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  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,329
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,042
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,016

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Midlife crisis in the white house

  • By Kingsley on 11-02-18

Reminiscent of old radio dramas

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Tho this production is a bit too similar to the old show Dead Like Me, with a bit of It's a Wonderful Life thrown in, it still stands on its own as entertainment. Funny and heartwarming but also a smidge predictable. Much like an old radio drama there are multiple actors, sound effects, and music. I would have liked the various outcomes to be more surprising, but I did appreciate the humor, and the talented cast of actors.

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  • A Rule Against Murder

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,460
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,309

It is the height of summer, and Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache are celebrating their wedding anniversary at Manoir Bellechasse, an isolated, luxurious inn not far from the village of Three Pines. But they're not alone. The Finney family - rich, cultured, and respectable - has also arrived for a celebration of their own. The beautiful Manoir Bellechasse might be surrounded by nature, but there is something unnatural looming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoy Louise Penny's writing

  • By D. Thomas on 03-07-17

The best of the first four

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

This one is very different from the three that proceed it. It focuses much more on Chief Inspector Gamache, and his wife, than it does on the folks in Three Pines. And there isn’t the usual distracting sub plot of corrupt officers trying to sabotage Gamache.

I had no clue who the killer was, or how they did what they did, until Gamache told me, making for a thrilling end, to a really excellent mystery. I have heard that each of Louise Penny’s books are better than the last. If that’s true, I’m very excited to read the rest of the series.

  • The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

  • By: Mackenzi Lee
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

A year after a grand tour with her brother, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals - avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect will never be enough in the eyes of the sexist administrators. But then a window of opportunity opens - a doctor she idolizes is marrying an old friend of hers in Germany. Felicity believes this man can help her, but she has no money of her own to make the trip. Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very fun listen

  • By H. Kravitz on 10-25-18

Quite the adventure and romp

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I so enjoyed the first book...The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, I was worried the sequel would disappoint, especially the narration, which was spectacular for the first book.

Well, this book has a different narrator, but one who is very much up to the task of telling this story, from the perspective of this protagonist....Felicity Montague. The tale starts off a bit slow, in a bakery in Scotland. It then picks up quite a bit once Felicity reunites with Monty and Percy in London. After that it’s all sort of perilous, pirate-y, a bit fantastical, and a real page turner.

The oppressive patriarchy of the time period is quite grim, but Felicity is grimly determined to overcome it. The author has a gift for creating very memorable scenes....like the description of Joanna in her Masquerade Ball costume, and the lights playing off of it.....that will stick with you. As will the incredible difficulties of the time period, especially for anyone who isn’t privileged, and most anyone who isn’t privileged and male.

I feel like the fantasy element that is introduced in both books is a bit distracting. Because they aren’t fantasy books. They are historical fiction books with a single fantasy element. But that aside, I love MacKenzie Lee’s style, and I hope there will be a third book in the series. And if there is, I hope all three principal characters Monty, Percy, and Felicity, will be in it, as they are their most interesting selves when they are in each other’s proximity.

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  • Feeding the Dragon

  • By: Sharon Washington
  • Narrated by: Sharon Washington
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,859

Sharon Washington’s autobiographical one-woman play, Feeding the Dragon, delighted audiences off-Broadway and is now available exclusively on Audible. The one-act play invites listeners into Sharon’s unorthodox childhood, growing up in an apartment on the top floor of the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. A love of literature and boundless imagination helped the playwright as a young woman persevere over dragons of all forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story!

  • By Imara Walker on 09-07-18

One of the best productions available on Audible!!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

Do yourself a favor and get this title. The story, the setting, the people, the writing, the performance, and the music are just exquisite. Ms Washington tells us of growing up inside the St Agnes Library where her father worked as the live in superintendent from 1969 to 1973. That part of her life is amazing enough. But this short production reaches beyond that and takes us out into the the larger city of New York in the 1970s, a time period fraught with so many issues. And beyond that to South Carolina. Beautiful, magical, heartbreaking, and touching. I hope the author decides to write and perform more works like this. Loved it!



  • Menu Excerpts from Our Favorite Newark Restaurants

  • By: Various
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine, Nick Podehl, Eric Michael Summerer, and others
  • Length: 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 732

You said you'd listen to your favorite narrators read anything: Well, this ambrosial new audiobook brings together an acclaimed cast of narrators to read aloud the menus of some of our favorite local restaurants here at Audible headquarters in Newark, New Jersey, as only they know how. You haven't truly lived, or dined, until you've heard Cassandra Campbell capture the emotional nuances of Newark's best Indian-inflected burgers or let Nick Podehl extol the virtues of the pear arugula salad and then seductively steer you toward a plate of creamy mushroom linguini.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cute idea! Thanks, Audible!

  • By Wayne on 04-01-18

Great fun!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

Perfect morsel with which to whet your appetite for actual food, as well as to sample a variety of excellent narrators.

  • I'd Rather Be Reading

  • The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life
  • By: Anne Bogel
  • Narrated by: Anne Bogel
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Our books are a part of who we are as people, and we can't imagine life without them. I'd Rather Be Reading is the perfect literary companion for everyone who feels that way. In this collection of charming and relatable reflections on the reading life, beloved blogger and author Anne Bogel leads people to remember the book that first hooked them, the place where they first fell in love with reading, and all of the moments afterward that helped make them who they are today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quick fun read, for readers

  • By Becca on 09-30-18

Quick fun read, for readers

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

I don’t think this book would convince someone who isn’t particularly interested in books, to start reading. But it wasn’t written to that end. No this book is for people who already make books and reading a big part of their lives, and they want to hear from someone who feels the exact same way. It’s like having a long lunch with a friend, 2 hours and 23 minutes, to be precise, because you both can’t stop talking about your favorite reads.

It’s a lovely light read, tho there are a few passages that go on long after a point is made. And the narration is a smidge choppy. But the love and enthusiasm the author has for books, is well conveyed, and if you love reading, I think you will enjoy this book.

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  • Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

  • By: Judy Blume
  • Narrated by: Laura Hamilton
  • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303

Margaret Simon, almost 12, likes long hair, tuna fish, the smell of rain, and things that are pink. She's just moved from New York City to Farbrook, New Jersey, and is anxious to fit in with her new friends -- Nancy, Gretchen, and Janie. When they form a secret club to talk about private subjects like boys, bras, and getting their first periods, Margaret is happy to belong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious and charming

  • By Bunny Mama on 10-09-12

Charming but feels a bit dated

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

It’s difficult to not compare this book to Anne of Green Gables. Which is an unfair comparison as they were written about sixty years apart, but both are coming of age stories centered around two girls of about the same age.

Anne of Green Gables is classic literature, beautifully written, and feels timeless. Judy Blume’s book feels a bit awkward, and a bit dated.

I understand the appeal of the book, the frankness, and the warmth, but the dialogue feels a bit stilted and the characters feel several years younger than they are said to be. I think the book is much more suited to the time period in which it was written, than today’s world. But I’ve heard Judy Blume and her books mentioned for years, so I’m glad I got to read one for the first time. And there were moments in the book that took me back to being in the sixth grade and what the years right before being a teenager felt like. But most of the time it felt like I was watching an old fuzzy rerun of a sit-com from years ago that didn’t hold up well.

  • Hey Mom

  • By: Louie Anderson
  • Narrated by: Louie Anderson
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

Louie Anderson has been channeling his beloved mom in his iconic stand-up comedy for decades - but she passed away before getting to see him reach new heights with his breakout role. Hey Mom is Louie's way of catching Ora Zella Anderson up on everything that has been going on in his life, including his continued struggles with food and family, but also how so much has changed for the better. He also has plenty of laugh-out-loud stories about his incredibly resilient mother and his 10 siblings, as well as observations on the absurdities of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love Louie even more now

  • By Candace on 05-02-18

Both funny and heartbreaking.

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

Louie adored his mother, loved his family, and has experienced tremendous loss. Both of his parents, and seven of his siblings have passed. Now in his sixties he writes this deeply personal memoir in the form of letters to his mom, asking her lots of questions along the way.

Louie will occasionally be a bit repetitive, or go on a tangent about a social issue, but mostly the book is about his family and his career. Sometimes it’s lovely and warm, sometimes it’s funny, and sometimes it will break your heart. He does a very nice job with the narration. If you like Louie Anderson, you will like this book.

  • Hi Bob!

  • By: Bob Newhart
  • Narrated by: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,061
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,525
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,451

In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well edited, funny, sincere

  • By RCC on 09-24-18

Lots of vintage audio clips included

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

The conversations between Newhart and his friends are nice. But what I really enjoyed were the old clips that were included. It was so much fun hearing Newhart talk about his long time best friend Don Rickles, and then hearing a clip of Rickles on the Johnny Carson show, or doing his act in Vegas.

It doesn’t stop there, there were also clips from Jack Benny, Newhart’s comedy album from 1960, and clips from his two TV shows.

A bit slow in some sections perhaps, but overall a thoughtfully produced Audible Original.

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  • The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

  • By: Mackenzi Lee
  • Narrated by: Christian Coulson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,333
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,207

Henry "Monty" Montague doesn't care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family's estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even better than I expected...

  • By 5ismyfavoritenumber on 07-22-17

Good story, masterful narration!

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

Maybe you’re not into YA titles. I wasn’t. Maybe you’re not into historical fiction, the 1700s, pirates, or some other thing that may cause you to pass this book over. Do yourself a favor and let all of it go and get this book. If you like fiction, good storytelling, adventure, humor, and really, truly, outstanding, narration, you will like this book.

The writing is good, the characters are intriguing, but the narration is superb. Different character voices, different genders, different accents, check. But the narrator goes so far beyond that, he gives us nuance, mood, atmosphere, as well as the very marrow of the main character.

Listening to this narrator is like sitting in a tent in the woods, it’s raining, and your best friend is telling you a story so good, and so well, you hope it lasts until dawn.

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