LISTENER

Margaret

  • 27
  • reviews
  • 59
  • helpful votes
  • 31
  • ratings
  • Hidden Bodies

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,520
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,967

Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past 10 years, this 30-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he's heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him. In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can't stop looking over his shoulder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Approach With Caution, All Ye Who Enter Here

  • By Gretchen SLP on 02-25-16

Funny, in spite of oneself

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

Reviewed: 06-19-16

Remarkable achievement, that an author can make one sympathetic to a killer, and even find many of the situations funny. This books twists and turns in unexpected ways. Spot-on narration.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Salt to the Sea

  • By: Ruta Sepetys
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie, Will Damron, Cassandra Morris, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,139

In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting Historical YA Fiction

  • By FanB14 on 02-19-16

Even if you're tired of WWII stories, listen

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

Reviewed: 06-19-16

Artful weaving together of threads of many characters' lives and what brings them together at one German port to escape the oncoming Russians. I found myself drawn into their stories, one by one, and awed by the author's ability to convey clearly and yet subtley each character's development. Make sure you have tissues handy at the end. Based on an actual incident most of us don't know anything about.

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 51,656
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46,822
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 46,742

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

Glad I stuck with this compelling story

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

Reviewed: 09-04-15

At first I was put off by what seemed like one-dimensional characters, and the almost-laughably bad French accents the narrator used for the characters. But the characters developed and I got used to their voices. This is a compelling look at the difficult decisions members of a French family and their friends made to survive the Nazi takeover of France in WWII. I became completely engrossed in the narrative and at times found myself holding my breath and on the edge of tears. Especially poignant to listen to with the modern-day backdrop of anti-immigrant sentiments -- those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it....

  • Code Name Verity

  • By: Elizabeth Wein
  • Narrated by: Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,514

Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do Not Read Any (other) Reviews of this Book!

  • By HDJ on 12-15-12

Gripping story of people you wish you could meet

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

Reviewed: 07-12-15

Story of two young women in WWII, one an air transport pilot, the other a special agent, who become close friends. Story is told half by one, then half by the other as they explain from their own perspective what went awry in a special mission.This is a compelling storytelling device, because as one listens to the second half, one re-interprets the first. THe characters -- including secondary characters -- are well developed. I wished I could meet some of them. I learned a lot about women in special roles in the British military. Excellent narration.

  • A Desperate Fortune

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,679

For nearly 300 years, the cryptic journal of Mary Dundas has kept its secrets. Now, amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas travels to Paris to crack the cipher.... Jacobite exile Mary Dundas is filled with longing - for freedom, for adventure, for the family she lost. When fate opens the door, Mary dares to set her foot on a path far more surprising and dangerous than she ever could have dreamed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sublime

  • By Nancy Lindquist on 10-11-16

Enjoyable mix of modern and historical fiction

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

Reviewed: 06-19-15

Interesting juxtaposition of modern-day story with a historic fiction. The modern-day heroine is an amateur cryptographer with Ausperger's, who is sent to France to break the code of a diary of a young woman caught up in a Jacobite-related journey. Sympathetic portrayals of both the modern and Jacobean heroines made this an engrossing story. The modern characters are on the edge of too good to be true, but that was part of the pleasure of the story. Excellent narration: Katherine Kellgren excels at accents and making each character's voice distinct.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North

  • By: Richard Flanagan
  • Narrated by: David Atlas
  • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,466
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,321
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,321

>In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thailand - Burma Death Railway in 1943, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. His life is a daily struggle to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from pitiless beatings - until he receives a letter that will change him forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exquisite

  • By Lee Chemel on 10-25-14

I am so glad I listened to this book

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

Reviewed: 05-14-15

This beautifully narrated book takes one far beyond where one expects to go in its deep development of the main characters. Lesser authors would have ended the story at earlier, predictable, points. I found the book moving, thought-provoking, entertaining in an oh-no-what-will-happen-next way, and I learned a lot, too.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Firefly Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,542

Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the mainstay of their lives. For 30 years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship: jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all, until a single act of betrayal tears them apart...and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Chick lit meets Forrest Gump

  • By Lisa on 12-29-10

A mixed exeprience

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

Reviewed: 12-07-14

Excellent narration of a flawed story still worth the listen. I cried at the end so I must have got caught up in the story. There were eye-rolling scenes along the way, however, so some suspension of disbelief is necessary at points. Could have used some additional editing. I enjoyed how the author used cultural touchpoints to convey the passage of time.

A tip to narrators: don't attempt German accents if the only one you know is Sergeant Schulz's parody version. (Fortunately, the character in question was only briefly "on stage.")

  • All Quiet on the Western Front

  • By: Erich Maria Remarque
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,002
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,995

Paul Bäumer is just 19 years old when he and his classmates enlist. They are Germany’s Iron Youth who enter the war with high ideals and leave it disillusioned or dead. As Paul struggles with the realities of the man he has become, and the world to which he must return, he is led like a ghost of his former self into the war’s final hours. All Quiet is one of the greatest war novels of all time, an eloquent expression of the futility, hopelessness and irreparable losses of war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Choice for Frank Muller's Best

  • By Alan on 10-13-12

More powerful than when you read it in high school

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

Reviewed: 12-07-14

You probably read this in high school, and found it moving. The novel itself is a classic, proven by the exprience of not always remembering when the novel is set. Frank Muller's narration adds an immediacy and intimacy that transports one into the charaters' lives. Please listen to this during this anniversary year of the start of the "war to end all wars." Or at least buy it to listen to soon: the war did not end in its anniversary year.

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,264

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader

  • By Sires on 04-13-14

Lightweight imitation of Connie Willis

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

Reviewed: 11-18-14

After listening to the compelling stories and narration of Connie Willis' time traveling historians, I couldn't get into this flippant imitation.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Orchardist

  • By: Amanda Coplin
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,240
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,237

At the turn of the 20th century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he's found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase. Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, rich, sweeping tale, not a fairy tale.

  • By Marcia on 08-26-12

This is why I listen to audio books

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

Reviewed: 11-15-14

At their best, audiobooks are not just the convenience of listening while doing other things. Or even the enjoyment having a story told. Rather, the narration takes one so much deeper into the experience than if one read the book oneself. That is the case with this recording of The Orchardist. Had I read this book, I would have raced through parts to see what happens next. Instead, I experienced it as the events unfolded, paying attention to every detail. Sometimes, I had to stop listening for a while, because it felt so real. Had I read it myself, the voiice in my head would have been too thin and superficial. The narrator's voice is ideal for the characters, and somehow evoked the era in which the events occurred. A powerful story about pain and commitment, good people doing their best.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful