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  • American Gods [TV Tie-In]

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 20 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,816
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,837

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming mystery, romance and epic

  • By Jody R. Nathan on 11-26-03

Book YES Starz movie NO

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

Reviewed: 10-29-17

I listened to the book several times and read it as well. It was, as is all Neil Gaiman, absolutely terrific. I was stunned at his ability to join his book to the way we are living today. The series made from this book is, in my uneducated and humble opinion TRASH. It plays to the carnal and sensational masking the wisdom of the book.
If you have watched the series and not read the book you might be disappointed. The book speaks to the human need for spiritual answers. It cautions us to be wary of the places we put our trust. Yes, George Guidall is a narrator par excellence.

  • Sunny's Nights

  • Lost and Found at the Bar at the End of the World
  • By: Tim Sultan
  • Narrated by: Robert Malloch
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

The first time he saw Sunny's Bar, in 1995, Tim Sultan was lost, thirsty for a drink, and intrigued by the single bar sign among the forlorn warehouses lining the Brooklyn waterfront. Inside, he found a dimly lit room crammed with maritime artifacts, a dozen well-seasoned drinkers, and, strangely, a projector playing a classic Martha Graham dance performance. Sultan knew he had stumbled upon someplace special. What he didn't know was that he had just found his new home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Visiting an Era

  • By Carolyn on 03-01-16

Visiting an Era

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

What made the experience of listening to Sunny's Nights the most enjoyable?

I am 74 so much of this story happened in my years. I was raised in an Italian town not NYC but the characters were so familiar. Tim Sultan was an artist painting in words. None of the characters were role models but they surely lived life. I was sorry to see it end, both the book itself and the time of the real Sunny's.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Druids: The History and Mystery of the Ancient Celtic Priests

  • By: Charles River Editors, Jesse Harasta
  • Narrated by: Phillip J. Mather
  • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 58

The Celts are one of the most well-known groups in Europe and one of the least understood. Depending on which classifications are used, the Celts are also one of the oldest civilizations in Europe. In the centuries before Christ, the Celts were spread out across much of continental Europe, and though they are mostly identified with Gaul, evidence suggests they also spread as far as Portugal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting.

  • By Susan Keefe on 05-17-15

Not Worth It

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

Reviewed: 12-22-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Perhaps someone who had no understanding of the Druids A starting point?

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Not sure if it was the narrator or, the engineering. Maybe my Kindle is too old for this book. His voice was so deeply bass I could not fully understand it.

Any additional comments?

This would be one of the last books I would read on the subject. Somewhat dated information.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Lake House

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,195

Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented fourteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure ...One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRAVO!!!!!!!

  • By Maria on 10-30-15

Ripping Good Listen

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

Reviewed: 11-07-15

What did you love best about The Lake House?

I truly could not figure out the plot until the very end. The characters were believable and the fact that were flawed made them all the more likable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alice the author. She was just what I would a Ms. Marple would be in real life.

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

Her performance was measured and her voice an easy one hear.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

things are not always as they seem

Any additional comments?

Could not stop listening on one hand and made myself pace out because I did not want to stop.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Robert B. Parker's The Devil Wins

  • By: Reed Farrel Coleman
  • Narrated by: James Naughton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

In the wake of a huge storm, three bodies are discovered in the rubble of an abandoned factory building in an industrial part of Paradise known as The Swap. One body, a man's, wrapped in a blue tarp, is only hours old. But found within feet of that body are the skeletal remains of two teenage girls who had gone missing during a Fourth of July celebration 25 years earlier.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I Miss You RBP

  • By Me & My Girls on 09-14-15

Well Written Who Done It

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

Reviewed: 10-25-15

What made the experience of listening to Robert B. Parker's The Devil Wins the most enjoyable?

Kept my interest

Who was your favorite character and why?

Always Jesse, Suit and Molly

What about James Naughton’s performance did you like?

His voice was predictable and the few changes not annoying

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

Neither, just enjoyed

Any additional comments?

One of the things we all like about Robert Parker and his follow up writers is the interesting predictability. We know the bad guys will get caught and that between the beginning and end we will not know for sure how. We miss Robert B. Parker like crazy but thanks for keeping him alive. Love Jesse Stone and his employees/town characters in Paradise.. Oh, and then there is Dicks and Healey. Good men and women all.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters

  • By: Larry Correia, Peter Clines, Peter Rawlik, and others
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck, Jeff Woodman, Bronson Pinchot, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 345

Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters is a collection of 23 stories focused around the theme of strange creatures in the vein of Pacific Rim, Godzilla, Cloverfield, and more. The anthology opens with a foreword by Jeremy Robinson, author of Project Nemesis, the highest selling Kaiju novel in the United States since the old Godzilla books - and perhaps even more than those. Then, from New York Times best sellers to indie darlings Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters features authors that are perfectly suited for writing larger-than-life stories.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 1,000 FINGERNAILS ON 1,000 CHALKBOARDS

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 06-21-15

Grimm Bros. for New Age

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

Reviewed: 07-17-15

What did you love best about Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters?

Most of the stories were excellent. I liked that they were short.

Which scene was your favorite?

Many were compelling. There were so many times I would yell.. "Don't do that!" as a character would take an action so obviously foolish. It took me back to the horror films where the main characters decided to explore the empty house or descend to the basement as eerie music played in the background.

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

I finished the book which says a lot. I often do not if annoyed or bored by a character.

Any additional comments?

This was a fun book. Godzilla and the Blob and all of those characters that make us look over our shoulder. Do not read if you cannot expand your mind into wild adventure. Not for the serious.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Buried Giant

  • A Novel
  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: David Horovitch
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,927
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,763
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,767

"You've long set your heart against it, Axl, I know. But it's time now to think on it anew. There's a journey we must go on, and no more delay..." The Buried Giant begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in nearly a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge, and war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The beauty of the reveal

  • By Pete on 03-17-15

Engrossing but slow

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

Reviewed: 05-30-15

What did you love best about The Buried Giant?

The narrator was spot on. His voice kept me glued to the book. The language was exceptional. Mr. Ishiguro is a marvelous word smith. The story was a bit confusing but perhaps that was meant to be.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I think, I would have shortened it a bit. The use of the children and poisoned goat was not necessary but, perhaps I just did not get it.

Which character – as performed by David Horovitch – was your favorite?

The old couple was what we wish our relationships to be, constant and caring. The two warriors were true to their calling. The son, wanting to save his mother was classic.

If you could rename The Buried Giant, what would you call it?

Misdirection. The fog of memory loss did not in the end, stop the conflict between people. I felt the frustration all peace loving folk do, when their efforts are futile.

Any additional comments?

His use of myths was helpful. One knew immediately that the boatman was the means of release. At the end I was not sure why the old couple could not cross together. Made no sense except that yes, all death is personal.

  • Me Before You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,421

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Journey Into the Unknown

  • By Pamela Harvey on 01-13-13

Chic Flick Novel

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

Reviewed: 01-18-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Depends. Not for someone who likes meat. More of a dessert novel.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jojo Moyes? Why or why not?

Yes, as it was not a terrible book, just not for me at this time.

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

I liked the mother, as she was obviously overwhelmed with her son's physical and mental handicaps. She was so strong and capable at work but once she entered home, she was a mom.

Do you think Me Before You needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I was not impressed with the main characters enough to want to read of their future life together or not. The lives of the physically damaged veterans who rise above all of their challenges make the protagonist of this book seem very self centered. I can only hope somewhere he finds the courage to dig in and contribute instead of whine.

Any additional comments?

In the beginning of the story Lou drove me a tad crazy by being so young and somewhat without common sense. As the book moved on I applauded her desire to make a difference. Actually did not listen to the whole book. I skipped ahead to hear the conclusion.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Beautiful American

  • By: Jeanne Mackin
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 395
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 392

As recovery from World War II begins, expatriate American NoraTours travels from her home in southern France to London in search of her missing 16-year-old daughter. There she unexpectedly meets up with an oldacquaintance, famous model-turned-photographer Lee Miller. Neither has emergedfrom the war unscathed. Nora is racked with the fear that her efforts tosurvive under the Vichy regime may have cost her daughter's life. Lee suffersfrom what she witnessed as a war correspondent photographing the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Two Friends

  • By Pamela Dale Foster on 01-04-15

Great Summer or any season Read

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

Reviewed: 07-12-14

Where does The Beautiful American rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is not the best of books but a really good book. That is not damning with faint praise by any means. Jeanne Mackin wrote a book that held my interest, kept me coming back to my Kindle for a listen and gave yet another view of the WW2 war years.

What did you like best about this story?

It was written by a woman who knows the woman's point of view. Not all do. She has a mature understanding of what it is like to suffer lost love and the deep attachment to a child. She understands the young heart that wants to live outside the box.

Have you listened to any of Kate Reading’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, I am certain that she read for the Wheel of Time series. She is a fine actor.

If you could take any character from The Beautiful American out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I cannot remember the name of the Russian immigrant with whom Nora lived for a time in southern France. She is the one I would most like to know. She had courage and I am certain a tremendous story to tell on her own. (Hint to author)

Any additional comments?

Just appreciation for a great listen and hope for more.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,053
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23,077

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Stellar narration but depressing story

  • By DQmaine on 02-02-17

Tooo Long But Very Well Written

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

Reviewed: 02-10-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Goldfinch to be better than the print version?

Yes and no. Narration was terrific, spot on. But, after a while Theo's whining was amplified by the good narration.

Would you recommend The Goldfinch to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend but only to someone looking for a good read. Not, for the faint hearted. looking for a beach book.

Which scene was your favorite?

Let's start at the beginning. His time in the museum with Welty and then, trying to get out of the building pulled me in. I could see him as a very young boy being most scared and confused. Again, many of the events becoming close to Boris felt right if, also extremely depressing. I felt the author had command of that period of his life.

Who was the most memorable character of The Goldfinch and why?

I really liked Hoby. He was most real. His care for the two young people in the book was from the heart. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde were the best way to describe Theo and Boris.

Any additional comments?

The author gave us a grand tale. I have read Dickens and yes, much like him. However, someone should have edited. Much too long. The last scene in Amsterdam tried to wring juice from a dry orange. Theo's illness and his attempts to leave were bleak and then when Boris showed up, yet another barrage of words. By then if it were not near the end, I would have turned it off. I hope to read more from this author but next time dear publisher, insist on editing.