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  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,996
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,651

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superb!!

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-02-18

Delightful and Thoughtful

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

It is difficult to describe this without spoilers. I have always liked Billy Crystal, and having listened to this, he is as good a guy as I have always thought, he would have to be to have created this.

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  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,080
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,472

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, heartfelt, inspiring

  • By Jon K. Rust on 07-24-17

This is Literature

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

This is an delightful yet deep book. The writing is superb, with well fleshed, realistic characters. No perfect characters, but believable human beings. What an amazing concept as the world of Russia sweeps in and out the Hotel. The author pulls in explanations of the world that was Russia that adds to the color of the story versus distracts; with surprising twists and turns along the way. I did not guess the ending and was in suspense to the very end to know if this will be a tragedy or otherwise. The author made the ending seem right.

I listened to this book on audible and found it 5 star as well. This man is a storyteller. While he uses some accents and inflections, he does not over act the voices which for some narrators become just a distraction. And his voice quality is such that I could listen to him all day! Oh, yeah, I did!

Not a light read, but a truly delightful one.

  • The Hills Have Spies

  • Valdemar: Family Spies, Book 1
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

In this new series, set in the bestselling world of Valdemar, Heralds Mags and Amily must continue to protect the realm of Valdemar while raising their children and preparing them to follow in their footsteps.

Mags, Herald Spy of Valdemar, and his wife, Amily, the King’s Own Herald, are happily married with three kids. The oldest, Peregrine, has the Gift of Animal Mindspeech—he can talk to animals and persuade them to act as he wishes. Perry's dream is to follow in his father's footsteps as a Herald Spy, but he has yet to be Chosen by a Companion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyable

  • By Tammie Patrick on 06-07-18

Youth Fiction

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

I found this book just boring. Too much description of the day to day activities and how wonderful things are set up. That was the first 8 or do chapters. And then? More boring descriptions of a field trip. Do we really need to know the kid picked the wrong bed in the caravan because the sun shown in his eyes? Do we need to know the caravan has little pockets of storage all over it?

Sorry. Just could not get into what just felt like youth fiction.

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  • The Tuscan Child

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble, Katy Sobey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,769
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,749

In 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal. Nearly 30 years later, Hugo's estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her father's funeral. Among his personal effects is an unopened letter addressed to Sofia. In it is a startling revelation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Knocked this one out of the park

  • By Anne on 02-22-18

Little Different for Rhys Bowen, but I Liked It

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

Rhys Bowen’s books usually have a certain amount of humor, but this one was pretty sober. She also wrote two different story lines, which is usually difficult to execute, but Ms Bowen carries it off.

I do have to say that the main characters being so quickly pulled into the community life of the little Italian town was a bit of a stretch. And the convenient earth quakes was a little much, well one okay, more than one? Too contrived.

And I would have liked to have liked her father more.

  • Edwin of the Iron Shoes

  • By: Marcia Muller
  • Narrated by: Laura Hicks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 74

It's Sharon McCone's first case as staff investigator for All Souls Legal Cooperative. She knows nothing about antiques, yet she has an affection for Salem Street with its charming mix of antique and curio shops. Now elderly dealer Joan Albritton has been found dead, stabbed with an antique dagger. Her neighbors are shocked. Recurring vandalism has them frightened. Ferreting out the facts will take Sharon from the chaotic jumble of the junk dealer's establishment to a museum where San Francisco's most elegant socialites gather.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Beginning of a Long Run

  • By Me & My Girls on 07-20-14

Inconsistencies In the Story

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

The story is just not believable. A private detective is allowed to work an active murder investigation? In a big city no less? The person who at first insists the private investigator work the case then immediately, immediately starts accusing her of being responsible because she didn’t catch vandals of earlier incidents she was investigating for them. Something comes up later which again has you scratching your head saying well why did you insist she investigate?

When you start out with just so much skepticism, it’s hard to get into the story. The writing is not bad, the scenarios are just not thoroughly thought out.

  • Crystal Singer

  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Adrienne Barbeau
  • Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

Experience the first Killashandra Ree adventure, in which the indomitable Killa overcomes disappointment in one career by diving into a much more exciting one. Filled with suspense, anguish, romance, and intrigue, this distinctive adventure is one of Anne McCaffrey's best.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Book is excellent, audio book needs work

  • By Carol L. Powell on 12-24-08

Terribly Abridged!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

A cheat!!

This book is abridged down to nothing. I would like my money back but haven’t been able to request it. All if the books in this series are abridged.

  • Wish You Were Here

  • By: Rita Mae Brown, Sneaky Pie Brown
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 231

Curiosity just might be the death of Mrs. Murphy - and her human companion, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen. Small towns are like families: Everyone lives very close together. . .and everyone keeps secrets. Crozet, Virginia, is a typical small town - until its secrets explode into murder. Crozet's thirty-something post-mistress, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, has a tiger cat (Mrs. Murphy) and a Welsh Corgi (Tucker), a pending divorce, and a bad habit of reading postcards not addressed to her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Language of the Cats

  • By Naked and Hungry on 01-29-13

Bad on so many levels

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

I do like a number of cat mysteries or dog mysteries, but this one just doesn't make. It. It is actually childish (did I miss a young adult rating?) there is too much animal dialog. The story so far seems to mainly be about the animals except that people are getting killed. Then just to make it worse the author throws in what I think is a Libertarian rant. Don't get me wrong, everyone is entitled to their own political belief but what is it doing here? Adds nothing to the story, doesn't seem to be a plot twist. It comes across as the author had a n audience so abused it.

Now it may be plot twist, but I will never find out because I am admitting defeat in chapter 3! Ain't coming back!

  • The Wicked Day

  • The Arthurian Saga, Book 4
  • By: Mary Stewart
  • Narrated by: Theodore Bikel
  • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

King Arthur's reign will finally come to a spellbinding end. This final chapter of the Camelot saga traces Mordred's birth, childhood, and recounts how he came to set in motion the fates and call forth the "wicked day of destiny."

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This is abridged

  • By QCLady on 01-12-17

This is abridged

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

I did not catch that this is abridged. And it is very abridged. Barely makes sense. Which is a shame, because I know the story to be good.

Also, I really do not like this narrator. His reading style is ponderous. Very strange cadence. Reading the story, not narrating.

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