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  • The Ocean Liner

  • By: Marius Gabriel
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,065
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959

Cousins Masha and Rachel Morgenstern board the luxury liner the SS Manhattan bound for New York, desperate to escape the concentration camps that claimed the rest of their family. America offers a safe haven, but to reach it they must survive a hazardous Atlantic crossing. Among their fellow passengers fleeing the war, each with their own conflicts, secrets, and surprises, are the composer Igor Stravinsky, making a new start after a decade of tragedy, and Rose Kennedy, determined to keep her four children from harm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Historical Fiction--Compelling Characters

  • By Linda on 04-05-18

The Ocean Liner

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

Superb storytelling! If you're looking for a fascinating historical fiction audiobook with a soothing narrator, here ya go. I've never read anything by Marius Gabriel, nor have I heard an Angela Dawe's narration. This combination of author and narrator is phenomenal.

The story takes place on the Manhattan ocean liner during WWII. Famous people are onboard, including a few members of the Kennedy family and Igor Stravinsky. Many are escaping the horrors of war and leaving behind loved ones. German u-boats are at sea. Lurking. So many great stories occur within this one book. Especially heartbreaking is the story of Rosemary Kennedy. I've never been a fan of the Kennedy clan. This story, although fictional, yet loosely based on facts, solidifies my opinion of a horrifying family, cruel as they are fake.

My favorite audio book so far. Perfect!

  • My Plain Jane

  • By: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

You may think you know the story. Penniless orphan Jane Eyre begins a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester - and, listener, she marries him. Or does she? Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions in this standalone follow-up to My Lady Jane, which was called “an utter delight” (ALA Booklist, starred review), and “an uproarious historical fantasy that’s not to be missed” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Delightful Sequel!

  • By Kaleigh on 07-01-18

My Plain Jane

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

Absolutely love the Jane series! Such fun listening to. When it comes to this particular series, I always choose the Audible version. Why? Because taking a classic as big as JANE EYRE and turning it into something completely different deserves to be listened to as the authors intended it. This is quite the retelling of JANE EYRE and extremely entertaining. Highly creative story. I'm always amazed at an author's ability to make you believe in the most outrageous ideas that sometimes transpire in retellings. Of course, the original JANE EYRE will always be one of my most beloved classics, but this was plain Jane good fun! The narration is so very great and witty. Bring on the next Jane. I look forward to meeting her. Lots of laugh out loud moments.

  • The Witch of Willow Hall

  • By: Hester Fox
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

In the wake of a scandal, the Montrose family and their three daughters - Catherine, Lydia and Emeline - flee Boston for their new country home, Willow Hall. The estate seems sleepy and idyllic. But a subtle menace creeps into the atmosphere, remnants of a dark history that call to Lydia, and to the youngest, Emeline. All three daughters will be irrevocably changed by what follows, but none more than Lydia, who must draw on a power she never knew she possessed if she wants to protect those she loves. For Willow Hall’s secrets will rise, in the end....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great concept, soppy heroine, missed the mark

  • By JK_ATL on 10-09-18

The Witch of Willow Hall

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

Loved it? Yes! I did. I purchased this to read for Halloween but got sidetracked (not book's fault) and finished during holidays. Once time allowed and I had ample time to read, I WAS HOOKED, hanging on every word. The narration is phenomenal and very expressive. Each character was portrayed by the narrator and everyone portrayed was believable, especially when the two sisters begin to quarrel. It's downright chilling. I'd describe this book as historical fiction, historical mystery, historical romance, but not the gushy, lovey-dovey kind, and part historical paranormal. There's enough going on to satisfy an assortment of reading fans. A wealthy Bostonian family is forced to leave their city comforts behind when hideous rumors begin to spread. Mother & Father relocate their three daughters to a mysterious country home. The eldest, beautiful daughter is at the forefront of the rumors that have turned this distinguished family into social pariahs. The middle sister, Lydia, is bookish and quaint. Do not underestimate her. She's inherited unique talents that once had a family member hanged for witchcraft. The youngest child, Emmaline, dreams of mermaids and imaginary friends. Soon, Willow Hall will be filled with sadness, regrets, secrets, and lies so unimaginable that lives become threatened. Only one sister has the strength to confront the spirits that lurk the grounds and halls of Willow Hall. Is she willing to sacrifice everything to protect the person who least deserves it? I gasped out loud at some of the unexpected revelations. What?! This book had a fantastic plot and felt like I was reading one of those good old fashioned books of long ago. Excellent!

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  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,000
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16,013

A young couple buys a beautiful house by a picturesque lake in the Catskills, looking to escape the bustle of the city to raise their newborn baby. It is a perfect place for a fresh start. Except that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. As autumn nights close in around their home, they learn that darkness takes many forms. And sometimes that darkness is hungry. New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry delivers an unsettling Audible Original that will give listeners the Halloween creeps all year round.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I guess there’s a reason it’s free

  • By Katie Washington on 10-05-18

Lulla-FRIGHT!

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

If you're a fan of Audible, Scott Brick needs no introduction. For twelve short chapters, his narration is the perfect blend of calm before the storm, leading you to believe there's nothing to fear. Suddenly, his voice is filled with chilling horror and goosebumps cover your arms. I assumed this would be a great October read and chose to listen to LULLABY as a late night listen. As the tropical rains poured against our windows, Maberry's frightening story, combined with Brick's brilliant storytelling, had me pulling the covers over my head and searching for my husband's warmth beside me in bed. If you're looking for a dark campfire story, look no further!

  • The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Ruthie Ann Miles, Kimiko Glenn, Alexandra Allwine, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,790

The thrilling new novel from number-one New York Times best-selling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been abandoned and adopted by an American couple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ***EXCELLENT*** Six stars if I could !!

  • By ROBIN on 04-10-17

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-18

I am always quick to pick up a Lisa See novel. My favorite of See's will always be Snowflower and the Secret Fan. I actually feel like I'm living in every story See writes. Rich history. Descriptive, lush landscapes that one can envision. Cultural heritage. All of these can be used to define this author's incredible body of work. THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE did not disappoint. Li-yan is an Akha woman with a tea inheritance that comes with great responsibility. Trying to balance her life within the Akha village is not easy, especially when she is forced to make difficult decisions in a world she knows little about. Will the tea girl find her way home? If you're a fan of Lisa See, you'll definitely want to add this to the list. Because of the beautiful cover l really wanted this book but, I found myself passing it up twice in two different bookstores. For some reason, I felt the Audible version would be best in telling this highly emotional story. I still love the cover, however, I am happy I chose the Audible edition. It was like sitting down with a friend as she told the story of her ancestors, her life, and her legacy. Excellent narration!

  • The Rainbow Comes and Goes

  • A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss
  • By: Anderson Cooper
  • Narrated by: Anderson Cooper, Gloria Vanderbilt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,831
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,806

Though Anderson Cooper has always considered himself close to his mother, his intensely busy career as a journalist for CNN and CBS affords him little time to spend with her. After she suffers a brief but serious illness at the age of ninety-one, they resolve to change their relationship by beginning a yearlong conversation unlike any they have ever had before. The result is a correspondence of surprising honesty and depth in which they discuss their lives, the things that matter to them, and what they still want to learn about each other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow .... Inspiring

  • By donna spencer on 04-08-16

Incredibly Interesting!

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

When I was a young girl, I remember watching a special biographical miniseries about a young Gloria and the bitter custody battle between Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt and Gertrude Vanderbilt. I believe it was called LITTLE GLORIA: HAPPY AT LAST. I was fascinated. Of course, like so many women and teenage girls, I owned several pair of Gloria Vanderbilt designer jeans. But, I did not know the Vanderbilt's history. After watching the miniseries, I begged my mother to take me to the library and I checked out the book (by Barbara Goldsmith) that served as inspiration for the miniseries. In later years, I purchased the book and re-read it as an adult. I understood most of the story as a young girl, but reading it the second time as a mother just broke my heart.

Not long ago, I watched a biography about Vanderbilt and Cooper. It was shortly before this coauthored book was released and precisely how I learned that there was to be a book written between them. I bought the audio version because I figured it was best to hear this joint venture straight from the horses mouths. Well, it didn't dissapoint! Surprisingly, even with all of Anderson's journalistic training, it's his mother that tells the better story. Cooper sounds monotone throughout, like he's reading a script, which he is, but...C'mon. Put some emotion into it, Anderson! Gloria, however, is excellent from start to finish. Gloria touches on old wounds from the past. She re-hashes those dark days and months her mother and paternal aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt, fought over custody of Gloria and the five million dollar trust fund that she had inherited when her father, Reginald Vanderbilt, passed away. It's sad and interesting to hear the ninety two year old Gloria discuss those broken memories. However, Gloria has regrets. Plenty of regrets. She doesn't leave those out either. One of the saddest moments comes when Gloria relives the most traumatic event of her life: the hot evening that her disoriented twenty three year old son commited suicide. Gloria tries to talk her beloved son to climb down from the terrace wall that overlooks the East River. She pleads with him to get down and come back inside. Carter Cooper let go and fell fourteen stories to his death as his mother watched helplessly. Anderson talks briefly about his older brother but, once again, he lacks emotion and sounds detached. Apparently, this book was created after mother and son had written a series of letters to one another. In the letters, Anderson asks his mother questions he couldn't ask in person. Gloria holds nothing back and these letters bond mother and son like never before. Most touching is the immense love and understanding that is shared between the two, especially when both are recalling Anderson's father, Wyatt Cooper, and Gloria's soul mate. It breaks my heart to think that Gloria finally found her one true love and only shared twelve short years with him. Gloria Vanderbilt has had more tragedy in her life than one person can stand. However, her heart remains positive and open. Yes! She has known devastating heartbreak, yet, she has persevered and reinvented herself time and again. It's safe to say, with a son like Anderson Cooper, Gloria did not repeat the mistakes made by her own mother. Somehow, the poor little rich girl rose above it all and became a loving wife, supportive parent, and a successful business woman. With Cooper by her side, perhaps Gloria really is happy at last.

This was a fascinating listen and I highly recommend the audio version from Audible. Like I said, who better to tell this story than Gloria and Anderson?! I forgive Anderson's blahness. I guess it IS difficult to outshine Gloria Vanderbilt.

  • Mrs. Zant and the Ghost

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Gillian Anderson
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,063
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,050

Mrs Zant has recently lost her beloved husband, and while walking in the Kensington Gardens, the spot where she and her deceased husband declared their love for each other, she feels his presence trying to warn her of some coming danger. Mr Rayburn witnesses it all, and he'll have to fight his own incredulity regarding the supernatural and his gut feeling that the disturbed young woman is telling the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something Like the Old Form

  • By John on 09-27-16

Beautiful Narration

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

Wilkie Collins needs no introduction. I have always wanted to read this short tale. Gillian Anderson's performance as Mrs. Zant is solid. The narrative tone she breathes into the eerie content is, in my opinion, hypnotic perfection. Each character is distinguishable; one can feel Mrs. Zant's emotional distress. This is a great, old fashioned ghost story mixed with one part mystery, which Collins did so very well. Influenced by Dickens, Wilkie Collins pioneered detective fiction.

  • The House on Coliseum Street

  • By: Shirley Ann Grau
  • Narrated by: Tamara Marston
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Joan Mitchell has two suitors, and can’t decide whom to marry. With her mother Aurelie’s example in mind, she’d like to skip marriage altogether. Joan and Aurelie live together in a beautiful French Quarter home on Coliseum Street in New Orleans, along with Joan’s many half-sisters born of Aurelie’s five disastrous marriages. Joan lives a mostly carefree life, but when she becomes pregnant, she chooses to end her pregnancy rather than marry a man she doesn’t love - a decision with grave consequences in conservative 1950s New Orleans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner by Grau

  • By Chrissie on 10-07-15

Dysfunction on Coliseum Street

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

Would you try another book from Shirley Ann Grau and/or Tamara Marston?

I'm going to try another book by Grau even though my first selection was very disappointing. I mean, Grau won a Pulitzer for her 1964 saga THE KEEPERS OF THE HOUSE. Maybe I just started with the wrong book. It was incredibly boring. I don't want to fault Tamara Marston for Grau's mistakes. Marston has a nice, soothing voice which normally makes nighttime listening very pleasant. (Like a child needing a bedtime story, I often listen to audio books as I'm drifting off to sleep.) Marston did a decent job of separating the assembled cast of characters. Again, I hate to blame a narrator for an author's lack of interesting content. Over all, this was a terribly unadventurous southern tale. If 2017 was the year of empowered women, this 1961 publication drags women back to 1940. So many details were skipped over. It felt unfinished, very anticlimactic and bitter.

What could Shirley Ann Grau have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Well, for starters, I don't expect authors to write a story to appease me. Do your thing, Shirley. Obviously you know what you're doing. But...there was way too much of this (and I'm making up an example for effect):

"Hi," said Joan.
"Where ya going?" said Ora Lee
"Crazy, " said Joan. "Especially if I have to hear she said/she said one more time"...SAID JOAN!!

Why did Grau choose to make the character's claim every darn sentence? Drove me nuts! There could've been a lot less of that. Said Mary.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Tamara Marston?

I would listen to another performance by Marston. I believe in second chances. Marston did a fine job with Joan, the main character. Marston was convincing as Ora Lee, Joan's detached mother, who thought herself to be a fine southern lady. I thought she was a southern bitch. The women in THE HOUSE ON COLISEUM STREET are shallow and selfish. Ora Lee collects husbands like I collect books. Of course, Mom prefers the hubster to have a large bank account. Love is an afterthought.

What character would you cut from The House on Coliseum Street?

Very little actually occurred in this entire story but I believe every character played a significant role. Without the other, it's simply impossible to imagine this would have gone much further. If I positively had to cut a character I'd choose Ora Lee's husband Dr. Herbert. He's the only person that could be eliminated without detracting from events. I feel like he's just written into the storyline to show that Ora Lee is incapable to care for others.

Any additional comments?

Skip this book. It will not enrich your life. I was utterly moody and depressed whilst listening to this sad family throw it all away. My experience with this audio book felt like a chore. I can't believe I managed to complete the listen. In fact, I'm rewarding myself 5⭐for patience. I deserve it.

  • Troublemaker

  • Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
  • By: Leah Remini
  • Narrated by: Leah Remini
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,750
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,561
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,508

The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching 30-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 07-10-18

Forget Troublemaker. Remini is Fierce!!

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

Remini fights her way out of Scientology with anger, laughter, tears, and a story that is quite unbelievable. Is she a TROUBLEMAKER or someone who now sees Scientology without the rose colored glasses? Leah holds nothing back and tells it like it is. I've always wanted Scientology explained to me. What the heck is it all about? With wit and courage, Leah tells you everything. And then some! So happy I chose the Audible listen over the book. Hearing Leah's emotional journey, in her own words, is almost as good as sitting down with this fierce chick in person. Outstanding!

  • Funny Amazon Reviews

  • By: Jane Lynch
  • Narrated by: Jane Lynch
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,559
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,102
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2,094

Famous comedians reading real Amazon product reviews. Hosted by Jane Lynch and presented by Audible. Featuring Lewis Black, John O'Hurley, Joel McHale, Margaret Cho, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, Lauren Cook, Jonathan Katz, Laura Silverman, Melissa Villasenor, Ron Funches, Gilbert Gottfried, Dan Savage, Vern Musical Improv.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • hilarious!!!

  • By EmilioDaVinci on 07-10-17

Surprisingly Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 11-18-17

During a fourteen hour drive home for the holidays, I was feeling depressed. Tired of staring at nothingness and an endless sea of pine trees, I needed to find something to boost my spirits. At a gas station, I quickly scoured my Audible library. I found this short, thirty minute listen. Hey! I like Jane Lynch and who didn't laugh hysterically at the now-infamous "Gummy Bears from Hell" review on Amazon?! (If you know not what I speak of, look it up. It's a hoot! So, yeah. I thought this would be a fun listen to bust up the monotonous long road ahead. I was right. Jane Lynch does a brilliant job of introducing laugh-out-loud reviews from Amazon. Jane is pretending to shop for friends and relations and gives a stellar performance. Never seems like anything is scripted. The actual reviews are performed by other celebrities, such as Gilbert Gottfried, Joel McHale, Lewis Black, and Margaret Cho. The reviews are performed much like comedy improv. Silly, yes! Would I listen to a full-length version? Absolutely not, but thirty minutes of goofy satire can be quite entertaining on a lonely stretch of interstate. It lightened my mood and made me chuckle. Isn't that the point? Let me just say this, in the Amazon reviewer world there are some seriously creative folk. This listen did wonders for my road-weary mind. Laughter IS the best medicine.

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