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  • 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 23,853
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,046

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 1,449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,284

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 1,365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,237

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 1,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020

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 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,469
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,293

"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 555
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 495

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 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 126

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 5,591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,174

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
  • Delightful story....but not True Grit

  • By DenGig on 04-14-17

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.

  • The Awakening

  • By: Kate Chopin
  • Narrated by: Kim Basinger
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 271

Kate Chopin’s novel, a landmark work of early feminism, is seen as a pre-cursor to the works of American novelists such as William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway. The upper-class Creole society of New Orleans and the Southern Louisiana coast at the end of the 19th century is brought to audio in a stirring performance by Academy Award-winning actress Kim Basinger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like Seeing a Movie with Your Eyes Closed

  • By Deborah Jacob on 05-05-13

Interesting novel; horrible reading

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

Although I don't recommend it as an entertaining read or listen, this is a very interesting book, first published in 1898. It's considered a forerunner of feminism and modern American literature from the south, with influences on Faulkner, McCullers, O'Connor, and others. It took me nearly two thirds of the book to get into it or to just plain get it. After that, the denouement was fairly quick.

I purchased the book as a Daily Deal from Audible.com and had high hopes for the narration by Kim Bassinger, but was SORELY disappointed. The reading is just about the worst of any of the books I've listened to since I enrolled in audible.com. It sounded to me like Ms. Bassinger had put no preparation into her performance. There was no attempt to distinguish among the characters, no use of the accents which would have been prominent among the high-society, working class, and Creole characters. She read in a halting, breathy whisper through most of the book, whether it suited the situation or not.

Up until now, the worst narration (in my opinion and experience) was the choice of reader for the Hunger Games books, but that was because the reader sounded like a middle-aged English teacher rather than a teenage girl with issues. In this case, Ms. Bassinger, who certainly has the ability to deliver a stunning performance narration, chose to do nothing at all to enhance the listener's experience.

  • Lily and the Octopus

  • By: Steven Rowley
  • Narrated by: Michael Urie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,264
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,261

When you listen to Lily and the Octopus, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride. The magic of this novel is in the listening, and we don't want to spoil it by giving away too many details. We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can't live without. For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion, Lily, who happens to be a dog.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OMG WHY!!???!??? last hour redeemed the first 7

  • By Cynda on 03-21-18

Coming to maturity through love and loss

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

Reviewed: 07-31-17

I enjoyed the language, story, and performance. It's a sad premise to start with, but I loved the artistic portrayal of the main character's personality and how his relationship with Lily affects him. It's also about the nature of grief from past losses, impending loss, and in-the-very-moment current loss, and how experiencing grief leads to a mature sense of self. I loved the way Lily "talks" to Ted, the octopus metaphor, and the other factors that create this story. I laughed often and cried more than once.