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  • Lucky Suit

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,357
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,317

I'm breaking up with setups. No more “you should meet my son, nephew, grandson, the butcher, the guy down the street who mows my lawn.” People mean well, but machines know better, so I'll rely on the great dating algorithms of the web to find my ideal man, thank you very much. Soon enough, it looks like I’ve found him - his screen name is Lucky Suit, and he’s hilarious, quick-witted, and full of heart. But when we finally get together in person, I have the distinct feeling I’ve met him before. Funny enough - he says the same thing about me. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So cute!!

  • By KindleKat64 on 02-06-19

Stuck in Molassas

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

Few men can read women and not make them sound like Muppet characters. Distracting. The story was meh. Not fast-paced enough for a farce, as in Bringing Up Baby, but not slow enough to handle all of the "I'm so smart!" comments. Telling, not showing. And how much money do these people have, anyway?!? But even having the money to see my husband every other week for the year he lived in Tokyo and I lived in California would not have made the ache less. The twists and turns of fate were predictable. Maybe I've just had too much life experience to enjoy this book, but I'm glad I didn't pay for it. If it were a little funnier, smarter, or better performed, I would have enjoyed it. The worst part is that I've now got Audible suggesting books that all have covers of sweaty men's bare chests on them. I'd give it more stars, but I'm trying to get the algorithm to stop offering up Romance novels.

  • Unseen Academicals

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: David Jason, Jon Culshaw, Mathew Horne, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else. The prospect of the Big Match draws in a street urchin with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Unnecessary rewriting

  • By mran on 07-14-18

Eh. Brigg's Reading is Better

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

1) Don't try to walk the dog while listening to this. The background ambiance, noises, and music drown out the dialog.

2) Bad changes to the story narrative. Vimes notably doesn't drink. He's an alcoholic. Henry ,the former Dean, is not a bad guy. The Stollops are not evil. It's like the person writing the teleplay doesn't know Pratchett's work and doesn't care that some of us do. I don't think they would do this to, say, Austin or King.

3) I love David Jason, and his narration is good. He knew Pratchett and his work, but it's a shame his name is tied to this.

I re-read Pratchett's work all the time. I won't be re-reading this. I'll stick to Briggs's narration. I recommend you do, too.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Rumpole of the Bailey [Recorded Books]

  • By: John Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

In the first of six witty short stories, 60s-something English barrister, Horace Rumpole, takes on the younger generation both at home and in the hallowed courtroom—while offending his esteemed colleagues and his draconian wife, Hilda.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great fun

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-28-16

Just When You're Really Depressed

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

by the story, Mortimer pulls it out of the bag and ends on a bright spot. You have to let it build. The stories are solid. And I have to come clean, I'm a total Patrick Tull fan-girl, but after hearing him read Dickens, Peters, and O'Brian, I'm just amazed at his ability to provide a totally clean slate for Rumpole. He doesn't read like Aubrey or Brother Cadfael. He's unmistakable as Rumpole. Tull's talent was extraordinary. Put Mortimer and Tull together and, well, there it is. A fully realized novel.

  • Mort

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,701
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,766

Mort, like many teenagers, is gangly, unpromising, and struggling with a menial job - in his case, as Death's apprentice. He can barely handle his simple task of ushering souls out of Discworld, but he really screws up when he meets the beautiful Princess Keli, who is scheduled to be assassinated. Going against his boss's wishes, Mort kills Keli's assassin instead, which angers and interferes with Fate. But Mort's heroism seems to be for naught, since Discworld proceeds as though Keli had been killed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best so far

  • By Jonas on 06-16-04

Better than I remembered

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

I read it in print years ago and didn't think it was all that, but re-reading it, especially after reading Hogfather and Thief of Time, makes it better. Planer's reading is good, although I've never liked how he reads women characters, they always sound more like cartoon characters than people. I'm glad I gave it a try.

  • Queen Lucia

  • By: E. F. Benson
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 110

England between the wars was a paradise of utter calm and leisure for the very, very rich. But into this enclave is born Mrs. Emmeline Lucas - La Lucia, as she is known - a woman determined to lead a life quite different from the pomp and subdued nature of her class. With her cohort, Georgie Pillson, and her husband, Peppino, she upends the greats of high society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delight

  • By Meg on 04-16-09

Maybe I was looking for Wodehouse

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

I think I expected funnier. And Lucia is a woman I don't think I'd want to spent any time with in real life. Control-freak, anyone? But the full cast of characters are charming (and not in the snotty, backhanded way). I might read the next in the series. Nadia May made the reading worth finishing. A few laugh out loud moments.

  • The Yellow Admiral

  • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 18
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 603

While surviving life-threatening adventures at sea, Captain Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin find life on land to be even more perilous. Aubrey has dimmed his prospects of an admiralty by his erratic voting in Parliament. He is on even worse terms with his wife, Sophie, when his mother-in-law ferrets out a trove of old personal letters. Fortunately, Maturin brings news that the Chileans need the two seafaring friends to train their navy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's an Addiction

  • By Constance on 06-22-05

"Thou shat never shit a seaman-like turd"

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

I had to stop walking the dog and to catch my breath after hearing this quote from The Yellow Admiral. And when you hear Patrick Tull read it, well, there's nothing better. After about a dozen years in the navy, Dr. Maturin still can't get in a ship without getting dunked and the sailors who haven't sailed with him before just can't know his worth yet. I love these books. I've listened to or read the whole series many times, and I'm a pacifist. Because it's essentially a 20 part novel, it's hard to review just one of them, but expect both fantastic battles along with a whole depth of human understanding. (And don't worry about all the jargon, you don't need to understand it to understand the novel.) You could start here, but I'd go to book 1. And just wallow in Tull's readings.

  • An American Plague

  • The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793
  • By: Jim Murphy
  • Narrated by: Pat Bottino
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

In An American Plague, Jim Murphy tells the story of the 1793 yellow fever epidemic. Bizarre medical practices of the time are discussed, as well as popular historical figures, such as George Washington and Benjamin Rush, who were involved in finding a cure for this horrific outbreak. Pat Bottino's captivating narration adds appeal to this interesting historical tale.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't expect technical depth...

  • By E. Birdsell on 01-27-06

An entire book of headlines

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

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

No. It's monotonous. At least on audiobook. There are a lot of good pieces of information in there, but the reading is like having headlines shot at you.

What was one of the most memorable moments of An American Plague?

When the Black churches rose up to care for their white neighbors. I had not known that.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Had Bottino read the book before he read it aloud? There are no highs and lows. It all has the same tension and tone which makes it monotonous and boring. A real feat when you are talking about the Yellow Fever and the decimation of the capital of a new country. Oi. If someone with Patrick Tull's care and patience had read it, it would have been much better. I had to stop listening.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Dear gods, no. The illnesses are described in minute detail and it's enough to turn your stomach. As it should be. It's about a plague after all.

Any additional comments?

It's too bad the narration is so poor. It's a really interesting topic and deserves better.

  • Witches Abroad

  • Discworld, Book 12
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Tony Robinson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

Never let real life get in the way of a good story, especially when a good story involves three witches, including a fairy godmother, and travelling to a faraway land to make sure that a servant girl doesn't marry a prince. It looks as though a happy ending may be averted before catastrophe strikes. But unfortunately, the forces of good are up against a godmother who has made Destiny an offer it can't refuse.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged, bad sound quality

  • By darcybear on 09-25-16

Why can't Robinson read all the books?

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

Reviewed: 02-02-16

The unabridged is better story-wise, but if you've once read it, this is very entertaining. Laughed out loud frequently.

  • The Pilgrim of Hate

  • The Tenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

As England's civil war draws to a close, two travelers arrive at Cadfael's herbarium door: the dark-eyed Ciaran who has vowed to walk unshod as a kind of penance and, his companion, Matthew. When Cadfael's old friend arrives with a tale of murder, the youths' puzzling association becomes darker and more inscrutable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Nice Addition to the Brother Cadfael Saga

  • By John Roush on 01-31-12

I could listen to Tull read the phone book.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-15

If you could sum up The Pilgrim of Hate in three words, what would they be?

Love, Middle Ages, Murder

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pilgrim of Hate?

When Cadfael sees Olivier.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Mrs. Weaver was talking at Cadfael.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Pilgrim of Hate? Good story. Read by Patrick Tull? Great story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Blackberry Wine

  • By: Joanne Harris
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

Disillusioned by adulthood, and longing for the past, Jay Mackintosh's memories are revived by the mysterious delivery of a home-brewed bottle of wine, from long-vanished friends.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Read the book instead

  • By Sassbot on 07-10-08

A Pleasant Surprise.

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

Reviewed: 10-10-13

What did you love best about Blackberry Wine?

The narrator

If you’ve listened to books by Joanne Harris before, how does this one compare?

It's almost as if she's afraid to really take a risk. I've read several of her books. This one feels like Harris-lite. Still, it's worth the time.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the boy realizes his friend is missing.

Who was the most memorable character of Blackberry Wine and why?

the wine

Any additional comments?

I love the conceit that the story could be told from the point of view of a bottle of wine.