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  • In the Midst of Winter

  • A Novel
  • By: Isabel Allende
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Alma Cuervo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 576
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 527
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 522

In the Midst of Winter begins with a minor traffic accident - which becomes the catalyst for an unexpected and moving love story between two people who thought they were deep into the winter of their lives. Richard Bowmaster - a 60-year-old human rights scholar - hits the car of Evelyn Ortega - a young undocumented immigrant from Guatemala - in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn. What at first seems just a small inconvenience takes an unforeseen and far more serious turn when Evelyn turns up at the professor's house seeking help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Allende, rich, warm, enticing.

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-13-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

I've loved Allende's work till this book - which is episodic and lacking in depth. I felt no connection to the characters and found their blossoming love frankly bewildering. I'm currently in Guatemala, where one of the characters is from and while the descriptions are accurate, they contain none of the heart which usually bewitches in Allende's writing.

There are several narrators and two of them are breathy and flat to listen to. So, much as I wanted it to be otherwise this book was a huge disappointment.

  • The Collector

  • By: John Fowles
  • Narrated by: James Wilby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 374

Withdrawn, uneducated and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs. He is obsessed with a beautiful stranger, the art student Miranda. When he wins the pools he buys a remote Sussex house and calmly abducts Miranda, believing she will grow to love him in time. Alone and desperate, Miranda must struggle to overcome her own prejudices and contempt if she is understand her captor, and so gain her freedom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful narration

  • By Sharon on 06-04-13

Incredible narration on superbly creepy tale

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I loved this book. The first person narration and justification of an appalling thing completely rings true. And that is added to hugely by the wonderful narration. It adds depth to the character and again, rings true.

I've found myself recommending this book to many people since I finished it a few weeks ago. And my mind has returned to the story many times. I find it's that feeling of a story lingering with you which is a sure sign of a masterful story. And with this narration it definitely makes it into my top ten audiobooks for the year.

#dark #brilliantNarration #tagsgiving and #sweepstakes

  • The Man of Legends

  • By: Kenneth Johnson
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,350

New York City, New Year's weekend, 2001. Jillian Guthrie, a troubled young journalist, stumbles onto a tantalizing mystery: the same man, unaged, stands alongside Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, and Gandhi in three different photographs spanning eighty-five years of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed every minute.

  • By G. Nightingale on 07-12-17

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

I love a good man-out-of-time story, sadly this is not only overly long, it's over written as well. At moments of distress people run their eyes over their 'eclectic possessions' or consider their aged faces, or visit ancient temples (at times when such temples were new not ancient).

not only will I not be finishing this book (and after 10 hours, I've given it more than a fair go) I'll be asking for a refund.

I stuck through 5 hours of it as other reviewers seem to have loved the book and also said it started slow. For me, it never really got going. It's the dan brown of science fiction. Give it a miss and read Outlander instead. Long, but well written

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Witch Elm

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,793
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,778

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, the Main Character Comes Off Poorly, But...

  • By Marina on 10-19-18

Eagerly awaited this book coming out. But...

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

...it really wasn't that good. It's punishingly long. Could easily have had been a third shorter (if not cut in half).

The narrator is ok, no more and the way he voices the girlfriend makes her sound like a complete idiot, which she patently isn't, simply a pleasant human in a book with few of them.

The overall arch of the story is not one of French's best. Having recently read The Secret Place and been disappointed with that as well, I think I'm done with French for a long time. A shame as I loved her early crime novels. Perhaps she's switched editors, as her books now seem to ramble on interminably. A sense of place is good, chapters and chapters were nothing much happens, not so much.

Avoid unless you're an superfan is my suggestions.

40 of 44 people found this review helpful

  • Quirkology

  • The Curious Science of Everyday Lives
  • By: Richard Wiseman
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

For over 20 years, psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman has examined the quirky science of everyday life. In Quirkology, he navigates the backwaters of human behavior, discovering the telltale signs that give away a liar, the secret science behind speed dating and personal ads, and what a person's sense of humour reveals about the innermost workings of their mind - all along paying tribute to others who have carried out similarly weird and wonderful work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Liz Scully on 06-13-18

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

Witty, entertaining and filled full of must-share facts.

I've read fairly widely in this area of psychology - this book is particularly well done. Great narration and fascinating information makes it a must read

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Replay

  • By: Ken Grimwood
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,872
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,893

In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Book for the past 10 years

  • By psnorb on 12-29-08

OK not great

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

perfectly acceptable but somehow never quite caught fire.

There are better books on this theme (The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North is excellent), this was simply... ok. Fairly entertaining but not earth shattering.

The narrator is generally good but there are some appallingly bad accents, particularly a UK and Australian accent. They're so bad it jerks you right out of the story.

  • The Elements of Style (Recorded Books Edition)

  • By: William Strunk Jr., E. B. White
  • Narrated by: Frank McCourt
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

The Elements of Style has long been a valued and beloved resource for all writers. Hailed for its directness and clever insight, this unorthodox textbook was born from a professor's love for the written word and perfected years later by one of his students: famed author E. B. White. Ever since its first publication in 1959, writers have turned to this book for its wise and accessible advice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Book for the Editing Proceedure...

  • By Jonathan on 03-01-14

Totally unsuited to audiobook format

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

Helpful for reference - but get the physical book, not this audiobook. I got it for the novelty of Frank McCourt performing it. It doesn't work unfortunately

  • Gilead

  • By: Marilynne Robinson
  • Narrated by: Tim Jerome
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,788
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,206

In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears. Ames is the son of an Iowan preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young man in Maine, saw a vision of Christ bound in chains and came west to Kansas to fight for abolition: He "preached men into the Civil War", then, at age 50, became a chaplain in the Union Army, losing his right eye in battle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect reading

  • By Aging Boomer on 10-05-08

I tried so hard to love this book

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

it had such great reviews and wasn't one I knew so I have laboured through it. But it's been a toil.

There's a ponderous quality to it much like the old age of the protagonist. It's beautifully written but so slow in both text and narration as to have me listening at 2.5 speed. If it wasn't relatively short I'd probably have given up on it. It's been a chore to get through.

I found it light on the promised tale of visions, slaves and behind the small town facades.

That said, if you're interested in bible studies this may well be something that will enthral. And it is well written. but dull

  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle

  • By: Shirley Jackson
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,217
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,221

Six years after four family members died of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods—elder, agoraphobic sister Constance; wheelchair-bound Uncle Julian; and 18-year-old Mary Katherine, or, Merricat—live together in pleasant isolation. Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic to guard the estate against intrusions from hostile villagers. But one day a stranger arrives—cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narration changed my interpretation

  • By jaspersu on 10-28-12

I so wanted to love this book...

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

But found it slow, dull and even allowing for being written in a different time slow.

The characters are mostly unlikeable and there isn't a huge amount that happens till a disturbing scene towards the end that didn't have the ring of truth for me.

Perhaps it'll linger in my memory, but I didn't enjoy it. I only finished it by listening at 2.5 speed (which shows how slow the narration is that it's still intelligible at that speed!)

  • Savages

  • A Novel
  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,054
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 901
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 898

Part-time environmentalist and philanthropist Ben and his ex-mercenary buddy Chon run an independent Laguna Beach–based marijuana operation, reaping significant profits from an established clientele. But they may have come up against something that they can't handle---the Mexican Baja Cartel wants in, and saying no is unacceptable. When they refuse to back down, the cartel kidnaps Ophelia, the boys' playmate and confidante.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard-Core ... Not For Everyone But Really Good!

  • By Jennifer on 01-10-13

Dated, dull and annoyingly narrated

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

I tried to love this book, but it was simply annoying. The snappy dialogue doesn't develop into characters that are of interest and I lost interest in why things were happening. I'll be returning the book