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  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,119

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

One of the finest stories ever written. The narrator knocks it out of the park.

  • The Testament of Mary

  • By: Colm Toibin
  • Narrated by: Meryl Streep
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,392
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,379

Meryl Streep’s performance of Colm Tóibín's acclaimed portrait of Mary is hailed by the New York Times Book Review as “an ideal audiobook,” presenting the three-time Academy Award-winner in “yet another great role.” Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary presents Mary as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity. In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son's crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel. They are her keepers, providing her with food and shelter and visiting her regularly. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was "worth it"; nor that the "group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye," were holy disciples. This woman who we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone, in a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • from a non believer...

  • By Taormina60 on 09-27-13

Not a biblical account.

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

A disappointment. Stories are rearranged, changed or entirely made up. Narration was superb. For clarification, study the gospels; Mathew, Mark, Luke and John.

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  • The Ladies of Ivy Cottage

  • By: Julie Klassen
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Jasicki
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587

Living with the two Miss Groves in Ivy Cottage, impoverished gentlewoman Rachel Ashford is determined to earn her own livelihood...somehow. When the village women encourage her to open a subscription library with the many books she has inherited or acquired through donations, Rachel discovers two mysteries hidden among them. A man who once broke her heart helps her search for clues, but will both find more than they bargained for?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Story with Lovable Characters

  • By Maryalice Davis on 02-03-18

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

The book describes a small, 19th century village. It swings oddly between characters who have a range of social and religious attitudes. Some are accurate depictions of that time period, but most of the time they are dressed with historically accurate clothing, but behave with 21st century values and speak with modern language. The plot is thus highly improbable, It might better have been written as a novel of the mid-twentieth century.

  • Empire of the Sun

  • By: J. G. Ballard
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Shanghai, 1941 -- a city aflame from the fateful torch of Pearl Harbor. In streets full of chaos and corpses, a young British boy searches in vain for his parents. Imprisoned in a Japanese concentration camp, he is witness to the fierce white flash of Nagasaki, as the bomb bellows the end of the war...and the dawn of a blighted world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged version kind of ruins it.

  • By John S on 06-12-14

A tough act to follow

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

I kept reading and rereading this story. This is now one of the books I can count on one hand. It ranks among the best, after a lifetime of listening to audio books.

  • The Cold Dish

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,734
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,711

Introducing Wyoming's Sheriff Walt Longmire in this riveting novel from the New York Times best-selling author of Dry Bones, the first in the Longmire series, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire. Johnson draws on his deep attachment to the American West to produce a literary mystery of stunning authenticity, full of memorable characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)

  • By Dataman on 09-12-12

A very good read.

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

Reviewed: 08-29-17

The characters are revealed by the excellent dialogue. Each is a full-blown, 3D, realistic "person." It takes a master-writer's skill along with a competent editor to craft such a story. The plot is good, though I figured out whodunit after a certain chapter, which I shall not reveal. But it's a rare mystery that throws me 'til the very end. This one is well worth the read. The narrator is a perfect choice for this story. I hope to listen to other books by this author.

  • Braiding Sweetgrass

  • Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
  • By: Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Narrated by: Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,223

As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Many thanks for this gift

  • By Jessica Mayer on 01-04-17

Ruined

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

All the beauty and poetry of this lovely system of beliefs was ruined, by the author's decision to vilify another wonderful group of stories and traditions, in the midst of sharing her own.

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  • Asura Tale of The Vanquished

  • The Story of Ravana And His People
  • By: Anand Neelakantan
  • Narrated by: Sanket Mhatre
  • Length: 21 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Asura: Tale of the Vanquished dares to narrate the tale of the Asura people. Blending mythology, religion, and history, the audiobook narrates the tale from Ravana and Bhadra's perspective. The book talks about how the Asura community is more liberal than the orthodox Deva clan, which was highly biased. It also attacks the evil practices of the Brahmin caste.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a seasoned book ..

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-16-18

Enlightening, Entertaining and Exeptional

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

There is much of history in this story; social, religious and cultural questions answered. Above all the two voices, from different castes, are engaging and kept me listening. The narration is as superlative as the story. Well worth reading on several levels.

  • Call the Midwife

  • A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
  • By: Jennifer Worth
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,099
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,086

At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book I've listened to this year

  • By Richard on 06-12-13

Extraordinary

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

Reviewed: 03-18-17

A story, beautifully written and told. It is rare to find a book so free of predictability. Each chapter is like a flower, opening day by day in springtime.

  • Tarzan of the Apes

  • By: Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Narrated by: Peter Batchelor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

A classic of literature and the author's best-known work. Adapted many times for cinema. A major motion picture in summer 2016.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unlikely, yet wonderful story.

  • By misstickle on 03-03-17

An unlikely, yet wonderful story.

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

Reviewed: 03-03-17

A story to love for all time. So much deeper and fuller than the movies based on these stories. Edgar Rice Burroughs did not have internet resources to double check his "ape info," so just let the story take you and forget the details. This narrator, Peter Batchelor, is among my favorites.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Neutronium Alchemist

  • The Night's Dawn Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,539

The ancient menace has finally escaped from Lalonde, shattering the Confederation's peaceful existence. Those who succumbed to it have acquired godlike powers but now follow a far-from-divine gospel as they advance inexorably from world to world. On planets and asteroids, individuals battle for survival against the strange and brutal forces unleashed upon the universe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Editing was bad .... again

  • By Leonard on 09-20-16

Did anybody edit this?

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

Reviewed: 02-19-17

A good story, ruined by redundant sub-plots. There are no transitions, from one storyline to the next, by either author or narrator. It makes for an unnecessarily difficult listening experience. I did enjoy the accents performed by the narrator. I got through book one, but find that. though within four
hours of the end of this second book, the slog is more than I'm willing to continue. I find I don't care much what happens to these characters or their respective world-views. The writing is brilliant in places, lacking only a competent editor to make this series a five star winner.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful