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  • The Notebook

  • By: Nicholas Sparks
  • Narrated by: Barry Bostwick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,355

At 31, Noah Calhoun, back in coastal North Carolina after World War II, is haunted by images of the girl he lost more than a decade earlier. At 29, socialite Allie Nelson is about to marry a wealthy lawyer, but she cannot stop thinking about the boy who long ago stole her heart. Thus begins the story of a love so enduring and deep it can turn tragedy into triumph, and may even have the power to create a miracle.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying background music

  • By Karen on 06-16-05

Poor production

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

Reviewed: 01-20-18

I was looking forward to listening to this beautiful story. While the narration is fine, there is very loud obnoxious music playing over the narrator in many places.

  • The Velveteen Rabbit

  • By: Margery Williams
  • Narrated by: Meryl Streep
  • Length: 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

"When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but really loves you, then you become real." First published in 1922, Margery Williams' enchanting story about a toy rabbit is a classic of children's literature. This gentle rendition comes alive through Meryl Streep's soothing narration and George Winston's beautiful music score. Ages four and up.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting story

  • By Mandy Leppard on 12-11-16

Turn the music down!

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Unfortunately, Meryl Streep is completely drowned out by loud and distracting music throughout the entire story.

  • The Chemist

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,095
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,905

She used to work for the US government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They've killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened all night!

  • By bebe on 06-04-17

Pa-lease!

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

Reviewed: 02-26-17

Meyer should stick to teenage puppy love because it doesn't work with these supposed mature characters.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,206
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34,037
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,872

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Comedy-Tragedy of Gods Giants Dwarfs & Monsters

  • By Jefferson on 02-24-17

lacks the drama worthy of the Gods

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

I understand the passion for the project, but why, oh why, do authors to read themselves? know the tales are rich in myth and Legend, they lack the drama that is worthy of the Gods. I think it would have been a tremendous audiobook had it been read by an experienced narrator / actor.

5 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Book Scavenger

  • By: Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783

For 12-year-old Emily, the best thing about moving to San Francisco is that it's the home city of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, book publisher and creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger (a game where books are hidden in cities all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles). Upon her arrival, however, Emily learns that Griswold has been attacked and is now in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bibliophile? - Check this out!

  • By ASW on 03-05-16

Very enjoyable for book lovers of all ages.

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

Reviewed: 12-20-16

Excellent read/listen for bibliophiles. Reminded me how much I like solving puzzles. Puzzles AND books... Sign me up!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Lost Girls

  • An Unsolved American Mystery
  • By: Robert Kolker
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 542
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 488
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 488

One late spring evening in 2010, Shannan Gilbert, after running through the oceanfront community of Oak Beach screaming for her life, went missing. No one who had heard of her disappearance thought much about what had happened to the 24-year-old: She was a Craigslist prostitute who had been fleeing a scene. The Suffolk County Police, too, seemed to have paid little attention - until seven months later, when an unexpected discovery in a bramble alongside a nearby highway turned up four bodies, all evenly spaced, all wrapped in burlap. But none of them Shannan's.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No answers

  • By Sam on 07-24-13

Should have read a hard copy

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

Reviewed: 04-01-16

this is a good example of a good book poorly executed as an audio book. The story was interesting and dramatic, but the narrator was dry and apathetic.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Locke & Key

  • By: Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Narrated by: Haley Joel Osment, Tatiana Maslany, Kate Mulgrew, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,536
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,094

Based on the best-selling, award-winning graphic novel series Locke & Key - written by acclaimed suspense novelist Joe Hill ( NOS4A2, Horns) and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez - this multicast, fully dramatized audio production brings the images and words to life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I really tried to like it.

  • By Tom Cruz on 08-06-18

What the heck was that?

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

Reviewed: 02-19-16

I love a good audio book. I love a good radio show. This was neither.

While there are lots of things I did not like, there are two things that really bothered me.

First, there was a poor transition between some (especially exciting and noisy) scenes that left the listener (me) asking “what the heck just happened?” I appreciate that the content wasn’t dumbed down, but I do believe more narration and explanation is necessary.

Second, there was way too much music between the scenes. It was annoying and greatly interrupted the flow of the story. An entire hour could probably be cut from the recording if the music was reduced.

15 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Hellhole

  • By: Gina Damico
  • Narrated by: Macleod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 484

There was a time when geeky, squeaky-clean Max Kilgore would never lie or steal or even think about murder. Then he accidentally unearths a devil, and Max's choices are no longer his own. The big red guy has a penchant for couch surfing and junk food - and you should never underestimate evil on a sugar high.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it just for Macleod Andrews

  • By Eugenia on 05-09-15

Excellent performance!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-15

While the book was entertaining, the narrator really brought it to life! He had me laughing out loud and swearing not to drink liquids while listening. Bravo!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 198,942
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 185,752
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185,355

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Geek chic action packed fun!

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

Reviewed: 08-23-15

I loved this book! I thought it was creative, brilliant and could NOT stop listening!. It was read thoughtfully with enthusiasm and the perfect dramatic flair.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Descent

  • By: Tim Johnston
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands, R.C. Bray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,175
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,045
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,042

From the day Caitlin vanishes the lives of her family members are irrevocably altered, each assuming blame for that day's tragic events. As the initial days of hope are replaced by weeks of anxiety and despair, they find themselves increasingly isolated, each wondering: Is she still alive? Will we ever know what happened?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing Descent

  • By Marjorie on 02-22-15

Bloated & Exaggerated

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

Reviewed: 03-10-15

After 3 hours and sixteen chapters, I had to DNR this audio book. Perhaps, I would feel differently if I had read the pages myself instead of Xe Sands and R.C. Bray.

When Xe Sands doesn't sound like she is about to burst into tears, she reads breathy and flippant as if there’s something else she’d rather be doing. That and the irregular cadence of her delivery make me fight for focus on the story, instead I was fighting sleep every time I put my ear phones in.

The story is all over the place. The bouncing of place and time might not be so difficult if it wasn't for the author’s over descriptive wordiness about everything. I appreciate a thoughtful prose, however, Tim Johnston’s poetry would be better appreciated if I wasn't trying to identify a plot.

That said, I honestly do know that I could have appreciated the book in the written word better than the spoken word.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful