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  • Second Wind

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

The catastrophic power of a giant hurricane can raise coastal waves 30 feet high and blow through houses at devastating speeds. For TV meteorologist Perry Stuart, however, such predictions are hypothetical, as he chiefly predicts periods of English drizzle - until a fellow forecaster offers him a Caribbean hurricane-chasing ride in a small airplane as a holiday diversion. But a frightening accident teaches Stuart more secrets than wind speeds.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator too intense

  • By Sophiebennett on 08-11-16

Doesn't sound like Dick Francis!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-17

I quite enjoyed the sciency aspects of this book, especially the meteorology. But the characters were caricatures. And the tone of the narration was less-than-adept: on the shrill side, especially females. Missed Tony Britton and Simon Prebble!

  • Far and Away

  • Reporting from the Brink of Change
  • By: Andrew Solomon
  • Narrated by: Andrew Solomon
  • Length: 22 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

Chronicling Andrew Solomon's stint on the barricades in Moscow in 1991, when he joined artists in resisting the coup whose failure ended the Soviet Union; his 2002 account of the rebirth of culture in Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban; his insightful appraisal of a Myanmar steeped in contradictions as it slowly, fitfully pushes toward freedom; and many other stories of profound upheaval, this book provides a unique window onto the very idea of social change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touched my soul, heart and intellect

  • By L. Russell on 09-09-16

Poor choice of narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-19-16

Sometimes, an author gives a good performance of his/her own work. Not this time. Solomon is a rich, eloquent writer and his examination of situations in the places to which he has traveled (excellent distinction between traveller and tourist) is unexpected and revealing. Unfortunately I had to stop before the end because I found his preachy, sing-song delivery too off-putting. It's a shame.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Bird Sense

  • What It's Like to Be a Bird
  • By: Tim Birkhead
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 226

What is it like to be a swift, flying at over one hundred kilometres an hour? Or a kiwi, plodding flightlessly among the humid undergrowth in the pitch dark of a New Zealand night? And what is going on inside the head of a nightingale as it sings, and how does its brain improvise? Bird Sense addresses questions like these and many more, by describing the senses of birds that enable them to interpret their environment and to interact with each other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Are You A Serious Birdwatcher?

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-14-17

How science is so much FUN

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

Reviewed: 07-18-15

I actually selected this book because I love Robin Sachs, and he did not disappoint here.

I am not an avid birder but I pay attention to what I see; like to recognize species, and am fascinated to understand the behavior of birds and other animals in the wild. But Birkhead takes the reader behind the scenes for a clear and intriguing look at how we know what we know and the ingenuity of the people who figured things out. The correspondence -- over the course of centuries -- among people studying birds gives a wonderful personal sense of the individuals and their quests.

Yes, this is definitely about the scientific process, but it's described clearly and eloquently. In the process, we get to see and understand the dazzling variety of birds' evolutionary solutions to living in the extremes of settings and environments.

I liked the listen so much I've ordered a hard copy to return to and to share with like-minded friends.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Silent Voices

  • A Vera Stanhope Mystery
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Charlie Hardwick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 908
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896

When Inspector Vera Stanhope finds the body of a woman in the sauna room of her local gym, she wonders briefly if, for once in her life, she's uncovered a simple death from natural causes. But a closer inspection reveals bruises around the victim's throat, and Vera quickly realizes she has a murder on her hands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vera enemy better in print(voice)!

  • By Walter G Sutton III on 07-06-15

More Vera and Charlie Hardwick, please!

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

Reviewed: 06-29-15

I came to this after enjoying the Shetland books, and it's even better! Vera is an engaging character, as are her colleagues, and Harkdwick's interpretation is spot on. I hope Audible will add more if this series to its list, and I wish the books were more available in the U.S.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Blood Spilt

  • By: Asa Larsson
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

It's midsummer in Sweden, when the light lingers through dawn as winter finally ends. In this magical time, a brutal killer strikes, and the murder of a female priest sends shock waves through the community. Though she has no cause to get involved, attorney Rebecka Martinsson cannot help herself. And the further she is drawn into a mystery that will soon claim another victim, the more the dead woman's world consumes her - a world of hurt and healing, sin and sexuality, and above all, of lethal sacrifice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Could not stop listening

  • By Susan on 01-06-10

NARRATION RUINS IT!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-24-15

I'm only 2 hours in, and not sure if I'll finish this book. The reader couldn't be more wrong: American at its worst. Sort of casual, no sense of Scandinavia, no differentiation of characters, no differentiation of anything! I will return to this review if I do finish the book, as this probably isn't fair to the book.

  • The Shadows in the Street

  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

Simon Serrailler has just wrapped up a difficult case for SIFT--Special Incident Flying Taskforce--and is on a sabbatical on a far-flung Scottish island when he is called back to Lafferton. Two local prostitutes have gone missing and are subsequently found strangled. By the time he gets back, another girl has disappeared. Is this a vendetta against prostitutes by someone with a warped mind? Or a series of killings by an angry punter?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Much Mystery, but Still Listenable

  • By Tracey Rains on 02-07-11

THIS FILE IS BROKEN

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

Reviewed: 01-09-15

Sound is fine when I start listening, but audio freezes and freezes my iPod. Tried a second download. No luck. I've been listening to this series with no problem. Went to the next in the series and it works fine.

  • To the Top of the Mountain

  • By: Arne Dahl
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27

After the disastrous end to their last case, the Intercrime team – a specialist unit created to investigate violent, international crime – has been disbanded, their leader forced into early retirement.The six officers have been scattered throughout the country.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointed!

  • By neal kroll on 01-03-16

What a disappointment!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-14

After John Lee's masterful narration of the first two books in this series, with his subtle but clear differentiation of the characters' voices and personalities, I couldn't finish this. What a disappointment! I found this performance confusing and hard to follow -- and not worth the effort.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Moscow Rules

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,481

In the new thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of The Secret Servant, the death of a journalist leads Gabriel Allon to Russia, where he finds that, in terms of spy craft, even he has something to learn. He's playing by Moscow rules now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pronunciation Rules

  • By William on 08-22-08

Narrator Rules

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

Reviewed: 08-10-14

I fully agree with other reviewers about sub-standard narration for this and several other Gabriel Alon books. The faulty pronunciation of French, Russian, Hebrew, and British English detracts from Silva's lovely settings. Makes the whole thing seem kind of mundane. From here on out I'll skip this narrator's renditions.

  • Identical

  • By: Scott Turow
  • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 524
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 439
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 442

Identical, based loosely on the myth of Castor and Pollux, is the story of identical twins, Paul and Cass Giannis, and the complex relationships between their family and their former neighbors, the Kronons. The audiobook focuses principally on events in 2008, when Paul is a candidate for Mayor of Kindle County, and Cass is released from the penitentiary, 25 years after pleading guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Athena Kronon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Courtroom Drama Takes a Back Seat

  • By Jacqueline on 10-16-13

Couldn't finish it

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

Reviewed: 01-04-14

.... because the narration was so inane. Probably not fair to Turow, who has a great track record of publishing good legal procedurals.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Redeemer

  • Harry Hole, Book 6
  • By: Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett (translator)
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 839

Christmas shoppers stop to hear a Salvation Army concert on a crowded Oslo street. An explosion cuts through the music and the bitter cold: One of the singers falls dead, shot in the head at point-blank range. Harry Hole - the Oslo Police Department’s best investigator and worst civil servant - has little to work with: no suspect, no weapon, and no motive. But Harry’s troubles will multiply. As the search closes in, the killer becomes increasingly desperate, and Harry’s chase takes him to the most forbidden corners of the former Yugoslavia. Yet it’s when he returns to Oslo that he encounters true darkness....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Harry Hole, RIP Robin Sachs :(

  • By Private on 06-06-13

Less violent, but less compelling

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

Reviewed: 09-07-13

I found the plot development somewhat forced -- hard to believe -- but enjoyed it nonetheless. Fascinating look behind the scenes of the Salvation Army. Harry seemed somehow less vested in the problems he was solving.

As for the narrator. The loss of Robin Sachs is huge. I especially missed his distinguishing voices for each character. Much as I like John Lee -- his nicely dark voice and his delivery -- his reading here made the book more difficult to follow, and more difficult to keep the characters straight. It's probably because the names are unfamiliar, but also may be because the voice of each character was less than distinctive. But what are you going to do?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful