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  • The Darkest Time of Night

  • By: Jeremy Finley
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

When the seven-year-old grandson of a US senator vanishes in the woods behind his home, the only witness is his older brother, who whispers, "The lights took him," and then never speaks again. As the FBI and National Guard launch a massive search, the boys' grandmother Lynn Roseworth fears only she knows the truth. But coming forward would ruin her family and her husband's political career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive Sci-Fi Mystery I Couldn't Put Down

  • By Jan on 06-30-18

Impressive Sci-Fi Mystery I Couldn't Put Down

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18


It takes a great author and just the right narrator for me to finish a novel in two days. I finished this captivating listen in one day, and thanks to author Jeremy Finley, I had a lot of difficulty staying awake during work today.

I often have a hard time suspending belief when reading Science Fiction. In "The Darkest Time of Night," the author puts the reader on the front porch with well developed characters who are credible and likable. They invite you in and you want to stay.

Narration is stellar.







3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Exactly What to Say

  • The Magic Words for Influence and Impact
  • By: Phil M. Jones
  • Narrated by: Phil M. Jones
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,975
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,940

Often the decision between a customer choosing you over someone like you is your ability to know exactly what to say, when to say it, and how to make it count. Phil M. Jones has trained more than two million people across five continents and over 50 countries in the lost art of spoken communication. In Exactly What to Say, he delivers the tactics you need to get more of what you want.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Handful of Good Scripts

  • By A. Yoshida on 05-28-18

"Listen.Come Here.You Want to Know About This" -SK

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18


I like fiction. I like suspense. I like mystery. Books about business management, sales strategy, and influencing others?
Not so much.

But the truth is, I work for a business, I am in sales, and I must honestly and professionally influence others. And because I am part of a recruiting industry, I have to keep up.

There is a moment at the beginning this book, just a short moment, when a feeling of nostalgia followed by doubt creeps in. A feeling that maybe you have heard these words before. But that feeling doesn't hang around long. It is replaced by a feeling of, "Wow, that is what I say!." and is followed by, "Actually, that's not really what I say. Not quite." It is that "not quite" that separates the winners from the losers.

Here are 23 things to say when you are needing to influence others. You will learn when to say them, how to say them, and why the human psyche responds to them. There are examples that are pertinent in most any business situation that involves two people who are communicating for the benefit of both parties. Most importantly, it's doable and simple to implement.

It's a one-hour gem, and I'm filling in the 5th star.







4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Fascinating Short Stories

  • Thirty Outstanding Classic Tales
  • By: H. G. Wells, Wilkie Collins, John Buchan, and others
  • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

A superb collection of captivating short stories by leading classic writers, including 'The Cone' by H. G. Wells, 'The Dream Woman' by Wilkie Collins, 'Fortunes Adrift' by Charles John Cutcliffe Hyne, 'The Kidnapping of Phil Altamore' by Ella Hepworth Dixon, 'The Table Under the Tree' by E. Phillips Oppenheim, 'In Yeddo Bay' by Jack London and many more gripping short stories by famous writers.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Listen To The Narration Sample Before Purchasing.

  • By Jan on 01-18-18

Listen To The Narration Sample Before Purchasing.

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

Because I knew most of the stories in this anthology, I didn't listen to the audible sample of the narration. That is my fault.

I have stopped listening 1.5 hrs into the book. The narrator draws the last word of each sentence out to the point I can no longer listen.

I have never had to write a review like this one. If I am the only reader that has an issue with this recording, my apologies.

Many of my favorite short stories are on this list, so this is disappointing.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18,247
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16,776
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,724

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • STAY AWAY!!!

  • By Susan Olson on 06-02-18

Unforgettable

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18


AJ Finn has knocked it out of the ballpark with his debut psychological thriller, "The Woman in the Window."

A woman living a reclusive life fights to escape her past while maintaining her sanity. My empathy for this woman increased as the story unfolded, and eventually I was right there with her.

This isn't the usual suspense thriller where the author dumps the storyline and mystery upfront, and the reader is introduced to 30 characters in the effort to figure out "whodunit." As strong of a thriller as this is, it is equally a drama with intense and intricate character development. The atmosphere of the novel is as haunted as our woman in the window, and I was captured in chapter one.

Ann Marie Lee. Remember that name. This narrator delivered the finest performance since Zach Villa's reading in "The Life We Bury." Her character-consistent narration does nothing but enhance the reader's experience.

Brilliantly written and performed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Edward Unspooled

  • By: Craig Lancaster
  • Narrated by: David Otey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

Change keeps stalking Edward Stanton. He and his new wife, Sheila, have retreated to his small house in Montana after an unsuccessful attempt at operating a motel in Colorado. That failure has left wounds, especially for Sheila, and now they face a bigger challenge: pregnancy and impending parenthood. Edward begins penning notes to the child (ever precise, he refers to the gestating being as "Cellular Stanton"), as he navigates married life with Sheila, who is unhappy and unfulfilled in Montana; a work partnership with his friend Scott Shamwell, and more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No spoilers.

  • By Gurglebarp on 11-09-16

You Are Going to Laugh Out Loud

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17


Craig Lancaster continues the hilarious, honest, and moving story of Edward Stanton, a man with Asperger's Syndrome. The focus in this novel is on family and the many faces it possesses. Much of the story is written in diary entries, which was a brilliant tool allowing us to get much deeper into Edward's head and his socially awkward character.

"Edward Adrift" was the funniest book I have ever listened to on Audible, and this one was as funny with one exception. Narrator Luke Daniels brought Edward to life with humor and honesty in books one and two. His individualized voices for each character were consistent and believable.

David Otey, narrator of this novel, did a good job, but Luke Daniels IS Edward. Edward is a huge character with an incredible sense of presence, so the lack of continuity in narration was disappointing. It wasn't a poor performance, it just wasn't Edward.


Do yourself a favor and meet Edward- he wants to tell you about his bitchin' iphone.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Anything Is Possible

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Strout
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,640
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,500
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,498

Here are two sisters: One trades self-respect for a wealthy husband while the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. The janitor at the local school has his faith tested in an encounter with an isolated man he has come to help; a grown daughter longs for mother love even as she comes to accept her mother's happiness in a foreign country; and the adult Lucy Barton (the heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton, the author's celebrated New York Times best seller) returns to visit her siblings after 17 years of absence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful & Disturbing

  • By Sara on 06-08-17

Best Read of Winter/Spring 2017

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

Reviewed: 05-14-17


This is the story about a town you won't remember and it's people who you can't forget. Strout's writing style seems as simple as her character's lives that she colors in chapter- by- chapter.

The reader becomes fully invested in these small town people who connect in beautifully written "slices of life."

Outstanding ending. A great piece of literature.

My favorite read so far in 2017.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • The Hollow Man

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 68

Jeremy Bremen has a secret. All his life he's been cursed with the ability to read minds. He knows the secret thoughts, fears, and desires of others as if they were his own. For years, his wife, Gail, has served as a shield between Jeremy and the burden of this terrible knowledge. But Gail is dying, her mind ebbing slowly away, leaving him vulnerable to the chaotic flood of thought that threatens to sweep away his sanity. Now Jeremy is on the run - from his mind, from his past, from himself - hoping to find peace in isolation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Genius writing, great book

  • By David Shear on 02-28-14

1992 Simmons Written in "Koontzian" Style

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17


I really like Dan Simmons. "Summer of Night" and "Winter Haunting" are two of my favorite horror novels.

"The Hollow Man" was written back in 1992, but remains pertinent and has an original story line. This supernatural novel has a dark atmosphere about it. It's a story of the love and loss between two people who are both telepaths.

It held my attention and the narration was consistent and well done. I recommend it without hesitation.

  • The Bear and the Nightingale

  • A Novel
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,052
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,047

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year, and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind - she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was swept away

  • By Crystal Midkiff on 02-04-17

Culture-Rich, Unusual, Captivating

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

Reviewed: 01-28-17


This novel of Russian Folklore is beautifully written with smooth narration. Arden paints a great mental landscape with rich descriptions Russia and it's culture. If this is a fairy tale, it is an adult fairy tale.

The atmosphere is similar to Marillier's "Blackthorn and Grim," Joyce's "Some Kind of Fairy Tale," and "The Snow Child."

I love books that grab my attention from page one and maintain it until I hear "Audible hopes you have enjoyed this program." The Bear and the Nightingale did that for me.

54 of 58 people found this review helpful

  • The Yeti: A Novel

  • By: Rick Chesler, Jack Douglas
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey S. Fellin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

When evolutionary biology professor Dr. Zack Hitchens loses his wife in a senseless accident, he decides to follow her dreams all the way to the roof of the world - the peak of Mount Everest. On the infernal mountain, Zack and his teammates battle sickness, whiteout conditions, avalanches, the oxygen-starved minds of other climbers - and something else. Something primitive and consumed with rage. Something seeking revenge. Something downright abominable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Romp At the Top of World

  • By Kim Venatries on 11-28-16

So Much More Than a Mountain and a Monster

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17


I have read several novels regarding the tragedies and triumphs of those brave men and women who have climbed the mighty Everest. "Yeti" blows in a different direction.

Authors Chelser and Douglas have written a multi-faceted story that is not just a climb up Everest. This adventure owns believable characters who have depth and history. Jeffery Fellin is a consistent narrator, even though accents seem to be a challenge for him at times.

There are some graphic scenes, but they don't drive the story. This novel has a lot of creative energy, and never loses momentum.







4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • All the Winters After

  • A Novel
  • By: Seré Prince Halverson
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,270

Kachemak Winkel never intended to come back to his hometown of Caboose, Alaska, where his family died in a plane crash 20 years earlier. When he finally musters the courage to return and face his painful memories, he's surprised to find a mysterious young woman living in his abandoned house.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ambivalent

  • By Bonnie on 04-21-16

You Can Go Home Again

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

Reviewed: 12-28-16


This novel is beautifully written and paints an impressive mental canvas of the Alaskan wilderness for the reader.

A man experiences his coming of age at the age of 38 after losing his family in a plane crash 20 years prior. "Ketch" travels home to Alaska to face his demons as well as a young Russian woman has staked an emotional claim on his family's homestead. Past family secrets unfold throughout the novel.

The author provides female characters with strong, significant, and respectable roles. However, it's not chick lit.

The narrator got better as the book progressed, and by the end, gave a commendable performance. The ending is very well done. A worthy read that is worth your time.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful