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  • Memnoch the Devil

  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 953

"[ Memnoch] is one of Rice's most intriguing and sympathetic characters to date. . . . Rice ups the ante, taking Lestat where few writers have ventured: into heaven and hell itself. She carries it off in top form."( The Seattle Times)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll question everything you ever believed!

  • By Paisley on 11-13-14

I enjoyed it...except...

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

Reviewed: 03-15-18

I didn't find the book tedious or difficult, as other reviews have said. I really enjoyed the story very much. Tbh, Lestat was far less insufferable than in the three preceding books. I have only two complaints: 1) Lestat's obsession with drinking menstruation blood just grossed me out. There was one scene that almost made me gag. Just awful and unnecessary in every way. It first contribute to the plot in any way; 2) I love Simon Vance, truly I do. His voice is like velvet. But he's recorded all of these books and there is little continuity of voices for repeat characters. Suddenly, Louis sounds like a Texan and Armand... indescribably odd. Fortunately, they aren't in the story much so it's a little annoyance.

  • L'Appart

  • The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home
  • By: David Lebovitz
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

When David Lebovitz began the project of updating his apartment in his adopted home city, he never imagined he would encounter so much inexplicable red tape while contending with the famously inconsistent European work ethic and hours. Lebovitz maintains his distinctive sense of humor with the help of his partner, Romain, peppering this renovation story with recipes from his Paris kitchen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this author! Pastries and Plaster in Paris!

  • By vintagebarrio on 11-12-17

Not great as an audio book

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

I couldn't finish this audio book unfortunately. It is probably much better to be read in true book format. It is filled with recipes that sound wonderful but are time-consuming and boring to listen to, and difficult to return to in order to transcribe. Also, the author uses a great deal of French words that he doesn't translate - I assume reading them, their meaning becomes clear, but audibly not so much. And as lovely as all the food sounds, he makes Parisians sound utterly unbearable.

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  • Interview with the Vampire

  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,953
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,965

Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force - a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write. From the Paperback edition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unabridged at last - First class

  • By Hilary on 08-16-11

I'm not a vampire junkie but I loved it!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

I've always loved the movie, but never got around to reading the book. I'm not a huge vampire junkie, and most movies/stories just seem superficial to me. But I loved the world Anne Rice created - beautiful, mysterious, sensual, and surprisingly filled with relatable emotions (passion, anger, existential fears, love, jealousy, etc.). I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope the series continues to be as rich. As always, Simon Vance is a SUPERB narrator. He never disappoints.

  • What Alice Forgot

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Tamara Lovatt-Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,078

What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK

  • By mlfarr on 03-11-15

It makes you think

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

The book is an interesting story, though somewhat predictable. What it does that I really enjoyed is that it made me consider how I've changed over the last ten years and the path my life has taken. Ideas/events/relationships that were unimaginable to me ten years ago are very real today. How would I feel if I lost those years? Very thought-provoking.

  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

  • By: Jules Verne
  • Narrated by: Peter Husmann
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,384
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,391

A mysterious sea monster, theorized by some to be a giant narwhal, is sighted by ships of several nations; an ocean liner is also damaged by the creature. The United States government finally assembles an expedition to track down and destroy the menace. Professor Pierre Aronnax, a noted French marine biologist and narrator of the story, master harpoonist Ned Land, and Aronnax's faithful assistant Conseil join the expedition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic that everyone should read.

  • By John S on 07-18-13

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 01-18-16

This was such fun to listen to! The reader was fantastic and engaging, even through some of the overly detailed scientific descriptions/classifications. Definitely recommended!

  • House of Abraham

  • Lincoln and the Todds, a Family Divided by War
  • By: Stephen Berry
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

For all the talk of the Civil War "pitting brother against brother", until now there has never been a single book that traces the story of one family ravaged by that conflict. And no family could better illustrate the personal toll the war took than Lincoln's own. Mary Todd Lincoln was one of 14 siblings who were split between the Confederacy and the Union. Three of her brothers fought, and two died, for the South.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Family Divided

  • By Phillip on 12-06-08

Didn't fulfill my expectations

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

Reviewed: 01-18-16

I'm a huge Lincoln buff, so I was excited to read about this side of his life. However, he featured fairly little in it. The rest was just piecemeal, each family member described without much attention on connections between different members. I felt I was reading about this person or that person, but not an interconnected and dynamic family unit.

  • 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 43,767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,099
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,106

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Afraid to Write a "Less-Than-Positive" Review

  • By Elizabeth on 08-06-14

Good story, very strange ending

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

Reviewed: 01-18-16

I loved this story and became very interested in the characters. The ending was disappointing. Without any spoilers, the ending was summed up in a few sentences without any real emotion behind it. With a better ending, it could have been much more impactful.

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  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,960

Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him all over again. He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Start with this One

  • By Elvie on 04-28-16

I didn't realize it was funny until halfway

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

Reviewed: 01-18-16

David Sedaris is good at conveying comedy before a live audience, but not as much when straight reading. Maybe it's because there are laughter cues in the live audience, but also, the intonation and pauses are different. I didn't realize it was supposed to be funny until I hit those live audience parts. Until then, I just thought it was a story about someone a little odd. I want to go back and listen again because it became somewhat funnier once I realized that. Even so, the live audience parts were much funnier.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Germinal

  • By: Emile Zola
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

A father and three of his seven children work brutal hours in a mine, facing hazards such as landslides, fire, and poisoned air, to scrape together enough money for food. When their lodger, Étienne, shares ideas about a workers' revolt, the family gradually embraces his plans. Soon the settlement is aflame with resolve to strike for better wages and working conditions. Savage and horrifying events ensue as miners clash with management and with each other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome

  • By R D on 11-15-09

Good story, uninteresting characters

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

Reviewed: 01-18-16

The book tells a great story in terms of historical descriptions and details. The characters were, unfortunately, uninteresting and two-dimensional. I didn't really care about any of them, and I wasn't moved by what happened to each of them throughout. Fairly disappointing.

  • Stop Walking on Eggshells

  • Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care about Has Borderline Personality Disorder
  • By: Randi Kreger, Paul T. Mason
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739

Do you feel manipulated, controlled, or lied to? Are you the focus of intense, violent, and irrational rages? Do you feel you are "walking on eggshells" to avoid the next confrontation? Here's help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolute truth!

  • By JUDIE on 10-24-12

Definitely eye-opening

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

Reviewed: 01-18-16

My mother has BPD, which has shaped my life. I'm only now learning about BPD, and this book was VERY helpful in coming to understand it and understand my mother's actions. It focused more on help for husband/wife relationships with very little on adult children of BPD parents, so a lot of it wasn't necessarily relevant or helpful in learning to cope with it on a day-to-day basis. Even so, I learned a lot, which understanding has in itself been helpful. A must-read for anyone trying to make sense of a BPD person in their life.