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  • The Witch Elm

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,672
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,668

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Alison on 10-11-18

Like married lovemaking

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

Might be one or two spolers in here. It's almost pointless to write a review of this book. If you're considering reading it, you've read the other Tana French books. You know what you are getting into. I consider Tana French books to be like marital sex at this point. It builds up slowly throughout the night. A lot of foreplay. Things suddenly get heavy and sometimes its kind of predictable and a letdown at the end, but is still usually satisfying nonetheless. I enjoy the ride with most of her books, especially the Likeness and the Tresspasser. The only one I ever gave up on was The Secret Place. This book reminded me of Secret Place in that the characters were young, flimsy and boring. Nothing against gay people one bit, but the gay character grated on my nerves after a while.I cringed anytime he got whiny or pissy about something. When things happened in this book, they felt forced. I didn't care when someone was in a predicament or when someone died. I dunno, I just felt more intensity in the other books which were usually focused on older, mature and more layered characters. I pushed myself through it and, in the end, felt it could have been about 2 hours shorter. Even if it was, it was just a generic book to me. Too many forced twists. And the part with the owl was kinda akward. All that being said, narration was FANTASTIC.

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  • Stoicism Collection: Meditations, On the Shortness of Life, and Enchiridion

  • By: Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epictetus
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Waters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

This Stoicism audiobook collection contains three of the most influential Stoic pieces. Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and Epictetus helped to shape Stoicism with their writings of "Meditations", "On the Shortness of Life", and "Enchiridion". 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Timeless wisdom for the ages.

  • By cosmitron on 05-09-18

narrator doesn't work with Alexa very well.

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

I listen to audible on my echo. the actual books don't start until chapter 4. and the narrator is better at .85 speed, but that's not possible to set on echo... only on phone. and that's a lot of legwork even if it is possible. but I tried.

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  • A Guide to Wine

  • By: Julian Curry
  • Narrated by: Julian Curry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 249

Actor and wine expert Julian Curry has devised a unique audiobook guide to wine. The whole subject is introduced and explained – how wine is made, the different grapes, the different blends, vintages, wine-growing areas and types. In an entertaining and informal style, he also teaches how to taste wine, and how to choose and store it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comprehensive overview

  • By Laurence on 09-26-03

Almost didn't buy it

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

I listened to the sample and thought it sounded horrible. The actual audiobook is much better quality and is done very well actually. The narrator gets so close to being snooty, but pulls back on it at exactly the right moments. I thought the narration was great.

Now to the book. It's much better than anything I expected. It basically walks you into a vineyard and elaborates all the minutia of harvesting grapes and turning them into wine. I couldn't have asked for a better book. If you want a book about funny oopsie daisey roadtrips with friends into wine country, this is not it. I love what this book is and am so grateful it exists on audio.

  • The Harder They Come

  • A Novel
  • By: T.C. Boyle
  • Narrated by: Graham Hamilton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 743
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 667
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 671

Set in contemporary Northern California, The Harder They Come explores the volatile connections between three damaged people - an aging ex-marine and Vietnam veteran, his psychologically unstable son, and the son's paranoid, much older lover - as they careen toward an explosive confrontation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intense, gripping, absorbing

  • By Bonny on 04-10-15

mediocre

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

T.C. Boyle is a good writer. I've read many of his short stories and novels, and loved Tortilla Curtain. I consider his books to be what Bukowski termed 'ordinary madness.' These books are usually about the everyday madness of regular people- along the lines of a Stephen King book but without the spook factor. I also appreciate that while he is a little left-leaning, his politics do not really taint his books. He lets his characters breathe on their own.

That being said, I never really connected with this book. It was just interesting enough to keep me listening, but not compelling enough for me to care what I was listening to. I kept asking myself, 'Why do I care about this story?' and, like being in a bad marriage, I just kept persisting with it for the sake of persisting with it.

Another thing that grated on me a little was the style of the writing in this book. I understand that it was written this way to add coloring to certain characters, but it just felt jerky to me as a reader. There were a lot of lines like 'He's hungry. No, he's not hungry.' 'He was tired. He wasn't tired at all.' (Just making up some examples).

I get that its supposed to show the fractured, panicky minds of some of these characters, but it bothered me each time I heard one of these types of sentences. Then when I was done, I wondered why someone would bother to write a book about an event that only had relevance in a small region of California. Sorry, but this book just didn't work for me. I've read Tortilla Curtain more than once and recommend that if you want a better work by T.C. Boyle.

He's a skilled writer and I respect him, but this book didn't work for me. Narrator was awesome though. At least there was that.

  • And Then There Were None

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,065
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,417

Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U.N. Owen". At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead. Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one...one by one they begin to die. Who among them is the killer? And will any of them survive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dan Stevens is genius

  • By Markie Ross on 09-17-15

Stayed for the narration

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

One of the best narrated books I've ever listened to. Story was simple. As a longer book, this wouldn't have worked. I think it was proper that they didn't get too personal with each character. This book won't change your life, but it will keep you occupied during a few sprints to and from work. The end.

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,786

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

Wished it was about spiders

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

I listen to audio on the way to and from work. My mind drifted with all the stuff going on in space, but man oh man were the spider wars captivating. I could have loved a book about nothing more than the spiders and their politics and mating and wars. I think I learned more from the spider sections than from any book like 'Men are from mars, women are from venus.'

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 98,580
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 91,303
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 90,878

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but repetitive

  • By marianne russell on 05-23-17

Liked about 97 percent of it

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

I know almost nothing about Trevor Noah, which is fine. I was more interested in the South African boyhood during and after apartheid. I'm really not into books where an author grandstands and tells you how unracist he is and how you, the reader, need to feel about race. This book, for the most part, is none of that. It is a very open and honest coming-of age story which does have racial things going on in the background, but they do not really dominate the story. I think it was actually very beautifully written and presented. The reason I don't give it five stars was because in the mix of this very wonderful story, the author takes jabs at America and purports to know what we are taught about race and racism in school. Being that he was in South Africa until his 20's or something, I'm not sure how he knows that in America we are taught about Racism, and I'm quoting directly from the book- "In America, the history of racism is taught like this- There was slavery, and then there was Jim Crow and then there was Martin Luther King Jr. And now it's done." I think that a pretty big part, maybe the Civil War, is being left out of that. So, there are a couple little jabs where he denigrates into pointing fingers at a culture he didn't grow up in. I'll give him those few passes, because the rest of the book is marvelously done. It's just that he kind of prevented it from being a much better book, in my opinion, due to taking shots at things outside the realm (of South Africa) he was expertly painting in this book. The narration is awesome.

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  • HHhH

  • By: Laurent Binet
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 141

HHhH: "Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich," or "Himmler's brain is called Heydrich." The most dangerous man in Hitler's cabinet, Reinhard Heydrich was known as the "Butcher of Prague." He was feared by all and loathed by most. With his cold Aryan features and implacable cruelty, Heydrich seemed indestructible-until two men, a Slovak and a Czech recruited by the British secret service-killed him in broad daylight on a bustling street in Prague, and thus changed the course of History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Himlers Hirn heisst Heydrich

  • By Darwin8u on 02-02-13

Author intrusion

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

I hesitate to dis a book because I think of how much effort the writer put into it, how he had to market it to a publishing house to get published, etc. etc. Maybe I am heartbroken because I wanted very much to love this book. I am Czech and have lived in Prague. There was no way I could dislike this book. But man, the style of the writing just royally grated on my nerves. Another WWII book like this, City of Thieves, gets all yappy in the beginning about how grandad did this and grandad did that... but eventually it just lets the story tell itself. I have even gifted copies of City of Thieves to people with that horrible, plot-spoiler first chapter torn out. I could not find a part in this book where the author just let the story go. Within the first 20 or 30 mi of the book, he has some part telling you everything that's going to occur in the book. It's most of the book he's telling you what it's going to be about, what you're going to think. It talks about Mulan Kundera. It's far too much contemplation. Remember the rules of 'show, don't tell' and the trick of not doing Author Intrusion. I kept feeling the author breathing down my neck. I think some people might like something like that, All the articulating and whatnot, but it didn't work for me. The style of it killed me. And it breaks my heart to say that. I very much wanted to fall head over heels for this book.

  • The Power of the Dog

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,943
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,928

This explosive novel of the drug trade takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge. From the streets of New York City to Mexico City and Tijuana to the jungles of Central America, this is the war on drugs like you've never seen it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Drama

  • By Deborah on 01-06-11

Our modern Hemingway

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

I was blown away when I read the Cartel, so much so that I knew the first book in the series couldn't be nearly as good. Power of the Dog also amazed me. I am a big Hemingway fan and see a lot of those undercurrents in this work. But it is more universal than that. It pulls you under in to dark places, twisting good and evil right before your eyes. Amazing book. Amazing pacing. Amazing narration. When you find yourself 70% through the book and you're still captured by it as though its the first paragraph, you know that's a good book. It might be too intense for some people so... if you're my mom, don't read it.

  • Complete Hiking & Backpacking Guide

  • Hiking Gears A to Z
  • By: Robbie J Jones
  • Narrated by: Captain James H. Hammond II
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, borderline diabetes, obesity, and being overweight. I lived a busy life, and I didn't have a lot of money. Taking the time to follow a strict diet and exercise routine or paying out a lot of money for a gym membership or personal training was out of the question. That was 12 years ago. Fast forward to the present, I now am an experienced long-distance hiker. I have traveled and hiked in over 17 countries. I no longer have diabetes or high blood pressure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A newbie perspective

  • By filanges on 05-26-17

Good narration

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

One good thing, the narration on this is done very well. However, I was turned off by the first few lines of the book where the author apologizes for any grammar or other errors you may encounter. That really threw me. So, you mean you produced a book and didn't pay to have someone edit it properly? This tells me that this is just a self-published book that the author didn't put enough effort into to complete a finished product. I'm sorry, but that really turned me off about the book. If you're going to produce an audiobook that you didn't bother to edit, at least don't tell me about it. I probably wouldn't have noticed anyway.

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