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  • Folsom Untold: The Strange True Story of Johnny Cash's Greatest Album

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Danny Robins
  • Narrated by: Danny Robins
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,662
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,865
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,848

This is the story of one of the greatest records ever made - Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison - and its shocking and tragic aftermath. Join award-winning journalist Danny Robins on the 50th anniversary of the album as he takes you on a road trip back to 1968, a pivotal year in US history, to investigate the dramatic and unlikely friendship between Johnny Cash, American icon, and Glen Sherley, armed robber and Folsom inmate, and how that friendship was violently torn apart. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing.

  • By Margaret on 02-04-19

Horrible narrator, lackluster writing

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

Yes, overall just one star. The poor narration is such a turn off that it completely brings down the score of what could have been a strong 3 star contender. Could no one convince the man that the story itself is compelling without help from the narrator? The interviews are interesting but the story is a lot less sensational than than the author/narrator wants us to think. He sounds like one of those voices on one of those unsolved mystery TV shows, the kind where there really is no story and they are just trying to string you along for two hours making you think that there will be a big reveal at the end. Maybe because there is no big reveal at the end but simply the sad, un-sensational story of a very troubled man --and no I am not referring to Cash himself. If you are paying for this, don't waste your money or credit.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • 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
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,395
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,080
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,985

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO well done!

  • By Tracey Ellen Frances on 11-05-18

What a mistake...

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

to start listening to this at bedtime. Like a previous reviewer, I did not crawl into bed until after 3 a.m. I could not stop listening, could not put it down, turn it off, walk away. It was "Dave" (Kevin Kline, remember that film, "...and everybody works on Monday.") meets "An American President" ( Annette Bening..."Mr. President, you have a bigger problem: you just lost my vote") done Billy Crystal-style. Funny, poignant, thought-provoking, even a bit hokey, everything everybody else has said. If you like Billy Crystal's humor, you are sure to enjoy this listen. This is definitely going onto the re-read pile.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Five Presidents

  • My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford
  • By: Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960

Secret Service agent Clint Hill brings history intimately and vividly to life as he reflects on his 17 years protecting the most powerful office in the nation. Hill walked alongside Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford, seeing them through a long, tumultuous era - the Cold War; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the Vietnam War; Watergate; and the resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard M. Nixon.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but....

  • By Papa Charlie on 07-09-17

Thank you for your service

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

Five star literature this is not, nor would I expect it to be. However, Special Agent Hill has a unique perspective on the events that shaped the middle of the 20th century that deserves to be shared. This is not a deep analytical tome and was never intended to be. It is an act of catharsis from one who sacrificed much in the call of duty. Thank you, Mr. Hill, for sharing your story.

It is a shame that the narrator did not take his job as seriously. There are way too many mispronunciations of names and place names.

  • Emma

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Joanne Froggatt, Isabella Inchbald, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,725
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,657

This Audible Original production is narrated by Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), with a full supporting cast including Joanne Froggatt, Morgana Robinson, Aisling Loftus, Joseph Millson, Alexa Davies and rising star Isabella Inchbald as our eponymous heroine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More of a Radio Drama than an audiobook

  • By Cyberlucy on 09-11-18

Not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

It was the only thing on this month's list of freebies that looked anywhere near interesting, so I downloaded it. I made it 8 minutes into the listening before I threw up my hands in surrender. My bad. I don't watch movies based on books I've read, why would I be happy with an audio dramatization--and the back and forth between narration and dialgoue was driving me crazy, along with background sound effects during the dialogue.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Lighthouse Keeper

  • By: Cynthia Ellingsen
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,686
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,349
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,358

Dawn Conners's parents are famous for finding historic treasures, but she has a knack for losing things - her job, her boyfriend, and now, her reputation. Thanks to a mud-slinging exposé, Dawn's late great-grandfather is assumed guilty of stealing silver from a century-old shipwreck. Hoping to clear his name, Dawn returns to Starlight Cove, her idyllic hometown on Lake Michigan, where the doomed vessel sleeps beneath the beam of a ramshackle lighthouse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story , completely entertaining!

  • By Lisa on 04-16-17

My Mistake

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

I should not have bought this in the first place. I read the reviews and ignored them. The author lost me in chapter one when she decided that the MC's motivation was that the insurance company wrote the MC's family telling them that new evidence (the "mid-slinging expose") had come to light and the family had to return the money --for something that happened a hundred years ago. Absolutely preposterous. Surely the author could have found something more plausible.

  • Safe Passage

  • By: Ida Cook
  • Narrated by: Helen Stern
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

Safe Passage is one of the most unusual and inspiring accounts to come out of the cataclysm of World War II. First published in 1950, Ida's memoir of the adventures she and Louise shared remains as fresh, vital and entertaining as the woman who wrote it. The Cook sisters' zest for life and genuine "goodness" shines through every page and explains why the leading opera singers of their day befriended and loved them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • These girls had moxie!!

  • By A on 11-14-17

These girls had moxie!!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

I remember reading Harlequin romances written by Ida Cook under the pen name Mary Burchell and then learning that Ida and her sister were actually Righteous Gentiles who helped rescue Jews from Germany in the lead up to the WWII, I had to read their story. Of course, this book isn't just about their "cases" it is also about their love of opera and the friendships that these two unassuming and yet adoring fangirls/groupies made with some of the most famous conductors and performers of the age. The girls had moxie. They were working girls, earning a pittance as clerks, sitting in the cheapest seats in the opera houses of London, standing in line to meet the singers as they arrived at the theater and talking with them and getting to know them and eventually to be come life long friends with a number of them. It was under cover of their love of opera and through their contact with these international stars that they were able to help a dozen or so people leave Germany. Safe Passage tells their story.

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  • The Crime at Black Dudley

  • An Albert Campion Mystery
  • By: Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 375

When George Abbershaw is invited to Black Dudley Manor for the weekend, he has only one thing on his mind - proposing to Meggie Oliphant. Unfortunately for George, things don't quite go according to plan. A harmless game turns decidedly deadly and suspicions of murder take precedence over matrimony. Trapped in a remote country house with a murderer, George can see no way out. But Albert Campion can.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I LIKE this narrator quite a lot!!!!

  • By Meep on 11-16-13

Terrible narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

Well so much for finding another series that I could enjoy working my way through.This was such a disappointment. The narrator just killed it for me. His choices for voices turned characters into caricatures. Any flaws the book had, and it had a number, were just magnified by the narrators rendition of the text. I'll try again with another narrator--with the hope that a new narrator and some maturity on the part of the author produces a better result.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shall We Tell the President?

  • Kane & Abel, Book 3
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 245

Florentyna Kane has finally become the first woman president in America. But on the very day that she is sworn into office, powerful forces are already in motion to take her life. The FBI investigates 1000s of false threats every year. This time, a reliable source has tipped them off about an assassination attempt. One hour later, the informant and all but one of the investigating agents are dead. The lone survivor: FBI Special Agent Mark Andrews. Now, only he knows when the killers will strike. But how can he alone unravel a ruthless conspiracy - in less than one week?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why is this Book 3?

  • By Simone on 10-20-13

Truth in advertising, please

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

Reviewed: 01-23-16

So here I was, thinking I was reading a book written in 1977 and thinking what a wonderful political gamer Archer was with some of the events he thought might happen in the near future. Then the prognostications went a step too far--too close to events that actually happened in the early 1980; this book just could not have been written in 1977. I was not reading the 1977 version that I read and loved so many years ago and still have on my bookshelf--and the version that I thought I was buying because honestly, it has been so long since I read the book that I could not remember who the President was in that version.

It turns out that Archer revised the book in 1986 making it Book 3 of the Kane and Abel series, which came out after the original Shall We Tell the President? At first, I thought the changes had been made in 2013, inferred from the copyright info in the Audible description. It wasn't until I did some research that I learned that the changes were made in 1986. I really would have like Audible to tell me this up front. I feel mislead--and like it was my fault because I didn't know that Archer had revised the book. Well, everybody, now you know.

The big changes in the story were to make Florentyna Kane the President of the United States and to change the year from 1981 to the early 1990s. Beyond that most of the original text remained intact; I followed along for a few chapters with my 1977 paperback once I realized what was going on. There were some changes in phrasing, some changes in the US Senators whose names appear in the story and the addition of events from the Reagan presidency. Hopefully, this clears up the confusion: written in 1977; revised in 1986; new audio release in 2013

Now to the story itself. For me, this is a nice little thriller. It is light on the graphic violence--not absent but kept to a minimum. The body count is low. The tension isn't heart stopping and I do want to keep reading to see how it turns out. I find it to be classic Archer and I actually prefer his early thrillers and sagas to what he has written in the past decade and a half.

Finally, I agree with all the complaints about the narrator. Wrong voice for this story and she definitely needs to learn how to pronounce Birch Bayh's name properly--it's not like it hasn't been in the news for the past 40 years. Drives me nuts when narrators don't do their homework; fingernails on a blackboard!






5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Treasure Island

  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Neil Hunt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,684

If you happen to find a map in a dead buccaneer's sea trunk, you can't very well ignore it, not if you are Jim Hawkins and his friends Dr. Livesey, Captain Smollett, and Squire Trelawney! But even with a map, buried treasures are not easy things to come by.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This edition is ABRIDGED

  • By A on 07-31-15

This edition is ABRIDGED

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

Reviewed: 07-31-15

HEADS UP!

This is not the original 'as published' edition of Treasure Island and nowhere in the publisher's information or description of the book on Audible does it tell you that this is an expurgated version meant for children.

Audible describes this book as "Unabridged" because in the audio version there are no changes from the paper edition BUT it never tells you that the paper edition itself is an abridgement of the original work. If you compare this audio edition with other audio versions offered on Audible, you will note that this recording is two hours shorter than other versions.

If you are looking for the "as published" edition, this is not it. If I had known it wasn't, I would not have bought the book--and I have learned that when it comes to classics on Audible, that "unabridged" doesn't necessarily mean "as published." (Audible, do you think you can do something about making this more clear in the future?)











30 of 32 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 12,617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,648

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

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

Reviewed: 02-08-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Golem and the Jinni to be better than the print version?

Yes, it is stupid questions like this one that have me cringing each time I read a guided review. How the heck can I compare two things when I've only experienced one?? This question should be expunged from the guided database forever.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Golem and the Jinni?

Finally, though still lame, a question that just might open a door to discussion. Actually, the whole book was memorable.

Though outside my normal reading genre, I truly enjoyed the book. It showed true imagination and yet at the same time, a knowledge of history and other factual information. It is easy to write a fantasy novel when you are making up everything but having chosen an actual time and place in history, Wecker pretty much stuck to the constraints. The book is well-written, the characters have depth and interest, the descriptions are vivid-- well worth the 20 hours of reading time. BTW, if you are looking for a book that gets to the point quickly, you have chosen the wrong book; this book is about the journey and the scenery, not about the destination.

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

This is a repeat of the first stupid question. Stop trying to compare listening to a book to reading a book. They are two different but equal experiences that in most cases has more to do with the talent of the chosen narrator than the skill of the author. Even worse, stop trying to convince us that listening to a book is a superior experience. First, you are preaching to the choir and second, even for the choir, it isn't a question of superiority, it's just a question of difference.

If you could rename The Golem and the Jinni, what would you call it?

Really, is this question going to help people decide whether this book is one that they want to read or not? Personally, I think not. If the title isn't already the right title for the book, then there is an editor who should be looking for a different profession.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful