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  • Britt-Marie Was Here

  • A Novel
  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,042

Britt-Marie can't stand mess. She eats dinner at precisely the right time and starts her day at six in the morning because only lunatics wake up later than that. And she is not passive-aggressive. Not in the least. It's just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention. But at 63, Britt-Marie has had enough. She finally walks out on her loveless 40-year marriage and finds a job in the only place she can: Borg, a small, derelict town devastated by the financial crisis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ha! (Listen to the book and you will understand!)

  • By Jodie on 07-22-16

Heroes come in every form and shape!

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

I love everything about Britt-Marie! She is witty and has OCD lol. I really thought that Backman did an amazing job at making us understand her and see things the way that she does. It was such simply gorgeous and I try to recommend this book to everyone.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Call the Midwife

  • A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
  • By: Jennifer Worth
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,494

At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book I've listened to this year

  • By Richard on 06-12-13

These midwifes are amazing!

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

I heard about Call the midwife's from Netflix. I saw the first season and I was hooked. Then, to my surprise Audible had the full series. I was in heaven! You learn so much from how people used to give birth 60 years ago. Jennifer tells us stories that really stick with you. Some of them have made me cry and laugh out loud. This is one read I recommend and the show!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dreams of Joy

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,095

In her beloved New York Times best sellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and, most recently, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country. Now, in her most powerful novel yet, she returns to these timeless themes, continuing the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s strong-willed 19-year-old daughter, Joy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dreams of Joy and all of Lisa See's books

  • By maida smith on 06-03-11

Fantastic Listen!

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

Lisa See did an amazing job at describing the era of the story. This is a continuation of "Shanghai Girls". The story is so powerful and the things that Joy goes through is outstanding and terrible. Lisa brings back May and Pearl and they both have through more hurdles. The bond of sisterhood is what grabbed my attention since I have sister too. Lisa see is amazing!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

  • Read by Eddie Redmayne
  • By: J.K. Rowling, Newt Scamander
  • Narrated by: Eddie Redmayne
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,056
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,042

A set textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander's masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Scamander's years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • whoops

  • By A. Bunnell on 04-19-17

Loved this audiobook

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

Thank you so much for this audio book. Eddie Redmayne was just outstanding. I have read the book as well and wow this audiobook just took it to another level.

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Freakonomics

  • Revised Edition
  • By: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
  • Narrated by: Stephen J. Dubner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,761

Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life, from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, and whose conclusions turn the conventional wisdom on its head. Thus the new field of study contained in this audiobook: Freakonomics. Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives: how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but be careful

  • By Shackleton on 07-03-08

A great insight!

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

Reviewed: 06-26-12

Would you listen to Freakonomics again? Why?

Yes, the narrators of course are wonderful and the book itself was very good and interesting.

What other book might you compare Freakonomics to and why?

I think the Black swan because is about discovering.

What about Stephen J. Dubner’s performance did you like?

I love it.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

That is a hard one, I'm not sure. :)

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Into the Darkest Corner

  • By: Elizabeth Haynes
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe, Karen Cass
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,401
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,093
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,094

Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • AN OCD IS STALKED BY A PSYCHOPATH

  • By Betty on 06-05-12

Wonderful Thriller!

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

Reviewed: 06-26-12

What made the experience of listening to Into the Darkest Corner the most enjoyable?

I think both narrators were fantastic in describing their feelings when reading the book, it made it feel like they were actually there.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved how Cathy always kept true to herself and that she never was brainwashed by him.

What does David Thorpe and Karen Cass bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think just the way they connected in reading the novel was wonderful. I could tell that they really felt passionate about their characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh yes! It was very intriguing since the beginning.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,029
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,006

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I've never read a book quite like this one

  • By Joey on 04-23-12

Haruki books are so special, this one is the same.

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

Reviewed: 04-17-12

If you could sum up 1Q84 in three words, what would they be?

Complex, enchanting, and fresh.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think my favorite character was Tengo, he had wonderful morals which I think is great!

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

I think my favorite was Aomame.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, I did, it made me cry and laugh and I was worried alot as well.

Any additional comments?

Listen to this audio book, you will not be disappointed.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • The Borrowers

  • By: Mary Norton
  • Narrated by: Rowena Cooper
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

Pod, Homily, and Arrietty are a family of tiny people who live beneath the floor, behind the grandfather clock in the old rectory. They own nothing - everything they have is borrowed from the "human beans", who don't even know they exist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting, Whimsical, and Well-Read

  • By Gentle Reader Jill on 06-11-07

Such a lovely story.

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

Reviewed: 04-17-12

Would you listen to The Borrowers again? Why?

Yes, of course, the narration was fantastic and the story itself was wonderful.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Borrowers?

I think for me was when she first went out to get some things for the house. Then, she saw the huge house and how big everything was.

What about Rowena Cooper’s performance did you like?

Oh yes, It was amazing, I love the way she gave life to her characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Never think that anything in this world is ordinary!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Wolf Gift

  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,384
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,390

A young reporter on assignment from the San Francisco Observer... An older woman welcoming him into her magnificent family home that he has been sent to write about and that she must sell with some urgency... A chance encounter between two unlikely people... An idyllic night - shattered by horrific unimaginable violence, the young man inexplicably attacked - bitten - by a beast he cannot see in the rural darkness....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible: Sex, Food, and Not Much Else

  • By Johnny Dough on 02-24-12

What a wonderful story to listen to.

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

Reviewed: 04-10-12

Where does The Wolf Gift rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I think that it will be up there in my top 15 books.

What other book might you compare The Wolf Gift to and why?

I think I would compare it to Anne Rice Book Interview with a vampire. I think Because when he is going through the change and how he is dealing with new change in his life.

Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty – was your favorite?

Well, I loved Reuben, the way he portrayed him was excellent.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, when Reuben was running in the woods as a wolf and finds this cabin in the middle of the forest. He discovers this mystery girl who does not run away from him. That just shows that just because you look different you should be judge for what you look like.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • I've Got Your Number

  • A Novel
  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,460

Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect! Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • i enjoyed it.

  • By leah on 02-16-12

Once again I have not been disappointed!

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

Reviewed: 04-10-12

What did you love best about I've Got Your Number?

I think I fell for Poppy because she has so much perseverance. She did many crazy things to get what she wants.

What did you like best about this story?

I love how this audio book is packed with suspense, charm, and pure romance.

What does Jayne Entwistle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love the way she creates this character in her head and it just comes out perfect when she narrates the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, actually, right away when I started listening to it, I was hypnotized by the narrator and the characters.

Any additional comments?

Through out the whole audio book I was :D :D :D

1 of 1 people found this review helpful