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  • Strange Weather in Tokyo

  • A Novel
  • By: Hiromi Kawakami, Allison Markin Powell - translator
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

Tsukiko, 38, works in an office and lives alone. One night, she happens to meet one of her former high school teachers, "Sensei", in a local bar. Tsukiko had only ever called him "Sensei" ("Teacher"). He is 30 years her senior, retired, and presumably a widower. Their relationship develops from a perfunctory acknowledgment of each other as they eat and drink alone at the bar, to a hesitant intimacy, which tilts awkwardly and poignantly into love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cozy Love Story and Leisure Time in Japan

  • By mz on 01-02-19

I mean it's cute but meh

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

i don't know what to make of this book. i was lied to by the cover but I'm not sorry I listened to the whole thing? I've read some utter crap this year so this was a good change of pace

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Whole New World

  • A Twisted Tale
  • By: Liz Braswell, Disney Press
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 250

When Jafar steals the genie's lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish. To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed Princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war. What happens next? A "street rat" becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And listeners will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!!!

  • By Catherine Ensslen on 08-04-16

And then I was 50% through

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

I was cool with being read a play by play of the movie and then suddenly there was a bunch of people dying and then I don't know what happened but it was amazing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Haunting of Hill House

  • By: Shirley Jackson
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,086
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,637
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,643

Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well written horror tale

  • By Crystal on 02-11-14

Didn't Answer My Questions But Still Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

Bernadette Dunne did an amazing job making the characters as distinguishable as possible, even though the male characters tended to blend into one another.

Story was fairly decently paced, but I still had a lot of questions by the end of it.

  • The Fifth Season

  • The Broken Earth, Book 1
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,715

This is the way the world ends. For the last time. A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great, red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal and long-dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the Earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ORIGINAL AND MOVING, EXCELLENT!

  • By Fantasy on 12-01-15

Refreshing Fantasy with all the Right Twists

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

This book is brilliant, just absolutely brilliant. The brilliance of the POV shift to the world building and the character development, it's simply brilliant.

  • The Woman in Black

  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,995
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,995

Eel Marsh house stands alone, surveying the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Once, Mrs Alice Drablow lived here as a recluse. Now, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor with a London firm, is summoned to attend her funeral, unaware of the tragic and terrible secrets which lie behind the house's shuttered windows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eerily facinating!

  • By Alycee on 01-13-12

Short enough to get through it

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

the words were flowery to a fault. it could have been a 2hr book if you cut out the unnecessary prose. Which was like 75% of the story. good narrator though

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

  • By: Marlon Bundo, Jill Twiss
  • Narrated by: Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, and others
  • Length: 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,944
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,126
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,062

HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents the story of a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny. Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence - the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon's life is about to change forever....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love is Forever, Stinkbugs are Temporary

  • By Renee Hopkins on 03-19-18

John Lithgow steals the show

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

Reviewed: 03-26-18

John Lithgow is the stinkiest stinkbug and that's amazing. Also the pettiest book I've ever had the pleasure of listening too and it was the most beautiful 7 minutes of my life

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • By: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,726

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there!

  • By D. McMillen on 05-31-05

Fussy, British Magicans being Fussy and British

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

I loved every minute of this book. Even when it was slow, every word was used to develop this incredibly intricate and beautiful world of magic and lore and it actually felt like a historical fiction novel about a real event.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Vanishing of Katharina Linden

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Grant
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Pia and Stefan suspect that Katharina has been spirited away by the supernatural. Their investigation is inspired by the instructive - and cautionary - local legends told to them by their elderly friend Herr Schiller, tales such as that of Unshockable Hans, visited by witches in the form of cats, or of the knight whose son is doomed to hunt forever. Then another girl disappears, and Pia is plunged into a new and unnerving place, one far away from fairy tales - and perilously close to adulthood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best of the Best

  • By Tracey Rains on 08-01-11

I don't condone slapping children, but girl listen

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

This was a story that could probably have been told with far less words, but was still rather gripping. I will admit the main character got on my nerves to point where I needed someone to slap her, but given the situation, I understand why she was acting the way she was, but still. I have anxiety and it doesn't give me a heartattack the way you are.

All in all, a bit predictable, but still a good story.

  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,677
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,682

Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Transcends its Genre

  • By Gene on 12-07-03

another win for audiobooks!

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

I would not have finished this if it wasn't being read to me. it was very dry and slow to start and it read more like a bunch of short stories of this woman's life than anything else. If this was intended to be a bunch of short stories and not read as a novel, I probably would have found it more interesting. also the main storyline which is about the kid who gets kidnapped for witchcraft things was barely even touched on and could have been just another short story the way that it was spread out. Just overall meh, but I finished it and the longer chapters (short stories) were pretty good.

  • The Eye of Zoltar

  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Jasicki
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247

Although she's an orphan in indentured servitude, 16-year-old Jennifer Strange is pretty good at her job of managing the unpredictable crew at Kazam Mystical Arts Management. She already solved the Dragon Problem, avoided mass destruction by Quarkbeast, and helped save magic in the Ununited Kingdoms. Yet even Jennifer may be defeated when the long-absent Mighty Shandar makes an astonishing appearance and commands her to find the Eye of Zoltar.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Fforde

  • By D. Hile on 01-17-15

Backpacking Doesn't Seem so Bad Anymore

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-18

That was an adventure from start to finish. It has definitely set up much more of the world and it'll only get crazier from here.