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  • New Tricks

  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989

Andy Carpenter gains possession of an adorable Bernese puppy whose owner was brutally murdered. Few can rival Andy's affection for dogs, and he will do whatever it takes to insure that this little pup doesn't fall into the wrong hands. However, his playful new friend is valued by several people, many of whom are willing to resort to violence to get what they want.It will take more than Andy's usual courtroom theatrics to save this dog, including a little help from his beloved Golden Retriever, Tara.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dog-lovers, rejoice!

  • By Snoodely on 09-18-09

Great Fun

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

Reviewed: 07-15-15

Rosenfelt & Gardner are a terrific team. Love the NY/NJ voice and content. Great plots. Overall a laugh here and there, plot that holds your interest -- hey, just enjoy!

  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

  • By: Dorothy Gilman
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,619

Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Barbara Rosenblatt: THE Voice!

  • By Barbara on 01-14-12

light hearted romp!

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

Reviewed: 11-18-14

Lots of fun; delightful premise. What a lark of a listen! Fantastical, but you enjoy the journey anyway!

  • The Elephant Whisperer

  • My Life with the Herd in the African Wild
  • By: Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,263
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,844

>When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story, beautifully written

  • By Tango on 01-12-13

Couldn't put it down!

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

Reviewed: 11-18-14

Delightful! Spiritual! And, a great story! Wonderful story. Excellent narration. Hated for it to end. What else can I say?

  • Flowers for Algernon

  • By: Daniel Keyes
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,801

Charlie Gordon knows that he isn't very bright. At 32, he mops floors in a bakery and earns just enough to get by. Three evenings a week, he studies at a center for mentally challenged adults. But all of this is about to change for Charlie. As part of a daring experiment, doctors are going to perform surgery on Charlie's brain. They hope the operation and special medication will increase his intelligence, just as it has for the laboratory mouse, Algernon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal Classic

  • By FanB14 on 03-22-13

Wonderful and Insightful

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

Reviewed: 10-23-14

How do you know what's going on in the mind of someone who has limited intelligence? This book gives powerful insight into that experience -- and the prejudices that accompany such a life. Yes, this is a winner of a book.

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,596
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,598

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, good narrator, not so great production

  • By j phillips on 08-08-17

Charming and powerful

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

Reviewed: 10-23-14

Wow, super-smart blind girl in WWII. Charming story; good narration. A good listen for sure.

  • Code Name Verity

  • By: Elizabeth Wein
  • Narrated by: Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,464

Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do Not Read Any (other) Reviews of this Book!

  • By HDJ on 12-15-12

Intriguing and clever story

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

Reviewed: 10-23-14

Wein's voice keeps you hooked into the story told by a captured WWII Scottish female spy. Told in the first person, I kept wondering where this was all going -- then came the twist! So well crafted a story line. I really enjoyed this book. Not the best I've heard, but right up there with books well worth my time.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Seamstress

  • By: Sara Tuvel Bernstein, Louise Loots Thornton, Marlene Bernstein Samuels
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,319

Told with the same old-fashioned narrative power as the novels of Herman Wouk, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuvel Bernstein and her survival during wartime. This powerful eyewitness account of survival, told with power and grace, will stay with listeners for years to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Overcome with Emotion

  • By Meryl on 05-16-13

Extraordinary story of survival

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

Reviewed: 10-23-14

This beautifully narrated story tells of an extraordinary woman who was determined to survive in spite of what the Nazis did to her and her family. Told in the first person, the listener gains detailed knowledge of what it was like for a Jewish woman to survive WWII. The narrator's accent in this reading gives the listener the feeling that you are literally listening to Sara herself.

  • The Map Thief

  • The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps
  • By: Michael Blanding
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 638
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 565
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 570

Maps have long exerted a special fascination on viewers - both as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate the world. But to those who collect them, the map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects.

Once considered a respectable antiquarian map dealer, E. Forbes Smiley spent years doubling as a map thief - until he was finally arrested slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Study of the Strangeness of People

  • By Carole T. on 12-10-14

If you like maps, listen to this!

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

Reviewed: 10-23-14

I've always been fascinated by maps -- old and new. This little gem of a book enriched my understanding and knowledge of maps. AND, it's a great story about how Smiley got away with theft after theft before he was caught.

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,789

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Painfully nostalgic

  • By Barry on 07-29-15

Owen Meany Lives

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

Reviewed: 08-25-14

Okay, take a great story and write it with skill. You get a great book. BUT now add superb narration and you simply cannot stop listening. This book is like a series of short stories, but with the same characters. I was amazed that Irving has probably 40+ characters in this book -- but I was never confused. He has a gift for the right word, the right metaphor. His characters are rich and deep. Owen Meany touched my spirit in so many ways -- I find myself imitating him (yes, it is a little embarrassing...).

This goes on my list of all time best books ever read. Thank you John Irving; thank you Joe Barrett.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Didymus Contingency

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 742

If you could go back in time...and witness any event...where would you go? When Dr. Tom Greenbaum faces that question after successfully discovering the secret to time travel, he knows the time, place, and event he will witness: the death and failed resurrection of Jesus Christ. Dr. David Goodman, Tom's colleague and closest friend follows Tom into the past, attempting to avert a time-space catastrophe, but forces beyond their control toss them into a dangerous end game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected at all.

  • By Wesley on 12-17-13

Time travel to time of Jesus

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

Reviewed: 06-25-14

A very intriguing time travel story -- to the time of Jesus. This is not a hit-over-the-head religious story. It's just a darn good story. Narration is phenomenal. Kudos to all!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful