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  • Harry Clarke

  • With Bonus Performance: Lillian
  • By: David Cale
  • Narrated by: Billy Crudup, David Cale
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,262
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,995
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,993

A sexually charged and wickedly funny thriller starring Tony Award-winning actor Billy Crudup, Harry Clarke is the story of a shy Midwestern man leading an outrageous double life as the titular cocky Londoner. Moving to New York City and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family's life as the seductive and precocious Harry, whose increasingly risky and dangerous behavior threatens to undo more than his persona.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Come for Harry, stay for Lillian

  • By Celeste Albers on 12-17-18

Very entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

This short story is a funny and quite entertaining look at a man trying to figure out who he really is. Billy Crudup does a fantastic job narrating, really bring the characters to life.

  • Delighted by the Duke

  • Fabled Love, Book 4
  • By: Amanda Mariel
  • Narrated by: Anne Marie Damman
  • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Miss Emma Baxter stowed away in a carriage in order to escape her uncle and the baron he's bent on forcing her to marry. The last thing she expected was to find herself with the Duke of Radcliffe, Aaron St. John, and his ten year old daughter, Lady Sophia. Now she faces an entirely different danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely & Sweet

  • By Starlet M. on 05-08-18

Beautifully narrated, enjoyable short story

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

This a good story, if somewhat predictable. It grabs the reader’s interest from the very beginning. I liked the characters and the way the story unfolded. The interaction between the characters was good. I just wish it would have been longer and more developed.

The narration was very good. Anne Marie Damman did a great job with all the characters.

  • Hating My New Boss

  • Hate Love, Book 1
  • By: B. B. Hamel
  • Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Justin Hayes was my best friend up until the day he broke my heart and disappeared. When I find out he’s my new boss, I’m about to leave with my middle fingers held high. Instead, I stop dead in my tracks as soon as he steps into my office. Justin’s all grown up, and he’s even more gorgeous than I remembered. He was always handsome but now he’s the kind of man I really want to… get to know. But it doesn’t matter. I despise him. He says he wants to work together very, very closely, but I can’t let him anywhere near me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal and Outstanding!

  • By Shadowplay on 02-06-19

Weak plot and under-developed characters

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

I am being generous in giving this one two stars. Frankly, the only thing I liked about the audible version was the narration. Meghan Kelly is always a delight to listen to, and she does a fantastic job with this one. She is especially good with the male voices. However, I didn't care for any of these characters, and I felt the plot was very thin and a bit unfeasible.

The client and the whole visit to her compound was too far out there to be believable, and I felt the whole involvement with her company was a useless plot point created for the sole purpose of bringing the h/h to a strange place and forcing them to work together. The whole plot seemed very unreal to me.

All of the sex scenes and talk were so repetitive and very near ridiculous. I'm sure there are people out there who like that sort of thing, but not for me. I can't understand why this book has so many 4-5 star reviews.

  • Christmas in the Duke's Embrace

  • Christmas Wishes, Book 4
  • By: Amanda Mariel
  • Narrated by: Martin Royal
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Disgraced and betrayed by those she trusted most, Lady Marina Ellis finds herself near death and in desperate need of rescue. Evan Lockhart, never expected to find a woman buried in a snowbank outside of his ducal manor, but now that he has he cannot turn her away. As Christmas approaches the pair form a bond neither expected, but can they overcome the obstacles standing between them and embrace their chance at love?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • sweet quick story

  • By Roslyn :) on 01-02-19

Well-written, enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

This sweet, romantic story starts out with a young heroine in despair, but upon her rescue by a handsome and kind Duke, the life she thought she had ahead of her becomes a dream come true.
I always love when an author can tell a richly detailed, imaginative story (and a good one) in a novella. This story is very well written, with wonderfully developed characters. I really enjoyed it and plan to read more by this author.

I listened to the audio version and narrator, Martin Royal, did a great job with this story.

  • Patti Smith at the Minetta Lane

  • Words and Music
  • By: Patti Smith
  • Narrated by: Patti Smith
  • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,706

Patti Smith: Words and Music features live audio of performances captured over three evenings at the Minetta Lane Theatre, woven into a single, one-of-a-kind audio event.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A bonus for fans of Just Kids & M Train

  • By tru britty on 11-02-18

The whole thing was a wonderful experience.

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

As a long-time fan of Patti Smith, I couldn't wait to give this audio a listen. I was not disappointed. I loved all of it - the music (always), the poetry, the excerpts/stories from her book Just Kids, having her son and daughter playing with her, and the loving tributes to her late husband. My only complaint is that it is too short.

  • The Weight of Ink

  • By: Rachel Kadish
  • Narrated by: Corrie James
  • Length: 23 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,370

Set in the London of the 1660s and of the early 21st century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city, and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history. As the novel opens, Helen has been summoned by a former student to view a cache of 17th-century Jewish documents newly discovered in his home during a renovation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling characters question life choices, ethics, religious rules, love and desire

  • By CHRISTINE on 11-02-17

Beautifully done

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

This a richly detailed account of Jewish history that takes place primarily in the 17th century, though much of the story is told from ancient documents uncovered in the 21st century.

It is obvious the writer did much research into the Jewish movement from Amsterdam to London during the 17th century. Much of the story is told from the POV of a young jewess, Esther, who works as a scribe for a blind rhabbi, and through many of her letters and documents that have been uncovered in the early 21st century.
It is a beautifully written story with such depth, and such wonderful characters, it has left an imprint on this reader and will not soon be forgotten.

I listened to the audible version and Narrator, Corrie James, does a fantastic job. The characters are all so vivid and interesting.

  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,562

Sir John Penlyon is planning to spend Christmas at his estate with his niece and his friend Danby, the closest thing he has to family since disowning his daughter years ago. (She eloped with the parson, who was, of course, penniless.) Danby suggests that at Christmastime the estate needs the presence of small children, and offers to find some - the “hirelings” - despite Sir John’s skepticism. Three children duly arrive, and the youngest, precocious four year-old Moppet, quickly endears herself to Sir John. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A warm and lovely Christmas story

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 12-13-18

Heart-warming, Victorian Christmas story

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

This is a short and sweet, feel good, holiday read. I listened to the audible version, with Richard Armitage. He did a wonderful jo with all the characters, old and young, male and female. He brought a sense of childlike wonderment and holiday merriment to the story.

  • Positive Thinking

  • Living with a More Positive Outlook on Life
  • By: Aya Chante
  • Narrated by: Andrea Tuszynski
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

If you feel your daily life is a blur, that you aren't achieving your goals or excelling in your tasks and that everything is mundane and slow - it's time to change that attitude because the only thing that is stopping you from enjoying a fulfilling, successful, and worthwhile life is your negativity! Yes, negative attitudes and mindsets is one of the biggest obstacles that disable creative thinkers, movers and shakers from achieving success beyond their wildest dreams.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Practical, helpful practices in positive thinking

  • By kwestrope on 11-20-18

Practical, helpful practices in positive thinking

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

I am sure this book would be helpful to many people. It offers easy and practical steps to developing a positive attitude in all areas of life. It includes lists of different affirming/positive practices to help readers achieve the goal of positive daily living. It is written in a straight-forward, easy to understand style, and it is a short book, making it a quick read.

i listened to the audio version and narrator, Andrea Tuszynski, did a good job of presentation and enhancing the book.

  • Ricochet Romance: Twin Brothers Find Love

  • Mail Order Misdelivery series, Book 4
  • By: Barbara Goss
  • Narrated by: Persephone Rose
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Twin brothers: one is troubled and the other is trouble. What sort of a twin leaves his brother, a troubled man, to deal with the impending arrival of his mail order bride? Reece threatens to pay for her return to Pennsylvania, but his father falls ill, and he needs to hire her as his father’s companion. Reece’s past haunts him and he vows to stay clear of Maggie. Will he succeed?  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • twin brothers and their mail order brides

  • By Darcie on 06-25-18

Good, character-driven story

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

Though both of these stories are a bit predictable, they were still an enjoyable read, mainly due to the characters. I love the personalities of the two brothers, as well as the supporting characters. There is also a bit of suspense in both stories which adds a bit of depth to the stories.

Overall, I liked Part 1 better than Part 2. I listened to the audio version of this book and the narrator did a fairly good job with all the characters' voices

  • Thrust Under

  • By: Michelle A. Valentine, Emily Snow
  • Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Gabriel Carter is the biggest, cockiest asshole I've ever met. He's a six-foot-three ex-baseball player with sexy muscles and smoldering looks that turn my body into a traitorous mess. Did I mention he's also the reason business at my family's hotel is quickly going down the drain? I shouldn't want him, but try explaining that to my body. Especially after he proposes a business deal to me that will be mutually rewarding - both financially and sexually. Sleep with the enemy? Nah, I'll just marry the bastard instead. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lighthearted pleasure!

  • By Darcy on 06-20-18

I didn't like this as much as I thought I would

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

I have to admit, I didn't like this book as much as I thought I would. I almost didn't continue with it after the first run-in between the h/h. The plot was plausible enough, I guess, but the characters seemed very immature, and not smart enough to be handling anything, much less a major resort hotel.

They grew on me a bit, later in the story, though.

So, even though the language and sexual content was a bit much for my tastes, I think this story would particularly appeal to YA or 20-30 age range.

I listened to the audio version, with narrator Meghan Kelly, and she did a very good job bringing the characters to life. She is one of few female narrators I have listened to who does a good job with male voices, as well as female.