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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine audiobook cover art

Just Read This Book. You'll thank me later

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-18

Blew me away. The book, writing, narration, characters. Amazing. You know quickly into the story that the main character is a PTSD survivor trying to navigate her way in the world. The narrator brilliantly lends humanity to each character and villainy to the Mother. Honeyman crafts the book superbly, and every time I picked up my earbuds I couldn't wait to reconnect to Eleanor, Raymond and the host of family, friends, and colleagues who populate Eleanor's life. Honeyman takes us into Eleanor's mind, which is an unusual one, and I couldn't help but feel empathy and tenderness for her. With humor sprinkled throughout, Honeyman reveals how Eleanor experiences generosity, society, and ultimately her own feelings. Narrator McCarron is dazzling.

Gone to Dust audiobook cover art

Surprisingly good!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-18

I bought this book on a whim-maybe it was from one of Audible's sales-and was surprised with how much I liked it. The narrator was excellent. Andrews has a good voice, both for the main character as well as for the many other voices he had to adapt for characters both male and female. The story was easy and totally kept my attention. No violence or action but rather more character development and movement through situations. There were enough twists throughout to make it fun. Goldman is a writer I'm going to keep my eye on.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

An Accidental Death audiobook cover art

More More!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-17

I stumbled upon this book and am I glad I did. The story, characters, tone, and excellent narration made it such a good listen, I am quickly going to get the next few in the series. I love a smart, observant, whipcrack British/Canadian detective series-(a la Inspector Gently, Inspector Morse, and the incomparable Inspector Gamache.) DC Smith is a combination of these elder, sage detectives down to a hint of personal sadness, humor, and a wink at the world all the while knowing as much as he does. His jr detective, Waters, as well as his previously jr/now boss, Reeves, are also marvelous characters who are begging to be more fleshed out as the series progresses. This book is smart, humorous and superbly narrated. Please Audible, get the next 3 in the series, as well as any more Peter Grainger writes.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Strip audiobook cover art

hmmm

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-15

I am a fan of Thomas Perry, and this book caught me off guard. I've let it set a couple of weeks before I write the review, and decided it is better than I thought.
Unlike his other books, there is no character I like-no one I rooted for-like the 'hit man' who is really a sympathetic soul forced to kill anyone who stands in his way! This book, on the other hand, is loaded with unlikeable characters. I didn't care what happened to any of them in this convoluted plot.
However, when Strip wrapped up, I took notice.
Michael Kramer is superb and voices all characters, male and female, distinctly and believably.
Get to the end. You'll see what I mean.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

A Sunless Sea audiobook cover art

Topical 150 years later

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-14

At first I had to get used to Ralph Lister's narration, but after a bit, I adapted and the book flew along. A lot of this story had to do with the trial, and thus, featured Sir Oliver Rathbone, and I like a good courtroom drama. Today there is news on a daily basis of drug overdoses, specifically heroin, and so the opium misuse at front and center of this story is very topical. (And the brief recounting of the opium tragedy that resulted in China is covered as well.) Sunless Sea is a good mix of Monk, Hester, Runcorn (!) and Rathbone, which is a welcome change in the series. As Perry is inclined to do, she can become overly wordy and repetitious, but the overwhelming quality of her prose, and her story line with its twists and turns, win out, making this a 5 star listen. I wish Audible had Book 19..

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Peter and the Starcatchers audiobook cover art

Well written, beautifully read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-13

I saw a production of Peter and the Starcatchers on Broadway, and decided to listen to the book. Dave Barry is a wonderful writer-full of humor and clever characterization. Jim Dale does a superb job breathing life into the various characters young and old, male and female, smart, and dark. I will probably continue to read the series, that's how enjoyable it was. You will recognize aspects of Peter Pan in this tale, this prequal, so to speak. This is an easy, enjoyable, totally entertaining listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Series, Book 4 audiobook cover art

Consistently Entertaining Harry Bosch

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-13

What makes this different from other Bosh tales is that we get more of a glimpse into Harry Bosh's psyche. He is forced to work with a therapist, a victim of involuntary leave after a violent encounter with his boss. The mystery that accompanies his personal work, is solving the mystery of his mother, brutally killed when Bosh was a child. I typically enjoy Hill's narration and Connelly's writing, and this doesn't disappoint if you are looking for an easy listen . Some of the themes stretch credulity, but, that is par for the course in such a genre, IMO. The Last Coyote was entertaining. Not great writing, but good enough that I always looked forward to picking up the story where I left off. I easily recommend this book.

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Johnson keeps em coming

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-13

Between the narration, the characters, and the writing, Walt Longmire mysteries continue to keep me interested, make me chuckle, and entertain. The usual characters, Walt, Henry Standing Bear, Vic, Ruby, and others, combined with the new ones Johnson creates to tell this particular story make me want to continue listening. Johnson is adept at using the Wyoming winters to paint a bleak backdrop that become characters in their own right. Love this series!

A Rule against Murder audiobook cover art

Glad I came back to Louise Penny

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-13

Ralph Cosham deserves some of the credit for this interesting whodunnit. He voices all the characters superbly. I liked this better than another one or two Penny books I'd tried: she brought us into some of Inspector Gamache's personal story, giving him a fuller dimension and making him more interesting. All the characters swirl around Gamache, first on holiday with his wife when the book opens, minding his own business. When murder occurs, you are a good 2 hours into the book, and thus, get to know the other hotel guests and staff, which set the context very effectively. Perry's writing is lovely. There is a sadness to the tale, and a compelling desire on my part, to not put the story down. I am now going to research additional Louise Penny books to add to my audible library.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

As the Crow Flies audiobook cover art

Walt Longmire and George Guidall-what a pair!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-13

I like all the Longmire books, and in particular, the way George Guidall narrates them. He voices old men, young men, tough women, more timid women-all so well you think you are listening to multiple voices, and not just his. This story takes place primarily on the Indian Reservation-and away from his office and usual cast of deputies. Of course Standing Bear takes a central role, as the two of them witness a death they investigate along with new character, Chief Lolo Long of the tribal police. I liked a preponderance of Indian lore in this tale. The characters are peppery, feisty, and rich in background. Craig Johnson writes with his usual humor, and the story moves along very quickly. He is a smart writer, and I recommend this book to any fan of Walt Longmire.