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  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,214
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,911
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,816

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO well done!

  • By Tracey Ellen Frances on 11-05-18

Absolutely Terrible.

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

This is an absolutely dreadful production. I felt ripped off even though I got it for free and didn't finish listening. The production is like a high school play with only parents in attendance. Everybody involved should be embarrassed to put this out and it should die in obscurity yet it keeps popping up in Audible "best-of" lists and other recommendations. I would feel really sorry for anybody who actually paid money for this. It's like watching an old 1970s sitcom. Not funny at all. You need a laugh track or in this case a studio audience laughing hysterically on cue to jokes that fall flat one after the other like dominoes. Shame on all the professional talent who got reined in to do this for whatever reason.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dawn

  • Xenogenesis, Book 1
  • By: Octavia E. Butler
  • Narrated by: Aldrich Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,716
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,717

In a world devastated by nuclear war with humanity on the edge of extinction, aliens finally make contact. They rescue those humans they can, keeping most survivors in suspended animation while the aliens begin the slow process of rehabilitating the planet. When Lilith Iyapo is "awakened", she finds that she has been chosen to revive her fellow humans in small groups by first preparing them to meet the utterly terrifying aliens, then training them to survive on the wilderness that the planet has become. But the aliens cannot help humanity without altering it forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't tell if I loved it or hated it.

  • By Lindsay on 01-31-16

Excellence

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

This review is for the complete trilogy, but there's no need to review the other books because you'll be hooked after this one! The only fault I can find with this is a slight sense of anticlimax and a forever wanting more after the last book. Aldrich Barrett's narration is on a par with Butler's writing. Perfect voices for about a thousand different characters, many non-human. Her narration becomes as essential to the narrative as HAL's voice in 2001. One of those rare narrators that you seek out their other work, but there's only two other books by her on Audible, both short novellas. I hope she does more. One of my all-time favorite narrators just based on these three books, and I have about 700 audiobooks in my library!

I see there's a rumored TV adaptation in the works. It's not possible to adapt Octavia Butler's work to a visual medium, it's just too cerebral. Please listen to this first before they ruin it!

  • Oz. The Complete Collection

  • By: L. Frank Baum
  • Narrated by: Sean Murphy
  • Length: 70 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Oz! All fourteen of L. Frank Baum's Oz books, in order and unabridged. included: "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" (1900), "The Marvelous Land of Oz" (1904), "Ozma of Oz" (1907), "Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz" (1908), "The Road to Oz" (1909), "The Emerald City of Oz" (1910), "The Patchwork Girl of Oz" (1913), "Tik-Tok of Oz" (1914), "The Scarecrow of Oz" (1915), "Rinkitink in Oz" (1916), "The Lost Princess of Oz" (1917), "The Tin Woodman of Oz" (1918), "The Magic of Oz" (1919), "Glinda of Oz" (1920).

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • LibriVox repackaged?

  • By Brandon Freer on 10-20-18

The Digital Hoarder of Oz!

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

70 hours of content for 66 cents! Oh My! Even if it is just repackaged Librivox I must have it! Don't know when I'll find time to listen though.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

  • By: Italo Calvino
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 316

Italo Calvino imagines a novel capable of endless mutations in this intricately crafted story about writing and readers. If on a Winter's Night a Traveler turns out to be not one novel but 10, each with a different plot, style, ambience, and author, and each interrupted at a moment of suspense. Together they form a labyrinth of literatures, known and unknown, alive and extinct, through which two readers, a male and a female, pursue both the story lines that intrigue them and one another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The position of the feet during reading...

  • By literate rose on 02-09-18

If On a Dark and Stormy Night a Writer's Blocked

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

You are an Italian author no one has heard of. You are staring at a blank white page. You have a deadline you must meet. A clock ticks. Is it lunchtime yet? No. Blank page. Yes. That's right, you were writing a book. OK, ideas will come. Just keep at it. Well, why not just write THAT down? And then THAT? Yes! The reader is just like you, no idea what he wants to read, so any stupid idea that occurs to you will be exactly what he wants! Your foot is asleep. Yes, write that down! Oh, and that too! Writing is easy!

That's the experience of listening to this book, as the occasional 1 star reviews correctly suggest. I can't fault the narrator though, as some of the other haters did. He did his best with the material. Made me listen a little longer than I otherwise would have. I got about 2 hours in before moving on.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sinner

  • By: Petra Hammesfahr, John Brownjohn
  • Narrated by: Christa Lewis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 737
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 662

Cora Bender killed a man. But why? What could have caused this quiet, lovable young mother to stab a stranger in the throat, again and again, until she was pulled off his body? For the local police it was an open-and-shut case. Cora confessed; there was no shortage of proof or witnesses. But Police Commissioner Rudolf Grovian refused to close the file and began his own maverick investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A FIVE

  • By Donna on 06-04-17

Overhyped

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I'm taking a moment to write this review because I was just passing by and was disturbed at all the 5 star reviews. What's wrong with people? This was JUST OK at best. For once, the television adaptation was much better and I still only gave that 3 stars, albeit on the high side of 3. This original version seems half-baked by comparison, and the story becomes buried under it's own weight long before the lame conclusion you no longer care about. The whining main character who can't get her story straight is super-annoying. I'm glad the TV producers saw the germ of a gem in this story, but the original is pretty much a waste of time.
For the record, here's my star rating guideline: 1 star= so obviously bad I stop listening early and get my credit back 2 star=actually worse because I'm fooled into listening to the whole thing. 3 star= the vast majority of decent enjoyable audiobooks, time well spent. 4 star= super great. VERY rare. 5 star=one in a million, perfect audiobook experience. A few that come close are maybe Roots read by Avery Brooks or Angela's Ashes written and read by Frank McCourt. I'm not sure, I might have given them 4 stars I can't remember. But that's how hard it is to earn 5 stars. But not on Audible, apparently! The Sinner is just average, nothing special at all. It's a crime to see all these 5 star ratings.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Forgotten Garden

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,057
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,367

Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting, intriguing, mysterious, and beautiful

  • By Joseph on 12-10-08

ZZZZzzzzzz 2x speed read

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

Lame book. Will never read Kate Morton again. I picked this up because it was on sale and I've already listened to all the Liane Moriarty books narrated by Caroline Lee and I miss her voice. My 3 star rating for her performance is no reflection on her, no narrator can save a worthless book. I was hoping this would be an epic masterpiece too short at 20 hours, but it was just a weak romance/mystery that would have been overlong at 10 hours. Caroline helped me get through it but I can't award 5 stars and give anyone the impression that there is anything worthy about blowing a credit and 20 hours on this fluff. Additionally, adding insult to injury, this audiobook makes the UNFORGIVABLE FAUX PAS of interspersing musical jingles at every chapter break!! That's fifty musical annoyances peppered throughout and you hate the book in the first hour anticipating the next 49 shoes to drop. NO MUSIC IN AUDIOBOOKS EVER EVER EVER!!!!!! I can sometimes forgive older books that were originally on tape and the music was ending a side or something but now we just want to listen to the narrator uninterrupted by any OVERPRODUCED ANNOYING GARBAGE!

  • Little Men

  • By: Louisa May Alcott
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231

Little Men brilliantly extends the March family saga begun in Louisa May Alcott's classic Little Women. Jo---now married to the good-natured Professor Bhaer and with sons of her own---has become the unflappable matron of an extended family at Plumfield, a school that the Bhaers have founded with Aunt March's legacy. Jo's rambunctious youngsters grow up in an atmosphere full of high spirits and misadventure---a world enlivened by Alcott's unique powers of observation and sympathy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Little men

  • By mrsjhein on 01-01-19

Not a continuation of Little Women

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Something happened to Louisa May Alcott between her masterpiece and this sad sequel. The Jo in this book is just a shadow of the character in the first book. She has no inner thoughts or feelings. And the other reappearing characters are likewise pale reflections. Instead we have one trite anecdote of little boys' precious antics after another, with nothing deeper going on. Really a disappointment. I was all set to binge the entire trilogy but I couldn't even finish this silly nonsense.

  • Another Day

  • By: David Levithan
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 225

Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, and even established guidelines by which to live: Don't be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up. Then comes the morning when everything changes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By whoa! on 11-17-15

Same Day

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-18

I read Every Day after seeing the movie and was pleasantly surprised that it was an alternate take from a different point of view and not just the same story I had just seen. So I was really looking forward to moving into uncharted territory and a brand new story with this book, but THIS is the book that was actually the basis of the movie. So for the 3rd time I'm back in the same slog again and this time I'm really bored with it. I was so disappointed when this book started in the same place with Rhiannon back with Justin again and going to the beach again, all of that again. I listened to the entire book on 2X speed to just to catch the few kernels of new material that randomly drop here and there. I hope the next book is an actual new story and not just same story again from some new perspective. There was a subtle change in tone at the very end of this book that suggests an opening for a new direction. Make it a good one, please!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Philip K. Dick

  • By: Anne Strainchamps
  • Narrated by: Anne Strainchamps
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Is this Philip K. Dick's world and are we just living in it? It sure seems like it these days, with new versions of his work continuing to fill the media landscape, 35 years after his death. There's the new movie, Blade Runner 2049, a sequel to the 1982 classic, Blade Runner, which was based on Dick's novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? This hour, we explore Dick's life and the enduring power of his visionary, mind-bending science fiction.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Rerun

  • By asdfasdfasdf on 12-12-17

Rerun

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

This is a duplicate of the other "to the Best of Our Knowledge" about PKD from 2013. Buy one or the other but not both like I did.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Philip K. Dick

  • By: Jim Fleming
  • Length: 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Nobody blurred the line between his life and his literature more than the legendary science-fiction author, Philip K. Dick. And that’s only fitting since one of the major themes of his fiction is, “What is reality?” This week we take a look at the life and work of the man who’s been described as “one of the most valiant psychological explorers of the twentieth century,” as we commemorate the 30th anniversary of his death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good PKD Talk

  • By asdfasdfasdf on 12-11-17

Good PKD Talk

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

Enjoyable 1 hour tidbit of PKD talk. I am forced to write more words but my first sentence was sufficient.