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Minda Leah Kahn

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  • And Then There Were None

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,718
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,691

Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U.N. Owen". At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead. Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one...one by one they begin to die. Who among them is the killer? And will any of them survive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dan Stevens is genius

  • By Markie Ross on 09-17-15

A lot of racism

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

Who knew that the worlds favorite writer was such a flagrant racist? I’ve had to go back to most of the stories and yes, there it is. Jews, people of color, Asians, I planned to build a Christie library. Not so much. I always wondered why the TV shows strayed from the books. Now I know. Can I write this off as just her being a woman of her generation? No. This was published in 1939 as Jews we’re fleeing Hitler, she should have known better. She could have done better.

  • Clementine

  • The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill
  • By: Sonia Purnell
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748

By Winston Churchill's own admission, victory in the Second World War would have been "impossible without her". Until now, however, the only existing biography of Churchill's wife, Clementine, was written by her daughter. Sonia Purnell finally gives Clementine her due with a deeply researched account that tells her life story, revealing how she was instrumental in softening FDR's initial dislike of her husband and paving the way for Britain's close relationship with America.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well told history of inspirational unsung heroine

  • By Go Steelers on 02-10-18

Not the Clementine of films

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

Reviewed: 03-29-19

This was a very depressing account of a very accomplished woman who was important at a critical time in our world’s history. I was extremely disappointed with the story. If you want the Clementine of Vanessa Redgrave you won’t find her here.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Secrets of Wishtide

  • By: Kate Saunders
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,986

Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, aged 52, is the widow of an archdeacon who makes her living as a highly discreet private investigator. Her brother, Frederick Tyson, is a criminal barrister living in nearby Highgate with his wife and 10 children. Frederick finds the cases, and Laetitia solves them using her arch intelligence and her immaculate cover as an unsuspecting widow. When a case arises involving the son of the highly connected Sir James Calderstone, Laetitia sets off for Lincolnshire undercover as the family's new governess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical intrigue-

  • By Meema on 04-16-17

Soporific

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

Reviewed: 03-24-19

If you have the need for a sleeping aid this is it. From the story itself to the narrative. I’m always looking for a series to become involved in, But it ends here.

  • Good Riddance

  • By: Elinor Lipman
  • Narrated by: Mia Barron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

Daphne Maritch doesn't quite know what to make of the heavily annotated high school yearbook she inherits from her mother, who held this relic dear. Too dear. The late June Winter Maritch was the teacher to whom the class of '68 had dedicated its yearbook, and in turn she went on to attend every reunion, scribbling notes and observations after each one - not always charitably - and noting who overstepped boundaries of many kinds. In a fit of decluttering (the yearbook did not, Daphne concluded, "spark joy"), she discards it when she moves to a small New York City apartment. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderfully engaging book

  • By Minda Leah Kahn on 03-13-19

A wonderfully engaging book

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

One of the easiest listening book I have had in months. No slow spots, the story moves along and captivates you. The narrator is terrific.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Bring Me Home

  • By: Alan Titchmarsh
  • Narrated by: Alan Titchmarsh
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Britain's favourite gardener and TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh takes us to the scenic highlands of Scotland for his new tale of betrayal, mystery and romance. The author of eight bestselling novels including The Haunting and Folly, Titchmarsh's new multi-generational novel makes the perfect gift this Mother's Day. It seems a perfect afternoon in the Highlands. Standing at the door of the lochside castle that has been his family's home for generations, Charlie Stuart welcomes his guests to the annual summer drinks party.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Minda Leah Kahn on 02-25-19

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

Alan Titchmarsh is a wonderful story teller, and his own voice enhances the tale. I love his books and heartily recommend them.

  • Sense and Sensibility

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,696
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,546

In this Audible Exclusive production, Academy Award® nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) narrates one of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Sense and Sensibility. In this timeless tale of misguided romance and heartbreak, two teenage heroines must overcome the pitfalls of Georgian England’s high society in order to achieve the love and happiness they seek. The admiration that Pike has for Austen’s work is shown clearly through this passionate delivery of Austen’s first published novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stellar Performance Elevates Austen’s Work

  • By Gretchen SLP on 10-09-18

Rosamond Pike is fantastic

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

If you’ve never read the book get this Audible version. If you’ve read the book get it anyway. Ms. Pike’s performance is flawless. So very often a narrator has issues with different characters, especially men. I found her characterizations seamless.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The End of the Affair

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Colin Firth
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,738
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,699

Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth ( The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Late to the Party...

  • By Doug - Audible on 07-05-17

Colin Firth gives a first rate performance.

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

Reviewed: 02-09-19

I read this book the first time some forty years ago in college. There is so much that you miss when you are young. So many seminal sentences of perfect writing. I’m glad I listened to this again. I hope Audible has Mr. Firth record more of Graham Greene’s work. He gave this book life. I recommend it to everyone.

  • Team of Vipers

  • My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House
  • By: Cliff Sims
  • Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May, Cliff Sims - introduction
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 528

After standing at Donald Trump’s side on Election Night, Cliff Sims joined him in the West Wing as special assistant to the president and director of White House message strategy. He soon found himself pulled into the president’s inner circle as a confidante, an errand boy, an advisor, a punching bag, and a friend. This is the story of what it was really like in the West Wing as a member of the president’s team. It's a story of power and palace intrigue, backstabbing and bold victories, as well as painful moral compromises, occasionally with yourself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Underwhelming and OMG - the performance?

  • By Mark Lipscombe on 01-29-19

Puts you to sleep

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

I am stymied why this narrator would take this job. It’s prostituted his career. It’s fuller than ditch water. It’s nit riveting line Mr. Comey’s book was which was well written and narrated by the author. I’ve had to re listen to parts of chapters because I’ve fallen asleep.
If this poorly written tripe has Trump hopping mad then he, trump really is a child. Save your money and buy it when it’s $1.99

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman from Paris

  • By: Santa Montefiore
  • Narrated by: Tara Ward
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

When Lord Frampton dies in a skiing accident, a beautiful young woman named Phaedra appears at his funeral - claiming to be the Lord’s illegitimate daughter. In his will, Lord Frampton has left the priceless Frampton suite of sapphires to this interloper, confirming her claim and outraging his three adult sons and widow. Eventually, however, Phaedra’s sweet nature thaws the frosty relationships. She becomes the daughter that Antoinette Frampton never had and a wise and compassionate granddaughter to the formidable Dowager Lady Frampton.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the time...

  • By Esther Cunningham on 09-28-16

Narration ruins the story.

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

I use audible to listen to books as I read. I love Santa Montefiore’s style. This is a good book. I suggest reading it because the narration is terribly poor. The narrators characterizations are just awful. I will continue to buy her books, but I will listen more carefully to the sample.

  • Holding

  • A Novel
  • By: Graham Norton
  • Narrated by: Graham Norton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,645
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,639

The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama, but when human remains are discovered on an old farm, suspected to be those of Tommy Burke - a former lover of two different inhabitants - the village's dark past begins to unravel. As the frustrated sergeant PJ Collins struggles to solve a genuine case for the first time in his life, he unearths a community's worth of anger and resentments, secrets and regret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendidly delightful

  • By John Scott on 12-03-17

From start up finish

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

Listening to Graham Norton is like listening to an old friend telling you a story. Overall it was wonderful experience. I will definitely get more Graham Norton’s books.