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Sima Uyar

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The Shining
    
    
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        Stephen King
    
    


    
    
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        Campbell Scott
    
    


    
    Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
    1,766 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • The Shining

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 916
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929

Why we think it’s a great listen: You may have thought the movie was scary, but this is pure Stephen King as it was meant to be experience – performed frighteningly well by Campbell Scott. First published in 1977, The Shining quickly became a benchmark in the literary career of Stephen King. This tale of a troubled man hired to care for a remote mountain resort over the winter, his loyal wife, and their uniquely gifted son slowly but steadily unfolds as secrets from the Overlook Hotel's past are revealed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much better than the movie...

  • By Eileen on 08-23-05

Unnecessarily long

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

Reviewed: 02-20-15

I watched Kubrick's movie some time ago, before reading (listening to) the book. For me it is usually the other way round but this time I found the movie to be much better than the book. The book was unnecessarily long with too many details and long descriptions, most of which can be edited out without a loss.

Actually I felt like this about the few Stephen King books I have read in the past. So if you are a fan of his writing style, you will like this book too. I have stopped reading Stephen King a long time ago, but since I liked the movie so much I wanted to give the book a chance. But that was a mistake. This is a typical King book.

The narrator was good. His narration was the only thing that kept me from listening to the book at a faster speed.

  • Druidcraft

  • By: Philip Carr-Gomm
  • Narrated by: Philip Carr-Gomm, Sophia Carr-Gomm, Stephanie Carr-Gomm, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

Druidry and Wicca are the two great streams of Western Pagan tradition. Both traditions are experiencing a renaissance all over the world, as more and more people seek a spirituality rooted in a love of nature and the land. Increasingly, listeners are combining the ideas of both traditions to craft their own spiritual practice. In this down-to-earth, inspiring guide, Philip Carr-Gomm offers a name for this Path that draws on the common beliefs and practices of Wicca and Druidry: DruidCraft.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Heather & Kim on 03-10-15

Very bad narration!

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

Reviewed: 11-28-13

The male voice is fine but the female voice is so annoying that I almost quit listening many times.

5 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Naked

  • The Blackstone Affair, Book 1
  • By: Raine Miller
  • Narrated by: Grace Grant, Shane East
  • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,212

Brynne Bennett has left scandal in her past and is living the good life. An American grad student at the University of London and part-time photographic model, she's getting back on track with lots of hard work and focus on a career in art conservation. When London businessman Ethan Blackstone buys her nude portrait, he wants to possess more than just her image. He wants Brynne in his bed, serving him in every way possible. He has no trouble voicing his desires, and he isn't taking no for an answer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!!!!! I'm speechless.

  • By BluBumbleB on 06-03-13

Horrible narration!

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

Reviewed: 08-09-13

The story overall is so and so, as I had expected. But the narration is very very bad. Especially the male voices were the worst. The main male character's voice sounded like a cave man!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Island Apart

  • By: Steven Raichlen
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

Claire Doheney, recovering from a serious illness, agrees to house-sit an oceanfront mansion on Chappaquiddick Island in Martha's Vineyard. The New York book editor hopes to find solace, strength, and sufficient calm to finish a biography of the iconoclastic psychotherapist Wilhelm Reich. The last thing she expects to find is love. Then she meets a mysterious man the locals call the Hermit. No one knows his real name or where he lives. To their mutual surprise, they discover that they share a passion for cooking.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful writing & narration-four and a half star

  • By PlantCrone on 06-12-12

Vegetarians and vegans beware

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

Reviewed: 03-19-13

It is yet another book out there which you do not gain or lose anything by reading or not reading it. On top of the weak plot, there are too many parts with food recipes, which some reviewers have mentioned as a plus, but if I wanted recipes, I would get a cook book.

This brings me to the title of my review. Some parts of the book may be very disturbing for vegetarians and vegans. Especially those parts where the author explains in detail how lobsters and oysters are prepared were among the most disturbing parts for me.

So vegetarians and vegans beware!

  • The Ivy Chronicles

  • By: Karen Quinn
  • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 230

Fans of New York Times best seller The Nanny Diaries will rejoice in this wickedly hilarious novel, which acclaimed author Katharine Weber says is "much funnier and darker". Optioned for a major motion picture starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, The Ivy Chronicles skewers the twisted priorities of America's well-heeled elite.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Probably Better as an Audiobook then in Print

  • By Vicki on 06-03-05

The Ivy Chronicles

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

Reviewed: 10-12-12

It was an OK listen. The story of course was very shallow, however, that was what I expected to begin with. So it was good to listen to when doing house chores or working out at the gym. The narrator was generally fine too. I think her voice was a very good match for Ivy's character. However, quite often she swallowed hard and the sound of it annoyed me throughout the book! I have listened to so many books before and I never noticed such an issue with any of them!

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32,395
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27,480
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,112

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Really 2.5

  • By Kd on 05-16-12

Fifty shades of gray

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

Reviewed: 08-20-12

As far as books of this genre go, the erotic scenes were embedded in the whole story and were done well.

However, in gereneral, the writing quality of the book is quite poor. There are too many unnecessary repetitions that irritate the reader. Also the whole book is like a TV show where you have product placements on the scene. Some parts really sound annoyingly like advertisement.

The narrator was just OK, but she wasn't very successful with the different voices, especially the male ones. I usually was not able to understand who was speaking.

On the whole, I think it is a very sad story. All throughout the book, my dominant feeling was of sadness.

Delicious Darkness
    
    
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        KyAnn Waters
    
    


    
    
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        K. S. O'Hara
    
    


    
    Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
    34 ratings
    Overall 3.2
  • Delicious Darkness

  • By: KyAnn Waters
  • Narrated by: K. S. O'Hara
  • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 27

A fugitive from a dark dimension, Dorian Hunt seeks a total bonding. Like a vampire needs blood or a werewolf needs the moon, Dorian needs to anchor himself to a woman of white light in order to survive. Without the mating, within one lunar cycle his might and magic would cease to protect him.... Audra Quinn has always been afraid of the dark. As an empath, she knows when Dorian enters her small metaphysical bookstore that he is the man who can help her realize her true potential as a woman of white light.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Delicious Darkness

  • By Sima Uyar on 08-04-11

Delicious Darkness

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

Reviewed: 08-04-11

I would have given even a lower score if it were possible. I am not very squeamish but this book is audio porn! From the description and the cover of course I expected erotic scenes but I wasn't expecting this much. Be warned. Also the narration was the worst I heard on Audible till now. The narrator read the whole story in a flat tone. The book was just a waste of money and time.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mr Darcy's Diary

  • By: Maya Slater
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

For the first time we discover what really happened between his sister and the dastardly Wickham. How did he distract his friend Bingley from pining for his beloved Jane? Why did he propose to another young woman? Only to his diary does he tell his true story. At last we see Darcy as he really is; and, beneath his polite facade, we find a sensitive, private and passionate man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Why another P&P homage?

  • By connie on 02-03-09

Mr Darcy's Diary

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

Reviewed: 07-28-11

I neither liked the story nor enjoyed the narration. The characters and the dialogues are not as captivating as the original P&P. I have to admit that I have not yet been able to find a P&P follow-up that I liked. Therefore I do not read them anymore. But some of the reviews were so good with this one that I decided to give it a shot. But it wasn't any better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pride and Prejudice [Audible Studios]

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Lindsay Duncan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,825
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,844

Pride and Prejudice has delighted generations of readers with its unforgettable cast of characters, carefully choreographed plot, and a hugely entertaining view of the world and its absurdities. With the arrival of eligible young men in their neighbourhood, the lives of Mr and Mrs Bennet and their five daughters are turned inside out and upside down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice

  • By Dr. Roberta on 05-28-09

Excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 07-12-11

Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite books. I've read it many times and have seen all film versions several times too. So I am not going into how much I love the book as a whole as well as all the characters in it. What I want to say is that the narration is excellent. After I listened to all available audio versions of this book on Audible, I decided to buy this one. It was a good choice. Maybe the others are as good too, but I do not regret my decision. Even though I know by heart what happens in which scene, I couldn't stop listening. The narration was captivating.

  • The Time Machine

  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Roger May
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

At a dinner party in Richmond, the host tells an astonishing story of his travels into the future, where, at first, it seems that man has moved on to a higher plane of existence - suffering and war seem to have been eliminated. But in fact there are two races living on the Earth: the Eloi, a leisured, decadent, androgynous group; and the Morlocks, an underground tribe of bestial workers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent story, skillfully narrated.

  • By Maldoror on 11-07-16

The Time Machine

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

Reviewed: 05-09-11

This is a very good book. The narrator also does a very good job. I enjoyed every minute.