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  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,115
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,915
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,874

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • STAY AWAY!!!

  • By Susan Olson on 06-02-18

uh, I COULD put it down

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

What would have made The Woman in the Window better?

I really don't get the rave reviews. I could only make it through a few hours. I hated the narration, her voice was so irritating and over done, and the story was way over written.

Would you ever listen to anything by A. J. Finn again?

nope

How could the performance have been better?

different narrator

  • Equal of the Sun

  • A Novel
  • By: Anita Amirrezvani
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 477

Iran in 1576 is a place of peace, wealth, and dazzling beauty. But when the Shah dies without having named an heir, the court is thrown into tumult. Princess Pari, the Shah's daughter and closest adviser, knows more about the inner workings of the state than almost anyone, but the princess's maneuvers to instill order after her father's sudden death incite resentment and dissent. Pari and her trusted servant, a eunuch able to navigate the harem as well as the world beyond the palace walls, are in possession of an incredible tapestry....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Woman in a Man's World

  • By JGrace on 06-26-13

very difficult to follow, probably better to read rather than to listen to

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

Reviewed: 12-29-17

it's challenging to keep track of who is who and to follow the characters because the names are unfamiliar, and some are very similar.
sometimes, the rich florid style is interesting, but like baklava, a little goes a long way- afterwhile, it's a little bit too rich.

I made it over 2/3 of the way through, but then it started to feel repetitive, and I realized I wasn't enjoying it at all.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mycroft Holmes

  • By: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Anna Waterhouse
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,587
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,580

"When I say, therefore, that [my brother] has better powers of observation than I...I am speaking the exact and literal truth." (Sherlock Holmes). This story occurs when Mycroft, an athletic Cambridge graduate, assists the secretary of State. He becomes embroiled in a mystery in Trinidad based on actual history. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a huge Holmesian, seven-foot-two tall, basketball's all-time leading scorer, and a US cultural ambassador. Anna Waterhouse is a professional screenwriter and script consultant.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Has All the Hallmarks of a First Book

  • By Paul on 06-06-16

I wanted to like it, but it was pretty awful

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

Reviewed: 09-04-16

The narrator was good, but the story itself is so ridiculous and overwrought, and the writing was so bad, I got through seven hours and realized that life is too short-
save your credit

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • No Wind of Blame: Inspector Hemingway, Book 1

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 486
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 439
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 444

The superlatively analytical Inspector Hemingway is confronted by a murder that seems impossible – no one was near the murder weapon at the time the shot was fired. Everyone on the scene seems to have a motive, not to mention the wherewithal to commit murder, and alibis that simply don't hold up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not a good read(er)

  • By Monica on 01-30-15

i shouldn't have ignored the warnings......

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

Reviewed: 12-17-15

pretty mediocre -

sometimes, bad agatha christie reads like a parody of good agatha christie -
well, this reads like a parody of bad agatha christie.

(and the fault isn't with the reader, as many have suggested - no one could make this good)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Valley of Amazement

  • By: Amy Tan
  • Narrated by: Nancy Wu, Joyce Bean, Amy Tan
  • Length: 24 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,209
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,875
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,897

Shanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the privileged daughter of the American madam of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Ching dynasty is overturned, Violet is separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a "virgin courtesan." Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet grapples with her place in the worlds of East and West - until she is able to merge her two halves, empowering her to become a shrewd courtesan who excels in the business of seduction and illusion, though she still struggles to understand who she is.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Life in a Courtesan house.

  • By Kristi R. on 01-02-14

irritating characters, narration and story

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

Reviewed: 11-22-15

I couldn't stick with it -
I have liked amy tan a great deal in the past, and I really tried with this one, but I couldn't do it.
An adult doing a child's voice is challenging, and with this narrator, the voice is just annoying. I could only make it through 2 hours.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Hangman's Daughter

  • By: Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,843
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,403
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,398

When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. When more children disappear and an orphan is found dead with the same mark, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great but graphic

  • By Margaret on 07-14-13

the narration is all wrong

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

Reviewed: 11-22-15

is the story good? I really tried, but couldn't take the narration.
the story seems to take place in late medieval germany, but the narration is flat middle american. The translation seems a bit awkward as well.

