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  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Thandie Newton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,521
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,202

Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-21-16

Excellent!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-17

Thandie Newton's narration is so spot on as to really make this story come alive. Her voice is easy to listen to as she inhabits all the characters and the scenery. So glad I chose this version.

  • The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

  • A Novel
  • By: Mitch Albom
  • Narrated by: Mitch Albom, Paul Stanley, George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,781
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,642

Mitch Albom creates his most unforgettable fictional character - Frankie Presto, the greatest guitarist ever to walk the Earth - in this magical novel about the bands we join in life and the power of talent to change our lives. It's an epic story of the greatest guitar player ever to live and the six lives he changed with his magical blue strings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fiction interwoven with REAL people, places,events

  • By Cynthia on 12-02-15

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 05-23-17

I don't think I can find the words BIG enough to describe my love for this book. Fantastic story and magnificent performances.

  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

  • By: Alan Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,134

It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal!

  • By 'Nathan on 03-03-10

Dee-lightful!

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

Reviewed: 09-28-15

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

I would recommend this to anyone because it's a great little story, well-written, and masterfully narrated by the talented Jayne Entwistle.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie?

I loved the very last chapter, which is new for me. Mysteries usually are a let-down for me at the end. Not this one.

What does Jayne Entwistle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She IS the voice of Flavia.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

No film. Don't spoil the magic of the book by making it into a movie.

Any additional comments?

Anyone reading my quick review -- don't miss this book. It's THAT good.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sgt. Reckless

  • America's War Horse
  • By: Robin Hutton
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

Hutton has now written a fascinating full biography of Sergeant Reckless, who earned two Purple Hearts for her heroic efforts, among other military decorations. Hutton has spoken with the marines who fought alongside Reckless and tells the complete and captivating tale of how a would-be Korean racehorse became one of the greatest Marine Corps wartime heroes. Sgt. Reckless brings the legend back to life more than half a century later.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating story

  • By Jean on 08-03-14

Saaaa-lute, Sgt. Reckless!

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

Reviewed: 06-24-15

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

Yes I would. The story is one that needs to told, shared, and never forgotten.

What other book might you compare Sgt. Reckless to and why?

I suppose I could "compare" with to other horse stories, but that's a little difficult to do because Reckless was absolutely a one-in-a-million little horse.

What about Susan Boyce’s performance did you like?

I liked her performance. A bit stiff at times where I would have read it with more emotion -- she reads it like a news story instead of a STORY. Overall a good performance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I always liked when she joined the guys in the mess tent after a long hard day. She was "just" another soldier. What a horse.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Anne of Green Gables

  • By: L. M. Montgomery, Margaret Atwood - foreword
  • Narrated by: Kate Burton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 192

Eleven-year-old Anne Shirley has never known a real home. Since her parents' deaths, she's bounced around to foster homes and orphanages. When she is sent by mistake to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she wants to stay forever. But Anne is not the sturdy boy Matthew and Marilla were expecting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must buy for any Anne of Green Gables fan

  • By Honey on 08-17-10

A Perfect Read; A Perfect Listen

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

Reviewed: 06-24-15

What made the experience of listening to Anne of Green Gables the most enjoyable?

It is obvious that Kate Burton loves the story of Anne with an "E". The story is wonderful to start with, and Kate's narration is the cream on top!

What other book might you compare Anne of Green Gables to and why?

For me, Anne of Green Gables is in a class all by itself. It sets the standard by which all the others are compared and will probably come up a little short.

What about Kate Burton’s performance did you like?

Everything -- the sound of her voice, the way she handles all the different characters' voices, her sincerity, and her love for the story itself. All of it.

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

Oh, wouldn't that have been nice, to have that kind of time. I listened to it while commuting to and from work. Made my drive so enjoyable.

Any additional comments?

Anne of Green Gables is a book I should have read as a young girl -- I would have loved it then and cannot believe it's take my whole life to finally get to it! Thank goodness. One of my favorite of all time. So good.

  • Joe - the Horse Nobody Loved

  • By: Vicky S. Kaseorg
  • Narrated by: Dorothy Deavers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Joe, an ugly and unloved horse, trusts no one, and no one trusts him. Until Vicky. This is the story of a troubled horse and the little girl who loves him. Based on the true adventures of the author's childhood 50 years ago, Joe teaches the lesson that sometimes beauty is not skin deep, but heart deep. That the unloved have much to show us about the true nature of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED THIS!!!!!

