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  • Dombey and Son

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 39 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

Dombey and Son is vintage Dickens and explores the classic themes of betrayal, cruelty and deceit. Dombey's dysfunctional relationships are painted against a backdrop of social unrest in industrialized London, which is populated by a host of fascinating and memorable secondary characters. The complete and unabridged novel is brought spectacularly to life by veteran reader David Timson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Hidden Dickens Gem

  • By eileen on 01-15-12

Best Dickens Rendering

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

David Timmons was absolutely the most versatile narrator of any Dickens novel I’ve listened to on Audible. It was like a play in the theater you don’t wish to end. It was a fabulous ride in Dickensian fashion with a tidy denouement and WELL WORTH the listen if you have the time!!!!!

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

  • By: Maya Angelou
  • Narrated by: Maya Angelou
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,778

Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age - and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. But years later, she learns about love for herself and the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Emotional & Powerful

  • By Miss Toni on 06-30-13

Poetic Early Autobiography

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

Maya Angelou tells of growing up in Arkansas, St Louis and finally San Francisco in her own beautiful voice. What a concise and well told journey!!!

  • The Golden House

  • A Novel
  • By: Salman Rushdie
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 332

Our guide to the Goldens' world is their neighbor René, an ambitious young filmmaker. Researching a movie about the Goldens, he ingratiates himself into their household. Seduced by their mystique, he is inevitably implicated in their quarrels, their infidelities, and, indeed, their crimes. Meanwhile, like a bad joke, a certain comic-book villain embarks upon a crass presidential run that turns New York upside-down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing.

  • By Garrett on 10-13-17

The Golden House

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

Salmon Rushdie has written a contemporary fiction/thriller/historical tale that spans continents and the last several decades and winds up in the confusion of the present day U.S. He does it artfully (a slippery slope) without losing the thread or the vigor of this believable story. Vikas Adam narrates with insight and a virtuosic flare bringing depth to an already fabulous and multilevel day story.

  • The Color Purple

  • By: Alice Walker
  • Narrated by: Alice Walker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,903
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,135

Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 - when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate - and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister", a brutal man who terrorizes her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a story!

  • By Nothing really matters on 06-12-14

The Color Purple by the Author

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

Reviewed: 09-26-16

Alice Walker reads her acclaimed novel. There is such beauty, insight and simplicity in her voice, words would fail me in any attempt to describe the experience of this. You must hear it for yourself. BRAVO!!!

  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 24 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,551

Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us - an ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings. In best-selling author Walter Isaacson's vivid and witty full-scale biography, we discover why Franklin turns to us from history's stage with eyes that twinkle from behind his new-fangled spectacles. In Benjamin Franklin, Isaacson shows how Franklin defines both his own time and ours. The most interesting thing that Franklin invented, and continually reinvented, was himself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, not crazy about the narrator

  • By Cathi on 07-20-13

Founding Father

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

Reviewed: 08-25-16

Thanks to Walter Isaacson for his comprehensive biography of this great man. I had little idea of the vast range of Franklin's legacy, nor his importance in America's values, constitution and diplomacy. Nelson Runger is engaging in his rendering.

  • John le Carré Value Collection

  • Tailor of Panama, Our Game, and Night Manager
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: John le Carré
  • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 215

Night Manager: Enter the new world of post-Cold War espionage. Penetrate the secret world of ruthless arms dealers and drug smugglers who have risen to unthinkable power and wealth. Our Game: With the Cold War fought and won, British spymaster Tim Cranmer accepts early retirement to rural England and a new life with his alluring young mistress, Emma.... Tailor of Panama: Le Carre's Panama is a Casablanca without heroes, a hotbed of drugs, laundered money and corruption. It is also the country which on December 31, 1999, will gain full control of the Panama Canal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The only complaint is labels

  • By Felipe on 07-12-16

Great Stories Beautifully Rendered!

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

Reviewed: 06-06-16

Would you listen to John le Carré Value Collection again? Why?

Nothing better than hearing the author read his own works especially in THIS CASE!!!!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of John le Carré Value Collection?

Too many memorable moments to single out one or two.

What does John le Carré bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The insight LeCarre brings to his characters and situations...

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Last Bus to Wisdom

  • A Novel
  • By: Ivan Doig
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 916
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836

The final novel from a great American storyteller. Donal Cameron is being raised by his grandmother, the cook at the legendary Double W ranch in Ivan Doig's beloved Two Medicine Country of the Montana Rockies, a landscape that gives full rein to an 11-year-old's imagination. But when Gram has to have surgery for "female trouble" in the summer of 1951, all she can think to do is to ship Donal off to her sister in faraway Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ivan Doig was getting older

  • By Starr Callies on 01-13-16

Great Story: Doig's Last Novel

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

Reviewed: 12-18-15

I surely enjoyed this sweet mid-20th century tale. Some of the finest Americana values and characters are depicted by this excellent writer. I look forward to more Audible renderings of his work... The Whistling Season, Mountain Time, Prairie Nocturne and some of his nonfiction would be nice.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Son

  • By: Philipp Meyer
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,811
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,817

Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching examination of the bloody price of power, The Son is a gripping and utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American west with rare emotional acuity, even as it presents an intimate portrait of one family across two centuries. Eli McCullough is just twelve-years-old when a marauding band of Comanche storm his Texas homestead and brutally murder his mother and sister, taking him as a captive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer

  • By Mel on 06-04-13

One of the Best!

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

Reviewed: 12-01-15

"The Son" as performed by Will Patton & Kate Mulgrew is one of the best audiobooks I have heard. It ranks alongside "The Help" or any of Frank McCourt's books. Great legacy, historical account beautifully rendered!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Treason's Harbour

  • The Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 9
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

All of Patrick O'Brian's strengths are on parade in this novel of action and intrigue, set partly in Malta, partly in the treacherous, pirate-infested waters of the Red Sea. While Captain Aubrey worries about repairs to his ship, Stephen Maturin assumes the center stage, for the stockyards and salons of Malta are alive with Napoleon's agents and the admiralty's intelligence network is compromised. Maturin's cunning is the sole bulwark against sabotage of Aubrey's daring mission.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • O'Brian+Vance=perfection

  • By Fletch on 12-05-06

Aubrey/Maturin Musings (Thank You AUDIBLE😊

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

Reviewed: 06-01-15

Love this series and the IMPECCABLE renderings by Simon Vance AND Patrick Tull!!!! Impossible to put down OR choose.

  • The Grapes of Wrath

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,631

At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book's as good as I remembered.

  • By Josh Mitchell on 01-20-15

Epic American Odyssey!

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

Reviewed: 12-01-12

Where does The Grapes of Wrath rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my favorites!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Once I got past Dylan Baker channeling Henry Fonda, Tom Joad Jr. stands out as the lynchpin for the story.

Which character – as performed by Dylan Baker – was your favorite?

Mrs Joad was my co-favorite character along with her son Tom.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Hardships of the Dust Bowl Migration

Any additional comments?

Classic American saga is brought to life here in its rendering. John Steinbeck informs us of our Western Heritage in particular. Dylan Baker does a marvelous job depicting the many characters who populate this story.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful