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  • Mala

  • By: Melinda Lopez
  • Narrated by: Melinda Lopez
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,515
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,508

An utterly unsentimental journey toward the end of life, Mala is an irreverent exploration of how we live, cope, and survive in the moment. Grounded in Lopez’s distinctive emotional language and sharp humor, this powerful one-woman show dances between doctors and urgent 911 calls, a mother’s growing frailty, and a daughter’s quest for grace - all set during an epic Boston winter. Rather than depict a “right way”, the play opens the door for our universal struggle to support those we love in dying, especially when all we’ve ever focused on is surviving.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hardest thing to do

  • By Christy on 02-03-19

Dreadful

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

Stereotypical & maudlin. Narration was dreadful, horrible accents. Poorly written. Not at all what I was expecting. I see why it was free. Seems like a term paper in high school English class. A few interesting tidbits of Cuban culture. Otherwise, yikes!

  • Folsom Untold: The Strange True Story of Johnny Cash's Greatest Album

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Danny Robins
  • Narrated by: Danny Robins
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,569
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,778
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,761

This is the story of one of the greatest records ever made - Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison - and its shocking and tragic aftermath. Join award-winning journalist Danny Robins on the 50th anniversary of the album as he takes you on a road trip back to 1968, a pivotal year in US history, to investigate the dramatic and unlikely friendship between Johnny Cash, American icon, and Glen Sherley, armed robber and Folsom inmate, and how that friendship was violently torn apart. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing.

  • By Margaret on 02-04-19

WORST Narration Ever

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

The story would have been more compelling without the melodramatic narration and poor writing. I was unfamiliar with the events, but so turned off by the childish storytelling it was hard to enjoy. so much conjecture at the end didn't make it any stronger.

  • Crazy Rich Asians

  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lynn Chen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,098
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,043

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just Okay

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-06-18

Mixed on This One

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

The opulence & wealth on display was, aptly, crazy. The mirror was my favorite - can't wait to see that in the movie.

However, the characters, were curiously flat. It took a long time for anything much to actually happen. I give it credit for diversity, and glad Hollywood is giving diversity a chance. I'm not sure if I'll continue the series. There wasn't much character development, and it wasn't generating too much emotional investment. The cliffhanger ending of who the father is does leave me wondering.

The narrator did a good job.

I guess I'll wait for the movie & decide if I want to see what happens.

  • Legendary

  • A Caraval Novel
  • By: Stephanie Garber
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 839
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • painfully long and boring

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-16-18

The Most Annoying Sisters You'll Ever Read About

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

I was expecting a lot & was sadly disappointed. I found Scarlett to be whiny in the extreme. Don't get me started on Nutty Tella. Beyond exasperating. And if Scarlett screamed, TELLA! one more time I was going to scream. The characters were caricatures. If you're looking for strong female leads, keep moving. The two sisters are idiots. I got this on sale at Christmas. I see the second book is out. I'm willing to see where it goes & hope it improves. Overall, I didn't find it very original.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Everything You Want Me to Be

  • A Thriller
  • By: Mindy Mejia
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Thorburn, John Moraitis, Jeff Harding
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 422
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 416

High school senior Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good citizen. When she's found brutally stabbed to death on the opening night of her high school play, the tragedy rips through the fabric of her small-town community. Local sheriff Del Goodman, a family friend of the Hoffmans, vows to find her killer, but trying to solve her murder yields more questions than answers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story with One Terrible Narrator

  • By Molly on 01-05-17

Mixed On This One

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

Pluses: It kept my interest & had a few twists & turns. The female narrator was very good. The female characters were well written. I didn't guess the killer's identity. Overall, I'd give it a B. I'd read this author again.

Minuses
I disliked both male narrators. The male characters were more like caricatures than their female counterparts. They also seemed pretty dumb - maybe that was playing into the web of two of the deceitful characters. I found Mary to be a pretty hateful character - could not imagine why anyone would marry her, stay with her or what in the world she saw in her husband since she treated him with only contempt- except for one contrived love scene that you could guess from a mile away what the outcome would be. Also, the main character - was she a manipulative brat or innocent victim? I guess that's a sign of a good writer that it was an open questions.

SPOILER ALERT

I thought for sure the killer would be female. There were enough red herrings & male suspects - it would have been an interesting choice - as opposed to the rather pedestrian murderer. It was hard to generate much sympathy for any of the characters - except the killer. Then the 'hit by a bus (or suitable vehicle substitute) ending was a little too neat & too sudden for my taste, given the amount of time it took to get there.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Code Name Verity

  • By: Elizabeth Wein
  • Narrated by: Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,887
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,219

Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do Not Read Any (other) Reviews of this Book!

  • By HDJ on 12-15-12

Wish it were better

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

What did you like best about Code Name Verity? What did you like least?

I like World War II novels. But this seemed like Grrl Power chick lit Lifetime movie territory. Life After Life & The Summer Before the War were much better. It wasn't bad. Just the two main characters got irritating & I couldn't wait for it to end.

Would you be willing to try another book from Elizabeth Wein? Why or why not?

Maybe

What about Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell ’s performance did you like?

Narrators handled accents fine. The story didn't keep my interest, parts of it were far-fetched.

Could you see Code Name Verity being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

TV movie.

Any additional comments?

Overall a B. As a male, I admit I may be accused of not 'getting it.' Could be true. But I've read other female-character driven books by female authors & found them more compelling.

  • The River at Night

  • By: Erica Ferencik
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 448
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 418

A high-stakes drama set against the harsh beauty of the Maine wilderness, charting the journey of four friends as they fight to survive the aftermath of a white water rafting accident, The River at Night is a nonstop and unforgettable thriller by a stunning new voice in fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The River at Night

  • By eh chaponis on 01-24-17

The Worst Book on Audible

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

Reviewed: 05-14-17

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

Someone who enjoys books about women in peril.

Has The River at Night turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She was whiny & her accent for Simone was godawful. It was ridiculous & distracting.

What character would you cut from The River at Night?

All of them.

Any additional comments?

I don't know what was worst - the bad writing, the clunky dialogue or the pointless plot. In an age of feminism, I am amazed that books about weak women making one stupid decision after another are bestsellers. Definitely the worst book I've listened to in quite a while.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Wicked Girls

  • By: Alex Marwood
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,454
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,132

On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing from beginning to end

  • By anne on 01-10-14

Ending

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

Reviewed: 01-30-17

Very well written, great characters. However, I really disliked the end. Amber has all the consequences, while Jade literally gets away with murder. God forbid her bourgeoisie lifestyle be disrupted. I was hoping Jim would piece it together.

  • Furiously Happy

  • A Funny Book About Horrible Things
  • By: Jenny Lawson
  • Narrated by: Jenny Lawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,087
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,064

Audie Award, Humor, 2016. In Furiously Happy, number-one New York Times best-selling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Small doses.

  • By Shawna on 10-18-15

Funny, but repetitive

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

Reviewed: 03-04-16

The first third was hilarious. Then it got smug & wallowed in mental masturbation. You guys! I'm just like you, but I call Neil Gaiman when I'm down! I MO funny, but somewhat disingenuous.

  • Sweet Filthy Boy

  • By: Christina Lauren
  • Narrated by: Shayna Thibodeaux
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,058
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,060

One-night stands are supposed to be with someone convenient, or wickedly persuasive, or regrettable. They aren’t supposed to be with someone like him. But after a crazy Vegas weekend celebrating her college graduation - and terrified of the future path she knows is a cop-out - Mia Holland makes the wildest decision of her life: follow Ansel Guillaume - her sweet, filthy fling - to France for the summer and just…play.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finding yourself while finding another-HOT ROMANCE

  • By Lisa on 06-02-14

Porn for Women

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

Reviewed: 08-22-14

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

Women who like beach reads.

What was most disappointing about Christina Lauren’s story?

Mia. I can see why her father was so disappointed in her. Her Valley Girl, over the top reaction to, like, everything was beyond irritating. Her insecurities rose to the level of hysteria until I wanted to shake her.

What about Shayna Thibodeaux’s performance did you like?

Her performance was fine.

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

Not really. It was pretty much pornography with not much of a plot. The GRRL power clique of her friends would be laughable if it weren't so sadly stereotypical.

Any additional comments?

If you want a fairy tale devoid of any semblance of reality, you've come to the right book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful