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  • Be Frank with Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Julia Claiborne Johnson
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,322
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,324

Reclusive literary legend M. M. "Mimi" Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style Ponzi scheme, she's flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, and to ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress. The prickly Mimi reluctantly complies - with a few stipulations: no Ivy Leaguers or English majors. Must drive, cook, tidy. Computer whiz. Good with kids.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 stars -- more resolution would give it 5

  • By Kelly on 02-02-16

Tavia Gilbert Captures Frank!

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

I think I enjoyed listening to this book more than if I had read it. At first, I was put off by the voice for Frank. As I continued listening, however, I realized how adeptly the narrator (Tavia Gilbert) captured the character that Julia Claiborne Johnson created. Ms. Gilbert's interpretation of the young Frank caused me to fall in love with the character just as Alice did. If I read the book rather than listening to it, I'm ashamed to admit that I probably would have skipped many of the stream of conscious thoughts that the author used to reveal Frank's idiosyncrasies. This is not the author's fault at all; rather, it would have been lazy reading on my part. Tavia Gilbert saved me from myself and allowed me to uncover the hidden treasure of "Be Frank with Me" that I may have otherwise missed.

  • The Rosie Project

  • A Novel
  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,823
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,810

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a typical romance - so much more

  • By Gretchen on 10-03-13

Charming and Witty

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

This was my first Graeme Simsion novel and I have to say it was a pleasure. From the cover to the narration, I enjoyed the experience.

The characters were fun and likable even with faults, which made them relatable. Dan O’Grady, the narrator, captured different dialects without being overdone.

I enjoyed listening to the book more than if I had read it, I suspect. Ready to download another book by this author!

  • The Big Rock Candy Mountain

  • By: Wallace Stegner
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 25 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879

Bo Mason, his wife, and his two boys live a transient life of poverty and despair. Drifting from town to town and from state to state, the violent, ruthless Bo seeks his fortune in the hotel business, in new farmland, and, eventually, in illegal rum-running throughout the treacherous back roads of the American Northwest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • deeply moving rollercoaster ride

  • By Heimo on 05-26-10

Poetic Language

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

Wallace Stegner is one of my favorite authors. He has a way of telling what could be a mundane story of life in the West with poetic descriptions of scenery and characters.
Listening to this book, narrated by Mark Bramhall, made it even more enjoyable. He understood the beauty of the language, and read it as a performer would play a well written piece of music. Bravo to both!

  • From Sand and Ash

  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,781
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,334

As children, Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco were raised like family but divided by circumstance and religion. As the years go by, the two find themselves falling in love. But the church calls to Angelo and, despite his deep feelings for Eva, he chooses the priesthood. Now, more than a decade later, Angelo is a Catholic priest and Eva is a woman with nowhere to turn. With the Gestapo closing in, Angelo hides Eva within the walls of a convent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such beauty in the darkest of times <3

  • By featherlashes on 12-04-16

Pleasantly Surprised

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

I met Amy at a book conference and decided to listen to From Sand and Ash. I hadn’t read any of her books and frankly, am not a fan of books set in Italy or WWII. But I thought I would give it a listen. Am I glad I did!

She wove an intricate story of history, architecture, religion and emotion. After the first few chapters, I started carving out extra time to listen. The narrator also did an excellent job with various accents, and female and male voices. I will definitely look into reading more of her books.

  • The Time of My Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Cecelia Ahern
  • Narrated by: Amy Creighton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

Lucy Silchester has received an appointment card. Actually, she's been invited along a few times to this appointment, but she keeps brushing the gold-embossed envelope under the shag pile carpet. She's taken her eye off the ball and has busied herself with work (a job she doesn't love), helping out friends, fixing her car, feeding her cat, seeing her family, and devoting her time to their life dramas. But Lucy is about to find out that this is one appointment that she can't miss.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Laughed Out Loud in Places!

  • By Janice on 06-11-17

Laughed Out Loud in Places!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

This witty, clever and charming book was the first one I have read by Cecelia Ahern. Intrigued by the premise of Life calling a meeting with Lucy, I kept wondering what would happen. How would an author create a character such as Life? Enjoyed it thoroughly all the way through!

As a bonus, the narration by Amy Creighton was superb. She captured the essence of Lucy and the cast of characters. I look forward to "reading" more audio books by this duo!

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  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,821

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Painfully nostalgic

  • By Barry on 07-29-15

Added to My Top 10 Favorites!

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

I need to listen to this book again to do it justice. I'm sure I missed many subtle points Irving made and am tempted to start it over without delay to hear Joe Barrett's rich interpretation of the characters.

  • The Bonfire of the Vanities

  • By: Tom Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,447

Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader who has it all: wealth, power, prestige, a Park Avenue apartment, a beautiful wife, and an even more beautiful mistress - until one wrong turn sends Sherman spiraling downward into a humiliating fall from grace. A car accident in the Bronx involving Sherman, his girlfriend, and two young lower-class black men sets a match to the incendiary racial and social tensions of 1980s New York City.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TEN STARS

  • By JOHN on 08-23-09

Excellent Narration!

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

Reviewed: 12-08-16

The story was intriguing but I have to say that the narration by Joe Barrett pushed the audio version of the book to exceptional! I would listen to other books narrated by him just to hear his rendition.

  • Turning Angel

  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 17 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,162

As two of the most prominent citizens of Natchez, Drew Elliott and Penn Cage sit on the school board of their alma mater, St. Stephen's Prep. When the nude body of a young female student is found near the Mississippi River, the entire community is shocked - but no one more than Penn, who discovers that his best friend was entangled in a passionate relationship with the girl and may be accused of her murder.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-13-17

Intricate Story

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

Greg Iles weaves suspense throughout the using a variety of well developed characters. And as much as I liked the story itself, the narration was exceptional! Highly recommend listening to it to experience both the superb story and the rich story telling.

  • The Enemy Inside

  • A Paul Madriani Novel
  • By: Steve Martini
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 339

One of the most successful lawyers in the country, Olinda Serna, is a master at managing money as well as her influential clients. After years of fierce combat in the political trenches, Serna knows all the dirty secrets, where the bodies are buried, and how deeply they are stacked. When she's killed in a roadside crash in the high desert of Southern California, powerful heads in Washington begin to panic, worried that their secrets may not be safe anymore.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Where is the Legal Thriller??

  • By L. O. Pardue on 05-25-15

Entertaining To Listen

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

Reviewed: 02-17-16

Not only was the story multi-layered, the narrator did a wonderful job capturing each character's distinct voice. This was no small task considering there were several accents and male and female voices. Well written and well read. I enjoyed listening to the story perhaps even more than if I had read it.

  • A Conflict of Interest

  • A Novel
  • By: Adam Mitzner
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,490
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,871
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,874

Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A man with no character seeks revenge...

  • By Charles Atkinson on 05-02-12

Intriguing Twists and Turns!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-15

This engaging story kept me listening long after I should have been doing other tasks. The main character, Alex, was complex and rounded, not simply a hard driving attorney trying a case.

My only complaint would be the author's analogy that obtaining a securities license is the same difficulty as passing the drivers license exam. But I will attribute the comment to the character, not the view of the author himself.

Very enjoyable read (listen) and I look forward to more by Adam Mitzner.