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  • The Man on the Mountaintop

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Susan Trott, Libby Spurrier - adaptor
  • Narrated by: Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, Clare Corbett, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,736

The Man on the Mountaintop tells the story of Holy Man Joe, an ageing and unassuming man who lives in a hermitage on top of a mountain. During the summer months, thousands of hopefuls line the path leading to his door, seeking his wisdom. From bombastic, wealthy nobles intent on cheating their way to the top to drunkards who gradually build the physical and mental strength they need to quit their addiction, The Man on the Mountaintop is a rousing tale full of humour, wit and life lessons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple - which is all you really need

  • By Solunari on 02-01-19

Beautiful story

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It got a little slow and odd at the end, but nothing too far out of line with the first part of the work. The performance was brilliant!

  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,018
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,086

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It's a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real. They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made 28 years ago calls them to reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city's children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic with a Top-Notch Performance!

  • By Nicole - Audible on 06-19-17

One of my favorite Stephen King works

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

I watched the "It" mini-series when I was younger, and it always stuck with me. When the new movie came out, I was highly disappointed. I wondered which was more correct to the original, so I bought the book and listened to it.

The book is really long, but it's worth the effort. The narrator does a great job, and he makes the book engaging all the way through it.

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,067
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,508
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,512

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

Podcast turned audiobook

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

What did you like best about West Cork? What did you like least?

I had never heard about this murder or all of the fallout that engulfed this remote area in West Cork, Ireland. This fact isn't all that surprising because I live in the Southeastern part of the USA. I enjoy a good crime drama, though, so I was game.

I guess that is what I liked best about the entire thing. I didn't have any prior knowledge, so I did not come in with any pre-conceived ideas about the case. I was open to whatever I learned.

As for what I liked least, that is simple, and I don't think this is a spoiler, but there's no real resolution. The case is still open, but it is also ongoing, which is perhaps why it is worth the listen.

If you’ve listened to books by Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde before, how does this one compare?

First time with these authors.

Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First time with these narrators.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

It would make an interesting movie...if there were a concrete ending, but there isn't, so how do you give it a resolution?

Any additional comments?

Yes. I went back and forth on whether or not I thought the main suspect, who is revealed in the opening segment of the narration, is the one who committed the crime. In the end, I still do not know. He's an egotistical ass, but that alone only makes him annoying.

I do know this. Sophie's murder turned this small town on its head. Before Sophie's death, these people were, in some ways, innocents, but they lost that innocence to the point that they began to have suspicions of one another. It became a kind of Irish version of Peyton Place. People turned on each other, and a lot of "evidence" and "actions" did not make sense.

One section about the moon was just so outlandish that I could not even wrap my mind around the fact that these people believed what they were saying. I understand superstitions, but there's a limit.

Overall, I feel like it was time well spent. The case is still ongoing, so it'll be interesting to see how everything pans out.

  • The Wicked Girls

  • By: Alex Marwood
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,406
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,090
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,087

On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing from beginning to end

  • By anne on 01-10-14

Some parts better than others

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

The book has an interesting premise. Two young girls meet and become friends, then kill a four-year-old child all within the space of an afternoon. As adults, they have managed to hide from the public eye, but they are unexpectedly brought back together due to a series of murders in a seaside town.

It was not hard to figure out "who-dun-it" early on, but the motive for the current mystery was more of a surprise. Also, the way the author weaved past and present was interesting.

The narration was well done, but the book was only so-so.

  • 1984

  • New Classic Edition
  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,125

George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Come one, Come all into 1984!

  • By Kit McIlvaine (GirlPluggedN) on 02-18-08

It's a classic for a reason

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

Although I have a background in literature studies, I had never read "1984." With so many current references about how we are now living the book, I decided to cross it off my list. I was not disappointed. Many details of the book have, regrettably, come true. I recommend it to everyone! Big Brother is watching you!

  • One Thousand White Women

  • By: Jim Fergus, J. Will Dodd (introduction)
  • Narrated by: Laura Hicks, Erik Steele
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,768
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,768

One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who travel to the Western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • One interesting woman is better than one thousand!

  • By Tracy on 04-29-12

Didn't like as much as I wanted to like it

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

One of the most important things to keep in mind while reading this book is that it is a work of FICTION. Because of its style and format, many may be led down the garden path into believing the story to be true. With that in mind, anyone reading the book will now be able to deal with the implausibility of some of the events. It's not the book is bad, but it has issues. Also, nothing really good happens to so many of the characters. By the time the book was over, I was depressed.

  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31,582
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29,216
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29,104

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

Serious issue overshadowed by high school hijinks

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

Reviewed: 06-25-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, and no. The premise of this book is one that is both timely and that needs addressing. The book starts strong, but the author quickly detracts from the main conflict of this work by sidetracking into subplots that take away from the main focus of the work.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting part was Star's dealing with the aftermath of her friend's death after a cop kills him.

The least interesting was the high school conflicts with the valley girl accents.

What does Bahni Turpin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Some interesting voice characterizations, but the high school girls were annoying.

Do you think The Hate U Give needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No

Any additional comments?

No

  • 29 Gifts

  • How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life
  • By: Cami Walker
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 395

At age 35, Cami Walker was burdened by a battle with multiple sclerosis, a chronic neurological condition that made it difficult for her to walk, work, or enjoy her life. Seeking a remedy for her depression after being hospitalized, she received an uncommon prescription from an African medicine woman: give to others for 29 days.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gift

  • By Elizabeth on 11-27-16

Wanted to like more than I did

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

Reviewed: 06-20-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Got too many cheesy moments. Not saying the stories and examples aren't true, but there's a lot of "goody goody" here.

Would you recommend 29 Gifts to your friends? Why or why not?

Probably not. There was nothing new or surprising in the message.

What aspect of Tavia Gilbert’s performance would you have changed?

Nothing

Did 29 Gifts inspire you to do anything?

No

Any additional comments?

No

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Ruthie Ann Miles, Kimiko Glenn, Alexandra Allwine, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,803

The thrilling new novel from number-one New York Times best-selling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been abandoned and adopted by an American couple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ***EXCELLENT*** Six stars if I could !!

  • By ROBIN on 04-10-17

Great start, slow finish

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

Reviewed: 06-20-17

What did you love best about The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane?

I loved the early part of this story. The history of the setting and background of the characters were intriguing. The narrators are also good, though the young Haley is a little whiny.

What other book might you compare The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane to and why?

Snowflower and the Secret FanThe Woman Who Breathed in Two WorldsJoy Luck ClubThe Ghost BrideThe Girl Who Wrote in Silk

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Lei Lin

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The tiger episode

Any additional comments?

I liked this book a lot, but the second half is SLOW and a little too "let's tidy everything up" for me.

  • In the Market for Murder

  • Lady Hardcastle, Book 2
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,292

Spring, 1909, and Lady Hardcastle, amateur sleuth and all-round eccentric, is enjoying a well-deserved rest. But a week after a trip to the cattle market, Spencer Caradine, a local farmer, turns up dead in the pub, face-down in his beef and mushroom pie. Once again, it is up to Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, to solve the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever intertwining of three fun mysteries

  • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 02-09-17

Not as good as the first one

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

Reviewed: 06-20-17

Would you try another book from T E Kinsey and/or Elizabeth Knowelden?

Yes. I like the characters and setting. The narrator is good, too. However, this book was much slower than the first one and it lacked something. Too much going on it.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Predictable outcome

What does Elizabeth Knowelden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Not sure. She's a good narrator.

Did In the Market for Murder inspire you to do anything?

No

Any additional comments?

No

1 of 1 people found this review helpful