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  • All Clear

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis (introduction)
  • Length: 23 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,015
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,034

Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rescued by the second half

  • By Mike From Mesa on 12-05-11

Someone find this author a good editor

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

I listened to both books of this series on Audible. In some ways, it is a typical time travel story. The details of England during the war raised it a step above most time travel sagas.

My criticism is that the second book ( All Clear) is entirely TOO LONG. The story is quite repetitious. I probably would have given up on it if I had been reading and not listening. Katherine Kellgren’s narration kept me engaged to the story’s very satisfactory ending. The story should have been edit down several hours.

  • The Nix

  • A Novel
  • By: Nathan Hill
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,014

It's 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson - college professor, stalled writer - has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn't seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she's reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nathan Hill is an exceptional storyteller.

  • By Bonny on 09-13-16

The bad guys win....Big

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

Reviewed: 12-19-16

This is a clever, often witty, LONG, well written story. It is refreshing to read a book with new twists and characters.
My four star rating was the result of a the very unsatisfying ending where truly awful antagonists benefit greatly by all the evil they have created for the protagonists. While the author spends the last chapter explaining that the heroes have accepted and moved on, the unjust ending will be frustrating for the reader....at least this reader.

  • Term Limits

  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,999

In one bloody night, three of Washington’s most powerful politicians are executed with surgical precision. Their assassins then deliver a shocking ultimatum to the American government: set aside partisan politics and restore power to the people. No one, they warn, is out of their reach—not even the president. A joint FBI-CIA task force reveals the killers are elite military commandos, but no one knows exactly who they are or when they will strike next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Term Limits

  • By David Share on 06-26-11

Morally bankrupt thriller

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

Reviewed: 07-16-16

Of the 50 Audible books I have experienced, this is one of the more compelling. The story is complex and driving. I found that I could not stop listening. As a side point of interest, I was fascinated by how much technology has changed in the 19 years since the book was published. The story exists in a world without extensive smart phones use and limited surveillance techniques. It is an interesting pre- 9-11 take on the nation.
I didn't give the story five star because of the overall tone. As a three decade resident of the DC area it annoyed me that the domestic murderers were portrayed as heroes through out the book. Yeah., we all have fantasies about killing off incompetent obstructionist members of Congress. The black op killings in this book are NOT acts of patriotism. They are acts of domestic terrorism. "Old Grandpa" is not a hero. He is a old, rich entitled white guy who is a murdering terrorist

  • Wild Rover No More

  • Being the Last Recorded Account of the Life & Times of Jacky Faber
  • By: L. A. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600

Audie Award, Best Female Narrator, 2016. Jacky Faber is framed as passing confidential U.S. information to the British. Forced to flee Boston, she goes undercover as a governess for a prominent Puritan family. When outed by a nosy postmaster, she deserts the respectability of her position, dons a leotard and slippers, and poses as a Russian tightrope walker in a traveling circus. But the law soon catches up with her, and prospects do not look good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I feel I have lost a friend.

  • By Jonathan on 02-09-15

Sorry this is the last

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

Reviewed: 05-26-16

Although I had begun to think that the Bloody Jack series was getting bit tired, I was still sorry to hear that the author had died. He closed out the tale nicely but in an author's postscript, he left the possibility of additional books. Note to publisher....let Jackie sail off happily into the early American 19th century. Don't have another author continue the series.

This is not one of the stronger books in the series but the narrator again is just absolutely wonderful.

  • The Lake House

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,395

Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented fourteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure ...One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRAVO!!!!!!!

  • By Maria on 10-30-15

Keeps you guessing

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

Reviewed: 03-23-16

Lots of twists and turns. The characters take the reader down sure alleys of investigation of a 70 year old mystery only to be sharply turned in several different directions. I read so many mysteries that I can usually predict the plot. Not so with this book. The only flaw is a almost silly coincidence at the end. Still, it's a good mystery read.

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  • In the Belly of the Bloodhound

  • Bloody Jack #4
  • By: L. A. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 905
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889

Jacky Faber, having been called a pirate and had a price put on her head by the King of England, has no choice but to stay out of sight. Hoping for a safe hiding place, she returns to the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston, but the calm doesn't last long. On a class field trip to Boston Harbor, the girls are abducted and forced into the hold of the Bloodhound, a ship bound for the slave markets on the Barbary Coast where they will be put up on the auction block and sold into Arab harems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! Loved them all.

  • By Michele on 02-25-10

Best of the The Bloody Jack series

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

Reviewed: 07-16-15

I have been listening to this series in order for a while. The behavior of Jackie, the protagonist was starting to get quite old. While her frustrating self destructive choices in the previous books make for an exciting set of stories, the plot line was getting a tad old. This adventure was not brought on by her oft goofy behavior. As a result, I found this the best story so far in the series. The narrator, as usual was terrific.

  • Under the Jolly Roger

  • Bloody Jack #3
  • By: L. A. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,033
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023

In the third book of the "Bloody Jack" series, unlikely heroine Jacky Faber, a pirate at heart, returns to the sea in a truly swashbuckling tale filled with good humour, wit, and courage. After leaving the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston--under dire circumstances, of course - Jacky boards a whaling ship bound for London, where she hopes to find her beloved Jaimy. But things don't go as planned, and she is off on a wild misadventure at sea.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't judge a book by its cover...

  • By AudioAddict on 09-19-15

Fun and clever story

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

Reviewed: 06-10-15

Totally clever, fun story. I would recommend reading the "Bloody Jack" series in order but it's not necessary.
I am in the position to listen to many books and narrator Katherine Kellgren is the best of the best .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dietland

  • By: Sarai Walker
  • Narrated by: Tara Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 483

Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed because when you're fat, to be noticed is to be judged. She is biding her time at a job answering fan mail for a popular teen girls' magazine until she can afford weight-loss surgery. But lately she is being followed by a girl in outlandish clothes and combat boots.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • funny and thought provoking

  • By Sandy Toes on 01-28-16

Unique story about being "fat" woman

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

Reviewed: 06-05-15

Angry and depressing but also an unusual and thought provoking story. This is a love it or hate it book. Great narration.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Winter of the World

  • The Century Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,831
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,449

Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Sequel

  • By Tim on 03-15-13

Good story and review of history

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

Reviewed: 05-29-15

A long part two of a continuing story. The story is compelling. History buffs will enjoy how well the author weaves the story of World War into the narrative. The description of how non-political Germans coped and suffered the Nazi state was enlightening.
I have enjoyed the narrator in this and other books. However, I found it annoying that he gave the affluent upstate New York Daisy a working class New Jersey accent.

  • I Take You

  • A Novel
  • By: Eliza Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 287

Meet Lily Wilder - New Yorker, lawyer, and bride-to-be. She has a dream job, great friends, a family full of charismatic and loving women, and a total catch of a fiancé. Also? She has no business getting married.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible!

  • By MichelleO on 07-21-15

A heroine who is difficult to like.

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

Reviewed: 05-14-15

I agree that this Audible book is "wickedly funny " and kept me listening in. The narrator does a fabulous job using slight character voice changes without falling into over the top drama. The problem is that Lily is not a very sympathetic character. Her hedonism and self absorption left me wondering why the other characters are so unquestioningly devoted to her. Yes, she made me laugh but I didn't like her. The main character need not be a good person but it helps if the reader ( listener) finds her redeemable enough to be on her side.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful