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  • Snow Falling

  • By: Jane G. Villanueva
  • Narrated by: Ivonne Coll, Anthony Mendez
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

It's been a lifetime (and three seasons) in the making, but Jane Gloriana Villanueva is finally ready to make her much-anticipated literary debut! Snow Falling is a sweeping historical romance set in 1902 Miami - a time of railroad tycoons, hotel booms, and exciting expansion for the Magic City.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Abuela!!!

  • By Kelly on 11-15-17

Abuela!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

If you’re a Jane the Virgin fan, you’ll love this. Even if you’re not Team Michael.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • If at Birth You Don't Succeed

  • My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny
  • By: Zach Anner
  • Narrated by: Zach Anner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 869
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867

Zach lives by the mantra: When life gives you a wheelchair, make lemonade. Whether recounting a valiant childhood attempt to woo Cindy Crawford, encounters with zealous faith healers, or the time he crapped his pants mere feet from Dr. Phil, Zach shares his fumbles with unflinching honesty and characteristic charm. By his 30th birthday, Zach had grown into an adult with a career in entertainment, millions of fans, a loving family, and friends who would literally carry him up mountains.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Zach A.

  • By Zachary D Anner on 04-07-16

Great job!

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

Reviewed: 04-13-17

I loved his transparent honesty and vulnerability. That, combined with his razor sharp wit, made for excellent reading without getting syrupy or maudlin.

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 63,761
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57,839
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 57,829

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Sad, Sad Confession…

  • By Mike L Lane on 08-08-17

Rowling is great - would prefer Fry's version

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

Reviewed: 08-14-16

I love Harry Potter, but I wish Americans could order Fry's version of the audiobooks rather than Jim Dale's. I first encountered Jim Dale in another series and absolutely hated the way he voiced girls and women - and two of the three main characters were female. He was so bad, I researched a bit to find out why this fun, promising book (The Emerald Atlas, btw) had such a terrible reader and was very surprised to learn he had won awards for Harry Potter! It took me quite a while to resign myself to get these audiobooks. Rowling never disappoints, but Dale is another thing altogether. He is quite good with most of the voices, but Hermoine's is so terrible, it has shades of sexism. I'm not calling him sexist, but he's just that bad.

73 of 104 people found this review helpful

  • Adnan's Story

  • The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial
  • By: Rabia Chaudry
  • Narrated by: Rabia Chaudry
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,077
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,649
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,627

In early 2000, Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to life for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, a high school senior in Baltimore, Maryland. Syed has maintained his innocence, and Rabia Chaudry, a family friend, has always believed him. By 2013, contacted Sarah Koenig, a producer at This American Life. In 2014, Koenig's investigation turned into Serial, a Peabody Award-winning podcast with more than 500 million international listeners. But Serial did not tell the whole story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating. Heartbreaking. Informative.

  • By Angela on 08-11-16

We all need a friend like Rabia

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

Reviewed: 08-13-16

Before Serial, I assumed, rather naively, that truth played a large part in our justice system. Now, I know that it relies on building credible cases, positioning circumstances so that the case seems credible to the less committed observer. If truth happens to line up with credibility, it's sometimes more a happy coincidence than a focused goal. Rabia, however is committed. Adnan's case should have slipped away, but Rabia has her spotlight fixed on truth and refuses to turn it off, annoying the hell out of people sometime, including friends and family. Others have said that Adnan's situation could happen to any of us; that is true and chilling to think about. More sobering is that few of us have a friend like her to help if it does.

  • Battle of the Ampere

  • Michael Vey, Book 3
  • By: Richard Paul Evans
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,101

The hair-raising action continues for Michael Vey in this charged third installment of the #1 New York Times best-selling series. In the third book of the electrifying Michael Vey series, Michael and his friends must continue to fight the Elgen and try to disrupt their plans to rule the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book, awful narration

  • By beaufortworrells on 11-16-13

Speed up the narrator to 1.25 and he's not terrible

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

Reviewed: 07-19-15

After one minute of listening at normal speed, I knew I wouldn't make it through the book. He sounds normal at 1.25 (a setting in the Audible app). I wonder if it was just badly produced.

  • Hidden Girl

  • The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave
  • By: Shyima Hall, Lisa Wysocky
  • Narrated by: Robin Eller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 357

Shyima Hall was born in Egypt on September 29, 1989, the seventh child of desperately poor parents. When she was eight, her parents sold her into slavery. Shyima then moved two hours away to Egypt's capitol city of Cairo to live with a wealthy family and serve them eighteen hours a day, seven days a week. When she was ten, her captors moved to Orange County, California, and smuggled Shyima with them. Two years later, an anonymous call from a neighbor brought about the end of Shyima's servitude - but her journey to true freedom was far from over.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Important story but not a great book

  • By PATRICIA on 03-04-15

Wow. Absolutely riveting - and chilling.

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

Reviewed: 12-31-14

Only TWO percent make it out of slavery. 17 thousand new slaves are brought to the U.S. each year. These two details from the book were new for me. I wish her all the best in life.

  • The Ramona Quimby Audio Collection

  • By: Beverly Cleary, Tracy Dockray
  • Narrated by: Stockard Channing
  • Length: 18 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,331
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,330

Meet Ramona. She lives on Klickitat Street with her mother, father and big sister, Beezus. She’s not afraid of anything and is always up to something. And that’s just the beginning…. In this audio collection, join Ramona, one of Beverly Cleary’s most beloved characters, on all her wacky adventures!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ramona's Table of Contents

  • By Ellen on 11-10-16

Give it a second chance - the stories are great

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

Reviewed: 06-14-14

I returned this book as soon as I heard Stockard Channing's Ramona voice. It was awful. Then, I got Neil Patrick Harris' reading of Beverly Cleary's Henry Huggins. It was amazing. The whole family enjoyed his performance, but also re-learned to love the Ramona character. We gave it a second chance, and, while Stockard Channing's Ramona voice still annoyed me, I was able to get past it, and the whole family enjoyed the stories, so I re-purchased it.

  • The Emerald Atlas

  • Books of Beginning
  • By: John Stephens
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,108

Kate, Michael, and Emma have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage. Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about. Until now. Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey to dangerous and secret corners of the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic addicting fantasy

  • By Stacey on 04-21-11

Good book - bad narrator choice

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

Reviewed: 03-29-13

This is a good book, read by the wrong narrator. Stephens wrote a good story with strong emotional appeal. The connections the characters have with each other are well thought out and accessible. However, I so strongly disliked his female voices, I had to stop the audiobook and buy the paper copy to scrub my mind of his annoying, airy, oh-so-bored intonation - ESPECIALLY his Kate-voice. And what's with the Brit accent throughout? And the Scottish dwarves? In Baltimore and Massachusetts? Using this narrator made the Potter/Tolkien derivations that much more pronounced.

So, overall, I liked the story (paper copy, not audiobook). Yes, it derived a lot of its themes from the overworked children's fantasy genre, but I enjoyed meeting a character who finds elves annoying and silly (yeah, Michael!)

  • The Lady Queen

  • The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily
  • By: Nancy Goldstone
  • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

Nancy Goldstone portrays the riveting history of a beautiful queen, a shocking murder, a papal trial, and a reign as triumphant as any in the Middle Ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite writers and narrators

  • By Kelly on 11-28-11

One of my favorite writers and narrators

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

Reviewed: 11-28-11

Nancy Goldstone's ability to tell history from a woman's perspective is spot-on. I was glad to see this offering. Nicely done.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Emperor of All Maladies

  • A Biography of Cancer
  • By: Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 20 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,654

Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular!

  • By Paul on 11-25-10

Fabulous

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-11

The book had lots of detail and was very well presented. I listened to it several times.