  • By Vicky Kaseorg on 06-07-15

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 06-24-15

What made the experience of listening to Joe - the Horse Nobody Loved the most enjoyable?

I received the Audible version straight from the author. That in itself makes it special.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course, Vicky herself. I related to her so much with her love of animals, being a bit of a loner, and her determination.

What aspect of Dorothy Deavers’s performance would you have changed?

Although she has a very pleasant voice, I thought there were times when she sounded a little sleepy and when I read the same lines in the book, I didn't hear "sleepy" at all. She slurs her words sometimes and I had to stop and back up 30 seconds to hear the line again because I didn't understand her. But that was minor in an otherwise fine performance on her part.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Without spoiling the story for anyone, the final chapter had me crying so hard I couldn't see.

Any additional comments?

I love a good "animal story", and this one goes down on my list of favorites of all time. Wonderful book, highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ordinary Grace

  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,135

Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Wonderful - In Every Way

  • By tooonce72 on 03-29-13

Great Book!

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

Reviewed: 06-24-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Ordinary Grace to be better than the print version?

Better? No. As enjoyable as? Yes!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Frank. The story is told from his perspective, and he's a good kid with a good heart.

Which scene was your favorite?

Meal prayer following the funeral. The BEST.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Don't pass on the experience of reading/listening to this story. It is fantastic.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lonesome Dove

  • By: Larry McMurtry
  • Narrated by: Lee Horsley
  • Length: 36 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,169

Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audio book I have ever listened to!

  • By James on 12-20-04

Epic

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

Reviewed: 01-22-15

What did you love best about Lonesome Dove?

I loved the unforgettable characters of this story.

What did you like best about this story?

Does it make sense to you that I say I like the "big-ness", the epic-ness of such a giant story. It is truly one of the greats.

What does Lee Horsley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mr. Horsley's reading was fantastic, with all his attention to the different voices and his emotion in the telling. He really brings the characters to life.

Who was the most memorable character of Lonesome Dove and why?

For me, it's Gus. I love his view of life all around. He is one of a kind. They don't make men like him anymore.

Any additional comments?

I cannot see that any other audio versions of this story need to be recorded. There is no way they could be better than this one.

  • 41

  • A Portrait of My Father
  • By: George W. Bush
  • Narrated by: George W. Bush
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,090

George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, has authored a personal biography of his father, George H. W. Bush, the 41st president. Forty-three men have served as president of the United States. Countless books have been written about them. But never before has a president told the story of his father, another president, through his own eyes and in his own words. A unique and intimate biography, the book covers the entire scope of the elder President Bush’s life and career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming and Honoring

  • By Marie on 12-24-14

Wonderfully Told Story Of A Father By A Son

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

Reviewed: 12-30-14

Would you listen to 41 again? Why?

Yes I would listen to it again, because George W.'s reading is so incredibly honest, sincere, and full of love and respect as he talks about his father.

What other book might you compare 41 to and why?

I cannot compare this book as I cannot recall ever reading another like it.

What about George W. Bush’s performance did you like?

See my answer under the first question.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

War hero. Business man. 41st President of the U.S.. A story told by one who knows him best as... father.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Delivering Death

  • By: Julie Kramer
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

When TV reporter Riley Spartz receives a package of rotting human teeth in the mail at work one day, she's quickly embroiled in a homicide investigation that spirals into one of the odder cases the Minneapolis police force have ever seen. Though they try to keep certain grisly details quiet, this murder has a strange twist - it seems that the criminal wants his crimes publicized. Riley's investigation takes her inside a lucrative identity theft ring that links criminals from all walks of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series!

  • By Beatrice on 01-25-14

I Met Julie This Summer And This One Is My First

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

Reviewed: 09-27-14

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

Yes, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a fun murder mystery. After meeting Julie this summer, I thought this would be a fun book for my book club to read. And it was!

What other book might you compare Delivering Death to and why?

I cannot really compare as I don't normally read murder mysteries. This was a first for me.

Which scene was your favorite?

Ha! How can I write it without spoilers... let's see... there's a scene with a body trap. That's all I will say.

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

Extreme -- there is something that happens that is absolutely NOT what I expected in a thousand years! I had to stop and say to myself, 'Oh NO!' I did not cry, but plenty of humor throughout.

Any additional comments?

Julie was so kind to offer to skype with our book club about this book and it was a really fun evening. Thank you, Julie! Our most fun book club ever!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful