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  • Joyland

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Michael Kelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,346

Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great Stephen King crime/mystery

  • By Mark on 07-11-13

Fun!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-15

I've never read a Stephen King book before but my husband has enjoyed many of his recent books so I thought I'd give this one a go with him during a long drive. It was an enjoyable listen, good and likable characters and the narrator was excellent.

  • Start Something That Matters

  • By: Blake Mycoskie
  • Narrated by: Blake Mycoskie
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646

What matters most to you? Should you focus on earning a living, pursuing your passions, or devoting yourself to the causes that inspire you? The surprising truth is that you don’t have to choose—and that you’ll find more success if you don’t. That’s the breakthrough message of the TOMS One for One movement. You don’t have to be rich to give back and you don’t have to retire to spend every day doing what you love. You can find profit, passion, and meaning all at once—right now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My eyes welled up several times!

  • By Thundersinspring on 12-20-11

Boring

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

Reviewed: 11-13-15

My daughter had to read this book for school. I typically read these assignments because I'm interested in what she is learning and so we can discuss the book. I can see how parts of it were relevant moral teachings, but it was really a book to help you think through starting a business which absolutely bored me. The fact that Blake was the narrator made it worse because it was a bunch of I did this and I did thats which got very old.

  • Bel Canto

  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,674
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,684

Ann Patchett’s award winning, New York Times best-selling Bel Canto balances themes of love and crisis as disparate characters learn that music is their only common language. As in Pratchett’s other novels, including Truth & Beauty and The Magician’s Assistant, the author’s lyrical prose and lucid imagination make Bel Canto a captivating story of strength and frailty, love and imprisonment, and an inspiring tale of transcendent romance. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Opera Has Charms to Soothe the Savage Guerillas

  • By Mel on 03-01-13

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 11-13-15

Throughout this book I would tell my husband I didn't think I liked it but then would find myself telling him about it in great detail and he'd point out that it sounded like I liked it. Even at the very end I'm questing myself - did I like it? Based on the ending, that literally made me gasp while driving, I decided I did like it and have since recommended it to 2 friends.

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  • The Great Divorce

  • By: C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,993
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,765
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,765

C. S. Lewis's dazzling allegory about Heaven and Hell - and the chasm fixed between them - is one of his most brilliantly imaginative tales, where we discover that the gates of Hell are locked from the inside. In a dream, the narrator boards a bus on a drizzly afternoon in Hell and embarks on an incredible voyage to Heaven. Anyone in Hell is invited on board, and anyone may remain in Heaven if he or she so chooses. But do we really want to live in Heaven?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Michelle Pierce on 08-22-14

Difficult Read

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

Reviewed: 11-13-15

This book was highly recommended by a friend. I found it to be too cryptic and difficult to follow.

  • The Hundred-Foot Journey

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard C. Morais
  • Narrated by: Neil Shah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,047
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,041

Born above his grandfather’s modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish curry, trips to the local markets, and gourmet outings with his mother. But when tragedy pushes the family out of India, they console themselves by eating their way around the world, eventually settling in Lumière, a small village in the French Alps.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazed that this is fiction....

  • By Janie on 08-15-14

Don't love to cook? This book is NOT for you.

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

Reviewed: 10-01-14

I heard good things about this movie and decided before going to see it I wanted to read the book, as normally the book is so much better than the movie. This book was about 80% food ingredients, 10% relationships and 10% words I would not be able to pronounce had I been reading it. Being someone who does not enjoy cooking and enjoys relationship development in a book, I was extremely disappointed. I considered stopping 3-4 hours in, but I kept thinking I just needed to give it more time. Now I'm not even sure I want to see the movie, although many others that gave the book 1 star said the movie is better. On one good note, I thought the narrator did a very nice job.

  • The Girl You Left Behind

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Penny Rawlins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,091
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,079

France, 1916: Artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his young wife, Sophie, to fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War I, Edouard’s portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant. As the officer’s dangerous obsession deepens, Sophie will risk everything - her family, her reputation, and her life - to see her husband again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exquisite Portrait of Sophie and Liz

  • By FanB14 on 09-03-13

Another great book by Jojo

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

Reviewed: 09-21-13

I didn't think this book could be as good as Me Before You, but I was wrong. Loved it!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Me Before You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,321

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Journey Into the Unknown

  • By Pamela Harvey on 01-13-13

Great...even if you already know how it will end

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

Reviewed: 09-05-13

I already knew how the book would end from reading other reviews, but it really didn't matter. This was such a captivating story! I really enjoyed the primary narrator and would've given her 5 stars, but I didn't care much for the others. I don't think they added anything to the audiobook. The story itself was great and I'm already half way through Jojo's next book, The Girl You Left Behind. So far, I'm enjoying it just as much.

  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty

  • A Novel
  • By: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Narrated by: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,733

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written and read!

  • By Elizabeth on 03-26-12

Loved, loved, loved!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-13

Characters so true I felt I knew them, twists I didn't see coming, incredible performance! One of my favorite reads so far this year!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Matterhorn

  • A Novel of the Vietnam War
  • By: Karl Marlantes
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 21 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,261

Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Matterhorn

  • By Zachary on 04-20-10

Couldn't finish

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

Reviewed: 04-04-13

I made it about 2/3 through this book but just couldn't continue. It was difficult to keep track of the characters. I really wanted to like this book and because of other reviews, I just kept thinking it would get better. But I ran out of steam and interest. My negative review does not reflect the narrator's performance.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Mysterious Howling

  • The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1
  • By: Maryrose Wood
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034

Of especially naughty children, it is sometimes said: “They must have been raised by wolves.” The Incorrigible children actually were. Discovered in the forests of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful! ... but only the first installment...

  • By Yvette on 06-17-10

I'll read the others

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

This was a cute story and a good start to a series. I didn't care for some of the voices the narrator used, specifically the one she used for Lady Constance. I will likely read the other two rather than listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful