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  • Secondhand Souls

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Fisher Stevens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,648

Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone - or something - is stealing them. No one knows where they are going or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Death merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed as everyone else.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • a snarky slapstick sequel to A Dirty Job

  • By withherownwings on 09-24-15

Great sequel

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

Reviewed: 02-13-16

Christopher Moore is a gem. I loved the characters from A Dirty Job (my favorite of all of his books) and it's wonderful to have them back. The narrator, Fisher Stevens is a perfect Charlie and his comedic timing is incredible. He also captures all of the other characters spot on. He is so good that I could tell by his voice who was speaking without needing anyone identified. Liked it so much I've purchased the book to read. If you want a laugh out loud read, listen to this book!

  • Soaring

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 24 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,060

When her ex took her family from California to live in the small town of Magdalene in Maine, Amelia decided it was time to sort herself out. In order to do that and win her children back, she moves to Cliff Blue, an architectural masterpiece on the rocky coast of Magdalene. Her boxes aren’t even unpacked when she meets Mickey Donovan, a man who lives across the street, a man so beautiful Amelia takes one look at him and knows she wants it all from him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A "HELL YES" FOR WOMEN!

  • By Yvette on 04-06-15

Don't do it,

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

Reviewed: 02-13-16

I couldn't get through this book. It was painful to listen to and I tried several times. Kept hoping something of interest would happen and have finally come to my senses. Fortunately it was free or I would have definitely returned it. Heard the Rock Chick series which seemed to have been by a different author. Those were fun books. Don't waste a credit on this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,166

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!

  • By Tango on 04-26-13

Interesting but a little slow.

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

Reviewed: 10-17-15

This is a fantasy, of course and there were some sweet parts. It's an interesting idea but was slow for my tastes which made the book even longer than its nearly 20 hours.
George Guidall does an amazing job as always. His voice is unique in my opinion. He changes his vocal quality that seems like sharpness to portray different characters. It's subtle but effective.
If you want to read a book about a golem, read "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay". I believe it won a Pulitzer and I found it much more engaging. But I am a big fan of Michael Chabon.

  • How to Talk to a Widower

  • By: Jonathan Tropper
  • Narrated by: Eric Ruben
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 253

Doug Parker is a widower at age 29, and in his quiet suburban town, that makes him something of a celebrity - the object of sympathy, curiosity, and, in some cases, unbridled desire. But Doug has other things on his mind. First there's his 16-year-old stepson, Russ - a once-sweet kid who now is getting into increasingly serious trouble on a daily basis. And then there are Doug's sisters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Characters Have Character

  • By Zan on 10-06-13

The Characters Have Character

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

Reviewed: 10-06-13

Jonathan Tropper created such memorable characters, I can't seem to shake them and I'm hopeful he'll write about them again. The book was wonderful -- he captured how annihilating losing a spouse can be. There are some very poignant moments. The family was a stitch as well as a heart breaker.

I have read Tropper's books and find them hysterical and thought-provoking. I listened to one other of Tropper's which was narrated by Scott Brick. He is a very talented and popular narrator. However, in my opinion, he does not have comedic timing. Eric Ruben, on the other hand, is terrific and I found myself laughing out loud many times. He was excellent. He really added to the book and I'm hopeful that future books by this author will be read by Ruben or others rather than using Brick.

This is a book I will listen to again and encourage you to spend the credit.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Bad Monkey

  • By: Carl Hiaasen
  • Narrated by: Arte Johnson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,609
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,429
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,435

Andrew Yancy - late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office - has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it’s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first - this being Hiaasen country - Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By James on 06-14-13

Read this book -- don't listen

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

Reviewed: 08-11-13

Another zany adventure from Hiaasen. Not my favorite, but that could be due to the narrator. He has a sort of New York accent. He'd probably be great reading Elmore Leonard's work but he doesn't fit here. It's a shame. So I'd say don't miss it, just don't listen to it. I'm going to read it and I think I'll enjoy it more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Family Business

  • By: Carl Weber, Eric Pete
  • Narrated by: Ezra Knight, Patricia R. Floyd, Michael Early
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112

New York Times best-selling author Carl Weber and award-winning novelist Eric Pete team up to deliver the first in a much-anticipated new trilogy. The Family Business features two times the heat, two times the fun, and two times the drama as the members of an unforgettable family (not to mention their lovers and hangers-on) find their way in and out of trouble. As their many fans will attest, Weber and Pete share a talent for penning juicy fiction that their audience can’t get enough of.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The story unfolds

  • By Dream on 03-26-12

Tough Listen

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

Reviewed: 06-27-13

The positive part of this book is the performance. I enjoyed all of the narrators. And there's a great twist in the story.

However for me, it's difficult to listen when I don't like any of the characters in the book. They are really hateful, antisocial people. The youngest daughter doesn't seem believable at all. Very one dimensional. The family's mother is a bit redeeming. Overall, these are not people I wanted to get to know. I continued to listen, however as I wanted to learn whether what goes around would come around in this tale.

Cannot recommend this one.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Bossypants

  • By: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,693
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,516

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not funny, boring and could not wait for it to end

  • By Robert on 08-10-11

If you want to laugh, read this book

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

Reviewed: 06-27-13

Tina Fey can write...and read. She was a great narrator of her very funny book. In fact, I think listening to her probably made the book much better than reading it. I'm still laughing thinking about some of her descriptions.

I enjoyed the peek behind the scenes and learning about the actors as people. And since reading the book, have watched and appreciated 30 Rock. She is candid in relating personal details about her birth family as well as her husband and daughter. In fact, I think I want to be her best friend.

Listening to the video in the book is a bonus. And be sure and download the PDF.

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0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ask for It

  • By: Sylvia Day
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,295
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,168
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,172

Nothing incites Marcus more than the primal hunger roused by his former fiancée, Elizabeth. It’s been years since she jilted him for another man, but that only means there’s a lot to catch up on, a lot to make up for, and that he’s going to enjoy every sweet moment.… The same drive and passion that sent her into another man’s arms is what brings Elizabeth back to Marcus. Her attraction to him is the one thing she fears, but she’s run out of options. Resisting is impossible. But does she have the courage to surrender everything?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FIVE STARS - THREE WORDS PERFECT DELICIOUS HOT

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 11-30-12

Courldn't Get Through It

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

Reviewed: 03-24-13

I couldn't listen to this book. I found it boring, didn't like the narration, and found it dragged. I see where others have said it picks up a little, but I couldn't wait for it. Audible and I have been attached for several years and this is only the second book I couldn't get through.

  • Back to Blood

  • A Novel
  • By: Tom Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Length: 20 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 624

As a police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay - with officer Nestor Camacho on board - Tom Wolfe is off and running. Here is a big, panoramic story of the new America, as told by our master chronicler of the way we live now. Based on the same sort of detailed, on-scene, high-energy reporting that powered Tom Wolfe's previous best-selling novels, Back to Blood is another brilliant, spot-on, scrupulous, and often hilarious reckoning with our times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Wolfe

  • By Lauren on 11-03-12

He does it again!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-13

Once again Tom Wolfe gives us a wonderful novel. The characters are so defined and the story is great. He's an amazing author. I loved CHARLOTTE SIMMONS and this book is equally as terrific. Lou Diamond Phillips is the perfect choice to narrate this novel.
In mid winter in Oregon, it was good to spend some time in Florida.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Until Tuesday

  • By: Luis Carlos Montalvan
  • Narrated by: Luis Carlos Montalvan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098

A highly decorated captain in the U.S. Army, Luis Montalvan never backed down from a challenge during his two tours of duty in Iraq. After returning home, however, the pressures of his physical wounds, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder began to take their toll. In constant physical pain, he soon found himself unable to climb a simple flight of stairs or face a bus ride to the VA hospital. He drank; he argued; he cut himself off from those he loved. Then Luis met Tuesday, a beautiful and sensitive golden retriever....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good Book

  • By Char on 08-05-11

Special Dog and a Special Man

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

Reviewed: 11-22-12

The author/reader reveals so much in this terrific book. The reader can learn so much about different types of dog training, about relationships, about war and about PTSD. The book made me want to sit down with Luis Montalvan and have a long conversation. His candidness is quite uncommon and much appreciated. This book really moved me.

The result of how dogs impact people is fascinating and explained very well in the book. If you are a dog lover, you will be an "Until Tuesday" lover. And thankfully, no dogs die in this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful