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  • Ask an Astronaut

  • My Guide to Life in Space
  • By: Tim Peake
  • Narrated by: Robin Ince, Tim Peake - introduction
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

Based on his historic mission to the International Space Station, Ask an Astronaut is Tim Peake's guide to life in space and his answers to the thousands of questions he has been asked since his return to Earth. With explanations ranging from the mundane (how do you wash your clothes or go to the bathroom while in orbit?) to the profound (do humans have a duty to explore the unknown?), all written in Tim's characteristically warm style, Tim shares his thoughts on every aspect of space exploration.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring

  • By Evelyn Canas on 03-06-18

Not bad. Fairly informative.

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

I read Chris Hadfields first and I was spoiled by his sense of humour, sense of HONOUR he held for being chosen for the work and his easily understood explanations for some very complex situations and an incredibly complex subject. I am not a highly rated scientist but I understood the whole book. He does not "dumb down" the text but merely explains at a broader level and reduces the technobabble.

So, Yes Tim Peake's book is readable it is not as good as the afore mentioned one I went on about.

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,043

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Predictable and narration is mediocre at best.

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

The narrator, and this is a narrator and NOT a performer, had the most sleep-inducing voice and delivery that I have ever heard. The narration tone was not evoking what was happening in the book.

The story was plodding and painfully repetitive; maybe the narrator was bored to sleep himself.
I would not recommend this novel or audible book to anyone.

  • Day 7: A Tranquil State

  • Meditation
  • By: Aaptiv
  • Narrated by: Jade Alexis
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

Put everything you've learned thus far to use in your longest pre-sleep meditation yet. Feel the lasting benefits for releasing stress, tension, and trouble from your mind and your body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just do it

  • By Anonymous User on 01-08-19

Wrong Performer/Narrator!

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

As a relaxation recording this lacks the most important facet; a relaxing voice! The narrator is nearly strident and her accent garbles some of the words. Such as the word "come" is pronounced "calm" and the word "relax" is pronounced "realack". She uses phrases that are out of sink with acceptable relaxation recordings. For example, "let it go, it does not serve you now" that phrase "it does not serve you now" brings you out of your relaxed state wondering what she said. It is awkwardly put.

The music is nice and relaxing. It really doesn't need the annoying narrative.

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  • The Religious Body

  • By: Catherine Aird
  • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Sister Anne may have been thrown down the convent's cellar stairs, shortly after dinnertime on a Wednesday evening. But who would want to murder a cloistered nun?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4+

  • By Beatrice on 12-26-05

Tedious and Predictable.

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

Tedious and predictable.
Found the main detectives unlikable. The whole plot was rather old and straightforward.

  • Why Kings Confess

  • A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery
  • By: C. S. Harris
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659

The gruesome murder of a young French physician draws aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his pregnant wife, Hero, into a dangerous, decades-old mystery as a wrenching piece of Sebastian' s past puts him to the ultimate test. Regency England, January 1813: When a badly injured Frenchwoman is found beside the mutilated body of Dr. Damion Pelletan in one of London' s worst slums, Sebastian finds himself caught in a high-stakes tangle of murder and revenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Harris and Porter are a winning combination

  • By lisa on 06-23-14

Excellent.

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

I find this series so well written and read that I've blazed through most of the novels to date; avidly enjoying Davina Porter's narration and the stories themselves.

The only character I think can be nixed from the stories is Kat Boleyn, the actress. She is too annoyingly typical of the heroins usually found in romance novels. Incredibly beautiful, smart, gutsy and desirable and, frankly, unreal! Every other character is interesting and diverse. I'm afraid that I skip through most of the scenes that involve her. Fortunately, that character seems to be fading out of the stories.

So even with Kat in the books I will continue to listen/read these excellent novels.

  • What Darkness Brings

  • By: C. S. Harris
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615

C.S. Harris’ best-selling Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries transport listeners back to the elegance and courtly drama of Regency England. When a wealthy diamond merchant turns up dead, Sebastian sets out to prove the innocence of the man accused - his former lover Kat’s husband. A missing gem seems to be the key, but as Sebastian traces its origins, he discovers unsettling ties to black magic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoy these - But I'm Really Sick of Kat Boleyn

  • By Lucy on 08-13-17

Very good; series grows on one.

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

I have tried to listen to Davina Porter perform other books and I'm afraid I didn't like her narration. When I tried the first in this series I persevered because the story really interested me. I was surprised to find Davina Porter's portrayal of the characters and her interpretation of the text excellent. Really one of the best performances that I have listened to out of the nearly 600 books I've enjoyed!

The stories are very interesting with much attention paid to historical accuracy in both the level of technology present at the time and the opinions and beliefs accepted by the people of the period.. A lot of historically-based fiction puts modern morals and viewpoints into the characters that should have a totally different outlook to ours in subjects as varied as faith to level of accepted science.

I very happy to have found these novels and have been listening to them all week.

  • Lincoln in the Bardo

  • A Novel
  • By: George Saunders
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,947
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,910

The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Mixed Bag

  • By Thomas More on 02-24-17

Terrible!

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

I can't believe this book won anything; it is so disjointed and poorly paced. It may be better in print; as a multi-performance audible production it is both annoying and uninteresting at the same time. I'm afraid this one is going back.

  • Anatomy of a Scandal

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Vaughan
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal, Luke Thompson, Esther Wane, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 357

Sophie's husband, James, is a loving father, a handsome man, a charismatic and successful public figure. And yet he stands accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is convinced he is innocent and desperate to protect her precious family from the lies that threaten to rip them apart. Kate is the lawyer hired to prosecute the case: an experienced professional who knows that the law is all about winning the argument. And yet Kate seeks the truth at all times. She is certain James is guilty and is determined he will pay for his crimes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened to it without a pause

  • By Nor Cal Books on 02-19-18

Could be half as long. Should be half as long.

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

The story is fine, and the writing is very good. It is unfortunate that so much time is spent on each character's thoughts and feelings; it makes for very tedious listening. The repetition in the court scenes is also very annoying, so much so that I had to skip through some of the chapters just to keep myself interested.

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  • The Breakdown

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,677
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,673

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside - the woman who was killed. She's been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It's a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she'd broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she'd stopped.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I tore through it within a few days

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 10-02-17

Predictable

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

Reviewed: 12-16-17

This book was not a waste of time even though it was predictable; I will say though that it could have been about 20% shorter. The main character repeats thoughts and dwells on the same issues which, while probably being accurate for her condition and mental state, does make the story over-long and meandering.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Parfit Knight

  • Rockliffe Book 1
  • By: Stella Riley
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451

When the Marquis of Amberley's coach is waylaid by highwaymen and his coachman shot, he is forced to take shelter at the first house he finds and is subsequently trapped there for a week by a severe snowstorm. Oakleigh Manor is the home of Rosalind Vernon who lives alone but for her devoted servants and an ill-natured parrot, cut off from the outside world by the tragic result of a childhood accident.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stella Riley + Alex Wyndham = Perfection

  • By Lady Wesley on 03-16-16

Found the performance over-done.

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

Reviewed: 11-29-17

The story was quite good. I, personally, found the narrator's style annoying. The entire novel was read in cadence. Even the dialogue was read in this way. The voices of the characters were well done, it was just the narration style that I found tiresome.