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  • The Perfect Horse

  • The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis
  • By: Elizabeth Letts
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589

In the chaotic last days of the war, a small troop of battle-weary American soldiers captures a German spy and makes an astonishing find - his briefcase is empty but for photos of beautiful white horses that have been stolen and kept on a secret farm behind enemy lines. Hitler has stockpiled the world's finest purebreds in order to breed the perfect military machine - an equine master race. But with the starving Russian army closing in, the animals are in imminent danger of being slaughtered for food.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Absorbing history

  • By Jean on 04-17-17

The story of a wild rescue

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

I remember seeing the Lippizaner Stallions perform in my hometown when I was a little girl. They truly were Magic! I knew of their story, but not any of the details. This story is just incredible. And the way all of its moving parts are woven together is so compelling. The narrator did a fantastic job as well.

This is a Must Listen/Read for any horse lover! And really for any WWII history fan as well.

  • Call the Midwife

  • A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
  • By: Jennifer Worth
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,141

At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book I've listened to this year

  • By Richard on 06-12-13

a lovely memoir

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

Reviewed: 06-11-15

I love the PBS series based on this memoir. I have been meaning to get the book for ages. I am so glad I finally did. There is quite a rich story and even history in this memoir. It was wonderful hearing accounts of so many different lives.

  • Donnie Brasco

  • My Undercover Life in the Mafia
  • By: Joseph D. Pistone
  • Narrated by: Joseph D. Pistone
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

Posing as a jewel thief Donnie Brasco, FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone worked undercover for six years to infiltrate the flamboyant and deadly community of Mafia wise guys, captains, and bosses. Now his eyewitness account brings to pulsing life the code of honor, loyalties, treacheries, and dirty dealings of unforgettable characters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Straight from the horses mouth...

  • By Powrie on 09-19-11

Not as good as it could have been

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

Reviewed: 12-18-14

What did you like best about Donnie Brasco? What did you like least?

I love the Donnie Brasco movie and I've been wanting to read this memoir for quite some time. I wish he had hired a writer to help him with this memoir because this story has so much potential to be incredible. But it's just a memoir from a guy who isn't a writer in any way trying to communicate this incredible thing that happened. And then they let him narrate it. He's not a performer. It takes a lot of talent to perform audio books. It's not just something you do, much like writing a book takes skill.

But I will say this, I Really appreciated and enjoyed the real life audio clips between the characters in the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

  • By: Truman Capote
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,690
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,686

Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Better to look at the sky than live there"

  • By W Perry Hall on 02-12-14

A classic that I"ll go back to again and again

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

Reviewed: 12-02-14

Any additional comments?

I adore the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's and wasn't sure what to expect in the book. Yes, it's true that most books are better than their movie adaptations, but I was still nervous about whether it would translate as well in book/audio form. I think I'm even more in love with the book, and Michael C. Hall's reading of it, more than the movie. I will certainly have this book on rotation to listen to again and again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Necromancer's House

  • By: Christopher Buehlman
  • Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

Andrew Ranulf Blankenship is a handsome, stylish nonconformist with wry wit, a classic Mustang, and a massive library. He is also a recovering alcoholic and a practicing warlock, able to speak with the dead through film. His house is a maze of sorcerous booby traps and escape tunnels, as yours might be if you were sitting on a treasury of Russian magic stolen from the Soviet Union thirty years ago.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Finally - Magic / Fantasy Novel for adults.

  • By David on 04-23-14

Creative and engaging

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

Reviewed: 11-18-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Necromancer's House to be better than the print version?

Having read all three of Christopher Buehlman's published horror novels now, I can say that it has been a treat following his success. I know the author from his Renaissance Faire performances and have been a huge fan of his work there for years. I have to say that this book begins much like his performance work at Faire. "Unapologetic-ally Descriptive" was what a friend of mine and I came up with when we discussed the book over a few beers when we were both finished with it. Christopher Buehlman has a knack for painting a very detailed picture with his words. And that's how he hooks you!

In addition to his descriptive prowess, he is not afraid to delve into psychology and personal stories with his characters. And in this way, side characters who may not begin as characters you care about become Very important to you throughout the story.

The narrator on this work was great overall. The pacing and performance aided in a couple of "driveway moments" for me. However, I could not give the narrator a full 5 star rating like I wanted to because he MISPRONOUNCED the author's name. How does one mispronounce an author's name that they are narrating??? I am shocked that the narrator was not asked to re-record that one piece or that another voice was not hired to provide a recording of the book credentials.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful