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  • The Hobbit

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,940

Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally! Thank you Audible!

  • By Bryan J. Peterson on 10-20-12

A classic tale well told

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

What is there to say. This is The Hobbit. Anyone who hasn't heard/read it should. For those who love the story, it is always good to hear it again. Especially with a nice cup of hot tea.

  • Gathering Moss

  • A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses
  • By: Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Narrated by: Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 44

Living at the limits of our ordinary perception, mosses are a common but largely unnoticed element of the natural world. Gathering Moss is a beautifully written mix of science and personal reflection that invites listeners to explore and learn from the elegantly simple lives of mosses.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but not comparable to Braiding Sweetgrass

  • By suzanna perrell on 02-14-19

Beyond moss into the balance of nature

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

It took me a while to get into this book. There is the wonder of the natural world but also the story of the destruction of a way a life that lived in balance with nature. Robin ying yangs back and forth. inviting us to see through her eyes the beauty and awe and harmony that she sees and then, bringing as vividly, the horror she feels at the violence and disrespect with which our culture tears all that beauty and delicate balance apart. I have to say, it was pure pleasure to listen to her speak of the first, nature's intricate ways, and vey hard at times to hear how we, our society,, belief system, and pursuit of gain, is cutting through the very fabric of nature that is there to sustain us. Not just us, as people, of course, but all that is, in this world.

This is very important book with concepts we must come to learn if we want to survive as a species.

  • The Forbidden Garden

  • A Novel
  • By: Ellen Herrick
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

At the nursery she runs with her sisters on the New England coast, Sorrel Sparrow has honed her rare gift for nurturing plants and flowers. Now that reputation, and a stroke of good timing, lands Sorrel an unexpected opportunity: reviving a long-dormant Shakespearean garden on an English country estate. Arriving at Kirkwood Hall, ancestral home of Sir Graham Kirkwood and his wife, Stella, Sorrel is shocked by the desolate state of the walled garden. Generations have tried - and failed - to bring it back to glory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • thoroughly enjoyable. will listen again!

  • By lesley ann on 05-20-17

The wting is amazing, fragrant, sensual, unique

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

I so loved the writing and all the smells and flowers, and herbs and the sensory delights that they offered. I wanted the reader to slow down and let me savor all these delicacies. But the narrator seemed to be a great hurry to finish the story and the story itself was a little outrageous and too typically a romance to keep me engaged beyond a certain point.

  • The Keeper of Lost Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Ruth Hogan
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood, Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 937

Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects - the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidently left behind - and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming story with great narration

  • By June J on 09-29-17

I love the idea

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

I love the idea of lost things being kept and the stories that go with them. I guess I liked the idea so much that I wanted it to be what I would imagine. It was a good listen but parts were sort of too much.

  • I Liked My Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Abby Fabiaschi
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett, Dan Bittner, Therese Plummer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,397

Maddy is a devoted stay-at-home wife and mother, host of excellent parties, giver of thoughtful gifts, and bestower of a searingly perceptive piece of advice or two. She is the cornerstone of her family, a true matriarch...until she commits suicide, leaving her husband, Brady, and teenage daughter, Eve, heartbroken and reeling, wondering what happened. How could the exuberant, exacting woman they loved disappear so abruptly, seemingly without reason, from their lives?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good all around.

  • By Adam C. on 03-16-17

A bit maudlin and overwrought

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

I liked the concept a lot, a mother/wife looking into the lives of those she loves and has left with only the intention to help and to heal. Think I might of really enjoyed this novel if I read it, supplying my own voices, but the performance became in some place so over emotional and traumatic that it was hard to listen to.

  • Vanessa and Her Sister

  • A Novel
  • By: Priya Parmar
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Clare Corbett, Julian Rhind-Tutt, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 166

London, 1905: The city is alight with change, and the Stephen siblings are at the forefront. Vanessa, Virginia, Thoby, and Adrian are leaving behind their childhood home and taking a house in the leafy heart of avant-garde Bloomsbury. There they bring together a glittering circle of bright, outrageous artistic friends who will grow into legend and come to be known as the Bloomsbury Group. And at the center of this charmed circle are the devoted, gifted sisters: Vanessa, the painter, and Virginia, the writer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vanessa and her Sister

  • By M. J. Dana on 01-20-15

Beautiful writing, amazing women

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

This book was a pleasure to hear. There are wonderful moments of beautiful thoughtful writing and the characters are larger than life,(though of course, they are real characters). I hadn't known anything about Vanessa Bell and now I have discovered her, and her paintings. We all know that women painters never receive the recognition that male artist receive. So she is a hidden treasure. Their world was full of amazing people who are famous and remarkable in many areas. Most of us know the basic outline of Virginia Wolf's life, but the story and narration give her a vivid presence that is hard to forget.

  • Feeding the Dragon

  • By: Sharon Washington
  • Narrated by: Sharon Washington
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,785
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,171

Sharon Washington’s autobiographical one-woman play, Feeding the Dragon, delighted audiences off-Broadway and is now available exclusively on Audible. The one-act play invites listeners into Sharon’s unorthodox childhood, growing up in an apartment on the top floor of the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. A love of literature and boundless imagination helped the playwright as a young woman persevere over dragons of all forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story!

  • By Imara Walker on 09-07-18

Wonderful but too short

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

That's my review. I loved it. Sharon Washington's voice is a pleasure to hear and the story is so real and interesting. I just wish it was a whole book!.

  • Spider Woman's Daughter

  • A Leaphorn & Chee Novel
  • By: Anne Hillerman
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 716
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 653
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646

Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette Manualito witnesses the cold-blooded shooting of someone very close to her. With the victim fighting for his life, the entire squad and the local FBI office are hell-bent on catching the gunman. Bernie, too, wants in on the investigation, despite regulations forbidding eyewitness involvement. But that doesn't mean she's going to sit idly by, especially when her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, is in charge of finding the shooter. Bernie and Chee discover that a cold case involving his former boss and partner, retired Inspector Joe Leaphorn, may hold the key.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Andrea on 10-10-13

Characters are the same, style is different

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

Having read all of Tony Hillerman's novels, I was interested to see how his daughter's books would compare. Since I loved all of her father's books and characters, it was a treat to find them all in these new novels. There were two things I really liked in Tony Hillerman's novels; first that there was so much of Hopi and Navajo myth, religion and just flavor in his books and 2nd that they had a kind of quietness, spaciousness and aloofness from the tragic events that were at the heart of the mysteries. The plot always had something to do with a part of the Indian culture.
Most of this book had the same flavor, the same characters, with a slightly warmer and more romantic tone. However, unlike her father, she concluded the book with a scene that is typical of mysteries but that I really hate and always try to avoid, which is the showdown when the villain gets the upper hand and the protagonist is miraculously saved. Because of that stylistic ending I was very disappointed in book and will not read the rest of the series.
The plot, and the villain were also disappointing. I didn't learn anything new from the plot and the villain was implausible both in motive and character.
I loved the rest of the book. To spend time with Jim Chee and Bernie was lovely and Anne gave them a more tender and romantic relationship.

  • Crazy Brave

  • A Memoir
  • By: Joy Harjo
  • Narrated by: Joy Harjo
  • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

In this transcendent memoir, grounded in tribal myth and ancestry, music and poetry, Joy Harjo, one of our leading Native American voices, details her journey to becoming a poet. Born in Oklahoma, Harjo grew up learning to dodge an abusive stepfather by finding shelter in her imagination, a deep spiritual life, and connection with the natural world. She attended an Indian arts boarding school, where she nourished an appreciation for painting, music, and poetry; gave birth while still a teenager; and struggled on her own as a single mother, eventually finding her poetic voice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Her words take you placed....

  • By Anonymous User on 01-12-19

Some profound insights, too briefly developed

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

I loved the beginning of this memoir. It took my right into an amazing place. It was bold and over the edge of 'normal' reality in a way I found enlightening and thrilling. As I listened longer to her story I felt so much that was not understood or expressed by the author that it became a recounting of painful events that she tried to bring to a successful conclusion, but it left me feeling incomplete and somewhat abandoned by this headlong rush of events that were so soul wrenching, that needed so much more understanding and healing. Joy may have done that healing. She may have understood all that chaos and pain in a way that brought her a kind of completion, but it didn't come through to me as a listener.

She is obviously a strong, fearless, passionate, wounded, amazing woman who takes life head on. I was left wanting more. More insights into each of those painful breaks, more history and background in her early imprints, more patience in evaluating and retelling her feelings and memories. More deep magic in transforming pain to transcendence, loss to wholeness.

  • The Fortunate Ones

  • By: R. S. Grey
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270

At Twin Oaks Country Club, there are the fortunate ones, and then there are the rest of us: the waiters, the caddies, the valets, and in my case, the cabana girls. Most days, I’m poolside in a pleated skirt, dishing out margaritas to tycoons and titans. It’s not exactly my dream job, but it does come with one perk.... James Ashwood. He’s my silver lining in a custom black suit. Besides being a legacy member at the club, he’s a tech mogul and Austin’s most eligible bachelor.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Comes off hard and cynical.

  • By Audy Meadow Davison LMT on 03-13-18

Comes off hard and cynical.

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

This seems to be the story of two very confused people who are stumbling their way to acknowledging their love for one another. It uses glamour and self depreciating humor. Unfortunately the reader's voice is hard and cynical and ironic, a good voice for a Hunter S. Thompson novel or something by Vonnegut or a hard boiled spy thriller but not a love story, not this love story. James comes off as an insufferable egotist, a controlling, spoiled rich boy or a Ayn Rand hero. With a softer voice, that could include some mystery, some slowness and tenderness as these two people struggle with themselves and their emotions, it could be a satisfying novel. As it is I seriously worry about the author and the kinds of choices she will make (has made) in relationship. James comes across as a potentially abusive man and Brooke as the kind of woman who will wake up at 40 and realize nothing in her life is her own not even her own feelings and wishes except for a huge rage inside her.
Brittany has a good voice with a lot of range of voices and inflections and I'm sure there are novels that she could express and compliment with her reading.
I sometimes long for a novel read with a neutral voice, just steadily read, which would allow the listener to insert the quality of voice that they would hear in the different characters. That is the magic of reading a novel. When the vocal reader attempts to interpret the characters then the story becomes a closed thing, a hard boiled egg, without the room for the listener to make it their own. The over-damatized story becomes a media thing, like a film without the visuals.
I need to acknowledge that I am not a fan of Romance and often find the genre disturbing. So take this review with that caveat.

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