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  • The Last Tudor

  • Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, Book 13
  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942

Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days. Her father and his allies crowned her instead of the dead king's half sister, Mary Tudor, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her throne, and locked Jane in the Tower of London. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner's block, where Jane transformed her father's greedy power grab into tragic martyrdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Tudor Book Yet by Phillippa Gregory

  • By L'abeille_alors on 09-23-17

Tudor Treachery

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

Much like the Elizabethan era it details, this novel was fairly depressing; but true to her writing excellence, Ms. Gregory's story was hard to put down. I had visceral dislike for many of the characters (people?) and have spent time researching the actual history.

The narration was equally engaging and really added to the story.

  • Heart-Shaped Box

  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,888
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,891

Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yikes! Five stars for fright

  • By Lesley on 02-23-07

Really well-written

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

Horror writers sometimes forsake good writing for chills ans thrills. Not so with Joe Hill. This was an excellent story with even better writing.

Stephen Lang's narration was superb.

  • The Naturalist

  • The Naturalist, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Mayne
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,847
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,840

Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Something only he can stop. As a computational biologist, Theo is more familiar with digital code and microbes than the dark arts of forensic sleuthing. But a field trip to Montana suddenly lands him in the middle of an investigation into the bloody killing of one of his former students.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! I loved this book!!

  • By shelley on 10-02-17

Great story, wrong narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

The scientific theme was fascinating and the main character was frustratingly naïve -
which means the writing was excellent. The suspense in the last few chapters was great. The narrator was the only problem for me. He sounded stilted and monotonous, which at times, detracted from the story. But I stayed with it and am happy I did.

  • Swan Song

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 34 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,929
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,964

Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply an Amazing Story

  • By Amanda H. on 06-21-12

Would’ve ben five stars...

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

...but I’m bone-tired of racist language and images being shielded by literary license. Surely, Mr. knows that even positive stereotypes can have a negative impact.

That being said, this is a phenomenal story with well-crafted characters and a thoughtful theme. It it is simultaneously suspenseful, action-packed, yet poignant - a clear reflection of Mr. McCammon’s deftness as a writer.

Mr. Stechschulte’s voice acting was SO much more than mere narration. It was exemplary. I look forward to hearing him on other audiobooks.



  • Infinite

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,750
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,735

The Galahad, a faster-than-light spacecraft, carries 50 scientists and engineers on a mission to prepare Kepler 452b, Earth's nearest habitable neighbor at 1400 light years away. With Earth no longer habitable and the Mars colony slowly failing, they are humanity's best hope. After 10 years in a failed cryogenic bed - body asleep, mind awake - William Chanokh's torture comes to an end as the fog clears, the hatch opens, and his friend and fellow hacker, Tom, greets him...by stabbing a screwdriver into his heart. This is the first time William dies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a rather complex science fiction story

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-26-17

Mixed feelings

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

As I am not an astrophysicist, there are parts of the story I simply could not understand. The tech jargon and cosmic ideas were simply not for the uninitiated, so of course, this affected my enjoyment of the book.

Still, the writing was good and the characters were excellent. I ended the book with a good sense of what happened and while the theme wasn’t exactly original, the story was well-executed.

R.C. Bray was perfectly suited for this adventure and if it weren’t for his performance, I probably wouldn’t have finished.

  • The Six Wives of Henry VIII

  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 22 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,509

This acclaimed best seller from popular historian Alison Weir is a fascinating look at the Tudor family dynasty and its most infamous ruler. The Six Wives of Henry VIII brings to life England’s oft-married monarch and the six wildly different but equally fascinating women who married him. Gripping from the first sentence to the last and loaded with fascinating details, Weir’s rich history is a perfect blend of scholarship and entertainment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Overview AND Sordid Details

  • By Troy on 10-29-13

Courtly Intrigues

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

I love it when historical non-fiction reads like fiction. As I got to know each of King Henry’s wives (and HRH, himself), I learned a lot about monarchical machinations and ancient English history. Though I take strong issue with Ms. Weir’s apologetic stance on the King -she attributed much of his selfish, despicable acts to wives 1 and 2- it was fascinating to get in-depth knowledge about these iconic historical figures.

As usual, Simon Prebble’s narration was superb. He is simply one of the best and will always enhance a listener’s experience of the book.

  • Road to Jonestown

  • Jim Jones and Peoples Temple
  • By: Jeff Guinn
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597

In the 1950s a young Indianapolis minister named Jim Jones preached a curious blend of the Gospel and Marxism. His congregation was racially integrated, and he was a much-lauded leader in the contemporary civil rights movement. Eventually Jones moved his church, Peoples Temple, to Northern California. He became involved in electoral politics and soon was a prominent Bay Area leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Religion, politics and death. The story of humans and their need to belong.

  • By Lisa M Crowell on 05-09-17

Listen and learn the lesson

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

Reviewed: 12-30-17

This was exceptionally well-researched and surprisingly objective book with excellent narration.

Jim Jones’ personal history helped me better understand his motivation, which began somewhat altruistically and morphed into utter madness. As it always does, the sociopolitical climate also greatly influenced marginalized and disillusioned groups and thus gave life to Jones’ craziness.

Truthfully, I struggle to sympathize with people who abandon common sense, but I am very sorry this horrible tragedy affected so many. I can only hope we’ve learned from it.

  • Jacob T. Marley

  • By: R. William Bennett
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,792
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,597

"Marley was dead to begin with...." These chillingly familiar words begin the classic Christmas tale of remorse and redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Now R. William Bennett rewinds the story and focuses the spotlight on Scrooge’s miserly business partner, Jacob T. Marley, who was allowed to return as a ghost to warn Scrooge away from his ill-fated path. Why was Marley allowed to return? And why hadn’t he been given the same chance as Ebenezer Scrooge? Or had he?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is my favorite book! I listen to it all year

  • By Lyle K Holden on 08-07-17

New Christmas Tradition

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

I’m a purist in nearly all things and as books are sacrosanct, I typically avoid variations of, or addenda to classics. But I succumbed to a whim, bought this book, and LOVED every minute of it.

It is superbly written and seamlessly interwoven into the Dickens classic. Simon Vance’s narration gave such color to the characters. He really enhanced my enjoyment of the book.

This is sure to be a favorite Christmas tradition of mine from now on.

  • Mrs. Zant and the Ghost

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Gillian Anderson
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,063
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,050

Mrs Zant has recently lost her beloved husband, and while walking in the Kensington Gardens, the spot where she and her deceased husband declared their love for each other, she feels his presence trying to warn her of some coming danger. Mr Rayburn witnesses it all, and he'll have to fight his own incredulity regarding the supernatural and his gut feeling that the disturbed young woman is telling the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something Like the Old Form

  • By John on 09-27-16

A Most Underrated Actor!

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

Reviewed: 07-19-17

After watching her for years on "The X Files" I only realized Ms Anderson's phenomenal range when I saw her performance in "The House of Mirth." She is excellent, pure and simple. This book sounded as if three or four people recorded it. I wasn't thrilled about the story, but Ms. Anderson made it enjoyable.

  • Ken Follett & John Lee Talk About Fall of Giants

  • By: Ken Follett, John Lee
  • Narrated by: Diana Dapito
  • Length: 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 897
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 619
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 615

Ken Follett and John Lee, the author and narrator of Pillars of the Earth and World Without End, are back together again for Fall of Giants, the first in The Century Trilogy. They recently chatted with Audible editor Diana Dapito about the new epic book, and what it was like to write and record it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love John Lee

  • By Kilrog on 05-08-11

Thanks, Audible!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-17

The creative process is as fascinating to me as the creation itself, so I really appreciate interviews like this. It was interesting to learn how the writer and narrator each prepared the book for the reader/ listener.

I tend to gauge all male voice actors/narrators by "the John Lee Standard." He brings stories to life. I wasn't surprised to learn that in addition to his natural talent, he'd grown up in a multicultural area.

As for Ken Follett, there simply aren't enough adjectives to describe the excellence of his writing. He is awesomely talented and book-lovers all over the world have reaped the benefits of his gifts.

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