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  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,779

In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joanne Froggatt đź’•

  • By Anonymous User on 09-06-17

Boring, unbelievable, with EXCELLENT Narration

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

What did you like best about Silent Child? What did you like least?

Best: The narration. Wonderful voicing and concentration by a wonderful performer. Least: Long drawn out introspection by the very weak protagonist. The ending was absurd. I could explain, but that would be a spoiler.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I don't know. It seems that I can't rely upon the Audible featured reviews. The bad reviews are typically hidden way down on the list.

Have you listened to any of Joanne Froggatt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, and she is one of the very best narrators!

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Absolutely not.

Any additional comments?

This book probably should not have been released in an Audible format.

  • The Gray Man

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,445
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,423

Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A real life superhero

  • By Terri on 03-09-12

Flows well, but who the heck is the protagonist?

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

What did you like best about The Gray Man? What did you like least?

The ball keeps rolling, action scenes were great, suspense was developed. Least: "The Gray Man" is markedly undeveloped. We get sketchy descriptors but essentially no inner reflections or expansion upon 'who is this man?'. This book pales in comparison to the rich character development of Jack Reacher. The narration is first rate, thank you Jay Snyder.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Suspenseful chase scene that spans the entire book. The least: absence of development of personalities.

Which scene was your favorite?

The knife attack scene in the alley.

Did The Gray Man inspire you to do anything?

Nope.

Any additional comments?

A good editor would have returned the book to the author with a demand for protagonist development. This was actually a glaring error.

  • Peter Pan

  • By: J. M. Barrie
  • Narrated by: Lily Collins
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650

There are few characters in literature more iconic than J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. Originally introduced in 1902 in another Barrie novel (The Little White Bird), Peter's story was expanded as a standalone novel in 1911 and since then has been memorably adapted for the movies, for television, and for stage.

Now, actress Lily Collins (The Blind Side, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) brings new, youthful energy to Peter's magical adventures.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Story, but Jim Dale is Far Better...

  • By Gillian on 05-11-16

Exquisite, an audible masterpiece!

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

Reviewed: 03-23-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Oh yes. A story and presentation to immerse yourself. Lily Collins is first rate and brings the wonderful story to life. Never a let down in presentation.

What did you like best about this story?

The magic of childhood and imagination. The freedom that the author utilizes in creating a world i wanted to visit.

Which character – as performed by Lily Collins – was your favorite?

Wendy.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending, that wasn't an ending.

Any additional comments?

Lily Collins was perfect as a narrator. This was a true treasure and I want her to know her work was appreciated. Very Special.

  • The Boy Behind the Gate

  • How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery and Love
  • By: Larry Jacobson
  • Narrated by: Larry Jacobson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 162

With his first mate and crew, amateur sailor Larry Jacobson embarked on a lifelong goal to circumnavigate the globe. Willing to risk all, Jacobson spent six years sailing into the unknown where the unrelenting oceans served as a teacher of seamanship, personal strength, and perseverance. In The Boy Behind the Gate, the author reveals those crucial steps that will motivate you to make your dreams come true. We are each given one great opportunity at life. What are you going to do with yours?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book changed my life

  • By LeeAnne on 08-26-12

Heavy on gay.

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

Reviewed: 03-17-16

Would you try another book from Larry Jacobson and/or Larry Jacobson?

No, I found the author's fixation upon his homosexual love interests distracting and I lost interest about a third of the way into the book.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Sailing and mystery themes combined.

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

Competent presentation.

What character would you cut from The Boy Behind the Gate: How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery and Love?

Lose the limelight upon homosexuality.

Any additional comments?

I wish that the book had been better described before my purchase.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Fatal Grace

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 2
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,337

Welcome to winter in Three Pines, a picturesque village in Quebec, where the villagers are preparing for a traditional country Christmas, and someone is preparing for murder. No one liked CC de Poitiers. Not her quiet husband, not her spineless lover, not her pathetic daughter - and certainly none of the residents of Three Pines. CC de Poitiers managed to alienate everyone, right up until the moment of her death. When Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, of the Sûreté du Quebec, is called to investigate, he quickly realizes he's dealing with someone quite extraordinary.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Time to get lost and find yourself in Three Pines.

  • By Charles Atkinson on 12-09-14

Narrator was very difficult to understand

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

Reviewed: 12-03-15

Would you try another book from Louise Penny and/or Ralph Cosham?

No. I found Ralph Cosham to be a problematic narrator. It was obvious that Cosham was engaged in his reading and enjoyment of the excellent book, but the problem was a lack of modulation and a too rapid verbal delivery. This was the first audio book that I slowed to .5x speed with pretty good success.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Claire, multi-faceted and engaging protagonist, with her own issues!

Would you be willing to try another one of Ralph Cosham’s performances?

No, I have listened to hundreds of audio books, and Mr. Cosham's talking velocity was too fast, and lacked sufficient modulation. Sentences would frequently become nearly inaudible as he tried to convey a plot subtlety.

Could you see A Fatal Grace being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Let's leave it a book. I watched the first Canadian adaptation and found it lacked the personalities of the characters Penny created.

Any additional comments?

Not one of my best purchases.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Blown Away

  • By: Herb Payson
  • Narrated by: Nick Hahn
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

At middle age, Herb and Nancy Payson decided they needed a change. Why not give up life on shore, quit their jobs in the smoky nightclubs of Los Angeles, and take up the cruising life? In Sea Foam, their 36-foot ketch, the Paysons and their large brood of teenage children cruised the Pacific for six and a half years. They experienced a certain amount of stark terror, but their delights far outbalanced the drawbacks. This special 35th anniversary edition is enhanced with a foreword by Lin Pardey, plus Herb's reflections on how cruising affected his children and his relationship with his determined, lifelong partner/wife Nancy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good book

  • By Nicholas walsh on 11-21-15

Engaging, initially bad narration that improves!

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

Reviewed: 09-26-15

If you could sum up Blown Away in three words, what would they be?

Witty, informative, exciting.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Blown Away?

Finding the author's sailboat, after a very long search.

Have you listened to any of Nick Hahn’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. I was initially disappointed and perplexed about Nick's narration....choppy, very very slow, unmodulated. As the book progresses Nick appears to get in the flow and spirit and the reading is quite good. If I was the producer, I would have told Nick to re-narrate the first half.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I enjoy going to sleep listening to 60 minute segments.

Any additional comments?

Recommended!

  • Blue Water, Green Skipper

  • A Memoir of Sailing Alone Across the Atlantic
  • By: Stuart Woods
  • Narrated by: Steven Collins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

Stuart Woods had never owned more than a dinghy before setting out on one of the world's most demanding sea voyages, navigating single-handedly across the Atlantic. How, at the age of 37, did this self-proclaimed novice go from small ponds to the big sea? Now with a new afterword that looks back at how one transatlantic race changed his life, Woods takes listeners on a spectacular journey not just of traveling across the world, but of being tried in fire, learning by accepting challenges, appreciating the beauty of the open water, and living to tell about it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For the Hardened Sailor, Novice, and Dreamer Alike

  • By Striker on 06-02-16

One of the best narrators I've heard

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

Reviewed: 05-17-15

Where does Blue Water, Green Skipper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the very best. Both the narrator, Steven Collins, and the author, Stuart Woods, provide huge entertainment and information value.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Blue Water, Green Skipper?

The account by one of the best single handed sailors, who nearly fell off his boat, and after getting back on deck, sat and broke down in tears at the realization of his near demise.

Which scene was your favorite?

The early evolution of the author's sailing skills, especially racing children!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Smile, especially in the first fourth of the book.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this production.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 156,606
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 144,516
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 144,358

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Really, too much technical detail

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

Reviewed: 04-09-15

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

No, there are many better choices.

What was most disappointing about Andy Weir’s story?

The author couldn't 'keep the ball rolling' to maintain my interest.

Which scene was your favorite?

The setting up scene when the protagonist faces being abandoned.

Do you think The Martian needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, this was plenty.

Any additional comments?

I really wanted to like it, having purchased the book and audio. Disappointed.

  • The Partner

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,437

From a short distance away, Patrick watched his own burial. Then he fled. Six weeks later, a fortune was stolen from his ex-law firm's offshore account.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A minor peeve...

  • By N. Ekim on 01-29-14

A Gold Standard in Audio

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

Reviewed: 04-09-13

Would you listen to The Partner again? Why?

Yes! Frank Muller's narration is world class. The story keeps deep interest.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, the protagonist was facing the death penalty!

Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No....He is the best narrator I have heard!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

legal drama, suspense

  • Prime Suspect #1

  • By: Lynda La Plante
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,338

If Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison hadn't been a woman, she might not have noticed the victim's shoes…and that they didn't match the size given on the info sheet now so obviously misidentifying the dead blonde as a hooker named Della Mornay. Being so thorough, so good at the details, made Jane a top investigator; being a woman made the boys in the squadron want to see her fall on her face.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • La Plante's first and best Tennyson novel

  • By Claire on 07-07-12

Excellent; narrator really made it pop!

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

Reviewed: 08-19-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Excellent character development, both protag and antagonists. The narrator is masterful in communicating irony, suspense, and humor!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, life and death scenarios. I didn't know who to trust.

Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

The protagonist.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme, just enjoyable, and I plan to listen to it several more times!

15 of 18 people found this review helpful