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  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,065
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,715

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow..allow yourself to be submerged in this book

  • By Donna Smith McG on 05-18-18

Sometimes the best stories are the quietest

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

This is a quiet little story that charmed the heck (or should I say hell...) out of me. It's read by the author, something that I often find annoying, but for some reason, it works for this quiet book. The story is lovely, makes you wonder, and just feels good to be a part of. I am still annoyed that so often people writing reviews set silly expectations and think they're being clever by warning of plot twists or surprise endings, so please skip those &^#@@ reviewers and just lower your expectations and go on a quiet life journey with Sam Hell.

  • Maisie Dobbs

  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Rita Barrington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,089
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,085

Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful discovery

  • By Lori on 08-07-09

So glad to find a new series!

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

Given the time frame (early 1900's) and the subject (murder/psychology) I kind of expected a period piece that might keep my attention for the short term, but was DELIGHTFULLY surprised to find a truly unique and satisfying author. So happy to continue on the path to see what Maisie does next!

  • Pushing Brilliance

  • By: Tim Tigner
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,835
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,651

Framed for murder and on the run, former Olympic biathlete Kyle Achilles is also in the crosshairs of assassins' guns. Why? He has no idea. He's fighting blind against two master strategists and one extraordinary invention - known as Brillyanc. Achilles' only ally is the other prime suspect, a beautiful Russian mathematician who is either the best or worst person to ever enter his life. Katya was engaged to Achilles' brother - before he died.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book of the Year!

  • By Brad on 08-26-16

Good story, inappropriate narration

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

Good story - - tight and edge of your seat thrilling, but the narrator just ruined it. The narrator isn't particularly bad (although he kind of forgot what voices he started with and his British accents really need some work) but sounded like the protagonist's asthmatic grandfather! This is supposed to be a super fit early 30's Marine trained spy -- why would you choose someone who had difficulty maintaining a full through the end of a sentence and who chooses to make the main character sound like an 80-year old? Cannot recommend this one.

  • Dodger

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,488

A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he's...Dodger. Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl - not even if her fate impacts the most powerful people in England.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Narrator, Great story

  • By Easy Reader on 01-18-13

It's Terry Pratchett: OF COURSE IT'S GREAT

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

This is just brilliant. Entertaining, fun, silly, sad, slightly risque, and did I say brilliant? The legacy of Charles Dickens revisited by one of the most amazing minds and a narrator that puts his heart and soul into the performance means that this book is a fitting legacy for Terry Pratchett. I loved it and I'd be willing to bet half a Crown everyone else will, too.

  • A Scone to Die For

  • Oxford Tearoom Cozy Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 763

When an American tourist is murdered with a scone in Gemma Rose's quaint English tearoom, she suddenly finds herself apron-deep in a mystery involving long-buried secrets from Oxford's past. Armed with her insider knowledge of the university and with the help of four nosy old ladies from her local Cotswolds village (not to mention a cheeky little tabby cat named Muesli), Gemma sets out to solve the mystery - all while dealing with her matchmaking mother and the return of her old college love, Devlin O'Connor, now a dashing CID detective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the cover and buy this cozy mystery

  • By Eddie Lynn on 10-01-16

Cozy but lonnnnnnggggg

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

I liked the book, but it's painfully obvious that there's a LOT of filler to try and elongate the story! Would have been ever so much nicer to simply have a shorter book or a bit more on each character.

  • Water for Elephants

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,913
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,995

Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ho Hum

  • By John Riggs on 05-27-12

What took me so long

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

The title never made sense and the picture looked like a woman in a vague red dress - - all of that is what took me so long to finally finish this one. It was really good, as most people figured out years ago, and I am embarrassed that I'm the last to board the fan train for this one. In other words, just listen to this one and enjoy it as much as I did.

0 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Something in the Water

  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,219

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

Flawed but compelling

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

There were times when this just plodded along with such little to show that I almost stopped listening, but when they finally got to the story, it was a well thought out, if not totally convincing, tale. The good is the narrator (and author) gives a great reading. She has a lovely voice and at times that's the ONLY thing that kept me going forward. The characters are well thought through, almost too well because the detail is just too much. When they do finally get to the adventure you've got so much background that even the slightest of off-character turns aren't quite believable. The bad is simple to name: this is just too bloody long, and, again because of ALL the background we've already gotten, not totally convincing. But, even after saying all that, it's a full, if not particular tasty meal. Still glad I ate it, but would not go back in for a second helping.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y'all Don't Even Know

  • By: Retta
  • Narrated by: Retta
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498

In So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y'all Don't Even Know, Parks and Recreation star Retta takes us on her not-so-meteoric rise from roaches to riches (well, rich enough that she can buy $15,000 designer handbags yet scared enough to know she's always a heartbeat away from ramen with American cheese). Throwing her hardworking Liberian parents through a loop, Retta abandons her plan to attend med school after graduating Duke University to move to Hollywood to star in her own sitcom - like her comedy heroes Lucille Ball and Roseanne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I devoured this audiobook

  • By Tracy Rowan on 05-31-18

This is a performance!!

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

Retta doesn't READ her book, she's on stage with it. And it's a great show. The good and the bad come out, hints at apprehension and self-doubt give way to great confidence and silly circumstances - - in other words, it's like LIFE. Love her, love the stories, and feel like I just made a bestie.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Calypso

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,492
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,637

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And it's as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation - and dark humor - toward middle age and mortality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, as always

  • By Ruthie on 05-31-18

Funny with a streak of sorrow equals brilliance

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

I love how David Sedaris just bounces between hilarity and poignancy without force or pause for consideration. His work reflects everyone's life, it's just that his is always taken to an extreme honesty that most of us couldn't face on a daily basis. You'll find his family in this one, his boyfriend and hysterical tales of his American-ness viewed from other countries, but this one deals very directly with the sadness he's encountered at losing people that were close to him as well as his (and their) failures to make one more effort to hold on. Like all of his books, I want to give him a hug, but knowing how he'd react, will settle for a hearty handshake instead. Also, his books cannot simply be read - - he MUST read them to you. Get this one and be ready to wipe the tears away.

  • 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 9,582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,787

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joanne Froggatt 💕

  • By Anonymous User on 09-06-17

Liked it - - or at least liked most of it

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

The tension the author creates is powerful, the delivery, a bit less so. The ground work for this really clever novel falls apart towards the end, and it's a shame because the beginning and middle are so smart. The narrator is quite good and conveys that level of hysteria in a truly appropriate way. It's just not done in a sustainable way and gets to be too much at the end. I am going to cut this author a break, and hope that the good bones of this book means her next ones will be fully fleshed out. Looking forward to the next book.