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  • The Death of the Banker

  • The Decline and Fall of the Great Financial Dynasties and the Triumph of the Small Investor
  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 559
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 501
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 505

Ron Chernow examines the forces that made dynasties like the Morgans, the Warburgs, and the Rothschilds the financial arbiters of the early twentieth century and then rendered them virtually obsolete by the century's end. As he traces the shifting balance of power among investors, borrowers, and bankers, Chernow evokes both the grand theater of capital and the personal dramas of its most fascinating protagonists.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Severely outdated

  • By Lindsey M Hall on 11-15-17

Some of it's good, some of it's out of date

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

The JP Morgan and Rothchilds stuff is history. The discussion about the "current" situation, well, it's not current. The book was written in 1997. Some of the observations, in light of the 2008 financial meltdown, miss the mark. I'd skip this one.

  • The Word Is Murder

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,224

The New York Times best-selling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty brilliantly reinvents the classic crime novel once again with this clever and inventive mystery starring a fictional version of the author himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes, investigating a case involving buried secrets, murder, and a trail of bloody clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something New

  • By Alice on 06-26-18

A twist on the Narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Anthony Horowitz is the Watson to his fictional "Sherlock". And as Watson, Anthony Horowitz is the narrator.

It was a really good story, but what added a little more fun were the "facts" that Horowitz "revealed" about himself. Fact or fiction! Ah. The game is afoot!

Definitely worth the credit and the time.

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Series, Book 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,243

Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Mystery with Wonderful Characters

  • By Robert on 12-22-08

Best lover EVER? AND Sick Sex Crimes??

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

Narrator (Simon Vance) is of course fabulous.

The brutality against women is twisted & excessive. But every female character (just about) has to have sex with our Hero (writer's fantasy self).

It's kinda icky.

  • Hell House

  • By: Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,908
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,422
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,423

For over 20 years, Belasco House has stood empty. Regarded as the Mt. Everest of haunted houses, its shadowed walls have witnessed scenes of unimaginable horror and depravity. All previous attempts to probe its mysteries have ended in murder, suicide, or insanity.

But now, a new investigation has been launched, bringing four strangers to Belasco House in search of the ultimate secrets of life and death. A wealthy publisher, brooding over his impending death, has paid a physicist and two mediums to establish the facts of life after death once and for all. For one night, they will investigate the Belasco House and learn exactly why the townsfolk refer to it as the Hell House.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hell House is like Hill House, but fiercer

  • By Phebe on 08-13-12

Porn for Adolescent Boys

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

Reviewed: 10-22-17

I thought this was supposed to be a classic. Yikes.

Erect nipples, creamy thighs . . . and the author dedicated this to his daughters.

Yikes.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Pines

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,514
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,529

Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well done story

  • By Linda B on 08-28-12

Incorrectly Categorized - Not a "Mystery/Thriller"

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

I feel like Debbie from "Addams Family Values" . . . I wanted Ballerina Barbie, NOT Malibu Barbie.

The 1st 4 hours (yes 4 hours) I kept thinking, yeah I got the point. You can't leave, Can't phone home. Okay ET I get it.

And the next 3 hours were very exciting, which sorta redeemed the belabored 1st four.

But the ending?? Really? This is NOT Twin Peaks or any thriller involving a government agent. Not Jason Bourne.

If you want a weird, quirky government agent story with an appropriate ending, this ain't it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Burning Room

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,743

In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By Patroo on 11-07-14

Welliver IS Bosch

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

Reviewed: 11-19-15

Dick Hill was a Superlative narrator. He did the voices. All the voices: white, black, Hispanic, male, female. He was fearless. A couple of the Bosch narrators have been actually cringe worthy. And after Hill, that really hurt.

But Titus Welliver sounds like I imagine Bosch would sound. Low key, almost monotone, flat and hurried. No drama in his voice because Bosch wouldn't speak dramatically. And when Welliver reads the other characters, with little to no variation, it works. Because that's how Bosch would read them. He's all Bosch all the time.

Hill was gifted with an ability to do all the of the different characters. Welliver has given us the gift of Harry Bosch. I absolutely love him!

  • Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death

  • By: James Runcie
  • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 376
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 347

Sidney Chambers, the Vicar of Grantchester, is a 32-year-old bachelor. Tall, with eyes the colour of hazelnuts, he is both an unconventional clergyman and a reluctant detective. Working in association with his friend, Inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney is able to go where the police cannot, eliciting surprise revelations and confessions from his parishioners.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not The Masterpiece Mystery Grantchester

  • By Sara on 06-28-15

This is Not Grantchester.

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

Reviewed: 02-24-15

Sidney Chambers in Grantchester is so masculine. So world weary. So strong. So very heartbreaking.

This Sidney Chambers is Very Moral. A little sanctimonious . Very Disappointing.

When you hear "cozy 1950s detective stories with a country vicar as the sleuth", that's exactly what you get in Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death is. It's so very Very Prissy.

And the narrator . . . yikes. Most of the characters in the story are in their 20s. This narrator has the voice of an Old Cozy Country Vicar. And just as much acting ability. Sidney Chambers sounds like Miss Marple from St. Mary Meade.

This is not Grantchester. Buy this if you're curious to see how a brilliant writer (Daisy Coulam) turned these typical stories into something really special. If you want more James Norton as Sidney Chambers, I am so very sorry to tell you, he is not here. Buy the DVDs.

7 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

  • By: Seth Grahame-Smith
  • Narrated by: Scott Holst
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,021
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,297
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,384

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My friends thought I was crazy.

  • By bluecat1861 on 03-23-10

Narrator has to force gravitas

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

Reviewed: 07-17-14

Would you try another book from Seth Grahame-Smith and/or Scott Holst?

No, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was not nearly as good as Dawn of the Dreadfuls and Dreadfully Ever After. And Holst sounded too young, his voice was too light. It sounded like he was just trying too hard. I don't know if it was the writing or the narrating, but I just wanted to keep rolling my eyes. His lack of maturity was contagious.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Just icky.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Holst?

Someone older, with a deeper voice. Not someone who should be narrating YA novels

Did Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter inspire you to do anything?

Investigate anything else Holst may have narrated or Grahame-Smith may have written, to avoid it.

Any additional comments?

Yes, I prefer to write reviews in a free format. This question/answer format is insulting. Shame on you Audible. How brainless you must think your listeners are.

  • Middlesex

  • By: Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Narrated by: Kristoffer Tabori
  • Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,534

In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth Waiting It Out

  • By D. N. Meads on 08-28-09

Narrator missed the boat

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

Reviewed: 07-26-13

The narration was such a distraction. He did not sound like a Greek from Detroit. He sounded like a Jew from New York/New Jersey. Occasionally he would get the accent correct, but mostly he didn't. His pronunciation of Greek words, while confident, was only 50% correct. But it was better than the accent. Also his voice was too mature and too masculine. He was Not Calliope.

Still, his style was very animated, and I'm sure he's top-notch with the right material. I feel that he was mis-cast. Not his fault, but as a listener, the performance was really below the average audiobook.

The story was entertaining, but my Greek Orthodox in-laws were offended. They wanted to hear a nice story about nice traditional, church-going Greeks. So, for me, imagining their horror at all of the gender issues, was a distraction. But that's my issue, not the story's.

Overall, I can't recommend this book. Too many things were too distracting.

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    103 ratings
    Overall 3.5
  • The Wall Street Journal Weekend Journal, 3-Month Subscription

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  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54

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  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Get OUT OF MY AUDIBLE

  • By smb072 on 07-02-17
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The narrator couldn't be more hopeless. Honestly.

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

Reviewed: 05-22-12

It's Down TON Abbey not Down Town Abbey. Petula Clark does Not sing the show's song.

And (I can't believe he got this wrong) Robert Louis (pronounce the S) Stevenson, not Robert Louie Stevenson.

Seriously, where did you find him??? If you like his voice, snarkily arrogant, why don't you give him the correct pronunciations?????

Shame on all y'all! But shame on you, Audible, most of all.