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  • Grass 

  • By: Sheri S. Tepper
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 192

What could be more commonplace than grass or a world covered over all its surface with a wind-whipped ocean of grass? But the planet Grass conceals horrifying secrets within its endless pastures. And as an incurable plague attacks all inhabited planets but this one, the prairie-like Grass begins to reveal these secrets - and nothing will ever be the same again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Speculative & Creative, Yet well Paced and Unique

  • By Zach Wilson on 04-17-17

Finally!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-16

Grass, Raising the Stones, and Sideshow comprise the Arbai trilogy. Grass is an excellent example of Ms. Tepper's incredible ability to create worlds and "take you away." Can't wait for The Companions, Family Tree, The Margarets, and so many more! She is one of my absolute favorite authors.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Death Comes for the Archbishop

  • By: Willa Cather
  • Narrated by: David Ackroyd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

Willa Cather's best known novel; a narrative that recounts a life lived simply in the silence of the southwestern desert.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautiful story, perfectly read

  • By Eugene on 01-25-17

Finally!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-16

I've been watching for this audible version of this book for years! Thank you, whoever made this happen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • DragonSpell

  • By: Donita K. Paul
  • Narrated by: Ellen Grafton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

Once a slave girl in the village of River Away, Kale is freed when she discovers a dragon's egg. She is given the unexpected opportunity to journey to the great walled city of Vendala to become a servant to Paladin. Yet this young girl has much to learn about the difference between slavery and service.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Enthralled by Donita K. Paul & Audible Books!

  • By Sharri Lorraine on 09-21-11

Wish I liked the series

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

Reviewed: 08-07-16

When I find a series I like or one that keeps my attention, I will read (listen) to all the books over and over. In this case, as in several others, I finished the first book, and because it had promise, I got the second book. However, the second book did not improve. I will return both books.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,228

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What book did others hear?

  • By Tenizmom on 09-20-12

Great story! I've never listened to King's books

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

Reviewed: 12-08-15

This book has a great storyline and narrative style that can take you directly "on location." I was in 7th grade math when the Principal announced the President's assassination, and I lived in Dallas. The story is a great combination of fact, reality, fantasy, and sci-fi. I will listen to this one again and more.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,469

Even in Grundy, Alaska, its unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good start to a new series.

  • By Ezinwanyi on 11-12-13

A definite rush for werewolf fans

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

Reviewed: 08-26-15

I was looking for a GOOD fantasy series. Another reviewer mentioned Molly Harper. And since I liked the same books she did, I decided to give Harper a try.

Great combination of inventive storyline, laughs, romance, and quirky characters. I've listened to all three in the series. The first two get high ratings, and though I like the characters in the third book, it doesn't match the first two.

In all three books, the narrator needs to improve her characterization of male voices. Ms. Ronconi has a great voice, but the men sound cartoonish. Still, these books will get a listen many more times!

  • In the Unlikely Event

  • By: Judy Blume
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,291
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,151
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,152

In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was 15, and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. Against this backdrop of actual events that Blume experienced in the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and exciting and everyone dreamed of going somewhere, she paints a vivid portrait of a particular time and place....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "HOPE FOR THE BEST... PLAN FOR THE WORST"

  • By Tracy P. on 09-21-15

Gripping & heart wrenching

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

Reviewed: 07-20-15

I've not read Judy Blume before. This is so well written with complex character relationships, as well as a view into the cultural norms of post WWII families. I can't imagine how difficult it was for Ms. Blume to write this story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,863
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36,866

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-08-16

Truly inventive sci fi

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

Peter Clines' style is so refreshing. I haven't read his books before, nor have I heard Ray Porter. Porter's performance enhances the story from first to last. This will go onto my mp3 player!

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Space Between

  • An Outlander Novella
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,648
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,341

Joan MacKimmie is on her way to Paris to take up her vocation as a nun. Yet her decision is less a matter of faith than fear, for Joan is plagued by mysterious voices that speak of the future, and by visions that mark those about to die. The sanctuary of the nunnery promises respite from these unwanted visitations...or so she prays. Her chaperone is Michael Murray, a young widower who, though he still mourns the death of his wife, finds himself powerfully drawn to his charge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Delight!

  • By Kathy on 06-01-14

An appetizing dish in the feast of Outlander!

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

Reviewed: 03-05-15

I hadn't thought about what happens when Michael Murray and Joan MacKimmie arrive in France, but since I'm an avid (rabid) fan of the Outlander series, I had to get this one. Another great story from the mind of Diana Gabaldon. I look forward to more side stories!

  • Dreamwalker

  • The Ballad of Sir Benfro, Book 1
  • By: J.D. Oswald
  • Narrated by: Wayne Forester
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 111

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of The Ballad of Sir Benfro: Dreamwalker, the first installment in the new fantasy series from JD Oswald, read by Wayne Forester. Miles from the great cities of the Twin Kingdoms, a young boy called Errol tries to find his way in the world. He's an outsider, and no one, not even himself, has any knowledge of his true lineage. Deep in the forest, Benfro, the young male dragon begins his training in the subtle arts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining, albeit predictable

  • By Marilyn C on 02-05-15

Entertaining, albeit predictable

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

Reviewed: 02-05-15

The book description promises more than what is ultimately provided. I will have to read the other two installments to get the complete story. The Sir Benfro series was probably submitted as one complete work of fiction, and the publisher likely chopped it into three books. Mind you, I am enjoying the story--it's easy going and the narration is good. I do need SOMETHING to listen to while I wait for the next books from Diana Gabaldon and George R.R. Martin! And, yes, I know the writings of Gabaldon and Martin are in a completely different class.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Dragonsblood

  • Dragonriders of Pern
  • By: Todd McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

Never in the dramatic history of Pern has there been a more dire emergency than that which faces the young dragonrider Lorana. A mysterious fatal illness is striking dragons. The epidemic is spreading like wildfire...and the next deadly cycle of Threadfall is only days away. Somehow, Lorana must find a cure before the dragons - including her own beloved Arith - succumb to the sickness, leaving Pern undefended.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great to revisit Pern, but

  • By David on 01-27-09

If you read the book....

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

Reviewed: 08-27-13

I read the book several years ago and I was iffy on the direction Todd McCaffrey was taking the story. I decided to give it another chance and really liked it, and Dick Hill's narration of the story is superb. If you're a fan of the Pern series, I recommend this title.