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  • Death in Berlin

  • By: M. M. Kaye
  • Narrated by: Kate Udall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Miranda Brand is visiting Germany for what is supposed to be a month's vacation. But from the moment that Brigadier Brindley relates the story about a fortune in lost diamonds - a story in which Miranda herself figures in an unusual way - the vacation atmosphere becomes transformed into something more ominous. And when murder strikes on the night train to Berlin, Miranda finds herself unwillingly involved in a complex chain of events that will soon throw her own life into peril.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why these narrators

  • By Rhian on 09-01-13

Slow. Dated. Boring

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

Despite the beauty of her long romantic "Pavilion" tale, this story although situated in post war Berlin uses little of its drama. Unlike the "Third Man " we get nice middle class British women daintily dealing with housekeeping problems while bodies appear. They're saved and taken care of by the smart handsome detective who explains it to them in the last chapter. Just read the last chapter where the smart detective explains to the simple woman who has been stumbling cluelessly through it.

  • My Beloved World

  • By: Sonia Sotomayor
  • Narrated by: Rita Moreno
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,396

The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring story but choppy editing

  • By Erika Shaffer on 05-05-14

Inspiring story beautifully read.

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

From a poor and humble beginning Sotomayor's story is a moving example of the American dream. Brilliance, determination and sheer hard work backed by love, friendship and "affirmative Action" brings a vital new force to the juris prudence of American democracy.

  • The Far Pavilions

  • By: M. M. Kaye
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 48 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945

When The Far Pavilions was first published 19 years ago, it moved the critic Edmund Fuller to write this: "Were Miss Kaye to produce no other book, The Far Pavilions might stand as a lasting accomplishment in a single work comparable to Margaret Mitchell's achievement in Gond With the Wind." From its beginning in the foothills of the towering Himalayas, M. M. Kaye's masterwork is a vast, rich, and vibrant tapestry of love and war that ranks with the greatest panoramic sagas of modern fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heroism, adventure, sadistic cruelty, and love.

  • By Velan on 02-19-13

Excellent historical novel but . . .

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

First 5 parts absolutely captured me. Part 6, hours of step by step battles descriptions dragged on endlessly. I don't need to hear every sword stroke, bullet wound, etc. vividly described section after section. Had to keep skipping ahead. 6 hrs or so of it. Aside from that the book is a captivating listen. Fantastically read by the narrator with a broad palate of voices and accents to capture a large cast of characters bringing life & dimensions to the story.

  • The Architect's Apprentice

  • By: Elif Shafak
  • Narrated by: Piter Marek
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 205

In 1540, 12-year-old Jahan arrives in Istanbul. As an animal tamer in the sultan's menagerie, he looks after the exceptionally smart elephant Chota and befriends (and falls for) the sultan's beautiful daughter Princess Mihrimah. A palace education leads Jahan to Mimar Sinan, the empire's chief architect, who takes Jahan under his wing as they construct (with Chota's help) some of the most magnificent buildings in history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I feel like I should like it more than I do

  • By nyog on 04-19-17

Wonderful story. Beautifully written. Excellent narration.

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

A great addition to anyone's listening library. An imaginative trip into the Ottoman world. Colorful and moving.

  • The Face of the Assassin

  • By: David Lindsey
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17

As a forensic artist in Austin, Texas, Paul Bern painstakingly reconstructs the likenesses of unfortunate souls whose features have been obliterated by crime or accident. As macabre as his vocation may be, it has become a comfortable and lucrative routine - until the day a mysterious woman arrives at his studio. The visitor brings two gifts. The first is a human skull she has smuggled out of Mexico. The second is a staggering secret that brings him eyeball to eyeball with a past he never knew he had.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK. Not the author’s best. Action sometimes confusing.

  • By Georgia on 09-29-18

OK. Not the author’s best. Action sometimes confusing.

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

Lots of violence and grizzly descriptions. Overall “good guys” didn’t turn me on. Only interesting character was disabled teenager. But she wasn’t part of the main action.

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,005
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,888

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actually Humanized Trump for Me

  • By BigNutz on 12-15-18

Woodward does it again

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

Deep thorough research, as expected from Woodward, After reviewing extensive, documentation and interviews with people closely involved he presents statements and facts for the reader to judge. It’s a well written fascinating book. A peek through the door at people maneuvering for power & control and the man fighting to keep the top job. Great read/listen.

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  • Truman

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 54 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,378
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,379

Hailed by critics as an American masterpiece, David McCullough's sweeping biography of Harry S. Truman captured the heart of the nation. The life and times of the 33rd president of the United States, Truman provides a deeply moving look at an extraordinary, singular American.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • That Mousy Little Man From Missouri Revisited

  • By Sara on 07-23-15

Excellent writing and narration a great story.

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

Thorough research and understanding presents a revealing portrait of a man often misunderstood by the public and misrepresented by his opposition and the press. In fact he was a political rarity a down home warm and friendly man who was brilliant, extremely hardworking and not afraid to make the most difficult decisions going beyond politics. Simplicity, honesty and truth were his guidelines as well as his concern for his fellow man.

  • Prime Suspect #1

  • By: Lynda La Plante
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,360
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,351

If Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison hadn't been a woman, she might not have noticed the victim's shoes…and that they didn't match the size given on the info sheet now so obviously misidentifying the dead blonde as a hooker named Della Mornay. Being so thorough, so good at the details, made Jane a top investigator; being a woman made the boys in the squadron want to see her fall on her face.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • La Plante's first and best Tennyson novel

  • By Claire on 07-07-12

Wrong Reader

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

While this reader has a lovely speaking voice that I have enjoyed in other books, it's not the tone that suits the Tennison character. It's too pretty. Spoiled the effect of this characterization of a hard driving police woman fighting for recognition of her position as well as winning the case.


  • Katherine

  • A Novel
  • By: Anya Seton
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 23 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897

Set in the vibrant 14th century of Chaucer and the Black Death, the classic romance Katherine features knights fighting in battle, serfs struggling in poverty, and the magnificent Plantagenets - Edward III, the Black Prince, and Richard II - who ruled despotically over a court rotten with intrigue. Within this era of danger and romance, John of Gaunt, the king's son, falls passionately in love with the already married Katherine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful the 2nd time around, forty years later!

  • By Patricia S. on 06-01-11

Biography & Beautiful Romance

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

I enjoy historical novels. However, I don't syrupy romances. This beautifully written story combines biography and romance in a satisfying manner. A pleasurable trip to another era.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Blonde

  • A Novel
  • By: Anna Godbersen
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 78

It’s early spring 1959, and the word desire is synonymous with America’s most famous blonde: Marilyn Monroe. Being desired is her drug, her kryptonite, the very definition of who she is. It’s so much a part of her identity that her own wants and needs have become fleeting at best, as if she’s seen herself through others’ eyes so often that she’s forgotten what she looks like through her own. But the deepest needs always surface, and there is one thing Marilyn wishes for beyond all else: to meet her real father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Fabulous

  • By Owlgirl on 06-13-14

Sloooow, dragged

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

Reviewed: 03-25-17

Interesting concept, but rambled. Key characters aside from Marilyn not sharp enough. Never really understood how and why she got into and continued in the plot. Didn't find obsessive the father/daughter believable