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  • Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 3

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 24 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

When the first volume of Mark Twain's uncensored autobiography was published in 2010, it was hailed as an essential addition to the shelf of his works and a crucial document for our understanding of the great humorist's life and times. This third and final volume crowns and completes his life's work. Like its companion volumes, it chronicles Twain's inner and outer life through a series of daily dictations that go wherever his fancy leads.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth waiting for

  • By Tad Davis on 12-09-15

Complex content, compelling read!

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

Reviewed: 05-25-16

One of the most important works I've ever read. Not only have I become a devoted friend of Mr. Clemens forever. I've learned so much about life, ideas, and language of the century before mine. So much that was, still is, and that is: "American!" Makes me understand that this country has culture that is its own and that persists. And, like almost everyone who knew Mark Twain in "real life," I have developed a deep an abiding affection for this man.

  • 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 2,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,131
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,119

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

Didn't care for Emma Thompson's interpretation.

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

Reviewed: 05-17-16

It's a really good story, of course! Heaviy influenced by the era of Psychoanalysis!

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Elijah Wood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,704
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,680

A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful Narration

  • By Michael Balzoa on 03-11-11

May be expert in dialects...

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

Reviewed: 04-15-14

Would you try another book from Mark Twain and/or Elijah Wood?

I love Mark Twain. Huckleberry Finn is one of his finest creations. I'll take it on faith that Elijah Wood does a fine job on discriminating among dialects. To me, this is one deadly "performance" of Mark Twain.

  • The Cricket on the Hearth

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,377
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,717
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,757

The holidays are upon us, and this year Audible is very happy to present to our members one of Charles Dickens’ most popular Christmas stories, The Cricket on the Hearth. This holiday classic (original subtitle: “A Fairy Tale of Home”) tells the innocent, picturesque, and charming story of a poor family and their would-be guardian angel; in short, a delightful vision of Victorian Christmas. As always, a great story calls for a great voice, so we’ve brought in legendary actor and record-breaking Audie and Grammy award-winning narrator Jim Dale (The Night Circus). Happy holidays and happy listening!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best stories about Men and Women ...

  • By Benedict on 12-26-13

Crazy and delightful!

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

Reviewed: 12-19-13

Any additional comments?

Thank you, Audible, for the most wonderful holiday gift. That snowy, icy night in Boston three days ago resulted in a 3 hour commute home for me, and the time was transformed into a joy. God bless the crickets every one!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Just One Evil Act

  • A Lynley Novel, Book 18
  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 28 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 655
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 578
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 574

Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can't really help - Azhar had never married Angelina, and his name isn't on Hadiyyah's, their daughter's, birth certificate. He has no legal claim. Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective, but the trail goes cold. Azhar is just beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss when Angelina reappears with shocking news: Hadiyyah is missing, kidnapped from an Italian marketplace.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A huge disappointment

  • By Joan Farrell on 11-02-13

Havers fans will be gratified & gravely skeptical

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

Reviewed: 10-31-13

Did Davina Porter do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

No. She did a great job with Isabelle Audrey (Scottish). The Italians and Azhar (a Pakistani) all sounded a bit Scottish at times. Her attempt to interpret Barbara Havers' speech, that of a working class Londoner, just plain didn't work. Ms. Porter found her character in Isabel Dalhousie, and she should stick to that.

This was a challenging text to read well and was beyond Porter's linguistic skills.

Could you see Just One Evil Act being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

NO. No, please, NO.

  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Ray Bradbury
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 286

Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires....The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning...along with the houses in which they were hidden. Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames...never questioned anything until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Listen before you buy...

  • By Nancy on 01-31-12

Wonderful reading, story, and interview!

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

Reviewed: 06-14-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I absolutely recommend this extraordinary audiobook. The book is terrific--it may seem dated to younger readers, and if that's true, I think it's worth recreating the context of 1949. Bradbury's reading is deeply moving. The interview with Bradbury that follows his narration of the story is worth even more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Vagrants

  • By: Yiyun Li
  • Narrated by: Jackie Chung
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35

Yiyun Li is the winner of the prestigious Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. The Vagrants, set in 1979 China, is the story of those affected by the execution of a 28-year-old counterrevolutionary. Though suffering, Li's characters nevertheless struggle to maintain hope amid cruel circumstance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By Susan Brady, LCSW on 05-13-18

Lovely prose, good story, deadly narration

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

Reviewed: 05-10-13

What made the experience of listening to The Vagrants the most enjoyable?

The writing is poetic and the images vivid. Characters are interesting and thoughtfully, carefully, gradually revealed. It is a grim story and a grim setting. Very interesting experience of "small city" 1970's China and some of its citizens.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jackie Chung’s performances?

I would not listen to another audiobook narrated by Jackie Chung, however. Her reading is flat--even compared to my own mind's!