04-11-18

Why waste Alaska?

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

Disappointing.
As far as writers of fiction go, there are none better than Kristin Hannah. The Great Alone is a decent enough novel. Worth the price of admission. But it could have been so much better. Alaska was wasted.

The title would suggest otherwise. However, as others have said, this story could have taken place anywhere. For instance, when Leni, the main character, is seventeen, we see her in her element, a hunter out in the snowy wilds tracking and killing an animal for meat. That is the only scene in the entire book of this skill, this ability to tame and adapt to the land. This skill has no part in the story. It is an appendage to it.

That's why the novel is disappointing. I had hoped to see Leni overcome the wilderness and that ability play some part in overcoming the conflict of the story. It didn't. The title is a tease that doesn't payoff.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,997
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57,852

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Narration, not so good

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

It is unfortunate that some authors or publishers feel they need to hire a famous actor to do the narration as if it's no particular skill, just being an actor is good enough, It's not. There are many, many top audiobook voice actors. It is an art form different from acting for stage or movies.

Rosario Dawson does her best, but for me doesn't add anything to the novel. In fact, the narration detracts from it. Words are unintelligible sometimes because her voice falls off as if she's in rapid conversation, and some words are not distinctly pronounced. Inflection is there, but seemingly at random with no rhyme or reason to it.

A top audiobook narrator knows when a dramatic voice is necessary and when it isn't Too many books which should be great listens are not because the publisher or writer feels they should have a big name actor do the work now. Instead, I suggest they just get a great audiobook narrator.

8 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Right Side

  • By: Spencer Quinn
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375

LeAnne Hogan went to Afghanistan as a rising star in the military and came back a much lesser person, mentally and physically. Now missing an eye and with half her face badly scarred, she can barely remember the disastrous desert operation that almost killed her. She is confused, angry, and suspects the fault is hers, even though nobody will come out and say it. Shattered by one last blow - the sudden death of her hospital roommate, Marci - LeAnne finds herself on a fateful drive across the country, reflecting on her past and seeing no future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Congratulations to Spencer Quinn

  • By cherry patrick jamison on 07-14-17

One of the best

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

The Right Side is one of the best novels I've read. It's equal with books like the Nightingale and All that We Cannot See. The problem with listening to a novel such as The Right Side occurs with about an hour left in the audiobook and you realize it will soon be over. And then it is, and you have to leave behind LeAnne Hogan and that world, and that leaves you a little blue for a while..

It is the best book I've read about PTSD and the difficulties of a warrior dealing with severe injuries. It is also a story of suspense, action, and my God, there's even a kickass dog.

I love rereading or re-listening to great books, but you have to let a little time pass. So, I'll come back and visit Leanne again in a year or so. Can't wait till then.

  • Paradise Valley

  • A Novel
  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753

For three years Investigator Cassie Dewell has been on a hunt for a serial killer known as the Lizard King whose hunting grounds are the highways and truck stops where runaways and prostitutes are most likely to vanish. Cassie almost caught him...once. Working for the Bakken County, North Dakota, sheriff's department, Cassie has set what she believes is the perfect trap, and she has lured him and his truck to a depot. But the plan goes horribly wrong, and the blame falls on Cassie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By USA Buyer on 07-27-17

Terrific novel, terrific narration.

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

I've enjoyed all the books that involved Cassie Dewell. This is a unique character, and it is enjoyable to follow her engaging like. Top notch narration by Christina Delaine.

  • In Farleigh Field

  • A Novel
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,872
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,857

World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham's middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun New Characters

  • By SW Clemens on 03-17-17

Outstanding listen

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

What makes this novel such an enjoyable listen is that the characters are interesting to follow in a fairly interesting story. I hope to see the Sutton sisters again, or hear them. The second reason this is such a good listen, and just as important, is the wonderful narration. Anything Gemma Dawson is involved in is going to be good.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Late Show

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,187
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,417

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, the narration!

  • By Destry on 07-20-17

Oh, the narration!

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

Katherine Moennig is a terrific actress. She does a great turn on Ray Donovan. Maybe my favorite character on that show. But this narration isn't good. It's disappointing. She just reads it and reads it fast. I wish she had listened to a few audiobooks ahead of time to see how its done. Such a good voice, such a good actress, this should be better.

As far as the story goes, it's hard to tell. Couldn't get past the narration.

339 of 358 people found this review helpful

  • Mockingjay

  • The Final Book of The Hunger Games
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,912

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Conflicting Emotions

  • By Sumit G. on 08-28-10

Defines the term epic

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

Reviewed: 09-05-16

If you don't know of the Hunger Games trilogy, the either you've just arrived from Mars or you have the cultural awareness of a beaver. Go back to your dams. The three taken together form an epic of Homeric quality. The characters not only are vivid, down to the minor ones, but many, especially Katniss is fascinating in every way.

The series has been promoted as Young Adult, and I suppose it is based on the fact that the three main characters are teenagers. But other than that, it is R rated. The violence is not gratuitous; it is in many cases the point. And violence there is in abundance, graphic and horrific. Again, that's part of the point the writer is making. This is not the Young Adult novels I grew up with but it certainly is now.

This is a compelling, epic story. It's only draw back is that it ends. Suzanne Collins has created a world you do not want to leave, and characters you do not want to leave behind.

  • Catching Fire

  • Hunger Games, Book 2
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,817

Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - wrong reader!

  • By Erika Shaffer on 06-06-13

Defines the term epic

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

Reviewed: 09-05-16

If you don't know of the Hunger Games trilogy, the either you've just arrived from Mars or you have the cultural awareness of a beaver. Go back to your dams. The three taken together form an epic of Homeric quality. The characters not only are vivid, down to the minor ones, but many, especially Katniss is fascinating in every way.

The series has been promoted as Young Adult, and I suppose it is based on the fact that the three main characters are teenagers. But other than that, it is R rated. The violence is not gratuitous; it is in many cases the point. And violence there is in abundance, graphic and horrific. Again, that's part of the point the writer is making. This is not the Young Adult novels I grew up with but it certainly is now.

This is a compelling, epic story. It's only draw back is that it ends. Suzanne Collins has created a world you do not want to leave, and characters you do not want to leave behind.

  • The Hunger Games

  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,025
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,460

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story. Absolutely grating narrator.

  • By tcp100 on 12-27-11

Defines the term epic

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

Reviewed: 09-05-16

If you don't know of the Hunger Games trilogy, the either you've just arrived from Mars or you have the cultural awareness of a beaver. Go back to your dams. The three taken together form an epic of Homeric quality. The characters not only are vivid, down to the minor ones, but many, especially Katniss is fascinating in every way.

The series has been promoted as Young Adult, and I suppose it is based on the fact that the three main characters are teenagers. But other than that, it is R rated. The violence is not gratuitous; it is in many cases the point. And violence there is in abundance, graphic and horrific. Again, that's part of the point the writer is making. This is not the Young Adult novels I grew up with but it certainly is now.

This is a compelling, epic story. It's only draw back is that it ends. Suzanne Collins has created a world you do not want to leave, and characters you do not want to leave behind.

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 48,343
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,807
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43,735

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

Great book

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

Reviewed: 02-14-15

This is a great novel. It does everything a novel is supposed to and leaves you drained at the end. In all three criteria Audible asks for, it is easily five star. Do yourself a favor and don't miss this one. Just a note about Polly Stone the narrator. She is very, very good and maintains a level that matches the quality of the novel. Her work helped make this such a wonderful experience.

77 of 93 people found this review helpful