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  • Rasputin

  • Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs
  • By: Douglas Smith
  • Narrated by: PJ Ochlan
  • Length: 33 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 183

Rasputin separates fact from fiction to reveal the real life of one of history's most alluring figures. Drawing on a wealth of forgotten documents from archives in seven countries, Smith presents Rasputin in all his complexity - man of God, voice of peace, loyal subject, adulterer, drunkard. Rasputin is not just a definitive biography of an extraordinary and legendary man, but a fascinating portrait of the twilight of imperial Russia as it lurched toward catastrophe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Lot To Chew On

  • By Michael on 01-24-17

Exhaustive...and exhausting

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

The. Author is determined to show that he has done more research on his subject than anyone else and, indeed he has painted a rich portrait of Rasputin and his times. But life is short and "Rasputin" is long.

  • Rogue Lawyer

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,241
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,229

On the right side of the law. Sort of. Sebastian Rudd is not your typical street lawyer. He works out of a customized bulletproof van, complete with Wi-Fi, a bar, a small fridge, fine leather chairs, a hidden gun compartment, and a heavily armed driver. He has no firm, no partners, no associates, and only one employee: his driver, who's also his bodyguard, law clerk, confidant, and golf caddy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Rogue indeed

  • By Margaret N. Chase on 10-22-15

Too many improbabilities

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

Reviewed: 11-13-15

Grisham piles up too many unlikely happenings to make this one of his best. Lead character is interesting if not likable and does leave you wondering what will befall him next.

  • Winter of the World

  • The Century Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,725

Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Sequel

  • By Tim on 03-15-13

Great Story, One Reservation about Reader

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

Reviewed: 06-18-15

Has the otherwise talented reader never talked with an American girl not raised in the Bronx? Every time poor Daisy, as portrayed, spoke a word my skin crawled. No private school educated girl from Buffalo--and I have known a few well-- would sound like that.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130,881
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,388

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl on The Train

  • By BookReader on 12-30-15

Good Story, Good Readers

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

Reviewed: 03-23-15

If you read it in print you wouldn't want to put the book down--but you wouldn't get to enjoy listening to the talented performers.

  • Kingdom Come

  • A Novel
  • By: J. G. Ballard
  • Narrated by: Andy Caploe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

A violent novel filled with insidious twists, Kingdom Come follows the exploits of Richard Pearson, a rebellious, unemployed advertising executive, whose father is gunned down by a deranged mental patient in a vast shopping mall outside Heathrow Airport.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • who is making these narrator calls?

  • By Christopher on 04-22-14

Great Story, Poor Reader

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

Reviewed: 09-25-14

Classic J.G. Ballard, a chillingly up-to-date look at a possible future. but Ballard would not be pleased by the reader who adopts a foppish, exaggerated Oxbridge accent for the narrator/chief-protagonist. Ballard would not be pleased. With so many excellent British readers available, why was this American chosen for this book?

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  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,742
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22,767

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By kurdis teed on 05-28-17

Vastly overwritten

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

Reviewed: 06-02-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Obviously all those who kept it at the top of best-seller lists

Has The Goldfinch turned you off from other books in this genre?

At least it turned me off other books by this author, at least if they also feature a self-centered, self-pitying, narrator as this one did

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Some of the descriptions were both apt and lovely--but there were far too many. Not a puddle escaped a transcendental transformation.

  • No Mercy

  • By: John Gilstrap
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Gage
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 711
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 546

No names. No Feds. No trace evidence. That's how Jonathan Grave operates. As a freelance specialist in covert rescues, he has to work outside the law to get things done - especially in highly sensitive hostage situations. But when an Indiana college student is abducted, and Jonathan's meticulous plan explodes into a deadly shooting spree, the local authorities are out for blood - and they're not alone. Someone wants to control a devastating secret...Someone rich and powerful.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Poor Narration

  • By Catherine Redlich on 06-18-11

Engrossing Tale, Terrible Narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-27-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Any one who enjoys a good murder mystery should enjoy the plot but the unsuitable style of the narrator makes it hard to follow, much less appreciate. Only curiosity about the outcome kept me from cutting out well before the end.

What character would you cut from No Mercy?

The narrator?

  • A Canticle for Leibowitz

  • By: Walter M. Miller Jr.
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,601
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,251
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,262

Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of 20th-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Introibo Ad Altare

  • By richard on 03-20-13

History in Reverse

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

Reviewed: 10-08-12

What made the experience of listening to A Canticle for Leibowitz the most enjoyable?

An unnerving forecast of a future that has already happened -- and could still happen again. Tom Weiner carries off a variety of roles, in a variety of epochs, with panache.

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