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Watership Down
    
    
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        Richard Adams
    
    


    
    
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        Ralph Cosham
    
    


    
    Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
    7,941 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • Watership Down

  • By: Richard Adams
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,825
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,847

Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still one of the best!

  • By Bapàrio on 12-05-10

Watership Down

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

Reviewed: 01-13-15

Where does Watership Down rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Watership Down is among my top 10 audiobooks I have listened to so far.

What other book might you compare Watership Down to and why?

I would compare Watership Down to The Hobbit because of the sense of fear of the new and having to face the unknown and dangers of the wild.

What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

Ralph Cosham made the story enjoyable to listen to and scary at the right moments.

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  • The Historian

  • By: Elizabeth Kostova
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre, Paul Michael
  • Length: 26 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,607
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,627

Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great immersion entertainment

  • By Joseph on 08-26-08

The Historian

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

Reviewed: 01-13-15

Would you listen to The Historian again? Why?

No. The plot, story, and narration were good but it was a little too long. The book could have been summed up in a shorter period of time.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I was really disappointed in the ending. It left some loose ends and unanswered questions. It was just abrupt.

Which scene was your favorite?

I enjoyed the scenes in Turkey and Bulgaria.

Who was the most memorable character of The Historian and why?

I enjoyed the girl narrator. Though we do not know much about her, she has a thirst for the truth about the past.

Any additional comments?

It seemed a little one-sided historical speaking. I wish both sides were discussed.

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,805

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

Outlander

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

Reviewed: 01-13-15

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

I would recommend this audiobook to a friend. It is a great story and despite being lengthy, is hardly drab. The narration makes me want to keep listening.

What other book might you compare Outlander to and why?

I really don't have any books to compare at this time.

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

She makes the reading enjoyable and is not boring. If I had read the book, it would have taken me much longer than reading it.

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

Yes!!

  • The Remains of the Day

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,417

The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world in postwar England. At the end of his three decades of service at Darlington Hall, Stevens embarks on a country drive, during which he looks back over his career to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving "a great gentleman". But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness" and graver doubts about his own faith in the man he served.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent audio book performance

  • By Julie Leto on 08-03-14

The Remains of the Day

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

Reviewed: 11-10-14

Would you listen to The Remains of the Day again? Why?

I would listen to the novel again due to the story. The story is strange but good.

What three words best describe Simon Prebble’s performance?

Good for storyline

If you could take any character from The Remains of the Day out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I would take Miss Kenton to dinner because there is more to her than the narration gives.

  • The Impossible Knife of Memory

  • By: Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 248

Despite my best intentions, I was beginning to understand how my dad saw the world. The shadows haunting every living thing. The secrets inside the lies wrapped in bullshit. Even Gracie’s box of pills was beginning to make sense. For the past five years, Hayley Kincain and her father, Andy, have been on the road, trying to outrun the memories that haunt them both. They moved back to Andy’s hometown to try a “normal” life, but the horrors he saw in the war threaten to destroy their lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful and Riveting

  • By The Reading Date on 02-25-14

The Impossible Knife of Memory

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

Reviewed: 10-20-14

What did you like best about The Impossible Knife of Memory? What did you like least?

I really enjoyed the narration. The narrator did a really good job of voicing each character and the pacing was great.

What was most disappointing about Laurie Halse Anderson’s story?

I have read Laurie Halse Anderson's "Speak" and was impressed by that story. I assumed that this would also impress me. It did not. Hayley is a self-centered brat who only really thinks about herself. She doesn't develop as a character and remains a whiny teenager who has no sympathy for really anyone, even, I dare say, her own father.

Was The Impossible Knife of Memory worth the listening time?

The narration: Yes The story: No

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  • The House Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Tara Conklin
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 672

The year is 2004: Lina Sparrow is an ambitious young lawyer working on a historic class-action lawsuit seeking reparations for the descendants of American slaves. The year is 1852: Josephine is a 17-year-old house slave who tends to the mistress of a Virginia tobacco farm - an aspiring artist named Lu Anne Bell. It is through her father, renowned artist Oscar Sparrow, that Lina discovers a controversy rocking the art world: Art historians now suspect that the revered paintings of Lu Anne Bell, an antebellum artist known for her humanizing portraits of the slaves who worked her Virginia tobacco farm, were actually the work of her house slave, Josephine.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Jeanette Finan on 02-21-13

Unimpressed and Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 09-12-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

When I first saw a summary for this book, I thought I would be impressed and the story would be fabulous. Not only was I wrong but I was so off I'm surprised I listened to the whole thing. The story is unrealistic and I don't have any sympathy for Lina the lawyer.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was good and listening to it was the only tolerable part of the experience.

Any additional comments?

The story line was weak and the character development was lacking. We only saw Josephine from the third person and never the first. Lina drove me crazy within the first few pages.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful