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  • When Breath Becomes Air

  • By: Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,836

At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal book!

  • By A. Potter on 01-16-16

Transformative

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

One of the most impactful books I’ve ever read. Beautifully written and soul transforming. I hesitated to read it because my husband is a physician who finished 10 years of training only in the last decade, and my teenage son has cancer. I felt it might be too close to home but I’m grateful that Paul Kalanathi was able to write this and for those who assisted in its being published and who added their incredible insights, like his wife.

  • The Big Four

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

Framed in the doorway of Hercule Poirot's bedroom stands an uninvited guest, coated from head to foot in dust. The man stares for a moment, then he sways and falls. Who is he? Is he suffering from shock or just exhaustion? Above all, what is the significance of the figure 4, scribbled over and over again on a sheet of paper? Poirot finds himself plunged into a worldof international intrigue, risking his life - and that of his twin brother - to uncover the truth.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Weak Early Christie but Performance is Masterful.

  • By hmg on 02-22-15

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

This is my second time on this book, and I enjoy it, but be warned that it is not Agatha Christie's usual cozy, but more fantastical, in the "mission impossible" genre. If you have low tolerance for a willing suspension of disbelief this one might not be your thing.

  • Taken at the Flood

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

A few weeks after marrying an attractive widow, Gordon Cloade is tragically killed by a bomb blast in the London blitz. Overnight, the former Mrs. Underhay finds herself in sole possession of the Cloade family fortune. Shortly afterward, Hercule Poirot receives a visit from the dead man's sister-in-law who claims she has been warned by "spirits" that Mrs. Underhay's first husband is still alive. Poirot has his suspicions when he is asked to find a missing person guided only by the spirit world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful mysteries

  • By Jen V. on 04-02-15

Ingenious

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

One of Agatha's more complicated mysteries. There's no way you can guess how the story wraps up!

  • Murder in Mesopotamia

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268

Nurse Amy Leatheran had never felt the lure of the "mysterious East", but she nonetheless accepts an assignment at Hassanieh, an ancient site deep in the Iraqi desert, to care for the wife of a celebrated archaeologist. Mrs Leidner is suffering bizarre visions and nervous terror. "I'm afraid of being killed!" she admits to her nurse. Her terror, unfortunately, is anything but unfounded, and Nurse Leatheran is soon enough without a patient. The world's greatest detective happens to be in the vicinity, however....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ghastly Narration

  • By CobwebLing on 11-25-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 07-22-17

One of Agatha Christie's very clever works. Really enjoyable novel in an exotic eastern setting.

  • The Rosie Project

  • A Novel
  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,082
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,072
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,060

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a typical romance - so much more

  • By Gretchen on 10-03-13

Won't fully load

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

Reviewed: 09-06-16

Audible has issues with iPhones. Halfway though this story it wouldn't download anymore. I tried all the recommendations 1-10 for when it says there's an error loading. The. It brought me here to review the book. Great story, funny, some references to sex but not lewd. Some swearing. Just wish I could actually hear the story I paid for.

  • The Resistance Man

  • Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 6
  • By: Martin Walker
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

Bruno Courrèges - provincial French police chief extraordinaire - is back in another delectable tale of mystery and suspense that unfolds in the gastronomically ravishing Dordogne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This series just gets better and better

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-15-16

Captivating to the end

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

Reviewed: 08-07-16

If you're a Bruno fan, there is a big revelation in this story. This has an exciting storyline and interesting plot.

  • The Devil's Cave

  • Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 5
  • By: Martin Walker
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

Bestselling author Martin Walker pens stories filled with small-town ambience and charming characters. In The Devil’s Cave, police chief Bruno Courréges is investigating a murder as the tiny French village of St. Denis prepares for Easter. An unknown woman - dead, naked, and bearing the marks of a black magic ritual - is found in a boat floating down the River Vézère. With the townsfolk terrified, clues quickly lead Bruno to the Gouffre de Colombac - the Devil’s Cave.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Series Got Much Better with Book # 5

  • By L. O. Pardue on 03-01-17

Fascinating story

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

Reviewed: 07-30-16

This was well written and captivating. There was rather a lot of sordid sexual imagery that I didn't like it because the book has some sex-related themes or I would have enjoyed it a lot more.

  • Black Diamond

  • A Mystery of the French Countryside
  • By: Martin Walker
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian MacKenzie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288

Best-selling author Martin Walker’s previous two novels starring Chief of Police Bruno Courrèges became hits with fans and critics around the globe. In this thrilling third mystery, Bruno has his hands full with trouble in the truffle trade in St. Denis’ marketplace. And when a friend is murdered, things really start heating up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging action, great characters/sense of place!

  • By Kathi on 04-22-14

Slow start but overall good

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

Reviewed: 07-26-16

I almost gave up on this novel. It is the first Martin Walker book I've read so I hadn't read the others in the series. It's slow to start, almost like the beginnings of a painting where the author sets the scene and atmosphere for quite a while but if you keep reading you get a full and interesting picture once things get going. Now that I've read another, the characters are engaging and keep me reading.

  • The Crowded Grave

  • A Mystery of the French Countryside
  • By: Martin Walker
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297

Martin Walker’s novels starring Chief of Police Bruno Courrèges are a boon to Francophiles and mystery lovers around the world. In The Crowded Grave, Bruno is up to his ears in trouble after a local archaeological dig unearths a corpse with a bullet in its head. Further complicating matters are a meddlesome local magistrate, animal rights activists, and a missing professor - not to mention two lovely ladies vying for Bruno’s affections.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Warning: Brutal Killing of Pet Dog

  • By Monica on 08-16-18

engaging

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

Reviewed: 07-26-16

If you could sum up The Crowded Grave in three words, what would they be?

Riveting, action-filled, surprise-endings

Who was your favorite character and why?

You get a deeper look into Bruno's ex-lover Isabel and her dreams and struggles in this novel.

What does Robert Ian Mackenzie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mackenzie reads with a very calming cadence and beautiful French pronunciation.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There are some sacrifices in this story that actually made me tear up.

Any additional comments?

My only complaint about this and the other Martin Walker novel I have read is that they have spoilers in them for earlier stories so if you have any intention of reading those, you are going to want to do it in order.

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  • Spider's Web

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

A classic from the queen of mystery: Agatha Christie.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Agatha is always fun!

  • By Kathi on 08-07-16

Pretty good

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

Reviewed: 07-16-16

Pretty good story. I'd read more by this author. Only thing I didn't like was that the author used a clever "solution" to one of the mysteries of the story that Christie had used in another of her novels.

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