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  • Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales

  • By: Hans Christian Andersen
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Nigel Davenport, Andrew Sachs, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

Download eight timeless audio tales from a magical storyteller. This enchanting collection, retold by writer and critic Naomi Lewis, contains eight of Hans Christian Andersen’s magnificent fairy tales. It includes Thumbelina, a little girl no more than a thumb-joint high, The Emperor’s New Clothes, the tale of a man who cares only for his appearance and The Little Mermaid, who longs to one day marry a human prince.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling

  • By R. Abendaño on 03-11-15

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I love fairy tales, and these are beautifully read by all of the narrators. Hans Christian Andersen's tales are often sad and/or quite dark, and this collection includes a both upbeat and tragic stories.

  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

  • A Novel
  • By: Lionel Shriver
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,409

Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of a boy who ends up murdering seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his 16th birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage, in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A smart, chilling story. Told in a very unique way

  • By aaron on 01-09-12

Excruciating

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I want to explain, or perhaps justify, my rating of this powerful story. It would have had a higher score if the first half of the book wasn't overburdened by overwriting by the author. She seemed to feel the need to prove that this is a "literary" family drama, and for me, at least, this just diminished the impact of those overly-wordy passages. as the "crisis" escalates in the second part of the book, the prose became sharper and more urgent, and the book was batter for it.
Why did I title this "excruciating" ? For me, it was like watching a multi-car pile-up, knowing a disaster was happening or about to happen and feeling helpless to prevent it. I literally had to stop listening at times to take a break from some of the awfulness.
It is a compelling, emotional story; not one I'd rate as "enjoyable", but definetely intense. There are plot inconsistancies that I'd question ( wouldn't Eva at least take Kevin to be evaluated by a psychologist when she had so many issues and suspicions about him ? How could her husband be so relentlessly passive and obtuse in the face of Kevin's obvious behavior ?), but it would have been a different story. *spoiler* I guessed fairly early on that Franklin was never going to read or respond to Eva's letters, and why that was the case. As for the ending, it was the " right" one, suggesting hope even for the mother/son relationship.
Colleen Marlo was absolutely brilliant as narrator.

  • Bonnie and Clyde

  • By: Karen Blumenthal
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Bonnie and Clyde - we've been on a first name basis with them for almost a hundred years. Immortalized in movies, songs, and pop culture references, they are remembered mostly for their storied romance and tragic deaths. But what was life really like for Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker in the early 1930s? How did two dirt-poor teens from West Texas morph from vicious outlaws to legendary couple? And why? Award-winning author Karen Blumenthal devoted months to tracing the footsteps of Bonnie and Clyde, unearthing new information and debunking many persistent myths.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No new info

  • By RueRue on 08-16-18

No new info

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

A quick, flat recitation of the short criminal lives of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Good narrator is wasted on this dry material. The author just listed the multiple crimes and pursuits, with little attempt to add personality to the characters.

  • This Rough Magic

  • By: Mary Stewart
  • Narrated by: Helen Johns
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

The pioneer of romantic suspense, Mary Stewart leads her listeners on a thrilling journey to a Mediterranean island paradise in this tale of mystery, murder and intrigue, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and Barbara Pym. Lucy Waring, a young, out-of-work actress from London, leaps at the chance to visit her sister for a summer on the island paradise of Corfu, and what's more, a famous but reclusive actor is staying in a villa nearby. But Lucy's hopes for rest and romance are shattered when a body washes up on the beach and she finds herself swept up in a chilling chain of events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • PERFECT BEACH READ, rediscovered

  • By Susan on 08-02-18

A trip to Corfu

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

I loved the locale, so vividly discribed that it was like being on Corfu....but the story was paper-thin and very slow, and the characters were stereotypes. This was my first Mary Stewart story, and it was disappointing. The narration was really good, and that helped me stay with the book to the end. My favorite character was the dolphin 🐬

  • Pet Sematary

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,582
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,206
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,182

When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic, rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true. Yet despite Ludlow's tranquility, there's an undercurrent of danger that lingers...like the graveyard in the woods near the Creeds' home, where generations of children have buried their beloved pets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding in Every Regard

  • By Alexander Lambert on 04-10-18

Well told but very grim

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

This is another Stephen King classic, and as he says in the preface, he believes it is one of his most horrific stories. Whether you will agree depends on what you define as horror. There are some creepy characters (human, animal, and a shadowy "creature" that is never fully revealed), but the horror comes from the shadow of death that is encroaching on the Creed family. I found the story to be a very slow starter, but as with most of King's stories, there are well-drawn characters, and this gives the story it's emotional impact. Just a warning, this is a very dark no very sad story. It is about death. If that's a sensitive subject for you, I'd recommend you skip this one.
Michael C. Hall gives a fabulous performance of this one, really excellent.

  • What I Saw and How I Lied

  • By: Judy Blundell
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Greer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

Evie slowly finds herself caught in a complicated web of lies in this brilliant mystery that won the 2008 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't stop listening!!!

  • By Frances on 06-29-12

Palm Beach, 1947

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

This is a "mature" YA book. 15 year old Evie is confronted with a number of difficult emotional and moral choices, and realizes that the adults in her live are not always truthful. Good narration.

  • Convenience Store Woman

  • By: Sayaka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori - translator
  • Narrated by: Nancy Wu
  • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

Tokyo resident Keiko Furukara has never fit in - neither in her family, nor in school - but when at the age of 18 she begins working at the Hiiromachi branch of national convenience store chain Smile Mart, she realizes instantly that she has found her purpose in life. Delighted to be able to exist in a place where the rules of social interaction are crystal clear (many are laid out line-by-line in the store's manual), Keiko does her best to copy the dress, mannerisms, and mode of speech of her colleagues, playing the part of a "normal" person excellently, more or less.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good

  • By Louise on 08-07-18

Quirky and original

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

I really enjoyed this quirky and dark-humored story. The main character, Keiko, is so bizarre and original. There isn't much of a plot, but it's a fascinating look at societal expectations. Nancy Wu did an excellent job narrating.

  • You Me Everything

  • By: Catherine Isaac
  • Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Sick of his lies, cheating ways, and complete lack of interest in fatherhood, Jessica left her boyfriend, Adam, only months after she gave birth to their son - and never looked back. Adam moved to France to follow his dream, unencumbered by a serious relationship and the child he never wanted. Ten years later, Susan, Jess's mother, lies in a nursing home, battling a debilitating disease. Susan forces Jess to recognize what she's always refused to acknowledge: that William needs his father in his life. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Jumping the shark

  • By RueRue on 08-02-18

Jumping the shark

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

Yes, unfortunately, this one "jumped the shark". The story turned into unrealistic, sappy romance. The scenery in France was gorgeously discribed, though, and the narrator was excellent. But OMG, I almost couldn't finish....it was just too sappy for me.

  • Eagle & Crane

  • By: Suzanne Rindell
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Romanski
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Louis Thorn and Haruto "Harry" Yamada - Eagle and Crane - are the star attractions of Earl Shaw's Flying Circus, a daredevil (and not exactly legal) flying act that traverses Depression-era California. The young men have a complicated relationship, thanks to the Thorn family's belief that the Yamadas - Japanese immigrants - stole land that should have stayed in the Thorn family. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One for my "best of 2018" list !

  • By RueRue on 07-31-18

One for my "best of 2018" list !

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

This book captured me from the beginning, and even at 13+ hours it was never slow. The characters were interesting, their interaction, emotional connections, backstories, all worked together for a great story. I could be a bit critical of the final denouncement, it was a little melodramatic, but the rest of the book was so enjoyable that I'm not going to quibble. One of the best books I've listened to this year. And an excellent narrator ! I hope she does more readings for Audible.

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  • The Music Shop

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Steven Hartley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619

It is 1988. On a dead-end street in a run-down suburb there is a music shop that stands small and brightly lit, jam-packed with records of every kind. Like a beacon, the shop attracts the lonely, the sleepless, and the adrift; Frank, the shop's owner, has a way of connecting his customers with just the piece of music they need. Then, one day, into his shop comes a beautiful young woman, Ilse Brauchmann, who asks Frank to teach her about music.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another thing of beauty from Rachel Joyce

  • By Emily - Audible on 01-11-18

A bit sentimental

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

Yes, this is a bit on the sentimental side, and initially the character of Frank annoyed me with his indecisiveness. The book was definitely a slow build for me, and ultimately I did grow to enjoy the characters and to care about them.