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  • The Cold Dish

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,046
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,434

Introducing Wyoming's Sheriff Walt Longmire in this riveting novel from the New York Times best-selling author of Dry Bones, the first in the Longmire series, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire. Johnson draws on his deep attachment to the American West to produce a literary mystery of stunning authenticity, full of memorable characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)

  • By Dataman on 09-12-12

TV series great, but the Book is fabulous listen!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

I loved the Longmire TV series & didn't even consider reading the books until I bought one on sale. The writing is even better, the author's descriptions and observations of real life are so genuine. And the narrator is superb!! I must admit I pictured the characters from the TV series in my head as I listened to the book because I enjoyed them so much, but all of the characters are there! Vic, Ruby, Fergus and especially Walt and best friend Henry Standing Bear. The characters are so true to life. I'm going to have a tough time not "binge listening" to these; I want to buy them slowly and savor each one!

  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

  • By: Al Franken
  • Narrated by: Al Franken
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,061
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,901
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,760

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was reading this when the allegations against Franken came out

  • By Fruitsalad200 on 12-10-17

Wonderful book!!

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

This is close to the greatest book I've read. Not only was it written & read but I learned some much about the Senate. College grad but not a poli sci major l learned a lot about how the Senate works AND it was written with just enoug humor to keep me very interested. He is highly intelligent and his previous occupation as pundit & comedian prepared him to be an excellent & very informed Senaror for MINNESSOTTA!

  • The Black Country

  • Scotland Yard's Murder Squad
  • By: Alex Grecian
  • Narrated by: Toby Leonard Moore
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 661

When members of a prominent family disappear from a coal-mining village - and a human eyeball is discovered in a bird's nest - the local constable sends for help from Scotland Yard's new Murder Squad. Fresh off the grisly 1889 murders of The Yard, Inspector Walter Day and Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith respond, but they have no idea what they're about to get into. The villagers have intense, intertwined histories. Everybody bears a secret. Superstitions abound. And the village itself is slowly sinking into the mines beneath it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Geat, especially if you love historical mysteries!

  • By Ann on 03-04-14

Very dark--

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

Reviewed: 12-14-16

I bought this on sale, not having read the 1st book in the series. The description was a mystery involving Scotland Yard. But the book was very dark. So much so it wasn't clear to me if it was day or night. The events & details bordered on torture. I greatly enjoy mysteries and thrillers, but this was beyond my taste.

  • Through the Fog

  • By: Michael C. Grumley
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 895
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 895

Two weeks after his 18th birthday, everything changes for Evan Nash. When he injures his head after being run down on his bicycle, he begins having strange, harrowing visions whenever he tries to sleep. He turns to psychiatrist Shannon Mayer for help. Mayer has troubles of her own: her daughter has been kidnapped, and she's desperate for answers. Though she's at first skeptical of Evan's accounts, it quickly becomes clear that his mysterious ailment may be the key to finding her child.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Remote Viewing

  • By R. Pontiflet on 10-18-16

Worst book ever listened to on Audible!!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-16

Story was not believable, writing sophomoric, depiction of psychiatrist and nurses were extremely unprofessional. Doesn't even fit in category of science fiction. Worst book in 6 years with Audible.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Playing with Fire

  • A Novel
  • By: Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Will Damron
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,417

The first time violinist Julia Ansdell picked up the "Incendio Waltz" in a darkened antique shop in Rome, she knew it was a strikingly unusual composition. The minor key and complex feverish arpeggios have a life of their own. But when she plays the piece, Julia blacks out and awakens to find her small daughter implicated in acts of surprising violence. When she travels to Venice to find the previous owner of the music, she uncovers a heart-stoppingly dark secret....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Somewhat off-key

  • By Janice on 11-16-15

Great Book!

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

Reviewed: 06-02-16

I chose this mystery based on the subject matter-- WWII, history and music that took place in Italy rather than Germany. I thoroughly enjoyed it & would recommend it to readers with similar interests!

  • Speaks the Nightbird

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 30 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,235

The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!

  • By aaron on 06-05-12

Too much of everything!

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

Reviewed: 04-14-16

I rarely dislike a book for being too long but this is much too long, too much description and most notably too much packed into one story. Unbelievable as historical fiction.

  • The Space Between

  • An Outlander Novella
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,648
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,341

Joan MacKimmie is on her way to Paris to take up her vocation as a nun. Yet her decision is less a matter of faith than fear, for Joan is plagued by mysterious voices that speak of the future, and by visions that mark those about to die. The sanctuary of the nunnery promises respite from these unwanted visitations...or so she prays. Her chaperone is Michael Murray, a young widower who, though he still mourns the death of his wife, finds himself powerfully drawn to his charge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Delight!

  • By Kathy on 06-01-14

Loved this!!

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

Reviewed: 12-17-15

This short novella is quirky, fun and very different from Gabaldon's longer novels. I've read all of her work, this being the last until another novel comes and I love all of her work. But I liked this because it's different, with a little mysticism and a departure from her other wonderful work!!

  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,336
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18,303

In this adrenaline-charged, up-to-the-moment political thriller, Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are back. The troubled genius hacker and crusading journalist thrilled the world in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So thankful we still have Lizbeth!

  • By AudioAddict on 09-04-15

Very disappointed!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-13-15

Obviously this is not Steig Larson. Very slow start, story is very hard to follow & centers on computer hacking and stolen information. Lagercrantz does not bring Mikal and Lisbeth Salander into the story until a third of way into the book, which is why I read the series. Doubtful I will buy another in the series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,265

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

Exquisite!

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

Reviewed: 01-17-14

There is nothing I can add to the reviews of this book. I think this is possibly the best book I've every read. The author's use of words, phrasing and pacing is truly a work of art. I especially enjoyed listening to this book because the narrator is outstanding!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Half of a Yellow Sun

  • A Novel
  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,513

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Adichie’s brilliant historical novel follows the fortunes of five characters living through the tumultuous 1960s—a time when the Biafran-Nigerian War raged in southern Africa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant narration of a captivating story

  • By MB on 08-16-12

Wonderful listen!

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

Reviewed: 09-22-12

I was in my middle teens when Biafra was in the headlines--I knew it was in Africa and involved starving children, but that's all. This book is wonderful on so many levels--the history, the politics, the culture and as already mentioned, the complex characterization. It's not just about the atrocities of a war that happened almost 50 years ago, it is relevant to issues we struggle with everyday. The differences of culture, religious values, things we hold as important to ourselves or within our group. The narration is superb--I really can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this book.

What I love about Audible.com that is different than going to the library; it's unlikely I would go to the library looking for a book on the history of Nigeria or the civil war of Biafra. Audible offered this book along with several others as a free offering which made me look at it. I am so glad I chose it. It is the same with the $4.95 specials--I consider books I didn't know I wanted to read. Audible has been a true treasure for me since I retired. I wish I had learned about Audible prior to retiring for my twice daily 25 mile commute!!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful