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  • Our Souls at Night

  • A Novel
  • By: Kent Haruf
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,171
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,161

In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Haruf's inimitable fiction, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have known of each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis's wife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Our Souls at Night is simply perfect.

  • By Bonny on 06-01-15

Interesting idea, shame the ending is hmmm

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

All to often you can't tell the difference between characters - so I don't recommend the narrator.

The story has a rather strange and unlikely ending that reads more like a facile conclusion. A shame.

  • The Left Hand of Darkness

  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,964
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,710
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,709

A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can change their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters. Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost 50 and still amazing

  • By kwdayboise (Kim Day) on 06-07-17

Amazing story, awkward narration

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

The story is beautifully crafted and worded.

A shame the narration is not the best. You cannot tell the difference between different characters, so sometimes you're lost. Thankfully, you're lost in a wonderful story.

  • The Testament of Mary

  • By: Colm Toibin
  • Narrated by: Meryl Streep
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,731
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,714

Meryl Streep’s performance of Colm Tóibín's acclaimed portrait of Mary is hailed by the New York Times Book Review as “an ideal audiobook,” presenting the three-time Academy Award-winner in “yet another great role.” Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary presents Mary as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity. In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son's crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel. They are her keepers, providing her with food and shelter and visiting her regularly. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was "worth it"; nor that the "group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye," were holy disciples. This woman who we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone, in a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • from a non believer...

  • By Taormina60 on 09-27-13

Interesting underlying idea

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

Reviewed: 09-05-17

I'm a huge fan of Meryl Streep, but I thought this was a very melodramatic performance that didn't add (and maybe detracted) from the story.

The fact volume goes up and down all the time makes it difficult to hear everything.

18 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Jim Donaldson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

This could very well be the definitive American novel. A great success since it was first published. Required reading. Great fun.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By emily on 09-28-12

Awful narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-13-16

This was one of the first audiobooks I bought.

The book itself is amazing and I'm sure you can find better reviews somewhere else.

The narrator, on the other hand, was awful - I could not understand the words he was saying and had to rewind and listen again in the (vain) hope that I will get it. After 30 minutes I paused, checked reviews and worked out many others had complained of the same thing.

The experience taught me to read reviews before purchasing audiobooks. Lesson learnt.

  • The Invention of Nature

  • Alexander von Humboldt's New World
  • By: Andrea Wulf
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,420

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. His restless life was packed with adventure and discovery, whether climbing the highest volcanoes in the world or racing through anthrax-infested Siberia. He came up with a radical vision of nature, that it was a complex and interconnected global force and did not exist for man's use alone. Ironically, his ideas have become so accepted and widespread that he has been nearly forgotten.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Meet an extraordinary man!

  • By Kimberly on 01-13-16

Fantastically interesting book

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

Reviewed: 06-26-16

So interesting to find out more about a rich period in history for the sciences, and to understand some of the fundamentals of environmentalism.
Great narrator!

  • Stardust

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,667
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,871
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,862

Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve the star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran on the most unforgettable adventure of his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the Movie

  • By Steven Casper on 06-18-08

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 02-10-15

It is beautifully written and funny too. A wonderful fairy tale. I'm going to check out his other books.