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Ralph W Cudworth

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  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,276

Tess Durbeyfield has become one of the most famous female protagonists in 19th-century British literature. Betrayed by the two men in her life - Alec D’Urberville, her seducer/rapist and father of her fated child; and Angel, her intellectual and pious husband - Tess takes justice, and her own destiny, into her delicate hands. In telling her desperate and passionate story, Hardy brings Tess to life with an extraordinary vividness that makes her live in the heart of the reader long after the novel is concluded.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Davina Porter Does It Again!

  • By misaki on 06-15-15

Hardy's Best

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

I first read this classic 54 years ago and I remember how deeply impacted I was by this emotional tale of such a powerful woman. Now, in this brilliantly performed Audible revisitation, the 17 hour binge put me in touch with many parallels of my past life and that of Tess and these other characters. For the moment, I just can't seem to stop flooding.

  • Dancing Bear

  • By: Michael Morpurgo
  • Narrated by: Sir Ian McKellen
  • Length: 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

A gentle and deeply moving story of a young girl and her bear, told with great charm by a master storyteller. High in the mountains, in a tiny village, an abandoned bear cub is adopted by a lonely orphan child. Soon they are inseparable, beloved by the whole village - safe, until the arrival of a glamorous film crew who need a dancing bear....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I will openly admit, it pissed me off

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-07-17

Have Tissues Handy

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

Brilliant read by Ian. This short story will enthrall you and take you to a special place. The tale leaves us with a powerful message, as it is also an allegory of life. Never lose sight of your inner child. Never forget your roots. One added thought.....animals understand a lot more than we think they do!

  • The Deep Dark Descending

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,201
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,200

Homicide Detective Max Rupert never fully accepted his wife's death, even when he believed that a reckless hit and run driver was the cause. But when he learns that in fact she was murdered, he devotes himself to hunting down her killers. Most of his life he had thought of himself as a decent man. But now he's so consumed with thoughts of retribution that he questions whether he will take that last step and enact the vengeance he longs for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolutely brilliant!!

  • By ryan on 10-25-17

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

Roller coaster finale to The Heavens May Fall. Had to binge this intense followup. Well read performance. Esken's takes the reader to an icy lake for the conclusion of this two part mystery. Get yourself a pot of coffee and jump in to this amazing Audible.

  • Wonder

  • By: R. J. Palacio
  • Narrated by: Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,800
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,794

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances? R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and spare emotional power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A WONDER-ful read for kids and adults

  • By Annie M. on 11-18-12

A Great Novel that spawned a Great Film

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

Performances were brilliant. This human story should be required reading in middle school. It sets examples that are apparently not taught or learned in schools anymore. Time to step back a bit and learn, or re-learn what we missed the first time.

  • The Orphan's Tale

  • By: Pam Jenoff
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Wydra, Kyla Garcia
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,041
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,028

Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep. When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sappy and tedious

  • By Churchill on 03-23-17

Required Reading

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

Brilliant performances of this engrossing take that will tug your emotions to the breaking point. The ending will throw you about relentlessly to where you cannot guess the next page! The epilog will peak your emotions once again as all questions are answered, except one. It has taken me well over an hour to stop crying long enough to write this review. I suspect there will be more tears shed as I recall what I heard over the last two days. If this story doesn't move you, then sadly, you are a block of granite!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Heavens May Fall

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray, David Colacci, Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,576

Detective Max Rupert's and attorney Boady Sanden's friendship is being pushed to the breaking point. Max is convinced that Jennavieve Pruitt was killed by her husband, Ben. Boady is equally convinced that Ben, his client, is innocent. As the case unfolds, the two are forced to confront their own personal demons.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 2017 Audie Nominee

  • By Bob on 02-20-17

I Need A Drink!

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

Here is a masterpiece that will relentlessly tug at your brain, your heart, and your soul. I binged it to its volcanic ending, having followed every twist and rise and fall of brilliant storytelling. It has left me satisfied and fulfilled by my time invested in experiencing Esken's art. I need to recover and chill with some wine and a sandwich! Put this audible at the top of your wish list NOW!

  • Small Great Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,208
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,390

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than 20 years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders, or does she intervene?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to read for several reasons

  • By Anne on 10-16-16

Monumental

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

Every person on this Earth needs to read this eye and mind opening masterpiece. We are all works in progress. This story will move each of us ahead, progressing a bit more towards self awareness, human interaction, and opening our hearts to each other. Thank you Jodi, for inspiring me at this old age of 67. Bless you!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Was Taken

  • By: Charlie Donlea
  • Narrated by: Nina Alvamar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,863

Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald are both high school seniors in the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. When they disappear from a beach party one warm summer night, police launch a massive search. No clues are found, and hope is almost lost until Megan miraculously surfaces after escaping from a bunker deep in the woods. A year later the best-selling account of her ordeal has turned Megan from local hero to national celebrity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!!!

  • By tarafarah7: Tara Brown on 06-07-17

intense!<br />

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

Bngeable to the very end of this thriller. Well read and performed. Hopefully, it will be made into a film.

  • Tilt-a-Whirl

  • John Ceepak, Book 1
  • By: Chris Grabenstein
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,834
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,819

There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • the reader makes this book

  • By L. Haight on 08-30-07

Great Twisty Story

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Jeff Woodman gives some of the best voice acting I've ever heard. Now I must get the sequel!

  • The Liar

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,046

Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions.... The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn't just dead. He never really existed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By MaxineSap on 06-07-15

Excellent performance by LaVoy!

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

Story had some twists, most of them predictable, but was well worth the listen to see how it all unfolded. LaVoy's voice characterizations were brilliant and believeable.