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  • Anne of Green Gables

  • By: L. M. Montgomery, Margaret Atwood - foreword
  • Narrated by: Kate Burton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 200

Eleven-year-old Anne Shirley has never known a real home. Since her parents' deaths, she's bounced around to foster homes and orphanages. When she is sent by mistake to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she wants to stay forever. But Anne is not the sturdy boy Matthew and Marilla were expecting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must buy for any Anne of Green Gables fan

  • By Honey on 08-17-10

Narrator and Introduction Issues

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

Reviewed: 12-23-16

This is a charming story; my issue is more with the foreword, which should have come with a spoiler alert: there's a huge plot giveaway that I resented hearing in advance. I also think the narrator, who has a pleasant voice and does the other characters well, tried too hard by giving Anne's voice a reedy, flippant quality that grates after a while.

  • My World - and Welcome to It

  • By: James Thurber
  • Narrated by: John Cullum
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

James Thurber is a masterful writer, humorist, and creator of enduring characters: Walter Mitty and the Lemming, included herein, have a permanent place in our culture. These 22 complete stories from Part I of My World (first published in 1942) reveal the full range of Thurber's genius, from his fanciful analysis of Shakespeare's Macbeth to his playful rendition of marital conflict and ultimately, his serious consideration of murders unsolved.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Thurber's World - Not a Bad Place

  • By Carole T. on 01-30-13

America's Beloved Humorist Read by GREAT Narrator!

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

Reviewed: 10-06-16

Those who love James Thurber need no introduction, but I hope more people will discover (or re-discover) his delightful short stories -- and this collection comes to life with an exceptional narrator, the actor John Cullum, who can do every accent under the sun. I wish Audible would offer a wider selection of Thurber's stories, like The Night the Bed Fell and The Catbird Seat, narrated by Cullen. (Unlike Keith Olbermann, who shouts, Cullum gives nuance and depth to each reading.)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Know What You Did Last Summer

  • By: Lois Duncan
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

They didn't mean it. They didn't mean to hit the boy. There was a party, and it was an accident... that wasn't who they were. They were pre-law, a football player, bound for New York. No one could know, so Barry, Julie, Helen, and Ray swore one another to secrecy. But now, a year later, someone knows. Julie receives a haunting, anonymous threat: "I know what you did last summer." The dark lie is unearthed, and before the four friends know it they need to outsmart a killer... or they will be the next to die.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Super Short, but entertaining

  • By Kristi Hernandez on 07-30-12

Want My Money Back: "Updates" Ruin This Book

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

Reviewed: 05-13-16

Who convinced the author to "update" this 1970s novel? It's not just that Vietnam becomes Iraq and the characters trade Cokes for Starbucks. References to contemporary technology are randomly inserted, and sloppily, too: giving the characters cell phones simply makes several plot points unravel. It's all a mess -- from the strange mixture of 70s and millennial slang to the bizarre juxtaposition of text messages, GPS and a throw-back communal hall phone. When I saw that this book was unabridged, my assumption was that I was getting an intact vintage novel -- not something dumbed down for a world that can't fathom life untethered from a cell phone.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A is for Alibi

  • A Kinsey Millhone Mystery
  • By: Sue Grafton
  • Narrated by: Mary Peiffer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,101
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,528
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,534

This is the first in the popular series featuring California investigator Kinsey Millhone. She's 32, twice divorced, no kids, an ex-cop who likes her work...and who works strictly alone!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poorly Narrated

  • By Gene on 11-13-05

Wonderful Book, But the Narration...

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

Reviewed: 12-11-15

I envy readers discovering Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone series for the first time, and having just finished X, I'm starting the alphabet again. (I really dread Z, because this character, whom I've always thought of as a female Magnum PI, feels like a friend.)

A is for Alibi is well-crafted, the characters well drawn, the deadpan humor engaging.

But I don't like the narrator. There's something artificial and stilted about her voice.

  • Selected Readings from The Portable Dorothy Parker

  • By: Edited by Marion Meade
  • Narrated by: Lorna Raver
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

When it comes to expressing the pleasure and pain of being just a touch too smart to be happy, Dorothy Parker is still the champion. Along with Robert Benchley, Alexander Woollcott, and the rest of the Algonquin Round Table, she dominated American popular literature in the 1920s and 1930s. This collection of more than 30 short stories and poems is essential for any Parker fan and an excellent way for new listeners to make the acquaintance of one of the 20th century's most quotable authors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What women really think

  • By Barry on 07-20-12

Narrator's Pronunciation ...!

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

Reviewed: 08-08-15

Dorothy Parker was brilliant. No issue with the content.

But when the narrator gets another important 20th-century writer's name wrong -- in the foreword -- the annoyance lingers. "Wodehouse" is not pronounced with a long "o."

Grr!

4 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Beach Town

  • By: Mary Kay Andrews
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 810
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 730

As a movie location scout, picture-perfect is the name of the game. But her last project literally went up in flames, and her career is on the verge of flaming out. Greer has been given one more chance, if she can find the perfect undiscovered beach hideaway for a big-budget movie. She zeroes in on a sleepy Florida panhandle town called Cypress Key. There's one motel, a marina, a long stretch of pristine beach and an old fishing pier with a community casino-which will be perfect for the film's explosive climax.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not The same Mary Kay Andrews I'm used to!

  • By Melissa F on 05-25-15

Disappointing, Juvenile Book

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

Reviewed: 07-22-15

As a longtime reader of Mary Kay Andrews, I've been disappointed in her last few books, but this one really feels phoned in.

The protagonist is in her mid-30s, but she talks like a teenager (every other word seems to be "amazing" or "totally"). The narrator's syrupy delivery doesn't help.

The whole storyline is as underdeveloped as Greer's vocabulary, and she simply is not a likeable character.

I'll think twice before I purchase another MKA's books, if she stays on this trend of caricature and superficial plots.

  • The Kind Worth Killing

  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,618

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection!

  • By DCinMI on 08-29-15

Twisty Whodunnit, Disliked Narration

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

Reviewed: 06-06-15

Full of twists and turns! But the narrators left much to be desired. One of the main characters speaks so indistinctly that I checked out the library book and read it in tandem with the Audible version.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Shift

  • How I Finally Lost Weight and Discovered a Happier Life
  • By: Tory Johnson
  • Narrated by: Tory Johnson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 117

For Tory Johnson, weight was always an issue; although she felt ashamed of how she looked, Tory could never find the will to change. When a network executive warned her that if she didn't lose weight her television career could be in jeopardy, Tory experienced something profound: A Shift. She knew she didn't just want to change, she needed to change. The Shift begins with this eye-opening incident and follows Tory on her weight-loss journey.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring, But Risky Advice for Long-term Success

  • By WmPowellFan on 05-20-15

Inspiring, But Risky Advice for Long-term Success

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

Reviewed: 05-20-15

I wish I could give this book a higher rating, because the way the author handled a boss's criticism of her weight is truly inspiring. Instead of consoling herself with food, she launched a plan to get into shape -- but that's where it becomes difficult to get behind her "Shift" approach. A lot of what Johnson does, and endorses, does not seem sustainable for long-term fitness. How realistic is it to say that a glass of wine or an occasional dessert are off limits? How sensible is it to regard carrots and blueberries as "bad"? Why did she give exercise short shrift until late in the program? And why in the world did Johnson agree to her daughter's birthday wish of her mother going off the diet, and not stand up to the sabotage? In short, my concern is that Johnson's all-or-nothing approach will lead some "Shifters" to give up, or else regain their weight when they inevitably encounter a food challenge they have not learned to navigate. A final annoyance: Johnson's gratuitous details about how her marriage benefited from the weight loss. Too much information!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • 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 132,897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,236

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

Compelling! A Must-Read

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

Reviewed: 03-13-15

This is such a well-crafted, suspenseful novel whose layers of complexity keep surprising. Highly recommended.