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  • The Lark Shall Sing

  • By: Elizabeth Cadell
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

There was no money, the family was scattered, and Lucille, who had mothered them all since she was 16, was going to be married. So the house must be sold; Lucille knew that was the only sensible things to do, but the family had other ideas. Home they came by whatever way they could, penniless and bedraggled but with certain newfound friends who were to help them to upset Lucille's plans - all her plans for a calm, settled, and sensible life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It’s a miracle! The Waynes of Wood Mount trilogy is now on Audible!

  • By topcatrules on 07-20-16

Takes One Back

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

The book is a gentle story, the type girls read in the fifties and sixties. Both plot and characterization are shallow, but the point isn't to challenge the reader. Sit back and enjoy a simple story from the past.
Although the narrator has a wonderful voice, the recording has an echo, which is a little irritating.

  • My Brother's Voice

  • How a Young Hungarian Boy Survived the Holocaust: A True Story
  • By: Stephen Nasser, Sherry Rosenthal
  • Narrated by: Maxwell Glick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Stephen 'Pista' Nasser was 13 years old when the Nazis whisked him and his family away from their home in Hungary to Auschwitz. His memories of that terrifying experience are still vivid, and his love for his brother Andris still brings a husky tone to his voice when he remembers the terrible ordeal they endured together. Stephen's account of the Holocaust, told in the refreshingly direct and optimistic language of a young boy, will help every listener to understand that the Holocaust was real.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking Journey through a Survival Story...

  • By Frequent_Amazon_User on 07-17-16

Great Story, Needs Help

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

First of all, get the print version. The narrator’s reading diminishes the story.
The story, as all Holocaust stories, is worth telling. But the writing is very simple and not very good. Yet, I’m glad to have learned Nasser’s experiences, which gave me a fuller understanding of this terrible time in history. He’s a positive man and we can all learn from him.

  • The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

  • By: Avi
  • Narrated by: Alexandra O’Karma
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375

Avi’s swashbuckling tale of murder and mutiny on the high seas has a fascinating twist: the heroine is a 13-year-old girl. In 1832, Charlotte Doyle boards a ship bound for America and is caught in a battle between a mad captain and his ruthless crew. If you’re looking for an action-packed adventure story for girls, you’ll find it in The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We loved it!!

  • By Cindy Busch on 02-19-16

YIKES!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

This book has all you're looking for: excitement, mystery, and dangerous situations. Although the protagonist is a 13-year old girl, this is always one of the most popular assigned books for both boys and girls in my middle school English class. You'll love it. "Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry"

  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Tim Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,465

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Burnin', I'm Burnin' for You

  • By W Perry Hall on 10-22-14

Should, But Must?

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

On every high school English reading list in the 1970s, but somehow I managed to graduate without reading Bradbury's classic "Fahrenheit 451." Fast forward 40 years and I figure now is as good as anytime to read it, especially since listening can make almost any book bearable. My takeaway? I wish I had read it in high school. Time hasn't improved this book, and I'm sure it would've felt more relevant then.

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,276

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

Heroic Tale

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

If you enjoy books where an individual fights off his or her fears to do something great, then this is the story for you. Labeled a novel because so many of those in the book have died and the Nazi records destroyed, Sullivan claims about 90% of it is true, basing the book on interviews and much research. Although the protagonist considers himself a coward, with all he saw and risked, readers will understand that he is a WWII hero. This is a wonderful story that deserves widespread attention.

  • Matilda

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Kate Winslet
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,975
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,629
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,627

"The Trunchbull" is no match for Matilda! Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Childhood Memories

  • By Dylan on 05-19-16

Wonderful in All Respects

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

I'd never read "Matilda," and I can't imagine a better way to read it. Kate Winslet brought each character to life with energy so you picture them perfectly. Great story, too, with a David and Goliath plot. Adults and children will love this.

  • Music in the Hills

  • Drumberley, Book 2
  • By: D. E. Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Lesley Mackie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

After spending time combatting terrorists in Malaya, James Dering returns to Scotland. He starts a new life at Mureth House, the home of his aunt and uncle, Mamie and Jock Johnstone, where he hopes to learn to be a farmer. But he soon learns that picking up farming isn't an easy task and is made even more complicated by the unexpected ups and down of rural village life. Sheep-stealing crooks, village gossip, lovestruck teenage runaways, and a brunette bombshell all disturb the peaceful solitude James had willingly signed up for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Return to Scotland

  • By Jerri C on 06-24-17

Good, Relaxing Story

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

Reviewed: 07-07-17

Not great literature, but a good, gentle story delivered in a pleasing way. This is the second story in the series.

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  • Just William 7

  • By: Richmal Crompton
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

Now as famous on radio and audio as they are in print, the adventures of that irrepressible and ageless schoolboy William Brown have been delighting both young and old for decades. Perpetually scruffy, mud-stained, and mischievous, he is a lovable scamp whose pranks usually end in disaster, for his harassed elders at least. With friends Ginger, Douglas, and Henry (The Outlaws), and the angelic, lisping, thorn-in-his-side Violet Elizabeth Bott, William has rightly joined the literary, and radio, immortals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Stories

  • By Mama C on 04-25-17

Great Stories

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

Reviewed: 04-25-17

Unfortunately, three of the stories are repeated at the end. Not sure who's responsible for this.

  • Just William 2

  • By: Richmal Crompton
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

Now as famous on radio and audio as they are in print, the adventures of that irrepressible and ageless schoolboy William Brown have been delighting both young and old for decades. Perpetually scruffy, mud-stained, and mischievous, he is a lovable scamp whose pranks usually end in disaster, for his harassed elders at least. With friends Ginger, Douglas, and Henry (The Outlaws), and the angelic, lisping, thorn-in-his-side Violet Elizabeth Bott, William has rightly joined the literary, and radio, immortals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Class Act

  • By lonegunman on 03-09-05

Never Disappoints

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

Reviewed: 03-30-17

Richmal Crompton's stories of William are so delightful I read them over and over and still laugh aloud. Martin Jarvis's narration is spot on and adds so much to the stories.

  • Pietr the Latvian

  • Inspector Maigret, Book 1
  • By: Georges Simenon, David Bellos (translator)
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 620
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 621

The first audiobook which appeared in Georges Simenon's famous Maigret series, in a gripping new translation by David Bellos.Inevitably Maigret was a hostile presence in the Majestic. He constituted a kind of foreign body that the hotel's atmosphere could not assimilate. Not that he looked like a cartoon policeman. He didn't have a moustache and he didn't wear heavy boots. His clothes were well cut and made of fairly light worsted. He shaved every day and looked after his hands. But his frame was proletarian. He was a big, bony man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Long live Maigret

  • By Zaubermond on 11-19-14

Delightful!

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

This is just what I've been looking for! Twenty-first century mysteries are generally too gruesome or cute. Maigret mysteries have great plots. So glad this is a series.
The narrator sounds quite a bit like Michael Gambon, the actor who plays Maigret on BBC. He does a very good job.