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  • Wishes and Wellingtons

  • By: Julie Berry
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,606
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,962
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,941

Maeve Merritt chafes at the rigid rules at her London boarding school for “Upright Young Ladies.” When punishment forces her to sort through the trash, she finds a sardine tin that houses a foul-tempered djinni with no intention of submitting to a schoolgirl as his master. Soon an orphan boy from the charitable home next door, a mysterious tall man in ginger whiskers, a disgruntled school worker, and a take-no-prisoners business tycoon are in hot pursuit of Maeve and her magical discovery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I didn’t want it to end

  • By Julia on 10-05-18

Enchanting!

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

Reviewed: 03-31-19

What a lovely story! Thirteen year old Maeve is an adventurous young lady. Along the way, she and her friends learn the value of true friendship and some very important life lessons. I highly recommend this Audible Original. The narrator, Jayne Entwistle, does an excellent job bringing the story to life!

  • Sovereign

  • By: Jeff Hirsch
  • Narrated by: Jesse Einstein
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,031
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10,192
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,190

Micah Cole has been in deep space for three years while his parents chase their obsession with finding intelligence to the far corners of the universe, but Micah dreams of the friends he left behind and counts the days until they return home. When a devastating meteor shower nearly destroys their ship, Micah is separated from his family and stranded on Sovereign, a vast planet of raging rivers, towering forests, and deadly creatures. If Micah ever wants to see his family or his home again, he’ll have to learn to how to survive on a hostile alien world, all alone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • NOT like the Martian

  • By TrustedReviewer on 02-21-19

AWESOME!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-24-19

What a great listen! Adventure and drama! This book locked me in from the first word. Although it was listed as a young adult title, I found it very engrossing - I COULD NOT stop listening! Jesse Einstein did an AMAZING job bringing this adventure tale to life!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Atomic Marriage

  • By: Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Narrated by: Diane Lane
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10,393
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9,392
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9,365

All marriages are hard. Many of them fail. Brock Lewis, an evangelical businessman turned self-published author, has the answer. Follow his international bestselling book’s 12-point “Atomic Doctrine” - make eye contact with your spouse? Always! Use the bathroom in front of them? Never! - and you, too, can build a marriage that thrives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable but lacking any real oomp at the end

  • By Kingsley on 01-04-19

Excellent Narration

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

Diane Lane was the only positive part of this story. Her narration was very good. However...the story was very disappointing. I could not like any of the characters and then the story just fizzled away at the end.

  • Zero G

  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller, Margaret Ying Drake, Josh Hurley, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,281

Twelve-year-old Zero is traveling with 20,000 people for 105 years to colonize a new planet. Everyone is in stasis, so they'll be safe during the trip, but when Zero's pod malfunctions it wakes him early, like 105 years early. At first he's excited to be the only one awake - he has the entire ship to himself, so he can go anywhere and see and do and eat anything he wants - but when a family of space pirates show up, trying to hijack the ship and kidnap the colonizers, Zero has to think fast and find a way to stop them all on his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Passengers movie with space pirates

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

Home Alone Meets Space

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

This was a very entertaining and light story with lots of action. Zero ends up awake and alone on a colony spaceship when it's attacked by space pirates! Laughter follows as Zero works to protect "his" ship. Very well dramatized - highly entertaining!

  • Christmas Eve, 1914

  • By: Charles Olivier
  • Narrated by: Cameron Daddo, Xander Berkeley, Cody Fern, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,693
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,645

In 1914, the war which was to have been wrapped up by Christmas had - in reality - only just begun, as all sides entrenched themselves deeper into the Great War. Christmas Eve, 1914 follows one company of British officers as they rotate forward to spend their Christmas on the front lines, a mere 80 yards from the German guns. Upper- and working-class men and boys are thrown together into one trench and struggle to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully "illustrated"

  • By anonymous on 12-25-14

A Surprise Favorite

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

I downloaded this Audible Original because I got two free with my membership. I'm really not into novels of war, so I didn't expect much, but this one was a beautifully narrated gem! It's not a long read and you are instantly caught up in the story. Well worth your time!

  • Look Alive Twenty-Five

  • A Stephanie Plum Novel
  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,469

There's nothing like a good deli, and the Red River Deli in Trenton is one of the best. World-famous for its pastrami, cole slaw, and for its disappearing managers. Over the last month, three have vanished from the face of the earth, and the only clue in each case is one shoe that's been left behind. The police are baffled. Lula is convinced that it's a case of alien abduction. Whatever it is, they'd better figure out what's going on before they lose their new manager, Ms. Stephanie Plum.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Same boring story

  • By BJinNH on 11-15-18

Still Hilarious!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

The combination of Janet Evanovich and Lorelei King is a winning combo for me! The Stephanie Plum books are high on my MUST-HAVE list. Although Stephanie is still tangled up in her love life, the antics that she and Lula get up to STILL have me laughing out loud, even after 25 books! If you have not yet read this series, definitely start with One for the Money, buckle up and enjoy the ride!

  • The Christmas Star

  • A Love Story
  • By: Robert Tate Miller
  • Narrated by: Andrew Eiden
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Paul Bennett had the perfect wife, the perfect family, the perfect life - until one fateful Christmas brought an unthinkable tragedy. In deep despair, he turns to drinking to drive away the pain, but he only succeeds in driving away his wife. His marriage shattered, his family gone, Paul now despises Christmas. But can the holiday he so detests hold a miraculous surprise?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just...WOW!!!

  • By Gayle on 01-05-19

Just...WOW!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

This was an excellent read, that I could not put down! A beautifully told tale, reminiscent of "It's a Wonderful Life," but with a Christian flavor. I enjoyed this book SO much that I had to buy a paperback to share with friends and family too!

  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,153
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,687

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Experience

  • By Stephen R. Grant on 11-05-18

OUTSTANDING!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

This was my first Audible Originals listen and it will be hard to beat! I LOVED it! All of the talent included in this audio play was phenomenal. Excellent job, one and all! Thank you for this wonderful Audible perk!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,158

Georgie, or Lady Georgiana Rannoch, is busy planning her upcoming nuptials to Darcy O'Mara. Unfortunately, what has started as a simple wedding has become quite a royal headache and grand affair, thanks to a guest list that includes the queen and the appointment of princesses as Georgie's bridesmaids. “If only Darcy and I had eloped!” she thinks, as she attempts to organize her wedding and find a place for her and her husband-to-be to live. Just as she despairs of ever finding a home, her godfather offers his fully staffed country estate. But something sinister is afoot....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall I loved it!

  • By Dylan on 08-13-18

BRILLIANT!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Katherine Kellgren and I was a bit concerned about a new narrator. However, Jasmine Blackborow did a fabulous job of reaching the high bar set by Katie! As always, Rhys Bowen wrote an interesting tale that kept me listening when I should have been sleeping! Loved it - two thumbs up!!!

  • Under Orders

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247

"Sadly, death at the races is not uncommon. However, three in a single afternoon was sufficiently unusual to raise more than one eyebrow." It's the third death on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day that really troubles super-sleuth Sid Halley. Last seen in 1995's Come to Grief, former champion jockey Halley knows the perils of racing all too well but, in his day, jockeys didn't usually reach the finishing line with three .38 rounds in the chest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Happy to see you again, Sid Halley!

  • By Lynne Phelps on 10-03-06

Another Great Read!

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

Having read the Sid Halley books one after another, I have to say I enjoyed each one immensely! Martin Jarvis was EXCELLENT in the narration for Under Orders. Some have speculated over who wrote this book, Dick or Felix Francis. I say that it doesn't matter which of them wrote it - it's another WINNER! I'm on to the next book - Refusal - and I can't wait!