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  • Neverwhere

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,424

Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vivid, imaginative.

  • By Joseph on 10-29-09

How do I even describe this book?

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

I try to tell people what this book is about but where to even start? It’s not quite fantasy, but is fantastical beyond words. An epic tale full of such incredibly rich characters and story lines. From the mundane to the truly absurd and somehow woven in such a way that you find yourself sinking in, unable to pull yourself away. The writing is stunning, the narration is stunning, the story is stunning. Do not hesitate to download this book to listen... even if you’re not really sure what it’s about.. it doesn’t matter.

  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36,422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,152

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Seattle blues on 08-17-18

A fantastic story

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

I sit here in tears, just having finished this book. What a journey.... what a life. I feel like I know Kaya and her marsh. My heart has broken for her and sung for her. The characters are so real, and the narration brought them to life. I want to meet jumpin’ and Tate. I despise the petty women and men of the town. I want kaya to be a real person.. I want to read her beautiful books and study her paintings. I want to stay in her marsh and see all the beauty she saw in the smallest of things. I want her knowledge of the sea and the tides, the stars and the moon.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,539
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,166

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart and original

  • By J. OBrennan on 12-29-17

One of the best books ever... EVER!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

Every once in a while a book comes along and trumps all the other "best" books I have ever read. This is that book. It's got an incredibly story line and is filled with such minute detail that I could see the various scenes in my mind. It touches on so many aspects of life that it leaves me pondering things weeks later. It's science fiction to the core, but somehow it's also about just living life with all its complications. There is sorrow and joy, humor and fear and anxiety. I cried for the characters, and laughed out loud. I cringed often when they were in trouble. And I loved them... especially Aunt Ceili.. I can see her sitting on her porch, old and wise and satisfied with the simple things in life.. never wanting or asking for more. I am jealous that I don't have an Aunt Ceili in my own life. She, above all the other characters, to me, was real. The story is so satisfying, with its twists and revelations that I cannot wait to listen to it again.

And the narration... wow! Christopher Lane obviously took the time to get to know each character. His inflections and differences in tone and accent allowed me to know just who was speaking at the time. Really fantastic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Time Pebbles

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

Tekla, son of an ancient shaman, loses Ka Li when she is torn from his life by a brutal tribe of Denisovans in a Late Pleistocene kidnapping. Ka Li escapes but is unarmed and forced to flee across the Bering land bridge where she becomes hopelessly lost in the endless tracts of North America. Only Tekla cares enough to search for her over the years. As Ka Li survives fierce predators and scarce resources, she leaves behind a series of signal cairns to help Tekla find her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elegant parallels

  • By Playonwards on 06-13-18

This cannot be the same author as A gift of time?

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I read "A Gift of Time" and found it to be one of the best books I've ever read, so thought this one would be excellent as well. I was sorely disappointed. The story of the ancient people could have been interesting if the writer hadn't taken every liberty in making them centuries beyond their counterparts in everything they did and had. It would have been interesting to imagine how they might have lived, but the story line failed. The modern characters, especially the women, we're portrayed as stupid and ditsy. And the fact that they found every single artifact related to the ancient couple.. really? they would have been lucky to have found one single item in an entire career... I know that the story is supposed to explain how this would have happened, but without spoiling it for anyone else.. even if it DID happen the way we are told, it was still too far fetched to be believed.. even knowing that the story was pure fiction. The narration may have been my least favorite of all books I've listened to. The narrator spoke too slowly and with way too much precise diction... there were no inflections of emotion or character. It was as if she was reading the book for the first time, so had not learned anything about the characters that would enable her to bring them to life. I finished the book because I wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something by stopping early and getting my credit back, but in the end there was nothing redeeming about it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gray

  • The Complete Collection
  • By: Lou Cadle
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,228

Pre-med student Coral is on vacation in Idaho when something terrible happens. The black cloud is followed by a wildfire and searing heat that lasts for days. She survives deep in a cave but emerges days later to find the world transformed, with blackened trees, an ash-filled sky, and no living creatures stirring - except for her. So begins her desperate journey to find water and food and other survivors...and the answer to the mystery of what happened.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story - Superb Value

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 11-05-17

Holy cow!!! That was spectacular!!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

I don't know what to say.. I wanted it to end.. I didn't want it to end. What spectacular writing... what an intriguing story. It made me look at everyday life, along with the two recent hurricanes, differently. I want to tell people who are whining "at least you have food!". Kudos a thousand times, kudos.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,827
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,701
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,714

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

One of the best

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

Reviewed: 08-24-15

Any additional comments?

I downloaded this book prior to laser eye surgery, based solely on the reviews. I knew absolutely nothing about it at the time, but figured so many people couldn't be wrong. What a great choice. I wasn't able to comfortably open my eyes for a few days, so spent the time with them closed, listening to this wonderful tale. It's thoughtful, poignant, interesting and so full of life. The narration is probably the best of all the audible books I've ever listened to. I was THERE with those ladies.. experiencing what they were experiencing, afraid of the things they were afraid of, and hopeful for the future they were almost too afraid to see.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

  • By: Helen Fielding
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362

The Wilderness Years are over. But not for long. At the end of Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget hiccuped off into the sunset with man-of-her-dreams Mark Darcy. Now, in The Edge of Reason, she discovers what it is like when you have the man of your dreams actually in your flat and he hasn't done the washing-up, not just the whole of this week, but ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To Die For

  • By Sarah Martin on 10-27-13

A surprise

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

Reviewed: 08-24-15

Any additional comments?

I have read the other Bridget Jone's diaries, and hooted with laughter, but when this one started it was difficult to listen to, and so different from the others. I really wondered where it would go, and how. But what a beautiful culmination of the series. I laughed.. I cried (a lot), and in the end I was enormously satisfied.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,402

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now.As Harry nears the end of his 11th life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message." This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected treasure

  • By Stefanie on 08-24-15

An unexpected treasure

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

Reviewed: 08-24-15

Any additional comments?

I bought this book solely based on the ratings. It was a little slow getting started, but holy cow did it make up for lost time. The story was unique and fantastic, and the narration was one of the best I've heard so far. The narrator could convincingly sound like a young boy, or an old woman dying of pneumonia, and anywhere in between. Just spectacular. There were times when I couldn't understand him, no matter how many times I repeated the section, due to the speedy dialogue, but that didn't detract from the overall performance or story. If I could give this book 10 stars overall, I would.

238 of 242 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,435

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

Really spectacular.. really

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

Reviewed: 05-14-15

What did you love best about The Girl with All the Gifts?

I was a bit nervous reading that this was considered "horror".. it's not horror (unless you're afraid of zombies!).. instead it's an incredibly well written tale of love and perseverance. It's full of tension and action and emotion, and the story... well.. the story is fantastic. I was a little worried about how the tale would wrap up in the end, but again, I was not disappointed! And the writing is fantastic.. the wording and ideas.. they sound so simple, but end up being so complex.. really wonderful. It's got a lot of science in it, so for the scientist in me, it was extra special.. I understood much of what they were talking about in reference to equipment and the "grey stuff" (which I won't give away). The narrator was perfect for the tale as well, and I will be seeking out other books by this author (if they exist) and this narrator.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Speaks the Nightbird

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 30 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,237

The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!

  • By aaron on 06-05-12

A long listen, but worth it

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

Reviewed: 08-30-14

Any additional comments?

This is a very very long listen, and at times it may appear to lag, but it all builds to a story that couldn't be told with any fewer words. I enjoyed listening to it, and trying to imagine what it might have been like to live in those times. Well told.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful