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  • Trail of Lightning

  • By: Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Narrated by: Tanis Parenteau
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821

The sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse have destroyed most of the planet…yet out of these waters, Dinétah, a former Navajo reservation, has been miraculously reborn. Listen along as Tanis Parenteau's impeccable narration, capturing the rhythms of Navajo speech, fully envelopes you into the Sixth World. Trail of Lightning follows our heroine as she walks the land alongside gods, heroes of legend, and monsters alike. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING STORY

  • By Annie Slasher (Booked & Loaded) on 01-14-19

Too gross in detail for me.

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

I just can't listen to writing like this and enjoy it. If you can, you might enjoy the book.
"I try to turn my head but I am made of wood. Petrified and hard and imobile. I try to roll my eyes in my sockets but can only catch a glimpse of the intruder. Long, raven colored hair flairs like wings. . . I open my mouth but no sound comes out. . . my jaw works, making a wet, sucking sound. Blood coasts the inside of my mouth and I choke on it. Thick and warm and meaty. . . His eyes are grey. The color of dead things left too long in the sun. His teeth are yellow. Stained with the fat of human flesh. Globules of it stick to his gums. . . The monster's blunt teeth worrying my bones. My skin breaks open and maggots stream out of my flesh in a putrid puddling mess. Long Arm laughs and scoops them up with two fingers and pops them into his mouth. "Tastes like chicken" he says. . . "

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Road Beyond Ruin

  • By: Gemma Liviero
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Angelo Di Loreto
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

August 1945. As Stefano, an Italian POW, heads toward home across war-ravaged Germany, he encounters a young child beside his dead mother. Unable to leave him to an unknown fate, Stefano takes the boy with him, finding refuge in a seemingly abandoned house in a secluded woodland. But the house is far from vacant. Stefano wakes at the arrival of its owner, Erich, a former German soldier, who invites the travelers to stay until they can find safe passage home. Stefano cautiously agrees, intrigued by the disarming German, his reclusive neighbor Rosalind, and her traumatized husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A German, an Italian and a Russian. . .

  • By Liz on 01-11-19

A German, an Italian and a Russian. . .

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

This is not your generic World War II tale. It is a remarkable story, unfolding slowly enough so that you really know each character. There are two women who complete the five main characters involved in this mystery of war and life, love and revenge, misunderstandings and forgiveness. Also, you'll fall in love with the brave young boy, just a child, tossed around by bombs and rifles and loss of family, who first appears in the opening of the book.

I loved every word of this book. Every look back into the prior lives of these humans brings you a little better grasp of what is happening, but you never know, until the end, all the complexities that rudely grabbed their lives and carried them forward. It takes place in 1945 with flash backs to the '30s. You'll get such an understanding of what living through war is like and history will mean so much more to you.

The two narrators are fantastic! I want to listen to this book all over again!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Crazy Rich Asians

  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lynn Chen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,082
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,560

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 1st Chapter, can't stand narration AND I'm asian!

  • By Acct68member on 12-06-17

Hard to endure the narration.

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

Can't listen to this. I've tried over and over. Seems just silly and the narrator is annoying.

  • Brother Fish

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 31 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,435

From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Just Another Fish Story - something special

  • By Rebecarol on 07-07-08

Not interesting at all.

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

After listening to "The Power of One" I was excited to download another book by Bryce Courtenay. However, even though I kept this book on my ipod for months and kept going back to it, I just could not ever get interested in it. I also didn't like the singing that kept happening. I could find no plot or point to this book.

  • It Ends with Us

  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Olivia Song
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,416
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,012

Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She's come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up - she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily's life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Once again, Colleen Hoover does not disappoint!

  • By Kim on 08-03-16

Juvenile.

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

Incredibly juvenile and boring. I could not get far in this book. It is romance for tweens. I'll be returning this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,120

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

Audible doesn't allow enough stars!

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

This is a beautiful, wonderful, interesting, emotionally wrenching book! It takes you deep into what it was like to be in the Resistance in WW! and makes you feel what these wonderful women felt as they fought for freedom.

This narrator is the best I've heard and I've been on Audible for over a decade. The emotion is perfect, the accents beautiful to hear and each character is clear.

This is the closest thing to a perfect audio book I've ever experienced!

  • Out of Africa

  • By: Isak Dineson
  • Narrated by: Julie Harris
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,021

Danish countess Karen Blixon, known as Isak Dineson, ran a coffee plantation in Kenya in the years when Africa remained a romantic and formidable continent to most Europeans. Out of Africa is her account of her life there, with stories of her respectful relationships with the Masai, Kikuyu, and Somali natives who work on her land; the European friends who visit her; and the imposing permanence of the wild, high land itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I did not expect to enjoy this

  • By Tyler Tanner on 10-08-14

Narrator takes this to the next level!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

I loved the stories of the natives, their beliefs, the way they lived, their ideas of justice. I loved the animals in this story who brought Africa to life. I loved the narrator, especially at the emotional times when her narration seemed like she was telling me this tale as it happened, as it broke her heart.

  • Heft

  • By: Liz Moore
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,069
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,067

Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing--Captivating--Altering

  • By Mel on 04-19-12

Authentic characters. Excellent narration!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

I was hesitant to download this book. Did I really want to read about a 500 lb. man? Little did I know the depths of character this author writes into existence. I was so emotionally attached to every character in this book and there were some added in the last half that really made me grateful for reading. I can't imagine how the author can top this. I was sorry for it to end.

  • Unstrung

  • By: Laura Spinella
  • Narrated by: Rachel Fulginiti
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

Even as a violin prodigy, Olivia Klein courted trouble. But when her marriage to high-stakes investor Rob Van Doren takes another wrong turn, Olivia acts out once too often. A night of bad behavior results in community service hours. Time is to be served with Theo McAdams, an inner-city teacher whose passion for music eclipses Olivia's. As she inches toward a better place, life surprises Olivia in the form of her first husband - baseball legend Sam Nash.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and real!

  • By Liz on 07-12-18

Fascinating and real!

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

Laura Spinella weaves such complex characters into her completely unexpected story lines! In the beginning of this book I wasn't sure if this was going to have any substance at all, but as all the strings began to unwind the book became a work of art in plotting the complex lives of its protagonist and the people close to her.

The author goes into such detail that draws you into each life. Not one of her characters is perfect. The happy ending isn't perfect either, but it still makes your heart glad. I miss the people in this book!

The narration is perfect. Each character sounds real and is easily recognized.

This is the 4th book I've read by Laura Spinella,. having read the Ghost Gifts trilogy first. I miss those characters too. Ms. Spinella always makes me want more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wake Up

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 997

Something has been asleep in forty-year-old cattle rancher Aiden Delacorte for a long time. It all comes back in a rush during a hunting trip, when he's suddenly attuned to the animals around him, feeling their pain and fear as if it were his own. But the newfound sensitivity of Aiden's "wake up" has its price. He can no longer sleepwalk through life, holding everyone at arm's length. As he struggles to cope with a trait he's buried since childhood, Aiden falls in love with Gwen, a single mother whose young son bears a burden of his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet find

  • By Katherine Pilling on 05-22-18

Not well researched.

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

I agree with Leo who said the author didn't research very well. Besides the points he made, I strongly disliked the incident where cowhands on a ranch supposedly left a calf, legs tied together, on its side in the blistering sun for 5 hours while they all enjoyed a backyard barbecue! I lived with cowhands and ranch owners all my life. Neither the owner nor the cowhand would ever allow such a thing. Never. The author has resorted to pejorative, derogatory prose to create an effect that she obviously didn't know how to get any other way.

It certainly makes me doubt the many incidents detailed in the rest of the book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful