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Laura Vidal

Sierra Vista, AZ.
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  • Once Upon a River

  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,166

A body always tells a story - but this child’s was a blank page. Rita reached for the lantern. She trained its light on the child’s face. "Who are you?" she murmured, but the face said as little as the rest of her. It was impossible to tell whether, in life, these blunt and unfinished features had borne the imprint of prettiness, timid watchfulness, or sly mischief. If there had once been curiosity or placidity or impatience here, life had not had time to etch it into permanence. Only a very short time ago, the body and soul of this little girl had still been securely attached.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed thoroughly... one minor glitch

  • By Jen817 on 12-27-18

Beatiful story read by an excellent narrator <br />

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

I didn't want the book to end, it's been a while since Ive encountered such a perfect combination of an interesting story and the perfect narrator for it.

  • The Lido

  • By: Libby Page
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

Kate is a 26-year-old riddled with anxiety and panic attacks who works for a local paper in Brixton, London, covering forgettably small stories. When she's assigned to write about the closing of the local lido (an outdoor pool and recreation center), she meets Rosemary, an 86-year-old widow who has swum at the lido daily since it opened its doors when she was a child.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief

  • By Sara on 07-30-18

Loved the characters and story

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

I tend to favor the crime/detective genre, mainly the Nordic authors. But after a while I was eager to find this kind of story, not sure where to put it as genre, easy to follow with well developed characters, excellent narration and a nice ending.
IMO anybody who is a fan of Fredrick Backman, Maeve Binchy and Phaedra Patrick will like this book .

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Uncommon Type

  • Some Stories
  • By: Tom Hanks
  • Narrated by: Tom Hanks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,078
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,072

A collection of 17 wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. The short stories are surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely the best..

  • By Joan B on 11-04-17

Is there anything Tom doesn't excell at?<br />

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

I'd been looking forward to this release and it's has exceeded my expectations.
What a delightful bunch of stories! And Tom's narrative is so funny and entertaining! I can't wait for his next book.

31 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,882
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,838

In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Slowest "Thriller" Ever

  • By Kierstin L Hartwig on 10-18-18

Not to be missed!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-17

Joanne Froggatt is an excellent narrator. What a performance!
The plot I found very well developed.
Perfect listen for anybody who enjoyed The girl on the train, Into the water or The secrets she keeps.

  • Beartown

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,205

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semifinals, and they actually have a shot at winning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Barrel To The Head, A Slug To The Gut--

  • By Gillian on 04-28-17

It's a rare case of 4 winners in a row

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

Reading 4 books by the same author and finding them all a great read is something that doesn't happen very often to me. Backman is one of the few exceptions.
This one has everything, an interesting profoundly human story, some humor and drama at the same time.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Brat Farrar

  • By: Josephine Tey
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,280
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,275

A stranger enters the inner sanctum of the Ashby family posing as Patrick Ashby, the heir to the family’s sizeable fortune. The stranger, Brat Farrar, has been carefully coached on Patrick’s mannerisms, appearance and every significant detail of Patrick’s early life, up to his 13th year when he disappeared and was thought to have drowned himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great all around

  • By Catherine on 10-23-11

TOO MUCH TIME TALKING ABOUT HORSES

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

Reviewed: 03-04-17

What would have made Brat Farrar better?

To get to the point of the plot faster and spend less time talking about the horse business

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something more along the lines of A Gentleman in Moscow or Julian Fellowes's Belgravia

Have you listened to any of Carole Boyd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, this was my first time listening to this narrator and I truly liked her.
She wasn't the problem, the story was.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom and impatience.

Any additional comments?

No.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,417

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

I DIDN'T WANT IT TO END

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

Reviewed: 08-09-15

What made the experience of listening to A Man Called Ove the most enjoyable?

To see how Ove's life is transformed by the relationships with the other characters.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything! Excellent narration, funny characters, great ending!

Which character – as performed by George Newbern – was your favorite?

Ove and Parvaneh

Any additional comments?

Hope the author's other book is as good as this one!

  • The Practicing Mind

  • Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life
  • By: Thomas M. Sterner
  • Narrated by: Thomas M. Sterner
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,721
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,572

Present moment awareness is an essential ingredient in life if one expects to experience any degree of authentic peace and contentment. It has been acknowledged for centuries as the cornerstone of spiritual awakening in all traditions of Eastern thought. In the West, however, it is still a relatively unrecognized concept for living. The Western mind is always restless, never content with the moment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some great takeaways despite the robotic narration

  • By azmom on 04-04-15

A much better way to live! Please don't miss!

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

Reviewed: 06-09-15

It has helped me to live everyday in a much more fruitful and peaceful manner.
As the author repeatedly says : these are ancient truths, I have read many other books about this subject but it's the way he presents them that, for me, makes it so easy to actually practice them every day. You'll never regret putting the time to listen and practice!