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  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,000
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22,003

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

Good thing this was free!

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

Glad it was free, so the only thing wasted was a couple of hours. Then I decided it was not worth any more time.

  • Leonardo da Vinci

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,789

Leonardo da Vinci created the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and engineering. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish the sample was not from the preface!

  • By Kristopher S. on 11-13-17

The PDF file made audiobook possible.

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

An excellent audiobook that would not have been possible without the PDF. I hesitated to buy it, thinking it would be no good without pictures and illustrations. But when I discovered it had a 111 page PDF file to go with it I made the purchase, and very pleased I did. Audible, please give us more books with PDFs!

  • Munich

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,063
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983

Hugh Legat is a rising star of the British diplomatic service, serving at 10 Downing Street as a private secretary to the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain. Paul von Hartmann is on the staff of the German Foreign Office - and secretly a member of the anti-Hitler resistance. The two men were friends at Oxford in the 1920s, but have not been in contact since. Now, when Hugh flies with Chamberlain from London to Munich, and Hartmann travels on Hitler's train overnight from Berlin, their paths are set on a disastrous collision course.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Jean on 01-29-18

A little disappointing

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

A simple history or documentary would have been better, or maybe an essay to address his main point - that Chamberlain was not the fool he has been reputed to be. The story line about the two main fictional characters seemed weak, uninteresting, and unnecessary.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Railway to the Grave

  • By: Edward Marston
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Yorkshire 1855. When Colonel Aubrey Tarleton walks into the path of a speeding train, he is crushed to death on the track. The famous Railway Detective, Inspector Robert Colbeck, is immediately put on the case to determine why such a well-respected man would have resorted to suicide. Tarleton's wife had recently gone missing, but was the colonel responsible for her disappearance? It's up to Colbeck and his trusty sergeant Victor Leeming to uncover the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally- Leeming escapes without a concussion!

  • By John on 09-30-17

Finally- Leeming escapes without a concussion!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

After suffering 5 concussions in 5 books, Victor Leeming gets through this one without a scratch. The author was stuck on that element and I was really tired of it. Poor Victor must be relieved too!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • They Thought They Were Free

  • The Germans, 1933-45
  • By: Milton Mayer
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

First published in 1955, They Thought They Were Free is an eloquent and provocative examination of the development of fascism in Germany. Milton Mayer's book is a study of 10 Germans and their lives from 1933-45, based on interviews he conducted after the war when he lived in Germany.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time might change ones behaviour pattern

  • By Robert on 07-15-17

Disappointing except for the narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

I persisted as long as I did before returning the book because of the performance by Michael Page. He almost made an uninteresting and unoriginal book seem good.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Earthly Remains

  • By: Donna Leon
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 312

A good man who loves his family and his city, Commissario Guido Brunetti is relentless in his pursuit of truth and some measure of justice. In Earthly Remains, Brunetti's endurance is tested more than ever before. During an interrogation of an entitled, arrogant man suspected of giving drugs to a young girl who then died, Brunetti acts rashly, doing something he will quickly come to regret. In the fallout, he realizes that he needs a break, needs to get away from the stifling problems of his work.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hmm... Had To Change 4-Stars Ultimately To 3...

  • By Gillian on 01-31-18

Disappointing ending

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

Reviewed: 04-25-17

The narration was great - like all of the others in this series narrated by David Colacci. The always interesting information about Venetian culture was there. The metaphorical descriptions of people and thought processes were as good as usual. But the ending was either a setup for a sequel or was simply incomplete. This aspect was unlike the first 25 books in this great series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • In This Grave Hour

  • A Maisie Dobbs Novel
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,247
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139

When listeners last heard Maisie Dobbs, it was 1938, and the world was on the brink of war. Maisie herself was on a dangerous mission inside Nazi Germany, where she encountered an old enemy and the Führer himself. In In This Grave Hour, a year has passed, and Maisie is back home in England - yet neither she nor her nation is safe. Britain has just declared war on Germany and is mobilizing for the devastating battle ahead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good Maisie story again

  • By Maine Knitter on 03-17-17

Ready for more

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

Reviewed: 03-18-17

I hope the author is working on the next installment. She cannot stop now that another war has started, Anna has been introduced, and the inspector has reappeared.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Pardonable Lies

  • A Maisie Dobbs Novel
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlaugh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,195

In the third novel of this best-selling series, London investigator Maisie Dobbs faces grave danger as she returns to the site of her most painful WWI memories to resolve the mystery of a pilot's death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Maisie Does It Again

  • By Nancy on 05-09-06

Not just chick lit

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

Reviewed: 09-03-15

My wife got me started on this series, and now I have finished this, the third in the series, and am still enjoying them.

  • Seven Years in Tibet

  • By: Heinrich Harrer, Richard Graves
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,448

A landmark in travel writing, this is the incredible true story of Heinrich Harrer’s escape across the Himalayas to Tibet, set against the backdrop of the Second World War. Heinrich Harrer, already one of the greatest mountaineers of his time, was climbing in the Himalayas when war broke out in Europe. He was imprisoned by the British in India but succeeded in escaping and fled to Tibet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Alexander on 09-03-12

Better that Brad Pitt

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

Reviewed: 06-21-15

I avoided the movie in order to avoid Brad Pitt. Fortunately, I was able to purchase this excellent audiobook as a Daily Deal. It would have been well worth an Audible.com credit if I had run across it sooner.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Man in the High Castle

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,862
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,377
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,400

It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some 20 years earlier the United States lost a war - and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to see what all the buzz was about!

  • By Gray on 06-23-15

No more PKD

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

Reviewed: 06-13-15

I managed to listen all the way through this, my first PKD book, and the only benefit is that I now know I do not want any more of this author. I know he had a point to make - maybe several - but I have only a vague notion of what they were. I think it was only the good narrator that kept me listening, so I will look for some more of his work.

2 of 14 people found this review helpful