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  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,194
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,985

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

Hasn't Much of a Plot

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

Reviewed: 04-13-19

This is an educational read if you have an interest in Greek mythology. The author spent much time developing characters, and less time developing a plot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Let Go

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,776

With unmatched suspense and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town in this powerful new thriller.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The new Harlan Coben?!

  • By shelley on 10-01-17

Easy Listening 'Who dun it'

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

Reviewed: 04-13-19

Nothing complicated about this mystery. It was mildly compelling and ended on a surprise note. The narration was good. I'd recommend it as an easy listening bit of intrigue.

  • The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Ruthie Ann Miles, Kimiko Glenn, Alexandra Allwine, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,115

The thrilling new novel from number-one New York Times best-selling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been abandoned and adopted by an American couple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ***EXCELLENT*** Six stars if I could !!

  • By ROBIN on 04-10-17

Tea Education

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

Reviewed: 03-18-19

After listening to this book, I now have an interest in Pu-erh tea. I have always preferred tea to coffee, believing that it has health benefits. The story aside, the Pu-erh tea industry described in the narrative left more of an impression on me than the story itself. Fourteen hours was too long to listen to a story that moved at snail's pace. And I would have really preferred more detail in the final chapter. The book just ended. Period. I felt that I couple of follow up chapters would have been nice, or at least an epilogue.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 47,188
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,644
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42,460

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Not Entertainment

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

This story was rather depressing. A young girl grows up in a large family of religious zealots, endures abuse from her bi-polar father and brother, and apathy from her mother. She eventually gets away to make good of her life. Listening to this story was a struggle because of the physical and emotional pain this girl endured. I listened to the end but did not find the story entertaining in the least and was glad when it concluded.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • 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 31,365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,027
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,937

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

Full of Intrigue

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

I listen to audiobooks while taking long walks and while swimming laps (using a waterproof Nano). Its seldom that I find a book so compelling that I don't want to stop listening. With this book, I swam further and walked longer than ever. Its a great story. I have told so many people about this book and encouraged them to either buy it or listen to it on Audible. The author is the narrator and she does and outstanding job. Very rare for me, but I have to give this book an A+.

  • By Invitation Only

  • A Novel
  • By: Dorothea Benton Frank
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett, Courtney Patterson, Sarah Naughton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,354

 The Lowcountry of South Carolina is where By Invitation Only begins, at a barbecue engagement party thrown by Diane English Stiftel, her brother Floyd, and her parents to celebrate her son’s engagement. On this gorgeous, magical night, the bride’s father, Alejandro Cambria, a wealthy power broker whose unbelievably successful career in private equity made him one of Chicago’s celebrated elite, discovers the limits and possibilities of cell phone range. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Feel-good story

  • By Jane on 06-16-18

Not a bad story

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

Lightweight story about family dynamics with Chicago upperclass and Low Country middle class that come together through adversity.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sympathizer

  • A Novel
  • By: Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Narrated by: Francois Chau
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,611

Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 2016. It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his trusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain, is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet Cong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Great Vietnamese Novel(Port)Nguyen's Complaint

  • By Joe Kraus on 03-31-16

Not an easy listen

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

The Sympathizer is brilliantly written. Sentences are intelligent and imaginative; however, the story line becomes intense, containing long episodes of horrifying torture. I listened to the very end, but I found the story disturbing and wished daily that I had not listened to the book at all. Although the story is very likely factual, in no way did I find it entertaining.

  • This Was a Man

  • The Clifton Chronicles, Book 7
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,300
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,089

This Was a Man opens with a shot being fired, but who pulled the trigger, and who lives and who dies? In Whitehall, Giles Barrington discovers the truth about his wife, Karin, from the cabinet secretary. Is she a spy or a pawn in a larger game? Harry Clifton sets out to write his magnum opus while his wife, Emma, completes her 10 years as chairman of the Bristol Royal Infirmary and receives an unexpected call from Margaret Thatcher offering her a job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fitting conclusion to an amazing series

  • By TP on 11-20-16

Tedium

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

What disappointed you about This Was a Man?

Absolutely no plot

What was most disappointing about Jeffrey Archer’s story?

It read like a narrative on the lives of highly recognized and successful family members. No excitement..., just rather factual and boring.

Have you listened to any of Alex Jennings’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

There is a more compelling story line to previous books in the series. The final book is just an embellishment of characters and then its over.

  • The Sound of Thunder

  • The Great Novel of a Man Enslaved by Passion and Cursed by His Own Success
  • By: Taylor Caldwell
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
  • Length: 29 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Money. Power. Prestige. These were the riches that destiny had awarded Edward Enger, but a greedy, ruthless family conspired against him and his own relentless desires enslaved him! As the descendant of a German immigrant, Edward built a business empire and dominated three generations of his family. Caldwell weaves the tale of a modern financial genius and the secret passions that obsessed him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Taylor Caldwell Never Disappoints

  • By Anonymous User on 04-03-18

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

What disappointed you about The Sound of Thunder?

This story is as boring and tedious as listening to the recited alphabet. It has the added burden of being narrated by an adult pretending in a squeaky voice be a family of sullen children. Could not make myself listen to the end.

Has The Sound of Thunder turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes

Would you be willing to try another one of Laurence Bouvard’s performances?

No

What character would you cut from The Sound of Thunder?

There were no characters that held my interest.

1 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,318

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Top Pick for 2012

  • By Em on 11-30-12

Pure drudgery

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

Reviewed: 07-16-17

What would have made The Handmaid's Tale better?

This book never accelerates. It plods along at 30 mph when the speed limit is 65.

What could Margaret Atwood have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Developed the characters to the extent that the reader actually cared about their fate.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Claire Danes?

There was no problem with the narration. The story was just too tedious.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom from start to finish. (Can't believe I actually listened to the end wasted approximately 11 hours of my time.)

Any additional comments?

I am stunned that so many have given this book good reviews.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful