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  • When All Is Said

  • A Novel
  • By: Anne Griffin
  • Narrated by: Niall Buggy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

At the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan. He’s alone, as usual ­- though tonight is anything but. Pull up a stool and charge your glass, because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story. Over the course of this evening, he will raise five toasts to the five people who have meant the most to him. Through these stories - of unspoken joy and regret, a secret tragedy kept hidden, a fierce love that never found its voice - the life of one man will be powerful and poignantly laid bare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Grief is the price we pay for love" Qn Eliz II

  • By Anonymous User on 03-14-19

I don’t know what all the fuss is about

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

I wanted to qui this before the halfway point but the reviews are so glowing I stuck it out hoping to like it. And I hate it. I hate the POV, the guy is talking to his son who isn’t there, the toasts are being told as directed toward his son. Not at the people he is toasting. And the people he is toasting, he hardly speaks of the person, he toasts a stillborn child but rambles on for an hours and a half about everything but that baby. I have no emotional connection to these people especially the wife that this whole thing is about anyway. He says nothing redeeming about why he lives her so damn much that is ends the way It does. It’s superficial. All of it. I liked the guy’s accent I hated all the mouth noises, especially toward the end when the acting ramps up as do the swallows and deep breaths and mouth smacking. I can’t grasp what everyone is going on about with this one. No character is developed enough to make feel for these people. There’s a convoluted family tree that isn’t the narrators family. I could go on. But ultimately I hated the POV of speaking to the son not to those he was toasting and in fact being all alone. The end is also quite agitating. SPOILER: I’ve never read/listened to a book with a dead narrator before. And I’ve never been so emotionally DEtached from a suicide. Could not care less.

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  • The Poets' Corner

  • The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family
  • By: John Lithgow
  • Narrated by: Morgan Freeman, Susan Sarandon, Helen Mirren, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628

John Lithgow has compiled an outstanding collection of memorable poems and has gathered his famous friends to read them. The wide variety of carefully selected poetry in this audiobook provides the perfect introduction to reel in those who are new to poetry, and for poetry lovers to experience beloved verses in a fresh, vivid way. Lithgow offers insightful and sometimes poignant commentary to accompany each poem. His essential criterion is that "each poem's light shines more brightly when read aloud".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Painless Crash Course in the Great Western Poets

  • By Litlovingmama on 10-27-14

Totally delighted

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

Love John lithgow so much. Such a fantastic narrator. Loved all the guest speakers. It’s definitely not a typical collection of poetry and that was nice. There were some old reliables in there. But overall it was nice to be introduced to poems if not heard and his analysis of them is superb so even if I didn’t like the poem I really enjoyed his analysis, commentary and final words. I was able to appreciate those I didn’t like and listened twice to ones I loved. I especially appreciate the chapters actually being listed so I could go back to specific poets and analysis. Really enjoyed this. I want more.

  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,063
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,867
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,813

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A must hear ... but not for kids!

  • By Dylan on 02-19-19

Audio Documentary

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

Think Mysteries at the Museum, but audio only. That's it right there. Sound effects, role playing, intro and outro music, narrator, the whole works, a full Victorian Secrets documentary in audio only. The facts are interesting, I love Stephen Fry, I wish there was more. I want more. If you expect anything other than the audio of a documentary don't listen. Stephan Fry is too good for all these bad reviews just because it wasn't what was expected. Now you know what to expect. The sound effects are there for EFFECT people!

  • Creative Quest

  • By: Questlove
  • Narrated by: Questlove, Fred Armisen, Tariq Trotter, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,089

In Creative Quest, Questlove synthesizes all the creative philosophies, lessons, and stories he's heard from the many creators and collaborators in his life, and reflects on his own experience, to advise listeners and fans on how to consider creativity and where to find it. He addresses many topics - what it means to be creative, how to find a mentor and serve as an apprentice, the wisdom of maintaining a creative network, coping with critics and the foibles of success, and the specific pitfalls of contemporary culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Questlove once again is my fairy godmother

  • By Richard on 04-26-18

Overall great, inclusive of all creatives

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

I've never read a self-help creative book before. And I probably never will again. I'll just listen to this over and over. No other creative self help book can possibly beat my satisfaction with this one. I got it from a a daily deal and half way through I wish I had paid full price. So I went and bought the physical book because I want to go back to this as reference forever and ever, and I came at this book from a creative writer POV, and while he does talk about his music career, of course, he is broad enough to apply his ideas to all creative disciplines and he gives examples based on all types of creative ideas. If you want a creative self help book, a getting passed writer's block book, a book to inspire you to find ideas for your next song or music piece, or even new ideas for cooking, this is THE book as far as I'm concerned,

  • A Map of Days

  • Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, Book 4
  • By: Ransom Riggs
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956

Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began, in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma, and their peculiar friends are with him, and doing their best to blend in. But carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons are soon interrupted by a discovery - a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob’s grandfather, Abe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good read.

  • By Margaret Spencer on 12-08-18

Awful narrator, poor story

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

I suppose I'm in the minority here (I am a 34 year old woman,) but the narrator is awful, so so awful, apparently I liked him before, but now, I don't know why he does the voice of the narration so much differently than when the narrator, Jacob, speaks in dialogue. As for the writing, Jacob has become more a brat, and twice as much SCREAMING, I never ever ever need to hear Kirby whatshisname screaming out my car radio again, and lines like "the vice principal-ish guy," is so lazy, weak, and childish (for lack of a better word,) and I know it's a children's book, but either I'm remembering the first three books better than they were, or Ransom really forced himself to get this thing written and relied far too heavily on his weak descriptions of pictures he just happened to come across in the time since the third book. The story sounds forced, and frankly not well thought out, and relies mostly on Jacob having tantrums, the writing is weak, and it's a TOTAL cliffhanger P.S., there is no real ending, there's no map of days, what's the map of days? We don't know because the damn book has nothing to do with a map of days, there's cartoon map from a diner, that it? I don't know. I'm so irritated with this installment, the movie already destroyed what was great about the first three books, then this comes along and ruined my desire to carry on with anything that follows. If you're a fan who likes everything blindly without scrutiny read it, if you value good writing, and don't like people screaming from your radio, I'm not exaggerating I turned it down multiple times because it was obnoxious and unnecessary, I'd skip it and let the first three books hold your heart.

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  • The Book of Speculation

  • A Novel
  • By: Erika Swyler
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,516
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,509

Simon Watson, a young librarian on the verge of losing his job, lives alone on the Long Island Sound in his family home - a house, perched on the edge of a bluff, that is slowly crumbling toward the sea. His parents are long dead, his mother having drowned in the water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, works for a traveling carnival reading tarot cards and seldom calls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • traveling carnival, tarot, love, fate, secrets

  • By withherownwings on 07-20-15

such a dissapointment

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

First of all, it switches timelines without warning. Fair warning, the second chapter is a different story, then it switches back and forth every other chapter, it doesn't manage to land the connections fully in the end, It haphazardly ties up everything near the end, a little to vaguely. I love Ari Fliakos, I wouldn't blame him for what the women sound like in this, maybe that's the writer's fault. I'm just deeply disappointed in this one. The ending was boring and nothing all that profound. The story is kind of unfinished. I can't explain it any other way other than I stuck with this thing despite early doubts based on the unannounced timeline and bad explanation of the damn book that confused me as to why I was listening to this new storyline, and I did get into the carnival side of the story, I did appreciate some aspects, but overall I could've done without because I was so disappointed with the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wishful Drinking

  • By: Carrie Fisher
  • Narrated by: Carrie Fisher
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,455

In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher tells the true and intoxicating story of her life with inimitable wit. Born to celebrity parents, she was picked to play a princess in a little movie called Star Wars when only 19 years old. "But it isn't all sweetness and light sabers."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Perspective....

  • By Allan on 12-22-08

She says 'anyway' a lot

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

Reviewed: 12-30-16

I know some reviews dislike her voice and delivery. Here's the thing it was a one woman stage show first. It's like a one sided conversation with her. She says anyway a lot, a lot, a lot. You move past it if you accept that this is more a talk than a novel. I like her deep raspy voice. I like her little giggles, some of her choices to for emphasis I feel are awkward. But all in all I've been meaning to get to this one for awhile because I relate to the mental illness but I shied away because of the reviews. Sadly I listened to it all in one day, the day after her mother died, 2 days after she died. It's quite bittersweet now, sad with a smile as she jokes about her death and her mother does as well, sorta. It's a good listen. It probably works better as an audio book because it was adapted from her stage show.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

  • By: Truman Capote
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,641
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,637

Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Better to look at the sky than live there"

  • By W Perry Hall on 02-12-14

Not the movie and just as good

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

Well seeing Audrey Hepburn do this first is beneficial because Michael c hall makes her sound like a drag queen. But I appreciate his voices and performance. The ending is so much sadder to me than the movie. The book makes the movie make sense.

  • Little Women

  • By: Louisa May Alcott
  • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
  • Length: 19 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106

Most people know this book from the Academy Award-winning motion picture starring Winona Ryder. Now, introduce them to the sparkling American classic behind the movie: a charming portrait of the joys and hardships of the four sisters in Civil War New England. Separated by the war from their beloved parents, these "little women" struggle to find their place in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timeless Listen

  • By Nicole on 12-05-09

The narrator isn't the best

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

Reviewed: 09-14-16

I read books along with the audio. I don't think she has a different version than mine that has random words changed, like precocious becoming precious. She messes up quite a bit and her word stumbles throw me. I'm pretty sure she messes up her accents many times and I didn't like some of them. However she did do voices and dos Aunt March quite well. She at least HAD different voices. But it seemed that everyone became Marmee after awhile. The story itself is lovely. I'm not a crazy fan of Alcott's writing, but her story and considering the time period and language it's a great story.

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

  • By: Lewis Carroll
  • Narrated by: Scarlett Johansson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,310

Golden Globe nominee Scarlett Johansson ( Lost in Translation, Girl with a Pearl Earring) brings a palpable sense of joy and exuberance to her performance of Lewis Carroll's enduring classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The young and imaginative Alice grows weary of her storybook, one "without pictures or conversations", and follows a hasty hare underground - to come face to face with a host of strange and fantastic characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 🎭🐰♟🗝🐹🐛Oh My Ears and Whiskers, What A Delight!🐇🦔🎭

  • By Gretchen SLP on 02-24-16

Performs being the key word

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

This girl should just dedicate her life to performing audio books. My god, I had a hard time believing that was her for every voice. Incredible. I only knew Disneys version before finally reading this. Just as charming.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful