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  • Until the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead

  • Adventures of Charles Hayden, Book 4
  • By: S. Thomas Russell
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 175

Master and Commander Charles Hayden has received fresh orders that take him and the HMS Themis to the Caribbean, with instructions to meddle with French shipping to the colonies. While en route, they rescue two Spanish castaways who beg for help fleeing from a vengeful family situation - Hayden agrees to do what he can, though it’s soon clear his two new guests aren’t exactly what they seem.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Did someone else ghost write this?

  • By John on 05-01-16

entertaining enough

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

Reviewed: 02-13-15

not a bad read but not a good one either. S. Thomas Russell is NO Patrick O'Brian. There is no comparison, the only similarities are the era and the ocean. If you like sea-going adventures this will satisfy. However it lacks the depth of O'Brian and the entertainment of Sabatini. Better reads out there...worse ones too.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Place of Greater Safety

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 33 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

It is 1789, and three young provincials have come to Paris to make their way. Georges-Jacques Danton, an ambitious young lawyer, is energetic, pragmatic, debt-ridden - and hugely but erotically ugly. Maximilien Robespierre, also a lawyer, is slight, diligent, and terrified of violence. His dearest friend, Camille Desmoulins, is a conspirator and pamphleteer of genius. A charming gadfly, erratic and untrustworthy, bisexual and beautiful, Camille is obsessed by one woman and engaged to marry another, her daughter.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disaster

  • By Genuine Realist on 08-01-13

Enlightening and worthwhile.

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

Reviewed: 01-02-14

Once again Mantel offers an interesting perspective on a tumultuous time in history. Perhaps a bit drawn out and rushed in the end but definitely worth the time. The narrator is excellent and in no way detracts from the story. I wouldn't have finished the book in print (knowing how it must end) however Keeble's performance made it enjoyable and easy to follow. Not to be missed if you have an interest in this era or enjoy Hilary Mantel's other books!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,551

In 1937, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incorrect charges of censorship.

  • By arye orona on 07-27-14

There's better out there.

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

Reviewed: 09-10-12

Perhaps a different narrator would have made a difference. I've enjoyed Campbell Scott's performances in the past. This time he sounds completely different, uninterested and in need of a cup of coffee. It's a short read in print or find a different narrator. Reading took away from the story so I can't give it more stars.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Light Between Oceans

  • A Novel
  • By: M. L. Stedman
  • Narrated by: Noah Taylor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,835
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,966

In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Three years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel is tending the grave of her newly lost infant when she hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up on shore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story.....terrible narrator.

  • By Sandra on 08-14-12

Heart-wrenching tale, PERFECTLY narrated.

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

Reviewed: 09-08-12

Gripping story of choice and consequence. Australian story written by an Australian born author, and narrated by an Australian born actor with an Australian accent. To forgo this novel due to negative reviews of the narrator would be missing out on a fabulous portrayal of human nature--it's shortcomings and strengths. At no point did I find the narrator difficult to understand. Noah Taylor's slow, somber voice expertly portrays the mood of the book. ML Stedman tells the story of unfortunate people working their way through great sadness, their memories and hopes of great joys, and the reality of their lives. It's a tale of kinship, understanding and misunderstanding, forgiveness and grief. Although rarely uplifting, it is a conceivable, thought-provoking, moving debut novel.

40 of 50 people found this review helpful

  • The Orchardist

  • By: Amanda Coplin
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,244
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,241

At the turn of the 20th century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he's found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase. Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, rich, sweeping tale, not a fairy tale.

  • By Marcia on 08-26-12

Beautiful, rich, sweeping tale, not a fairy tale.

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

Reviewed: 08-26-12

If you are able to get lost in a story, sink into the lull and cadence of Mark Bamhall's voice , you will love this story. I listen to books constantly and often think the narrator tells the story far better than any 'voice inside my head' and this is yet another example. This is my first listen to Bramhall and I will look for his others. I found the story refreshingly ambiguous regarding the darker aspects of human nature. If you enjoy the likes of Faulkner or Steinbeck, or Norman Maclean, you will love this one. Bravo Amanda Coplin, your sentences are poetry and your characters memorable. I haven't read anything nearly as elegant or absorbing since David Guterson's Snow Falling on Cedars. An impressive first novel, compassionately written, and thankfully bereft of the modern temptation of wrapping up perfectly to make sure everyone gets what they deserve.

45 of 46 people found this review helpful

  • Marjorie Morningstar

  • By: Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 28 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 295

Marjorie Morningstar is a love story. It presents one of the greatest characters in modern fiction: Marjorie, the pretty 17-year-old who left the respectability of New York's Central Park West to join the theater, live in the teeming streets of Greenwich Village, and seek love in the arms of a brilliant, enigmatic writer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly Enjoyed!

  • By Teresa Levite on 06-20-12

OOF, is it Wouk or Zackman who makes this so dull?

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

Reviewed: 06-17-12

What disappointed you about Marjorie Morningstar?

I listen to several books a week due to the nature of my work. After nodding off and forcing myself to listen to a mere 2 1/2 hrs of this I give up. Listen to War and Peace or Wouk's Winds of War and War and Remembrance--all excellent.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Zackman's monotone drone and s l o w manner of speaking made it an agonizing 2 1/2 hrs, I'll steer clear of her in the future.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The book may be a better read on paper. I won't give up on Wouk.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

  • A Novel
  • By: Jamie Ford
  • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,443

In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet

  • By Christopher on 04-02-09

agonizing

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

Reviewed: 12-21-11

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

A reader may enjoy this book more than a listener. The narrator pauses in the wrong places, is somewhat monotone and places emphasis in the wrong places.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jamie Ford again?

No. The author seems repetitive, explaining every detail rather than allowing for the possibility of a reader having some intelligence.

Would you be willing to try another one of Feodor Chin’s performances?

ABSOLUTELY NOT

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

This book came highly recommended however I am so bored by Chin's slumbering voice that I can't stay awake and the story is lost.

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38,798
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,604
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,616

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

American literature.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-11

I usually avoid books with more than one reader and I certainly would have missed out had I not kept an open mind for this one. The story is moving, well written, and expertly read by all four narrators. I think the different voices were essential to properly express the book for listeners. The author's method of first person narrative with her three main characters weaves through an engrossing glimpse of Mississippi society life and segregation in the 60's. Highly recommended.

  • The Septembers of Shiraz

  • By: Dalia Sofer
  • Narrated by: Firdous Bamji
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Accused of spying for Israel, Isaac Amin's real crime is simply being Jewish, which gets him tossed into jail after the Iranian Revolution feeds the flames of Islamic fanaticism. As Isaac endures the brutality of imprisonment, his wife fights despair while searching for answers. Hoping to prevent further injustices, his precocious daughter steals files from the man in charge of the prison. And half a world away in Brooklyn, Isaac's adult son suffers when his family's financial support vanishes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Read by non native, but story still shines

  • By DavidG on 10-18-15

Poignant.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-11

Well written, well read. Worth reading. A thought provoking piece of the atrocities the people of Iran have faced told through the experiences of one family.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Assassin's Song

  • By: M. G. Vassanji
  • Narrated by: Firdous Bamji
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

The Assassin's Song is the story of Karsan Dargawalla, who leaves India for a new life before attempting to come to terms with his heritage - and the father he left behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughtful, complex, worthwhile.

  • By Marcia on 11-06-10

Thoughtful, complex, worthwhile.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-10

Having enjoyed "The In-Between World of Vikram Lall" by the same author it pleased me to find this on Audible. I found the Assassin's Song intriguing with complex characters and topics (spirituality, religion, loyalty to family & tradition, differences between modern countries, illusion v. reality). The author's interesting style of reflective writing make it much more than the mere memoir so common in much of modern literature. This isn't an all-out happy or sad story with a 'wrap it up nicely' ending. Many of the author's simple questions in the face of life's apparent complexity are thought provoking and left unanswered. The narrator was excellent and the book moves along without lagging throughout. I prefer novels with dynamic characters who develop deeply throughout the course of a book and authors who want to take the reader through the range of human emotion and experience: M.G. Vassanji does just that.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful