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  • Jackrabbit Smile

  • By: Joe R. Lansdale
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ryan Grant
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Hap and Leonard are an unlikely pair - Hap, a self-proclaimed white-trash rebel, and Leonard, a tough-as-nails, black, gay Vietnam vet and Republican - but they're the closest friend either of them has in the world. Hap is celebrating his wedding to his longtime girlfriend, Brett (who is also Hap and Leonard's boss), when their backyard barbecue is interrupted by a couple of Pentecostal white supremacists. They're not too happy to see Leonard, and no one is happy to see them, but they have a problem, and only Hap and Leonard will take the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ❤️ Hap and Leonard

  • By RueRue on 05-18-18

Love Hap and Len

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

I didn't realize when I got this that it was #12 in a series; I had never heard of the series before. This worked as a stand-alone, but it also made me want to start with the series (sigh, my to read shelf is creaking under the added weight of more books!!!). The main characters were unique and interesting, and the story is laugh out loud funny in spots, particularly when Leonard and Hap mocked their clients' prejudice. I got this on audible, and I enjoyed the narration. This was definitely a fast, enjoyable listen!

  • Rules of Civility

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,736

Features a sample chapter from A Gentleman in Moscow, the highly anticipated new audiobook from Amor Towles - available fall 2016. This sophisticated and entertaining first novel presents the story of a young woman whose life is on the brink of transformation. On the last night of 1937, 25-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a yearlong journey....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bright Young Things in a Dark World

  • By Michele Kellett on 08-13-12

Slow Paced, Yet Excellent Writing

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

This was a 3.75 for me.

I listened to this on audio, which was a good thing; I don't think I would have finished it in print. While there is no doubt that the writing is very good and the characters well developed, it was very slow paced and not a lot happened for quite a lot of the story. There were a few times I contemplated abandoning it, but by the end, I found I did care what happened to the characters after all. This is more for those who love character studies; I guess that just isn't one of my top genres.

Note: The audible version includes a preview of his second book.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,790
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,796
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,716

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Excellent Memoir, Classy Woman

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

I really enjoyed the audio version of this book, as it was narrated by her and you could feel her passion. I didn't know much about her personal life or thoughts, so this was quite interesting. I enjoyed her message that she is an ordinary person who was placed in extraordinary situations. The glimpses into White House life, the President, and family life were interesting to me. After reading the book, my impression of her as a classy, down-to-earth, intelligent person was confirmed. She has things to say and now she is finally free to say them. I think her dream about cheetahs and lions was quite telling in how she felt being in the public eye and having all eyes on herself and her family.

She leaves no doubt as to feelings about politics, which I completely agree with. I wish the parties could come together and make decisions that are for the good of the country rather than stalling progress simply because it didn't come from their party. And this happens in both parties, so both are to blame. She also leaves no doubt that she will not be running for political office herself. She has a message for people that you matter and that there is no one "right" way to be American.

  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,948

Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don't believe her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but the volume was all over the place

  • By Charles Johnson on 12-17-16

A Childhood Classic Revisited

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

I read this as a child, and decided to reread the series. I'm so glad I did; I enjoyed my visit back to Narnia!

  • The Fixer

  • Justice Series, Book 1
  • By: T. E. Woods
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,968
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,710
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,696

Never a doubt. Never a mistake. Always for justice. Never for revenge. She's the person you hire when you need something fixed-permanently. With a strict set of criteria, she evaluates every request and chooses only a few. No more than one job per country, per year. She will only step in if it's clear that justice will not be served any other way. Her jobs are completed with skill and precision, and never result in inquiry or police investigation. The Fixer is invisible - and quite deadly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Assassin with a morals and criteria...

  • By shelley on 12-30-16

Intricate Plot

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

This was a fast paced mystery that kept my attention for the most part. I liked The Fixer character, and the plot lines were intricate. I listened to this on audio and the narration was fine. I have to say that I think it could have been a little shorter and the number of characters/plot lines made it confusing at times, as I forgot who was who.

  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,565
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,746
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,683

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW

  • By Kate on 11-05-18

Excellent Performance & Story

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

This was another of my free audible original picks, and another winner! I loved this play; there were so many laugh out loud moments, yet the overall story was bittersweet. And, there was a twist that I didn't see coming part-way through. With an excellent cast/narration, this one had it all!

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  • Strong Ending

  • A Journey from Combat to Comedy
  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Mary-Louise Parker
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,787
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,778

It’s always hard to make the crowd laugh - especially when joking about war, PTSD, and mental health. Strong Ending follows three military veterans as they attempt to turn their most painful stories into laughs by participating in a stand-up comedy boot camp. After joining the military, deploying to combat zones, and coming home fundamentally changed, Michael Garvey, Isaura Ramirez, and Patrick Harth challenge themselves to share their stories on stage and perform original stand up-comedy about their experiences for a packed house. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite Member Selection so far

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-07-18

Wish It Had More Actual Comedy

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

This was one of the free audible originals for November. It was around a 3.75 for me; while I loved the concept and the stories of the veterans, I wish the book contained more of their actual comedy. The little bit I did hear was funny and I would have liked more.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Differently Morphous

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,584
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,380

A magical serial killer is on the loose, and gelatinous, otherworldly creatures are infesting the English countryside. Which is making life for the Ministry of Occultism difficult, because magic is supposed to be their best kept secret. After centuries in the shadows, the Ministry is forced to unmask, exposing the country's magical history - and magical citizens - to a brave new world of social media, government scrutiny, and public relations.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for everybody

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 09-24-18

Weird and Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

This book was not at all was I expecting....and it was much better! I thought it would be a Harry Potter type of thing, but it turns out to be a satire about political correctness. This is my first book by this author, so I didn't have any preconceived notions; it certainly won't be my last!

I loved the weird characters, particularly Diablo. While he wasn't the main character, he could have been; I was so entertained by him. The narration was done by the author, and he conveyed this character's personality so well.

There were several laugh out loud moments for me, particularly some of the absurd scenes. This probably is not for everyone, but it certainly was for me!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Turn of the Screw

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Richard Armitage - introduction
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,212
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,200

Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy winner Emma Thompson lends her immense talent and experienced voice to Henry James' Gothic ghost tale, The Turn of the Screw. When a governess is hired to care for two children at a British country estate, she begins to sense an otherworldly presence around the grounds. Are they really ghosts she's seeing? Or is something far more sinister at work?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great, but Mightn't be the Best on Audible

  • By Gillian on 03-16-16

Glad I listened to it on audio

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

I listened to this on audio, which I'm glad for; I don't think I would have gotten through it in print. I enjoyed Emma Thompson's narration, as she brought the character of the governess to life. There were some parts that kept my interest, and some that made my mind wander. I think I missed something at the end, as I am not still not sure what this big thing was that Miles said that led to his school expulsion. I don't always do well with the classics, so maybe my not getting the full enjoyment of the story that others seemed to was because of the genre and time period, rather than the story line.

  • How to Be a Good Creature

  • A Memoir in Thirteen Animals
  • By: Sy Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Sy Montgomery
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Understanding someone who belongs to another species can be transformative. No one knows this better than author, naturalist, and adventurer Sy Montgomery. To research her books, Sy has traveled the world and encountered some of the planet's rarest and most beautiful animals. From tarantulas to tigers, Sy's life continually intersects with and is informed by the creatures she meets. This restorative memoir reflects on the personalities and quirks of 13 animals - Sy's friends - and the truths revealed by their grace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very emotionally moving...

  • By Watermark on 10-03-18

All Creatures Great and Small

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

I listened to this on audible, and it was narrated by the author; in this case, the author's narration worked well. I enjoyed the stories, especially the parts where I got to revisit Christopher Hogwood (from One Good Good Pig) and the ladies (chickens). I was fascinated with the octopus; who would have thought that they loved to play with legos?

I also can relate to her feelings about losing Christopher, Tess, Sally and others, but the theme of the book is not about loss. Rather, it is more about what other creatures can teach us, if we just stop to listen, look and learn.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful