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  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,177

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Dramatic story that falls a little short

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This story, which relies heavily on historic facts, had the potential to be a very good book. I was quickly drawn in to the narrative both due to the subject matter and the excellent narration. We are introduced to a family of river gypsies and then later to a wealthy, politically active family, both from Tennessee. We quickly learn that there is some dark secret connecting both families and involving illegal adoptions and child theft. Great beginnings, however, the second half of the book does not retain and build on the promising start. I felt disappointed in the contrived conclusions and predictable scenarios that completed the picture.
The narrator did a wonderful job and the first half of the book was hood, so I was not totally dissatisfied with the experience, however, it was far from a great book.

  • Lab Girl

  • By: Hope Jahren
  • Narrated by: Hope Jahren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,207

Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she's studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book might have been a revelatory treatise on plant life. Lab Girl is that, but it is also so much more. Because in it, Jahren also shares with us her inspiring life story, in prose that takes your breath away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A paradigm-shifting perspective on plant life

  • By Elizabeth on 05-20-16

An excellent and Revealing Memoir

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir of a scientist who loves trees. The story of her life is full of a miriad of emotions, ambitions and successes that take the reader on a fascinating journey during which we also learn about the lives of trees in ways that make one want to know them more intimately.
One of the most impressive and important aspects of this memoir is the illuminating and revealing way in which Jahren opens her heart and described so perfectly the horrors of bipolar disease. I believe that anyone who has the good luck to get their hands on this book will enjoy it. My only reservation is regarding the author's own narration. I found it at times overly dramatic.

  • The Jew Store

  • A Family Memoir
  • By: Stella Suberman
  • Narrated by: Donna Postel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

In 1920, in small-town America, the ubiquitous dry goods store was usually owned by Jews and often referred to as "the Jew store". That's how Stella Suberman's father's store, Bronson's Low-Priced Store, in Concordia, Tennessee, was known locally. The Bronsons were the first Jews to ever live in that tiny town of one main street, one bank, one drugstore, one picture show, one feed and seed, one hardware, one barber shop, one beauty parlor, one blacksmith, and many Christian churches.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A little too stereotyped

  • By Brandy on 07-12-18

A little too stereotyped

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

The youngest of 3 children of Russian Jewish immigrants to the USA tells the story of her family's move to Tennessee where they opened a dry goods store in a small town. The premise is an interesting one as this was a somewhat common phenomenon - Jewish immigrants opening stores in small communities where they are the only, or one of a very few Jewish people. As is to be expected, there were issues of acceptance by the community, issues of isolation due to their situation of being the only Jewish family in the community and issues of foreignness in general. None of these issues is dealt with in any depth, however, leaving something to be desired.
Unfortunately, too, the author fails to flesh out her characters, but chooses instead to try and make them fit templates for the type of people who did this sort of thing. This too makes the story feel a bit empty.

  • The High Mountains of Portugal

  • A Novel
  • By: Yann Martel
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 646
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 584

In Lisbon in 1904, a young man named Tomás discovers an old journal. It hints at the existence of an extraordinary artifact that - if he can find it - would redefine history. Traveling in one of Europe's earliest automobiles, he sets out in search of this strange treasure. Thirty-five years later, a Portuguese pathologist devoted to the murder mysteries of Agatha Christie finds himself at the center of a mystery of his own and drawn into the consequences of Tomás' quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surreal Onion

  • By green ice cream garden on 03-07-16

Wonderful from start to finish

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful story. The author has developed a number of interesting characters whose lives intersect over several centuries. What made the book so special is the way that love overcomes tragedy and sorrow. And of course the unanticipated ending tops it off perfectly.

  • An Irish Country Doctor

  • A Novel
  • By: Patrick Taylor
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,203
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,208

Barry Laverty, M.B., can barely find the village of Ballybucklebo on a map when he first sets out to seek gainful employment there, but already he knows that there is nowhere he would rather live than in the emerald hills and dales of Northern Ireland. The proud owner of a spanking-new medical degree and little else in the way of worldly possessions, Barry jumps at the chance to secure a position as an assistant in a small rural practice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Book

  • By Sara on 10-24-14

Sugary, amusing story

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

The narrator in this audio book did an excellent job. The story itself is pleasant and amusing - suitable for a long drive or overseas flight. It's far from great literature, but is a feel good picturing of rural Irish life from the point of view of the village GP doctor.

  • North and South

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,447

Written at the request of Charles Dickens, North and South is a book about rebellion that poses fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. Gaskell expertly blends individual feeling with social concern and her heroine, Margaret Hale, is one of the most original creations of Victorian literature. When Margaret Hale's father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience she is forced to leave her comfortable home in the tranquil countryside of Hampshire....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Sally on 01-04-10

Enjoyable Novel, Medocre Performance

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

While a dated, period piece, North and South is still relevant in its depiction of class struggle on 19th century England . The characters are well developed and their story engaging.
As far as the performance goes, the narrator was not particularly talented in distinguishing between the voices of the make and female characters, often leading to momentary confusion.

  • The Air He Breathes

  • By: Brittainy Cherry
  • Narrated by: Brian Pallino, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,032
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,904

I was warned about Tristan Cole. "Stay away from him," people said. "He's cruel." "He's cold." "He's damaged." It's easy to judge a man because of his past. To look at Tristan and see a monster. But I couldn't do that. I had to accept the wreckage that lived inside of him, because it also lived inside of me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking and heavy

  • By krystle on 04-14-16

Real Trash

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

I cannot finish this boring, embarrassing excuse for Romance literature.There is nothing to redeem this garbage.

  • The Mill on the Floss

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Laura Paton
  • Length: 20 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

Maggie Tulliver has two lovers: Philip Wakem, son of her father’s enemy, and Stephen Guest, already promised to her cousin. But the love she wants most in the world is that of her brother Tom. Maggie’s struggle against her passionate and sensual nature leads her to a deeper understanding and to eventual tragedy

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great compassion

  • By nina lalumia on 12-26-16

A dated moral drama

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

In this story of family struggle, fealty, love, passion and self denial, there is the redeeming quality of much tongue in cheek humor directed at human kind and society. The excellent narration also lead to my overall enjoyment, such that the very dated drama was a pleasant diversion from my usual Audible fare.

  • Any Human Heart

  • A Novel
  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 412

Best-selling author William Boyd—the novelist who has been called a “master storyteller” ( Chicago Tribune) and “a gutsy writer who is good company to keep” ( Time)—here gives us his most entertaining, sly, and compelling novel to date. The novel evokes the tumult, events, and iconic faces of our time as it tells the story of Logan Mountstuart—writer, lover, and man of the world—through his intimate journals. It is the “riotous and disorganized reality” of Mountstuart’s 85 years in all their extraordinary, tragic, and humorous aspects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very satisfying story-telling

  • By connie on 07-15-11

A novel diary

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

Reviewed: 12-16-17

I will start by saying that the narration was superb. I have never chosen an Audible book by the narrator, however, I definitely intend to check and see what else is available narrated by Vance.
The premise of this novel, a reading of the diary entries of a sometime writer named Logan Mountstuart, is interesting and very effective. His life is varied but not important. He is an interesting individual, but not particularly admirable nor evil, in short, not outstanding. Yet his life takes place alongside, and often involving interesting, important, well known and historic events and people. And along the way the reader comes to love Mountstuart.
This was a totally engrossing and enjoyable experience.

  • Gather ‘Round the Sound

  • Holiday Stories from Beloved Authors and Great Performers Across the Globe
  • By: Paulo Coelho, Yvonne Morrison, Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters, Daniel Frances Berenson, Magda Szubanski, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5,288
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,645
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4,641

2017 has been a monumental year for Audible, having just celebrated our 20th anniversary, a milestone that would have never been possible without our wonderful and loyal listeners. One of our major commitments is bringing new and diverse audio experiences to our members, so this year, as our gift to you, we pulled together a collection that reflects a little bit of everything we’ve been up to recently.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Holidays

  • By ZOE R on 12-12-17

A Waste of time

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

Reviewed: 12-16-17

Only the Charles Dickens story was Ok. If giving a gift was the goal, you failed terribly. I am a loyal customer over many years. I have listened to many excellent books with many exceptional narrators. I feel that Audible should recognize this with a true value gift, or not at all.