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  • 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 3,758
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,459
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,456

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

Come for Harry, stay for Lillian

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

The writing and both performances are absolutely brilliant. I couldn’t stop listening.
I found the experience of being inside Harry/Philip’s head hard to take at times. It was quite a ride.
I will probably listen to Lillian many times. I found her story to be inspirational and more relatable (maybe because I’m a middle aged woman;)
Again, so well done! Bravo!

35 of 37 people found this review helpful

  • Christmas Days

  • 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days
  • By: Jeanette Winterson
  • Narrated by: Jeanette Winterson, Imogen Church
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 309

These tales open a portal into the spirit of the season, when time slows down and magic starts to happen. From trees with mysterious powers to a tinsel baby that talks, philosophical fairies to flying dogs, a haunted house to a disappearing train, Winterson's innovative stories encompass the childlike and spooky wonder of Christmas, perfect for listening to by the fire with loved ones or while traveling home for the holidays.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Spirited Christmas Listen

  • By Sara on 12-30-17

In the spirit of Christmas

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

Loved Jeanette Winterson’s unique tales and perspectives. Her recipes and the monologues that go with them are inspired. Each story is different and each contains at least a touch of magic. She gives us glimpses into her life and her soul with each one.
This collection does not repudiate the Bible. It does explore the traditions of Christmas, both religious and secular, and plumb the depths of spirituality. I enjoyed it and am sure to revisit it

  • NOS4A2

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 19 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,518
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,509

Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping performance by Kate Mulgrew....

  • By Leslie on 05-06-13

Almost Excellent

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

There is much to love about this one but it doesn’t quite measure up. Loved the depth of the characters-each one at least a little flawed, some that you love to hate, some you can’t help but love.
Joe Hill is a great writer, no question about it. He knows how to draw you in and how to manipulate your emotions. He’s great at including a lot of detail but I feel he went overboard on this one. There was too much! Most especially too much physical injury to Vic-kept thinking “enough all ready!!” Many times felt bombarded by detail. But then at other times he finessed the action just right; i would think “I just can’t take any more!” and the scene and tone would change.
Again, there’s a lot to love about this one and maybe I’m too critical. Can’t imagine that I’ll listen to it a second time though.
Others have placed this one above Heart Shaped Box. I totally disagree, for me Heart Shaped Box was head and shoulders above this one-story and performance.
I must confess that I didn’t know that Joe Hill is actually Joe Hill King until I read the reviews for this title prior to purchase.
#creepy #dark #violent #femalehero #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • 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 19,306
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,835

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

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Great story, fantastic cast! This was reminiscent of the old time radio plays, only better. Billy Crystal is so talented and every member of the cast was spot on. I particularly enjoyed Dick Cavett as the narrator. Brightened my day! #funny #witty #entertaining #inspirational #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Feeding the Dragon

  • By: Sharon Washington
  • Narrated by: Sharon Washington
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,661

Sharon Washington’s autobiographical one-woman play, Feeding the Dragon, delighted audiences off-Broadway and is now available exclusively on Audible. The one-act play invites listeners into Sharon’s unorthodox childhood, growing up in an apartment on the top floor of the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. A love of literature and boundless imagination helped the playwright as a young woman persevere over dragons of all forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story!

  • By Imara Walker on 09-07-18

First person narrative magic

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

Ms. Sharon, a bit of the Gullah-Geechie did indeed trickle down to you! You are a masterful storyteller. I am simply amazed by the way you shared so much of your life and the experience of your family in a little over an hour. Bravo!

  • Heart-Shaped Box

  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,185

Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yikes! Five stars for fright

  • By Lesley on 02-23-07

What a ride!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

I am stingy with stars, reserving a five star rating for books that have a lasting impact-usually classics. So glad I took notice of this title as a daily deal-I have a new favorite author and can’t wait to devour his other works.
I would say that Joe Hill is not “a Stephen King wannabe” as others have named him but a rival to the old school Stephen King. This book elicited in me some of the same feelings I had when I read Salem’s Lot and Carrie for the first time, back in 1977.
I was drawn into this story at once and remained enthralled the entire time. The narration was absolutely superb-I will now seek out titles read by Stephen Lang. The characters were excellently drawn and performed. The story unwound in an intriguing way and kept up a good pace. I never once thought “hurry on up and wrap this thing up”, which happens all too often. I was engaged to the very end. When I was a little less than an hour from finishing, I became worried about the ending: was Mr Hill going to ruin the whole plot by flubbing the close? Nope. Perfect.
I would recommend this selection to anyone who likes a good suspenseful narrative. It’s definitely for mature audiences. If curse words, psychological and sexual abuse are too much for you-leave this one alone. But there is no gratuitous violence or needless gore. A very well wrought pondering of the age old battle between good and evil and the complexity of the human soul.

  • The Opposite of Everyone

  • A Novel
  • By: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Narrated by: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,432

A fiercely independent divorce lawyer learns the power of family and connection when she receives a cryptic message from her estranged mother in this bittersweet, witty novel from the nationally best-selling author of Someone Else's Love Story and Gods in Alabama - an emotionally resonant tale about the endurance of love and the power of stories to shape and transform our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Goddess of destruction and rebirth

  • By Janice on 06-27-16

What an imagination

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Joshilyn Jackson is now one of my favorite authors and one of my favorite narrators as well. This is the second book I’ve listened to by her (absolutely loved The Almost Sisters) and I am wowed.
Her stories are thoroughly new and different and amazing but also believable. Her characters are deep and flawed and real.

  • In the Skin of a Lion

  • By: Michael Ondaatje
  • Narrated by: Tom McCamus
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 342

Patrick Lewis arrives in Toronto in the 1920s and earns his living searching for a vanished millionaire and tunneling beneath Lake Ontario. In the course of his adventures, Patrick's life intersects with those of characters who reappear in Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning The English Patient.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Joshua on 02-25-18

A rare gem of a book

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Beautiful, intelligent, mesmerizing
I pity the person who cannot appreciate such a masterpiece
The different threads form a rope that twists and turns, doubles back and then returns to wrap around you
Perfectly performed by Tom McCamus
There are scenes that will never leave me

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert, and Gabrielle Hamilton on 'How I Learned to Cook'

  • By: Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert, Gabrielle Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Michael Ruhlman
  • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

Anthony Bourdain, Gabrielle Hamilton, and Eric Ripert are all well established, accomplished chefs; they share their early cooking experiences, what influenced their cooking styles, and what made them want to be chefs forever. Bourdain is the executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles, the author of the best-selling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, and the host of the popular Food Network series, A Cook's Tour.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not much more than an interview

  • By Tommy on 06-05-13

Terrific piece of real life interaction

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

I found this wonderful interview 10 years after it was recorded and just a short time after Tony’s death. It made me mourn the loss even more. However, my enjoyment of this piece was not dampened by the loss. Many times I laughed out loud and I think while in traffic other drivers wondered about that silly grin on my face.
The choice of chefs was pure genius; each so different and their stories and points of view complemented each other beautifully. The moderator was good at moving it along and also drawing the stories out of his guests.
I live on the periphery of the restaurant world. My husband and I are small farmers outside of Charleston, South Carolina. We had a hand in nurturing the now famous culinary scene in our city. I recognized and understood so much of what each chef was relating and indeed many of the rules apply to our business as well.
Many times I have said “I only do this because I can’t help it, because I must.”
I really enjoyed this recording. I think anyone who has ever wondered about what it would be like to be a great chef would enjoy it. Anyone who has ever enjoyed a meal in a restaurant would like it

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Out of Africa

  • By: Isak Dineson
  • Narrated by: Julie Harris
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,101

Danish countess Karen Blixon, known as Isak Dineson, ran a coffee plantation in Kenya in the years when Africa remained a romantic and formidable continent to most Europeans. Out of Africa is her account of her life there, with stories of her respectful relationships with the Masai, Kikuyu, and Somali natives who work on her land; the European friends who visit her; and the imposing permanence of the wild, high land itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I did not expect to enjoy this

  • By Tyler Tanner on 10-08-14

I had a farm in Africa...

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

Previously I heard this opening line in Meryl Streep’s voice now I shall hear it in the voice of Julie Harris.
I enjoyed this abridged version very much. Back in the 80’s the film version of this story was one of my favorites. If it was one of your favorites, be forewarned that you won’t find Robert Redford in this version. His character is there but not as completely drawn and the romance is barely hinted at.
This is a romance with Africa as the intended. The prose is intoxicating and you truly can feel the author’s love of, and longing for, what is for her a very special place and time