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  • Killing England

  • The Brutal Struggle for American Independence
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,377
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,352

The breathtaking latest installment in Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's mega-best-selling Killing series transports listeners to the most important era in our nation's history, the Revolutionary War. Told through the eyes of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Great Britain's King George III, Killing England chronicles the path to independence in gripping detail, taking the listener from the battlefields of America to the royal courts of Europe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You Must Read This Book

  • By Susie Davis on 10-22-17

Fast paced, inspiring, very fun,, couldn't stop

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

You have to respect their research and the amazing top quality way the present. You won't be disappointed.

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,007

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫✫✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫✫✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 09-12-18

I must be the wrong generation for this book.

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

I lived in the 70's so I don't appreciate the way they are typified here. And I work with veterans, and they are not all like this character. The characters are depressing. The voice performer is strained, uncomfortable to listen to, and monotone. Not for me.

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 48,526
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,974
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43,902

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

Droning, boring.

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

maybe it's because I just finished "all the light we cannot see" . the narrator has a voice that is grating and negative sounding. The characters are stiff and one-dimensional. This is just not for me.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Inkheart

  • By: Cornelia Funke
  • Narrated by: Lynn Redgrave
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,836

Imagine it were possible to bring the characters from a book to life. Not like when you listen to an audiobook with such enchantment that the characters seem to jump off the pages and into your bedroom...but for real. Imagine they could actually climb out of the pages and into our world. Then imagine if those characters brought their world into ours.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For ALL ages

  • By A on 11-24-04

Very enjoyable even at 56 years old.

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

Reviewed: 07-29-17

I hope at basic at times but the characters and story held my interest the whole way

  • And the Mountains Echoed

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,409
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,906
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,894

Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Does the End Justify the Means

  • By FanB14 on 05-24-13

Thought provoking, heartwarming.

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

A storey of many ups and downs told in a mature, honest and entertaining way; Unlike other tails of the difficult walks in life with too much dirt, pain and sorrow to become attached too. You can find yourself in these characters and feel your own struggles in theirs. Deep and yet lyrical. Entertaining and enriching.

  • I Should Be Dead

  • My Life Surviving Politics, TV, and Addiction
  • By: Bob Beckel, John D. Mann - contributor
  • Narrated by: Bob Beckel, Graham Beckel
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

From popular TV personality Bob Beckel, a deeply moving, redemptive memoir about his life as a political operative and diplomat, his long struggle with alcohol and drugs, and his unlikely journey to finding faith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely outstanding!

  • By Richard E Stover on 02-17-17

so so

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

Reviewed: 11-15-16

I respect anyone's story, But I was expecting this to be more redeeming, and less of drunk stories. And drug stories, and prostitution, and frankly, some demeaning comments about women in general. I'm not into being politically correct, just respectful and mature, and this was not that. As a recovering person, this did not inspire me. I'm sure if I was a Bob Beckel fan, I'd probably be writing something different. His editor should have made more suggestions. In all fairness, I quit because of the above, so maybe the last 1/2 was the redeeming part. All the best Bob.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Prince Caspian

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Lynn Redgrave
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,531

Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are returning to boarding school when they are summoned from the dreary train station (by Susan's own magic horn) to return to the land of Narnia, the land where they had ruled as kings and queens and where their help is desperately needed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lynn Redgrave Surprised Me!

  • By Stephanie L. Thompson on 09-07-14

Classic read by a pro. Multivariate

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

Reviewed: 06-01-15

Children's fiction? Religious? So many layers within this story, and so much simple fun, and Lynn Redgrave portrays 50 or more different characters so well.

  • Dragonsong: Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 1

  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Sally Darling
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,214

Dragonsong is the spellbinding tale of Menolly of Half Circle Hold, a brave young girl who flees her seaside village and discovers the legendary fire lizards of Pern. All her life, Menolly has longed to learn the ancient secrets of the Harpers, the master musicians of Harper Hall. When her stern father denies her the chance to make her dream come true, Menolly runs away from home. Hiding in a cave by the sea, she finds nine magical fire lizards who join her on a breathtaking journey to Harper Hall.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Grandma tells a story

  • By Trisandra Lunanova on 07-22-16

Much better than expected

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

Reviewed: 03-11-13

I just finished a few books in a Lequin series. I was expecting something like that. The difference is none of the ad nauseum scenic descriptions, more forward movement in the tale, and none of "I wish this book were over so I could get the point". I love scenery, especially in imagination, and McCaffrey does a better job in a digestible amount of words. The characters, though obviously in a fantasy world, are much like people I know and struggle with. To me, the sign of a great author is one who blends fun with reality, so that when we read we are entertained and moved, or inspired, or driven to thought about our own life. I'm finding this book entertaining and thought provoking, and I walk away from each listening time filled with pictures of another world, and thinking about emotions and schemas in my life. I anticipate each listening time with a sense of joy, as opposed to "I hope this is the time it becomes really, really interesting and moving".

In my opinion, this book has depth, reflection, well developed emotional themes, interesting and varied characters, and an engaging, multi-level, story line.

Almost forgot, the narrator is very engaging and interesting, and seems made for the period. But she almost sounds as though she has a vocal impediment or strain. It takes a little getting used to, maybe like listening to Katherine Hepburn in her later years. It doesn't interfere, and it's feminine, obviously, like the main character, so she works well.

  • Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane

  • Underland Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689

Gregor is summoned back to the Underland by the terms of a second prophecy. Spies have reported the sighting of a Rat King, a character who has been legendary since the Middle Ages. Recognizable by its tremendous size and snow-white coat, the Rat King is destined to bring a World War to the Underland. Gregor eventually comes face to face with the Rat King, and to his surprise, he finds he is unable to kill this creature. His heart tells him he's making the right decision.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Giant Cockroaches, Bats and Rats, Oh My!

  • By S. Sharp on 04-30-13

Good not great

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

Reviewed: 09-27-12

Ok, someone compared this to Harry Potter. In my opinion Suzanne Collins doesn't have the depth of soul of Harry's author. She can't explore characters the way Rowling does, and setup such amazing acts of friendship. Gregor books are good, and a great setting and story, but for me, the 2nd book was only 1/2 as good as the first. I did cry, and cheer, and laugh out loud, but then was feeling stale, and seeing very similar trends in the Bane (2nd) book. I was sad about that. Teh Narrator is amazing, but RipRed had a very different voice and character in the Bane book. Weird. He was my favorite Character. I realize this is all personal, but I promise these books are not on par with Potter. Don't expect that and it's a good read and fun tale that is easy to get lost in.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Catching Fire

  • Hunger Games, Book 2
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,853

Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - wrong reader!

  • By Erika Shaffer on 06-06-13

Not Great because of reader

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

Reviewed: 06-18-12

I like (not love, like Book 1) the story and character but the reader Carolyn McCormick puts too much of herself into Katniss. Her emotional renditions seem unauthentic and whiny quite often. I actually began to cringe when I felt she was ruining a given part, which increased in frequency over time. Also, I feel the story and situations become predictable in the 2nd and 3rd book of the trilogy. I found myself wondering what the story would be like if reading and avoiding the overlay of the reader (too heavy in general).

7 of 10 people found this review helpful