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  • Middlemarch

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 35 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,967
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,944

Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audible book ever

  • By Molly-o on 12-25-11

Story is more enjoyable to this mature listener--

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

Reviewed: 03-19-16

--than it was when I was 25 and pursuing a graduate degree in English. Like Eliot's characters, one's own perspective on the self and others matures with time. Rereading the story after the experiences of love, marriage, child birth, and loss has, I find, made the novel more relevant and rewarding. Eliot is a keen, yet compassionate observer and storyteller. Stevenson's narration is likewise brilliant.

  • The Redbreast

  • By: Jo Nesbø
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,637
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,635

It is 1944: Daniel, a soldier, legendary among the Norwegians fighting the advance of Bolshevism on the Russian front, is killed. Two years later, a wounded soldier wakes up in a Vienna hospital. He becomes involved with a young nurse, the consequences of which will ripple forward to the turn of the next century. In 1999, Harry Hole, alone again after having caused an embarrassment in the line of duty, has been promoted to inspector and is lumbered with surveillance duties. He is assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different For Nesbo, But Still Great

  • By Joe on 06-03-12

Nesbo's best Harry Hole mystery!

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

Reviewed: 02-29-16

Yes, the author's intricate weaving of two storylines, occurring in different decades and countries, requires an attentive and patient listener, but it's worth it! I've read/listened to all of Nesbo's Harry Hole novels, and in my opinion, Redbreast was the most intriguing and satisfying of them all.

  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

  • By: Dorothy Gilman
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,581

Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Barbara Rosenblatt: THE Voice!

  • By Barbara on 01-14-12

Pollifax is no Nancy Drew

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

Reviewed: 01-03-16

If you enjoy modern spy novels, this will really disappoint you. Plot, characters, and setting are silly and contrived, with comic book implausibilty.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,274

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, good narrator, not so great production

  • By j phillips on 08-08-17

Absolutely the finest novel and performance!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-15

All the Light We Cannot See is a modern masterpiece of storytelling, as poignant and relevant to our hearts and history as War and Peace must have been for Tolstoy's Russian readers. You will laugh, and you will cry.

  • On the Beach

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664

A war no one fully understands has devastated the planet with radioactive fallout from massive cobalt bombing. Melbourne, Australia, is the only area whose citizens have not yet succumbed to the contamination. But there isn’t much time left, a few months, maybe more—and the citizens of Melbourne must decide how they will live the remaining weeks of their lives, and how they will face a hopeless future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Personally a Tremendous Influence

  • By N. Rogers on 06-07-14

You won't be able to put this down

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

Reviewed: 06-18-15

The characters and their lives are described realistically, with compassion, attention to detail, and even humor. The story could happen as easily today as when the story was set over 50 years ago. It will give you a new perspective on your own life as you realize we could share the same fate today if we don't take nuclear disarmament seriously.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Reliquary

  • Pendergast, Book 2
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,276

Hidden deep beneath Manhattan lies a warren of tunnels, sewers, and galleries, mostly forgotten by those who walk the streets above. There lies the ultimate secret of the Museum Beast. When two grotesquely deformed skeletons are found deep in the mud off the Manhattan shoreline, museum curator Margo Green is called in to aid the investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Should have made this one into a movie...

  • By Anastasia on 02-22-09

A story more Jules Verne than modern thriller

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

Reviewed: 06-14-15

This story stretched credulity more than other Pendergast tales. But its narrator brings a full repertoire of voices and sound effects that makes this a compelling and entertaining listen.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Altar Girl

  • A Prequel
  • By: Orest Stelmach
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65

The daughter of uncompromising Ukrainian immigrants, Nadia was raised to respect guts, grit, and tradition. When the events around the seemingly accidental death of her estranged godfather don't add up, Nadia is determined to discover the truth - even if she attracts the attention of dangerous men intent on finding out what she knows through any means possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great surprise!

  • By Robert on 05-07-15

Narrator's immature voice diminished impact

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

Reviewed: 05-05-15

Story was predictable, almost on the level of a Nancy Drew book, as told by Nancy herself! Nadia's instant analyses of every thought in her head and observations of every one she meets is tedious and insulting to the reader in the extreme. Only redeeming qualities were the historical references to Ukrainian life post- WWII and the plight of refugees and deported people forced back to their homelands. I got the distinct impression that this book was quickly written to take advantage of two recent phenomena: the crisis in the Ukraine and the popularity of books whose titles include the phrase "the girl."

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Absent One

  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,378

In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New favorite author

  • By JAB on 09-25-12

Not up to the level of others in the series

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

Reviewed: 05-02-15

Narrator and plot were disappointing. Loved all the other audio recordings in the Department Q series except this one. Carl, Assad, and their police work take a back seat to the unbelievable antics of multiple morally challenged bad guys and gals.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Marco Effect

  • Department Q, Book 5
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,813

All fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola rules his former gypsy clan with an iron fist. Revered as a god and feared as a devil, Zola forces the children of the clan to beg and steal for his personal gain. When Marco discovers a dead body - proving the true extent of Zola's criminal activities - he goes on the run. But his family members aren't the only ones who'll go to any lengths to keep Marco silent - forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Well Written, So Well Narrated

  • By Bob on 09-15-14

Another great listen in the Q series

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

Reviewed: 04-29-15

Finished the book and then started it over again--it is that good. The English translation aptly captures the flavor and nuances of each character's thoughts and expressions. My favorite has to be Carl's "Christ on a bike!" and Assad's humorous stories featuring camels. Both add just the right amount of levity in the face of some seriously ugly crimes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem

  • By: Joan Didion
  • Narrated by: Diane Keaton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 931
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 857
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 846

Universally acclaimed from the time it was first published in 1968, Slouching Towards Bethlehem has been admired for decades as a stylistic masterpiece. Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton ( Annie Hall, The Family Stone) performs these classic essays, including the title piece, which will transport the listener back to a unique time and place: the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco during the neighborhood’s heyday as a countercultural center.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dammit Diane!

  • By Lemondropkid on 06-03-16

Diane Keaton ruined this for me

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

Reviewed: 04-28-15

Diane Keaton's slow, monotonous narration robbed Didion's stories of their marvelous verbal play and sardonic wit. I ended up increasing the playback speed so Keaton wouldn't ramble on, sounding like a bored and boring girlfriend in a Woody Allen movie. Didion deserved a narrator who actually understood what she was reading. Clearly, Keaton did not.