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  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,682
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,714

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ages Well

  • By Dennis on 10-21-12

Reminds of the old cliche "Nothing is ever simple"

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

A few other reviewers have mentioned "Forrest Gump", and I thought of that story, too. The adventures we discover, bit by bit, that Alan has had in his 100 years are just as fantastically unlikely . Of course, Allen Karlesson is sort of a genius, in a simple kind of way. His calm, straightforward approach to life had me chuckling many times. I enjoyed the narrator's take on the characters, as well. It's not a serious story, but it is well-written and well-performed. Be prepared to be entertained, and maybe educated a little, as well. After all, it could have happened that way. ;-) I found it well worth my credit.

  • Easy Love

  • By: Kristen Proby
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Rachel Fulginiti
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,090
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,848

Sexy. Intriguing. Easy. Eli Boudreaux's family has built ships and boats in Louisiana for generations. He comes from a hardworking, wealthy family, and his empire is growing by leaps and bounds. At 30 he is the youngest CEO ever to head Bayou Enterprises, cochairing with his eldest brother. His head for business and his no-nonsense work ethic are also quickly making him the best the company has seen in generations. His staff admires him, women adore him, and Eli's family is solid.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just okay

  • By Danni on 07-05-16

Weak story, lots of sex

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

I guess I should have guessed by the title and cover shot, but I really did not expect so much graphic sex. I agree with another reviewer that this book is 70% sex and 30% story. Kate's "detecting" is just about non-existent in the first half of the book, and I stopped listening after that.
I love a Southern drawl or a Cajun accent. Those were badly mangled in this narration. I really wish Audible had someone who listened to random areas of a story and could help the narrators with pronunciation and dialects. It is distracting when names of places or characters and local slang are mis-pronounced, as happens in this book and some others I have listened to.
Overall, if you want lots of explicit sex, this is your book. If you don't know New Orleans dialect, you may enjoy this. Otherwise, skip this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cruel Winter

  • A County Cork Mystery
  • By: Sheila Connolly
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

Snow is a rarity in Maura Donovan's small village in County Cork, Ireland, so she wasn't sure what to expect when a major snowstorm rolled in around Sullivan's pub. But now she's stranded in a bar full of patrons - and a suspected killer in a long-ago murder. Maura's been in Ireland less than a year and hasn't heard about the decades-old unsolved crime that took place nearby, let alone the infamous suspect, Diane Caldwell.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • All talk, no action

  • By AnnieB on 05-12-17

Not up to Sheila Connolly's usual standard

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

Reviewed: 07-01-17

This audio book is 7 & 1/2 hours long. Unfortunately, there were only about 2 hours of story here. The author starts with a storm and a mysterious woman in the bar. Then she proceeds to tell the woman's story over, and over, and over and over again. I got so sick of Maura "reviewing" or "summarizing" the facts in her head and to the group that I could have smacked her one. There was zero advancement of the series ongoing story of romance between Maura and Sean or Mick, an infinitesimal bit about Jillian and Harry, a tiny bit about Maura wondering, (but not deciding) what to do with the bar, and several repetitions of praise for Rose's cooking. It's like Ms Connolly had an idea and a deadline, so she just repeated her material until she had enough words down to call it a novel. Don't waste money or a credit on this. Buy the paperback and read the first two and last three chapters, and you will get the gist of it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Deadly Forecast

  • Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 11
  • By: Victoria Laurie
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Michaels
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611

It’s said to be good luck if it rains on your wedding day, but Abby sees something darker than storm clouds on the horizon. She’s just had a disturbing premonition of her fianc’s murder. Her husband-to-be has been assigned to a case involving a series of suicide bombings, and Abby’s spirit guides warn her of imminent danger. FBI agent Dutch Rivers is keeping his cool, but Abby can’t quell her anxiety. After another suicide bombing at a local beauty salon, Abby vows to do everything in her power to keep Dutch safe and get him to the altar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully Thrilling

  • By Zeny on 07-25-13

What happened to the helpful crime solvers??

