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  • The Crucible

  • By: Arthur Miller
  • Narrated by: Stacy Keach, Richard Dreyfuss, Ed Begley Jr., and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 837
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 686
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 687

In the rigid theocracy of Salem, Massachusetts, rumors that women are practicing witchcraft galvanize the town. In the ruthlessness of the prosecutors and the eagerness of neighbor to testify against neighbor, The Crucible mirrors the anti-Communist hysteria in the 1950s.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged Version

  • By Michael G. Stoffel on 05-07-12

Great performances.

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

Reviewed: 12-30-15

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It was a little hard to follow in places but overall really great to listen to.

  • The Black Moth

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265

When the dashing Jack Carstares is unfairly accused of cheating at cards, he leaves the country in disgrace. Returning some years later disguised as a highwayman, his reappearance heralds a dramatic chain of events that includes a Duke, a damsel, a duel, and not one, but two kidnappings. Written when she was just 17, The Black Moth was Heyer’s first novel, but it bears many of the hallmarks of her later romances, being vivid, witty, and peppered with historical insight.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heyer's First Book--Melodrama in Spades

  • By Carol on 07-10-13

Amazing from a 17-year-old Heyer

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

Reviewed: 07-18-15

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The fact that Georgette Heyer wrote this at 17 is pretty astonishing. It's such a delightful book which, while perhaps not as polished as her later works, firmly establishes the charm and humour she would display throughout her career.

Heyer apparently first invented the story to tell to her sick younger brother, and it contains all the classic elements you'd expect from such an origin - an engaging hero who flirts with danger but actually has a heart of gold, a beautiful heroine who captures said heart, a ~dastardly~ villain you love to hate, lots of action, scandal and intrigue, plus a bit of bromance on top of all that.

I really enjoyed the characters, especially Jack and his best friend Miles, and I even empathised with the tiresome Lady Lavinia. One of my favourite things about Heyer's writing is not the lavish period descriptions or even the melodrama (though they're great too), but the connections between the characters. Whether it's sibling bonds (or lack thereof), enemies, friends, married couples or people just falling in love, the relationships always feel so very real and universal, enhanced by the witty and engaging dialogue.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt and he does an excellent job. The voices he gives to each character are strong - the male characters in particular - and his pacing and delivery are good.

The story was a little uneven and frankly quite baffling in places (the reason Jack had to leave the country seemed weak, for instance, though maybe I'm imposing too modern a judgement), but overall The Black Moth was a fun read and a great way to start my quest to consume all of Heyer's romances.

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  • Yes Please

  • By: Amy Poehler
  • Narrated by: Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,705
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40,748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,565

Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Necessarily for Knope Fans

  • By Katie - Audible on 06-04-15

Great, but unsatisfying.

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

Reviewed: 01-31-15

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The audiobook was rather delightful, and there were many passages that were rather delightful - some even made me want to fist-pump the air and go YAAASS. But there were others that felt self-indulgent (I know, it's a memoir, but STILL) and a few that were a little tedious. And although I enjoyed listening to this, after I was finished I was left with the uncomfortable sensation that I liked Amy Poehler a lot less. I'm not sure why. She's definitely awesome and smart and hilarious and inspiring in so many ways - and yet, something wasn't quite right.

I think I expected her to be more like Leslie Knope. I wanted her to be more like Leslie Knope. Which is completely unfair of me. But c'mon - Leslie Knope!

  • Classical Mythology

  • By: Elizabeth Vandiver, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Vandiver
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,457

These 24 lectures are a vibrant introduction to the primary characters and most important stories of classical Greek and Roman mythology. Among those you'll investigate are the accounts of the creation of the world in Hesiod's Theogony and Ovid's Metamorphoses; the gods Zeus, Apollo, Demeter, Persephone, Hermes, Dionysos, and Aphrodite; the Greek heroes, Theseus and Heracles (Hercules in the Roman version); and the most famous of all classical myths, the Trojan War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the Facts behind the Myth

  • By Joshua on 11-05-13

Informative and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 01-31-15

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I loooooved listening to this lecture series on audiobook. Vandiver gives a fantastic introduction to classical mythology - mainly Greek, but some Roman too - examining what it meant to its contemporaries and how it has affected history and even our culture today. Each lecture is engaging, entertaining and informative, and the series as a whole is coherent and accessible. I basically didn't want it to end.

  • Saving Francesca

  • By: Melina Marchetta
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Macauley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Francesca is at the beginning of her second term in Year 11 at an all boy's school that has just started accepting girls. She still misses her old friends, and, to make things worse, her mother has had a breakdown and can barely move from her bed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An obsessive favorite

  • By stanley on 02-11-19

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 12-30-14

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The emotional and authentic story of a teen girl dealing with her mother's depression - and her own issues - with lovely narration by Macauley.

  • Language A to Z

  • By: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John McWhorter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210

Linguistics, the study of language, has a reputation for being complex and inaccessible. But here's a secret: There's a lot that's quirky and intriguing about how human language works-and much of it is downright fun to learn about. But with so many potential avenues of exploration, it can often seem daunting to try to understand it. Where does one even start?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A genious Miscelany of linguistic topics

  • By Jacobus on 05-06-14

Worth a listen!

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

Reviewed: 12-30-14

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An engaging intro into linguistics using a word for each letter of the alphabet as a clever and interesting framing device.

  • Fawn Brown

  • By: Zoe McAuley
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Everyone remembers the tale of Snow White and her wicked stepmother. No one remembers Fawn Brown, the other princess, who made the fairy tale happen. Fawn Brown grew up in the shadow of her half-sister, Snow White. Daughter of the King and his second wife Margaretha, Fawn lacked Snow’s beauty and her position as heir to the throne. Fawn’s lot was to wait timidly in the background of the court until she could be sent off to a dull assignment in the bleakest corner of the kingdom.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Short and sweet

  • By Jenna on 12-30-14

Short and sweet

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

Reviewed: 12-30-14

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Fawn Brown is Snow White's overlooked half-sister, revealing the "true" story of the fairy tale. This is a short novella with an interesting take on the classic story, narrated beautifully by Kellgren.

  • Lady Windermere's Fan

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: Roger Rees, Eric Stoltz, Joanna Going, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

A lord, his wife, her admirer and an infamous blackmailer converge in the irreverent satire that launched Wilde's succession of classic social comedies. This delicious comic feast serves up a scandal about good girls, bad husbands and hilarious hypocrisy - utterly contemporary and divinely funny.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oscar Wilde ftw

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-13-17

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 12-28-14

Any additional comments?

A delightful performance of the classic play, I found it entertaining but I didn't ~love~ it as much as some of Wilde's other works I've read (a.k.a. listened to) this year.

  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

  • By: Washington Irving
  • Narrated by: Tom Mison
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,804
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,800

In the secluded Dutch territory of Sleepy Hollow, nebbish schoolmaster Ichabod Crane competes with the town hero for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, the 18-year-old daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer. As Crane leaves a party at the Van Tassel's farm one autumn evening, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman, an apparition said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper snuffed out by a stray cannonball.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Treasures Of Jolly Autumn

  • By Sara on 10-31-14

More of a comedy

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

Reviewed: 12-28-14

What did you love best about Free: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow?

The classic tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman is surprisingly funny in its original form, narrated perfectly here by the same actor who plays Crane in the new TV show.

  • Beauty

  • A Retelling of the Story of Beauty & the Beast
  • By: Robin McKinley
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Parry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 962

New York Times best-selling author Robin McKinley has won numerous awards for her writing, including the prestigious Newbery Medal. Though her two sisters are beautiful, Beauty, despite her name, is thin and awkward - but she's also courageous. So when her father makes a terrible promise to a Beast living in an enchanted castle, Beauty knows she must volunteer to be the Beast's prisoner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Honor and Beauty

  • By Carole T. on 09-14-17

Absolutely delightful

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

Reviewed: 08-31-14

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This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and it contains all of the elements of the story you usually see. Loving the story so much, I was expecting to enjoy this too, and I was not disappointed. It's beautifully told, and McKinley's interpretation of the world and the characters is truly delightful. I adored Beauty, who was not "typically" beautiful or by any means perfect, which just made her all the more real and powerful. I loved the slow build of her relationship with the Beast. I loved her relationships with the rest of her family. I loved the twists and turns of the plot. I loved the narration by Charlotte Parry. I just loved this book.

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