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  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,667

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The circus of your dreams

  • By Anonymous User on 09-22-11

A Joyful Read

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

Reviewed: 06-15-15

What did you like best about this story?

The multitude of characters and the care with which Morgenstern developed them;

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

His apparent enthusiasm for the work; the narration was masterful.

Any additional comments?

Absolutely magical

  • Summer of Night

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 22 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,959
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,960

It’s the summer of 1960 and in the small town of Elm Haven, Illinois, five twelve-year-old boys are forging the powerful bonds that a lifetime of change will not break. From sunset bike rides to shaded hiding places in the woods, the boys’ days are marked by all of the secrets and silences of an idyllic childhood. But amid the sun-drenched cornfields, their loyalty will be pitilessly tested.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Go Ahead...Take A Stroll Down Horror Lane

  • By Jan on 10-31-14

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 06-15-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Much better story line - more suspense; more twists and turns...
plot was entirely too predictable

What was most disappointing about Dan Simmons’s story?

was far below his capability as a writer of first -rate, page-turning suspense - i.e., "The Terror" and "Drood"

  • Mary Anne

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

She set men's hearts on fire and scandalized a country. An ambitious, stunning, and seductive young woman, Mary Anne finds the single most rewarding way to rise above her station: She will become the mistress to a royal duke. In doing so, she provokes a scandal that rocks Regency England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully done

  • By Penny C Roberts on 06-03-16

Throw Back to an Earlier Time

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

Reviewed: 06-15-15

Would you listen to Mary Anne again? Why?

Wonderful story; told in a marvelously vintage manner - vivid descriptions; well-developed characters; outstanding plot. DuMaurier is a master story-teller.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Child

  • An Audible Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Rupert Penry-Jones, Jack Boulter, Emilia Fox, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,588
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,474
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,468

My name is Simon. I’m 10 years old. I’m a serial killer. Robert Stern (Rupert Penry-Jones), a successful defense attorney, doesn’t know what lies in store for him when he agrees to meet a new client in a derelict estate on the outskirts of Berlin. Stern is more than surprised, when his old love interest and professional nurse Carina (Emilia Fox) presents him a ten year old boy as his new client. Simon (Jack Boulter), a terminally ill child, who is convinced he has murdered many men in a previous life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favourite listening experience to date

  • By @MrBookChief on 10-12-14

Fine Performance

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

Reviewed: 10-03-14

Would you listen to The Child again? Why?

Yes - enjoyed the "drama" aspect - different characters, different voices.

Any additional comments?

A pleasure to finally listen to a book in which women are women and men are men. Over time, it has become so tiresome listening to men trying to sound feminine, and women masculine, I've wanted to scream - "Just read" - I can figure out who is who. Yet audio books are the way I "read" now,. This work was a great "read."

1 of 2 people found this review helpful