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  • The Man on the Mountaintop

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Susan Trott, Libby Spurrier - adaptor
  • Narrated by: Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, Clare Corbett, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,257

The Man on the Mountaintop tells the story of Holy Man Joe, an ageing and unassuming man who lives in a hermitage on top of a mountain. During the summer months, thousands of hopefuls line the path leading to his door, seeking his wisdom. From bombastic, wealthy nobles intent on cheating their way to the top to drunkards who gradually build the physical and mental strength they need to quit their addiction, The Man on the Mountaintop is a rousing tale full of humour, wit and life lessons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple - which is all you really need

  • By Solunari on 02-01-19

Absolutely brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

I used to write reviews for every Audible book I read, but now my library is so huge that I don't bother with written reviews, I just plug in the star ratings. So! By the mere fact that I am actually reviewing this little gem should be an indication of how much I enjoyed it. I had no expectations -- it was included in my complimentary selections, and I chose it because the other choices did not enthrall me. Plus the fact that I don't like group narration ( this book has changed that forever), well, you see what I'm talking about.

From the start, I was captivated. The story began like a fantasy, and I didn't quite get it. I had no idea where it took place, I imagined a mountain somewhere in Tibet or India, and the idea of people climbing the mountain and taking days to get to see the "guru" seemed ridiculous. Plus, the guy's name was "Joe" - how quirky is that? But wait, there's more.

As the tale unfolded, I started to figure out what Joe was all about, and after reading this book, I think he knew what he was doing. I don't want to give much away. You have to hear this and let it creep up on you like it did me.

What a fabulous job by Stanley Tucci and the rest of the cast. Thank you, Audible. This book was/is charming as hell.

  • C791

  • Cyborgs: More than Machines, Volume 1
  • By: Eve Langlais
  • Narrated by: Benjamin Claude, Morais Almeida
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 130

Machines aren't supposed to feel, but this cyborg can't help falling in love. Assigned as a specimen collector for a captured cyborg, Chloe is intrigued by the machine disguised as a man. Kidnapped during his daring escape, he shows her that despite the chip in his brain, his humanity is not completely lost. Formerly known as unit X109GI, Joe is on a quest to discover his origin. While he doesn't find the answers he's looking for, he does discover that affection and lust aren't just for humans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Machines

  • By BookDragon on 08-23-17

I hated the narrator!

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

this guy's pronunciation was so bad it was distracting . all his e's sounded like i's. Enemy was inimee. it disrupted my listening experience very much change that narrator please.

  • The Frog Prince

  • A Romantic Comedy
  • By: Elle Lothlorien
  • Narrated by: Leah Frederick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 167

With one sniff, sex researcher Leigh Fromm recognizes that any offspring she might have with the mysterious stranger would have a better-than-average chance of surviving any number of impending pandemics. But when Leigh finds out that the handsome "someone" at her great aunt's wake is Prince Roman Habsburg von Lorraine of Austria, she suddenly doubts her instincts - not that she was intending to sleep with the guy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Modern Day Fairy Tale

  • By Katrina on 01-16-14

Terrible narrator unbelievably bad!

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

The story was not any good because the narrator had NO style. High voice with no connection to the words on the page

  • Capitol Magic

  • By: Mindy Klasky
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

Jane Madison is searching for a job that will fulfill her, enabling her to combine her peerless librarian skills with her witchcraft. Sarah Anderson, Clerk of Court for the District of Columbia Night Court, is just beginning to figure out what she can do as a sphinx, an ancient protector of vampires.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Voice - 2 Characters ???

  • By Cindy on 06-12-17

Narrator is HORRIBLE!

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

I could not find the story amid the jerky pauses and sing song presentation. Absolutely dreadful!

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  • Dragon Rider

  • By: Cornelia Funke
  • Narrated by: Brendan Fraser
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720

Firedrake, a young dragon, receives a frightening warning one night: Humans are planning to destroy the valley in which he lives! All the dragons must flee. Their only refuge is a place above the clouds called the Rim of Heaven, which may not even exist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT!!!

  • By Enid on 09-16-04

Brendan Fraser is the best

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

he brings the words to life in the extraordinary way every character is different and has personality I think Cornelia Finke made a good choice in this wonderful actor.

  • The Verdict

  • By: Nick Stone
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,430

Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk desperately trying to get promoted when he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite. The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, is not only someone he knows but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of THE best audiobooks ever!

  • By Sarah on 05-22-16

A very enjoyable experience!

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

Reviewed: 02-09-17

I purchased this book by Nick Stone as part of a BOGO. I am slightly apprehensive when I do this, because I really can't complain if the book happens to be a dud. There was, however, one book on the BOGO list that I couldn't resist, and "The Verdict" was bundled in as my second choice, so... I love long books, this one is 21 hours. I jumped in, even though courtroom drama is not one of my favorite genres..

I was so pleasantly surprised! The narration was good, the story was really good. The author unveils the story a bit at a time, and it just winds you in like a fish on a hook. The plot is well-developed, as are the characters, and it doesn't have a story book ending.

Here is a guy who gets an award for ethics in business, and on the same night, in the hotel where he has been given the award, someone is found murdered in his hotel room. He has no alibi, and it just gets more tense as you go along. Along the way, you are sure he is absolutely guilty, and then you're sure he's innocent, and then, and then.

Terry Flint, his best friend from childhood absolutely hates him for over twenty years, and finds himself in the awkward position of helping to defend him. There is a long history between these two, and my sympathies certainly lay with Terry, who had was in the squeamish position of doing the grunt work to build his defense case.

The verdict? Well, that's what this tale is all about. I was not bored at all with this book. I liked it a lot!

  • Property of a Noblewoman

  • By: Danielle Steel
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,456
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,321
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,317

Faded photographs of a glamorous couple in postwar Europe. Old letters hinting of tragic loss. And a breathtaking array of magnificent jewelry, spectacular stones in exquisite settings. These are the contents of a safe-deposit box long abandoned in a New York City bank. If no heir can be identified, the jewelry will be auctioned. But who was the woman who left such a fortune and no will?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A typical Danielle Steel book

  • By w.g. on 05-10-16

Predictable and sophomoric, period.

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

Reviewed: 11-05-16

I suppose there are some people who enjoy this slow-paced plod through life with some rather forgettable characters. This is not me. This is the kind of book you play just to have background noise while you are doing something else -- which is basically what I did.

The heroine of the story did not have any personality, nor did the jewelry appraiser who, oddly enough, turns out to the love interest, although he had no personality, either. This is clearly spelled out often by the author, who explains that his best friend is his mother.

When the predictable ending (I'm not going to spoil it by actually telling you what it is), came along finally, I thought, "Good, the thing is over...", but no! It went on and on about the mother, who, as it turns out, also didn't have any personality either. She did absolutely nothing magic or wonderful as a result of the predictable ending, but continued to live her boring life in a very boring way. Why bother?

I am not a Danielle Steele kind of person, and now I see why not. There was so much that could have been done with this concept, but nothing, I mean, nothing happened. I mean, if you're going to have a plot twist, don't keep hinting and hinting at it until everyone knows beforehand.

Now you see, I could have made this review much shorter by getting directly to the point, but I want to illustrate how anything, including this review, can be expanded into so much nothingness just like the book itself. Ms. Steele continues to go to the bank smiling.

  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: Bill Homewood
  • Length: 52 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,236
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,794
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,794

On the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Mercedes, having that very day been made captain of his ship, the young sailor Edmond Dantès is arrested on a charge of treason, trumped up by jealous rivals. Incarcerated for many lonely years in the isolated and terrifying Chateau d'If near Marseille, he meticulously plans his brilliant escape and extraordinary revenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is the one to spend 50 hours listening to!

  • By james on 03-05-13

This is amazing literature - a timeless CLASSIC!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-16

I had no idea what this book was about. I vaguely remembered it as a movie in my childhood as a pirate movie thing something or other from the olden days, but when I got into it I couldn't believe my ears. The plot is riveting from the first paragraph and never stops.. This is about a young man who is tragically wronged and spends his life wreaking revenge on his enemies. It's very imaginative and sometimes long winded, but the language gave me a real feel of the time frame - 1815 - 1850..

I loved Bill Homewood's narration all the way through. I really wanted to listen to this book in one sitting. I didn't want to put it down, so I took it to bed with me and listened until I fell asleep, losing my place night after night. . So, I have just been starting a chapter at random and let it take me with it.

I suggest you check out Wikipedia's article on this book, particularly the graph that shows the interaction between all the characters in the book. It is a lot to wrap your head around. The PDF that comes with the download is useless.

  • The Sam Gunn Omnibus

  • By: Ben Bova
  • Narrated by: Richard Brewer, Emily Janice Card, Gabrielle de Cuir, and others
  • Length: 29 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 565

A hero without peer or scruples, Sam Gunn has a nose for trouble, money, and women, though not necessarily in that order. A man with the ego (and stature) of a Napoleon, the business acumen of a P. T. Barnum, and the raging hormones of a teenage boy, Sam is the finest astronaut NASA ever trained and dumped. But more than money, more than women, Sam Gunn loves justice—and he really does love money and women.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Quaint collection of short stories

  • By HL on 10-04-13

Slightly flawed but impossible to resist!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-16

Any additional comments?

The stories about Sam Gunn are charming and fun to listen to. I enjoyed the entire experience even though there were several places where the narrative repeated itself enough so that I thought I had deja-vu! And, Sam Gunn would have to live to be several hundred years old to live through all his escapades. I will listen to it again and again deja-vu and all.

  • Mrs Queen Takes the Train

  • By: William Kuhn
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,691
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,688

An absolute delight of a debut novel by William Kuhn - author of Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books - Mrs Queen Takes the Train wittily imagines the kerfuffle that transpires when a bored Queen Elizabeth strolls out of the palace in search of a little fun, leaving behind a desperate team of courtiers who must find the missing Windsor before a national scandal erupts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable with deeper meaning

  • By SydSavvy on 12-31-15

Utterly, uneventful adventures of the Queen at 80

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

Reviewed: 08-31-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It's a bit long. Over 110 mini-chapters - what's up with that?

Has Mrs Queen Takes the Train turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes, flatly. Which is about what this book is.

What three words best describe Simon Prebble’s performance?

Simon is always good, but the material does not live up to his potential.

Was Mrs Queen Takes the Train worth the listening time?

Not really. I am on chapter 112 now, just want it to end.

Any additional comments?

It's a pity the author did not have the benefits of the glowing Audible reviews of this book BEFORE writing the thing. He might have lived up to the expectations that I had before reading it. Where is the charm? Where is the humanity? Where the hell is the Queen?

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