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  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’ll miss Eleanor

  • By MISS LAURA K HARRINGTON on 03-27-18

Fabulous. Poignant, funny and sad.

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

This is an absolute gem. Lovely story, if necessarily dark at times. Very well read too. A steal for a credit!

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 162,021
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 149,536
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 149,370

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 02-16-14

This has become a permanent fixture on my iPhone, along with Catch 22. While there is a goodly amount of science in it, which may not appeal to some. It's written with such economy and wit that it becomes accessible to anyone.

Weir is not only clever, but a talented story-teller. Kudos to him. Also RC Bray does a magnificent job, with great characterisations and excellent comic timing.

Do yourselves a favour and grab it now.

Also, Pirateninjas.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lost Everything

  • By: Brian Francis Slattery
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

In the not-distant-enough future, a man takes a boat trip up the Susquehanna River with his most trusted friend, intent on reuniting with his son. But the man is pursued by an army, and his own harrowing past; and the familiar American landscape has been savaged by war and climate change until it is nearly unrecognizable. Lost Everything is a stunning novel about family and faith, what we are afraid may come to be, and how to wring hope from hopelessness.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book disguised by imperfect narrator

  • By Eoin on 08-21-13

Great book disguised by imperfect narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-21-13

I found this book tricky to listen to. I sense a great story and profundity, told through well-written English. However, the narrator speaks as though it was a 1940's newsreel, and the characterisations are poor. Seems a shame.

I think I might read the hardcopy version, as I sense, especially towards the end, that I was missing something extraordinary.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Sisters Brothers

  • By: Patrick deWitt
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Oregon, 1851. Eli and Charlie Sisters, notorious professional killers, are on their way to California to kill a man named Hermann Kermit Warm. On the way, the brothers have a series of unsettling experiences in the landscape of Gold Rush America. And they bicker a lot. Arriving in California, and discover that Warm has invented a magical formula, which could make all of them very rich. What happens next is utterly gripping, strange and sad....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging and entertaining

  • By katrina on 07-29-12

Brilliant Performance by William Hope

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

Reviewed: 11-05-12

This was recommended to me by someone to whom I'll be returning for more advice! It's a darkly humorous take of fraternal assassins in the old west, and chronicles their journey to their latest quarry in gold-rush California. Sometimes strange, but not in an inaccessible way - think more Coen Brothers than David Lynch.

William Hope's modes of speech are superbly evocative; and should be award-winning if there is any justice. Just a brilliant listen.

  • The Left Hand of God

  • By: Paul Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

The Sanctuary of the Redeemers is a vast and desolate place - a place without joy or hope. Most of its occupants were taken there as boys and for years have endured the brutal regime of the Lord Redeemers whose cruelty and violence have one singular purpose - to serve in the name of the One True Faith. In one of the Sanctuary's vast and twisting maze of corridors stands a boy. He is perhaps fourteen or fifteen years old - he is not sure and neither is anyone else.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good idea, poor execution

  • By Raphael on 07-31-11

Wonderful start to this series

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

Reviewed: 11-05-12

I'd recently stopped reading fantasy, but this was recommended to me. I grudgingly accepted, and was more than pleasantly surprised. The story moves along at a superb pace, and Paul Hoffman's characterisations are sublime.

Definitely give this a go!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Beautiful Ruins

  • By: Jess Walter
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,717
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,710

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • My mind wandered

  • By Ella on 11-25-12

Great book, with a fine performance

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

Reviewed: 09-26-12

I really liked this... one of my favourite so far this year. I especially like the scenes that take place in 1962 - they're believable and humorous. The narrator is especially excellent for these phases. The main character is wonderfully sympathetic (if that's your thing!), and it's all very easy on the ears.

I had only two quibbles... the book seems rushed towards the end, and perhaps a little overwrought. Secondly, I've given Edoardo a 5-star review for his reading, but beware a wince-inducing Irish accent in the earlier parts. Fortunately, it's only in it for a while.

All-in-all, though, a definite recommendation - well worth the full purchase, not just a credit!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Creole Belle

  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Creole Belle finds Dave Robicheaux in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him. She leaves him an iPod with the country blues song ‘Creole Belle’ on it; then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie, and goes in search of her sister…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another winnder from Burke & Patton

  • By Eoin on 08-18-12

Another winnder from Burke & Patton

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

Reviewed: 08-18-12

Many people, even fans, would suggest that Burke too often rips off himself. This is evident here, but he is such a masterful writer of character and dialogue that, despite the recurring themes, I didn't want to stop listenting; particularly in the second half.

Patton's narration, as always, makes it compulsive listening. If you've never listened to/read Burke, maybe choose something else (his previous one, Feast Day of Fools, although a sequel, is an amazing book - it can be read stand-alone with no problems).

This volume adds strongly to Burke's canon, without introducing something especially new. Absolutely a must for fans at least.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Revelation Space

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,885
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,208
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,208

Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Challenging noir space opera bursting with ideas

  • By cmthomas on 02-03-10

Defeated

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

Reviewed: 07-15-12

This book defeated me, I am ashamed to say. I do most of my audio listening whilst driving, but this requires you too pay too much attention, and thus, while driving you lose important plot points, for two reasons:

1) There is a lot of tech within the book, and diluted time due to near-light speed travel on ships, and there is a lot of scene-shifting within chapters, which leads me to...

2) Other reviewers have alluded to it already, but it was a bad move not to have some sort of pause or audio-cue when scene-shifting between chapters. What happens is that John Lee (whose other stuff is ok, in my opinion), moves between scenes without taking a breath and you completely lose where you are whilst driving.

Shame I have to give it up, it's supposed to be a classic series. But them's the breaks.

168 of 175 people found this review helpful

  • Rules of Civility

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,998
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,978

On the last night of 1937, 25-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a yearlong journey....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like a Country Pastoral for City Rats

  • By Em on 04-18-12

Excellent writing from a feminine perspective

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

Reviewed: 07-12-12

I could have sworn this book was written by a woman, but there you go! Amor Towles channels Wharton from time to time in this very-well written period piece. Some may consider it a little slow-moving, but please stick with it: the second half moves a little better than the first.

Rebecca Lowman gives a fine performance too. All-in-all, a welcome addition to my Library and well worth a credit.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

  • By: Dorothy Gilman
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,538

Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Barbara Rosenblatt: THE Voice!

  • By Barbara on 01-14-12

Great start to the series

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

Reviewed: 06-18-12

This is one of the best, and most fun, spy-series on Audible. Barbara Rosenblat is an wonderful reader, whose male characters are always believable. They are pretty much a product of their time, but Gilman always has sympathy for the regular natives of the oppressed countries Mrs. Pollifax visits.

Start with this and move on to the whole series - there is perhaps one so-so book in it, but the rest are all great!

9 of 13 people found this review helpful