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  • Rain Dogs

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 5
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,957
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,820
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,806

When journalist Lily Bigelow is found dead in the courtyard of Carrickfergus castle, it looks like a suicide. Yet there are a few things that bother Duffy just enough to keep the case file open, which is how he finds out that Bigelow was working on a devastating investigation of corruption and abuse at the highest levels of power in the UK and beyond. And so Duffy has two impossible problems on his desk: Who killed Lily Bigelow? And what were they trying to hide?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator IS the Story

  • By Craig on 03-15-16

Sean Duffy and Gerard Doyle for ever

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

I never want this series to end. Sean has grown up much to my surprise and I love it when he is bad! This is a spectacular team of writer and narrator. I do not know if I would be so enamored if I was reading a regular book. My favorite getaway.

  • Tipping the Velvet

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698

Nan King, an oyster girl, is captivated by the music hall phenomenon Kitty Butler, a male impersonator extraordinaire treading the boards in Canterbury. Through a friend at the box office, Nan manages to visit all her shows and finally meet her heroine. Soon after, she becomes Kitty's dresser and the two head for the bright lights of Leicester Square where they begin a glittering career as music-hall stars in an all-singing and dancing double act.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Did not disappoint!

  • By TENA on 01-25-15

What an amazingly great book!

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

As others have noted, it was not a usual theme they would buy. I don't get squeamish, but I saw it in my library and did not remember why I bought it and I was not looking forward to reading it. Glad I did though. I loved the way she used words like queer and gay throughout the book only because they were words of the time, much different as they are used today. The other sayings and slang were laugh out loud funny, along with what Nan would be thinking. I loved her through the good and bad times. Narration was the best I have come across I think. I would recommend this book to anyone. I plan on reading other Sarah Waters' books. This girl can write.

  • Commonwealth

  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,651
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,652

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny's mother, Beverly - thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Listen for Patchett fans

  • By Jeanie M. Phillips on 09-19-16

meh...

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

It pained me to not like this book, since I have loved all of her other books. Narration was good, characters interesting, but it did not grab me. Looking forward to her next one though.

  • Everything Is Illuminated

  • By: Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman, Scott Shina
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 806
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 809

Jonathan is a Jewish college student searching Europe for the one person he believes can explain his roots. Alex, a lover of all things American and unsurpassed butcher of the English language, is his lovable Ukrainian guide. On their quixotic quest, the two young men look for Augustine, a woman who might have saved Jonathan's grandfather from the Nazis. As past and present merge, hysterically funny moments collide with great tragedy, and an unforgettable story of one family's extraordinary history unfolds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a brilliantly original work!

  • By L. Berlyne-Kovler on 12-19-08

returned it

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

I will give a book a chance, and this one had good reviews. I did not find the characters likeable nor did I like the narration. Very disappointed, could not get past two hours and dreaded listening.

  • The Weight of Ink

  • By: Rachel Kadish
  • Narrated by: Corrie James
  • Length: 23 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,359

Set in the London of the 1660s and of the early 21st century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city, and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history. As the novel opens, Helen has been summoned by a former student to view a cache of 17th-century Jewish documents newly discovered in his home during a renovation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling characters question life choices, ethics, religious rules, love and desire

  • By CHRISTINE on 11-02-17

sssssssslow going

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

Finished it, but it was rough going. Narration was not bad, but it was boring in so many parts I dreaded listening to it.

  • Righteous

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,963
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,954

For 10 years something has gnawed at Isaiah Quintabe's gut and kept him up nights, boiling with anger and thoughts of revenge. Ten years ago, when Isaiah was just a boy, his brother was killed by an unknown assailant. The search for the killer sent Isaiah plunging into despair and nearly destroyed his life. Even with a flourishing career, a new dog, and near-iconic status as a PI in his hometown, East Long Beach, he has to begin the hunt again - or lose his mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joe Ide can write!

  • By 6catz on 10-20-17

so so

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

Like the book before, the narration was good, but the story is too much over the top. I will read the next book in the series, hope it is better.

  • The Driver

  • A Novel
  • By: Hart Hanson
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

Michael Skellig is a limo driver waiting for his client in the alley behind an upscale hotel. He's spent the past 28 hours ferrying around Bismarck Avila, a celebrity skateboard mogul who isn't going home any time soon. Suddenly the wind begins to speak to Skellig in the guttural accent of the Chechen torturer he shot through the eye in Yemen a decade ago: Troubletroubletrouble. Skellig has heard these warnings before....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy Listen: Nice Debut

  • By j phillips on 02-05-18

Hate those Santa Ana's

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

Funny, entertaining, sarcastic, interesting characters, kinda gross, and read by my favorite, Ari Fliakos. And, all of my favorite authors rolled into one to boot. I will keep a lookout for Hart's next book. And the beauty is..... this all takes place in my back yard.

  • The Nix

  • A Novel
  • By: Nathan Hill
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 21 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,608

It's 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson - college professor, stalled writer - has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn't seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she's reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nathan Hill is an exceptional storyteller.

  • By Bonny on 09-13-16

Sorry I waited so long to read this book

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

What made the experience of listening to The Nix the most enjoyable?

Loved Ari Fliakos narration, as usual. He is fantastic. And I loved the book itself. I purchased it several months ago and thought I may as well get if over with. I did not think the book would grab me like it did, but I wanted to listen to it because I think Ari Fliakos adds so much to an audio book.

What did you like best about this story?

It had so many laugh out loud parts, so many insightful parts, some sad and lonely parts, amazing characters, and lessons to remember. I do not know what to read next! This will stay with me.

Which character – as performed by Ari Fliakos – was your favorite?

I could not single out any favorite but I did love his student. Read the book and you will meet her!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

All the above! The writer is really really spot on.

Any additional comments?

This is one of those books that would be a great read but as an audio book, was much better.

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,097
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,329

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Reprieve Amidst Ugly News, Relentless Negativity

  • By Cathy Lindhorst on 08-27-17

painful, boring, blah

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

What disappointed you about A Gentleman in Moscow?

Half way along and I do not know if I can even finish it. Am not interested in any of the characters. Was told it was amazing and it had good ratings. Could not wait to get it. Bummed.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something with excitement.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Nicholas Guy Smith?

Yes, he was good.

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  • Summit

  • A Novel
  • By: Harry Farthing
  • Narrated by: Harry Farthing
  • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,504

In the autumn of 1938, Germany's reichsführer, Heinrich Himmler, is growing frustrated at the British using their regional power in India to block the passage of an SS expedition to Tibet. Determined to spite them, he plots to steal something the British hold dear and have failed for the seventh time that spring to achieve: a first summit of Mount Everest. Seventy years later, seasoned mountain guide Neil Quinn's ninth visit to the top of the world's highest mountain, this time in charge of the 16-year-old son of a Long Island billionaire, begins to unravel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction at its Very Best!

  • By Paula on 08-23-16

Soooo Goooood

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Summit to be better than the print version?

I normally do not like authors who narrate their own books. But he added so much to it I cannot imagine reading the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the whole story. I loved the ending. I loved the bad guys too.

What does Harry Farthing bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Feeling, fear, disgust, love, kindness, empathy, rage, He read with such feeling.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. Cleaned the house really good so I could keep listening to it.

Any additional comments?

Don't let the subject matter deter you. It is way more than that.