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  • There There

  • A Novel
  • By: Tommy Orange
  • Narrated by: Darrell Dennis, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Alma Ceurvo, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,764
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,750

Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncle's death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncle's memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and will perform in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and loss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommend.

  • By Rachel Subido on 07-09-18

Compelling but abrupt ending

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

A little confusing about who's who at first, I loved the characters and how they all ultimately intertwined and I liked how each told a story, much like Dene's film. I felt that the ending was incredibly abrupt and would have liked more closure with some of the characters and was wondering if my recording was missing more as happened once before with another book.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Be Frank with Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Julia Claiborne Johnson
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,168
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,170

Reclusive literary legend M. M. "Mimi" Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style Ponzi scheme, she's flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, and to ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress. The prickly Mimi reluctantly complies - with a few stipulations: no Ivy Leaguers or English majors. Must drive, cook, tidy. Computer whiz. Good with kids.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 stars -- more resolution would give it 5

  • By Kelly on 02-02-16

Couldn't Love this More

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

The (narration) performance was perfect. The story was unique and enthralling. I was so sorry when it ended.

  • Celine

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Heller
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 285

From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars and The Painter, a luminous, masterful novel of suspense - the story of Celine, an elegant, aristocratic private eye who specializes in reuniting families, trying to make amends for a loss in her own past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • <br /><br />Setting, characters, better than plot

  • By G. Minott on 04-12-17

Love the story, Hate the Maine accent

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

Reviewed: 04-19-17

I love Peter Heller's audible books and while I have not yet finished Celine, I am enjoying it (though not quite as much as Dog Stars and The Painter). However, that said, I cannot bear the Maine accent the narrator uses for Peter and it is making the experience much less enjoyable. I will continue listening, but wanted to check out the other reviews to see if anyone else felt the same way. I see some do.

  • When I'm Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Bleeker
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,953
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,956

Luke Richardson has returned home after burying Natalie, his beloved wife of sixteen years, ready to face the hard job of raising their three children alone. But there's something he's not prepared for - a blue envelope with his name scrawled across the front in Natalie's handwriting, waiting for him on the floor of their suburban Michigan home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Father's poignant struggle to move forward after wife's death

  • By Sam on 08-05-16

Sorry I used a credit

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

Reviewed: 07-05-16

I had a very hard time listening to the narrator. He was very flat and when he tried to do female voices, it was embarrassing. The story was not compelling enough for me to continue through the last few hours of listening.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Us: A Novel

  • By: David Nicholls
  • Narrated by: David Haig
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 637

Douglas Petersen may be mild-mannered, but behind his reserve lies a sense of humor that seduces beautiful Connie into a second date...and eventually into marriage. Now, almost three decades later, they live more or less happily in the London suburbs with their moody seventeen year-old son, Albie. Then Connie tells him she thinks she wants a divorce. The timing couldn’t be worse. Connie has planned a month-long tour of European capitals, a chance to experience the world’s greatest works of art as a family, and she can’t bring herself to cancel. And maybe going ahead is for the best anyway? Douglas is privately convinced that this landmark trip will rekindle the romance in the marriage, and might even help him to bond with Albie. Narrated from Douglas’s endearingly honest, slyly witty, and at times achingly optimistic point of view, Us is the story of a man trying to rescue his relationship with the woman he loves, and learning how to get closer to a son who’s always felt like a stranger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great novel - my favorite in years

  • By Mark on 07-21-15

Perfect antidote to A Little Life

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

Reviewed: 04-28-16

I loved A Little Life and US is the perfect follow up book to relieve some of the emotion. The narrator of US is excellent and the story is light enough to be fun and interesting enough to be compelling and real enough to be believable. The main character is so honest and funny. Highly recommend this unheralded gem.

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,008
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24,036

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By j phillips on 05-28-17

Incredible reading; story could have used editing

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

Reviewed: 02-14-14

The narration is fantastic. I will remember the voice and the accents forever. Was a little wordy and longwinded in parts (painful actually) but overall I enjoyed it greatly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Rosie Project

  • A Novel
  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,239

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a typical romance - so much more

  • By Gretchen on 10-03-13

Great Listen

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

Reviewed: 11-17-13

I went into this blind, and bought it based on the other reviews. It was funny, compelling and the narration was terrific. My only complaint is that I had to turn up the volume often when Rosie's words were spoken.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,684

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

Narration and story both worth five stars

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

Reviewed: 10-27-13

I hope she makes this a series! The story was enthralling and fun and the narrator was fabulous. I look forward to more. As we know, the author is great at writing series.

  • The Good Lord Bird

  • A Novel
  • By: James McBride
  • Narrated by: Michael Boatman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 788
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 703

Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town - with Brown, who believes he’s a girl. Over the ensuing months, Henry - whom Brown nicknames Little Onion - conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859 - one of the great catalysts for the Civil War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Abolition Huck Finn arouses interest in history

  • By A. Hatch on 12-13-13

Did not enjoy the narration

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

Reviewed: 10-27-13

The narration of this book was harsh and loud. The story was interesting enough and I did listen all the way through, but wouldn't recommend it because it just wasn't enjoyable. I have read other books by James McBride and liked them.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Truth in Advertising

  • A Novel
  • By: John Kenney
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 284

Finbar Dolan is lost and lonely. Except he doesn’t know it. Despite escaping his blue-collar Boston upbringing to carve out a mildly successful career at a Madison Avenue ad agency, he’s a bit of a mess and closing in on 40. He’s recently called off a wedding. Now, a few days before Christmas, he’s forced to cancel a long-postponed vacation in order to write, produce, and edit a Superbowl commercial for his diaper account in record time. Fortunately, it gets worse....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Stuff

  • By phil b on 01-31-13

Five Stars

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

Reviewed: 04-18-13

One of the best I have listened to! Laugh out loud funny, and touching at the same time., the story is excellent and draws you in immediately. The narrator was excellent with both male and female characters. I highly recommend this listen!