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  • Spill Simmer Falter Wither

  • By: Sara Baume
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,119
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,029

A debut novel already praised as "unbearably poignant and beautifully told" (Eimear McBride), this captivating story follows - over the course of four seasons - a misfit man who adopts a misfit dog. It is springtime, and two outcasts - a man ignored, even shunned by his village, and the one-eyed dog he takes into his quiet, tightly shuttered life - find each other, by accident or fate, and forge an unlikely connection. As their friendship grows, their small seaside town suddenly takes note of them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Beautiful

  • By Sara on 03-14-16

Wow! Not sure now I feel about this amazing book

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

Reviewed: 04-15-16

What did you love best about Spill Simmer Falter Wither?

Two marginalized souls find and love each other.

What did you like best about this story?

The introspection. I will be thinking about this story for a very long time.

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

His performance was lyrical, lyrical, lyrical.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Book of Secrets

  • By: Chris Roberson
  • Narrated by: Peter Brooke
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

It will take more than angels and demons to stop him. Reporter Spencer Finch is embroiled in the hunt for a missing book, encountering along the way cat burglars and mobsters, hackers and mysterious monks. At the same time, he's trying to make sense of the legacy left to him by his late grandfather, a chest of what appear to be pulp magazines from the golden age of fantasy fiction.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Rating < 0

  • By Sandra on 04-04-16

Rating < 0

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

I tried, really tried to finish this book. Then decided I don't have another hour and two minutes to waste. Horrible voices, but I think that might have been a nod to the pulp fiction genre. I don't really like pulp fiction, but this wasn't even good pulp fiction.

  • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

  • A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Harry Lloyd
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,093
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,030

Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin's ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there were Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve, but ultimately courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals - in stature if not experience. Tagging along is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg - whose true name (hidden from all he and Dunk encounter) is Aegon Targaryen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Martin is a genius

  • By Celeste Albers on 04-26-16

Narrator should reduce the range of his volume

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

Reviewed: 12-31-15

The Narrators volume range meant I was constantly "rewinding" and raising the volume to hear Dunk's thoughts and then being blasted when he returned to normal narration. However, I would recommend.

  • Faithful Place

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,016

New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-19-10

I love her flawed characters

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

Reviewed: 12-17-14

I did not like Frank (Frances) in "The Likeness", Dublin Murder Squad Book 2. But now we get his back story and suddenly I can understand and like him. After Dublin Murder Squad Book 1, I almost decided not to listen to anymore, I loved the relationship between the 2 lead detectives and at the end of the book, it looked like it was gone. Glad I continued, and glad to have found an author who doesn't use a cookie cutter approach to their writing.

  • The Keeper of Lost Causes

  • Department Q, Book 1
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,425
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,942

Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic New Scandinavian Series!!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 09-12-12

Glad I kept listening

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

Reviewed: 10-23-14

My Initial dislike of the narrator's monotone almost caused me to quit listening. I am glad I did not. I thoughly enjoyed the story, the characters and story line are well developed, and there are multiple areas available for expansion in the series. Looking forward to thge next book, and have my fingers crossed that Audible gets distribution rights for "Guilt" before I reach that point in the series.

  • Bruno, Chief of Police

  • By: Martin Walker
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian MacKenzie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 835
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 716

Bruno is a former soldier who has embraced the pleasures and slow rhythms of country life - living in his restored shepherd's cottage; patronizing the weekly market; sparring with, and basically ignoring, the European Union bureaucrats from Brussels. He has a gun but never wears it; he has the power to arrest but never uses it. But then the murder of an elderly North African who fought in the French army changes everything and galvanizes Bruno's attention.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • High hopes for this series!

  • By Sandra on 09-14-14

High hopes for this series!

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

Reviewed: 09-14-14

Looking forward to the rest of the series. Good solid start with interesting characters, contemporary issues (water shortage, GMO, etc.) and something to say about the human condition.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Relic

  • Pendergast, Book 1
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,564
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,602

Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Non-Perishable

  • By Snoodely on 05-26-10

Could have been much better

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

Reviewed: 09-14-14

Ok sorry to jump on the band wagon, but really poor performance. For me the most irritating part was the conversations between a really soft spoken person (Margo?) and a loud person (smith back) I was constantly turning the volume up and then down. The story had some holes that were never explained adequately.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Atlantis Plague

  • The Origin Mystery, Book 2
  • By: A. G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,516
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,526

In Marbella, Spain, Dr. Kate Warner awakens to a horrifying reality: the human race stands on the brink of extinction. A pandemic unlike any before it has swept the globe. Nearly a billion people are dead--and those the Atlantis Plague doesn't kill, it transforms at the genetic level. A few rapidly evolve. The remainder devolve. As the world slips into chaos, radical solutions emerge. Industrialized nations offer a miracle drug, Orchid, which they mass produce and distribute to refugee camps around the world. But Orchid is merely a way to buy time. It treats the symptoms of the plague but never actually cures the disease.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Take it for what it's worth and enjoy it!

  • By Emily Wright on 05-07-14

Great Story - Lazy Author/editor combination.

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

Reviewed: 05-28-14

The idea behind the story great. But I did tired of lazy writing. I cannot count how many times someone "sensed" something because the author/editor could not be bothered to find another way to introduce the information.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,771

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader

  • By Sires on 04-13-14

I need to find my St. Mary's

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

Reviewed: 05-19-14

I adore the heroine; Max is a great character and the character validates me. I only wish that all plucky, smart, flawed women could find their own St. Mary's in which to blossom. I enjoyed the whole thing and the narrator is wonderful.

I do hope there is a Volume Three coming.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Enemy

  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,031

New Year's Day, 1990. The Berlin Wall is coming down. The world is changing. And in a North Carolina "hot-sheets" motel, a two-star general is found dead. His briefcase is missing. Nobody knows what was in it. Within minutes Jack Reacher has his orders: Control the situation. But this situation can't be controlled.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Made me really admire Reacher

  • By CBDC on 09-30-09

I didn't want to like it, but I did!

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

Reviewed: 02-20-14

What did you love best about The Enemy?

It engaged me. I wanted to dislike "Jack Ryan", but he had more likable characteristic than unlikable ones. I mean really we are all flawed. I also liked that the author seemed to understand how big bureaucracies work (or don't work) especially the Military.

Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Nope, not yet