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  • The Horseman

  • By: Charlotte Nash
  • Narrated by: Wendy Bos
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

It's been 11 years since Dr. Peta Woodward, born into a horse-breeding dynasty, fled the family stud in the wake of a deadly tragedy that split her family apart. Carrying wounds that have never truly healed, Peta has focused on helping others. But when an injury during a solo trip through the Australian high country leaves her stranded, the man who comes to her rescue is Craig Munroe, a born and bred high-country horseman - and the kind of man legends are written about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected find!

  • By tigrrlily04 on 07-07-16

An unexpected find!

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

Reviewed: 07-07-16

Where does The Horseman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I think this is somewhere in the middle. It was a very good performance. Perhaps not the most literary of books, but an entertaining listen without being too dumbed down or simple.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the setting, the characters, the horses. It was really and intriguing story of happenstance that was believable yet whimsical at the same time.

Have you listened to any of Wendy Bos’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

Who was the most memorable character of The Horseman and why?

Craig and Peta were both excellent characters. They each struggled with their own demons, which brought them closer together.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Places

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,041
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,063

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting but brutal

  • By Glenda Jeffers on 12-09-12

Ok story, but a bit gruesome

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

Reviewed: 03-11-16

I did not particularly enjoy this book. The narration was excellent, but the book was pretty gruesome, and I didn't really latch on the caring who killed the family. The whole book I just wanted it to end. I give it three stars for the narration and the authors ability to tie the story together with segments from many different perspectives.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

  • A Novel
  • By: Robin Sloan
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,724
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,704

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A light, fun, easy listen

  • By january on 11-04-12

Should be categorized as teen lit

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

Reviewed: 05-21-13

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Maybe....it was a fun story at first, but about half way through I got very bored. It's definitely a teen lit-type book. If I had that expectation going into it I may have enjoyed it more, but maybe not. It got a bit annoying at times.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Gods of Gotham

  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: Steven Boyer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 906

It is 1845. New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two seemingly disparate events will change New York City. Forever.... Timothy Wilde tends bar near the Exchange, fantasizing about the day he has enough money to win the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams literally incinerate in a fire devastating downtown Manhattan, he finds himself disfigured, unemployed, and homeless. His older brother obtains Timothy a job in the newly minted NYPD, but he is highly skeptical of this new "police force".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss this one!

  • By Kelly on 11-06-12

Good writing, but drawn out story

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

Reviewed: 09-24-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. There were sections of this book that moved along, but the story as a whole was very slow moving. I thought the author tried overly hard to develop the characters without really accomplishing the task. There was a bit of interesting history to it, but not enough to really save the story. I'd pass on this one.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • By: Garth Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,071
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,208

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enzo (because he's so wize) for president.

  • By Lora on 06-17-08

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 11-08-11

This was a great listen, it kept my attention throughout the whole book. I loved hearing the story from the dogs perspective, and really fell in love with this dog's personality. The narrator, as always, was wonderful as well. Definitely recommended!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hunger Games

  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,709

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story. Absolutely grating narrator.

  • By tcp100 on 12-27-11

Great listen!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-11

I didn't know anything about this series when I started listening to this book, and I ended up downloading all three books and listened to them in about 2 weeks! Really fun :)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Storm Front

  • The Dresden Files, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,887

A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt. Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters to vampires....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering

  • By Tom on 05-20-10

First Butcher book

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-11

I had heard a lot about this series, so decided to give it a try. I'll caveat this by saying that I enjoy good literature, but also enjoy serial authors as well who are pumping out books quickly to suit the masses. I think there are good and bad "serial authors" (not sure if there's a more correct name for them!), but this was one of the worst. I'm writing this review comparing this book to others in similar categoy. I was very disappointed at the flatness of the characters. The character development was poor to say the least. The writing is very simple, and did little to describe the setting where the story took place. My 5 year old nephew would understand the book... I guess I look for a bit more than "story time" in my reading. I'll give it 3 starts because the plot was sort of entertaining, but I do expect a bit more from authors who are as experienced as Butcher. I'm shocked at how many people gave it 5 stars. There are 5 star books that are worthy on many levels (e.g., The Help), and then there are enjoyable stories, which while entertaining, aren't 5 star worthy.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Four Fires

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 29 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,728
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,342

The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • His very best!

  • By Dave on 08-26-10

Wonderful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-11

This book took me a few hours to get into, but once I did I was hooked! The narrator is fantastic, and the character development is top notch. There's even a bit of history and environmental threads woven in, so I felt I learned a few things by the end of it! Very highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Julie and Julia

  • 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen
  • By: Julie Powell
  • Narrated by: Julie Powell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 526
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 225

With the humor of Bridget Jones and the vitality of Augusten Burroughs, Julie Powell recounts how she conquered every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking and saved her soul.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good laugh

  • By Elizabeth on 01-09-06

Ick

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-10

After reading the reviews I was a bit skeptic, but figured some people are just overly sensitive to bad language/writing styles, so I'd give it a shot. But, the bad reviews were pretty much spot on. This book was 6.5 hours of b*tching/moaning/whining/etc. I'm 25 and pretty open, and the language even was starting to irk me after a while. It just seemed unnecessary. The girl in this book reminds me of that friend who will call you and whine about this or that, and eventually you hit ignore and don't answer the phone because you're not in the mood to hear to it again. I kept listening because I thought she'd reach some sort of closure in the end, but nothing really changed as a result of all the cooking. She was still the same miserable person at the end of the book as when she started. I would skip this listen and opt for another title.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Under the Dome

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Raul Esparza
  • Length: 34 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,432

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Stephen King I've Heard

  • By Scott on 02-10-10

Easy listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-09

This was the first SK book that I've "read", and I really enjoyed it. He really brings the many characters to life and you start feeling emotions towards each of them depending on their role in the story. I did not find the narrator annoying as some others did, in fact, I thought he did a great job, especially considering the many characters that had large parts in this story. There were times where he could have picked up the pace, and I wish the ending was explained a bit more, but overall a worthy listen!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful