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  • Chosen by a Horse

  • How a Broken Horse Fixed a Broken Heart
  • By: Susan Richards
  • Narrated by: Lorna Raver
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368

The horse Susan Richards chose for rescue wouldn't be corralled into her waiting trailer. Instead, Lay Me Down, a former racehorse with a foal close on her heels, walked right up that ramp and into Susan's life. This gentle creature, malnourished, plagued by pneumonia and an eye infection, had endured a rough road, but somehow her heart was still open and generous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved, loved, LOVED this book

  • By Deanna on 03-03-10

A very thoughtful autobiography.

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

Reviewed: 09-09-17

Over the weekend, I decided to listen to a biography: “Chosen by a Horse.” Well! It turned out to be an exceptional listen. Surprisingly interesting information about horses, but the real life history of the author is very compelling. She refers often to the life-changing and life-long effect of losing her mother at the age of 5, and how it affected her throughout her life in unexpected ways. The author has a good sense of humor and interesting observations on life and relationships, and it is a book that I will remember. It is very touching and as I listened, I shed a few tears, as well as smiles. I love a book that makes me reflect on people and life situations but is also very enjoyable to listen to. I’m sorry that it is over, and I think that there is a follow-up book that I will download next.

  • The Golden Egg

  • A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery, Book 22
  • By: Donna Leon
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 179

In The Golden Egg, as the first leaves of autumn begin to fall, Vice Questore Patta asks Brunetti to look into a minor violation committed by the mayor’s future daughter-in-law. Brunetti has no interest in helping his boss amass political favors, but he has little choice but to comply. Then Brunetti’s wife, Paola, comes to him with a request of her own. The mentally handicapped man who worked at their dry cleaners has just died of a sleeping pill overdose, and Paola loathes the idea that he lived and died without anyone noticing him, or helping him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A British Brunetti

  • By PhilR on 06-05-13

Just couldn't get into it.

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

Reviewed: 01-31-16

The book just didn't hold my interest. Very slow in the beginning, and since I have liked many books by this author, I kept going. Finally, at half-way, I gave up.

  • The Black Tower

  • By: Louis Bayard
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 935

Dr. Hector Carpentier leads a very quiet life, until he meets legendary police officer Vidocq, who has used his mastery of disguise and surveillance and his extensive knowledge of the Parisian underworld to capture some of the most notorious and elusive criminals.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not Great

  • By Listener on 10-19-09

An intriguing and well-written book.

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

Reviewed: 09-24-15

First of all, Simon Vance did an amazing job of narrating the various characters! It was an interesting tale of kidnapping, intrigue and psychological thriller. The author is able to describe the scenes so well that I could just visualize the setting and the characters. I was sorry to see it end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Soloist

  • A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music
  • By: Steve Lopez
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 620
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 393

When journalist Steve Lopez sees Nathaniel Ayers playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles' skid row, he finds it impossible to walk away. More than 30 years ago, Ayers was a promising classical bass student at Juilliard - ambitious, charming, and also one of the few African-Americans there - until he gradually lost his ability to function, overcome by schizophrenia.

Over time, the two men form a bond and Lopez imagines that he might be able to change Ayers' life. The Soloist is a beautifully told story of devotion in the face of seemingly unbeatable challenges.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Audiobook

  • By reggie p on 06-26-08

A very well-done book.

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

Reviewed: 07-26-14

This was a "special" on Audible, and when I started to read it, I wasn't sure that I would like it. After all, the description of the book pretty much tells the whole story. Except that it doesn't.

The writing by Steve Lopez is so non-judgemental of this musical prodigy. He is able to describe in a very benign manner the oft bizarre Nathaniel Ayres and his life living on the streets of LA and coping with schizophrenia, somehow making sense of his behavior. It was touching and insightful, and a very enjoyable listen.

  • The Lost Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Alyson Richman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,852
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,428

In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEST book I have read in a long time

  • By Kfcarter on 11-04-13

I loved this book.

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

Reviewed: 07-26-14

First of all, I could listen to anything that George Guidall narrates, and Suzanne Toren was excellent also. It was a touching story, and although I usually find reading about the Holocaust difficult, the story was not maudlin and guided by relationships. The sense of what was lost was so poignant and believable, and the ability to persevere through life bravely illustrated. Very well written and with good human insights. I was sorry to see it end.

  • We Will Survive

  • True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration, and the Power of Song
  • By: Gloria Gaynor, Sue Carswell
  • Narrated by: Gloria Gaynor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 63

Gloria Gaynor’s number-one hit single "I Will Survive" debuted in 1978 to overwhelming success. Shortly thereafter, the single went double platinum. Over three decades later, it still strikes a chord among men and women everywhere. Over the years, the disco legend has received thousands of personal messages from adoring fans whose lives have been transformed by this timeless song. Here, she shares 40 of those inspirational, true stories.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hmmmmm.......? NO!

  • By Linda Lou on 05-28-14

A Lovely, inspirational experience.

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

Reviewed: 06-02-14

This book is unlike any book I have listened to, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Gloria Gaynor's reading of it was wonderful...I could listen to her voice all day. It was filled with wonder, and not at all preachy. The stories were stories of overcoming a life's sadness or tragedy, but I didn't find them maudlin or depressing, but inspiring in overcoming some pretty overwhelming circumstances. It was fast-paced and I was sorry to see it end. A worthwhile and memorable listening experience.

  • The Light Between Oceans

  • A Novel
  • By: M. L. Stedman
  • Narrated by: Noah Taylor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,324
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,511

In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story.....terrible narrator.

  • By Sandra on 08-14-12

Hang in there!

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

Reviewed: 02-03-13

Not only did I not like the narrator, he made me mad! I had to turn the volume way up to be able to decipher the mumbling, uninflected reading. I nearly gave up on it a number of times.

But, I continued, and found it to be a sensitive, interesting portrayal of an impossible family situation. The characters were, for the most part, well-drawn and depicted. The ending is a tear-jerker, and I wept for all the losses and poignant dilemmas. The book did move me, and was well written.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Beautiful Ruins

  • By: Jess Walter
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,459
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,453

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • My mind wandered

  • By Ella on 11-25-12

I guess that I missed the point.

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

Reviewed: 01-28-13

After a series of very enjoyable listens, I read the reviews for this book and thought that it sounded good. Despite a number of starts and stops, I just could not engender any interest in the story. I kept thinking that it would get better, but for me, it did not. I gave up just into the second part.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Angel's Game

  • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 630

In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man, David Martin, makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city's underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house lie photographs and letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Book!

  • By bluebelle on 02-24-12

I am obsessed with this series, and this author!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-13

Any additional comments?

I listened to my first book by this author, and didn't realize that it was the second in a series of three books. (Shadow of the Wind; The Prisoner of Heaven; The Angel's Game) The Spanish names of streets and characters can be confusing at first. But, I love the use of language and beautifully crafted dialogue, as well as the complicated plot. So, I started over, and read all three in the right order.

There are many questions to be answered, and I found myself going back and listening to previous chapters. The intricate story web is not to be taken lightly, and the characters are so finely drawn, and with wise observations of human nature sprinkled in. What a joy it was to read, and reread these books! I plan to let it rest for a few months and then listen to all three all over again. I know that there are nuggets in there that I missed this time. It was kind of like reading the Count of Monte Christo, or the Man in the Iron Mask. Weighty, wonderful literature and skilled story telling.

All three books were read by different narrators, but each was wonderful. Of all the Audible Books that I have listened to over the years, this is my favorite and most admired series.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Prisoner of Heaven

  • A Novel
  • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 421
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 369

Internationally acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Carlos Ruiz Zafon takes us into a dark, gothic Barcelona and creates a rich, labyrinthine tale of love, literature, passion, and revenge in which the heroes of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game must contend with a nemesis that threatens to destroy them. Barcelona, 1957. It is Christmas, and Daniel Sempere and his wife, Bea, have much to celebrate. They have a beautiful new baby son named Julian, and their close friend Fermin Romero de Torres is about to be wed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brings together the stories from previous 2 books

  • By MissSusie66 on 07-17-12

I am obsessed with this series, and this author!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-13

Any additional comments?

I listened to my first book by this author, and didn't realize that it was the second in a series of three books. (Shadow of the Wind; The Prisoner of Heaven; The Angel's Game) The Spanish names of streets and characters can be confusing at first. But, I love the use of language and beautifully crafted dialogue, as well as the complicated plot. So, I started over, and read all three in the right order.

There are many questions to be answered, and I found myself going back and listening to previous chapters. The intricate story web is not to be taken lightly, and the characters are so finely drawn, and with wise observations of human nature sprinkled in. What a joy it was to read, and reread these books! I plan to let it rest for a few months and then listen to all three all over again. I know that there are nuggets in there that I missed this time. It was kind of like reading the Count of Monte Christo, or the Man in the Iron Mask. Weighty, wonderful literature and skilled story telling.

All three books were read by different narrators, but each was wonderful. Of all the Audible Books that I have listened to over the years, this is my favorite and most admired series.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful