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  • Year of Yes

  • How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person
  • By: Shonda Rhimes
  • Narrated by: Shonda Rhimes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,481
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,677

The megatalented creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder chronicles how saying yes for one year changed her life - and how it can change yours, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 7 Hours Listening to an Audio Book Ever!

  • By ccreads on 02-20-16

Best 7 Hours Listening to an Audio Book Ever!

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

Reviewed: 02-20-16

What made the experience of listening to Year of Yes the most enjoyable?

Shonda adds so much personality to the narration. She's sassy, fun, and honest about struggling with the same doubts that we all have.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Year of Yes?

What I found most touching was the chapter about her weight/image problem and how she confronted it and took care of business--losing 127lbs!

What does Shonda Rhimes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Herself. Listening to the audio book was like sitting down with a girlfriend and a glass of wine to hear about her deepest fears and failures and how she overcame them and that you can too.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed and I cried...

Any additional comments?

Listen to the audio book, even if you've already read the book. Shonda's narration adds so much more depth to the experience. And as an added bonus she includes recordings of three inspiring speeches she made during her "Year of Yes" experiment.

44 of 44 people found this review helpful

  • The Serpent's Tale

  • By: Ariana Franklin
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404

Adelia is back in action! Ariana Franklin combines the best of modern forensic thrillers with the detail and drama of medieval fiction in this enthralling historical novel, the second in the Mistress of the Art of Death series.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great series

  • By Sylvia on 01-30-11

Great Narration, But Story Slow

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

Reviewed: 05-15-15

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

Yes, if you really like historical medieval mysteries.

What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

Great job. Loved the British accent.

Could you see The Serpent's Tale being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No.

Any additional comments?

Great narration and good characterization. The story was a bit too slow and drawn out for my taste, but there were a lot of interesting historical facts brought out during the audiobook. This is the second book in a series. I read the first one, "The Mistress of the Art of Death," and found that one much more compelling.

  • The Starling Project

  • An Audible Drama
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina, full cast
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,586
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,444
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,435

Audie Award, Original Work, 2016; Audie Award Finalist, Audio Drama, 2016. An aborted raid targeting a major arms dealer. A hostage standoff at a bank that may not be what it seems. A plot to spring a former African dictator from prison. What is the threat that connects them all? And just who is the mysterious mastermind, The Starling? From Mexico to Washington – from London to Marseille to Prague – war crimes investigator Harold Middleton and his team of Volunteers risk their lives to follow the trail of clues. But how can they stop The Starling – when he always seems one step ahead?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a DRAMA, not a book!

  • By Writrix on 11-25-14

So So

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

Reviewed: 05-15-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No, although it was very short.

Has The Starling Project turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

There were several narrators and for the most part did a fine job, although a bit melodramatic at times.

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

No. The plot was paper thin and predictable.

Any additional comments?

The sound effects and music made this book a more movie-like experience. That, I appreciated. But the plot was pretty weak--like a movie that relies on special effects to carry everything, with plot being an afterthought.

I liked the immersive old-time radio sound experience and would be interested to try another one with a more interesting story and fully drawn characters.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful