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  • Olive Kitteridge

  • By: Elizabeth Strout
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,532
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,886
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,883

At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interweaving Short Stories Make a Good Novel

  • By Sara on 07-21-14

Pulitzer Winner Ruined By Narration

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

Narrator is so stiff and robotic, I kept changing the speeds to see if I could make it more palatable. I think this must be a great novel if it received such a high honor, but I'll never know, I couldn't get through more than a couple hours. Audible needs to be more careful in who they choose to read their selections. This narrator is a *dud *. Asking for a refund tomorrow .

  • Everything Trump Touches Dies

  • By: Rick Wilson
  • Narrated by: Rick Wilson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,532
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,373

In Everything Trump Touches Dies, political campaign strategist and commentator Rick Wilson brings his darkly funny humor and biting analysis to the absurdity of American politics in the age of Trump. Wilson mercilessly exposes the damage Trump has done to the country, to the Republican Party he served for decades, and to the conservative movement that has abandoned its principles for the worst president in American history. No left-winger, Wilson is a lifelong conservative who delivers his withering critique of Trump from the right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I'm not a Trump fan!

  • By KathrynVB on 08-09-18

Author Eviscerates GOP, Tonight at 11!

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

I'm so damn angry (and feel mostly powerless) regarding what's happening in the WH/Congress today, that this book felt like a catharsis. Highly recommended if you like straight talk and super hard punches. The players within deserve every verbal smack down that Mr Wilson delivers. Wish it were longer!

  • The Executioner's Song

  • By: Norman Mailer
  • Narrated by: Maxwell Hamilton
  • Length: 42 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Norman Mailer's Pulitzer Prize-winning and unforgettable classic about convicted killer Gary Gilmore now in audio. Arguably the greatest book from America's most heroically ambitious writer, The Executioner's Song follows the short, blighted life of Gary Gilmore who became famous after he robbed two men in 1976 and killed them in cold blood. After being tried and convicted, he immediately insisted on being executed for his crime. To do so, he fought a system that seemed intent on keeping him alive long after it had sentenced him to death. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pulitzer-winner spoiled by numskulled narration

  • By W Perry Hall on 05-21-18

WAITED YRS FOR AUDIOBOOK, TERRIBLE NARRATION!

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

I have *zero* idea what audible was thinking producing and/or buying this reading. Is the man cold reading? Is he a robot??!! Bizarre pauses and inflection, it's outrageous that I waited literally years for audible to have this title, and now I'm returning it after a few hours. The only other book I've returned to audible was ANOTHER horrendous Norman mailer reading. .....and it's not cause I don't like the story, I read them both before listening to the audio. Welp, here is another subpar offering ill be returning. PATHETIC. You have many average or poor narrations, audible. That's unacceptable. Do better!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Rise and Fall of Senator Joe McCarthy

  • By: James Cross Giblin
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

When Cold War tension was at its height, Joseph ("call me Joe") McCarthy conducted an anti-Communist crusade endorsed by millions of Americans, despite his unfair and unconstitutional methods.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very Poor Reading

  • By Mary on 05-08-11

Terrible Narration, Worse Than A Film Strip

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

Good story - information wise -but I only struggled through her bizarre cadence and inflection because I paid for it, and wanted to know more about McCarthy after reading about Nixon.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22,239
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,307
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20,214

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

  • By Gillian on 04-17-18

Every Single American Should Read This Book

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

I think that says all you need to know. Thank you for your time. **

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Blackwater: The Complete Saga

  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 30 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,021
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,806

Blackwater is the saga of a small town, Perdido, Alabama, and Elinor Dammert, the stranger who arrives there under mysterious circumstances on Easter Sunday, 1919. On the surface, Elinor is gracious, charming, anxious to belong in Perdido, and eager to marry Oscar Caskey, the eldest son of Perdido's first family. But her beautiful exterior hides a shocking secret. Beneath the waters of the Perdido River, she turns into something terrifying, a creature whispered about in stories that have chilled the residents of Perdido for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 6 Star Worthy Epic!

  • By jksullycats on 10-29-17

A Treasure That Deserves More Attention

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

I've read these books, and I was quite disappointed when I first heard the narrator. He just seemed all wrong, and he wasn't expressing the characters voices the way I heard them in my head. The authors books are all subtle and eerie, and I thought his light hearted tones were way off. I was wrong, though. The narrator really warmed up to the material a few hours in.

Well worth buying, it's such a shame he will write no more books.

  • Gilded Needles

  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 224

Welcome to the Black Triangle, New York's decadent district of opium dens, gambling casinos, and back-room abortions. The queen of this unsavory neighborhood is Black Lena Shanks, whose family leads a ring of female criminals - women skilled in the art of cruelty. Only a few blocks away, amidst the elegant mansions and lily-white reputations of Gramercy Park and Washington Square, lives Judge James Stallworth. On a crusade to crush Lena's evil empire, the judge has sentenced three of her family members to death. And now she wants revenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely dark, but engrossing.

  • By CJ Matthews on 08-09-17

This Author Will Never Disappoint You

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

It's a crime that he passed away young, and can write no more. I enjoyed this story immensely, and I hope you will, too.

  • Christodora

  • A Novel
  • By: Tim Murphy
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Christa Lewis, Suzanne Elise Freeman, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,115

In this vivid and compelling novel, Tim Murphy follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan's East Village, the Christodora. The Christodora is home to Milly and Jared, a privileged young couple with artistic ambitions. Their neighbor, Hector, a Puerto Rican gay man who was once a celebrated AIDS activist but is now a lonely addict, becomes connected to Milly and Jared's lives in ways none of them can anticipate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ambitious and Important

  • By Laura - Audible on 11-21-16

Non-Compelling characters and story, Narration

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

Listened to 5 chapters. Didn't like *any* of the narrators, and none of the stories made me want to hear more. Waste of money, glad I bought it at the $4.95 Sale.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,335
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23,360

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By kurdis teed on 05-28-17

Marvellously Read, Incredible Tale

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

Worth every penny. Narrator starts a little stiff, but absolutely nails the characters and inflection after a short warm up. Boris especially.

Donna Tartt's 'The Secret History' novel is truly one of my favorite books, but this one *just might* squeak by as better. The audible version of TSH needs a re record, and they should use this narrator, he was so well suited to her voice.

Superb novel, highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Red Notice

  • A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man's Fight for Justice
  • By: Bill Browder
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,069
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,489
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,490

Red Notice is a searing expose of the wholesale whitewash by Russian authorities of Magnitsky's imprisonment and murder, slicing deep into the shadowy heart of the Kremlin to uncover its sordid truths.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gutsy, chilling and important.

  • By Michael J Canning on 02-28-15

This Book Should Be Read By Everyone

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

In light of the US political situation, and the ever more clear evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 election, this book will point to some of the reasons why it happened. It was a *thrilling* read, and quite frankly blew my mind. Narrator was excellent, highly recommended.