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  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,685

In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Slowest "Thriller" Ever

  • By Kierstin L Hartwig on 10-18-18

Joanne Froggatt rocks

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

Reviewed: 12-24-17

This was a enjoyable book with good story line. Good twists and turns. But the true star was Ms. Froggatt. She is a brilliant narrator and I can’t wait for her to record more books hopefully soon. She pulls you right into the story and brings the characters to life. Best narrator I’ve heard this year.

  • A Place Called Freedom

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,516

This lush novel, set in 1766 England and America, evokes an era ripe with riot and revolution, from the teeming streets of London to the sprawling grounds of a Virginia plantation. Mack McAsh burns with the desire to escape his life of slavery in Scottish coal mines while Lizzie Hallim is desperate to shed a life of sheltered subjugation to her spineless husband. United in America, their only chance for freedom lies beyond the Western frontier - if they're brave enough to take it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WORTH THE CREDIT AND THEM SOME!

  • By Georgia on 08-28-15

Petered our

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

I love Folletts work in general. The historical detail is fascinating and his character development well done. I really enjoyed the book and narration. But he wrapped it up as if he had somewhere else to be. It’s long and it just seems he got tired and pulled it to an end. Otherwise, loved the story.
Could easily have a follow up.

  • Darkfall

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,016

Winter gripped the city. Terror gripped it, too. They found four corpses in four days, each more hideous than the last. In a city paralyzed by a blizzard, something watches, something stalks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome !!

  • By william on 01-15-10

Read it!

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

I’d recommend this to any Dean Koontz fan. I enjoyed the characters and the story and narration. Loved it!

  • Born with Teeth

  • A Memoir
  • By: Kate Mulgrew
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,801
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,790

Audie Award, Narration by Author, 2016. Raised by unconventional Irish Catholics who knew "how to drink, how to dance, how to talk, and how to stir up the devil", Kate Mulgrew grew up with poetry and drama in her bones. But in her mother, a would-be artist burdened by the endless arrival of new babies, young Kate saw the consequences of a dream deferred.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Memoir

  • By Jasmine on 07-23-15

Read it

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

Reviewed: 09-25-17

Clearly, her voice alone is worth listening to. But this is well written, engaging, and insightful. I thoroughly loved listening to this book. Read it. You won’t regret using the credit or your time.

  • The Burning Room

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,581

In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By Patroo on 11-07-14

Love Bosch. But not Titus.

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

Reviewed: 07-17-17

What did you love best about The Burning Room?

I always enjoy Harry's adventures. I read all of the Connelly books. This wasn't my favorite but I was bored listening.

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Connelly again?

Yes

What didn’t you like about Titus Welliver’s performance?

I adore Titus Welliver in his TV performance as Harry. But there is a difference between a book reader and a good narrator. Titus Welliver reads this book. In one tone. All the time. With no inflection. Sigh. I wanted to love him as Harry but no can do. I'm determinevto finish the last bit of the story but it's a struggle.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Conneleys done better.

Any additional comments?

Let Titus Welliver be great on tv but take the book reading and give it back to true narrator.

  • Too Pretty to Live

  • The Catfishing Murders of East Tennessee
  • By: Dennis Brooks
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 290

When Bill Payne and Billie Jean Hayworth began their romance, they unknowingly set in motion a diabolical plot that would end with them murdered in their own home, Hayworth holding their mercifully unharmed infant. Chris was a CIA agent who was concerned about Jenelle. Seeing the cyberbullying she had endured, and worried for her safety, Chris got in touch with Jenelle's protective parents and her devoted boyfriend, warning them that Payne and Hayworth were a danger to Jenelle.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Too tedious to read

  • By Melodie on 10-12-16

Too tedious to read

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

Reviewed: 10-12-16

I made it through the whole book. I'm a big fan of true crime, but the amount of reading of the incredibly insipid, tedious email detail that went in was unnecessary and just boring. There were many story gaps and the story just didn't hang together well. I cannot recommend this book.

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  • The Fireman

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,860
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,843

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it's Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies - before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • So disappointed there are no words for how much

  • By Melissa on 12-23-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

I enjoyed the characters so fully developed in the story and their journey together. The book kept me engaged and drawn in. And kudos to Kate Mulgrew. If you'd read the phone book, I'd listen attentively!

0 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,831
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,819

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb in so many ways

  • By David on 01-19-14

Could not put it down

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

Reviewed: 01-15-14

Where does Endurance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At the top of the list. This was a true story and one that will stick with me on many levels. It is a story of true endurance, amazing leadership and sheer determination. This book was jaw droppingly amazing. The conditions they had to deal with and how they survived is simply incredible. Worth every minute of your time. Put yourself in their boots! Would you have been able to do it? I wouldn't!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The various men in the crew. There wasn't a favorite. But you have to admire Shackleton's ability to hold a crew together. Simply amazing.

What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

He kept me totally captivated and excited throughout the story.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

OMG- How did anyone live through all of that?

Any additional comments?

Curl up somewhere warm while you read this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cutting for Stone

  • A Novel
  • By: Abraham Verghese
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 23 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,482

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
  • Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration

  • By Mary Lynn Richardson on 03-20-09

Beautiful story. Beautifully narrated

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

Reviewed: 07-19-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I would highly recommend this book to my friends. The story is beautifully told, the characters so well developed and the human emotions are woven in so elegantly. While it is a strong story of love, loss and life and death and family and forgiveness, it is however not maudlin or overwrought. There are some graphic surgical scenes in it which may make some readers uncomfortable but they are not gratuitous. They add to the tension in the story. I also loved the settings and contrast between Africa and the US. And the descriptions of the culture (and food) in Addis Ababa.
I was not sure what to expect when I purchased it but it is well worth the credit and I would have paid full price for the book. It is well worth it. Simply beautifully done.

What other book might you compare Cutting for Stone to and why?

Life of Pi and Kite Runner

Which scene was your favorite?

When Marion found out that his brother Shiva had betrayed him.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but I would have been still for a long time! The good news is that it would have been a happy long time. I looked forward to my commute morning and evening to listen.

Any additional comments?

The narrator has a beautiful voice and handled the variety of accents easily. I would recommend him highly as a narrator.

  • NOS4A2

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 19 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,062
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,053

Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping performance by Kate Mulgrew....

  • By Leslie on 05-06-13

Engaging and couldn't put it down

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

Reviewed: 07-13-13

Would you consider the audio edition of NOS4A2 to be better than the print version?

I don't have the print version, so I cannot comment on it. However, I will say that Kate Mulgrew's reading of this book is one of my all time favorites. Ms. Mulgrew caught the essence of each of the characters effortlessly and and brilliantly. I hope to see more readings from her in the future and would listen to anything she has recorded. Her accents were interesting and switching from male to female was also flawless. She really gave a true audio performance.
The book itself was very, very enjoyable. The characters were those with human struggles in very unusual circumstances. I liked the theme of the book of both living in one's creative thoughts and the human world which all of us do. It was one of the few books that I really did not want to out down! It's also nice and long, which I enjoy. I didn't want it to end.
And kudos to Mr. Hill for writing a believable and touching story about a woman and motherhood.
I had previously read Joe Hill's story- " Horns", but enjoyed this book much more.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Vic!
She had so much courage and mother energy even though she didn't so much have a model for how to be a great mom.

Which character – as performed by Kate Mulgrew – was your favorite?

Bing, Bing, you malevolent thing! Ms.Mulgrew captured the childlike qualities of this crazy man but also his evilness. Loved it!

If you could take any character from NOS4A2 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Lou. He had a big role to Olay and was s loving and supportive under ver chalking times.

Any additional comments?

Go read it!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful