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  • Nimona

  • By: Noelle Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler, Jonathan Davis, Marc Thompson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 963

Nimona is an impulsive young shape-shifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best with audio and the graphic novel together

  • By Comet on 02-07-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 05-07-19

Not my cup of tea. Voicing was particularly irritating (sounds like a bad cartoon). I especially dislike the current affectation of adding an extra "uh" syllable to the ends of words for emphasis (no-uh, wow-uh, aMAZing-uh). I'd return it if it weren't already free.

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  • The Signature of All Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,249

In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss this one

  • By Molly-o on 12-27-13

Fascinating Character Study

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

This is a very long book (32 hours of listening), and I loved it; the writing is luminous, lyrical, and lush. The evolution of a character (Alma Whittaker), which begins generations before her birth, influenced by her environment and the inevitable changes that occur during a lifetime, and self-directed by her force of will and her brilliant, introverted intelligence, is played against an amazing social setting of scientific exploration and discovery spanning over century (eons really, in a human life). At the end of her long, fascinating life, Alma judges her independent (concurrent with Darwin's) development of the theory of natural selection incomplete because she cannot determine any scientific evidence regarding the role altruism plays in the survival of the fittest, based on the example of Alma's adopted sister Prudence, who consigns herself to a life of poverty in support of abolition.

I think I need a physical copy of this book -- I love listening to audible books, and the reader, Juliet Stevenson, is wonderful -- but details tend to evaporate more quickly than I wish they would.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,090
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37,916
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,767

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely fine? No... Completely AWESOME

  • By Janna on 07-15-17

Quirky heroine and situation; excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I loved this story about a very quirky young woman who overcomes a horrible childhood.

  • Brain Myths Exploded

  • Lessons from Neuroscience
  • By: The Great Courses, Indre Viskontas
  • Narrated by: Indre Viskontas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,571

Much of the layperson's knowledge of the brain is predicated on a lack of understanding about this mysterious organ. To start building a more straightforward, accurate understanding of current breakthroughs in neuroscience, you have to start by shattering popular brain myths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great lecturer, very enjoyable

  • By Jared T Wilsey on 02-14-17

Great content

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

I really like the content of this Great Courses lecture series, but I found the professor's speech patterns really irritating. There was too much emphasis on too many words, intonation that would look like question marks scattered across the printed page (a particular peeve of mine), and a tendency to slur over syllables (e.g., "neurimaging" instead of neuroimaging). However, the studies, findings, personal anecdotes, and selection of "myths" along with a grounded, practical approach to the content kept me listening.

  • The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

  • A Novel
  • By: Dominic Smith
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,415
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,414

In 1631, Sara de Vos is admitted as a master painter to the Guild of St. Luke's in Holland, the first woman to be so recognized. Three hundred years later, only one work attributed to de Vos is known to remain - a haunting winter scene, At the Edge of a Wood, which hangs over the bed of a wealthy descendant of the original owner. An Australian grad student, Ellie Shipley, struggling to stay afloat in New York, agrees to paint a forgery of the landscape, a decision that will haunt her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Story Definitely NOT a Forgery!

  • By KarKinz on 05-13-16

The role of women as artists

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

I really liked this, mostly because of the insight into the art world in several centuries from several perspectives. The characters are very interesting, if not exactly likeable, and the book focuses on the role of women as artists.

  • The Chilbury Ladies' Choir

  • A Novel
  • By: Jennifer Ryan
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister, Laura Kirman, Imogen Wilde, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,150

As England enters World War II's dark early days, spirited music professor Primrose Trent, recently arrived to the village of Chilbury, emboldens the women of the town to defy the Vicar's stuffy edict to shutter the church's choir in the absence of men and instead carry on singing. Resurrecting themselves as The Chilbury Ladies' Choir, the women of this small village soon use their joint song to lift up themselves and the community as the war tears through their lives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Romance

  • By Sara on 04-17-17

Women in WWII British village rally

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

This is an excellent story about the effects of WWII on the women of Chilbury, UK. The characters and the plot lines are very interesting, and the audible version includes a few choral numbers.

  • Jacob T. Marley

  • By: R. William Bennett
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,837
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,639

"Marley was dead to begin with...." These chillingly familiar words begin the classic Christmas tale of remorse and redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Now R. William Bennett rewinds the story and focuses the spotlight on Scrooge’s miserly business partner, Jacob T. Marley, who was allowed to return as a ghost to warn Scrooge away from his ill-fated path. Why was Marley allowed to return? And why hadn’t he been given the same chance as Ebenezer Scrooge? Or had he?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is my favorite book! I listen to it all year

  • By Lyle K Holden on 08-07-17

Excellent companion to A Christmas Carol

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

I LOVE this book! If A Christmas Carol is about making amends; Jacob T. Marley is about atonement.

  • When She Woke

  • By: Hillary Jordan
  • Narrated by: Heather Corrigan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 536

Hannah Payne awakens to a nightmare. She is lying on a table in a bare room, covered only by a paper gown, with cameras broadcasting her every move to millions at home. She is now a convicted criminal, and her skin color has been genetically altered. Her crime, according to the State of Texas: the murder of her unborn child, whose father she refuses to name. Her color: red. The color of newly shed blood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Thoughtful Dystopia

  • By Amy on 01-28-13

Dystopian future

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

This book is set in a not-too-distant dystopian future, similar in theme to The Handmaid's Tale. I found much of the plot (character behavior and decisions -- not the science fiction aspects) to be contrived, illogical, and unlikely, but overall enjoyed listening. As with The Handmaid's Tale, the chilling political and social environments are all too believable. The narrator is pretty good; accents and male voices are a bit weak, but not too distracting.

  • Witches of Lychford

  • By: Paul Cornell
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 149

The villagers in the sleepy hamlet of Lychford are divided. A supermarket wants to build a major branch on their border. Some welcome the employment opportunities while some object to the modernization of the local environment. Judith Mawson (local crank) knows the truth - that Lychford lies on the boundary between two worlds and that the destruction of the border will open wide the gateways to malevolent beings beyond imagination. But if she is to have her voice heard, she's going to need the assistance of some unlikely allies....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb story and narration

  • By Jeffrey W. McClure on 11-13-15

Witches vs. Fairy

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I enjoyed the audible version of this modern fairy tale dealing with 3 women who join together to defeat some nasty fairy folk. One of the women is an older "witch;" one is a young witch who's interested in the science of the craft more than the magic; and the third is an Anglican minister who isn't sure what she really believes. All three are dealing with grief. It's the start of a trilogy, which I might continue. The writing and dialog are very good.

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  • News of the World

  • A Novel
  • By: Paulette Jiles
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,843

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cookie cutter cowboys need not apply

  • By david1j on 01-13-17

Surprisingly Good

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

This is a surprisingly good little book (beautiful language, fabulous dialog) set post-Civil War in the Plains states about the plight of children who were captured by Native Americans, rescued/ransomed, and then returned to their families. The main characters, Captain J.K. Kidd and Johanna, are fabulous; the villains are nasty; and the story is very plausible. Per the book's afterword, very little is known about the psychology of captive children, their apparently complete transformation to Native culture, and their sometimes extreme resistance to "civilization." My rating reflects some minor disappointment about the short denouement, but I think a longer one would probably detract from the essence of *this* novel, and doing it justice would likely require whole a sequel (or two).

The reader is excellent. I especially loved the way he captured Johanna's pronunciations.