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  • Kristin Lavransdatter

  • By: Tiina Nunnally - translator, Sigrid Undset
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 44 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,097

As a young girl in 14th-century Norway, Kristin is deeply devoted to her father, Lavrans, a kind and courageous man. But when as a student in a convent school she meets the charming and impetuous Erlend Nikulaussøn, she defies her parents in pursuit of her own desires. Her saga continues through her marriage to Erlend, their tumultuous life together raising seven sons as Erlend seeks to strengthen his political influence, and finally their estrangement as the world around them tumbles into uncertainty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A grand listen

  • By Chicago & Indiana Scientist/Gardener/Hiker on 07-05-17

Quiet and unsuspecting

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

Despite moments when the story seemed a bit slow, I found myself hooked and often making time to listen when I would otherwise be doing something else. It was really interesting reading a story about a woman's life from another time and a completely different culture, but instead of being through the lens of an American writer it is through the lens of a native of that country. I found this meant the typical Viking/Scandinavian stereotypes weren't there, which was really refreshing. It was very humanizing, and partly what kept me listening. The characters felt "real", not overly dramatized.

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  • Food: A Cultural Culinary History

  • By: Ken Albala, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Ken Albala
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,292

Eating is an indispensable human activity. As a result, whether we realize it or not, the drive to obtain food has been a major catalyst across all of history, from prehistoric times to the present. Epicure Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin said it best: "Gastronomy governs the whole life of man."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my top 3 favorite courses!

  • By Jessica on 12-28-13

Fascinating and engaging history

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

This course was so engaging, spiked with lots of little known historical details, I want to go back and listen to it all a second time. And I have read quite a bit of history, particularly European and American history, over the years. I was surprised how fresh and new much of the information was, yet in the context of that time period. If you love history and love food, you really can't go wrong with this course.

  • A Proper Pursuit

  • By: Lynn Austin
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608

Fresh from finishing school, Violet receives a double shock. Her dad announces his upcoming wedding and then confesses an old lie - her mom didn't really leave for a sanitarium 11 years ago. But why then did she leave? Under cover of visiting the World's Fair, Violet travels to the stately Chicago home of her saintly grandmother and three eccentric great aunts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just simply entertaining and FUNNY!

  • By Christine on 12-25-10

Like stepping into a time capsule

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

Reviewed: 12-31-17

What made the experience of listening to A Proper Pursuit the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed so much about the book - it is not super deep and life changing, but a really enjoyable excursion that still touches on what it was to be a woman when they were expected to only be homemakers. It also introduced me to the Great Fire and the World's Fair in ways and details I had not heard before, something I love about reading historical fiction.

What other book might you compare A Proper Pursuit to and why?

I am sure they are out there but I really don't know a good comparison

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

I liked how she read the different characters in different voices and cadences. It is what I love most about audio books and this reader did a great job.

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

No extreme reactions, but I laughed out loud a few times and have missed the characters, particularly the sisters, since finishing the book

Any additional comments?

I think this is really a book about women, not sure many men would enjoy it. But fun, interesting read that held my attention. It was predictable to some degree, but not the path to get there...without sharing spoilers.

  • Gather ‘Round the Sound

  • Holiday Stories from Beloved Authors and Great Performers Across the Globe
  • By: Paulo Coelho, Yvonne Morrison, Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters, Daniel Frances Berenson, Magda Szubanski, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5,200
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,566
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4,564

2017 has been a monumental year for Audible, having just celebrated our 20th anniversary, a milestone that would have never been possible without our wonderful and loyal listeners. One of our major commitments is bringing new and diverse audio experiences to our members, so this year, as our gift to you, we pulled together a collection that reflects a little bit of everything we’ve been up to recently.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Holidays

  • By ZOE R on 12-12-17

Fun, varied mix of seasonal stories

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

Reviewed: 12-31-17

What made the experience of listening to Gather ‘Round the Sound the most enjoyable?

Both the variety, such as the Australian version of Twas the Night before Christmas, and the ghost story about the railroad worker, as well as the warmth and good spirit of all the pieces, made it a really fun listen. I hope they make another one next year!

What did you like best about this story?

The variety, but probably the Aussie version of Twas the Night Before Christmas was my favorite, laughed out loud.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

not sure, all were fun

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

I would have, if my commute was long enough!

Any additional comments?

Wonderful Christmas listen

  • The Life She Wants

  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,359
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,352

In the aftermath of her financier husband's suicide, Emma Shay Compton's dream life is shattered. Richard Compton stole his clients' life savings to fund a lavish life in New York City, and, although she was never involved in the business, Emma bears the burden of her husband's crimes. She is left with nothing. Only one friend stands by her, a friend she's known since high school, who encourages her to come home to Sonoma County. But starting over isn't easy, and Sonoma is full of unhappy memories, too.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Distraction

  • By Cynthia on 03-07-17

Good until it got trashy

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

While a bit predictable I was mostly enjoying the story until about half way it got techy... Not just sex but luridly described. Didn't see it coming and not the kinds of story I am unreservedly in.

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  • ComPETability

  • Solving Behavior Problems in Your Multi-Cat Household
  • By: Amy Shojai
  • Narrated by: Amy Shojai
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

The United States is home to 86.4 million owned cats, and 52 percent of owners own more than one cat. That means more furry love for owners, but also can put your cats' tails in a twist over that (HISSS!) new feline friend. From conflicts over favorite sleep spots to sharing potty facilities, adding new pets rubs fur the wrong way and creates hairy situations for everyone - including you. This new guide gives owners all the must-knows about cat behavior, whether they share their home with a single feline or a clowder of cat companions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All cat owners need this book!

  • By kate on 05-03-15

Very helpful ideas for multicat homes.

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

Reviewed: 12-01-15

I have always had cats and have read cat books, and still learned helpful new information. If you have more than one cat, this is well worth a listen... though probably best in print so it could be a refence; I listened twice which helped the retention of relevant information.

As to the reading, it should have been done by someone else. I liked hearing the author's passion but her odd stocatto reading of the book took away from her many cute puns and word play.

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  • Blue Highways

  • A Journey into America
  • By: William Least Heat-Moon
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397

Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads. William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map-if they get on at all-only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot, Mississippi." His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new Mark Twain... this is a great book

  • By Mr. on 01-25-13

Quiet but beautiful journey

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

Reviewed: 08-08-15

This is a quiet journey that is best with full attention rather than multitasking but the lyrical descriptions will reward your focus . I took breaks at times for something faster paced but came back. My favorite parts are his conversations with folks on the East Coast near the end. If you are looking for a story of everyday people from across the country mixed with poetic descriptions of geography, listen to this book. Oh and the reader did a fantastic job, changing voices, tone and cadence to fit the region and gender and age.

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  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,882

It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I took a chance.

  • By Robert on 08-20-11

beautiful, heartbreaking, ordinary story

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

Reviewed: 07-17-15

What I loved most about this story was so much or the ordinariness of life was intertwined with the heartbreak of war. The language was beautiful and also the narrator did such a great job I was completely lost in the story. Even the occasional German word was said with an accent appropriate to southern Germany. Which was another thing I loved - the inclusion of German slang and idioms but with very unobtrusive translations. I have listened to many books and this is one of my top 10, maybe even top 5.

  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,869
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,860

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!

  • By Tango on 04-26-13

Intriguing, completely captured my attention

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

Where does The Golem and the Jinni rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Hmm. I think this is in my top 10 or 20 (I have listened to a lot of books!). I do not normally listen to sci-fi so it felt a little risky but I am so glad I took the chance A book hits the top of my list if it stays with me long after finishing, was more about character than flash or crash, and had some kind of redeeming message, and wasn't so bleak that I was depressed for days after (I don't need happy-go-lucky but prefer more positive stories, at least endings)

What other book might you compare The Golem and the Jinni to and why?

Honestly, I can't think of one. Since I listen to non-fiction or historical fiction most of the time, this was totally unique for me, though it takes place in the past (fun).

Which scene was your favorite?

The nighttime exploration of the parks, the sense of discovery.

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

I didn't but it kept me up way too late at night listening to it! Most definitely the audio version of "couldn't put it down"!

Any additional comments?

Take a chance on this one, it is worth it. It is a special book.

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  • Cat Daddy

  • What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean
  • By: Jackson Galaxy, Joel Derfner
  • Narrated by: Jackson Galaxy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822

In this book, Galaxy tells the poignant story of his 13-year relationship with a petite gray-and-white short-haired cat named Benny, and gives singular advice for living with, caring for, and loving the feline in your home. When Benny arrived in his life, Galaxy was a down-and-out rock musician with not too much more going on than a part-time job at an animal shelter and a drug problem. Benny's previous owner brought the cat to the shelter in a cardboard box to give him up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Stars!!!

  • By Dawn on 12-04-12

life with a challenging cat

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

What did you love best about Cat Daddy?

I was a little surprised that none of the story spoke to his show on Animal Planet - but I loved it all the more for that. I enjoyed the honesty and transparency with which he shared painful and sometimes (often times) embarrassing stories with a candidness that I really appreciated. This was not really about becoming the cat whisperer, though that is in there; it is more about how he turned his life around (1) and how a challenged and challenging cat taught him to look deeper and learn more about cat behavior (2).

Who was your favorite character and why?

Benny, of course - a cat who was a fighter up until the end.

What about Jackson Galaxy’s performance did you like?

I am so glad he was the reader! To hear this in any other voice would have seemed wrong. It added to the honesty of it for me, and he also did a great job reading it with appropriate pacing and emotion.

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

Both - cried at times, laughed out loud a number of times. Unless you hate cats (most who don't like cats honestly don't really know any cats so those folks should listen!), this is a fun, informative listen that is also challenging about living our lives and not wasting them.

Any additional comments?

Mostly for cat lovers but also just a great life transformation story.