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  • The Remains of the Day

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,778
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,423

The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world in postwar England. At the end of his three decades of service at Darlington Hall, Stevens embarks on a country drive, during which he looks back over his career to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving "a great gentleman". But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness" and graver doubts about his own faith in the man he served.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent audio book performance

  • By Julie Leto on 08-03-14

Kinda slow, but...

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

This is one of the exquisite pieces of contemporary world literature. Few authors have the powers necessary to make the unreliable narrator a truly intriguing protagonist anymore, but Stevens was made to be read between the lines. Erudite but approachable, this novel is like an intricate puzzle box to be reverse engineered.

  • Twain’s Feast

  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,224

Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain’s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain’s favorite foods.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Recycling

  • By Greg Hill on 11-17-18

Informative and Compelling

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

Twain’s Feast was an extremely good listen. I was initially interested because of Mr. Offerman’s role as a reader, but quickly found the content both well-written and expertly performed. The subject could have been interesting in itself, but both of this factors enhanced this production beyond simply ‘interesting.’ Overall, a great listening experience.

  • Girls & Boys

  • By: Dennis Kelly
  • Narrated by: Carey Mulligan
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,844
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,230
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,166

A pulse-pounding new play from Tony Award-winning® playwright Dennis Kelly takes you on a journey that is at once hilarious, gripping, and heartbreaking. This world-premiere production starring Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, An Education) is available exclusively on Audible after a celebrated run at the Royal Court Theatre in London and off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have never heard a story performed so well.

  • By Erin Reeve on 07-05-18

The Best Audible Original I’ve Heard

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

I was skeptical, because some Audible Originals have let me down before, but this was a truly engaging and moving piece. I don’t believe
this production could be any better.

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,141
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,025
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,938

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

Much Better Than Anticipated

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

Making a compelling novel from ancient myth is no easy feat, but Ms. Miller accomplished this task very well. ‘Circe’ has all the energy of a contemporary story, and makes myth accessible and approachable for modern readers. Her characters are dynamic, with complex but believable motivations for their actions.

Ms. Weeks has a wonderful voice, and is a great reader. The only qualm I had while listening was that her reading lacked emotional rhythm where it could have complemented the narrative.

  • The Year of Living Danishly

  • Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country
  • By: Helen Russell
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,909
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,904

When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn't Disneyland but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long, dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries. What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born or made?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting content. Unfortunate delivery.

  • By Jennifer Soudagar on 11-13-15

Not A Bad Book At All

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

The narration is outstanding, and I might recommend this on that strength alone.

I finished listening in just under three days, and enjoyed it very much. There are moments of sharp whit and humor (the author's teasing her husband, some observations on life's absurdities here and there), and it is very well written overall.

There are other moments, however, where 'Living Danishly' doesn't quiet escape some of the pitfalls of its genre. Ms. Russell concludes each chapter with a 'ten things I learned this month' segment, and after so many chapters these start to feel like 'ten-steps to success' blurbs or 'top ten habits of effective people' spam which you might find on LinkedIn. The book is still very well written and very well read, which still more than make up for that quality. If you wanted to read this book for those reasons, you won't be disappointed.

  • Heartless

  • The Parasol Protectorate, the Fourth
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,129

Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble is not her fault. When a mad ghost threatens the queen, Alexia is on the case, following a trail that leads her deep into her husband's past. Top that off with a sister who has joined the suffragette movement (shocking!), Madame Lefoux's latest mechanical invention, and a plague of zombie porcupines and Alexia barely has time to remember she happens to be eight months pregnant. Can Alexia determine who is trying to kill Queen Victoria?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do You Love to Laugh?

  • By Holly C. Salley on 10-30-11

Why isn’t Gail Carriger more popular?

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I really think it’s an indictment against our times that neither Ms. Carriger nor her work aren’t more widely known or remarked upon. Also, I have yet to hear a performance by Ms. Gray which is wanting in quality - she is an ideal match for the book. Well played, publishers and talent agents; well played.

  • Blameless

  • The Parasol Protectorate, Book 3
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

Quitting her husband's house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season. Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London's vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recording oddities

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-27-18

An Endlessly Entertaining Writer

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

I think very few authors are so whimsical, so literary, and writes with such quality. If you wanted a novel of manners that is fun and well written, this is for you. Emily Gray is a fantastic reader. I would highly recommend this novel, or any other in the series.

  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,725

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!

  • By Tango on 04-26-13

Worth the Long Listen

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s length of upward 18 hours is intimidating, and even though the plot drags a little in the middle, it is well worth investing the time. The narrative pivots between the two titular characters and past recollections, but that structure is still relatively straight-forward and easy to follow.

A platonic romance between Jewish and Syrian outsiders, who happen to be in the melting pot of nineteenth-century through less-than-orthodox methods, is especially topical (but also doesn’t call attention to itself). Anyone who knows about the Kabbalah or the Arabian Nights will delighted by how well elements from either are interwoven into the story.

  • Changeless

  • The Parasol Protectorate, Book 2
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281

Alexia Maccon, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the midafternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears, leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A step down from Soulless but still fun

  • By EllaG on 10-10-17

An Improvement on an Already Great First Novel

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this book - both as a story and as listening experience. It has all the wit and fun of the first Parasol Protectorate book, but I thought the plot was more kinetically paced and character development more substantial in this one. If you enjoyed the previous book, then I would definitely recommend this one.

  • Carter & Lovecraft

  • By: Jonathan L. Howard
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,878
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,766
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,768

Daniel Carter used to be a homicide detective, but his last case - the hunt for a serial killer - went wrong in strange ways and soured the job for him. Now he's a private investigator trying to live a quiet life. Strangeness, however, has not finished with him. First, he inherits a bookstore in Providence from someone he's never heard of, along with an indignant bookseller who doesn't want a new boss.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A mistakes that worked out in my favor.

  • By Frae on 03-06-17

Not As Good as Johannes Cabal

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

I was drawn to this primarily by Mr. Howard’s previous series. Although there are parts of this book which I liked, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t let down. I believe Mr. Howard is at his best when Lovecraft’s themes provide a foil to his own inventive story-telling, but the narrative here is too much of an homage to his predecessor. As the author notes through one of his characters, no one reads H.P. for his prose - but this novel has way too many Lovecraftian turns of phrase, and attempts at mystery because of the ‘unknowability’ of inter-dimensional/sea monsters falls flat (I believe the same is true for Mr. Lovecraft’s stories themselves).

Overall, I still like Mr. Howard’s work, no less but no more because of this book.

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