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  • The Phantom Tollbooth

  • By: Norton Juster
  • Narrated by: Rainn Wilson, Norton Juster
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 110

For Milo, everything’s a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he’s got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the Island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and even embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason. Somewhere along the way, Milo realizes something astonishing. Life is far from dull. In fact, it’s exciting beyond his wildest dreams.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the author intro alone!

  • By Amy B on 03-20-19

Worth the author intro alone!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

This totally fed my inner children’s literature nerd! I often read along in my old paperback version to keep up with all the innuendo and tongue-in-cheek goodies!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Perennials

  • By: Julie Cantrell
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Eva - known to all as Lovey - grew up safe and secure in Oxford, Mississippi, surrounded by a rich literary history and her mother's stunning flower gardens. But a shed fire, and the injuries that it caused, seemed to change everything...especially when her older sister, Bitsy, blamed Lovey for the irreparable damage. Bitsy became the cheerleader. The homecoming queen. All the while, Lovey served as the family scapegoat, always bearing the brunt when Bitsy threw blame her way. At 18, Lovey fled to Arizona. In time, she became a successful advertising executive....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • couldn't stand the poor me victimy main character

  • By NMwritergal on 08-15-18

A must read!!

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I have bought copies of this book for several friends now! Keep your tissues handy while you read or listen to it! Absolutely wonderful!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories

  • By: Mary Higgins Clark
  • Narrated by: Jan Maxwell, Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

When Janice steps off the plane in New York City with her new husband, Mike, she can barely contain her excitement knowing Alexandra is waiting at the gate. It's been nearly a year since Janice saw her glamorous, fashion model older sister, whose busy workload even kept her from attending Janice and Mike's wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • surprisingly good short stories

  • By beverly shilling on 08-06-18

Great for travel!

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

Reviewed: 03-24-18

As always, Mary Higgins Clark does not disappoint! Each story was very engaging. Also, Since it was a series of short stories, the longest being about two hours,it was perfect for a car ride where you would have to get in and out of the car frequently.

  • Treasure Island

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson, Marty Ross - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Philip Glenister, Daniel Mays, Catherine Tate, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,071

Audible Originals takes to the high seas to bring to life this timeless tale of pirates, lost treasure maps and mutiny. When weathered old sailor Billy Bones arrives at the inn of young Jim Hawkins' parents, it is the start of an adventure beyond anything he could have imagined. When Bones dies mysteriously, Jim stumbles across a map of a mysterious island in his sea chest, where X marks the spot of a stash of buried pirate gold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A reflective adventure

  • By Tad Davis on 09-12-17

So sad when it was over!

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

Extremely well done! Beautifully true to the book with lovely sound effects only adding to this fabulous production!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Heirs and Graces

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,969
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,610

As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favourites in the Series

  • By Dylan on 03-14-16

An O. Henry ending

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

Reviewed: 03-16-17

I have enjoyed the series tremendously!
Katherine Kellgren's narration is fabulous and keeps you even more interested. I particularly loved this one because I was completely caught off guard by the ending. Often times I can figure out the killer but I was completely shocked by this one!

  • The Pickwick Papers

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 30 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276

The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (commonly known as The Pickwick Papers) is the first novel by Charles Dickens. The book became the first real publishing phenomenon, with bootleg copies, theatrical performances, Sam Weller joke books and other merchandise.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Silly, Corny, Delightful 'Dickens Lite'

  • By Sand on 07-13-13

Well worth the 30+ hours!

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

Reviewed: 02-19-17

I became so well acquainted with and fond of the characters in this book by the end that I was truly saddened by the time the book was over.
Despite the humor and sweetness of the book, it had its fair share of intrigue as well making it a fabulous listen.

  • The Wisdom of Father Brown, Vol. 1

  • By: MJ Elliott, G.K. Chesterton
  • Narrated by: J.T. Turner, Colonial Radio Theatre
  • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

From London to Cornwall, then to Italy and France, a short, shabby priest takes on bandits, traitors, and killers. Why is he so successful? The reason is that after years spent in the priesthood, Father Brown knows human nature and is not afraid of its dark side. Thus he understands criminal motivation and how to deal with it. The award-winning Colonial Theatre on the Air has dramatized G. K. Chesterton's Father Brown stories from The Wisdom of Father Brown with a full cast, music score, and sound effects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun dramatization

  • By Amy B on 01-01-17

Fun dramatization

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

Reviewed: 01-01-17

Like sitting in a theater.... I loved these stories.
The Father Brown portrayal was very good, though some others were less believable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Summer Before the War

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Simonson
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,594
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,585

East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England's brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha's husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won't come to anything.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Sure About This Book

  • By Sara on 04-27-16

Painted with words

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

The author's ability to create picture so vivid that I truly felt as if I were there was phenomenal. The story was beautiful and painful and wonderful.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Cat Who Came to Breakfast

  • By: Lilian Jackson Braun
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

The development of a major resort complex at the southern end of Pear Island, affectionately known as Breakfast Island, is turning the town upside down. Local residents, summer people, and mainland fishermen are all hopping mad that the peace of their retreat is being shattered. But who is angry enough to murder?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the cat who is for any age group

  • By Kathy on 05-11-12

Totally missed the solution! But the cat knew!

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

Reviewed: 03-18-16

I am continually amazed at Braun's twists and turns. Humor and intrigue mixed together.
I love all these books, but this one was, by far, the most intricate and captivating!

  • The Cat Who Blew the Whistle

  • By: Lilian Jackson Braun
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250

When an affluent railcar owner disappears with millions of dollars belonging to Moose County investors, the international police launch an intense investigation to find the fugitive. But journalist detective Jim Qwilleran and his feline crime-busters find a mystery to unravel that is closer to home. Who blew the whistle on the embezzler? And, why did they do it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • RELAXING FUN

  • By Chalis on 04-21-13

My favorite of the series so far

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

Reviewed: 11-13-15

I have listened to at least 12 in this series. This is definitely my favorite one to date. There was much more intrigue that kept you hanging on multiple levels in this one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful