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Christine A Saunders

Kentfield, CA, US
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  • The Canal Bridge

  • A Novel of Ireland, Love, and the First World War
  • By: Tom Phelan
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

In 1913, before there is a rumor of war in Europe, Matthias Wrenn and Con Hatchel, lifelong friends from Ballyrannel in the Irish midlands, decide to see the world at the expense of the king of England and join the British army. A year later, while en route to India, their troop ship is recalled and they soon find themselves in the European slaughterhouse that was World War I.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, disturbing and unforgettable

  • By Kathy on 05-25-16

Heart wrenching story. Outstanding performance.

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

The narrative lifts you away from the present and transports you back 100 years. Every word, performed so beautifully by Paul Nugent, awakens every sense and emotion. The dinner was late, the laundry forgotten, my husband huffy and brooding, and the kids left to text and surf to their heart's content while I shamelessly immersed myself in The Canal Bridge uninterrupted (not for want of trying) from first word to last. What more can I say?

  • Girls & Boys

  • By: Dennis Kelly
  • Narrated by: Carey Mulligan
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,723
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,666

A pulse-pounding new play from Tony Award-winning® playwright Dennis Kelly takes you on a journey that is at once hilarious, gripping, and heartbreaking. This world-premiere production starring Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, An Education) is available exclusively on Audible after a celebrated run at the Royal Court Theatre in London and off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have never heard a story performed so well.

  • By Erin Reeve on 07-05-18

Thought provoking and beautifully performed.

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

No evidence in Cary's performance that this was a play first. Every word, pause and sigh drew the most detailed pictures, as full and evocative as any 1000 page book. Loved it.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,080
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,673

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

  • By Kathy on 08-07-17

Stay with it... A great story!

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

Beautifully written and perfectly performed. Humorous, sad, and very uplifting...the story runs the gamut of emotions, leaving you at the other side feeling contented and satisfied.

  • Something in the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,562
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,467

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

I challenge you to press pause!

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

Refeshingly unusual angle to a thrilling story, read brilliantly by the author. I was putty in her hands from beginning to end..single sitting, and the best 11hours my ears have spent in a long time!

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  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,486
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,489

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

A riveting read!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

An enthralling documentary. Extremely well put together. I listened to the entire book without a pause. Jennifer and Sam asked all the right questions without partiality, leaving the listener to make up their own mind.. Can't wait for my husband to finish it so that we can both share our thoughts on on 'who done it'. I hope Jennifer and Sam have more projects in the works. I'm already a huge fan!

  • Elephant Company

  • The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II
  • By: Vicki Constantine Croke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,561

At the onset of World War II, Williams formed Elephant Company and was instrumental in defeating the Japanese in Burma and saving refugees, including on his own "Hannibal Trek." Billy Williams became a media sensation during the war, telling reporters that the elephants did more for him than he was ever able to do for them, but his story has since been forgotten.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Story of Friendship, Loyalty, and Bravery

  • By Patrick on 04-15-15

A beautiful, heartwrenching story

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

A beautiful story that reminded me of Roald Dahl's Boy, with a little less humour but a great deal of poignancy. I was drawn in to the narrative from start to end, interested in what was to come next but only wanting good things for all of the main characters..human and elephant alike.

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,829

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb in so many ways

  • By David on 01-19-14

Words fail me! Quite brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 11-24-17

I listened without interruption for 11 straight hours..experiencing every moment, every disappointment, every accomplishment however small but every one of immense importance..thru storms of unimaginable ferocity, terrain utterly unforgiving and human hardships endured and overcome by sheer force of will and determination.. I was there...completely transported, and living every moment. Alfred Lansing and Simon Prebble have quite literally delivered the perfect audible experience. Thank You!

  • Young Bloods

  • Wellington and Napoleon, Book 1
  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 19 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276

Arthur Wesley (the future Duke of Wellington) was born and bred to be a leader. With a firm belief that the nation must be led by a king, the red-coated British officer heads for battle against the French Republic, to restore the fallen monarchy. Napoleon Bonaparte joins the French military on the eve of the Revolution. He believes leadership is won by merit, not by noble birth. When anarchy explodes in Paris, he's thrust into the revolutionary army poised to march against Britain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Jean on 02-26-16

Quite brilliant#

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

A thoroughly enthralling story with impressive attention to historical detail and accuracy. And of course, Jonathan Keeble brings every line, page, minute, and hour to life with his exemplary performance. Quite brilliant and I can't wait to download the next book in the series!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fingersmith

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 23 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,988
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,989

Orphaned as an infant, Susan Trinder was raised by Mrs. Sucksby, “mother” to a host of pickpockets and con artists. To pay her debt, she joins legendary thief Gentleman in swindling an innocent woman out of her inheritence. But the two women form an unanticipated bond and the events that follow will surprise every listener. Fingersmith was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize, and was chosen as book of the year 2002 by more organizations than any other novel. Sarah Waters was named Author of the Year at the 2003 British Book Awards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The BEST BOOK I"ve read this year!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-30-11

Great story..unexpected twists and turns.

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

Beautifully narrated by my new favorite female performer, Juanita McMahon. Sarah Waters tells an enthralling story.

  • Bravo Two Zero - 20th Anniversary Edition

  • By: Andy McNab
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268

January 1991: IRAQ. Eight members of the SAS regiment embark upon a top-secret mission to infiltrate deep behind enemy lines. Under the command of Sergeant Andy McNab, they are to sever a vital underground communication link and to seek and destroy mobile Scud launchers. Their call sign: BRAVO TWO ZERO. Each laden with 15 stones of equipment, they tab 20km across the desert to reach their objective. But within days, their location is compromised. After a fierce fire fight, they are forced into evasive action. Four men are captured. Three die. Only one escapes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Legend Worthy SAS story

  • By John Mc on 08-06-18

More of the same requested

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

Need more British war hero books on audio books this was so exciting and unique.