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  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,214
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,586

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

Perfect in every way

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

Everything about this book as an audiobook was brilliant. The story was compelling, and the narrator more than did it justice. Wonderful!

  • Once Upon a Time in the North

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

Another mesmerizing episode from the universe of His Dark Materials set in the far frozen Arctic, including the very first meeting of those two legends and friends Lee Scoresby, the Texan balloonist, and Iorek Byrnison, the armored bear.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great fun

  • By Richard on 11-27-09

If you like His Dark Materials....

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

Reviewed: 12-31-17

You should listen to this. It offers the same charm and delightful characterizations but has many of the same problems (mainly plot related, and in this case a bit dreary in the middle) as his other books. Worth it for me, as I love escaping into this universe.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Station Eleven

  • By: Emily St. John Mandel
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,837
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,838

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Alternative Dystopian Viewpoint

  • By CScott on 12-20-16

Read this now.

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

Reviewed: 04-21-16

Everything about this was riveting. Can't recommend it highly enough! Great story, well drawn characters, tight structure, thought provoking.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 158,707
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 146,470
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 146,310

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Not my usual fare...

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

Reviewed: 10-15-15

...but enough friends had raved about it, so I gave it a try, in part because I wanted to have read it before seeing the movie. Glad I did--it was just the right amount of geeky, and a fun listen.

  • We Are Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Wally Lamb
  • Narrated by: Wally Lamb, George Guidall, Maggi-Meg Reed, and others
  • Length: 23 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,984
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,991

After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh - wife, mother, outsider artist - has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. But the wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora’s Box of toxic secrets - dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs' lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lamb writes Fine Literature/What a Book!

  • By Suzn F on 10-27-13

Hard to listen to a pedophile

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

Reviewed: 03-06-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

There's so much to like about this book, but it might be better experienced in print. I am finding the intimacy of Kent's voice in my ears repulsive.

  • Istanbul Passage

  • A Novel
  • By: Joseph Kanon
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 345

A neutral capital straddling Europe and Asia, Istanbul has spent the war as a magnet for refugees and spies. Even American businessman Leon Bauer has been drawn into this shadow world, doing undercover odd jobs and courier runs for the Allied war effort. Now, as the espionage community begins to pack up and an apprehensive city prepares for the grim realities of postwar life, he is given one more assignment, a routine job that goes fatally wrong, plunging him into a tangle of intrigue and moral confusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific story!

  • By Edwin Williamson on 06-21-12

Perfect escapist story

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

Reviewed: 03-06-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Well crafted story in an unusual setting, with plenty of twists and turns. I could see Istanbul in my mind's eye, and it made me want to visit there.

  • The Lost Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Alyson Richman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,513

In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEST book I have read in a long time

  • By Kfcarter on 11-04-13

Maybe it got better...

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

Reviewed: 03-06-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I gave up on this about halfway through. The characters were engaging, and it was heartbreaking to see their worlds collapsing as the Holocaust gained momentum. And the opening was promising. But if there was a surprising twist, it sure didn't come soon enough to keep me engaged.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful