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  • Stories by Heart

  • By: John Lithgow, Ring Lardner, P. G. Wodehouse, and others
  • Narrated by: John Lithgow
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe Award-winning actor John Lithgow (The Crown, Dexter, 3rd Rock from the Sun) brings his latest critically acclaimed Broadway performance to Audible. Stories by Heart celebrates the transcendent power of great literature and serves as a touching tribute to Lithgow’s late father, actor and director Arthur Lithgow. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Longing To See Him In Person

  • By Stephen L Moskal Sr on 07-02-18

Extremely Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

Being an admirer of John Lithgow, I was eager to listen to the recording. Alas, Lithgow very much overacts in telling these two stories. Neither of the stories, to me, were all that compelling. This was hugely disappointing.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Monogram Murders

  • The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 627

Hercule Poirot's quiet supper in a London coffeehouse is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. She is terrified - but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done. Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at a fashionable London Hotel have been murdered, and a cufflink has been placed in each one’s mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not Agatha Christie

  • By Molly on 09-17-14

improbable

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

Having read many books by Agatha Christie, I was curious to see how Sophie Hannah (a writer I normally like) would channel her spirit. The scheme behind the murders in this book is so improbable, so overdone, so ridiculous, that I'm amazed at the decent reviews this book has had. And the lame play on words that helped Poirot solve the crime was so absurd I groaned out loud. REALLY?

  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen

  • Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1
  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,673

This program includes a preface read by the author. In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes - and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern 20th-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great mystery!

  • By Ruth on 03-24-14

Clever conceit but a bit of snooze

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

The idea of a young apprentice as clever as Holmes is amusing, but the whole book goes on far too long (the trip to Palestine for example). By chapter 14 I'd had enough and even playing the book at 2X didn't move things along fast enough for my taste.

  • The Trespasser

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Hilda Fay
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,818

Being on the murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she's there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point. Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers' quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalogue-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A literary mystery

  • By lesley on 10-08-16

The reader HILDA FAY made this a Five Star book

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

Reviewed: 11-04-16

What made the experience of listening to The Trespasser the most enjoyable?

The NY Times review is what got me interested in this book. I'm not sure reading it alone would have made it seem so impressive. But, Hilda Fay is truly splendid.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman in Cabin 10

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,395
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,357

Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first Lo's stay is nothing but pleasant: The cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, and gray skies fall.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hours and hours of tired...

  • By ROBIN on 07-28-16

the most irritating protagonist

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

Reviewed: 08-31-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

It's a decent enough plot but the protagonist is such an irritating woman I cheered when something terrible happened to her

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hotels of North America

  • By: Rick Moody
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

Reginald Edward Morse is one of the top reviewers on RateYourLodging.com, where his many reviews reveal more than just details of hotels around the globe - they tell his life story. The puzzle of Reginald's life comes together through reviews that comment upon his motivational speaking career, the dissolution of his marriage, the separation from his beloved daughter, and his devotion to an amour known only as "K".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing read

  • By Paula on 11-24-15

A Clever Idea but ultimately a bit of a bore

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

Reviewed: 05-08-16

What disappointed you about Hotels of North America?

The idea of telling the life of the hotel reviewer through his reviews was an intriguing idea but, for me, many of the 'reviews' were dreary and pretentious. Not a very interesting character to build a novel around it seemed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Circle

  • By: Peter Lovesey
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

Widowed van driver Bob Naylor is prodded into joining the Chichester Writers' Circle by his teenage daughter. Bob writes limericks and jingles, and fears he will be out of his class amongst the literati. But the members of the circle come from all walks of life and practice many forms of writing, from fantasy to household hints. There seems to be nothing about any of them to incite a serial killer. However, there is an arsonist in their midst, burning his victims to death, and Bob becomes a suspect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever and very amusing.

  • By Megan on 05-07-14

improbable but very entertaining

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

Reviewed: 03-30-16

Would you listen to The Circle again? Why?

Another entertaining book by Peter Livesey. Though the solution is quite convoluted and improbable. Prebble is terrific as ever. An amusing nod to Agatha Cristie was a nice touch

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Life of the American Musical

  • How Broadway Shows Are Built
  • By: Jack Viertel
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

For almost a century, Americans have been losing their hearts and losing their minds in an insatiable love affair with the American musical. It often begins in actors and reaches its passionate zenith when it comes time for love, marriage, and children, who will start the cycle all over again. Americans love musicals. Americans invented musicals. Americans perfected musicals. But what, exactly, is a musical?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In love with the American Musical

  • By Matriplex on 07-01-16

so good I need to buy the printed book

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

Reviewed: 03-22-16

Where does The Secret Life of the American Musical rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Viertel has written an informed and informative exploration of classic american musicals.

What does David Pittu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Pittu is an an excellent reader.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Diamond Dust

  • By: Peter Lovesey
  • Narrated by: Steve Hodson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

Detective Inspector Peter Diamond is keen to get his teeth into a new case. So, when a call comes in that a woman's body has been found in one of Bath's parks, he arrives quickly at the scene - only to discover that the victim is his wife.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A lovely read

  • By Victoria on 11-24-08

One of Lovesey's Best

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

Reviewed: 01-12-16

What did you love best about Diamond Dust?

It took me a while to adjust to narrator Steve Hodson as I always expect Simon Prebble. But he's the equal of Prebble. Poor Peter Diamond has to deal with the infernal Georgina at an especially difficult personal time in his life.

  • The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 24 hrs and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 937
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840

Over the centuries, orchestral music has given us a category of works that stand apart as transcendent expressions of the human spirit. What are these "greatest of the greats"? Find out in these 32 richly detailed lectures that take you on a sumptuous grand tour of the symphonic pieces that continue to live at the center of our musical culture.These 30 masterworks form an essential foundation for any music collection and a focal point for understanding the orchestral medium and deepening your insight into the communicative power of music.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If they cut off both hands, I will compose music..

  • By Kristi R. on 02-01-15

Promises more than it delivers

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

Reviewed: 12-05-15

Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Robert Greenberg?

I have tried a few courses by Greenberg. His style can be more than a little irritating in his attempts to be humorous and chummy. I found this set to be not quite as advertised as the first quarter of each lesson is a potted biography of each composer. When Greenberg gets down to the actual music he can sometimes be so pedantic that (as a non musician) I find his explanations to be not very helpful in trying to understand his point. If this book had not be on sale for $5 I would have returned it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful