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  • Heads You Win

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 692
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 686

Leningrad, Russia, 1968. Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age, it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen. But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive.  

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Confusing and depressing

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-26-18

If you’ve read one, you’ve read them all?

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

I first checked that this was a stand-alone book (it is). Archer is a master at creating characters you care about, and I didn’t want to get stuck in the cliffhanger/incomplete novels as with the Clifton series. Archer didn’t do that here, but he did repeat his plots.

Start out poor, make it big. Evil villains against you, but you outsmart them. Great friends. Super marriage. Suicide. It’s all there.

The one difference with this book is a plot twist that is never really solved. I didn’t like the conclusion, but it has cured me from reading Archer. I feel like reading this book was a complete waste of time and
will not begin to consider ant future novels.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Well

  • David's Story
  • By: Mildred D. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Andre Montgomery
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

In Mississippi in the early 1900s, 10-year-old David Logan's family generously shares their well water with both white and black neighbors in an atmosphere of potential racial violence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical fiction, but ...

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-08-18

Historical fiction, but ...

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

I think this book gives an accurate depiction of what it was like to be black in the Deep South at the turn of the century. It’s short so everyone can read this. What a great discussion starter for a classroom. Let us read and learn and talk about these issues so we don’t repeat history.

  • The Professor and the Madman

  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,209
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,225

Part history, part true-crime, and entirely entertaining, listen to the story of how the behemoth Oxford English Dictionary was made. You'll hang on every word as you discover that the dictionary's greatest contributor was also an insane murderer working from the confines of an asylum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect example of a quality audible book.

  • By Jerry on 07-07-03

If you like words, this is a book for you.

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

Reviewed: 02-25-17

This is more of a history book than anything, so it is not a fast paced read. But it is interesting, and brings insight in many areas: the Civil War, Ceylon, the treatment of mental illnesses, and, above all, the history of the dictionary. This includes not just the Oxford English Dictionary, but also Samuel Johnson's dictionary. The final chapter includes a discussion between Winchester and the current editor of the OED that should not be missed. Definitely an advantage of this Audible version of the book. If you like words, this book is definitely for you.

  • The Chronicles of Prydain, Books 1 & 2

  • 50th Anniversary Introductory Collection
  • By: Lloyd Alexander
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441

Taran, The Assistant Pig-Keeper, longs to be a hero. He begins his journey with a strange assortment of companions on a dangerous mission to save his beloved land, Prydain. Packed with action, humor, romance, and gallantry, Taran's adventures chronicle his beloved Prydain and his battle with the forces of evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Childhood Favorite Now an Old Man's Delight

  • By Timothy M. Stark on 01-28-17

A story of heroes

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

Reviewed: 01-30-17

So many of today's novels are of dystopian societies. Lloyd Alexander's novels are also stories of good and evil, and there is treachery and deception, but there is honor, which I find lacking in too many of today's novels. In Alexander's novel, the weak become strong through necessity, and even those that waiver between good and evil are redeemed in the end. I prefer this view of humankind, and hope that it will carry over from fantasy books into the hearts and actions of the readers in the real world.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,722

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Best book I've read in a long time.

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

Reviewed: 09-17-16

A Man Called Ove is a beautiful book. It took me a bit to get into it ... the writing is abrupt, but then, that is who Ove is, so it works. The story, the characters are wonderful. Enjoy!

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  • Torn

  • By: Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Narrated by: Chris Sorensen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Critically acclaimed author Margaret Peterson Haddix’s fourth tale from her popular Missing series finds Jonah and Katherine hurtled through time to 1611. Landing aboard Henry Hudson’s ship in James Bay just before a mutiny, Jonah and Katherine struggle to survive brutal weather conditions. They also realise something is wrong. A crucial person has vanished, and the history they remember is drastically different from what they're experiencing. Will this new version of history replace the real past?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish I could rate it 10 stars.

  • By Daphne on 12-19-18

An interesting mix of Science Fiction and historical fiction

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

Reviewed: 07-20-16

I like this series because 1) I learn more about history, in this case about Henry Hudson, and 2) it makes you think - what would be the hazards and advantages of time travel?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cometh the Hour

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,041
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,026

Cometh the Hour opens with the reading of a suicide note, which has devastating consequences for Harry and Emma Clifton, Giles Barrington, and Lady Virginia. Giles must decide if he should withdraw from politics and try to rescue Karin, the woman he loves, from behind the Iron Curtain. But is Karin truly in love with him, or is she a spy? Lady Virginia is facing bankruptcy and can see no way out of her financial problems until she is introduced to the hapless Cyrus T. Grant III from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Less eventful than the others.

  • By Daniel McAfee on 02-23-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 02-18-16

I recommend Archer's books all the time, but not the Clifton Chronicles. I've come to terms with, but still don't like, how Archer ends his books with cliffhangers. I find it disrespectful to his readers since I believe a book should have a conclusion, satisfying or not. With this latest book, however, I have another gripe. This one, especially early on, had me wondering if all the others were this poor. Now that I have finished the book I wouldn't say the book itself was poor, but that there are some throwaway storylines within the book, ones I did not enjoy at all, and which will be forgotten when I look back at the Clifton Chronicles as a whole. Just filler to sell an extra book? Another reason for me not to recommend this series to others. Disappointing.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Little Bee

  • A Novel
  • By: Chris Cleave
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,838
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,065

British couple Andrew and Sarah O'Rourke, vacationing on a Nigerian beach in a last-ditch effort to save their faltering marriage, come across Little Bee and her sister, Nigerian refugees fleeing from machete-wielding soldiers intent on clearing the beach. The horrific confrontation that follows changes the lives of everyone involved in unimaginable ways.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, well told

  • By Katerina on 05-16-10

audio book would have benefited from a cast

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-11

I thought the book was well written, and that Chris Cleave did an excellent job of telling a hard tale of 1) the very difficult circumstances that some people must endure in our world as well as, 2) the inability of people in the other half of the world to truly understand that side of life.

What I didn't like, however, was the narration. Ms. Flosnik's voice is beautiful when she is speaking with a British accent, and I even liked the Jamaican accent. However I couldn't stand the accent she used for Little Bee, and was always distracted by that. It was almost impossible for me to visualize a young Nigerian girl with her narration. I would recommend reading the book over an audio book for that very reason.