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  • Started Early, Took My Dog

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 693

Waterhouse leads a quiet, ordered life as a retired police detective - a life that takes a surprising turn when she encounters Kelly Cross, a habitual offender, dragging a young child through town. Both appear miserable and better off without each other-or so decides Tracy, in a snap decision that surprises herself as much as Kelly. Suddenly burdened with a small child, Tracy soon learns her parental inexperience is actually the least of her problems, as much larger ones loom for her and her young charge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED, LOVED, LOVED IT.

  • By Patricia on 08-28-11

Could listen to this again and again

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

There's nothing more delicious than Graeme Malcolm reading this novel, especially when character Tracy Waterhouse is in the scene. I am stunned by the humanity that Atkinson and Malcolm together create -- with her amazing writing and Malcolm's ability to capture every nuance of meaning. The plot is complex, but it's the individual moments that are so rich.

  • In Farleigh Field

  • A Novel
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,872
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,857

World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham's middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun New Characters

  • By SW Clemens on 03-17-17

Returning book because of narration

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

Reviewed: 03-18-17

My problem with the book is with the narrator -- her approach just rubbed me the wrong way. Many words are given a little explosive pop, so rather than a smooth low key delivery one has to pay attention to Each. Word. Separately and Emphatically. Felt like a YA storytelling style.

My rating is purely based on the narrative performance. Unfortunately Audible makes me also rate everything just to write this review. Having insufficient info, I put in two stars but I didn't read past the first chapter.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

  • A Novel
  • By: Dominic Smith
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,299
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,296

In 1631, Sara de Vos is admitted as a master painter to the Guild of St. Luke's in Holland, the first woman to be so recognized. Three hundred years later, only one work attributed to de Vos is known to remain - a haunting winter scene, At the Edge of a Wood, which hangs over the bed of a wealthy descendant of the original owner. An Australian grad student, Ellie Shipley, struggling to stay afloat in New York, agrees to paint a forgery of the landscape, a decision that will haunt her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Story Definitely NOT a Forgery!

  • By KarKinz on 05-13-16

Fascinating! Hated questions at end.

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

Reviewed: 06-19-16

Other reviews will describe the merits of this book. I found it fascinating read. My favorite reader Edoardo Ballerini did his usual talented job.The author has woven together three separate interrelated storylines, and did so very successfully. The conclusion is poignant.

However I can't understand why the publisher decided to give NO ROOM for the reader to muse, breathe, reflect after the novel ends--within three seconds we’re jarred by the voice of a new speaker, followed by the author (poor author!) mechanically reciting a list of questions for your "reading group." It really detracted from the experience of what is otherwise a great read.

I've never liked reading group questions but if they must be included, producers need to realize that there must be a meaningful space after a book concludes before someone uninvited starts to blather on about the experience --even the author. Give us a chance to turn off the tape if we don't want that sort of interference. Surely Audible can help make this a standard for audiobooks it includes?

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Report

  • By: Jessica Francis Kane
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcom
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

A stunning first novel that is an evocative reimagining of a World War II civilian disaster. On a March night in 1943, on the steps of a London Tube station, 173 people die in a crowd seeking shelter from what seemed to be another air raid. When the devastated neighborhood demands an inquiry, the job falls to magistrate Laurence Dunne. In this beautifully crafted novel, Jessica Francis Kane paints a vivid portrait of London at war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best narrators I've found.

  • By Aragonesa on 09-13-15

Superb!

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

Reviewed: 08-03-13

Excellent, complex, beautifully written story about the Bethnal Green bomb shelter disaster of 1943, focusing less on the event itself than on the lives of people involved in it..

  • The Time In Between

  • A Novel
  • By: Maria Duenas
  • Narrated by: Zilah Mendoza
  • Length: 21 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 393

The thrilling, internationally bestselling novel about a haute couture seamstress who becomes an undercover spy for the British Secret Service during World War II. #1 bestseller in Spain with more than 1.5 million copies sold, The Time In Between has taken readers by storm with its unforgettable tale of adventure, tragedy, love, and war. Readers will fall in love with MarÍa DueÑas’s dazzlingly inspiring heroine, Sira Quiroga.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • terrible narration

  • By Sarah A. Peyronnin on 05-18-12

This is when Audible's return policy shines!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-13

I wasn't sure how I'd like this book but knowing that as a member I could return it, I bought it and downloaded just one section. I agree with other listeners:the narrator is not up to the job. Her voice was okay, but she too often read sentences awkwardly, with unnatural pauses. I also found the novelist's language overwordy and awkward. Toward the end it got better, but there were many places where she used fifteen words where five would have been much better.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Adam Bede

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: David Case
  • Length: 20 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Adam and Seth Bede work as carpenters in Hayslope. Seth proposes to Dinah Morris, a gifted Methodist preacher. However, she wants to devote herself to God's work. Meanwhile, Adam Bede woos Dinah's cousin Hetty Sorrel. But she is distracted by the attentions of Captain Arthur Donnithorne. When Adam finds out about Arthur's intentions toward Hetty, he fights Arthur and forces him to leave town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narration

  • By Erin K on 10-08-07

Narrator didnt work for me

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

Reviewed: 03-22-13

SIopped in first part because of narrator's style. He just wasn't my cup of tea. Since I have several other well-reviewed choices, I will try again. I've always like Flo Gibson's style with the Austen classics.

  • Destiny of the Republic

  • A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
  • By: Candice Millard
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,972

James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard

  • By Mel on 02-08-12

Superb!

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

Reviewed: 07-18-12

This was a fascinating story of a set of events that I knew nothing about. Other reviewers have given the details, but I just wanted to add my two thumbs up. Everything about this audiobook was great.

  • The Man in the Wooden Hat

  • By: Jane Gardam
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331

The New York Times called Sir Edward Feathers one of the most memorable characters in modern literature. A lyrical novel that recalls his fully lived life, Old Filth has been acclaimed as Jane Gardam's masterpiece. And now that novel has been joined by a companion that also bursts with humor and wisdom: The Man in the Wooden Hat. As a portrait of a marriage, with all the bittersweet secrets and surprising fulfillment of the 50-year union of two remarkable people, this novel is a triumph.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great read

  • By RBL on 05-07-12

Love this book

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

Reviewed: 01-02-12

Jane Gardam is a terrific writer -- every sentence is a jewel. That means it's not good for listening to in complex driving situations. This book focuses on Betty, the wife of Eddie Feathers, who was the subject of her wonderful earlier novel, Old Filth.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Psychopath Test

  • A Journey Through the Madness Industry
  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,339
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,331

The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Quirky, intriguing and educational.

  • By Flavius Krakdaddius on 11-08-11

One of my all-time favorite audiobooks!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-11

Ingenious, funny, fascinating, creative, compassionate trip through patho-land. Jon Ronson has a mind that never stops making connections-and USEFUL ones--about psychopathia and its place in our culture. And his voice is one of the most engaging and original I've yet to experience in an audiobook. Before he's through we've been to Sweden, met a man who faked his way into Broadmoor prison and can't get out, interviewed the leader of a Haitian death squad who claims he's really a very nice guy, met a caster for tv reality shows who looks for people who are "just mad enough," met Scientologists who hate psychiatrists and the psychiatrist who spearheaded the creation of the DSM --and nothing we discover is quite what we expected it to be.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Reading My Father

  • A Memoir
  • By: Alexandra Styron
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Styron
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Alexandra Styron's parents—the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Sophie’s Choice and his political activist wife, Rose—were, for half a century, leading players on the world’s cultural stage. Alexandra was raised under both the halo of her father’s brilliance and the long shadow of his troubled mind. Reading My Father portrays the epic sweep of an American artist’s life. It is also a tale of filial love, beautifully written with humor, compassion, and grace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • William Styron Ranks...

  • By Douglas on 12-22-13

Fascinating story, beautifully read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-11

I loved this audiobook: the story it tells of William Styron's complex life alone would have been worth the price of admission, but hearing it from his daughter's point of view made it even more intense, more poignant, more complex and human. One of the best biographies of an artist and a parent I've ever read.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful