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  • Christmas Eve, 1914

  • By: Charles Olivier
  • Narrated by: Cameron Daddo, Xander Berkeley, Cody Fern, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,583

In 1914, the war which was to have been wrapped up by Christmas had - in reality - only just begun, as all sides entrenched themselves deeper into the Great War. Christmas Eve, 1914 follows one company of British officers as they rotate forward to spend their Christmas on the front lines, a mere 80 yards from the German guns. Upper- and working-class men and boys are thrown together into one trench and struggle to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully "illustrated"

  • By anonymous on 12-25-14

A Christmas Miracle

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

We’ve all heard the story of enemy troops laying down their arms and becoming brothers for one night at Christmas. This telling of the story brought tears to my eyes. A beautiful, if bittersweet, Christmas story.

  • Tips for Living

  • By: Renée Shafransky
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 212

It's taken Nora three years. With the help of her best friend, she fled New York City for a small resort town, snagged a job as the advice columnist for the local paper, and is cautiously letting a new man into her life. But when Hugh and his perfect new family move into a house nearby, Nora backslides. Coping with jealousy, humiliation, and resentment again is as hard as she feared. It's harder still when Hugh and his wife are shot to death in their home. If only Nora could account for the night of the murders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The first Pancake never turns out! Don't give up!!!

  • By Marilyn on 02-20-18

Riveting!

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

With enough red herrings to stock a fish monger’s shop, this is one of the most entertaining and satisfying read/listens I’ve had in some time. Definitely not a mystery you’ll have figured out half way through! Susan Bennett’s narration is top notch, as befits such a well crafted novel.

  • C.S. Lewis

  • A Life Inspired
  • By: Christopher Gordon, Wyatt North
  • Narrated by: David Glass
  • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

A man of reason and vigorous discourse, and a renowned professor of literature and philosophy, C.S. Lewis, always "Jack" to family and friends, never shied from intellectual debate, and through his written works encouraged others to wrestle with the difficult questions of faith. A master of visual illustration and allegory, Lewis wrote with the intuitive understanding that his readers wrestled with the same questions about the Christian story, about pain, suffering, and notions of Heaven and Hell, as he himself had wrestled.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration very disappointing.

  • By Tricia on 03-14-16

A good book, unfortunately narrated.

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

Mr. Glass has an annoying, nasal quality to his voice and he reads too rapidly for comfortable listening.

  • The Tracker

  • Sam Callahan, Book 1
  • By: Chad Zunker
  • Narrated by: Noah Berman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,985
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,763
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,758

Trust no one. Sam Callahan learned this lesson from a childhood spent in abusive foster care, on the streets, and locked in juvie. With the past behind him and his future staked on law school, he is moonlighting as a political tracker, paid to hide in crowds and shadow candidates, recording their missteps for use by their opponents. One night, after an anonymous text tip, Sam witnesses a congressional candidate and a mysterious blonde in a motel indiscretion that ends in murder, recording it all on his phone. Now Sam is a target.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good!

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-08-17

Just don't.

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

Ridiculous story line leading to an utterly unbelievable denouement. It is like something a high school English student might write. The narrator is ok. I have to give him credit for being able to get through the story without dissolving into laughter.

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  • Lady Fortescue Steps Out

  • The Poor Relation, Book 1
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,458
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,460

Life is not easy for the poor relations of England’s upper crust, but fate and clever schemes bring them together. Lady Fortescue and Colonel Sandhurst hatch a plan: What if they were to transform her decrepit Bond Street home into a posh hotel, offering their guests the pleasure of being waited upon by nobility? With the help of other down-and-out aristocrats, they do just that, and London’s newest hotel, The Poor Relation, is born. The establishment is an immediate hit with London’s most illustrious citizens, save the Duke of Rowcester....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming Regency Fun - Romance & Adventure

  • By Clare on 05-04-12

Predictable but entertaining

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

Reviewed: 06-03-17

I could happily listen to Davina Porter reading the phone book and while there wasn't much in this book that wasn't according to formula, it was a very enjoyable listen.

  • The Irish Inheritance

  • Jayne Sinclair Genealogical Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: M. J. Lee
  • Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

July 8, 1921. Ireland. A British Officer is shot dead on a remote hillside south of Dublin. November 22, 2015. United Kingdom. Former police detective Jayne Sinclair, now working as a genealogical investigator, receives a phone call from an adopted American billionaire asking her to discover the identity of his real father. How are the two events linked? Jayne Sinclair has only three clues to help her: a photocopied birth certificate, a stolen book, and an old photograph.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Why the foul language?

  • By Tim Delaney on 06-19-17

Unpredictable, well written.

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

Reviewed: 04-29-17

I really enjoyed the story. I would probably have enjoyed it more with a different narrator. Lucy Raynor's performance is technically perfect but her reading has a sing-songy quality that I find rather grating. I'm sure those very inflections make her popular with others. Just a matter of personal taste.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Thandie Newton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,267
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,902
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,890

Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-21-16

Exquisite classic

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

Reviewed: 05-04-16

One of my all -time favorite novels beautifully read by Thandie Newton. Ms. Newton is one of those rare actor/voice artists to whom I could listen reciting the phone book. This may be the best audible selection I have heard!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • First Do No Harm

  • Benjamin Davis Book Series
  • By: A. Turk
  • Narrated by: J. D. Hart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

Attorney Benjamin Davis is a young New York transplant seeking to make a name for himself in the Nashville legal community. After miscalculating the huge risks involved in accepting ten medical malpractice cases at one time, Davis discovers that a hospital and several of its personnel, including doctors, had conspired to provide unnecessary tests and surgeries on innocent patients... for years. With small town physicians pushing all the ethical and legal boundaries, Davis decides he has no alternative but to protect an entire community...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ONE OF MY ALL TIME LISTENING FAVORITES

  • By Steven on 10-31-13

Riveting

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

Reviewed: 06-04-15

The story was well written and the characters clearly defined. Even long court room scenes kept my attention and I was eager to get back to listening when I had to stop for awhile.

The narrator was excellent and having a female artist read female character's lines really enhances the listening experience. One of the best audio presentations I've heard.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful