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  • Life After Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,722
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,731

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strange & Fascinating

  • By Sara on 11-02-15

Almost Gave Up, Glad I Didn't

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

At least half way through, I finally enjoyed this book.
I must have stopped listening about five times until I just went with the flow, not caring who was whom or where they were or what they were doing.
I now have a much clearer understanding of the story only but after reading some of the reviewers comments.
I am so glad I didn't give up listening no matter how confusing and repetitive the story and the characters were because by about half way through, the story and characters became reasonably clear.
The changing points of view often enhanced my confusion except when it stayed on Ursula, the main character.
An enormous help in my quest for understanding and enjoyment was the amazing narrator. Fenella Woolgar truly brought all the characters to life with her perfect accents and perfect tones.
I loved the historical nature of the story that was such an up close and personal view that really made me feel as if I were there.
So as so many others have explained, stay with this book. It does become very rewarding.

  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,214

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now.As Harry nears the end of his 11th life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message." This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I'd feared

  • By Isobel on 04-29-16

Maybe A Few Less Lives

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

I can understand why many reviewers loved this book, but for me, the repetitions grew tedious and the many characters blurred together.
I didn't bother to rewind as I listened because I just let the story flow on and felt that I didn't miss anything.
I always enjoy the theme of time travel, but this was more of a fast repetitive story that often was told rather than shown.
Without any spoilers, the conclusion, considering the length of the book, was rather rushed.
And as many others have said, Peter Kenny made a superb narrator moving easily and expertly among many different accents.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 74,802
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 68,178
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 67,792

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 02-09-19

What an extraordinary memoir! I cannot add any more words or comments to those praises of this exceptional book narrated by that beautiful exceptional woman! A woman who is so much more than Mrs. Obama!
I wish I had written the same review by the Audible reviewer, J. James-Long of Portland. Oregon, as it was so beautifully expressed.
I just have to say that one of my favorite parts of the wonderful book was when Michelle met Barack.
Oh, how I unabashedly miss President and Mrs. Obama!

  • The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository

  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Eric Yves Garcia
  • Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

Mr. Berger has spent 34 years keeping his life as empty as possible. His job title as a “Closed Accounts Registrar” doesn’t spark much interest, and his cautious flirtation with a woman at his company was cut short upon her engagement to another man. This doesn’t bother him, however, as he much prefers the company of books to that of people. His serene life is rendered strange when he witnesses a tragedy chillingly reminiscent of Anna Karenina as a woman flings herself before a train.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A note on narration....

  • By Ashley on 09-12-15

A Fun Escape

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

Reviewed: 02-09-19

If ever there was a book that makes you want to read more books, it's this one. Mister Berger's whole world of books is so charming and so intriguing, that you want to experience it as he does.
Fanciful and imaginative, this short book is absolutely delightful.

  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,433
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20,402

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NOT that confusing! Gone Girl + Last Mrs. Parrish

  • By Jenn on 01-11-18

Very Enjoyable Thriller

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

Reviewed: 02-09-19

Despite a little difficulty with the voices of which character, this book with Julia Whelan's narration was totally fun and engrossing.
I loved the guessing game as to who was crazy and what was the truth, along with several plot twists and turns.
Without giving away any spoilers, the ending felt kind of thrown in without any real clues along the way, but reasonably satisfying nonetheless.
I wonder if some of the difficulties in the plot might have had to do with there being two authors, evidently from the brief interview at the end of the book. But for the most part, the writing was very good for this genre with lots of detail that helps create a complete visual image. And very good with staying in the main character's point of view which really heightened the suspense.
One comment about Julia Whelan's narration: her male voices were excellent. Not an easy feat for women narrators.
So except for some difficulties, especially at the end, this book was very enjoyable.

  • Holding

  • A Novel
  • By: Graham Norton
  • Narrated by: Graham Norton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,511
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,504

The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama, but when human remains are discovered on an old farm, suspected to be those of Tommy Burke - a former lover of two different inhabitants - the village's dark past begins to unravel. As the frustrated sergeant PJ Collins struggles to solve a genuine case for the first time in his life, he unearths a community's worth of anger and resentments, secrets and regret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendidly delightful

  • By John Scott on 12-03-17

Not What I Expected

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

I expected a murder mystery with engaging characters written and narrated by my absolute favorite TV host.
What I got was a story with a very lukewarm murder mystery that was incidental to the story of the characters.
I also got characters that were so unlikeable and so self-centered and narrated with Graham's signature sardonic tone that I didn't care for any of them.
This includes the main character of the police (guard?) detective, PJ. Sorry, but I needed someone, especially the lead character, to be strong. Of course being a flawed main character is fine, it certainly worked brilliantly for Brendon Gleeson in a recent murder thriller, but PJ is so weak and so not so bright that I really didn't care.
The writing was mostly above average (sorry to damn with faint praise) but the ever-changing point-of-views were hard to follow at times.
I still adore Graham Norton, just not as a writer.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Harry Clarke

  • With Bonus Performance: Lillian
  • By: David Cale
  • Narrated by: Billy Crudup, David Cale
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,256
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,989
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,987

A sexually charged and wickedly funny thriller starring Tony Award-winning actor Billy Crudup, Harry Clarke is the story of a shy Midwestern man leading an outrageous double life as the titular cocky Londoner. Moving to New York City and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family's life as the seductive and precocious Harry, whose increasingly risky and dangerous behavior threatens to undo more than his persona.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Come for Harry, stay for Lillian

  • By Celeste Albers on 12-17-18

Wish I Had Liked It

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

The premise sounded great. The reviews were great. But it was far from great for me.
I can't explain why the material and the performances escaped me. I think I had expectations that it was going to be a thriller, that the title character would be a serial killer or something instead of just a dysfunctional person who ended up not doing much.
Perhaps that was the point of this narrative play, but all it gave to me was a rather boring plot with average narration (that everyone else loved) and awful music and unnecessary sound effects.
I confess that after the Harry Clarke part, when the David Cale and others started lauding their brilliant production, I turned it off and didn't listen to the next part.
Thank goodness this was free.

31 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • Heavy

  • By: Kiese Laymon
  • Narrated by: Kiese Laymon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,756
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,628

Kiese Laymon is a fearless writer. In his essays, personal stories combine with piercing intellect to reflect both on the state of American society and on his experiences with abuse, which conjure conflicted feelings of shame, joy, confusion, and humiliation. Laymon invites us to consider the consequences of growing up in a nation wholly obsessed with progress yet wholly disinterested in the messy work of reckoning with where we’ve been. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Be prepared

  • By Amy Bannor on 10-30-18

No Words Except BRIILIANT!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

What can I say that others have not said about this outstanding book? I was so moved not only by the amazing writing and the pure, open honesty of the author, but by his wonderful performance as he narrated this heartfelt memoir.
The ending, especially, absolutely blew me away with its powerful poetry.
I am in awe of this author.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Big Store

  • Inside the Crisis and Revolution at Sears
  • By: Donald Katz
  • Narrated by: Brian Sutherland, Donald Katz - introduction
  • Length: 30 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

In 1972, Sears, Roebuck, and Co. was America's greatest store, accounting for over 1 percent of the gross national product. Suddenly, profits plummeted and the stock price collapsed. Sears was at civil war and in need of a new leader. In 1978, Edward R. Telling became the Sears chairman, and by 1984 Sears was back on top, bigger than ever. Telling turned things around so dramatically it seemed like a miracle. But the resurrection of Sears as a great American merchant was no miracle, but the result of the power, vision, and will of strong leadership.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an interesting history

  • By Kathleen Freeland on 12-21-18

Thankful To Don Katz For Audible

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

I am a huge Audible fan, so I hesitate somehow to equate this book with the CEO of my Audible obsession. But, sorry, this book was so not for me with endless dull descriptions and goings-on of people and business that I didn't understand, along with a narrator whose monotone style lulled me to sleep.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hollywood Dead: A Sandman Slim Novel

  • Sandman Slim Series, Book 10
  • By: Richard Kadrey
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 794
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745

James Stark is back from Hell, trailing more trouble in his wake. To return to LA, he had to make a deal with the evil power brokers, Wormwood - an arrangement that came with a catch. While he may be home, Stark isn’t quite himself...because he’s only partially alive. There’s a time limit on his reanimated body, and unless Stark can find the people targeting Wormwood, he will die again - and this time there will be no coming back. Stark knows he can’t find Wormwood’s enemies alone. To succeed, he’s got to enlist the help of new friends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Sandman Slim!

  • By Eugenia on 01-07-19

Love Sandman Slim!

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

It has been a long time since I listened to the last book in this series, so I totally appreciated having some of the same characters come back into Sandman Slim's life (or should I say existence?). Nevertheless, this book was as fresh as the first with all the cool supernatural goings-on in this terrific urban fantasy.
I love, love that it takes place in Los Angeles and I love how the author weaves in social commentary.
And no review is worth anything without saying that MacLeod Andrews is one of the very best narrators ever! Okay, so I have a major crush on his voice. There. I said it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful