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  • Love Is Blind

  • A Novel
  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Brodie Moncur is a brilliant piano tuner, as brilliant in his own way as John Kilbarron - "The Irish Liszt" - the pianist Brodie accompanies on all of his tours from Paris to Saint Petersburg, as essential to Kilbarron as the pianist's own hands. It is a luxurious life and a level of success Brodie could hardly have dreamed of growing up in a remote Scottish village, in a household ruled by a tyrannical father. But Brodie would gladly give it all up for the love of the Russian soprano Lika Blum: beautiful, worldly, seductive - and consort to Kilbarron. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captures the protagonist's struggles

  • By galcarm on 10-15-18

Captures the protagonist's struggles

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

I wanted to know what would happen next. The title is appropriate. The author clues the reader to the true state of affairs that the protagonist never sees. He captures the mental state of the characters and how they're driven. And then there's the ending that leaves the reader thinking, and wanting to write a good review without giving away the story. I'm not a writer, but this is my attempt at a good review.

I like this author. His writing style and characters keep the story interesting. I listened to "Restless" by the same author several months ago and still have a haunting feeling when I think of it. I'd been hoping for another book that would keep my interest and this novel did the trick. It's the endings... If you've "read" Restless, you'll understand.

I would purchase another book by William Boyd.

The narrator was very good. He did well handling the accents and the various states of the characters, particularly the Irish and Scottish accents. I would listen to more by this narrator.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Remnant: Rescue of the Elect

  • Chronicles of the Apocalypse, Book 2
  • By: Brian Godawa
  • Narrated by: Brian Godawa
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 44

Asia, 66 A.D. Roman Severus, Jewish Alexander, and Christian Cassandra find their target of capture: the Apostle John. But when he reveals the meaning of his secret apocalypse, their world is turned upside down. They journey to Jerusalem where a zealot revolt has broken out, and threatens to bring the Roman war machine down upon them all. Will the Christians get out in time? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Remnant

  • By Marva on 01-29-18

Going forth conquering and to conquer

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

I've been reading Josephus' accounts off and on and this book relates quite a bit from Josephus. The story interwoven with history adds interest and helps to stay on track with the historical accounts.
The story of Severus caused me to consider The grace of God in my own life.
I found the part dealing with the installation of Vespasian as Nero's Legate of particular interest. This explanation is very compelling.
Well, I'm moving on to the next book, Resistant, and I expect it to follow much of Josephus' accounts... a truly heart-breaking historical account.

  • Tyrant: Rise of the Beast

  • Chronicles of the Apocalypse, Book 1
  • By: Brian Godawa
  • Narrated by: Brian Godawa
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

An explosive tale of spiritual warfare and the origin story of the most controversial book of the Bible: Revelation. Book one in the shocking controversial series Chronicles of the Apocalypse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not reflective of previous books

  • By Sharilyn on 03-16-18

Very Interesting

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

This was a very good listen and the author did a good job narrating. I found myself referring often to the Endnotes that were included with the Audible purchase. The mountain of Bashan and the Gates of Hades were of particular interest as I'd never heard them explained in the author's manner. Very, very interesting. I'm moving on to the next book in this series and I anticipate it will be just as good. I can hardly wait to get to the destruction of Jerusalem in "Resistant" and "Judgement". I've been reading Josephus' "War of the Jews" off and on, so I'm looking forward to Godawa's story on the subject.

  • American Pharoah

  • The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner's Legendary Rise
  • By: Joe Drape
  • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,573
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,251
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,248

History was made at the 2015 Belmont Stakes when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, the first since Affirmed in 1978. As magnificent as the champion is, the team behind him has been all too human while on the road to immortality.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I didn't buy it, free download

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-14-18

A great horse.

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

Really liked the story. The author's use of quotes from the people who worked with American Pharoah and their experiences with the champion gave the horse personality. I've never been a fan of horse racing, but I wanted AP to win every race and I admit there was a bit of tension in me as I listened to each race as read by the narrator. I felt (to a lesser degree, of course) the excitement and apprehension that those involved must have felt at each of AP"s races. I went online and was able to watch each of the triple crown races and the Breeders cup race. I spent quite a bit of time looking at photos and videos of American Pharoah. I'm actually missing the fact that there isn't more to tell if American Pharoah's racing exploits, but I'm now interested in his offspring and what they may accomplish. I'm very glad AP is enjoying his stallion life. A really nice story and the narrator did a good job. I recommend.

  • Five Little Pigs

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496

Beautiful Caroline Crale was convicted of poisoning her husband, but just like the nursery rhyme, there were five other "little pigs" who could have done it: Philip Blake (the stockbroker), who went to market; Meredith Blake (the amateur herbalist), who stayed at home; Elsa Greer (the three-time divorcee), who had her roast beef; Cecilia Williams (the devoted governess), who had none; and Angela Warren (the disfigured sister), who cried all the way home.

Sixteen years later, Caroline's daughter is determined to prove her mother's innocence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Top Notch Mystery

  • By Tomsde on 11-05-12

Another excellent mystery.

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

Am so enjoying Agatha Christie's mysteries and Hugh Fraser's narration. This book kept me from my sleep. Excellent!

  • Dumb Witness

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466

Miss Emily was old, rich, and afraid - and now, she's dead. Her terrified plea to Hercule Poirot came a little too late. All that's left is a house full of greedy heirs, and a very strange letter that could solve the mystery - or add to it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bob the dog

  • By Timothy Vartanian on 12-27-15

Bob and the Postman

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

Loved it. Another excellent mystery by Christie. The funniest part is Hercules assessment of the relationship between Bob and the Postman. Enjoy !

  • Restless

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 575

It is the summer of 1976 in Oxfordshire, England, and someone is trying to kill Sally Gilmartin. The only person she can trust is her daughter, Ruth, a young single mother struggling with her own demons. Now Sally must tell her daughter the truth: She is actually Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian émigré recruited for the British Secret Service in 1939.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite Book of 2007

  • By Susianna on 12-27-07

I didn't want to stop listening

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

A very good story. The way it was told kept me wanting to know more. The ending was poignant and left me thinking about the characters long after. Rosamond Pike does a nice job of narration, but it's the story that held me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Endless Night

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

Strapped by a chauffeur's wages, Michael Rogers' want of a better life seems out of reach. Especially elusive is a magnificent piece of property in Kingston Bishop - until a chance meeting with a beautiful heiress makes his dreams possible. Marrying her is the first step. Building the perfect home is the next. Unfortunately Michael ignored the local warnings about the deadly curse buried in the tract of land, and living out his dreams may exact a higher price than he ever imagined.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Unusual

  • By RueRue on 01-05-17

Great Ending

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-17

Won't forget this one. Great ending. The narration was very good. No disappointments with this story.

  • The Turn of the Screw [Soundtrack Edition]

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Richard Armitage - introduction
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 142

Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy winner Emma Thompson lends her immense talent and experienced voice to Henry James' Gothic ghost tale, The Turn of the Screw. When a governess is hired to care for two children at a British country estate, she begins to sense an otherworldly presence around the grounds. Are they really ghosts she's seeing? Or is something far more sinister at work?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Emma Thompson is extraordinary

  • By Tony W. Sellers on 11-25-16

Surprising end

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

Reviewed: 12-23-16

Engrossing. One wants to find out what will happen next. And the ending is a shock.

  • Crime and Punishment

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,984

In this intense detective thriller instilled with philosophical, religious, and social commentary, Dostoevsky studies the psychological impact upon a desperate and impoverished student when he murders a despicable pawnbroker, transgressing moral law to ultimately "benefit humanity".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful reading, disturbing book

  • By Tad Davis on 11-03-08

Excellent Narration by Heald

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

Reviewed: 12-22-16

Cannot give enough credit to the narrator. This story is a classic, obviously, and much has already been said. So I will limit my review of the book by stating that the author delved deep into the heart of the main character and revealed his true motive. Anthony Heald's narration was excellent. The changes from one character to another were smooth and he captured their condition - whether drunk, or giddy, or suffering from consumption. An excellent performance. I'll look for other narrations by Heald. As an aside, I generally listen to most audiobooks at a slower speed - generally 0.85 of normal. It helps in keeping the narration from feeling hectic or hurried.