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  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • By: Garth Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,764

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enzo (because he's so wize) for president.

  • By Lora on 06-17-08

Best book ever

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

Reviewed: 09-25-14

Where does The Art of Racing in the Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Totally captivating. Perfect narration, perfect storytelling.

What did you like best about this story?

Human emotions through a loyal dog's eyes

Have you listened to any of Christopher Evan Welch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No...don't think so.

If you could take any character from The Art of Racing in the Rain out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Enzo....definitely Enzo

  • Breach of Promise

  • By: James Scott Bell
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Mark Gillen has the storybook life other men dream of, complete with a beautiful wife and an adoring five-year-old daughter. Then his wife announces she's leaving him. And taking their daughter with her. The other man is a famous film director with unlimited funds and the keys to stardom and wealth for Paula. How can Mark begin to compete? But the most bitter blow comes when he is kept from seeing his daughter because of false charges....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Only OK

  • By LT on 09-16-18

Annoying

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

Reviewed: 03-18-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The main character was not likable. I really didn't care if he came out a winner or not. He was angry and a whiner. The narrator was good at portraying him however. But I was sorry I bothered with the book.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Pearl in the Sand

  • By: Tessa Afshar
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557

Striking beauty comes at a price. Rahab paid it when at the age of 15 she was sold into prostitution by the one man she loved and trusted—her father. With her keen mind and careful planning she turned heartache into success, achieving independence while still young. And she vowed never again to trust a man. Any man. God had other plans. Into the emotional turmoil of her world walked Salmone, a prominent leader of Judah, held in high esteem by all Israel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A woman's heart revealed

  • By Joshua on 06-18-11

Perfection!

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

Reviewed: 03-11-13

What made the experience of listening to Pearl in the Sand the most enjoyable?

A great listening experience. Growing up in Sunday School, I knew the story of Rahab, but this novel took her to a new level. The narrator was perfect with all the voices. Couldn't wait to get back to the story when I had to get on with other things.

  • The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

  • A Novel
  • By: Jan-Philipp Sendker
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,460
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,471

When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be - until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the listener’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Basic Story Interesting, But...

  • By Monica on 06-04-13

Beautiful !!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-15-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats to be better than the print version?

This was an incredible listen. The narrator was perfect on all the voices. Loved the story and all the subtle nuances. There is really no way to explain how special this book is!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Cross Roads

  • By: Wm. Paul Young
  • Narrated by: Roger Mueller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 997
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888

Anthony Spencer is egotistical, proud of being a self-made business success at the peak of his game, even though the cost of winning was painfully high. A cerebral hemorrhage leaves Tony comatose in a hospital ICU. He 'awakens' to find himself in a surreal world, a 'living' landscape that mirrors dimensions of his earthly life, from the beautiful to the corrupt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blind read, and my outlook on life is changed

  • By aaron on 11-17-12

Very Good Listen

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

Reviewed: 12-11-12

What made the experience of listening to Cross Roads the most enjoyable?

The narrator was perfect and made the story believable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Maggie. She pulled on every heart string....made me laugh and cry.

Which scene was your favorite?

Not sure. Probably a scene with Cabbie.

  • A Garden to Keep

  • By: Jamie Langston Turner
  • Narrated by: Barbara McCulloh
  • Length: 22 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Author of Some Wildflower in My Heart, Jamie Langston Turner won the Christy Award with A Garden to Keep. Elizabeth Landis is learning that God works in mysterious ways, and life has become more fulfilling for her as she takes Him into her heart. When she discovers her husband has been unfaithful, the Lord's strength becomes more valuable than ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Book Made Better By the Narrator

  • By Becky Smith on 07-09-05

A Great Book Made Better By the Narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-09-05

I really loved this audio book and I think I enjoyed it better on audio than I would have the book itself. The Narrator made it come alive. The author rambles a lot, but that just makes it sound more real. When I got in the car to go to work every morning, it felt like I was going to have another conversation with a good friend. I hated to see this one end.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • The Secret Life of Bees

  • By: Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491

Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating memory - the day her mother was killed. When she and her "stand-in-mother," a fierce-hearted black woman named Rosaleen, are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily enters a secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Secret Life of Bees

  • By France on 02-18-03

Loved it....loved it.....loved it!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-03

Outstanding story read by an exceptional narrator