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  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

  • A Sortabiography
  • By: Eric Idle
  • Narrated by: Eric Idle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532

 

We know him best for his unforgettable roles on Monty Python - from the Flying Circus to The Meaning of Life. Now, Eric Idle reflects on the meaning of his own life in this entertaining memoir that takes us on an unforgettable journey from his childhood in an austere boarding school through his successful career in comedy, television, theater, and film. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eric Idle name-dropping, which can't be helped

  • By LJ on 10-09-18

Littany of rich people in rich places

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

When he stopped long enough to really tell a story, it was engaging, but too much of the book was just the next name-dropping event. Learned a lot about where he went - and he went a LOT of places - but not much about him.

  • The Knight Mage

  • By: Whiskey Flowers
  • Narrated by: Ewan Sharp
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

John Thunder is the son of the kingdom of Kirby's greatest mage who made his name fighting the Dragon Knights of Downey. Many had high hopes for John, but as he grew up, it became obvious he was not the mage his father was. Dismayed, John agrees to join the army, where he learns to control his special type of magic and mixes his fighting style with the sword. The queen sees potential in John and knights him as a favor to his father. When the Dragon Knights of Downey threaten Kirby's border, they find an enemy waiting for them they had never faced who is far craftier than his father.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • needs an editor and production studio

  • By MARY K WALTER on 01-18-19

needs an editor and production studio

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

may be a good author in a few more years but now lost in enjoying blood and stereotypes.

  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,878
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,832

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please, have mercy and cut out the sound effects

  • By Areader on 11-29-18

Tedious prurience over produced

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

Student of history, particularly 19th and 20th century Britain and I only made it 2 hours at 1.25x speed before I just gave up. Tedious mishmash.

20 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • The Most Beautiful

  • My Life with Prince
  • By: Mayte Garcia
  • Narrated by: Mayte Garcia
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,094
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,912

In The Most Beautiful, a title inspired by the hit song Prince wrote about their legendary love story, Mayte Garcia for the first time shares the deeply personal story of their relationship and offers a singular perspective on the music icon and their world together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can see why Prince fell in love with her.

  • By S. Winchester on 04-07-17

Unexpected and very moving

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

Not a book I would ever thought to read but purchased it on a whim and enjoyed it a great deal. Fabulous to have the author read it with the love, fangirl awe, anger, sadness, and hope there in her voice.

  • Little Boy Lost

  • By: J. D. Trafford
  • Narrated by: JD Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 989
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 862

Attorney Justin Glass's practice, housed in a shabby office on the north side of Saint Louis, isn't doing so well that he can afford to work for free. But when eight-year-old Tanisha Walker offers him a jar full of change to find her missing brother, he doesn't have the heart to turn her away. Justin had hoped to find the boy alive and well. But all that was found of Devon Walker was his brutally murdered body - and the bodies of twelve other African American teenagers, all discarded like trash in a mass grave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding book from new (to me) author...

  • By shelley on 09-27-17

Good scenes - but not enough

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

Interesting scenes but the whole just did not come together well enough. Minor stories more fleshed out and thus enjoyable than the main story. Look forward to seeing author's next work to see evolution.

  • Miss Subways

  • A Novel
  • By: David Duchovny
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Tea Leoni
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

Emer is just a woman living in New York City who takes the subway, buys ice cream from the bodega on the corner, has writerly aspirations, and lives with her boyfriend, Con. But is this life she lives the only path she’s on?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful storytelling at its finest!

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-03-18

Good story; horrible listening experience

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

first, great story, but go buy the book. Proof that not all actors can be good audio book readers. Duchovny just read the text, largely in monotone and a little too fast. I wish Tea Leoni had read the whole book; her part was enjoyable. I stopped a third of the way through because I could not take it any more. Bought the book because the story was intriguing enough that I wanted to finish it - which is actually a double win for Duchovny I guess.

  • The Elusive Miss Ellison

  • Legacy of Grace Series, Book 1
  • By: Carolyn Miller
  • Narrated by: Anna Parker-Naples
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Hampton Hall's new owner has the villagers of St. Hampton Heath all aflutter - all except Lavinia Ellison. The reverend's daughter cares for those who are poor and sick, and the seventh Earl of Hawkesbury definitely does not meet that criteria. His refusal to take his responsibilities seriously, or even darken the door of the church, leave her convinced he is as arrogant and reckless as his brother - his brother who stole the most important person in Lavinia's world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • would have been a better book 1/4 shorter

  • By MARY K WALTER on 03-23-18

would have been a better book 1/4 shorter

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

nice book that spent way too long in trite dithering. when actually moving forward, enjoyable.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Late Show

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,188
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,418

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, the narration!

  • By Destry on 07-20-17

good start to series; needs better reader

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

liked multiple threads running through story. reader was good for main character but not enough distinction for other voices - particularly males who all sounded alike.

  • The Reporter Who Knew Too Much

  • The Mysterious Death of What’s My Line TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen
  • By: Mark Shaw
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 709

Was What's My Line TV star, media icon, and crack investigative reporter and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen murdered for writing a tell-all book about the JFK assassination? If so, is the main suspect in her death still at large? These questions and more are answered in former CNN, ESPN, and USA Today legal analyst Mark Shaw's 25th book, The Reporter Who Knew Too Much.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book! Well organized, great narration

  • By Jaybird on 05-24-17

Fascinating person tediously wriiten

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

The fascinating content was not enough to get me past 1/2 way. Just too many good books waiting to spend 5 more hours of unengaging text.

  • Shadow of Empire

  • Far Stars, Book One
  • By: Jay Allan
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 213

Smuggler and mercenary Arkarin Blackhawk and the crew of the ship Wolf's Claw are freelance adventurers who live on the fringe of human society in the Far Stars. A veteran fighter as deadly with a blade as he is with a gun, Blackhawk is a man haunted by a dark past. Even his cynicism cannot banish the guilt and pain that threaten his sanity.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Clichés galore

  • By J on 04-23-16

Tedious exposition

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

I wanted to like this book and hung on for about 2/3 before I decided life is too short and there are too many books to waste time. I wish the author had told ONE of the stories well and stopped with the endless and often repetitive musings of minor characters to fill space (pardon the pun).