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

Reviewed: 09-19-15

When I first started this series, I really enjoyed the way Abby used her skills to help people, and Dutch's sturdy crime solving skills. There was also some comedy to lighten the mood. Books 10 & 11 are dark, frustrating, and gloomy. I do not find Cat's bully tactics funny, and I can't understand why two people as smart and capable as Abby & Dutch let her run all over them. I also can't understand why Victoria Laurie decided to turn the books into dreary doom & gloom, marked-for-death-by-a-psycho, constant flashing back and forth in time stories. She could benefit by learning the difference between suspense and frustration. I suffered through 10 and waited about 4 months before getting 11, only to find out it was basically part two of the previous story. I'm not wasting any more credits on this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Feast Day of Fools

  • A Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,378
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,368

Celebrated crime master and two-time Edgar Award winner James Lee Burke returns with a gorgeously crafted, brutally resonant chronicle of violence along the Texas-Mexico border. Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town, meting out punishment and delivering justice in his small square of this magnificent but lawless land. When an alcoholic ex-boxer named Danny Boy Lorca begs to be locked up after witnessing a man tortured to death by a group of bandits, Hack and his deputy, Pam Tibbs, slowly extract the Indian man’s gruesome tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding story with remarkable delivery.

  • By Charles Atkinson on 10-13-11

So much violence

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

Reviewed: 01-20-14

Will Patton turns characters into friends with his wonderful vocal interpretations. James Lee Burke paints pictures with words that let you see, feel, and practically smell a scene. Unfortunately, Burke's characters seem to get more sadistic with each novel. The level of violence and the physical and verbal abuse have risen to levels that detract from the story. Scene after scene deteriorates into obscene language, torture, and/or graphically described suffering. And certain scathing psychological putdowns return repeatedly from novel to novel. I guess there are limited ways to be gross & disgusting. I'm sorry a writer as talented as Mr. Burke has become so sadistic. I don't think I'll listen to another Burke novel any time soon. Too bad, because I like the introspection and complexity of characters, and I love listening to Will Patton. If you like man's inhumanity to man in every third scene, you'll like this book. If beatings, burnings, and cursings make you flinch, stay away.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Notorious Nineteen

  • A Stephanie Plum Novel
  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,701

After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old

  • By GH on 11-22-12

More of the same stuff

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

Reviewed: 03-19-13

Lorelei King does her usual wonderful job of voicing all the characters. Ms Evanovich seems to be getting tired of Stephanie, or running out of ideas for an inept female bounty hunter. I for one am sick of the same old Moreli-Ranger dilemma, and the same old find the skip, lose the skip three times and have Ranger or Tank take him in for you, and the same old destroy the car at the beginning of the book. I am hoping there will only be one more in this series, and it will have a new idea for Stephanie. Choose Ranger or Joe, move in or get married, and I wish she'd bring back Sally Sweet one more time. He/she was one of the best characters Stephanie ever met. Don't buy this book unless you have listened to or read the earlier ones in the series. This is definitely not the best one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 1225 Christmas Tree Lane

  • Cedar Cove, Book 12
  • By: Debbie Macomber
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 588
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 501
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 503

Beth Morehouse expects this Christmas to be one of her best. Her small Christmas-tree farm is prospering, her daughters and her dogs are happy and well, and her new relationship with local vet Ted Reynolds is showing plenty of romantic promise. But... someone recently left a basket filled with puppies on her doorstep, puppies she’s determined to place in good homes. That’s complication number one. And number two is that her daughters Bailey and Sophie have invited their dad, Beth’s ex-husband, Kent, to Cedar Cove for Christmas.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Confusing

  • By Sassy1980 on 12-16-12

Good wrapup to the series, so-so story

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

Reviewed: 03-18-13

I have listened to all the books in this series, and was interested to hear the ending. Most of the book is brief recaps of each major character's story. The story that ties these together is pretty skimpy. The first few chapters leave us knowing what those characters plan for the future. This book is mainly Ms Macomber saying goodbye to her friends at Cedar Cove. It seemed like she kinda got tired of it before she covered all the characters. A few of the lesser characters weren't mentioned at all. However, the story was well narrated by Sandra Burr, and it is nice to know that all the people I got to know are safely settled in storyland. I would recommend this to anyone who read most of the series, just for the closure.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Dark Horse

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,727
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,899

The Denver Post hails Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mystery series as a must-read. Joining the four previous novels - all of which have been Book Sense picks - The Dark Horse puts a unique Wyoming twist on the classic British village mystery. When Longmire meets a woman jailed for her husband's death, he travels outside his usual haunts to discover the truth behind this unusual murder case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another outstanding book from Johnson

  • By V. Sharol on 05-31-09

Another great one from Johnson and Guidall

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

Reviewed: 01-06-13

Once again, the story by Craig Johnson is marvelously brought to life by George Guidall's narration. I found the switching back and forth in time a little annoying, as it made the story harder to follow, but the plot line and the characters are both engaging. I love the way Johnson weaves the geography and history of the region into his stories. If you are already a fan, Dark Horse will be just what you want and expect from this series, with a great twist at the end, as usual, and a great animal character, as well. This book has the added bonus of an interview with Johnson and Guidall at the end. It is really nice to hear the two men talk about the novels and life in Wyoming. I hadn't realized how much the narrator had added to the story until I found myself disconcerted to hear "Walt Longmire" talking about George Guidall's experiences. I hope George continues to narrate the series, as it wouldn't be the same if Walt had a new voice. I highly recommend this book.

  • The Unsung Hero

  • Troubleshooters, Book 1
  • By: Suzanne Brockmann
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 904
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 507

After a near-fatal head injury, Navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a terrifying glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the Navy dismisses the danger as injury-induced imaginings. In a desperate effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorist team, assembling his most loyal officers, two elderly war veterans, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton - the sweet girl next door who has grown into a remarkable woman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Hero to the Very End!

  • By Maria on 04-22-13

Not an adventure story, just a romance novel

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

Reviewed: 11-20-12

Nothing in the synopsis prepared me for the "romance" part of this book. I thought it was about a military hero in danger on leave from reading the description. There is a thin plot here, but you need a machete to hack through the repetitive sexual fantasies to get at it. And they're not even good fantasy. Just basically the same ogling of bodies and wishing for sex and remembering "that night". Then a few pages of actual story, then back to his fantasy, then, but no, her respects her too much, then an extra sentence about "that night", then switch to her fantasy, and a reference to "that night" then another tiny bit of story, then.....etc, etc, etc. I'm only about 4 hrs into a 15 hour book, and already saying to the author "Get on with it, already!" I don't know if I'll finish the book or not. I need much more story and less PG rated glop.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Bad Day for Sorry

  • A Crime Novel
  • By: Sophie Littlefield
  • Narrated by: Kym Dakin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 80

Stella Hardesty dispatched her abusive husband with a wrench shortly before her 50th birthday. A few years later, she’s so busy delivering home-style justice on her days off, helping other women deal with their own abusive husbands and boyfriends, that she barely has time to run her sewing shop in her rural Missouri hometown. Some men need more convincing than others, but it’s usually nothing a little light bondage or old-fashioned whuppin' can’t fix.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 2 ½ stars. I don’t recommend it.

  • By Jane on 03-21-14

A bad day for crime novel fans

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

Reviewed: 05-17-12

From the description, I thought this would be another female detective novel, maybe even humorous. The first twenty minutes were basically about the memories and actions of a female sadist. I don't know how it turns out, because I quit listening and deleted this from my player and my library. Definitely not my cup of tea.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful