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  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,888

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, good narrator, not so great production

  • By j phillips on 08-08-17

I'm glad I listened to it but won't do it again.

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

Reviewed: 03-28-15

I kept thinking things would get better for the people in the story.
The book is well written.
I usually listen to classics and can't really find a good author that develops characters while keeping the story simple & entertaining. Doerr is exceptional.
The story was awful and yet it was about experiences that people had to endure. I'm grateful I didn't live during the era the story was written in and I'm glad I finished the book...thinking about the characters and what they went through makes my life seem like a vacation.

  • Calling Me Home

  • A Novel
  • By: Julie Kibler
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Lorna Raver
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,028

Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a big favor to ask her hairdresser, Dorrie. She wants the black single mother to drop everything and drive her from Texas to a funeral in Ohio - tomorrow. Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious about Isabelle’s past, agrees, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives. Isabelle confesses that, as a teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family’s housekeeper - in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences just might help Dorrie find her own way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hope they make a movie!!

  • By Christina6marie on 08-17-15

Wonderful story.

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

Reviewed: 01-28-15

Very well done & very well read. I do recommend this book. I cried and cried at the end, but also it gave me hope.

  • The Phantom of the Opera

  • By: Gaston Leroux
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,613
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,357
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,371

The story begins with an investigation into some strange reports of an "opera ghost", legendary for making the great Paris opera performers ill-at-ease when they sit alone in their dressing rooms. Some allege to have seen the ghost in evening clothes moving about in the shadows. Nothing is done, however, until the disappearance of Christine during her triumphant performance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phantom of the Opera

  • By Miriam on 02-12-05

I am glad I took the time to listen to this book.

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

Reviewed: 05-10-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Phantom of the Opera to be better than the print version?

Yes. I don't think I could of read the book but b/c I spend so much time in a car, I found it interesting to listen to.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Orphan Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Christina Baker Kline
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,502

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving story of sharing and transformation.

  • By Kathi on 04-03-13

Well written book.

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

Reviewed: 05-10-14

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book, it was well written. The narrator did a good job with the characters voices and an Irish brogue.

  • Anna and the King of Siam

  • The Book That Inspired the Musical and Film 'The King and I'
  • By: Margaret Landon
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 137

Anna Leonowens, a proper Englishwoman, was an unlikely candidate to change the course of Siamese (Thai) history. A young widow and mother, her services were engaged in the 1860's by King Mongkut of Siam to help him communicate with foreign governments and be the tutor to his children and favored concubines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic

  • By Ellenaeddy on 03-30-13

Anna was part of Siam's destiny.

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

Reviewed: 04-24-14

If you could sum up Anna and the King of Siam in three words, what would they be?

Teachable
Pride
Destiny

What did you like best about this story?

Anna kept her wits about her when most people would of run away.

Which character – as performed by Anne Flosnik – was your favorite?

The head wife, but I can't spell her name.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Shocked at the Kings drastic mood swings.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the book and watched the latest movie with Jody Foster in it to get a sense of the country. The book was better at telling the story and of course explaining the characters that the movie just skimmed over.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 46 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,185

Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A true Time-machine

  • By Ramon on 12-27-10

Didn't want to book to end.

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

Reviewed: 03-20-14

Where does The Count of Monte Cristo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I loved it!

Any additional comments?

A story written by Dumas read by John Lee is a real treat!

  • The Memory Quilt

  • A Christmas Story for Our Times
  • By: T. D. Jakes
  • Narrated by: C. C. H. Pounder
  • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

A perfect Christmas for Lela Edwards this year would include the presence of her husband, her three daughters, and her favorite granddaughter, Darcie. They would each be happy, healthy, and properly married. But life doesn't always unfold in a perfect way, even for God-loving, churchgoing people like these. Lela's husband of fifty years, Walter, has recently passed, and the daughters now live in towns and states far from the Chicago neighborhood where they were raised.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • so so

  • By Rochelle on 12-08-10

Good Christmas Story.

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

Reviewed: 02-04-14

What did you love best about The Memory Quilt?

Pounder did a wonderful job narrating the story.

Any additional comments?

An easy to listen to story.

  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,309

The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Read, Throughly Enjoyable!

  • By WickedGoodYarn on 03-11-12

A Scary Story

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

Reviewed: 02-04-14

What did you love best about Dracula [Audible Edition]?

I started listening to this on an overnight train from Paris to Italy and I had to stop because I got scared! Being drawn into a story so much that I become frightened is fun, but I have to admit, that I had more fun listening in a familiar environment with a fuzzy blanket. :-)

Any additional comments?

I loved this story and would listen to it again!

  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,376

A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!!!

  • By Alia on 12-11-09

A Wonderful Christmas Story

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

Reviewed: 02-04-14

Would you consider the audio edition of A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry to be better than the print version?

Yes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry?

When Mr. Scrooge really laughed for the 1st time.

What about Tim Curry’s performance did you like?

Empathy in the voices of the characters.

  • Wicked

  • The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
  • By: Gregory Maguire
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,382
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,789
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,839

Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's not easy being green

  • By Kathleen on 07-30-08

Interesting.

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

Reviewed: 06-26-13

What did you love best about Wicked?

Elphaba

What was one of the most memorable moments of Wicked?

When Elphaba tried to talk to Nessa Rose about Oz and her treatment of animals.

What about John McDonough’s performance did you like?

The different characters he portrayed.

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

The loyalty of the animals that Phabula took care of.

Any additional comments?

Glad I listened to this book. The story wasn't about what I expected it to be about.