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  • A Study in Scarlet

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

Originally named A Tangled Skein, this is the first Sherlock Holmes story. The real strength and the unique quality of the novel lies in the introduction of Holmes and Watson to each other - and those dark early scenes when a corpse is discovered in a derelict house in southeast London. The ultimate crusader against crime and criminals, Holmes' genius is revealed here for the very first time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The result of all our study in scarlet ...

  • By Felicia J on 11-04-13

Love This Narrator!

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

Derek Jacobi is brilliant! His interpretation of Holmes & Watson is spot on. The characters come to life when he reads & you forget that it is just one person reading & not a diverse cast.

  • Uninvited

  • Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely
  • By: Lysa TerKeurst
  • Narrated by: Ginny Welsh
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,657

The enemy wants us to feel rejected, left out, lonely, and less than. When we allow him to speak lies through our rejection, he pickpockets our purpose. Cripples our courage. Dismantles our dreams. And blinds us to the beauty of Christ's powerful love. In Uninvited, Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences with rejection - from the incredibly painful childhood abandonment by her father to the perceived judgment of the perfectly toned woman one elliptical over.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What A Great Book!

  • By Charles Andre, Jr. on 01-27-17

Hard To Listen To

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

Reviewed: 02-01-17

I am only to Chapter 11, but I'm not sure I'm going to make it through the book. While the author makes a lot of good points, her whiny, self-focus seems to be in direct contrast with the theme of the book. I really hope I don't have to hear one more comment about her thighs. I just don't care. The author consistently butchers Scripture to fit her purpose. At one point she states that David was upset with Nabal over the equivalent of a Big Mac. No. Just no. Read the story in I Samuel 25.

The narrator does good until it comes to the word, "vulnerable." She mispronounces it leaving out the "l." It sounds extremely unprofessional & unlearned. And the word is used frequently in the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • By: S. R. Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Linda Kimbrough
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

Former social worker S. R. Reynolds has never forgotten the mishandled case of 15-year-old Michelle Anderson, a vibrant beauty who went missing from Reynolds' Knoxville, Tennessee, neighborhood years earlier. Aided by her old professor, famed forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass, Reynolds picks up the trail of this cold case. As she presses neglected pieces of the puzzle into place, Reynolds unearths a string of heinous kidnappings and rapes across the South, crimes that span decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Engrossing and Frightening Listen

  • By Joan on 09-10-16

Great True Crime Story!

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

Reviewed: 11-20-16

Well written & well narrated. One review I read said that the narration was choppy. I did not think so with the exception of one odd pause where the narrator paused between a person's first & last name. Yes, that was kind of weird, but it was only one time in the book. I found the narrator's voice to be very pleasant.

I also read in one review that the courtroom part of the story was too long. I did not think so. The writer kept my attention and kept this part of the book from being laborious, in my opinion.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Peace Child

  • An Unforgettable Story of Primitive Jungle Treachery in the 20th Century
  • By: Don Richardson
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 199

In 1962, Don and Carol Richardson risked their lives to share the gospel with the Sawi people of New Guinea. Peace Child tells their unforgettable story of living among these headhunters and cannibals who valued treachery through fattening victims with friendship before the slaughter. God gave Don and Carol the key to the Sawi hearts via a redemptive analogy from their own mythology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great first-hand missionary account

  • By Don Lance on 03-29-09

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 10-21-16

This book is as fascinating & compelling to listen to as it was to read for the first time some 25 years ago. The narrator does an excellent job.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Inside the Mind of BTK

  • The True Story Behind the Thirty-Year Hunt for the Notorious Wichita Serial Killer
  • By: John Douglas, Johnny Dodd
  • Narrated by: Jason Klav
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 567
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488

This incredible story shows how John Douglas tracked and participated in the hunt for one of the most notorious serial killers in U.S. history. For 31 years a man who called himself BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) terrorized the city of Wichita, Kansas, sexually assaulting and strangling a series of women, taunting the police with frequent communications, and bragging about his crimes to local newspapers and TV stations.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Poor narration

  • By Chris on 12-13-12

Meh.

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

Reviewed: 09-27-16

Disappointing.

Regarding the narrator: It's obvious that somebody's best friend's no account nephew needed a job!

  • Precious Victims

  • Penguin True Crime
  • By: Don W. Weber, Charles Bosworth Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,095
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,096

The police in Jersey County, Illinois, accepted Paula Sims' story of a masked kidnapper who snatched her baby girl, Lorelei, from her bassinet. Three years later, her second newborn daughter suffered an identical fate - and this time the police were unable to stop searching until they had discovered the whole horrifying truth. This is the full terrifying story of twisted sexuality and hate seething below the surface of a seemingly normal family and of the massive investigation and nerve-shattering trial that made the unthinkable a reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't stop listening!

  • By Mary on 12-12-15

Very Well Done

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

Reviewed: 05-23-16

This story was well written & compelling with a minimal amount of swearing/foul language. The narration was perfect.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Wright Brothers

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,347

Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story behind the story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilbur and Orville Wright's Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. The Age of Flight had begun. How did they do it? And why?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story but narration is a little boring

  • By Vince on 08-20-15

Fascinating!

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

Reviewed: 04-22-16

As to be expected, this book is well written. I love the sound of David McCullough's voice.

  • John Adams

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 30 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,258

McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An outstanding biography

  • By Davis on 07-10-06

Very Well Done.

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

David McCullough has written yet another fascinating book. The narrator was almost as good as McCullough himself. This book is very well done.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • 1776

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,728

In this stirring audiobook, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success, without which all hope for independence would have been dashed and the noble ideals of the Declaration would have amounted to little more than words on paper.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Front Seat on History

  • By Mark on 10-22-05

Marvelous!

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

Reviewed: 02-19-16

This is a wonderfully well-written book! Fascinating. History truly does come alive when you read it! my only complaint is that it ends too soon. I want more. What happened in the other battles? Did the American soldiers get shoes & better clothes (I don't remember from history classes)? Obviously, we won the war eventually.

Also, the narration is superb. Mr. McCollough's voice & cadence is very pleasing & easy to listen to. I believe he is/was a narrator for the History Channel.

I highly recommend this book! I will definitely be looking for more of his books, especially the audio books he's narrated.

  • The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, Volume I

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

These six cases are among the last undertaken by Sherlock Holmes before he retired to the Sussex downs. However, the problems facing the sleuth are as diverse and challenging as ever. What with seeking the whereabouts of the stolen Mazarin Diamond, discovering the importance of being called Garrideb, encountering a mysterious murder on Thor Bridge, searching for eternal youth and the threat of a vampire in Sussex, there is no sign of Holmes' deductive powers slowing down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The True Sherlock

  • By Gold on 11-26-07

Meh

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

Reviewed: 02-08-16

I love Sherlock Holmes. However, this rendition is miserable to listen to with Timson's interpretation of Holmes' voice being nasal & whiny (think fingernails on a chalkboard). Of course, it is hard to compete with Derek Jacobi's brilliant performances of the Sherlock Holmes stories and his interpretation of Holmes & Watson. Sadly, Jacobi's rendition of The Casebook of Shelock Holmes is not available in the US.