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  • The Art Forger

  • By: B. A. Shapiro
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,081
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,759
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,752

Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting - a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum - in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery. Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late 19th century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing forage into art forgery and intrigue

  • By D on 11-28-12

I tried

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

Maybe this genre just isn't for me, but I tried. After the first three hours, I still had to make myself listen. Couldn't get in to the character or plot direction.

  • Objects of My Affection

  • By: Jill Smolinski
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 379

In the humorous, heartfelt new novel by the author of The Next Thing on My List, a personal organizer must somehow convince a reclusive artist to give up her hoarding ways and let go of the stuff she’s hung onto for decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you can relate to "Too Much Stuff"...Read on!!

  • By Susan B. Jamieson on 08-01-12

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

Would you listen to Objects of My Affection again? Why?

Not on the top of my list for a re-listen, but enjoyed it for the time we spent together.

What did you like best about this story?

Light and easy story with enough going on to stay interested, yet not too heavy to weigh down the listener.

  • The Program

  • By: Suzanne Young
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 487

In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program. Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone - but so are their memories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorites!

  • By Dasarae on 06-13-13

Never ending circle

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

Reviewed: 09-27-16

Trying to give young another chance after just finishing another one of her novels. Unfortunately, The program is just a few never ending plot circles that never get resolved. As soon as it starts to really get interesting, it's over! The synopses tells a better version of the story than the full work. Was really hoping for more!

  • Hotel Ruby

  • By: Suzanne Young
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

When Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she's grateful for the detour. Just months after their mother's death, Audrey and her brother, Daniel, are on their way to live with their grandmother, dumped on the doorstep of a DNA-matched stranger because their father is drowning in his grief.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gloriously Spooky

  • By LL on 11-08-15

...predictable

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

Reviewed: 09-20-16

I was hoping this book would stretch the imagination a bit more than it did. Unfortunately, it was very predictable. I was hoping for so much more with this type of premise. Bummed.

  • Divine Misfortune

  • By: A. Lee Martinez
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 774

Teri and Phil had never needed their own personal god. But when Phil is passed up for a promotion - again - it's time to take matters into their own hands. And look online. Choosing a god isn't as simple as you would think. There are too many choices; and they often have very hefty prices for their eternal devotion: blood, money, sacrifices, and vows of chastity. But then they find Luka, raccoon god of prosperity. All he wants is a small cut of their good fortune. Oh - and to crash on their couch for a few days.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gods Gone Wild

  • By Tango on 12-08-13

So much fun!

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

Reviewed: 11-04-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Divine Misfortune to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version, but I had fun listening to this and would recommend it to many people I know.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Divine Misfortune?

Lucky had a lot of nuance that made me laugh out loud at times, but I would have to say their interrupting a dream was fun to imagine.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! Once I started, it was a hard novel to pause.

  • The Rise & Fall of Great Powers

  • A Novel
  • By: Tom Rachman
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 103

Tooly Zylberberg, the American owner of an isolated bookshop in the Welsh countryside, conducts a life full of reading, but with few human beings. Books are safer than people, who might ask awkward questions about her life. She prefers never to mention the strange events of her youth, which mystify and worry her still. Taken from home as a girl, Tooly found herself spirited away by a group of seductive outsiders, implicated in capers from Asia to Europe to the United States. But who were her abductors? Why did they take her? What did they really want?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book. Superb narration.

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-10-14

Couldn't even finish

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

Reviewed: 11-04-15

Would you try another book from Tom Rachman and/or Penelope Rawlins?

I would not try another book by Tom Rachman, but I would be open to hearing Penelope Rawlins reading a different novel.

What was most disappointing about Tom Rachman’s story?

By half way through I still wasn't interested in the main character. It jumped around too much between locale and past/present. By the time I had figured out how some of the characters connected, the book skipped to a different time/place in her history and I had to re-establish myself within the story. Maybe this would be a better novel to read than to listen to. I was unable to stay interested in the story because it took so much of my focus to follow.

Any additional comments?

There are books you can't put down or can't stop listening to - sneaking in a few minutes where ever you can. And then there is this novel... I had to talk myself in to listening for the few hours I made it through.

  • The Jewel

  • By: Amy Ewing
  • Narrated by: Erin Spencer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,163

Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty - because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring. Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel's glittering facade.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • In spite of all its blunders, this was an OK read.

  • By Bookworm on 01-26-15

I thought I could do it...

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

Reviewed: 09-09-15

Would you try another book from Amy Ewing and/or Erin Spencer?

I just don't think so. Unfortunately, I convinced myself I could get into the story line below the terrible "love" story, but in the end the author just didn't want to let that happen.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Not really

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The surrogate story line had so much promise!! I would love to read the version where a love story didn't interrupt the storyline

  • The Buried Giant

  • A Novel
  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: David Horovitch
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,843
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,848

"You've long set your heart against it, Axl, I know. But it's time now to think on it anew. There's a journey we must go on, and no more delay..." The Buried Giant begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in nearly a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge, and war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The beauty of the reveal

  • By Pete on 03-17-15

A little confused

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

Reviewed: 05-15-15

Would you try another book from Kazuo Ishiguro and/or David Horovitch?

Probably not from Ishiguro, but Horovitch was fantastic!

Any additional comments?

I found this book to be very confusing. There were multiple storylines traveling within each other and as an audio book I never really felt rooted in the novel. I can't really tell you anything about it but that I enjoyed Horovitch's voice.... still not sure what really happened in the 11 hours I just heard.

  • Water for Elephants

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,298

Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Rosie the bull elephant?

  • By Randall on 07-22-07

Happy Surprise

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

Reviewed: 02-04-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! Everyone was recommending this to me, but I was slow to check it out. Don't make the same mistake! It's a great listen and amazingly satisfying story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Water for Elephants?

The conclusion was very well built up and laid out.

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  • The Secret Garden

  • By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Narrated by: Victoria McGee
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 687
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695

Mary Lennox, a sickly and contrary little girl, is orphaned to dim prospects in a gloomy English manor - her only friend is a bed-ridden boy named Colin whose prospects may be dimmer than hers. But when Mary finds the key to a Secret Garden, the magical powers of transformation fall within her reach. A beloved classic of children's literature The Secret Garden tells an inspirational tale of transformation and empowerment.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Shockingly bad narration

  • By Matthew on 10-09-13

Narrator ruined it for me

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

Reviewed: 12-26-14

I've read The Secret Garden before but wanted to enjoy it again on a road trip. The narrator was so challenging I had to turn it off.