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  • 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 21,135
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,522

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
  • Brilliant, heartfelt, inspiring

  • By Jon K. Rust on 07-24-17

My favorite book ... knocked the Great Gatsby out of 1st place

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

At first, I found this book to be boring. The Count never left the hotel. When was something going to happen? Was the Count reading the newspaper in the lobby again between the two potted palms? But then, my position completely changed. I couldn’t wait to hop into bed and listen. The narration so soothing, the Count so charming. Despite limited circumstances, the Count made himself a sweet life. The day just melts away listening to Nicholas Guy Smith. I go back to listening to this book again and again ...it’s a mental escape for me....like a meditation.

  • Chemistry

  • A Novel
  • By: Weike Wang
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 156

Three years into her graduate studies at a demanding Boston university, the unnamed narrator of this nimbly wry, concise debut finds her onetime love for chemistry is more hypothesis than reality. She's tormented by her failed research - and reminded of her delays by her peers, her advisor, and most of all her Chinese parents, who have always expected nothing short of excellence from her throughout her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Having a tiger mother can really mess you up!

  • By Sandy Toes on 08-13-17

Having a tiger mother can really mess you up!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-17

Where does Chemistry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I enjoyed it...having been a chemistry major myself, I identified with the experiences and emotions that surprised and overwhelmed the nameless main character.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Eric for his steadfastness and calm. We all need someone like this in our lives,

Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favorite?

Julia Whelan did a great job of expressing the everyday experiences and emotions of the main character in a straightforward manner without being deadpan.

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

I laughed out loud at the main character because she was so honest in describing her everyday experiences and the events that happened to her. Spoiler Alert. .... My heart broke for her when it became obvious that she would not achieve success in her chosen academic path and then the resulting emotionally devastating fall out. I loved that she discovered her true talent.....being able to foster understanding of math and science topics as a tutor.

Any additional comments?

Audible is the best thing since sliced bread.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Forever Summer

  • By: Jamie Brenner
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

Marin Bishop has always played by the rules, and it's paid off: On the cusp of 30, she has a handsome fiancé, a prestigious Manhattan legal career, and her father's hard-won admiration. But with one careless mistake at work, Marin suddenly finds herself unemployed and alone. Before she can summon the courage to tell her parents, a young woman appears, claiming to be Marin's half sister. Seeking answers, Marin agrees to join her on a soul-searching journey to Cape Cod, to meet the family she didn't even know she had.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Summer chick lit beach read at its finest!

  • By Sandy Toes on 08-02-17

Summer chick lit beach read at its finest!

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

Well written and pleasant narration....I liked all the characters and story lines. Kept me listening to the very end. I'm hoping there's a sequel!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • News of the World

  • A Novel
  • By: Paulette Jiles
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,261

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful story....but not True Grit

  • By DenGig on 04-14-17

A journey to a past era that ended too soon!

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

This listen was short, sweet and enjoyable. The narrator added to the experience.......sounded like he really was a sensible, kindly gentleman and former captain in the post civil war era. Don't want to spoil it, but the story kept me interested to the very end. The only disappointment was that it was over.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Kind Worth Killing

  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,091
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,079

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Kind Worth Killing - A Book Worth Getting

  • By AudioAddict on 08-23-15

Will she get away with it?

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

Reviewed: 04-19-17

If you could sum up The Kind Worth Killing in three words, what would they be?

twisty, entertaining, quick-moving

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lilly - the baddest of the bad girls in this story. bwah-ha-ha

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Lilly- such clear, calm, and cold narration of the some truly heinous deeds

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

The last chapter had some final twists that made me laugh out loud

Any additional comments?

reality is definitely stretched in a number of instances. I also appreciated that the descriptions of murder and body disposal were not overly gross in their details

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman in Cabin 10

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,397
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,359

Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first Lo's stay is nothing but pleasant: The cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, and gray skies fall.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hours and hours of tired...

  • By ROBIN on 07-28-16

it took a long time to get rolling!!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-16

The main character was such a sad sack, I found her very annoying throughout the first half of the book. But I was rewarded for hanging on, because the second half was well worth it.....but I won't divulge any spoilers here!

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Dietland

  • By: Sarai Walker
  • Narrated by: Tara Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 672

Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed because when you're fat, to be noticed is to be judged. She is biding her time at a job answering fan mail for a popular teen girls' magazine until she can afford weight-loss surgery. But lately she is being followed by a girl in outlandish clothes and combat boots.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • funny and thought provoking

  • By Sandy Toes on 01-28-16

funny and thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 01-28-16

i laughed out loud....thoroughly enjoyed Plum's awakening and the female empowerment message. the narration enhanced the story.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • City on Fire

  • A Novel
  • By: Garth Risk Hallberg
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Tristan Morris, Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 37 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 565
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 571

The individuals who live within this extraordinary first novel are: Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney, estranged heirs to one of the city's largest fortunes; Keith and Mercer, the men who, for better or worse, love them; Charlie and Samantha, two suburban teenagers seduced by downtown's punk scene; an obsessive magazine reporter and his idealistic neighbor; and the detective trying to figure out what any of them have to do with a shooting in Central Park.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, poor choice of narrator

  • By k8tom on 12-22-15

could have been great

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

Reviewed: 01-24-16

overly long, wished it had been edited better. had trouble focusing on the story because of the many (beautifully written) details. finishing became a feat of accomplishment more than anything else.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,900
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,817

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Engrossing

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

Reviewed: 12-13-15

Suspenseful with realistic characters that make you feel a whole range of emotions. Narrator was excellent.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful