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  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,527

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫✫✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫✫✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 09-12-18

Alaska melodrama

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

This was a tedious, predictable disappointment of a book, full of stereotypes, and so drawn out that I found myself tapping the forward button to try to get through it. I finally gave up on it. The reader was ok, but not enough to save this book,

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The House at the Edge of Night

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Banner
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

Castellamare is an island far enough away from the mainland to be forgotten but not far enough to escape from the world's troubles. At the center of the island's life is a café draped with bougainvillea called the House at the Edge of Night, where the community gathers to gossip and talk. Amedeo Esposito, a foundling from Florence, finds his destiny on the island with his beautiful wife, Pina, whose fierce intelligence, grace, and unwavering love guide her every move.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A moving hideaway

  • By Daryl on 08-18-16

Magical

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

This is a beautiful book, made even better by the marvelous Edoardo Ballerini. The characters, the setting, and the historical context were beautifully rendered, and the story was everything a good narrative should be. One of my all time favorites,

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Not Alone

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,864
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,853

When Dan McCarthy stumbles upon a folder containing evidence of the conspiracy to end all conspiracies - a top-level alien cover-up - he leaks the files without a second thought. The incredible truth revealed by Dan's leak immediately captures the public's imagination, but Dan's relentless commitment to exposing the cover-up and forcing disclosure quickly earns him some enemies in high places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive Book About Aliens & the Hype Industry

  • By Russell on 12-21-16

Enjoyable Book, Enjoyable Narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

This is a well plotted, character driven novel about truth, lies, and what might happen if we found proof of visitors from another star system. The characters are believable and interesting, and the narrator does a good job of giving each a distinct voice, including regional US accents and a few international accents. Worth listening to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Washington's Crossing

  • By: David Hackett Fischer
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451

This New York Times best seller is a thrilling account of one of the most pivotal moments in United States history. Six months after the Declaration of Independence, America was nearly defeated. Then on Christmas night, George Washington led his men across the Delaware River to destroy the Hessians at Trenton. A week later Americans held off a counterattack, and in a brilliant tactical move, Washington crept behind the British army to win another victory. The momentum had reversed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Particularly Good Military History

  • By William on 10-11-04

Excellent Book Made Less So By Poor Narration

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

Reviewed: 07-30-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would have a different narrator. I am an admirer of Dr. Fischer's excellent historical research and writing, but this narrator really interfered with my enjoyment of the book.

What did you like best about this story?

The book itself is well researched and structured, and Dr. Fischer gives vivid character sketches of the major (and some of the minor) participants.

How could the performance have been better?

It would take a different narrator. The narrator failed to provide distinctive voices for the major characters. His George Washington voice sounded more like a poor Richard Nixon imitation. His accents for the numerous British, Scots, and German participants were cringe-worthy. Even in his basic narration, the reader's tone was often at odds with the usually serious content. I will certainly not buy any further books with this reader.

  • A Hobbit, A Wardrobe and a Great War

  • How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918
  • By: Joseph Loconte
  • Narrated by: Dave Hoffman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538

The First World War laid waste to a continent and altered the political and religious landscape of the West. For a generation of men and women, it brought the end of innocence - and the end of faith. Yet for J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, the Great War deepened their spiritual quest. Both men served as soldiers, survived the trenches, and used the experience of that conflict to ignite their Christian imagination. Had there been no Great War, there would have been no Hobbits, no Lord of the Rings, no Narnia, and perhaps no conversion to Christianity by C. S. Lewis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delivers what the title says.

  • By Zebedee on 03-10-17

Disappointing narration, but interesting content

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

Reviewed: 07-14-17

Where does A Hobbit, A Wardrobe and a Great War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Somewhere in the middle.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator's accent does not fit the subject matter, which concerns 2 British writers and their reactions to World War I. More annoyingly, he mispronounces many words, including the names of well-known WWI battles.

Any additional comments?

I would not buy this again, though the book itself was an interesting take on the influence of the war on the Christian beliefs and on the and writings of Tolkein and Lewis.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Innocent: A Novel

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,654

Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disliked all the Sound Effects.

  • By Stan on 07-16-14

Good story, annoying production

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

Reviewed: 08-28-16

What disappointed you about The Innocent: A Novel?

This book was spoiled for me by the intrusive sound track - irritating music, gratuitous effects (like fake gunshot sounds), and an over-dramatic reading. I'm a big Baldacci fan, but if I had been able to return it, I would have. I'm glad I only paid about $4 for it.

Any additional comments?

Lose the ridiculous sound track. If someone wants a radio play, that's what they'll buy.

  • Wild Swans

  • Three Daughters of China
  • By: Jung Chang
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 22 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031

Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular best seller which has sold more than 13 million copies and a critically acclaimed history of China; a tragic tale of nightmarish cruelty and an uplifting story of bravery and survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book and great audio-book!

  • By AEL on 12-22-11

Disappointing writing and narration

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

Reviewed: 03-04-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The content is interesting - it is a fascinating period of history. However, the writing style was painfully dull, and detracted from what could have been a 5 star book.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The writing lacked color and style. It read like a newspaper report, giving facts, but devoid of any real beauty in the use of language.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joy Osmanski?

The narrator of The Valley Of Amazement would have been excellent. Osmanski's speaking voice is irritating, and interfered with my attempts to stay interested in the book.

Any additional comments?

I would have returned this, but for some reason it was marked "ineligible for return." Overall, I am sorry I bought this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beach Music

  • A Novel
  • By: Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Marosz
  • Length: 26 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,449

Pat Conroy is without doubt America's favorite storyteller, a writer who portrays the anguished truth of the human heart and the painful secrets of families in richly lyrical prose and unforgettable narratives. Now, in Beach Music, he tells of the dark memories that haunt generations, in a story that spans South Carolina and Rome and reaches back into the unutterable terrors of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Memorable

  • By Ella on 03-14-10

Wonderful book - merely adequate narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-15-16

What made the experience of listening to Beach Music the most enjoyable?

Pat Conroy's wonderful writing kept me listening, despite the pain of listening to Jonathan Marosz's dreadful accents.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His South Carolina accent sounded completely false, but his Italian pronunciation was so bad as to be painful.

Any additional comments?

The reader might be fine if he didn't have to contend with accents that he is not good at, but he detracts greatly from the book. I hope this book will be re-recorded with a reader who can do justice to the accents.

  • The Caves of Steel

  • Robot, Book 1
  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,046
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,045

A millennium into the future two advancements have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain. Isaac Asimov's Robot novels chronicle the unlikely partnership between a New York City detective and a humanoid robot who must learn to work together. Like most people left behind on an over-populated Earth, New York City police detective Elijah Baley had little love for either the arrogant Spacers or their robotic companions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci-Fi Mystery at its Best!

  • By HL on 09-16-14

Possibly the worst narration ever - -

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

Reviewed: 07-13-15

What did you like best about The Caves of Steel? What did you like least?

I liked the story. I am a long-time Asimov fan, and am going through old favorites on Audiobooks, while walking, gardening, etc.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Caves of Steel?

Too many to mention

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Dufris?

almost anyone. His narration was so intrusive and irritating that I kept stopping and switching to other books until I could work myself up to listening to him again.

Was The Caves of Steel worth the listening time?

The book, yes. The narration - NO. I will actively avoid books narrated by this reader.

Any additional comments?

The narrator seemed to be striving for a humorous tone - I kept thinking "Guy Noir, Private Eye" (on Prairie Home Companion.) However - Guy Noir is a spoof, and deliberately read to be funny. Dufris' character voices would have been more suitable on a cartoon soundtrack, and even his "straight" narration was awash in over-acting. Who approved this production???

0 of 1 people found this review helpful