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  • That Old Cape Magic

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard Russo
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 138

That Old Cape Magic is a novel of deep introspection and every family feeling imaginable, with a middle-aged man confronting his parents and their failed marriage, his own troubled one, his daughter's new life and, finally, what it was he thought he wanted and what in fact he has.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Instantly-recognizable Richard Russo book

  • By Fred Pike on 10-04-09

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

Perhaps you have to be retired, or older to fully appreciate this book. I read the negative reviews but decided to try and I’m so happy and at peace that I did. Excellent story and portrayal with humor and eccentricities. Enjoy.

  • Divestment

  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: Widdi Turner
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

When Gerda Kohl moves from the home in which she raised her family to a posh new retirement center, she must decide what to take with her and what to leave behind. This includes not only photographs, furniture, and mementos but weightier items, too - warring daughters, rebellious grandchildren, and the ghosts of a past that seems increasingly more real than the present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Aging

  • By CBDC on 03-09-19

Aging

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

Sad but true picture of aging, and the minds sliding between now and then. And the confusion of where we are now.

  • The Round House

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Erdrich
  • Narrated by: Gary Farmer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,492
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,186
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,188

One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance takes a bit of getting used to

  • By Library on 04-22-13

Extraordinary

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

I’ve listened to books by Erdrich a few years ago and really thought they were poetry and wisdom. This book is by far the best.

  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,643

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!

  • By Tango on 04-26-13

Awesome

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

Can’t wait for the best in the series to be released on Audible. With the same narrator please. Brilliant book.

  • The Prisoner

  • A John Wells Novel, Book 11
  • By: Alex Berenson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,324
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212

Evidence is mounting that someone high up in the CIA is doing the unthinkable - passing messages to ISIS, alerting them to planned operations. Finding out the mole's identity without alerting him, however, will be very hard, and to accomplish it Wells will have to do something he thought he'd left behind forever. He will have to reassume his former identity as an al Qaeda jihadi, get captured, and go undercover to befriend an ISIS prisoner in a secret Bulgarian prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Winner from Berenson

  • By Snoodely on 02-04-17

Not as good as some of the earlier ones.

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

Reviewed: 02-26-17

Any additional comments?

Where there was obvious suspense, it didn't grip me or make me feel it. I could put it down and did for a certain amount of political news. I really like the character of John Welles and George Guidall as a reader - I didn't feel Alex Berenson gave them as interesting a plot or others I've read. ISIS was in there but there was more stylization than depth. Cute - Puma as the code name of the lead ISIS cell - and of course linked with a sneaker store - etc. I'll read the next Berenson (probably) but without the same certainty that I jumped for this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,205
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,210

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

Beautiful book

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

Reviewed: 09-25-16

Any additional comments?

Sad and gently beautiful and authentic. I've had some difficult early years (nothing like Jude's) and the understanding of the author is amazing. It's not a book to read if you want something energizing and hopeful - but it's quiet book and in the end is about friendships and relationships and hope. The 32 hours go very fast.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Flash

  • By: Tim Tigner
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,398
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,389

Two blood-spattered strangers awake, locked in the trunk of a car - with a murdered cop and the smoking gun. Aside from raging headaches and no idea what's happened, they appear to have nothing in common. Troy thinks it's 2001 and he's still a combat surgeon fighting terrorists in Afghanistan. Emmy believes it's 2002 and she's still grifting a living from the streets of L.A.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As promised

  • By ibrahim BURCE on 02-06-16

Brilliant - totally unique mind and imagination

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

Reviewed: 07-15-16

Any additional comments?

I've now read 2 books by Tigner (BETRAYAL and FLASH) and both are totally unique, HIs imagination and ideas and detail are wonderful FLASH was gripping but I kept reading and then felt it was gone in a flash but it really was over 12 hours of a fascinating story. BETRAYAL began in Afghanistan and the moved to the DC area; FLASH gets into financial schemes and Grand Cayman. His books start sort of slow and lay the whole detail bases of the exploding narrative to come. And when the tension begins, the story is amazing;. I can't wait until other books from this author come on Audible. I've written him and found out one is coming out in August. Right now - I want more. The two so far show an understanding of body chemistry and drugs which become weapons REALLY REALLY GOOD. I recommend this author highly.

Dick Hill as usual is wonderful and totally the right narrator for the book.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Betrayal

  • By: Tim Tigner
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 992

Presumed dead after a staged terrorist attack, FBI Agent Odysseus Carr is running for his life with the doctor who rescued him. Meanwhile, the same power players who sent Odi to his death are now manipulating an FBI profiler into blindly tracking him down. She's not just their best - she's also his sister. As Odi unravels a devious plot of profound political manipulation and global consequence, the hunted becomes the hunter, and the real terror begins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling unputdownable page turner

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 02-21-16

Welcome Tim Tigner

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

Reviewed: 07-09-16

Any additional comments?

Really good story - excellent narrator. I'm so happy - I was starting to feel I'd run out of books having read every book by a large number of authors. Them along comes Tim Tigner - only two others on Audible. One which I purchased, the other is in my wish list waiting for Audible to have a 'buy 4, get $10 credit special" - it's only just over 4 hours and I want longer books if I am going to spend a credit. I hope there are more in the queue. Suspenseful, some characters I really liked. Only reason I gave the "story" a slightly lower rating is because I have trouble believing that people like the evil Stuart or weak and nakedly ambitious Wylie really get as far as these two do in Washington and get away with murder. I found the plot original and creative and as always - Dick Hill is GREAT. Welcome Tim Tigner.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Hero of France

  • By: Alan Furst
  • Narrated by: Daniel Gerroll
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 488

Alan Furst's latest novel takes place in the secret hotels, nightclubs, and cafes of occupied Paris and the villages of France during the spring of 1941, when Britain was losing the war. Many of the characters are resistance fighters who run an escape line for British airmen down to Spain; they include men and women, old and young, all strong - an aristocrat, a Jewish teacher - and the hero is a hero, has a gun, and uses it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By David Holroyd on 06-12-16

Typical Furst + the history of France

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

Reviewed: 07-05-16

Any additional comments?

I lived in France for about 10 years in the late 60's and 70's and I am hungry for books that combine a feel for the country for the history. There haven't been many books or much fiction abut the resistance that I've stumbled on - and I really appreciated this story on multiple levels. Well written, well narrated - all together very very good.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ballistic

  • A Gray Man Novel
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,167

Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried. Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comparable to the first in this series

  • By Ed on 10-30-17

Perhaps the best of the Gray Man books

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

Reviewed: 07-05-16

Any additional comments?

All the pieces fell together - and the humanity of the gray man was striking. Parts of the other books I've read in the series made sense. Plus the fact the book is very fast paced and the personalities of the characters come alive and I cared.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful