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  • Emma

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Joanne Froggatt, Isabella Inchbald, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,720

This Audible Original production of Jane Austen’s Emma is narrated by Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), with a full supporting cast including Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey, Liar), Morgana Robinson (The Windsors, Walliams & Friend, Morgana Robinson's the Agency), Aisling Loftus (Mr Selfridge, War & Peace), Joseph Millson (Casino Royale, The Sarah Jane Adventures), Alexa Davies (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) and rising star Isabella Inchbald as our eponymous heroine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well, that was wonderful

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-07-18

Wonderful adaptation!

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

I confess I haven't read the original book yet, but I have seen a few adaptations and this one is now my favourite. If you're worried that it might be tainted by attempts to be 'modern' in various ways, never fear. Though I can't speak to the direct faithfulness to the book, it is definitely faithful to Jane Austen's style and spirit and keeps to the story as far as I'm familiar with it. The actors and production are also very good. I hope very much to hear more Jane Austen titles from Audible Originals in the future!

  • Dumb Witness

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429

Miss Emily was old, rich, and afraid - and now, she's dead. Her terrified plea to Hercule Poirot came a little too late. All that's left is a house full of greedy heirs, and a very strange letter that could solve the mystery - or add to it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bob the dog

  • By Timothy Vartanian on 12-27-15

Great as always

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

What can I say? I've never read a Poirot mystery I didn't like, and David Suchet and Hugh Fraser are two of my favourite narrators. As usual, this book is full of lifelike characters, cleverness and charm crowned with a satisfying ending. The only complaint I had with this book is that, when the killer was revealed, I didn't get the feeling of 'It all makes sense now' quite as strongly as usual. It made perfect sense that the person accused could be the killer, but most of the evidence Poirot presented against that person didn't add up to accusing them so much as clearing everyone else.

  • Everything You Want Me to Be

  • A Thriller
  • By: Mindy Mejia
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Thorburn, John Moraitis, Jeff Harding
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 395

High school senior Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good citizen. When she's found brutally stabbed to death on the opening night of her high school play, the tragedy rips through the fabric of her small-town community. Local sheriff Del Goodman, a family friend of the Hoffmans, vows to find her killer, but trying to solve her murder yields more questions than answers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story with One Terrible Narrator

  • By Molly on 01-05-17

Good story, meh narrators

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I agree with many reviewers that of the three narrators, only Hattie's is pretty good. Peter's mispronounces words a lot and Dell's, though he has a pleasing voice, has a few odd ways of intoning sentences that get repetitive fast. Nothing that ruined the book for me, though. Also, I thought a couple of times that the book could have used another pass by the editor--only small things like repeated words and odd scene flow; nothing that detracted much.

With the negatives out of the way, I thought the story itself was very good. The characters and plot developments were very believable for the most part. I wasn't sure whether I liked it or not until I reached the ending, which threw the rest of the book into a better light from my point of view. I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll just say a view I had held about one of the characters for nearly the whole book was unexpectedly voiced by another character right at the end. Definitely give it a read, and if you find yourself frustrated by any of the characters like I was, hold out for the end and you'll likely get the same satisfaction I did.

  • At Home in Mitford

  • A Novel
  • By: Jan Karon
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 19 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,008
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,523

It's easy to feel at home in Mitford. In these high, green hills, the air is pure, the village is charming, and the people are generally lovable. Yet Father Tim, the bachelor rector, wants something more. Enter a dog the size of a sofa who moves in and won't go away. Add an attractive neighbor who begins wearing a path through the hedge. Now, stir in a lovable but unloved boy, a mystifying jewel theft, and a secret that's 60 years old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Sara on 01-29-14

Well...

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

On the one hand, I loved listening to the book. It's very well-written for the most part and very uplifting with likeable and believable characters. On the other hand, this is what I said at the end:

"What...? What!? But... but nothing happened!"

I suppose the story will continue in the next book, but while the ending of this one wasn't a cliffhanger, I'm still not entirely sure what the point was. I wouldn't mind a good story without a point, except that I expected a little more resolution in the ending.

  • Rosemary's Baby

  • By: Ira Levin
  • Narrated by: Mia Farrow
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511

She is a housewife: young, healthy, blissfully happy. He is an actor: charismatic and ambitious. The spacious, sun-filled apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side is their dream home, a dream that turns into an unspeakable nightmare. Enter the chilling world of Ira Levin, where terror is as near as your new neighbors and where evil wears the most innocent face of all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Here Be Witches

  • By Michael E. Wallster on 08-05-11

Most unsatisfying ending I've ever read!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

I'm not one of those people who's read a million and one books with another million sitting on the shelf, but I've read my share, and I'm not exaggerating about the ending. Absolutely nothing was resolved and it wasn't even a cliffhanger type of ending (though to be fair, I don't like those either). It feels like the plot builds and builds to a climax, sort of teeters on the edge for a while, then falls back on its rear end and ends right in the middle of a scene.
Now that I've panned the ending, I should probably say a little about the rest of the book. I was ready to give it a good four stars right up until the so-called 'end'. The main character is believable and likeable, and the plot doesn't rely on her making unrealistically stupid decisions. All the other characters are very well-written as well, and there's some really nice foreshadowing in the first act. Toward the end, I was really rooting for Rosemary and occasionally cheering her on out loud. The only thing I didn't like about the earlier parts of the book was how scenes sometimes seem to cut off right in the middle. A character will ask a question and then suddenly the scene changes to a few hours later. It made things a tad confusing in the audio version, but didn't detract from the story, at least until the ending does the same awkward cutoff.
The narrator is absolutely great. Something about her voice puts me in mind of a cozy 50's rom-com or something like that. It's very incongruous to the darkness of the plot, but delightfully so. And when things get rough, she's a better actor than Guy Woodhouse any day. She's not afraid to literally scream a line if it's appropriate in the situation, and it's completely believeable when she does it. She's far and away the best thing about this audiobook.
BOTTOM LINE: I recommend this book if you aren't the type to get emotionally invested in the plot/characters. Otherwise the ending will probably just depress or annoy you.

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  • Depth of Lies

  • By: E. C. Diskin
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo, Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 160

When Shea Walker, a sunny, easygoing mom, is found dead in a bathtub with a stomach full of booze and pills, the shocking discovery shatters the complacency of her comfortable suburban community. Kat Burrows, Shea's longtime friend and former neighbor, is hit hardest. How could a woman she thought she knew so well come to such a sordid end? What could lead happy, well-adjusted, responsible Shea to accidentally overdose on alcohol and narcotics? Or, worse, drive her to suicide?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I expected so much more...

  • By shelley on 03-05-18

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

I highly recommend this listen. This was a great book--it kept things a mystery without feeling like it was desperate to catch the reader off guard at any cost like so many books these days. The characters are likeable and believable, and I didn't find myself rolling my eyes or saying "That would never happen." I found the resolution of the mystery and the ending very satisfying as well.
The readers were both just OK. For a while I wasn't even sure whether they were the same person or not because they both overenunciate things and have an odd, clipped 'gait' of talking. Since they both did this, I assume it was the fault of whoever directed the performance. It wasn't unpleasant to listen to, but it was odd and occasionally just a tad grating to hear the book read in an expressive robot voice. Though it WAS very amusing to hear one of them continue in the same tone while reading the copyright warning at the end as if still reading a novel.

  • Two Kinds of Truth

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,966
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,918

Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drugstore where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bosch Survives Two Career Ending Threats

  • By Russell on 11-20-17

Great, but the ending was a little unsatisfying...

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

My favourite thing about this book was that it didn't seem to be trying to blindside the audience or go to absurd lengths to be 'original' (I put that in quotes because many authors these days seem to think a book has to be shocking and far-fetched to be original). I could believe that this was a true story. I say that as a compliment. The characters were lifelike and the protagonist had several moments where he set himself apart as a really admirable person in certain ways, without being flawless or preachy. My only complaint is that a lot of doors were left open at the ending--maybe some of these are addressed in the next book, but some of them were the type of thing that doesn't feel like it should be split between two books.
The narration was pretty good. I wouldn't say it was amazing, but it was pleasant to listen to for the most part and didn't detract from the story or make it hard to understand.

  • Every Fifteen Minutes

  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,961
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,957

Dr. Eric Parrish is the chief of the psychiatric unit at Havemeyer General Hospital outside of Philadelphia. Recently separated from his wife, Alice, he is doing his best as a single dad to his seven-year-old daughter, Hannah. His work seems to be going better than his homelife, however. His unit at the hospital has just been named number two in the country and, Eric has a devoted staff of doctors and nurses who are as caring as he is. But when he takes on a new patient, Eric's entire world begins to crumble.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More twists and turns than Lombard Street

  • By Anonymous! on 04-23-15

Good listen!

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

This book will keep you listening and guessing, but the real culprit comes out of nowhere--and, as a previous reviewer said, not in a good way. There are LOTS of red herrings, which are easy to recognise; you'll probably find yourself thinking "Well, I thought it was this person, but now the author is dropping hints toward him/her and I don't think so anymore..." But it's still well worth a listen, in my opinion. The protagonist is likeable and I really wanted things to turn out OK for him, though I did sometimes groan at his choices. The author was also very good at making some of the antagonists hateable--maybe TOO good. Several times I wanted to reach through the screen and throttle the ex-wife, whose name is not Alice, incidentally. Despite thinking the final twist was a bit cheap, I found the ending satisfying as well.
The writing is very good on a mechanical level; there are occasional things that make me think this book needed another pass by the editor, but not to the point of distracting from the story.
The narrator is good, but a few of his voices are inconsistent, and a few times during conversations with sparse dialogue tags I would get confused as to who was speaking. But he has a very nice voice and his inflection and speed are enjoyable to listen to.
For those like me who care about such things, the book is pretty clean. It's intense at times, but doesn't fall into the shock value trap like many in the genre.

  • Best Day Ever

  • A Psychological Thriller
  • By: Kaira Rouda
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead, Amy McFadden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 452

Paul Strom is the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That's why he's planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he's promised today will be the best day ever. But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them, and doubts start to arise. How perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really? How much do they trust each other? Is Paul the person he seems to be? And what are his secret plans for their weekend?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Graham Halstead gave life to character!

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-20-17

Great book

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

I wouldn't exactly classify it as a thriller, but it's a very interesting and believable story. Some language (pretty seldom) and references to sex, but not riddled with it like a lot of this genre, so you should be safe if you're not a fan of that stuff. I made an exception to my usual strong dislike of novels written in present tense for this book, and I'm glad I did. Definitely recommend.

EDIT: I've now listened to this book a good three or four times and it doesn't get old. In fact, I raised my original rating of 4-5-4 because of being drawn back. I quote Paul a lot and really wish there were no F-bombs instead of just a few so I could recommend it to some more choosy readers I know. Graham Halstead plays Paul SO perfectly, with the constant subtle undertone of narcissism and the condescending tone he sometimes gets when talking to or about the women in his life.

Despite how detestable Paul would be as a real person, I enjoy listening to his 'busy mind' and can't bring myself to hate him--though I would cheerfully give him a right hook if I met him in real life. I even laugh along with him as he takes revenge on some of the people he perceives as having wronged him later in the book--and then just as gleefully laugh AT him when his deception and foolishness finally bite him in the heel and he goes down hard. But not because he's a cartoonish or unrealistic character. Every character in the book is so believable that, when I was listening to the wrap-up at the end, I almost forgot I wasn't listening to a true story. But it's still delightful to hear Paul's never-wavering confidence as all his facades collapse around him, and the ending is entirely satisfying.

Long story short, I love this book. It's still the only present-tense, 'stream-of-consciousness' book I've been able to tolerate, and it's now one of my favourite books. Give it a listen, or a read if you will, but Graham Halstead makes it all the better.

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  • The Maltese Falcon

  • By: Dashiell Hammett
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,544
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,547

Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, first serialized in a magazine in 1930, is best known through the iconic Humphrey Bogart film of 1941. But it was the book that created the classic "noir" genre with its tough private detective threading his cool way between the criminals and the law. Sam Spade, the private eye solving the mystery of the Maltese statuette, was the template for Philip Marlowe and a host of others…. but they come no more shrewd and cunning with Hammett peppering the text with one-liners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding American classic!

  • By Kathi on 03-07-13

Worthwhile, but a little disappointing

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

I had the odd experience of going straight from greatly enjoying this book to NOT enjoying it right at the end. I felt like a lot of plotlines were left unresolved. But what WAS resolved in the ending was done very satisfyingly.