  • Classic Humorous Stories

  • From the Great Storytellers of the World
  • By: Saki, W. W. Jacobs, Ambrose Bierce, and others
  • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 15

Over 24 of the best humorous stories ever written, including: "The Inconsiderate Waiter", by J. M. Barrie; "Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger", by Saki; "Curried Cow", by Ambrose Bierce; "Cannibalism in the Cars", by Mark Twain; "A Love Knot", by W. W. Jacobs; "A Bottomless Grave", by Ambrose Bierce; "Biffin on the Bassoon", by Harry Graham; "Esme", by Saki; "Germans at Meat", by Katherine Mansfield; and "Adrian", by Saki

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable listen

  • By David C. Mauldin on 02-27-15

not particularly humorous......

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

Reviewed: 07-30-15

perhaps styles have changed greatly, but some of the stories are only mlldly amusing at best, and the stories are strangely repetitive.
The chapters aren't labeled, so there is no why to figure out which story is by which writer, unless you play them.
I usually prefer british narrators, but there is something odd hearing mark twain or ambrose bierce w/ an american accent.
Couldn't make it through more than part of the first download

  • Wait for Me!

  • Memoirs
  • By: Deborah Mitford Duchess of Devonshire
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire, is the youngest of the famously witty brood that includes the writers Jessica and Nancy, who wrote when Deborah was born, "How disgusting of the poor darling to go and be a girl." Deborah's effervescent memoir chronicles her remarkable life, from an eccentric but happy childhood in the Oxfordshire countryside, to tea with Adolf Hitler and her controversially political sister Unity in 1937, to her marriage to the second son of the Duke of Devonshire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The last of the Mitford Sisters

  • By Irene on 01-11-11

enjoy stories about remodeling? this is for you!

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

Reviewed: 10-29-14

I really wish I had enjoyed this more.
I'm very interested in the mitford family (i wish audible had a version of the mary lovell biography that wasn't read by an american).

This was challenging…..the parts about her family and childhood were interesting, but it's not particularly well written.
It starts bogging down with anecdotes and fleeting interactions about people who were once well known, and now are not.
"when biffy came to our house party" etc.
Then it veered in to a long account of remodeling the estate - I had to admit defeat.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Speak Memory

  • An Autobiography Revisited
  • By: Vladimir Nabokov
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 274

Speak, Memory, first published in 1951 as Conclusive Evidence and then assiduously revised in 1966, is an elegant and rich evocation of Nabokov’s life and times, even as it offers incisive insights into his major works, including Lolita, Pnin, Despair, The Gift, The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, and The Luhzin Defense.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • this inspired me to read Nabokov's novels

  • By meredith on 03-16-12

the american accent is so wrong…..

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

Reviewed: 10-17-14

nabokov is one of my favorite writers, and there are passages of "speak, memory" that are among my favorite in literature, like the recollection of his mother returning from a mushroom hunt.
But I couldn't get through this - the accent is so wrong for this.
I really tried, but it ruined it for me

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Death of a Gossip & Death of a Cad

  • The First Two Hamish Macbeth Mysteries
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 415

When society widow and gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joined the fishing class, she wasted no time in ruffling the feathers - or was it the fins? - of those around her. Among the victims of her sharp tongue and unladylike manner was Lochdubh Constable Hamish Macbeth. Yet not even Hamish thought someone would permanently silence Lady Jane's shrills - until her strangled body is fished out of the river. Now with the help of the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, Hamish must angle through the choppy waters of the tattler's life to find the murderer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a character!

  • By C. Morris on 07-28-14

it's offal…..

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

Reviewed: 10-17-14

truly terrible and cliched, almost a parody of a mystery.

1. though the murder doesn't happen until well into it, thanks to the title(s), there's not much suspense as to who is going to get bumped
2. each character has to loudly proclaim, within earshot of the other characters, "why…..I'll, I'll …..KILL her!
3. implausibility is ok, but this goes beyond implausibility into a realm of absurdity.
4. profanity doesn't faze me, but I found so many women being called "bitch" kinda abrasive

On the plus side, the narrator does an excellent job, at least to my american ears.

use your credit on an agatha christie instead!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful