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  • Born with Teeth

  • A Memoir
  • By: Kate Mulgrew
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,400

Audie Award, Narration by Author, 2016. Raised by unconventional Irish Catholics who knew "how to drink, how to dance, how to talk, and how to stir up the devil", Kate Mulgrew grew up with poetry and drama in her bones. But in her mother, a would-be artist burdened by the endless arrival of new babies, young Kate saw the consequences of a dream deferred.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Memoir

  • By Jasmine on 07-23-15

Terrible ending

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

The memoir ends as though the author has walked off a cliff. Right in the middle. No closure. Abrupt.

  • Sing, Unburied, Sing

  • A Novel
  • By: Jesmyn Ward
  • Narrated by: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Chris Chalk, Rutina Wesley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,593

In Jesmyn Ward's first novel since her National Book Award-winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural 21st-century America. An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi's past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power - and limitations - of family bonds.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 3.5 Stars

  • By kurdis teed on 01-09-18

Amazing, gorgeous, moving

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

This was one of the most lyrical, exquisitely written books I’ve come across in years.

My one complaint was a minor quibble with the narrators. They did a beautiful job of capturing their main African American characters. However, when they read the dialogue of the white characters they still sounded very black. It was somewhat distracting. Also, the narrator who read Richard had a beautiful deep voice even though he was supposed to be the ghost of a malnourished 12 year old boy.

  • The Keeper of Lost Causes

  • Department Q, Book 1
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,426
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,943

Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic New Scandinavian Series!!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 09-12-12

Worst Narration Ever

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

Reviewed: 12-07-12

The American narrator butchers this book by creating horrid fake Danish accents for the dialogue. He sounds like a sick, slowed-down Arnold Schwarzenegger imitator.
I also wonder about the translation -- some sentences used words in odd ways and I hope that there are not as many trite phrases in the original. The story was quite good and I liked some of the characters but I wish I had read rather than listened to the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,638
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35,642

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good narrator but extremely boring story!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-08-18

Fun and Excitement!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-12

I never read books of this genre but was intrigued by the positive reviews I read on audible. The story, narration and characters exceeded my expectations. I couldn't turn off my ipod and listened late into the night. This story would make a great movie and I hope it hits the big screen sometime. I appreciated the humorous dialogue and the interesting range of characters. The narrator does a great job of giving consistent, unique voices to each character.

1 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Bat

  • A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,207
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,041
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,031

Harry is out of his depth. Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He's not supposed to get too involved. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry. He might just be the next victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Probably the best of this remarkable series.

  • By Charles Atkinson on 11-08-12

A Wonderful Beginning to a Great Series

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

Reviewed: 11-02-12

I loved hearing the backstory of Harry Hole after reading all of the later books. The narrator was an unfortunate choice because most of the characters are Australian and he can only occasionally provide a sentence or two of a passable Aussie accent. This weakness detracted from the listening experience to the point I wished I'd read instead of listened to the novel. The plot is engaging, with lots of fun twists, although it falls apart a bit at the end. The romance is a nice plot line as well -- but has many weaknesses towards the end of the book. Nesbo does a great job explaining and showing sides of Australia and the tales told in the book are delightful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bent Road

  • By: Lori Roy
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48

For 20 years, Celia Scott has watched her husband, Arthur, hide from the secrets surrounding his sister Eve’s death. As a young man, Arthur fled his small Kansas hometown, moved to Detroit, married Celia, and never looked back. But when the 1967 riots frighten him even more than his past, he convinces Celia to pack up their family and return to the road he grew up on, Bent Road, and that same small town where Eve mysteriously died.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great writing--not great story!!

  • By Byron on 12-06-12

A Good Listen

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

Reviewed: 10-31-12

This book crept up on me until I was quite engaged. Much more of a psychological portrait of a midwestern community than a murder mystery. The author did a good job of writing from multiple points of view. The climax goes on and on and on... I'm surprised that this book won an Edgar but I look forward to more novels from Roy.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Proof of Heaven

  • A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife
  • By: Eben Alexander
  • Narrated by: Eben Alexander
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,434
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,008
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,028

On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling

  • By Kelly on 10-27-12

Changed my life!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-12

I downloaded this book on a whim, not knowing what to expect. If you'd asked me before listening to Alexander's story I would have said that no afterlife exists. However, this is a compelling and convincing portrait of an experience -- an amazing and wonderful experience -- while the author was in a coma and had no apparent brain activity. What happy news!

14 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • The Drop

  • Harry Bosch, Book 15
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Len Cariou
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,531

Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Of The Best Bosch Books!

  • By Laurie on 12-03-11

An excellent addition to a reliable series

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

Reviewed: 10-10-12

This is an engaging addition to Connelly's great series. Both plots kept my attention and it is fun to watch Bosch's daughter become a wise-beyond-her-years teen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Phantom

  • By: Jo Nesbø
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001

When Harry left Oslo again for Hong Kong - fleeing the traumas of life as a cop - he thought he was there for good. But then the unthinkable happened. The son of the woman he loved, lost, and still loves is arrested for murder: Oleg, the boy Harry helped raise but couldn't help deserting when he fled. Harry has come back to prove that Oleg is not a killer. Barred from rejoining the police force, he sets out on a solitary, increasingly dangerous investigation that takes him deep into the world of the most virulent drug to ever hit the streets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Darker and Darker

  • By Steven on 01-14-14

Somewhat Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 10-08-12

I've read and enjoyed all of Jo Nesbo's books but I found this one too long. Twist, after twist, after twist became tedious. I could have used a few less characters and a few less hours of narration. Didn't really appreciate the rat's point of view either.
Robin Sachs did his usual wonderful job narrating.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Rules of Civility

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,576

Features a sample chapter from A Gentleman in Moscow, the highly anticipated new audiobook from Amor Towles - available fall 2016. This sophisticated and entertaining first novel presents the story of a young woman whose life is on the brink of transformation. On the last night of 1937, 25-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a yearlong journey....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bright Young Things in a Dark World

  • By Michele Kellett on 08-13-12

Fun and Fascinating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-30-11

This book conveys tone, character and mood in ways that call to mind The Great Gatsby, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Catcher in the Rye and The Bell Jar. It is great fun. But deep. And an anthem to New York City in 1938. I predict that this tale of young Katy Kontent will become a best seller and a classic.
The last novel I felt this way about was "The Help".

71 of 78 people found this review helpful