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  • Tune In

  • The Beatles: All These Years
  • By: Mark Lewisohn
  • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
  • Length: 43 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 873
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 877

Tune In is the first volume of All These Years - a highly-anticipated, groundbreaking biographical trilogy by the world's leading Beatles historian. Mark Lewisohn uses his unprecedented archival access and hundreds of new interviews to construct the full story of the lives and work of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insanely great

  • By Tad Davis on 12-17-13

The truth!

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

Reviewed: 05-04-15

If you are a hardcore Beatles fan this book is a must read! Lewisohn isn't known for his Beatles knowledge and research. Nothing is left out, glossed over or made up. Lewisohn goes out of his way to make sure the reader knows everything and if information is sketchy he tells so. He also talks about rumors and backs his information with interviews, documents and film. If he feels that information is stretched or not enough references exist, he writes about it. This book is a true piece of art and history! I can't wait for the next 2 parts!

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,008
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24,036

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By j phillips on 05-28-17

So Mesmerizing You Want in the Book!

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

Reviewed: 02-17-14

Donna Tart did an excellent job of character building, plot development and story telling in this wonderful book about Theo and the "Goldfinch" painting. You find yourself wanting to climb inside the book and help him to figure out these difficult times. I could not put this book down from start to finish and found myself still thinking about Theo, Boris and all the other characters long after finishing the book. Not only is the book well written the narrator is able to perform the book so perfectly by capturing each character's personality. I felt like I was living the in the story thanks so such a wonderfully written and narrated book! Buy this one today, you will NOT be sorry!!

  • The Circle

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,003
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,350
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,369

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifying look at a techno-destruction of privacy

  • By FinanceBuzz on 01-20-14

Excellent... but!

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

Reviewed: 12-05-13

I loved this book, the story line and the characters. The whole idea of something like this happening is here. Why didn't I give it a 5 for overall? I would have loved to see what happened after? Because it just ended..It left me going, what what? Is he writing another book? It - Just - Ended! LOL!

32 of 37 people found this review helpful

  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion

  • A Novel
  • By: Fannie Flagg
  • Narrated by: Fannie Flagg
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,125

Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a fun story!

  • By Lea Zimmerman on 12-06-13

Fannie's Still Got It!

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

Reviewed: 12-05-13

I've read almost all of Fannie's books and this one didn't fall short! I loved the story line, the characters and her ability to make you feel like you were a part of the story. I almost felt like I was listening to my life story, Lenore was my mother.. and almost all mom's of the deep south. Fannie is an amazing story teller and her performance really made the book even better. I'm so glad that I decided to listen to it instead of reading it.
Such a wonderful feel-good, vacation book. Read it, you won't be disappointed!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,827
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,701
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,714

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

Excelling Southern Portrayal

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

Reviewed: 11-30-12

I was born and raised in Mississippi in the 60s. This book struck home for me. I found myself thinking, "Why didn't I write this?" I can remember my mother saying a lot of things these women said and the portrayal of southern history was spot on. We had a maid growing up named Suzy and she reminded me so much of Aibileen. I still think of Suzy to this day and wonder where she is. She was my 2nd mom and I loved her so dearly. When I was a teenager I came home and she was just gone.. I never knew why.
This book is amazingly written and the characters are developed in such a way you feel like you know each and every one personally.
Excellent Read!!

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,283

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What book did others hear?

  • By Tenizmom on 09-20-12

The KING is BACK!

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

Reviewed: 11-30-12

Any additional comments?

Loved this book! The entire book was engaging and kept me listening right to the end. One time I even had to put it down and run out of the room a minute to catch my breath. The characters were developed in such a way, I felt like I knew them. The writing was amazing and I found myself back in the 50s with the constant need to google things he wrote about. If you love historical fiction, you will love this book. Great job King!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,093
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,184

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

Excellent Story - Major Cliffhanger!

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

Reviewed: 08-25-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it has a great story line and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

What did you like best about this story?

What I liked best was how well written and thought out the story line was. The author went to great links to show how mentally ill people can really be. It makes you wonder what really goes on out there in the world.

What does Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

They both really acted the parts. I feel like I was really listening to Nick and Amy!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No but I found myself getting upset and saying OMG a lot.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book. I can see that the author has many more plans for Nick and Amy. The cliffhanger at the end really left me saying "NO DON'T END NOW!!!"

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32,117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27,237
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,871

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Really 2.5

  • By Kd on 05-16-12

Excellent Book - Audio Ruined by Valley Girl!

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

Reviewed: 05-15-12

Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

50 Shades of Grey was a great book but not a good listen. The reader sounded so much like an 80s valley girl it was hard to concentrate on the book itself. I would not rank this one high on my favorites of audiobooks.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Christian Grey is a man that most women wish they'd met when they were single and 21.

How could the performance have been better?

This outstanding book was ruined by the reader. Someone with a young voice but more educated sounding would have really made the audiobook live up to it's written word. Anastasia Steele is educated so why is a Valley Girl from the 80s reading this awesome book?

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I was very upset by the reader and performance. I read the actual book and wanted to hear the audio book. I was extremely upset at how Anastasia Steele was portrayed.

Any additional comments?

Read the real book, the audio ruines it.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,603

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

Intriguing, exciting and intoxicating!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-10

The beginning of this story starts out very slow but it's needed to set the groundwork for an amazing and action pack story filled with history, war, romance and time travel. Once you make it through the first few chapters you won't be able to stop listening. The reader has an amazing voice and is able to bring the characters to life in your mind. The writer captures your heart and gives you the feeling that you are there with Claire and Jamie. I loved every minute of this book and you will too!

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Match Me If You Can

  • A Novel
  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,017
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,645

Annabelle is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. She's endured dead-end jobs and a broken engagement. But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Guilty Pleasure

  • By Daniela on 12-01-08

Great story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-05

Another great romance for SEP! I really enjoyed listening to this one. As will all of SEP's novels, such great romance and excitement! This was one that was very hard to stop listening to. I found myself trying to hide my ipod at work just to get a quick chapter in to see what happened! You won't be sorry with this one!
OUTSTANDING!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful