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  • The Devil's Pool

  • By: George Sand
  • Narrated by: Victoria Bradley
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

"The Devil's Pool" (1846) is a novel about the life of the French peasants by George Sand. Excerpt: "I knew the young man and the beautiful child; I knew their history, for they had a history. Although but a peasant and a laborer, Germain had always been aware of his duties and affections. He had related them to me clearly and ingenuously, and I had listened with interest. After some time spent in watching him plow, it occurred to me that I might write his story, though that story were as simple, as straightforward, and unadorned as the furrow he was tracing."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • the book is lovely, the performance is a bit flat

  • By Kelly on 02-13-19

the book is lovely, the performance is a bit flat

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

When I read that Poet Charles Baudelaire had this to say about George Sand, I knew I would in all likelihood enjoy her book.

"She is stupid, heavy and garrulous. Her ideas on morals have the same depth of judgment and delicacy of feeling as those of janitresses and kept women.... The fact that there are men who could become enamoured of this slut is indeed a proof of the abasement of the men of this generation."

I can't say that I knew the word "slut" was used in the 19th Century. But the quote proved to me that Baudelaire is not a man I would have liked, and that Sand was a woman I could admire.

Thanks to my Goodreads friend, Celia, for bringing this one into my vision. I enjoyed it very much. It was sweet and quiet and beautifully written.

  • The Maltese Falcon

  • By: Dashiell Hammett
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,190
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 682
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 679

Hard-boiled detective Sam Spade is hired to locate a client's sister by tailing the sister's companion. Spade's partner Miles Archer takes on the assignment, and quickly both Archer and the man he was shadowing are murdered. As Spade pursues the mystery of his partner's death, he is drawn into a circle of colorful characters, and they are all after a legendary statuette of a falcon that had long ago been made for King Charles of Spain. Encrusted with jewels, it is worth a fortune.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Play it again, Sam.

  • By Christopher on 04-01-04

You will see Bogart when you read this one.

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

Noir was created by Hammett. I saw this movie a few decades ago and although I don't remember anything about it, I could see Bogey and the wonderful film noir setting while reading this book.

  • The Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay

  • By: Beverly Jensen
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

In 1916, Sisters Idella and Avis Hillock live on the edge of a chilly bluff in New Brunswick, Canada, a hardscrabble world of potato farms, rough men, hard work, and baffling beauty. From “Gone”, the heartbreaking account of the crisis that changed their lives forever, to the darkly comic “Wake”, which follows the grown siblings’ catastrophic efforts to escort the body of their father “Wild Bill” Hillock to his funeral, these stories of Idella and Avis offer a compelling and wry vision of two remarkable women.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • sweet and simple read

  • By Kelly on 02-12-19

sweet and simple read

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

I enjoyed the sweet and sentimental glimpse into a time long gone and a life shared by sisters.

  • Folsom Untold: The Strange True Story of Johnny Cash's Greatest Album

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Danny Robins
  • Narrated by: Danny Robins
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,268
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,978
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,976

This is the story of one of the greatest records ever made - Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison - and its shocking and tragic aftermath. Join award-winning journalist Danny Robins on the 50th anniversary of the album as he takes you on a road trip back to 1968, a pivotal year in US history, to investigate the dramatic and unlikely friendship between Johnny Cash, American icon, and Glen Sherley, armed robber and Folsom inmate, and how that friendship was violently torn apart. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 1968 Greystone Chapel and the death of a prisoner

  • By Kingsley on 02-01-19

My favorite Audible Original so far!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

This may be my favorite Audible Original so far. It was a lot of fun to get a view into the making of Cash's superb record.

  • The Big Nowhere

  • By: James Ellroy
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

Los Angeles, 1950. Danny Upshaw is a sheriff's deputy stuck with a bunch of snuffs nobody cares about; they're his chance to make his name as a cop...and to sate his darkest curiosities. Mal Considine is DA's bureau brass. He's climbing on the Red Scare bandwagon to advance his career and to gain custody of his adopted son. Buzz Meeks - bagman, ex-narco goon, and pimp for Howard Hughes - is fighting communism for the money. All three men have purchased tickets to a nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of the LA Quartet

  • By diggindiana on 07-11-16

Dark and sleazy side of 1950 Los Angeles

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

Ellroy's second book in the L A quartet is dark, mean, ugly, sleazy, and gripping. It is hard to read because of its complete lack of political correctness. The attitudes toward the gay community, and people of color are hard to take. In 2019 it is shocking to read. However, it feels true to the time and the characters.

The crime is horrific. The city is presented at its worst. This is not the 1950s as presented by Ozzy & Harriet. This is not the "good old days" described by my elders. Ellroy's books are deeply cynical and a bit angry. I feel as though he has punched me in the gut after I finish his books. And, although I am in no way a cynical person, I am also not naive. I know that this side of the world exists and I find Ellroy's descriptions of the seedy side of the street gripping and thrilling. Unputdownable.

  • Mrs. Mike

  • By: Benedict Freedman, Nancy Freedman
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500

A moving love story set in the Canadian wilderness, Mrs. Mike is a classic tale that has enchanted millions of readers worldwide. It brings the fierce, stunning landscape of Canada to life and tenderly evokes the love that blossoms between Sergeant Mike Flannigan and beautiful young Katherine Mary O'Fallon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How could I have missed this all these years?

  • By Dale C. Farran on 01-30-10

Warm, welcoming and full of charm.

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

This is a beautiful, charming, warm tale of family, love and life in a remote area of Canada before and during WW2. I fell in love with the people of this little town. The Freedmans were inspired by their real life friend, and I think they wrote a beautiful story in her name. I hope she felt honored.

I pushed the play button on my phone after my husband went to bed... and several hours later it ended. One breathless sitting, falling in love with a place and the people who inhabited it.

  • Mutiny on the Bounty

  • By: Charles Nordhoff, James Norman Hall
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

In 1789 HMS Bounty under the command of Lieutenant William Bligh sailed off on a voyage to Tahiti in the South Pacific to obtain breadfruit trees for transplanting in the Caribbean. After a long, difficult voyage, in which a passage of Cape Horn had to be abandoned, the ship finally reached its destination. Within a few months, the Bounty was loaded with breadfruit plants and fresh provisions. But the return voyage never materialized.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent narration of a classic sea adventure!

  • By Homeschooling Mom of 4 on 01-19-15

Adventurous and Fast-Paced Story!

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

As a young girl in the 1960s and 1970s I found that reading allowed me to travel, escape, dream and survive epic adventures. Many, many times my dad entered my room long past bedtime to take from me the flashlight that I was using to read while under the covers. I fell in love with adventurous and mysterious stories because they made me feel like I was living that kind of life.

Recently, I found myself awake at 3 am and arguing with myself that it was time to push the stop button on this audiobook. I couldn't bear to stop it. This seafaring tale exciting and shocking. I wasn't sure it would be a book for me. But I loved it!

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  • Canada

  • By: Richard Ford
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 636
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 639

When 15-year-old Dell Parsons' parents rob a bank, his sense of normal life is forever altered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life into before and after, a threshold that can never be uncrossed. His parents' arrest and imprisonment mean a threatening and uncertain future for Dell and his twin sister, Berner. Willful and burning with resentment, Berner flees their home in Montana, abandoning her brother and her life. But Dell is not completely alone. A family friend intervenes, spiriting him across the Canadian border.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous writing

  • By SomervilleWhereElse on 07-06-12

A beautiful, sad, tragic and hopeful story.

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

I have learned that I enjoy sad, haunting tales of dysfunctional families. I find these types of books more realistic and true to life. Life isn't easy and happy, as light fiction assumes. So this book is one I love. It is deeply resonant and human. I liked the narrator/protagonist a great deal. He is quirky, intelligent and resilient. These are all characteristics I like in real life so it isn't surprising that I liked him.

Although there is no way to really spoil the story because Dell tells of the major events early in the volume, I am going to tag it as a spoiler anyway: Dell's life falls apart when his parents choose to rob a bank and are soon arrested. He and his sister find themselves alone in the home with nobody to care for them. In today's world that would never happen as the appropriate agency in the state would take the children into custody before the police even left the house. But it is believable that it could happen in 1960. This one event in Dell's life could have been enough to cause longterm mental health issues such as PTSD, but for him the tragedy continued. His sister ran away. His mother sent him to live in Canada with a complete stranger who drug Dell into another tragic event. And soon his mother committed suicide in prison. Through all of this Dell continued to love his family, to like school and to have a positive view of his future. He was his own little light of hope. I found it beautiful.

  • The Shipping News

  • By: Annie Proulx
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

At 36, Quoyle, a third-rate newspaperman, is wrenched violently out of his workaday life when his two-timing wife gets her just desserts. He retreats with his two daughters to his ancestral home on the starkly beautiful Newfoundland coast, where a rich cast of local characters all play a part in Quoyle's struggle to reclaim his life. As three generations of his family cobble up new lives, Quoyle confronts his private demons - and the unpredictable forces of nature and society - and begins to see the possibility of love without pain or misery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't Explain Why I Love This Book

  • By Polly on 03-06-12

I think I have now traveled to Newfoundland!

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

Annie Proulx's Pulitzer winner is so vivid and unique. The descriptions of the culture and the landscape of Newfoundland was tangible and beautiful. I could feel the cold wind in the winter. I could taste the fish. I could hear the flat, nasal accents of the region. Everything about this book makes you feel like you have actually been to the cliffsides of the small seaside villages in the arctic. I love when a book transports me, and this one did. This is a new favorite.

  • Journey

  • A Novel
  • By: James A. Michener
  • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Gold fever swept the world in 1897. The chance for untold riches sent thousands of dreamers on a perilous trek toward their fortunes, failures, or deaths. Follow four English aristocrats and their Irish servant as they misguidedly haul their dreams across cruel Canadian terrain toward the Klondike gold fields.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Michener short story.

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-18-17

I live in the Old West which made this a fun read.

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

I was quite interested in this topic because I live in the mountains of Colorado surrounded by our own gold-mining history.

Michener's book was full of adventure, history, and humor. I really enjoyed this story of five men who are chasing gold in the Canadian Yukon gold rush of 1897, and who chose to travel across Canada. Because apparently the easy route took you through American lands -- Alaska and simple to climb mountains. And what self-respecting Brit would choose to take that simple route over American soil when it is so much harder to go through British territory. I was a bit incredulous at all the crazy things they dealt with just to travel only on British lands. But I was also quite impressed. That type of stubborn streak can serve a person well.

Michener did his research. I really enjoyed the final chapter in which he told the reader about the things that inspired this book and how he found the information he needed. It was fascinating.