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  • The Late Show

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,465
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,759

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Noooooooooooooooooo!

  • By H. Jamieson on 08-12-17

Tough chick!

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

This is my first Michael Connelly book. I really enjoyed getting to know detective Rene Ballard. She is a tough, smart, resourceful, caring detective who loves her job, her dog and her grandmother. I really like her and hope to hear more. The story is well written and believable, draws you in and all comes together in the end. I thought the narrator was terrific and moved the story along adding to the enjoyment of the audiobook.

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,506

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Wonderful translation terrific audiobook

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

A lyrical translation of this wonderful book. A great Valentine's Day read for all the silent stoic types who are quiet sentimentalists.

  • The Burning Land

  • The Saxon Chronicles, Book 5
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,167
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,811

In a clash of heroes,the kingdom is born.A t the end of the ninth century, King Alfred of Wessex is in ill health; his heir, an untested youth. His enemy, the Danes, having failed to conquer Wessex, now see their chance for victory. Led by the sword of savage warrior Harald Bloodhair, the Viking hordes attack. But Uhtred, Alfred’s reluctant warlord, proves his worth, outwitting Harald and handing the Vikings one of their greatest defeats. For Uhtred, the sweetness of victory is soon overshadowed by tragedy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • MapLady

  • By Erin on 06-28-11

I miss Jonathan Kebble

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

Reviewed: 03-18-16

The book is more of the same entertaining formula. Historical fiction at its finest. I do not enjoy the narrator for this book as much as for some of the others. I really like Jonathan Keeble. He paces his reading well and helps to differentiate the characters with his accents.

  • Michel Thomas Method

  • Portuguese Introductory Course
  • By: Virginia Catmur
  • Narrated by: Virginia Catmur, Paulo Santos
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Learn another language the way you learnt your own. You learnt your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn Portuguese in the same way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • understand what you were getting

  • By John A. Jackson on 01-16-17

Very helpful for learning European Portuguese

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

Reviewed: 08-13-15

I purchased the Michel Thomas Introductory and Beginner Portuguese courses, the Earbuds Portuguese 1&2 and the Pimsleur European Portuguese course. Each had their pluses and minuses. I found the Michel Thomas to be the most comprehensive course. It has the best explanations of vocabulary and grammar with a few mnemonics and tips to help you remember specific key words. The format allows you the hear the difference between the students and the teachers to help you refine your ear. I did supplement the audio materials with additional written material to help with verb tenses and specific travel words that I needed to learn.

  • Unbowed

  • A Memoir
  • By: Wangari Maathai
  • Narrated by: Chinasa Ogbuagu
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, Wangari Maathai has been fighting for environmental responsibility and democracy in her native Kenya for over 35 years. Unbowed recounts the incredible journey that culminated in her appointment to Parliament in 2002. Despite repeated jailings, beatings, and other obstacles along the way, Maathai created the Green Belt Movement and never relented in her goal to bring democracy to Kenya.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story of this woman, but missing something

  • By Peter on 06-29-11

Great Listen for Earth Day

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

Reviewed: 04-26-14

Beautifully narrated story. Gives one insight into the politics of Kenya and the power of a single person to affect change

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Art Forger

  • By: B. A. Shapiro
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,988
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,678
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,671

Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting - a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum - in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery. Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late 19th century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing forage into art forgery and intrigue

  • By D on 11-28-12

Well crafted mystery with great narration

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

Reviewed: 01-21-14

I really enjoyed this work of fiction based on the famous robbery of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The plot twist and turns were fun, the main character was compelling and I learned a lot about the science behind art forgery. I look forward to listening to more works both by the author and by the narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Good Kings Bad Kings

  • By: Susan Nussbaum
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine, Lauren Fortgang, Emma Galvin, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

Told in alternating perspectives by a varied and vocal cast of characters, Nussbaum pulls back the curtain to reveal the complicated and funny and tough life inside the walls of an institution for juveniles with disabilities. From Yessenia Lopez, who dreams of her next boyfriend and of one day of living outside those walls, to Teddy, a resident who dresses up daily in a full suit and tie, to Mia, who guards a terrifying secret, Nussbaum has crafted a multifaceted portrait of a way of life hidden from most of us.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was great . . . until the abrupt end!

  • By Jody L. Jordet on 05-08-17

Story enhanced by wonderful audio production

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

Reviewed: 10-15-13

I thoroughly enjoyed this audio selection. The story centers around disabled kids and staff in a nursing home set outside Chicago. The story is compelling, realistic and yet upbeat. Each chapter is narrated from a single point of view and the chapters rotate between different lead characters. The story progresses in a linear fashion but some of the most painful details are revealed after the fact by the speaker in the next chapter. The author reveals the flaws and foibles of the main characters but you love them and root for them anyway. The multi-narrator audio production was top notch. It really enhanced the experience and made the characters that much more real. I will remember this book for a long time to come.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Gravity of Birds

  • A Novel
  • By: Tracy Guzeman
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

Sisters Natalie and Alice Kessler were close, until adolescence wrenched them apart. Natalie is headstrong, manipulative - and beautiful; Alice is a dreamer who loves books and birds. During their family's summer holiday at the lake, Alice falls under the thrall of a struggling young painter, Thomas Bayber, in whom she finds a kindred spirit. Natalie, however, remains strangely unmoved, sitting for a family portrait with surprising indifference. But by the end of the summer, three lives are shattered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting Long After You've Finished.

  • By tooonce72 on 08-24-13

Thoroughly enjoyed

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

Reviewed: 10-09-13

This is a carefully crafted novel whose plot has been summarized in many reviews on Amazon. The story is compelling and the narrator excellent. Well worth a listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Carthage Must Be Destroyed

  • The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization
  • By: Richard Miles
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308

An epic history of a doomed civilization and a lost empire. The devastating struggle to the death between the Carthaginians and the Romans was one of the defining dramas of the ancient world. In an epic series of land and sea battles, both sides came close to victory before the Carthaginians finally succumbed and their capital city, history, and culture were almost utterly erased.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding! This is THE book on Carthage.

  • By Haakon B. Dahl on 01-21-13

Facinating

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

Reviewed: 03-01-13

This is a thought provoking overview of the political, military, religious and social history of the rise and fall of an early "world" power. The book covers an approximately 800 year period from the founding of the city of Carthage to its complete destruction by Rome. The book is well researched but does not overwhelm the lay reader with source material. Events are presented both from the perspective of Carthage and from other, primarily Greek and Roman sources. There are many parallels between events in this time period and our own. Carthage was much more than Hannibal and the elephants crossing the alps. Well worth a listen.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Free Food for Millionaires

  • A Novel
  • By: Min Jin Lee
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 19 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 171

Casey Han's four years at Princeton gave her many things, "But no job and a number of bad habits." After graduation, she discovers the reality of having expensive habits without the means to sustain them. As she attempts to navigate Manhattan, we explore her life and New York City's milieu of haves and have-nots.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • free food for thought - beautifully satisfying

  • By Michael Jablow on 07-14-07

Enjoyable character study

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

Reviewed: 12-31-12

I enjoyed getting to know the characters in this story who come from and live in a world very different from my own. I look forward to more works by this aurthor.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful