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  • The Quiet Professor

  • By: Betty Neels
  • Narrated by: Anne Cater
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Megan thought she had it all - a good job, a caring family and a fiancé whom everyone agreed would make her a wonderful husband. But then her perfectly constructed world fell apart, and she found that her one hope was Professor Jake van Belfeld. He seemed determined to rebuild her life - but why was he taking such a personal interest in her? He couldn't think that her heart needed his attention, too, could he?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hope after heartache

  • By PlantGirl on 06-30-16

Great job!<br />

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-18

Loved it. I liked the accents. It made it more personable and real. I wish Audible had the other Betty Neels audio books as well.

  • Detox Your Ego

  • 7 Easy Steps to Achieving Freedom, Happiness and Success in Your Life
  • By: Steven Sylvester
  • Narrated by: Des Yankson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

What stops you from winning and performing at your best? Your ego. Your ego ensures you get in the way of yourself when you're doing something important: whether you're preparing for school exams, taking your driving test, playing a sport, speaking in public or making a business presentation. Whatever you do, your ego is sure to interfere with your performance. We all have egos: it's our natural defence system which is triggered when we experience strong emotions, such as anxiety and fear.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Repetitive

  • By Michel on 02-28-17

great book by a psychologist

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-18

the narrator has beautiful English.
I love the points that the author brought out about the ego. he explains the reason for unhappiness clearly, which motivates me to follow the steps to happiness and peace in this life. in chapter 14, I saw clearly where my unhappiness began, and at the same time gave me hope and direction to a happier future. thank you for this great book.

  • Cosi Fan Tutti

  • An Aurelio Zen Mystery, Book 5
  • By: Michael Dibdin
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

Neopolitan businessmen, politicians, and eminent mafiosi are assassinated as someone takes literally the job of cleaning up the city's tarnished image. In this mystery, Aurelio Zen discovers that in '90s 'New Italy', things are still the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully entertaining

  • By Lee Chemel on 01-25-11

Hilarious

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

Reviewed: 11-15-16

If you could sum up Cosi Fan Tutti in three words, what would they be?

Very funny

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

Always fantastic.

Any additional comments?

Haha! Great story! Very funny and lighthearted. After reading the Venice one, I liked coming into this one in Naples. Great ending!!!

  • Cabal

  • Aurelio Zen, Book 3
  • By: Michael Dibdin
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

When, one dark night in November, Prince Ludovico Ruspanti fell 150 feet to his death in the chapel at St. Peter's, Rome, there were a number of questions to be answered. Inspector Aurelio Zen finds that getting the answers isn't easy, as witness after witness is mysteriously silenced - by violent death. To crack the secret of the Vatican, Zen must penetrate the most secret place of all: the Cabal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deception everywhere and a satisfying conclusion

  • By Gypsy Girl on 03-12-15

Not like the film series

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

Reviewed: 11-11-16

Any additional comments?

Not like the film series at all. I like the designer side of it. I liked the gifted sister, Ariana. But I didn't care for Zen's actions towards the end. Oh well. I'm going to read Book 4 and see how it goes.

  • Aurelio Zen: Vendetta

  • By: Michael Dibdin
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Inspector Zen has a problem: an impossible murder, recorded on the closed-circuit video of Oscar Burolo's top-security Sardinian fortress. As Zen gets to work, he is once again plunged into a menacing and violent world where his own life is soon at risk.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dibdin and Zen and Kitchen...a great combo

  • By Lee Chemel on 10-01-12

We meet Tania

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

Reviewed: 11-08-16

Which character – as performed by Michael Kitchen – was your favorite?

Zen

Any additional comments?

Ellen was Zen's lover in the first book. She is American and leaves for NY. In this book he is passionately in love with Tania, but in the book, she is not Tania Moretti, but another last name. The film series differs in that way and others. The property where the killing occurred is on the island of Sardinia instead of near Rome. The author does a good job describing Sardinia. But after listening to this story, I am NOT going to put Sardinia on my top ten places to go to, haha.

Zen's mother is also different from the film series. In the book she is older and pettishly boring. She complains all the time about Rome. She is taken care of by another woman all day so she has nothing to do except to watch tv all day. In the film series and book, Zen does not "connect" with the women in his life, especially in the first book; resulting in Ellen the American leaving him. I think he is just too stressed out from his job to have any energy left over for any kind of normal relationship. He needs more vacation days.

As usual, Kitchen does a fantastic job and I think he conveys Zen's personality really well.

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  • Ratking

  • Aurelio Zen, Book 1
  • By: Michael Dibdin
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 129

A powerful industrialist, Ruggiero Miletti, is kidnapped. Inspector Zen is transferred to Perugia to take over the case - but finds that there are many obstacles in his way. The local authorities see him as an interloper, and the victim’s family, one of the most powerful in Italy, seem content to let Miletti languish in the hands of his abductors. Zen has crossed swords with the establishment before - and lost. Can he succeed this time?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Main character let me down....

  • By Janet on 04-27-14

Great Narration

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

Would you listen to Ratking again? Why?

Perhaps

What did you like best about this story?

Zen. And Kitchen reading him.

Any additional comments?

I saw the Zen series and Kitchen in Foyle. That's why I bought the book. I like Kitchen's voice. He got into Zen's character and personality really well. Great Job!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Big Magic

  • Creative Living Beyond Fear
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,872
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,064

Readers and listeners of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Biggest Inspiration In a Long Time

  • By Gillian on 09-23-15

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 06-22-16

What did you love best about Big Magic?

Great writer

What was one of the most memorable moments of Big Magic?

That I felt as if I were given permission to be creative, regardless of what other people said.

What did you learn from Big Magic that you would use in your daily life?

I have somewhere to turn to (creativity) any time I need it.

Any additional comments?

Fantastic writer. One of the best writers on Audible since I started listening in the last 6 months.