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  • My Oxford Year

  • A Novel
  • By: Julia Whelan
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,634

American Ella Durran has had the same plan for her life since she was 13: study at Oxford. At 24, she’s finally made it to England on a Rhodes Scholarship when she’s offered an unbelievable position in a rising political star’s presidential campaign. With the promise that she’ll work remotely and return to DC at the end of her Oxford year, she’s free to enjoy her Once in a Lifetime Experience. That is until a smart-mouthed local who is too quick with his tongue and his car ruins her shirt and her first day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By Karen on 05-03-18

I'm not even a fan of Romances

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

Julia Whelan is familiar to anyone who listens to books - she is a great actress. But what drew me was the Oxford part - my husband is British and I love stories about famous places in England - Oxford is such an iconic location.

The real charm on this book is the story of a woman finding herself when she didn't notice she was lost because she had been successful. I think that is a thing. We mistake success, non stop activity, and people pleasing for a life. I liked the characters, the setting for sure, and since it is first person, I liked the perspective of someone going through changes while still dealing with unresolved issues from the past.

Anyway, it was entertaining - uplifting - I felt like I had been somewhere new. Well worth it - I sincerely hope Ms. Whelan is going to continue to write as well as perform.

  • Depth of Winter

  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,062
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,932
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,921

In Craig Johnson's latest mystery, Depth of Winter, an international hit man and the head of one of the most vicious drug cartels in Mexico has kidnapped Walt's beloved daughter, Cady, to auction her off to his worst enemies, of which there are many. The American government is of limited help and the Mexican one even less. Walt heads into the 110-degree heat of the Northern Mexican desert alone, one man against an army.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I miss Vic and Henry!

  • By Nancy R on 09-06-18

I'm in.

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

Here's the thing. A few years ago, I, regretfully, criticized one aspect of a Longmire book. (As though my particular opinion of one small element should even matter.) We don't get to pick life apart like that yet we do it to books and stories. Of course I kept reading and loving the series. It dawned on me that any critique is rather pointless, as all of us are guests in the world that Craig Johnson has created, a world that has become so real for us that we develop strong feelings about Walt and his family.

Authors allow us to commune with characters that seem, at times, more real to us than the troubling world we generally face each day. We hear the reflections, thoughts, memories of Walt in a way that we don't perceive in most people in our lives. I wish I could tell Mr. Johnson how much those people he has introduced to us have meant to me through the years, set against the backdrop of my own dreams and losses. My world has been enriched by the world he has shared. I guess when it comes to reading, particularly a series such as this one, the only question we can ask is if we are in or out of the reality we are offered.

This episode was more extreme, more removed, more over the top than most of the Longmire stories set in Wyoming, but we are still able to spend time with Walt, Cady, and the people and challenges that form around their longing for justice and hope. We are there to see some of our favorite people, whatever they are going through, because we enjoy them and they are real to us even in the most outrageous situations. The author keeps them grounded enough that I continue to want to become part of the wild ride they are on. This may not have been my favorite adventure, but still, we were together. So, ultimately, no matter what is next for Walt, Henry, Vic and that family I now feel like I have in Wyoming...I'm in. Now I'm just waiting for the next trip to Wyoming.

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  • The Word Is Murder

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,152

The New York Times best-selling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty brilliantly reinvents the classic crime novel once again with this clever and inventive mystery starring a fictional version of the author himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes, investigating a case involving buried secrets, murder, and a trail of bloody clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something New

  • By Alice on 06-26-18

Something New

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

Anthony Horowitz's new mystery is brilliantly different, compelling, beautifully written, and something new. If you read the genre regularly you will be riveted by the perfection of the story, but more so by the creativity of the form. I believe I read it described as a meta-mystery, and it was indeed a story over a story, and under another story. I couldn't put it down, I'm waiting for a sequel, and the characters will stay with me for a long time. Hawthorne, (clearly a current Sherlock) is one of the best characters I've read for a while, in all of his strange quirky, and at times offensive behavior. It is classic, yet post-modern, but mostly just great reading.

49 of 50 people found this review helpful

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,138
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,365

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Reprieve Amidst Ugly News, Relentless Negativity

  • By Cathy Lindhorst on 08-27-17

A Timeless Tale about an Incredible Man

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

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

Brilliantly written, it is deeply moving, and uplifting, even though it was set in difficult times and circumstances.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Gentleman in Moscow?

There was so many and for different reasons, but the Count's dinner with Sophia before she goes to play her concert. (Don't want to give much away.)

Have you listened to any of Nicholas Guy Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not but he was absolutely brilliant!

If you could take any character from A Gentleman in Moscow out to dinner, who would it be and why?

The Count, of course. Having finished the book I miss him tremendously, which is a testament to the reality of the character, and to his power.

Any additional comments?

One of the best books I have enjoyed- the audible was great due to the masterful performance, but the book is genius. I am so grateful for it, particularly during a difficult time. The Count will stay in my heart, along with Nina, Sophia, Anna, and everyone at the Metropol. I wish I could visit them. I will miss them.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Absolute Power

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,991
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,982

In a heavily guarded mansion in a posh Virginia suburb, a man and a woman start to make love, trapping a burglar behind a secret wall. Then the passion turns deadly, and the witness is running into the night - because what he has just seen is a brutal slaying involving the president of the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keeps you on the edge

  • By mhhorses on 10-02-10

The story is built on characters

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

Where does Absolute Power rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

That's hard to say. This one had a bit of a slow start - the book built somewhat slowly but interestingly. I liked it but it wasn't a shocker. I liked the characters and I'm sorry it was a stand along rather than a series.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

At times it did, but as I said it was like building blocks piling up to create the plot. Just good writing, good pace, great characters. It wasn't the trite easy characters that are sometimes in thrillers - they were complete people.

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, this was excellent

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

I could have but it was quite long so that wasn't possible.

Any additional comments?

I hadn't read David Baldacci previously - now I'm a fan.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,699

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

A Story to Stay in Your Heart

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

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

If someone would love a great story, almost beyond belief, and a true life hero who emerged when the times demanded a hero, then I would say - read this book!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Beneath a Scarlet Sky?

There were many moment, some heartbreaking (as a WWII era story, one would expect it) but also hope in the midst of overwhelming odds.

Have you listened to any of Will Damron’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Excellent performer. As any regular to Audible knows, the greatest works are those whose performers make the stories come alive - they go beyond just saying the words and they create characters and action through their talents. They become artists of the spoken word. Mr. Damron's presentation is dynamic, his vocal tone is resonant so very pleasing to listen to for a length of a book, and his acting skills are clearly key to a successful story. He was spot on for this demanding, enriching story.

Who was the most memorable character of Beneath a Scarlet Sky and why?

The main character - the hero of course. But much of the book is very memorable due to characters involved.

Any additional comments?

True stories of people who go beyond what they might do and become heroes when heroes are needed is just what we need right now! This is not a light story - no story of war would be or should be - but it is alive. Very important history.

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Inspector of the Dead

  • By: David Morrell
  • Narrated by: Matthew Wolf
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404

The year is 1855. The Crimean War is raging. The incompetence of British commanders causes the fall of the English government. The empire teeters. Amid this crisis comes opium-eater Thomas De Quincey, one of the most notorious and brilliant personalities of Victorian England. Along with his irrepressible daughter, Emily, and their Scotland Yard companions, Ryan and Becker, De Quincey finds himself confronted by an adversary who threatens the heart of the nation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A plot that left be breathless.

  • By jerelyn on 04-25-15

Living History

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

What did you love best about Inspector of the Dead?

The wonderful and vivid way the author brought Victorian England to life, but then created a story so complex that the reader is drawn into the story and living alongside the amazingly interesting characters.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The characters kept it all going, but it was impossible to walk away from the story, as it became so real, so compelling, rich in detail and depth.

Have you listened to any of Matthew Wolf’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not that I recall, but he was perfect.

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

There is an emotional complexity, and the backstory of the family that began the tragedy depicted certainly has to tug on heartstrings. The emotional ride is made more dizzying by the continued revelation of different perspectives. (This seems to reflect the philosophy of the real "Opium Eater" who was the originator of much psychology of the individual perspective.)

Any additional comments?

Great book. If you like mysteries, or books, or stories, or history...well, you understand the drift...this is the book for you. I don't know why I waited so long after I had enjoyed the first in the series to try this one. Fabulous.

  • Write to Die

  • By: Charles Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,077
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,078

Hollywood's latest blockbuster is all set to premiere - until a faded superstar claims the script was stolen from her. To defend the studio, in steps the Harold Firm, one of Los Angeles's top entertainment litigation firms and as much a part of the glamorous scene as the studios themselves. As a newly minted partner, it's Rory Calburton's case, and his career, to win or lose.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Good Storyline.....

  • By R. Pontiflet on 12-18-16

Character driven legal mystery

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

What made the experience of listening to Write to Die the most enjoyable?

The narrator brought each character to life, with clarity, yet it seemed like listening to a play more than just someone reading a book to you. The story was not complex, but it was driven by the characters, the dialogue, the details.

What other book might you compare Write to Die to and why?

It's better than most legal thrillers - softer in a way, but more character detail.

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

He brought it to life - it was easy to follow, but felt very alive - the narrator was not just reading, he was creating each character through tone, timing, and very creative use of voice. It was never too much, just right, but each character was easily identifiable. I don't think I would have liked the book as much if I just read it. Great job!

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

I was not on the edge of my seat every moment, but it really kept me interested, and I wanted to know and spend time with the characters.

Any additional comments?

Good and real dialogue - cool female character, (yes she was a bit over the top but in a really good way - she does it all!) Enjoyable.

  • Ego Is the Enemy

  • By: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,300

"While the history books are filled with tales of obsessive visionary geniuses who remade the world in their images with sheer, almost irrational force, I've found that history is also made by individuals who fought their egos at every turn, who eschewed the spotlight, and who put their higher goals above their desire for recognition." (From the prologue)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth reading

  • By Enyo89 on 12-05-16

Classic that speaks to this era

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

Reviewed: 12-28-16

What did you love best about Ego Is the Enemy?

The message and the power of dealing with the Ego is life changing, and very timely. Awareness of this subject might allow us to see the folly of egomaniacs running the world.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ego Is the Enemy?

I appreciated the author making specific cases or recommendationsl.

Have you listened to any of Ryan Holiday’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I loved the Obstacle is the Way. It seems the author learned first hand in order to write these.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Ego Is the Enemy?

It was good to hear specific antidotes for motivation.

Any additional comments?

One serious concern: the difference between men and women. As a woman I have always been taught to consider the other first. One of the book's suggestions was to encourage goals of others as a way of becoming valuable and respected and therefor having opportunities to achieve our own goals. Women have aided others, and it hasn't brought us the opportunity we deserve. We are expected to have little to no ego, yet soothe the egos of others. For this reason, I think women need to read this book with that in mind. To divert our needs for the benefit of others often makes us invisible, taken for granted, or used. So I would suggest that women take a deeper look at the purpose behind this practice, and still keep ego in check, but also remember boundaries.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 161,985
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 149,501
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 149,335

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Staying Alive!

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

Reviewed: 03-19-16

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

This was one of my favorite books last year. It inspires on a rare level - I felt stronger after having read it. Really worth the time, and it's about as entertaining as it can get. Loved the American type wise cracking humor.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mark - he's what it's all about. We take the ride along with him as he challenges every possible disaster, but never loses himself along the way. That takes something. It's courage but more.

Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

Mark - he's the man!

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

I almost cheered a few times. And, as I said, I was inspired to do more and to look at challenges with an entirely different lens. There are times when we all need to be that Martian.

Any additional comments?

Brilliant, entertaining, engaging. Loved the characters and I felt like one of the gang in a way. The author lets the reader and listener "in" on the action and the dynamics. Wonderful.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful