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Candace Russell

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  • The Persian Boy

  • A Novel of Alexander the Great
  • By: Mary Renault
  • Narrated by: Roger May
  • Length: 19 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

The Persian Boy traces the last years of Alexander's life through the eyes of his lover, Bagoas. Abducted and gelded as a boy, Bagoas is sold as a courtesan to King Darius of Persia, but finds freedom with Alexander the Great after the Macedon army conquers his homeland. Their relationship sustains Alexander as he weathers assassination plots, the demands of two foreign wives, a sometimes mutinous army, and his own ferocious temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History Brought to Vivid Life

  • By Carol on 02-08-15

Well, I knew it was fiction

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

but hoped there would be more history. Mostly a pleasant enough story, but not gripping or enlightening. I prefer more fact in ostensibly historical literature. That aside, I suppose fans of historical fantasy would love this book, as it was well written and the narrator was easy to listen to. I guess it would be better for me personally to just avoid fiction. Such literature always seems to be lacking something.

  • A River in the Sky

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 19
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 961
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676

Elizabeth Peters brings back beloved Egyptologist and amateur sleuth Amelia Peabody in an exciting tale set amid the ancient temples and simmering religious tensions of Palestine on the eve of World War I. Once again the Peabody-Emerson clan must use all their skills and wiles to find the truth, prevent a bloody holy war, and save their son from the clutches of a nefarious enemy in this wonderfully engaging tale chock-full of thrills, mystery, and daring from the inimitable Elizabeth Peters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • As Comfy As Slippers

  • By Eva Gannon on 04-26-10

Enjoyed, but out of sequence

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

I'm pretty sure this should be book 12, pushing everything else down one if no others are out of sequence. It does read a bit like a standalone book, somehow just not fitting but if it's going to be there, the series numbering really needs to be revisited. I personally would have enjoyed it more with more archeology and less pre-war dinking around, but at least it has a plot.

  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,535
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,494

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Part history lesson, part audio documentary.

  • By brian on 11-01-18

Why the background noises?

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

Who thinks it improves books to have all that mindless monotonous piano diddling and other disrupting noises behind the narrative? This title does contain some interesting, if sordid, historical info, but the unnerving noises make it a listening chore. Couldn't Audible produce a narrative only version for people who prefer that?

74 of 87 people found this review helpful

  • Hi Bob!

  • By: Bob Newhart
  • Narrated by: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,204

In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well edited, funny, sincere

  • By RCC on 09-24-18

Looking for entertainment

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

I really enjoyed Bob Newhart's performances when he was out there doing them, and was hoping for some of the same. This was just Bob talking about his career, and his buds talking about him and about themselves, and it just came off as some sort of media sales job. Might be worthwhile for entertainment students, but for someone wanting to be entertained better look for one of the old shows in syndication. Good job it was free. Otherwise I'd have to return it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Down the River unto the Sea

  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,963
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,957

Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD's finest investigators, until, dispatched to arrest a well-heeled car thief, he is framed for assault by his enemies within the NYPD, a charge which lands him in solitary at Rikers Island. A decade later, King is a private detective, running his agency with the help of his teenage daughter, Aja-Denise. Broken by the brutality he suffered and committed in equal measure while behind bars, his work and his daughter are the only light in his solitary life. When he receives a card in the mail from the woman who admits she was paid to frame him those years ago, King realizes that he has no choice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Claudia Peebler on 03-03-18

Earlier Mosley much better

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

I really enjoyed the Fearless Jones (Paris Minton) and Easy Rawlins series, but this one left me cold. Those earlier books seemed to include more action, intelligent dialog, tidbits of interesting information on various topics.; Too much time spent on strutting and posing leaves not much for qualities that I value. And what happened to the river and sea? Did I sleep through that part? It picked up a bit toward the end, but by then my head was somewhere else.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,807
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,418

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 22 hours of the last week

  • By Jennifer on 09-27-18

J.K. can really write

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

This series is so fantastic, I sometimes think I should get the Harry Potter books as well. It's so odd: when I read the summary and reviews, I always think the books won't really interest me, but in 5 minutes or less I'm sucked right in. These are real keepers.

14 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions

  • By: Mario Giordano, John Brownjohn
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 246

Auntie Poldi, sassy, brassy, and 60, moves to Sicily for a quiet alcohol-fuelled retirement. A murder spoils her plans. This is the first novel in a charming new mystery series set in Sicily and laced with Italian sensuality and humor. It features an amateur sleuth, the sassy and foul-mouthed Auntie Poldi. Recently widowed Poldi moves to Sicily in order to quietly drink herself to death with a sea view, but fate intervenes. When she finds the corpse of a young man on the beach, his face blown off with a sawn-off shotgun, she becomes a potential suspect in his murder case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Auntie Poldi Rocks!

  • By Lynn on 04-01-18

I was prepared not to like this

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

but it turned out to be engaging and enjoyable. Good plot, excellent narrator, humor sprinkled throughout, and the interplay of European cultures was an extra point of interest. So I know that there are several more books in the series, but, though I understand a little German, I don't think my skills are sufficient to be able to enjoy a relaxing listen in any foreign language. I hope a few English productions will be on Audible soon. Please, please, please!

  • The Rainmaker

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,718

It's summer in Memphis. The sweat is sticking to Rudy Baylor's shirt and creditors are nipping at his heels. Once he had aspirations of breezing through law school and punching his ticket to the good life. Now he doesn't have a joy or a prayer...except for one: an insurance dispute that leaves a family devastated and opens the door for a lawsuit, if Rudy can find a way to file it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very dissapointed with recording

  • By Amber on 06-25-11

Cruel cruel world

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

There was a lot of information conveyed by this book, and it was really an interesting story, except for the romantic aside, which was unnecessary. If someone had taken time to clear the disk breaks out of the Audible production I think I could have given almost 5 stars. The repeated sentences can be defensible when the book is on compact disks or tape, being a way to let listeners know that they've inserted the correct follow-on disk or tape, but when you purchase an Audible book on purpose to avoid having to play around with all that ancient technology I think most of us must be annoyed by the incongruous interruptions. There is no category for rating technical issues when assigning stars, so I decided to rate the performance, even though the narrator was actually excellent and I would have given him 5 stars. So shame on Audible. Clean up your act.

  • Hope Never Dies

  • By: Andrew Shaffer
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 371

Joe Biden is fresh out of the Obama White House and feeling adrift when his favorite railroad conductor dies in a suspicious accident. To unravel the mystery, "Amtrak Joe" re-teams with the only man he's ever fully trusted - Obama. Together they'll plumb the darkest corners of Delaware, traveling from cheap motels to biker bars and beyond, as they uncover the sinister forces advancing America's opioid epidemic. Hope Never Dies is essentially the first published work of Obama/Biden fan fiction - and a cathartic listen for anyone distressed by the current state of affairs.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, you will smile, laugh, cry, cheer, & applaud!

  • By Delores O. on 07-12-18

Two really good guys in a complicated world

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I do appreciate realism in my mystery/thriller entertainment, and this weekend I saw a TV clip of Obama and Biden ordering breakfast in a bakery, which could have been a scene in this book. Makes one wonder what they're up to now - more fun. I might have preferred a less gory crime (train squashes are too horrible, but somebody still needs to investigate), and I thought the narrator could have differentiated voices a bit more (but that could be my old ears not recognizing the differences that are there), so this will remain on my listen-again-sometime list. It had a plot and a serious mystery, taught me some things, and kept the humor coming, which are my top requirements.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Off the Grid

  • A Joe Pickett Novel
  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,095
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,887

New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box returns with a suspenseful new Joe Pickett novel. Nate Romanowski is off the grid, recuperating from wounds and trying to deal with past crimes, when he is suddenly surrounded by a small team of elite professional special operators. They're not there to threaten him but to make a deal. They need help destroying a domestic terror cell in Wyoming's Red Desert, and in return they'll make Nate's criminal record disappear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tight writing. Strong characters. Good plot

  • By W. Brooks on 04-03-16

Well, that was fun

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

I was a little concerned about narration at the beginning, since I dislike slow speakers, but it picked up when the action started, so that was fine. Then I realized right off that this was a far-fetche4d fiction, so managed to shelve my preference for realism. Realism wouldn't ever allow for such a lively story plot. Although I was appalled by what happened to the bear, and would normally deduct a star or two for such unnecessary nastiness, the fact that Joe Picket was suitably disgusted and enraged mitigated that objection. All that aside, the book presented some interesting ideas that are worthy of thought so close to the 4th. Especially that the beneficiary of a totalitarian form of government should understand the importance of our country's basic rights better than apparently too many of our own voters. Perhaps we'd do better to let even more of them in.