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  • A Discovery of Witches

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,880

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A most terrific & non-typical treatment of Witches

  • By Neal on 04-17-14

For Romance Fans

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

Reviewed: 07-22-12

I enjoyed the Twilight series through Audible. I enjoyed Olivia Joule through Audible. This is very much that kind of enjoyment. The male vampire is described as radiating cloves and cinnamon. This is a sensual novel at its most basic without being erotic. The ideas and the allusions of history are not the real hooks. The ideas and history presented aren't accurate. This book is for listeners who find a male vampire with a scent of cloves and cinnamon alluring, irresistible. The book is as silly and as profound as that. And his home is a French castle. And he has gray eyes. But he hangs out at Oxford. Too many buttons pressed. This is for those meta-listeners, who can enjoy fantasy as fantasy, and truly accept that this is entertainment different than any history or possibility of our time stream.

  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

  • By: Robert M. Pirsig
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,037
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,043

This thought-provoking journal of a man's quest for truth - and for himself - has touched and changed an entire generation, and is ready to reach out to a new one. At its heart, the story is all too simple: a man and his son take a motorcycle trip across America. But this is not a simple trip at all, for around every corner, their pilgrimage leads them to new vistas of self-discovery and renewal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beware of the Intro.

  • By Vicente on 11-10-13

For those of us who love technology

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

Reviewed: 09-07-11

Narration was wonderful. The seriousness of the main character is captured with full respect. Because it is about the mind and a mind that is unsound, the earnest steadiness of the narrator's voice is admirable. I read this in the 70's. The landscape is a retro experience as well as a literary force. The story breathes technology. I found poignant listening to the story now because his celebratory trip would have had a completely different texture today, more of the unknowns would now be easily knowable. Highly recommended.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Trollope

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Anthony Trollope is most famous for his portrait of the professional and landed classes of Victorian England, especially in his Palliser and Barsetshire novels. But he was also the author of one of the most fascinating autobiographies of the nineteenth century. Trollope was born in 1815, the product of a formidable mother and a tragically unsuccessful father who was socially ambitious for his sons. He was the victim of vicious bullying at Harrow and Winchester. But he had inherited his mother's determination, and managed later to carve out a successful career in the General Post Office while devoting every spare moment to writing. How he paid his groom to wake him every morning at 5:30 a.m. and disciplined himself to write 250 words every fifteen minutes has become part of literary legend. His efforts resulted in over sixty books, a sizable fortune, and fame, and his autobiography. Trollope looks back on his life with satisfaction. Perhaps as interesting as the facts he reveals and the opinions he records about Dickens and George Eliot, politics and the civil service are the judgments he passes on his own character.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the meaning of work

  • By Fortunee on 01-05-08

the meaning of work

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-08

Trollope gives direct instruction on virtuous work. In his case, he followed his bliss of novel writing while working for a steady income in government service innovating efficient mail delivery guidelines for Ireland. I am changed by Trollope's moral strength. For him, all action follows from character. The narrator is a 19th century elderly voice. The narrator was brilliant.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Restless

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 553

It is the summer of 1976 in Oxfordshire, England, and someone is trying to kill Sally Gilmartin. The only person she can trust is her daughter, Ruth, a young single mother struggling with her own demons. Now Sally must tell her daughter the truth: She is actually Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian émigré recruited for the British Secret Service in 1939.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite Book of 2007

  • By Susianna on 12-27-07

immersion

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-07

The narrator had elegant delivery which made the story luxurious and visual. The novel's ending was a bit of a let down but until the easy roll-up, it was compelling as hidden history.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Thing About Jane Spring

  • By: Sharon Krum
  • Narrated by: Pamela Dillman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

The thing about Jane Spring is...at 31, she has everything a woman could ask for and seemingly everything a man could long for - great legs, brains, rising star status in the Manhattan D.A.'s office - but she just can't find a man who'll fall madly in love with her. Men are always asking her out, but for some reason no one wants a second date.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A very silly book

  • By Jody on 07-09-07

fun and silly

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-07

This isn't as funny as kinsela or fielding but it surprised me in how good it made me feel. But I grew up admiring doris day on tv so I guess this was not a stretch . It was well done and captured the doris day joy.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Secret of the Temple

  • By: Paul Sussman
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 21 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

When the body of hotel owner Piet Jansen is discovered amid the ruins of an archaeological site by the Nile, it looks like a routine investigation for Inspector Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor Police. But the more he learns about Jansen, the more he is reminded of the brutal murder, some years earlier, of an Israeli woman at Karnak for which he always suspected the wrong man was convicted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful book

  • By Barbara Ferrini Hilfiker on 11-06-06

Not as advertised

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-06

This seems to be using the historical mystery as a ruse to lure in the buyer. The story seems to be actually a hit-over-the-head message that every one in the Palestenian/Jewish conflict are people. Of course, message books are legal but that is not how the book is being sold. If you want a thriller, a mystery that is compelling, this is not the book. If you want multiple sad stories about how awful the whole history is but how every one has a legitimate right and there are no real villains, then this is for you. For me the story doesn't stick to one story line enough to be interesting and the characters are cartoons. The da vinci code can be criticized but it did have a chase. Here the chase is rarely mentioned much less happening and seems to be dressing for the author to feel good about trying to look at the conflict as filled with sympathetic individuals who all have valid points of view. The whole thing is not what expected and as a picture of the Middle East doesn't ring true. The reader does a good job except with female voices which are patronizing in their wheedling delivery so that even women sound like they are 11 years old.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Traveler

  • The First Novel of "The Fourth Realm" Trilogy
  • By: John Twelve Hawks
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,611
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 754
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 760

Maya is hiding in plain sight in London. The 26-year-old has abandoned the dangerous obligations pressed upon her by her father and chosen instead to live a normal life. But Maya comes from a long line of people who call themselves Harlequins, a fierce group of warriors willing to sacrifice their lives to protect a select few known as Travelers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It makes you stop...and think,

  • By Bethany on 07-17-05

weak

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-05

The first half was suspenseful, dramatic, full of promise. Then it was down hill with sophmoric pontifications. There were fillers of repetitive flashbacks and trippy dream sequences. The fantastic elements that motivated the story made less and less sense the more detail provided. (And I am a fan of Heinlein, Baum, Tepper, and Vinge, as well as Orwell.) The author despises celebrityhood but begins and ends the book with a theatrically disguised first person on how he has a hidden identity. The narration, however, was well done.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Symptoms of Withdrawal

  • A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption
  • By: Christopher Kennedy Lawford
  • Narrated by: Christopher Kennedy Lawford
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

With compelling realism mixed with equal doses of self-deprecating wit, youthful bravado, and hard-earned humility, Symptoms of Withdrawal chronicles Lawford's deep and long descent into near-fatal drug and alcohol addiction, and his subsequent formidable path back to the sobriety he has preserved for the past 20 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Discovery of Real Freedom

  • By Fortunee on 10-02-05

Discovery of Real Freedom

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-05

A surprising tale of profound achievement and authentic charm -- being narrated by Lawford added wonderful texture. Another side of the memoir is how it reminds me of Andrew Morton's life of Diana. Different in the sense that the Diana story was never finished with stable discovery of self, but similar in telling a frank account against a major publicity machine -- the Kennedys in this case. Bravo, Christopher Lawford.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Moonstone

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 480

No, the "Moonstone" isn't a celestial relic, it's a gigantic yellow diamond of unearthly beauty that was given to Rachel Verinder as a present on her 18th birthday - and stolen that very night! Betteredge, one of the most beloved butlers in English literature, is the focus of this seminal detective novel, which examines how one family's life is turned upside-down by the theft. And find out why the answers to all of life's problems can be found in the pages of Robinson Crusoe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best readings ever

  • By Catherine on 05-22-03

Vastly Victorian

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-05

I was sick in a Mexican hotel for a week while I listened. This audio book makes that week a treasured gift. The voices of the characters living different class roles in English town and country was mesmerizing. This is a medley of perspectives on values and the nuanced relationships between people. The narration is so good it seems almost impossible.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Can You Keep a Secret?

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,796

Emma Corrigan has a long list of secrets, one of which is that she is afraid of flying. Coming back from a thoroughly ruinous sales trip to Glasgow, the plane she is on encounters some air turbulence, and she ends up spilling her guts to the handsome American sitting next to her. He gets to hear that she fibbed to get her current job and that she has never been able to satisfactorily find her G-spot. Then, the plane lands...and the American turns up in her life again. He's the CEO of her company....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Chick Lit

  • By A on 02-04-08

Absolute Delight

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-05

I am new to this sort of chick lit. But I am addicted after Olivia Joules and then this. The premise is wildly improbable. I couldn't stop listening. Laugh out loud funny. The novel makes a corporate office delightful in its absurdity.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful