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  • The Witching Hour

  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 50 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,692

Demonstrating once again her gift for spellbinding storytelling, Anne Rice makes real for us a great dynasty of four centuries of witches - a family given to poetry and incest, murder and philosophy, a family that over the ages is itself haunted by a powerful, dangerous, and seductive being called Lasher who haunts the Mayfair women....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Greatest Supernatural Thriller of the 20th Century

  • By Liberty on 11-06-15

waste of my time

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

The beginning had some promise, intriguing and inviting. Unfortunately a few chapters in it turned disappointing, chockfull with stereotype characters and predictable plots.

  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,354

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter, Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sophomoric!

  • By Mary Keller on 07-03-18

longwinded, boring, stereotypical

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

there is nothing i liked about this audiobook during the first 4 hours. I don't believe it's getting any better. It stops here for me.

  • The Nix

  • A Novel
  • By: Nathan Hill
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 21 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,134

It's 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson - college professor, stalled writer - has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn't seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she's reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nathan Hill is an exceptional storyteller.

  • By Bonny on 09-13-16

overhyped

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

Reviewed: 06-01-17

The book could be good, it needs a better editor and a better narrator.
The principle of 'less is more' applies here.
The narrator's voice sounds stressed out for no reason, and, most of the time - as if in a great hurry.
Feel exhausted just listening to it for more then 30 minutes.

  • The Idiot

  • By: Elif Batuman
  • Narrated by: Elif Batuman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 229

The year is 1995, and email is new. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard. She signs up for classes in subjects she has never heard of, befriends her charismatic and worldly Serbian classmate, Svetlana, and, almost by accident, begins corresponding with Ivan, an older mathematics student from Hungary. Selin may have barely spoken to Ivan, but with each email they exchange, the act of writing seems to take on new and increasingly mysterious meanings.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating point of view

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-21-17

read it instead

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

Reviewed: 06-01-17

The writing is interesting, unfortunately the narrator reads without the marks, periods, commas, etc.
Good writer doesn't automatically makes for a good enough narrator.
i will read it instead.

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  • Daily Rituals

  • How Artists Work
  • By: Mason Currey
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,213
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,027

Kafka is one of 161 inspired-and inspiring-minds, among them, novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians, who describe how they subtly maneuver the many (self-inflicted) obstacles and (self-imposed) daily rituals to get done the work they love to do, whether by waking early or staying up late; whether by self-medicating with doughnuts or bathing, drinking vast quantities of coffee, or taking long daily walks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing else like this one

  • By Debra B on 10-23-14

hugely dissapointing

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

Fun idea, yes, alas, this one can only technically be referred to as a book.
The structure and the content are better suited for gossip columns in some or other pretentious glossy magazine.
The narrator makes it even worst (in so far possible)

  • China Dolls

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Jodi Long
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 606
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 552
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 555

It's 1938 in San Francisco: A world's fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub. Grace Lee, an American-born Chinese girl, has fled the Midwest with nothing but heartache, talent, and a pair of dancing shoes. Helen Fong lives with her extended family in Chinatown, where her traditional parents insist that she guard her reputation like a piece of jade.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • New Narrator needed!

  • By Barbara on 06-25-14

disappointing

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

Reviewed: 08-27-15

The book itself disappoints, crammed as it is with predictable stereotypes, lifeless characters, and pathos, but worst of all - the narrator is so bad that it's excruciating to listen to, she just kills it.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,288

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

entertaining in its own genre

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

Reviewed: 08-18-15

One can't really call it literary fiction, more like chick-lit for moms, but entertaining enough.

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  • The Signature of All Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,059
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,070

In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss this one

  • By Molly-o on 12-27-13

True Gem

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

Reviewed: 06-25-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Signature of All Things to be better than the print version?

No

What did you like best about this story?

Everything - the language, the structure, the story, the reading voice ...

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

What a wonderful reading voice.

Any additional comments?

Sheer delight of a book

  • Ripper

  • A Novel
  • By: Isabel Allende
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 332

The Jackson women, Indiana and Amanda, have always had each other. Though their bond is strong, mother and daughter are as different as night and day. Indiana, a beautiful holistic healer, is a free-spirited bohemian. Long divorced from Amanda's father, she's reluctant to settle down with either of the men who want her - Alan, the wealthy scion of one of San Francisco's elite families, and Ryan, an enigmatic, scarred former Navy SEAL. While her mom looks for the good in people, Amanda is fascinated by the dark side of human nature - as is her father, the SFPD's deputy chief of homicide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely entertaining

  • By cristina on 02-04-14

Why?

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

Reviewed: 06-25-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

As a "beach read" maybe.

What was most disappointing about Isabel Allende’s story?

spiked with stereotypes, platitudes and too predictable.

What three words best describe Edoardo Ballerini’s performance?

good

Do you think Ripper needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. Because Isabel Allende is capable of much better work.

Any additional comments?

Talented writer, disappointing book.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,416
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,298
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,292

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Claudia on 04-14-15

great expactations

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

Reviewed: 06-25-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not in the context off good literature. Yes as time-passing activity.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

good reading voice.

Was The Girl on the Train worth the listening time?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

The book is overhyped.