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  • Stories from a Corfu Childhood

  • A Selection of His Own Stories Written and Read by Gerald Durrell
  • By: Gerald Durrell
  • Narrated by: Gerald Durrell
  • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

These five stories, written and read by Gerald Durrell himself, are taken from his books Birds, Beasts and Relatives and Fillets of Plaice. They were recorded on Jersey in 1985 and are used by kind permission of the Estate of Gerald Durrell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Offbeat British historical comedy

  • By Eavesdropper on 05-12-17

All stories from the second book but one

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

Disappointed! Only one new story and all others were from the second book.so it was just an abridged book. And I loathe abridged books. They weren’t even the best stories to be had. The only positive is the author read it and he has a nice voice

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,418
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,405

Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future? Don't let this happen to you! Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated "Number One in Customer Satisfaction" for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Someone owes me a new keyboard

  • By Aimee M on 05-24-16

A humorous and irreverent romp through the galaxy.

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

Reviewed: 06-19-16

Adam Baldwin does a brilliant and wonderfully entertaining job of narrating the irreverent tale of Tom Stranger, Interdenominational Insurance Agent. Stranger fixes the problems of the Insured when something goes wrong in their dimension and their world is threatened. For example, had Earth had insurance with Tom Stranger, for example, there would have been no blasting it out of the way by the Vogons for a space highway.

The story begins with Tom easily fixing an alien invasion of Earth thus saving the planet with while delivering excellent customer service. He becomes is saddled with the most inept intern in the multiverse whom he must protect, usually from himself, and get to the bottle of the clerical error which paired them up together.

Correia's wonderful short story makes fun of everything from medals for participation, to gender studies, and himself; no one is spared, but they are guaranteed to laugh out loud. I think this would make an excellent series, and I'll now be looking into other books by Larry Correia.

Thanks for the free download Audible!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

  • A Novel
  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 26 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,495

In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife's missing cat.... Soon he finds himself looking for his wife as well in a netherworld that lies beneath the placid surface of Tokyo. As these searches intersect, Okada encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists: a psychic prostitute; a malevolent yet mediagenic politician; a cheerfully morbid 16-year-old-girl; and an aging war veteran who has been permanently changed by the hideous things he witnessed during Japan's forgotten campaign in Manchuria.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book, flawed narration.

  • By REBECCA on 02-08-14

The narrator detracts from this gorey tale!

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

Reviewed: 02-29-16

The narration was so distracting to me that I wondered how the story would be different with a better narrator. Degas fails to take into account that these people are Japanese and the story takes place in Japan. I'm not saying the characters should have Japanese accents, but the 15 year old girl shouldn't sound like an irritating Valley Girl! Some of the female voices mocks the characters they represent. It's painful listening to Mai and the ditzy voice discounts any value to her words.
None of the voices match the characters personalities. Our protagonist sounds more like an effeminate single guy than a suburban married man, and the character of Ushi (spelling?) sounding like Peter Lori detracts heavily from the story. It makes it too camp.

The story is at times stunningly graphic. The ability of the writer to conjure up scenes of torture and man's inhumanity to man may be a bit too much for those who are more sensitive. There is the ability for the horror to become rather too vivid when your mind visually fills in the scenes of men being skinned alive. I am not a person who is in any way delicate and some of it made me blanch.
This is a story of surreal fantasy and there are times the reader feels lost as to what is going on or feel they've missed something. A few of the subplots feel slightly unresolved as well.

The sex scenes are also relatively graphic but not so bad as torture scene by far.

Basically a very ordinary man who is floundering a bit in life and is feeling directionless after resigning from his job and has his life turned upside down the moment that his cat disappears. Murakami likes adding cats to his stories. From there, he gets odd phone calls from even stranger people. Which culminate in the life altering event of his wife disappearing. He is then thrown into contact with many odd and usually attractive women leaving the reader to wonder why he never contemplated locking the door and disconnecting his phone. From here on out we hear the stories of soldiers mentally scarred by the atrocities of war and some women with special gifts who often have been violated in sexual or psychological ways or both. If this all sounds confusing it is.
The book is the story of a living nightmare which our protagonist goes through where he becomes equally odd and often has a far too calm way of handling it. It's a bit tough to figure out how he really feels at times as most of us would not have reacted with equal equanimity at being trapped in a well.

Honestly, I couldn't put it down, but I'm not sure how much I enjoyed it. I would suggest that you read this one instead of listening to it to avoid the narration that will most likely leaving you distracted from the story thinking about the narration quirks and failures and how it effects the interpretation of the text.

Sarah in Brooklyn.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • A Primate's Memoir

  • A Neuroscientist’s Unconventional Life Among the Baboons
  • By: Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588

"I had never planned to become a savanna baboon when I grew up; instead, I had always assumed I would become a mountain gorilla," writes Robert Sapolsky in this witty and riveting chronicle of a scientist's coming-of-age in remote Africa. An exhilarating account of Sapolsky's twenty-one-year study of a troop of rambunctious baboons in Kenya, A Primate's Memoir interweaves serious scientific observations with wry commentary about the challenges and pleasures of living in the wilds of the Serengeti-for man and beast alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I've ever read.

  • By Jan on 07-06-15

a bit of animal behavior and bit of travel log.

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

Reviewed: 01-26-16

It's not that Mike Chamberlain's voice is annoying, it's not bad, but he reads this book like he reads a news article. There is a lot of humor in the story that is actually missed by the reading of it. The humor and sarcasm is rolled over so that it hidden. The story itself is about a Jewish American grad student who is studying baboons in Africa. He ends up becoming part of the place and learning more about human nature than he ever imagined in the process when dealing with African bureaucracy and tribal ways. I wasn't really sure what year this book was originally written which would have really helped to understand what was going on in the country he was in where he was traveling to at the time. I wish Audible would publish the original pub dates of the books it narrates.
I might recommend reading this one instead of listening to it, but it's not a waste if you do listen to it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Does Anything Eat Shit?

  • And 101 Other Crap Questions and Answers
  • By: Sarah Herman
  • Narrated by: Vicky Edwards
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    1.5 out of 5 stars 4

Have moles always lived in holes? Why are blondes so stupid? How much radiation can a pickled onion withstand? The world is full of really important questions. You will find none of them in this audiobook. What you will find is plenty of nonsense, lots of lies, and just enough truth to make you double check the "facts" with a reliable source.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Word "Sh-t" in Title is a Descriptor

  • By Amy on 08-22-09

Don't bother.

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

Reviewed: 01-07-16

I downloaded this a long while back figuring it was a science trivia kind of thing. Upon finally getting around to it, that it is nothing but fake nonsense not based in fact. It is ridiculousness and absurdity designed to supposedly be funny though it grossly misses the mark. Then after each short nonsense blurb, or I suppose chapter or essay, it has theme music where they sing the title. After three such blurbs I could bear it no longer and deleted the book from my active downloads.
If you're looking for humor, find it else where, and if you're looking for science, this is REALLY NOT FOR YOU!
The only thing I can say about this is the woman's voice who is reading this isn't really annoying. Seriously, this is not for any demographic I can think of.
I bet I got this on sale as opposed to with a credit so at least I didn't spend lots of money on it.

  • I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,419
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,417

It's Christmas in Half-Moon Hollow and newly turned vampire Iris Scanlon-Calix wants to make Gigi's first visit home from college as normal and special as possible. It's taken months for Iris to work up the nerve to spend time around her baby sister after her vampire transition, so she enlists help from Jane Jameson and Company to keep her blood-thirst under control and assure Gigi's safety. Gigi, on the other hand, has problems of her own, including the demise of her relationship with high school sweetheart, Ben, and a looming job interview with Ophelia Lambert, the scariest potential employer in the Hollow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Clever Christmas Cheer!

  • By AudioAddict on 12-07-13

light paranormal romance.

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

Reviewed: 12-16-15

I won't cover the plot as that has been done, but this is light paranormal/vampire fiction that would probably appeal to a younger audience than someone middle aged. The book was free and I figured since it was around Christmas time, I would give it a gander. The main character is a 20 year old experiencing the first Christmas with her recently turned sister. The story isn't so much about Christmas as it is about keeping family traditions in the face of change. It is basically a set up for the next story. I would have combined the two books actually.
It's fun easy reading, with some cute lines and scenes but maybe a wee bit too campy.

  • The Creature from Beyond Infinity

  • By: Henry Kuttner
  • Narrated by: Jim Roberts
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 11

This story branches off into two tracks. The first begins thousands of years ago, when an alien ship from a doomed world, seeking a planet to colonize, crashes on earth. There is only one survivor, and it becomes his mission to find an intelligence on Earth - or in Earth's future - equal to his own. To do this, he puts himself into a suspended animation and makes jumps forward in history, at each stop looking for the most intelligent human of that time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good and easy listen

  • By Emanuel on 07-25-10

Jim Roberts is the worst narrator .

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

Reviewed: 07-16-15

I can't finish this story as the narrator is painful to listen to and mispronounces words. The story itself is a okay I suppose but I can't get past the wretched mechanical voice that sounds like it is being stutteringly read in a tunnel.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beauty and the Werewolf

  • Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 6
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

The eldest daughter is often doomed in fairy tales. But Bella - Isabella Beauchamps, daughter of a wealthy merchant - vows to escape the usual pitfalls. Anxious to avoid the “traditional” path, Bella dons a red cloak and ventures into the forbidden forest to consult with "Granny," the local wisewoman. But on the way home she's attacked by a wolf - who turns out to be a cursed nobleman!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good read for lovers of fantasy . . . .

  • By Captain Skurvy on 03-18-13

Book 6 and maybe the best in series

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

Reviewed: 06-30-15

This is the 6th book in the series and I think perhaps my favorite one. The story didn't start slowly like many of the others have and while it was apparent the whole time the answer to the difficulty in the story etc, it was still a fun read. Excellent brain candy and a wonderful narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Song of the Quarkbeast

  • The Chronicles of Kazam, Book 2
  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Jasicki
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

A long time ago magic faded away, leaving behind only yo-yos, the extremely useful compass-pointing-to-North enchantment and the spell that keep bicycles from falling over. Things are about to change. Magical power is on the rise and King Snodd IV of Hereford has realised that he who controls magic controls almost anything. One person stands between Snodd and his plans for power and riches beyond the wildest dreams of avarice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great storyteller!

  • By Leanna on 05-17-15

I think it's better than the first book

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

Reviewed: 03-02-15

I can't say whether it's my mood when I listened to the last book or when I listened to this one, but I've laughed out loud several times and smiled quite often which I'm sure has made a few people unnerved on the subway.
Once again, Jennifer Strange, manager of Kazam's group of sorcerers is being thwarted by those in power; the king and the Amazing Blix. While trying to keep Kazam afloat and from being absorbed into Blix's sphere of control she is also trying to help a wild Quark beast come over from Australia when hers died.
The mad cap adventures and utterly entertaining characters are in profusion but it is the wonderful wit of Fforde and makes the story even more delightful.
I highly recommend this one and find you don't need to read the first one to enjoy this one though the details from the previous book of course will add to experience.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Skinwalker

  • Jane Yellowrock, Book 1
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,335
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,338

Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How refreshing

  • By Mobilis on 06-01-10

Gotta work on the names and accents.

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

Reviewed: 02-05-15

The story was good and you don't get it right away so it remains keeping you interested so that you find out what happens. There are several french or Cajun words that were completely wrong and maybe I'm a snob for being from there but some of these things should be researched or checked. I will read more from this author.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful