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  • 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 19,186
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,721

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
  • Great Experience

  • By Stephen R. Grant on 11-05-18

Surprisingly touching, funny, and poignant

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

This was so worth an hour of my time. Classic Crystal, witty and insightful without the abrasiveness of so much contemporary "comedy." The production took full advantage of the talented cast though some of the peripheral characters leaned toward the stereotypical.

Worth a try.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Protector's War

  • A Novel of the Change
  • By: S. M. Stirling
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 21 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,067
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062

Rising from the ashes of the computer and industrial ages is a brave new world. Survivors have banded together in tribal communities, committed to rebuilding society. In Oregon's Willamette Valley, former pilot Michael Havel's Bearkillers are warriors of renown. Their closest ally, the mystical Clan MacKenzie, is led by Wiccan folksinger Juniper MacKenzie.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad, but not great

  • By JasonK on 10-11-09

Great story, but someone needs to edit the narrato

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

I love the entire Emberverse series, but the the narrator, good as he is, is distracting. His mispronunciations, e.g., "barred" for "bared," are painful and interruptive.

  • The Core

  • Demon Cycle, Book 5
  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 29 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,734
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,484

For time out of mind, bloodthirsty demons have stalked the night, culling the human race to scattered remnants dependent on half-forgotten magics to protect them. Then two heroes arose - men as close as brothers, yet divided by bitter betrayal. Arlen Bales became known as the Warded Man, tattooed head to toe with powerful magic symbols that enable him to fight demons in hand-to-hand combat-and emerge victorious.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent series start, worthless end.

  • By Bjorn on 12-08-17

Overall, very satisfying

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

This is a long series, and I'm sure many will notice the resemblance to Game of Thrones. That said, there's plenty of creativity and solid development for a wide range of characters. but it does something Game of Thrones does not: it actually has a beginning, middle and end.

I think that this could have been better constructed had it been limited to five shorter books, with fewer fights and acts of cruelty.

One of my favorite developments in the book was the evolution of the role of women in one of the societies depicted, and the expansion of their power in its antithesis. I enjoyed least the endless proliferation of new kinds of monsters. I think we probably could have seen fewer different species and seemingly endless details about each monster's strengths, vulnerabilities, and abilities to inflict damage.

I really can't wait for some of my friends to read the series so that we can argue about which are our favorite characters, and why. I do recommend this series, as well as the spectacular narration provided by Pete Bradbury.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • On Basilisk Station

  • Honor Harrington, Book 1
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,722
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,884

Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk station and given an antique ship to police the system. The vindictive superior who sent her there wants her to fail. But he made one mistake: he's made her mad....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks for the memories

  • By ShySusan on 03-23-13

Great story, okay narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

I would have preferred a narrator whose voice reflected Honor's maturity more clearly. Great story of guts and leadership, however.

Meet Maria Montessori
    Inspirational Stories
    
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    Length: 11 mins
    5 ratings
    Overall 3.4
  • Meet Maria Montessori

  • Inspirational Stories
  • By: Charles Margerison
  • Narrated by: Hannah Davis
  • Length: 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2

Meet Maria Montessori, a famous philosopher and educator!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 10 minutes long

  • By Optimistic skeptic on 10-03-15

10 minutes long

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

Reviewed: 10-03-15

if you're looking for insight into Maria Montessori's life, look elsewhere. right now, audible.com does not have any content on Montessori in English that is worth picking up.

  • Apex

  • Nexus, Book 3
  • By: Ramez Naam
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cannon
  • Length: 23 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 652

The explosive conclusion to Nexus and Crux. Global unrest spreads through the US, China, and beyond. Secrets and lies set off shockwaves of anger, rippling from mind to mind. Riot police battle neutrally linked protestors. Armies are mobilized. Political orders fall. Nexus-driven revolution is in here. Against this backdrop a new breed of post-human children are growing into their powers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Furious ranting review. Worst narration ever

  • By Phillip on 10-05-15

Great wrapup for a strong trilogy

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

Reviewed: 09-06-15

It's not unusual to see series begin to fall apart by the third book. I was delighted to see this one continue almost equally strongly throughout. As several other reviewers have noted, however, I found the foreign accents, especially the Chinese, painful to hear. when I speak to the people around me, it is not in a foreign language done badly with a heavy accent. It sounds like the baseline language to me. In the future, I would suggest that the narrator follow the example of the previous narrators of the series and keep the accents to a minimum. This, by the way, was one of the first times I have seen a series move successfully through three books and three different narrators without seeming jarring. Highly recommended.

  • In Sunlight and in Shadow

  • By: Mark Helprin
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 29 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 131

New York in 1947 glows with postwar energy. Harry Copeland, an elite paratrooper who fought behind enemy lines in Europe, returns home to run the family business. In a single, magical encounter on the Staten Island ferry, the young singer and heiress Catherine Thomas Hale falls for him instantly but too late to prevent her engagement to a much older man. Harry and Catherine pursue one another in a romance played out in postwar America’s Broadway theaters, Long Island mansions, and the haunts of gangsters.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Insomnia Listening

  • By Leslie on 10-10-12

Worth the effort

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

Reviewed: 10-16-12

If you could sum up In Sunlight and in Shadow in three words, what would they be?

Lyrical, gorgeous and romantic.

What other book might you compare In Sunlight and in Shadow to and why?

The Piano, Frank Conroy: New York City; the 1940s; Glorious romantic style. Overcoming great obstacles against hard reality; growing into adulthood through travail and an unwillingness to give up.

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

Enunciation, an ability to manage voices well and convincingly. Easy to listen to for nearly 30 hours.

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

It made me patiently watch and engage, unusual for me.

Any additional comments?

Give this book a chance, but be prepared to sip. This is poetry as well as fiction, and it requires time and attention. I found it well worth it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Cold Dish

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,649

Introducing Wyoming's Sheriff Walt Longmire in this riveting novel from the New York Times best-selling author of Dry Bones, the first in the Longmire series, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire. Johnson draws on his deep attachment to the American West to produce a literary mystery of stunning authenticity, full of memorable characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)

  • By Dataman on 09-12-12

Dave Robicheaux in Wyoming

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-15-09

Perfect narration, as ever, from George Guidall.

As Walt Longmire struggles with grief, alcohol and a police force that's either competent and irascible or neither, he somehow rises. He links with his community, Indian mysticism and long-hidden secrets to figure out who's killing some young men who richly deserve it.

Walt has credible relationships and shortcomings even as he's brave and relentless on the way to saving a friend and finding a killer. I was sad to see it end.

68 of 78 people found this review helpful

  • Blasphemy

  • By: Douglas Preston
  • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,460
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 550
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 549

The world's biggest supercollider is locked in an Arizona mountain. The Torus was built to unlock the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. Will the Torus divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? Or will it, as some predict, suck the earth into a mini black hole? Or is the Torus a Satanic attempt, as a powerful televangelist decries, to challenge God Almighty on the very throne of heaven?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling!

  • By Mary R on 01-17-08

Mixed success

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-08

I gave this five stars just to offset the hypersensitive types who over-reacted to the message about uninformed zealots. It also takes on megachurches and some of their less well-behaved and thoughtful preachers,members and hangers-on.

This book is actually quite pro-religion; it's got a problem with mindless fundamentalism of all stripes. And sorry, it's no "homage to L. Ron Hubbard."

There are many intriguing ideas in the book, and that makes it well worth the time. I urge you to seriously consider it.

Here are some of the problems...

As for the story: yep, too many stereotypes. This could have been a better book given more time, care and editing. The writing is fine, but too many plots twists are telegraphed("Hey, I just noticed this cliff...").

It took me an hour to get past the sub-par narration. There's at least one jarring mispronunciation ("mantilla" like "ill" rather than "tree") and some of the voice characterizations might have been done differently. They served to emphasize the stereotypical nature of the characters rather than deflect that feeling.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Leaving the Saints

  • How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith
  • By: Martha Beck
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

Leaving the Saints is an unforgettable memoir about one woman's spiritual quest and journey toward faith. As "Mormon royalty" within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Martha Beck was raised in a home frequented by the Church's high elders, known as the apostles, and her existence was framed by their strict code of conduct.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Decide for yourself

  • By Sandi on 07-03-05

Why the split in ratings?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-08

I found the book enlightening and a little scary. Riveting story, effective and engaging narration. In short, exactly what I seek in a recorded book.

I'm also not a Mormon. As a reader/listener of this book without an ax to grind, I wonder about the negative reviews I saw here. Was there a separate agenda? Hard to say, but worth consideration.

Order the book and decide for yourself.

24 of 35 people found this review helpful