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  • Winter Oranges

  • By: Marie Sexton
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

Jason Walker is a child star turned teen heartthrob turned reluctant B-movie regular who's sick of his failing career. So he gives up Hollywood for northern Idaho, far away from the press, the drama of LA, and the best friend he's secretly been in love with for years. There's only one problem with his new life: a strange young man only he can see is haunting his guesthouse. Except Benjamin Ward isn't a ghost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe the best Holiday Audiobook This Year!

  • By Morgan A Skye on 12-23-16

Pleasant Surprise!

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

Reviewed: 11-18-17

I downloaded this on the strength of its positive reviews, and WOW! I have to admit after reading the synopsis, I was a bit skeptical. I hate all things Hollywood, and I'm not much of a supernatural listener, but this story was so sweet, and so well written, it had me by the heart strings until the end. I remember looking at the time left and couldn't imagine how it would all resolve, but I needn't have feared. Marie Sexton carried this whole thing off with sensitivity and grace. I absolutely loved it.

The narration was great, but unfortunately for me, I'm OCD...and from Idaho. So the whole mispronunciation of Coeur d'Alene and Spokane made my teeth hurt every time, and my OCD couldn't let it go. Certainly not a deal-breaker, just a perfect storm for me that I found irritating.

Overall, I found this listen to be one of the best this year for me, and will likely be an annual thing during the holidays.


  • Call of the American Wild

  • A Tenderfoot's Escape to Alaska
  • By: Guy Grieve
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554

Trapped in a job he hated and up to his neck in debt, Guy Grieve’s life was going nowhere. But with a stroke of luck, his dream of escaping it all to live in remote Alaska suddenly came true. Miles from the nearest human being and armed with only the most basic equipment, Guy built a log cabin from scratch and began carving a life for himself through fishing, hunting, and diligently avoiding bears. Packed with adventure, humor, and insight, this is the gripping story of an ordinary man learning the ways of the wild.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe not really kinda true?

  • By colleen on 06-01-13

I loved everything about this experience...

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

Reviewed: 06-24-16

What did you love best about Call of the American Wild?

I loved the story, the characters, the narrator...it all fell together perfectly for me.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the concept of it, but the telling was sublime. Although the subject was very serious, it was written (and read) with much humor, nuance, substance, passion and just the right amount of insight.

Which character – as performed by Steve West – was your favorite?

FUZZY! What a great character. I loved Guy, too, and of course Don, but Fuzzy won my heart with his relentless loyalty and simple companionship.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I listened to the Epilogue three times, to make sure I was catching all that Guy intended the reader to get. This story will stay with me for a long time.

Any additional comments?

I'm really glad I didn't read some of the vicious reviews of this book, and instead trusted my instincts (Guy refers to this many times in fact...trusting and LISTENING to your instincts). I will very likely listen to this whole thing again and again. I loved it.

  • The Winter Sea

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,978
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,997

History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Get Out Your Hankies

  • By Martha on 07-29-11

Exceptional Entertainment

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

Reviewed: 11-08-14

What made the experience of listening to The Winter Sea the most enjoyable?

I loved the story, the characters and the setting, but I am absolutely IN love with Miss Landor. SUPER NARRATION. I listen to audio books. A lot. I have dismissed several stories because the narration was sub-par, so let me be clear...Rosalyn Landor is a gift. I loved listening to her tell this incredible tale. Super duper good.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This is a tough one. The obvious answer would of course be Sophia, but I also enjoyed Carrie, and even the Mastif dog, but I think the character I enjoyed most was Graham. He is so sweet, sensitive, and sensible. His dad was awesome, and congrats to the narrator for nailing the accent.

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

Rosalyn Landor really made this story bloom for me. Her professional story telling is one of the best I've ever heard. She is highly capable of just making you feel like you are sitting in front of a roaring fire with a cuppa while she spins her web. I was super impressed with the juggling of all the accents, Scottish, American, French...all with ease and sophistication. Simply superb.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I had the time, yes. I tend to listen sometimes 10-15 minutes at a time, and other times I can dedicate an hour or so. The narration was so good, and the story was enough to keep me coming back for more. I will definitely check out more by this author, and this narrator. Absolutely loved the whole experience!

Any additional comments?

Awesome.

  • The Devotion of Suspect X

  • By: Keigo Higashino, Alexander O. Smith Translated by
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 621

Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced, single mother who thought she had finally escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day to extort money from her, threatening both her and her teenaged daughter Misato, the situation quickly escalates into violence and Togashi ends up dead on her apartment floor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Devoted tale of kindness and unknown friendship.

  • By Howard on 02-13-11

Engagingly Different

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

Reviewed: 09-13-13

What made the experience of listening to The Devotion of Suspect X the most enjoyable?

The narrator was very good, and kept me engaged the entire time. The storyline was interesting and unfolded at just the right pace for me. Really well done, in fact.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the approach, where the reader (listener) knows from the get-go who dunnit, and then following the investigation to see if the others can figure it out.

Have you listened to any of David Pittu’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

FIrst time. I will look for him again.

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

No laughing or crying, but it did leave me with a sense of wonder at all the story telling engineering that went in to this story...giving JUST enough along the way to keep the reader guessing, and the minute PLANNING of it all, to reveal the right thing at the right time. Remarkable.

Any additional comments?

I've recommended this story to several people already. I will look for other work by this author, and narrator. Well done.

  • A Cold-Blooded Business

  • A Kate Shugak Novel, Book 4
  • By: Dana Stabenow
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

A string of drug-related accidents at an oil company's rig in the Arctic Circle forces Kate Shugak to go undercover to scope out a cocaine connection along the TransAlaskan Pipeline. She's out to ID a major deal and shut down his operation. Of course, the deal has other ideas....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Immense, Immersive Enjoyment

  • By Blaine on 02-12-13

Immense, Immersive Enjoyment

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

Reviewed: 02-12-13

Would you consider the audio edition of A Cold-Blooded Business to be better than the print version?

I have read several of the novels, but never listened to one. I don't know that it's better, necessarily, but different, and I enjoyed it a lot. The narrator is perfect for Kate, and Dana Stabenow's writing is always pitch perfect. I liked this audio book immensely.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kate Shugak, of course. She's smart, witty, and kicks ass! What's not to like?

What about Marguerite Gavin’s performance did you like?

I thought Marguerite's take on Kate was awesome. I will admit, I was a bit apprehensive, but she pulled it off with perfect tone and clarity. Well Done.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely. As it was, I got through it in about 3 different sittings, but was constantly thinking about the story when I was away.

Any additional comments?

This series is awesome, and now that I've discovered them on audio, I am even more excited to go on many more adventures with Kate, Mutt and Jack. Love it !!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Beautiful Creatures

  • Beautiful Creatures, Book 1
  • By: Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,211
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,248

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • warmed over young adult supernatural fiction

  • By BumbleBee 456 on 12-27-12

Great story - great narration - ANNOYING sound !

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

Reviewed: 01-30-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Beautiful Creatures to be better than the print version?

I enjoyed both, actually.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Creatures?

I enjoyed the story, and the narration was absolutely top notch, but seriously, the amateurish and mistimed sound effects were ANNOYING! The music portion was okay, I guess, but when the narrator says "...the window broke..." and a full 2 seconds later you hear an amateur sound effect that is neither convincing, nor adds to the story, it just gets to be frustrating. The narrator is so good in this, the sound effects actually take away from his ability to tell the story. I hated the sound effects.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I LOVED THE NARRATOR ! I just hated the producers decision to use sound effects. Even the wind and thunder and whatever was just plain stupid.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I would leave that to the professionals.

Any additional comments?

I really did enjoy the story and the narration, but hesitant to listen to the others in this series if there are continued sound effects.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag

  • A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,462

"Click-Clack the Rattlebag", a subtle, witty, deceptive little tale, is your Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman and Audible, FREE through October 31. It's not available anywhere else, and for a limited time, each download from Audible benefits educational charities at DonorsChoose.org. Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WHY WHY WHY

  • By Daryl on 10-27-12
  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag
  • A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman

I simply loved this...

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

Reviewed: 11-27-12

It was the perfect amount of creepy...and who doesn't like a free listen? Thanks Audible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hexed

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,496
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,989
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,978

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing

  • By A. Sentoni on 07-30-11

Not Disappointed !

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

Reviewed: 11-25-12

I absolutely loved the first audio in this series, so it was with a bit of apprehension that I picked up and listened to this one...I needn't have fretted one whit. Once again, Kevin Hearne comes through with a fantastic story, and Luke Daniels is quickly becoming my favorite narrator...he's absolutely incredible. This is def. worth the time, and money. I can't wait now to continue on and see what happens to this great character...and my favorite literary canine, Oberon. Entertaining all the way through.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cabin Pressure: Molokai (Christmas Special 2010)

  • By: John Finnemore
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 770
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 716
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 712

In this Christmas special 'Molokai' - It's Christmas morning, but when Carolyn schedules an extra stop-off to the Hawaiian island of Molokai, Arthur has just seven minutes to celebrate Christmas. Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch & Roger Allam star in the second series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can't believe I missed this Cabin Pressure.

  • By Shopper Mom on 04-15-15

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 10-23-12

John Finnemore is a genius, and he proves it again with this hysterical Christmas special. I usually listen while I drive, and I almost drove off the road laughing when the bit about the umbrella unfolds in the cockpit. Pure genius, I tell ya. Loved every moment! :)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Novice Unabridged

  • A Story of True Love
  • By: Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

Born to an aristocratic family in rural Vietnam, Kinh Tam’s uncommon beauty and intelligence were obvious to all she encountered. From an early age she was drawn to the teachings of Buddha and the rewards of a monastic life, but to please her family she agreed to walk the traditional path of marriage. Throughout her marriage, Kinh Tam’s mind was devoted to her husband but her heart never waivered from her true calling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A pleasant story in the Buddist tradition

  • By Ruth on 07-23-12

Not my cup of chai

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

Reviewed: 10-23-12

I really wanted to like this story. The premise sounded very promising, but unfortunately for me, it wondered all OVER the place, with frequent, heavy handed sermons. When the writing finally gets back to the actual story, it was good, not great. Overall, I just felt disappointed and frustrated. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, but this was all together forgettable for me. :(

2 of 3 people found this review helpful