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  • Lady Chatterley's Lover

  • By: D H Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

The story of Lady Chatterley and her love for her husband's gamekeeper outraged the sensibilities of Edwardian England. Lawrence had already been dismissed as a purveyor of the obscene for the attitudes to sex that he had shown in The Rainbow, which had been fiercely suppressed on its publication in 1915. Chatterley, written in several versions around 1928 in Italy in the final part of Lawrence's life, was a deliberate choice on the author's part to address sex head on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing reader of classic great novel

  • By Programmer on 05-02-16

Not for everyone

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I read this book on recommendation and found it moved to slow for me. If historical romance is your genre, you might enjoy.

  • Cutting for Stone

  • A Novel
  • By: Abraham Verghese
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,297

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By A4153 on 05-10-09

Worth the hump

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

This book had a very slow and awkward start but develops into a phenomenal story. Worth the wait to get over the hump and enjoy the listen!!

  • Into the Light

  • By: Aleatha Romig
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins, Erin deWard, Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,535
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,402
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,403

Sara Adams awakes blind, unable to remember the most basic details of her life, but her darkness seems a blessing when she discovers the terrors of The Light. Stella Montgomery investigates the news from the mean streets of Detroit, where she's noticed a disturbing trend: Young women are vanishing. When her best friend disappears, Stella digs for answers - despite warnings from her police detective boyfriend - following a twisted trail that leads her through the city's most dangerous and forsaken precincts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very thought provoking... And disturbing...

  • By shelley on 09-30-16

Edge of my seat!!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

When the book ended I was furious that it left me hanging... then I found out its a series!! I can't wait to listen to the rest of the story!! Exciting and intriguing... loved it!!!

  • The Pact

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,091

The Hartes and the Golds have been neighbors for 18 years and are very close. So when Chris and Emily's friendship reaches the next level, nobody is surprised. Then one night, the hospital calls. Seventeen-year-old Emily is dead - shot in the head by a gun Chris took from his father's cabinet. One bullet remains in the chamber, and Chris tells of his suicide pact with Emily. But the police have questions, and soon Chris is on trial for murder.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A little less drama, a lot more substance, please

  • By Karen on 02-02-08

Beautifully woven

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

Reviewed: 12-07-16

As always, a hard hitting topic that will have you questioning your own beliefs and morals. Beautifully and tragically woven story.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Vengeance in Death

  • In Death, Book 6
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,886
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,328

He is an expert with the latest technology...a madman with the mind of a genius and the heart of a killer. He quietly stalks his prey. Then he haunts the police with cryptic riddles about the crimes he is about to commit - always solved moments too late to save the victims' lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Winner from J.D. Robb

  • By Nancy J on 07-08-13

Excellent audio

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

Reviewed: 10-30-16

Susan Erickson brings these characters to life superbly!!! What a pleasure it is to listen to her read them!

  • Born Standing Up

  • A Comic's Life
  • By: Steve Martin
  • Narrated by: Steve Martin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,597

In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Andrew on 11-30-07

Amazing insight into a talented man

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

Reviewed: 10-21-16

I loved this glimpse into a man who kept his fame private. Quirky, strange, evocative. Definitely worth the listen.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Silent Girls

  • By: Eric Rickstad
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,738
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,734

Frank Rath thought he was done with murder when he turned in his detective's badge to become a private investigator and raise a daughter alone. Then the police in his remote rural community of Canaan find an '89 Monte Carlo abandoned by the side of the road, and the beautiful teenage girl who owned the car seems to have disappeared without a trace. Soon Rath's investigation brings him face to face with the darkest abominations of the human soul.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Warning: This is ONLY Chapter One

  • By Ted on 01-14-17

Loved this book!!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-15

On the edge of my seat till the last sentence. Well done!! I generally don't care for books read by men because they rarely seem to have the range for multiple characters but I was hooked all the way.

  • Leaving Time

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,037
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,030

Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars

  • By Jan on 10-18-14

Not my cup of tea..

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

Reviewed: 11-23-15

Although I still love her writing style and the way she faces impossible topics this particular twist is too far outside my personal belief zone. Great story marred by too much of a religious line.

  • Soldier Girls

  • The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War
  • By: Helen Thorpe
  • Narrated by: Donna Postel
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 228

Soldier Girls follows the lives of three women on their paths to the military. These women, who are quite different in every way, become friends, and we watch their interaction and also what happens when they are separated. We see their families, their lovers, their spouses, their children. We see them work extremely hard, deal with the attentions of men on base and in war zones, and struggle to stay connected to their families back home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Healing and Insightful

  • By Constance on 11-23-14

Timely

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

Reviewed: 09-11-15

The war affected many- don't ever forget their stories!! Well told, well read. Worth your time!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Talon

  • The Talon Saga, Book 1
  • By: Julie Kagawa
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies, MacLeod Andrews, Chris Patton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,353

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have becomestrong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser. Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Angsty teenage fluff

  • By Gawaine on 10-25-16

Well Read, but repetative

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

Reviewed: 08-16-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Sure... it's a light hearted YA romance in the making.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I wish that I had paid attention to the fact that this was a series before I listened to the first. It's definitely a cliff hanger so despite the fact that the writing style is for a person more interested in a juvenile style, I feel compelled to finish this story line. I found the overall topic and content entertaining but the need to constantly repeat back story or situation annoying.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't heard either of these narrators but enjoyed both of their reading styles and abilities to differentiate the characters very much.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Nope!

3 of 7 people found this review helpful