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  • The Magicians

  • A Novel
  • By: Lev Grossman
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,481
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,500

Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not an average book

  • By Kyle on 04-30-11

Couldn't Put It Down!

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

Reviewed: 06-28-15

I knew the writing is riveting, intense and awesome when I couldn't put the book down until about half way through. Then I felt like the author could have edited it down by another chapter or two to make it more precise and concise. Otherwise well done. But the plot twists and turns were great and quite unexpected. I can't wait for the 2nd in the series!

  • Social Skills

  • By: Sara Alva
  • Narrated by: Andrew Eiden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

Music is the only form of communication Connor Owens controls. No matter how badly he wishes to fit in, friendly banter and casual conversations have never been his thing. College is yet another social universe he has no clue how to navigate - until he meets Jared, a football player with chestnut eyes and a cocky grin that holds the power to shatter his self-imposed prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is one amazing book!!!!

  • By T. Amburgey on 09-22-14

This Story Rocks!

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

Reviewed: 06-15-15

I never know if I'll get a romantic story with heart or a story in between a lot of romance. It felt awesome to be gripped with this story and never wanting it to stop. It's a rare treat when I can't put a book down or can't wait to continue to listen but the author was so very successful. I cared about Jared and Connor and their travels in life through their freshman year in college. Bravo and well done!

  • Cabin Pressure

  • By: John Finnemore
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,651
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,499

John Finnemore (Dead Ringers & Mitchell & Webb) has written this brilliant new sitcom starring Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam & Benedict Cumberbatch. Cabin Pressure is set in a small airline business. The flipside of the glamorous world of international airlines.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mad Cap Comedy Silliness By The Experts

  • By Sara on 02-21-15

Superb BBC Radio Drama

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

Reviewed: 05-21-15

I purchased this audiobook because I fell in love with the quality of BBC radio dramas for their unique humor, acting and writing. This drama didn't fail! I have a friend who won't listen to "acted" audiobooks with sound effects however he's since changed his mind because the effects blend so well with the story and the laughter isn't a laugh track, which I hate also. Kudos for the entire cast for making me wish I could fly on their zany and kooky airlines! Bravo and well done, BBC!

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  • Candide (AudioGO Edition)

  • By: Voltaire
  • Narrated by: Jack Davenport
  • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 880

When first published in 1759, Candide became an instant best seller and is now regarded as one of the key texts of the Enlightenment. Voltaire’s preoccupations with evil and with various kinds of human folly and intolerance found a perfect vehicle in this philosophical tale. A master storyteller, he combined often wildly entertaining action with profoundly serious sense, parodying the traditional chivalric and oriental tales with which his public was more familiar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Guaranteed to keep you smiling if not LOL

  • By Robert on 08-09-12

Bored

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

Reviewed: 05-19-15

Kudos to Jack Davenport for his wonderful narration but the story left me wanting. It carried me along for the short ride but I just didn't care for Candide or any of the other characters in the book - it never came alive. Yes, there was humor and yes, there was a point to the story but, sorry, I didn't care. I might read it again to check if I was too harsh of a critic but usually my gut is spot on. Usually. Prove me wrong in my 2nd reading in another year or so.

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  • Who We Are

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Charlie David
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475

Bear, Otter, and the Kid survived last summer with their hearts and souls intact. They've moved into the Green Monstrosity, and Bear is finally able to admit his love for the man who saved him from himself. But that's not the end of their story. How could it be? The boys find that life doesn't stop just because they got their happily ever after. There's still the custody battle for the Kid. The return of Otter's parents. A first trip to a gay bar. The Kid goes to therapy, and Mrs. Paquinn decides that Bigfoot is real.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you loved the first, you will love the second

  • By Boys like Boys on 10-26-13

Definitely one of my favorite books

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

Reviewed: 05-19-15

Don't read this in public, like an airplane, train, packed bus or anywhere near people you don't know. Never, ever! Even if you're macho or can hide your feelings, if you have an ounce of humanity, you'll end up like me when you read this book. I guffawed, chuckled, smiled; bawled, cried, whimpered; cursed, saddened; grieved. Most of this book was pure laugh-out-loud fun but if you read the first book, "Bear, Otter, & the Kid," you'll know and love these fictional characters and this story as if it was real and you care about them. I had my doubts about the narrator, Charlie David, but after the story picks up you could hear the laughter in his voice and when his voice cracks you know, you understand, that he wants to cry right along with you. Bravo, TJ Klune and good job Charlie David!

  • Bear, Otter, and the Kid

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 844
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804

Three years ago, Bear McKenna’s mother took off for parts unknown with her new boyfriend, leaving Bear to raise his six-year-old brother Tyson, aka the Kid. Somehow they’ve muddled through, but since he’s totally devoted to the Kid, Bear isn’t actually doing much living. With a few exceptions, he’s retreated from the world, and he’s mostly okay with that - until Otter comes home. Otter is Bear’s best friend’s older brother, and as they’ve done for their whole lives, Bear and Otter crash and collide in ways neither expect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! This was a re-read for me.

  • By Heather on 07-19-14

Beyond Perfection

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

Reviewed: 04-18-15

There are two things I liked about this book: TJ Klune is a remarkable, wonderful and fantastic wordsmith and Sea Crisden making me laugh and cry and fall in love with Bear, Otter and the Kid! I'm a finnicky male/male romance reader-listener. Sex in a story is fine but it has to take the back seat to a character-driven plot and storyline and - SUCCESS - this story hits all the right mark. Seriously, Mr. Crisden has a remarkable voice; he could narrate a story about spark plugs and I'd be riveted. Please bring him back for more stories, be it non-fiction, regular fiction, or anything. This man's voice is what is golden.

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  • Hornblower and the Hotspur

  • By: C. S. Forester
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407

April 1803, and the Peace of Amiens is failing as Horatio Hornblower takes a three-master on a vital reconnaissance mission…. On the day of his marriage to Maria, Hornblower is ordered to take the Hotspur and head for Brest - war is coming and Napoleon will not catch His Majesty’s Navy with its britches round its ankles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good narration but series limited in availability

  • By John S on 03-06-14

Top Notch Stories - Superb Narrator!

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

Reviewed: 04-16-15

I've always loved books about sailing, tall ships, treasures, etc., and the Hornblower series doesn't fail. Plus the narrator, Christian Rodska, is superb and brings the books and characters to life! My own note: I haven't read books about high seas adventures in years until I found "Fiddler's Green" about an unlikely sailor becoming a privateer during the Revolution. From then on, I burned to read more. Thanks Audible for making these available! (When will you bring the other CS Forester books to Audible???!)

  • Shy

  • By: John Inman
  • Narrated by: Tommy O'Brien
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 114

Dating is hard enough. Throw in an incontinent Chihuahua, an unrequited love affair, a severe case of social anxiety disorder, a dying father, and a man-eating hog, and it becomes darned near impossible. Still, it takes two to tango - and when Tom Morgan, a mild-mannered assistant bank manager with a debilitating case of shyness, meets Frank Wells, who is straight off the farm and even shyer than he is, sparks start flying.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overcoming shyness with good lovin'... on a farm

  • By mel on 01-12-15

Mixed Reviews

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

Reviewed: 04-13-15

This was a difficult topic for the author plus who to pick for the narrator with the right voice tenor. I thought that the narrator played just the right emotion for this topic of severe shyness but how can the correct narration happen when the story felt so lackluster. About midway through I felt this story was heading in a certain direction and it, and sadly, it didn't miss that direction. They were shy so they would have sex. They were shy so they'd room together. I just felt I didn't care for the characters after while and hoped the story would end. Sorry for the harsh critique but It's how I felt.

  • The Christmas Throwaway

  • By: RJ Scott
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

Thrown out of his home for being gay, he is left without money or, it seems, anywhere to go. Until a stranger shows him that some people do give a lot more than a damn. Ben Hamilton is a rookie cop in his small home town. He finds a young throwaway, fresh from the city, sleeping on a bench in the churchyard on a snowy Christmas Eve. Can he be the one to give Zachary his own Christmas miracle?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Sweet Turn of Events...

  • By Donald on 12-22-14

This Is A Real Life For Some People

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

Reviewed: 04-13-15

Imagine you are a teen and kicked out to live or die on your own. Sad, but it happens, especially if the child is gay. I had a very soft spot for Zach in this story who had to endure pain from an abusive father then kicked out. Zach is one of the lucky ones: he was found by a kindhearted policeman while asleep on a bench in a church lot and taken in by a loving family for Christmas. The narrator does a very good job with this story. He doesn't overly dramatize nor play down the emotions. His voice, deep and comforting, is very soothing so we know things will turn out positively but I still cried and got very emotional to everything in this storyline. Well, done!

  • Lieutenant Hornblower

  • By: C. S. Forester
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812

In this new adventure, Hornblower is overjoyed to discover his next task is to serve aboard the mighty HMS Renown. After witnessing some unsettling scenes however, he soon finds himself struggling to serve under the captain, James Sawyer, whose unsound mind leads him to treat his crew with extreme suspicion and contempt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hornblower off to the Caribbean

  • By Jean on 03-05-13

Fair Romp on the High Seas

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

The critics were right: this selection was written from another perspective and not in Hornblower's character and voice. I still loved it although it was a bit different.than what I anticipated. The narrator was excellent as before and he made it highly entertaining.