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  • Full Tilt

  • Full Tilt Duet Series, Book 1
  • By: Emma Scott
  • Narrated by: Nelson Hobbs, Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385

Kacey Dawson has always lived life on the edge - impulsively, sometimes recklessly. And now, as lead guitarist for a hot up-and-coming band, she is poised at the brink of fame and fortune. But she is torn between wanting to be a serious musician and the demons that lure her down the glittering but alcohol-soaked path of rock stardom. A wrecked concert in Las Vegas threatens to ruin her career entirely. She wakes up with the hangover from hell and no memory of the night before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WONDERFUL BEYOND WORDS!!! NEEDS 100 STARS!!!!

  • By Annie The Audible Addict!!! on 04-14-17

Review Inflation-Bad Novels Getting Undeserved ***

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

Reviewed: 07-06-17

I've been noticing a trend on Audible lately; mediocre books with flat plot lines, poor writing and no character development getting rave reviews. Full Tilt is the latest example I have come across. This is a terrible book. I am going to ask for my credit back. (Good narration tho!)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Somebody I Used to Know

  • By: David Bell
  • Narrated by: Andy Paris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,933
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,685
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,684

When Nick Hansen sees the young woman at the grocery store, his heart stops. She is the spitting image of his college girlfriend, Marissa Minor, who died in a campus house fire 20 years earlier. But when Nick tries to speak to her, she acts skittish and rushes off. The next morning the police arrive at Nick's house and show him a photo of the woman from the store. She's been found dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely Worth a Credit

  • By Snoodely on 07-15-15

Not credible. Not believable. Not worth your credit.

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

Reviewed: 06-26-17

Sometimes I wonder how a book gets past editors to publication This is one of those books. The narrator did a nice job.

  • Only Time Will Tell

  • The Clifton Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,290

From the internationally best-selling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words "I was told that my father was killed in the war"....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Archer

  • By cristina on 10-21-11

Distracting Historical Errors

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

Reviewed: 12-29-16

I really -wanted- to like this book. I enjoy historical fiction and love discovering a good series to escape into. However these books have consistent factual errors that make true enjoyment difficult -- errors that a good editor, or even the author himself should be aware of-- for example; a character is 'mirandized' in 1940s New York -- the Maranda Warning did not become law until the Supreme Court ruling in 1966. The author refers to "Queen Elizabeth's'' dressmaker in the 1940s. Elizabeth's coronation wasn't until 1953. Even well know parts of scripture are inaccurately (and weirdly) misquoted. These are just a few of the more glaring issues. I'm no expert. These are perplexing errors because they should be common knowledge, especially for a writer of historical fiction and someone tasked with editing such a book. Disappointing and distracting.

  • A Spool of Blue Thread

  • A Novel
  • By: Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,128
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,869
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,877

"It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon..." This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • From a LONG Time Anne Tyler fan

  • By S. Elder on 09-29-15

Did I miss something?

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

Reviewed: 10-10-16

I'd like to say this is a subtle approach to storytelling-- but that might be giving this book more credit than it deserves. The characters were flat and uninteresting, the plot wandering aimlessly to eventually go nowhere. The narration was adequately executed. Disappointing work from a talented writer.

  • Practical Magic

  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,801
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,626
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,621

When the beautiful and precocious sisters Sally and Gillian Owens are orphaned at a young age, they are taken to a small Massachusetts town to be raised by their eccentric aunts, who happen to dwell in the darkest, eeriest house in town. As they become more aware of their aunts' mysterious and sometimes frightening powers - and as their own powers begin to surface - the sisters grow determined to escape their strange upbringing by blending into "normal" society.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book, Weird Narration

  • By Jane on 10-26-17

Not Hoffman's Best

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

Reviewed: 02-28-16

As a fan of Alice Hoffman, I ignored the tepid reviews and plunged ahead with this audiobook. It is not her best work. It's slow, prodding and predictable. I wish I had paid more attention to the reviews.

  • When the Moon Is Low

  • By: Nadia Hashimi
  • Narrated by: Sneha Mathan, Neil Shah
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957

Mahmood's passion for his wife, Fereiba, a schoolteacher, is greater than any love she's ever known. But their happy middle-class world - a life of education, work, and comfort - implodes when their country is engulfed in war and the Taliban rises to power. Mahmood, a civil engineer, becomes a target of the new fundamentalist regime and is murdered. Forced to flee Kabul with her three children, Fereiba has one hope to survive: She must find a way to cross Europe and reach her sister's family in England.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Written So Much As Sung!

  • By Gillian on 01-25-16

Considering the plight of refugees

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

Reviewed: 02-03-16

At a time when we are facing a global refugee crisis, most of us know precious little about what forces individuals and families to flee their homes, and the horrific choices they face when they do. This story is set in the 1980s Afghanistan, but it might as well be the story of Syrian families struggling to reach Europe. It is beautiful, heartbreaking and might expand the way you think about refugees--

  • 10% Happier

  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,709

After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspired me to restart my meditation practice

  • By Julie W. Capell on 12-07-16
  • 10% Happier
  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris

Though provoking without being sappy

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

Reviewed: 02-03-16

Even if you don't like 'self help' books... you will like this one. Dan Harris tells an engaging narrative about life in the pressure cooker of network news. He manages to avoid the usual braggadocio by being charmingly self effacing, honest and downright funny. If all that isn't enough, this is a story about how a young man manages to save himself from the destructive fallout of a business that tends to eat it's young. If Dan can become 10% Happier in this environment -- there is indeed hope for the rest of us!

  • A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor]

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,788
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,841

A Tale of Two Cities is one of Charles Dickens's most exciting novels. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, it tells the story of a family threatened by the terrible events of the past. Doctor Manette was wrongly imprisoned in the Bastille for 18 years without trial by the aristocratic authorities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly a Classic

  • By Theodore on 11-04-12

If you haven't read it since high school...

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

Reviewed: 02-03-16

It's been decades since I read this book, and honestly, it had become conflated in my memory with all the other books, movies and biographies I have read from the time of the French Revolution. Literary types will tell you this is not 'Dicken's best work'-- but it's darn good... and though completely predictable it's worth revisiting if you haven't read it as an adult.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Les Liaisons Dangereuses

  • Read by the Cast of the Stage Play
  • By: Choderlos de Laclos
  • Narrated by: Dominic West, Janet McTeer, Una Stubbs, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,560
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,322
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,321

From the sumptuous private drawing rooms of 18th-century Paris to the decadent estates and chateaus of the French countryside, La Marquise de Merteuil and Le Vicomte de Valmont hatch a long-distance plan of vengeance and seduction. Valmont is determined to conquer the famously pious Madame de Tourvel, whose husband is abroad on business. However, Merteuil has other plans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost better than the movie

  • By David on 02-02-16

Dangerously Engaging

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

Reviewed: 02-03-16

A wonderful cast brings this story to life in a way even the film didn't quite capture --although it does make me want to watch the movie again. Rich, complicated, to say 'flawed' characters would be an understatement. Thanks Audible!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Circling the Sun

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula McLain
  • Narrated by: Katharine McEwan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,115

Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe, who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature's delicate balance. But even the wild child must grow up, and when everything Beryl knows and trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Pro: It made me want to read "West With the Night"

  • By Ilana on 08-01-15

Superlative!

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

Reviewed: 02-03-16

I'm difficult to impress. I have more than 500 titles in my Audible library and I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a book this much. Paula McLain has created a beautifully written epic with flawed characters that are so like ourselves we can't help but be captivated. This made me want to reread Out of Africa -- heck-- it made me want to run away to Kenya, race horses, learn to fly and chase handsome men around the continent. Luckily, Beryl Markham did all those things in her remarkable lifetime and more. Katherine McEwan did a breathtaking job of bringing it all to life. Can't say enough about this one. Don't miss it!