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  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

Bill Bryson was struck one day by the thought that we devote more time to studying the battles and wars of history than to considering what history really consists of: centuries of people quietly going about their daily business. This inspired him to start a journey around his own house, an old rectory in Norfolk, considering how the ordinary things in life came to be.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • New Speaker Needed acquire within!

  • By Andrew on 09-05-12

This says optional but it obviously isn't... grrr

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

Reviewed: 02-01-17

I have read a few reviews of other Bill Bryson books where they say that they don't like the fact that he isn't narrating. However, I disagree. I am sorry Mr. Bryson if you're reading this as I love your work but I can't handle the narration due to the accent. Don't get me wrong, you'll love the book anyway but I'd have preferred another narrator. This book is great and well worth a credit so buy it.

  • Agent to the Stars

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,718

The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hollywood Agent Represents Stinky Aliens

  • By Bryan on 04-22-11

Decent book and narration

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

Reviewed: 08-04-16

I was getting ready to return this title within the first 10 to 15 of listening mainly due to the over-eager narration by Will Wheaton. However, I gave it a second chance a couple of days later and actually found myself liking the book and Will Wheaton's performance. There were a couple of points in the book that the narrator got over excited again but I think he's going to be a worthy narrator with a few more books under his belt. Mr Wheaton, you're going to be a great narrator in a book or two so kudos is due. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it once you get past the first 20 minutes and the bias of Sheldon Cooper!

  • From the Corner of His Eye

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 21 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,713

Bartholomew Lampion is born on a day of tragedy and terror that will mark his family forever. All agree that his unusual eyes are the most beautiful they have ever seen. On this same day, a thousand miles away, a ruthless man learns that he has a mortal enemy named Bartholomew. He embarks on a relentless search to find this enemy, a search that will consume his life. And a girl is born from a brutal rape, her destiny mysteriously linked to Barty and the man who stalks him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderment

  • By Mary S. Murray on 03-29-08

Good read if you're a Koontz fan

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

Reviewed: 05-19-16

I would have given this book more stars but the ending was a bit poor considering the amount of time dedicated to the antagonist throughout the story. That was a let down. Excellent narrator by the way.

  • The Russian Donation

  • Dr. Hoffman, Book 1
  • By: Christoph Spielberg
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

Doctor Felix Hoffmann is a seasoned physician at a Berlin hospital, respected by colleagues and devoted to his intelligent girlfriend, Celine. It’s a life filled with medical work, televised soccer games, and the chill of German beer. And when a former patient shows up dead by causes unknown, curiosity and sheer medical devotion propel Hoffmann to investigate. But his autopsy order goes unfulfilled as the body is cremated and hospital records vanish.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gem of a Thriller

  • By Rob on 06-28-13

Bit of an anticlimax really.

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

Reviewed: 04-25-16

I was expecting more after reading the reviews of this book. I wouldn't say it's not worth a listen but there's better out there.

  • Angels in the Gloom

  • A World War One Novel #3
  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Angels in the Gloom is an intense saga of love, hate, obsession, and murder that features an honorable English family: brothers Joseph and Matthew Reavley, and their sisters, Judith and Hannah. In March 1916, Joseph, a chaplain at the front, and Judith, an ambulance driver, are fighting not only the Germans but the bitter cold and the appalling casualties of the Battle of Somme.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OUTSTANDING!

  • By GrandmaG on 08-29-13

Getting into the series

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

Reviewed: 02-23-16

Again, Page makes the book but I find myself wanting to read on to find out what will happen and who the mystery character is. Book 4 it is then.

  • Shoulder the Sky

  • A World War One Novel #2
  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

By April 1915, as chaplain Joseph Reavley tends to the soldiers in his care, the nightmare of trench warfare is impartially cutting down England's youth. On one of his rescue forays into no-man's-land, Joseph finds the body of an arrogant war correspondent, Eldon Prentice. A nephew of the respected General Owen Cullingford, Prentice was despised for his prying attempts to elicit facts that would turn public opinion against the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • #2 of an amazing series

  • By Carroll on 09-17-11

Good Narration.

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

Reviewed: 02-10-16

Michael Page is always a great narrator and the book is worth a listen. I liked this book more than the first in the series as the plot is certainly more believable. Heading off to look for book 3 if Mr Page is the narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • First Grave on the Right

  • Charley Davidson, Book 1
  • By: Darynda Jones
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,323
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,304

A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great choice for Stephanie, Lorelai or Buffy fans!

  • By Austin gal on 03-07-12

Absolute drivel.

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

Reviewed: 01-18-16

I got to the 1.5 hour mark without smashing my phone to stop the torment on my ears. I've no idea how I managed that but it seems like the only positive thing this audio book has going for it ; you'll learn to cope with the most terrible attempt at a plot or storyline and one of the worst narrators I've had the displeasure of listening to for the 1.5 hours of my life that I can never get back. Buy it if you w
hola but this is one of the worst I h
ever come across.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Separation of Power

  • Mitch Rapp Series
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ken Kliban
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,440
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,825
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,803

Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator turns Rapp into a snooty, cranky man

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-02-11

seriously bad narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-20-12

Would you try another book from Vince Flynn and/or Ken Kilban?

This is my third book in the Mich Rapp series and I felt it my duty to write a review based on this audio-book. I started the series from the beginning and disagree with other comments about the narrators of book 1 and 2. I enjoyed them. It may be because I haven't experienced Guidall yet. So, after book 1 and 2, which I enjoyed, I thought that the comments about the narrators to be exaggerated. They were fine.

However, this narrator is a nightmare!

Seriously, this guy is terrible! I only toiled my way through this audiobook because I want to follow the series. This narrator should be shot. I have never had a narrator bother me as much as this one. He can't be a native speaker based on his pronunciation. This narrator is so bad that I wonder if Audible paid him. If they did, they should ask for a refund. What a terrible performance!

What do you think your next listen will be?

Book 4 in the series

What didn’t you like about Ken Kilban’s performance?

He has to be the worst narrator I have ever heard read an audio-book. The fact that Kilban can't pronounce simple words is seriously frustrating. Furthermore, he does not seem to understand the characters he is suposed to portray. He turned Mich into a whiney weiner and made the whole audio-book into a chore. What a terrible performance.

What character would you cut from Separation of Power?

The narrator! He was terrible.

Any additional comments?

Ken Kilban was the worst narrator ever.