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  • Turning the Tables

  • By: Teresa Giudice, K. C. Baker
  • Narrated by: Teresa Giudice
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 874
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 798
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 793

The star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey and three-time New York Times best-selling author offers a behind-the-scenes look at life in prison, her marriage, her rise to fame, the importance of her family, and the reality TV franchise that made her a household name in her explosive and ultimately uplifting first-ever memoir.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Oh my, horrible narration!

  • By Becky on 02-11-16

Oh my, horrible narration!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-16

This was actually painful to listen to! I'm a huge fan of Audible, with more than 200 books in my Audible library, so I am familiar with the wide variety of styles among narrators, and I generally enjoy that diversity. This narrator puts so many unnecessary pauses in every sentence - she pauses, awkwardly, every 2-5 words. And the enunciation - holy cow - what a mess! Don't waste a credit. Buy the written version instead. I wish I had.

49 of 50 people found this review helpful

  • Cades Cove

  • By: Aiden James
  • Narrated by: Tim Budas
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 75

Buried deep in a ravine in the picturesque Smoky Mountains is a very dark secret. David Hobbs, vacationing with his wife Miriam, inadvertently stumbles upon a small cloth "keepsake" bag and a broken tooth. A human tooth. Miriam begs David to hand the bag and tooth over to park officials, but he ignores his wife's pleas and secretly keeps the "harmless" items.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just didn't work for me

  • By Becky on 05-01-13

Just didn't work for me

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

Reviewed: 05-01-13

While the narrator did a fine job...for a guy with an Australian/New Zealand accent, he wasn't at all convincing as a character from Tennessee. The accent and pronunciation of common, everyday words was just off-putting. And the story was amateurish and shallow. I decided on this book on a recommendation of a friend who had read it. Maybe it translates better in the written format, but it just didn't work for me as an audible offering.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Storyteller

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,522

Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect title especially for the audio format!

  • By Abby R. on 03-05-13

Couldn't wait to get back to it each day

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

Reviewed: 05-01-13

I love a good Nazi-hunting story, and while that was just a portion of this narrative, it offered up a moving tale of Holocaust survival and all the pain and horror that implies. The story was interesting, the performances were outstanding, and it was well worth the time I spent listening to it. I found myself looking forward to opportunities in the car when I could slip back into the lives of Minke and Sage.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Man's Search for Meaning

  • By: Viktor E. Frankl
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,498

Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I will isten again and again

  • By Ann Marie on 12-27-04

Loved the first part of the book

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

Reviewed: 03-22-13

The stories of Frankl's time in concentration camps are very moving and compelling. The second part of the book that includes a discussion of his theories about psychology were less interesting to me. However, Simon Vance is the best male narrator in the business. I'd gladly listen to him read legal contracts...and enjoy it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Week in Winter

  • By: Maeve Binchy
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,240

Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where all the families know one another. When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, everyone thinks she is crazy. Helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the house) and Orla, her niece (a whiz at business), Chicky is finally ready to welcome the first guests to Stone House’s big warm kitchen, log fires, and understated elegant bedrooms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't want it to end.....

  • By Vicki Unger on 02-26-13

Warm and fuzzy

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

Reviewed: 03-22-13

Back in the day, Maeve Binchy's book, Circle of Friends, was one of my favorites. I'm discovering that these days I prefer something with more action. That said, this book is a charming, heartfelt solid Binchy offering. She definitely knew a thing or two about human nature.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Swan Song

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 34 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,965

Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply an Amazing Story

  • By Amanda H. on 06-21-12

Love Matthew Corbett; this not so much

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

Reviewed: 03-22-13

I really like McGammon's Matthew Corbett books, and I love Stephen King's The Stand, so I thought that this book was a sure thing. There were moments when I thought I might get into it, but it never happened. Sadly, I couldn't even finish this one. Talented narrator, though.

  • Witches of East End

  • By: Melissa de la Cruz
  • Narrated by: Katie Schorr
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 581
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 505

The three Beauchamp women—Joanna and her daughters Freya and Ingrid—live in North Hampton, out on the tip of Long Island. Their beautiful, mist-shrouded town seems almost stuck in time, and all three women lead seemingly quiet, uneventful existences. But they are harboring a mighty secret—they are powerful witches banned from using their magic. Joanna can resurrect people from the dead and heal the most serious of injuries....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Actually a nice, light listen

  • By Theodore on 03-15-12

Wanted more supernatural elements

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-11

The story was interesting and unique - even unpredictable. Although I enjoyed it, I found myself wanting (expecting) more supernatural elements in the story.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • No Rest for the Dead

  • By: David Baldacci (introduction), Laurie H. Armstrong, Sandra Brown, and others
  • Narrated by: James Colby, Richard Ferrone, Carol Monda
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 824
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 664
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 672

More than 20 New York Times best-selling authors team up to create a first-rate serial novel -- a collaboration that combines the skills of America’s greatest storytellers to produce a gripping, spellbinding mystery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as expected

  • By Carrie on 07-12-11

Probably better read than listened to

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-11

The variety of narrators is a little off-putting. Even in books with multiple narrators (like The Help), the first person narration is normally done in a common voice for that character. That said, the story is interesting, if a little predictable.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Still Missing

  • By: Chevy Stevens
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,732

On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A singular voice; a horrendous story.

  • By Richard Delman on 01-21-12

Couldn't tear myself away

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-11

I really enjoyed this story. It was unpredictable, interesting, suspenseful and well-narrated. It's worth the credit - and the hours of listening enjoyment.

  • Bossypants

  • By: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,830

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not to my liking

  • By Kathy on 01-02-12

Funny, irreverent...a winner!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-11

I loved every minute of this book. Fey is smart and funny - you won't be bored or regret this purchase. I hated for it to end!

0 of 4 people found this review helpful