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  • The Giver

  • By: Lois Lowry
  • Narrated by: Ron Rifkin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,866

December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story that unfolds before your eyes

  • By Donna on 12-27-12

do not understand the enthusiasm for this book

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

Reviewed: 08-14-15

I seem to have gotten this book by mistake. That is, I never would have ordered it if I had known what it is about. So, what is it about? Seemingly the author does not want us to know. However our main character is selected in future world as a "receiver." He proceeds to be trained by an old "receiver" who apparently knows everything, presumably about pain and choice. Both of these are now gone from society. I must say, this selection was mostly a waste of my time.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Silent Joe

  • By: T. Jefferson Parker
  • Narrated by: James Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 204

Joe Trona is scarred in more ways than one. Rescued from an orphanage by Will Trona, a charismatic Orange County politician who sensed his dark potential, Joe is swept into the maelstrom of power and intimidation that surrounds his adoptive father's illustrious career. Serving as Will's right hand man, Joe is trained to protect and defend his father's territory - but he can't save the powerful man from his enemies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bring T. Jefferson Parker into your life!

  • By Snoodely on 08-19-10

I agree

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

Reviewed: 04-11-15

with the reviewer who praised this book. I also agree that if you like Michael Connelly, you will like this one. Character(s) developed, interesting plot. Only problem, which I was able to fix, was that narrator spoke so fast. I was able to play at 75% of original speed, which slowed it down enough. Also, I would not think anyone the author refers to as "silent" should be read fast.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Lowboy

  • By: John Wray
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21

Violet Heller, his desperate mother, is joined by Ali Lateef, a missing persons specialist, in a desperate attempt to locate her son before psychosis claims him completely. As the stakes grow higher, Lateef gradually comes to realize that this is more than a case of a runaway teen: Will Heller has a chilling case history, and Violet - beautiful and enigmatic, harbors a secret that Lateef will discover at his own peril.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tight, Evocative Storytelling

  • By Seth H. Wilson on 03-22-09

Did not like it--at all

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

Reviewed: 03-22-15

It just seemed to stop. Which was a good thing in its way because I coud never get into it. The plight of these strange people was never brought home to me. Not sure if tht is a reflection of me or the writer but should not a writer have a story to tell, first and foremost? Did not seem to be one here. At least not for me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fifteen Digits

  • By: Nick Santora
  • Narrated by: David Collins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 12

Five men. Five walks of life. Every day they come together at the white shoe law firm Olmstead & Taft. But they're not lawyers. They're "Printers": blue-collar guys consigned to the dark basement of the firm and charged with copying, collating, and delivering the mountains of paperwork that document millions of dollars of sensitive legal secrets. Until, that is, the five are approached by an ambitious young attorney who teaches them what they have: insider information.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a good story

  • By Cindy on 02-25-15

a good story

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

Reviewed: 02-25-15

This story was good to excellent, spoiled by a poor performance of the reader. Please listen before you buy. As to story: a group who work together decide to steal money, which they do with some facility. Eventually the SEC comes calling and greed takes its toll.

The narrator paused a LOT. He grouped words unusually and then paused between them. I had to try not to listen to him or it drove me nuts. I am not usually critical of the reader, but this one gave me fits.

The book itself is worth your time, but the narrator might put you off.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 44 Scotland Street

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,331
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,009

The brilliant Alexander McCall Smith became an international sensation with his New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels. His award-winning wit, made famous through that series, is fully on display in 44 Scotland Street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smith's answer to Maupin

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-23-05

You could do a lot worse!

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

Reviewed: 08-19-14

It would be easy to overlook this rye look at life by Alexander McCall Smith. The series is wonderful and there are 9 books now in the series (Audible has 8). Smith is never mean spirited and you get to know the foibles of the characters so well. I love this series and think you will too if you like stories about everyday people and their oddness. Highly recommended for great character studies (even dogs!) and for excellent writing.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,570
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,575

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Painfully nostalgic

  • By Barry on 07-29-15

omg, get this book immediately

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

Reviewed: 05-29-14

For some strange reason, I missed this one throughout my school years and then college and grad school. Not sure why but wow! What a novel. Do not miss this one. You will lie awake thinking about it years after you "read" it. Owen is a guy who does not fit in the group. This story is about why he is the way he is. So wonderful.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Calculated in Death

  • In Death Series, Book 36
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,083
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,072

On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a woman lies dead at the bottom of a brownstone’s basement steps, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better. A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone’s hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the brownstone, she knows Marta’s murder is the work of a killer who’s trained, yet not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love that Dallas!

  • By Elaine on 03-01-13

not so hot

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

Reviewed: 05-29-14

Really chick lit and perhaps this is why I did not like it. Writing not good and narrator was poor. She tried but was unable to do voices so you never knew who was saying what. Also she was melodramatic. You can skip this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fatherless

  • Fatherless, Book 1
  • By: James Dobson, Kurt Bruner
  • Narrated by: Bernard Setaro Clark
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

The year is 2042, and a long-predicted tipping point has arrived. For the first time in human history, the economic pyramid has flipped: The feeble old now outnumber the vigorous young, and this untenable situation is intensifying a battle between competing cultural agendas. Reporter Julia Davidson - a formerly award-winning journalist seeking to revive a flagging career - is investigating the growing crisis, unaware that her activity makes her a pawn in an ominous conspiracy. Plagued by nightmares about her absent father, Julia finds herself drawn to the quiet strength of a man she meets at a friend's church.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. That was a scary story!

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-19-16

Beware! Just Stops

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

Reviewed: 10-03-13

I double checked looking for the 3rd file for this book, but there is none. It just stops! You get that "the book has been broken into parts to make the download faster" stuff, but there is no 3rd file to download???? There should be 3 of them. I am supposing three. But only 2 show up when I look for the book in my library.

Interesting although you have a nagging suspicion that someone is trying to make a point throughout. Also VERY drawn out. VERY.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened

  • A Mostly True Memoir
  • By: Jenny Lawson
  • Narrated by: Jenny Lawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,045
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,041

For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!

  • By D. S. Smith on 05-19-12

okay

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

Reviewed: 05-30-13

Moderately funny. She is no David Sedaris. I am pretty sure I got the book because someone said if you like Sedaris, you will like this one. Not true. I did laugh out loud on a few occasions but Jenny Lawson is no David Sedaris. A bit too self conscious perhaps. Hard to put my finger on. But he is a genius. She is not. So enjoy but do not expect too much. I think I am disappointed because she did not live up to the Sedaris bar. That is unfair, alas.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Thirteenth Tale

  • A Novel
  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,344

All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Once you finish it, you'll listen again!

  • By Cathleen on 10-05-06

Held my interest

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

Reviewed: 05-03-13

Not much happens in this one yet I must say it nonetheless held my interest.
Generally well done and engaging.