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  • Under the Dome

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Raul Esparza
  • Length: 34 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,782

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Stephen King I've Heard

  • By Scott on 02-10-10

Long. . . but the ending is worth it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-10

This is not a King horror book, but one that makes you think. This is one of those books that makes you think, "would/could this really happen to people stuck under a dome?" It might if the right people were in place. This is a fun listen. It is a bit long, but the ending is worth it. The characters are well-built. However, there are a lot of them which can make it a bit difficult to keep track. I look forward to listening to this one again in the future. I'd highly recommend it.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Broken Teaglass

  • By: Emily Arsenault
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens, Oliver Wyman, Therese Plummer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 271

The dusty files of a venerable dictionary publisher, a hidden cache of coded clues, a story written by a phantom author, an unsolved murder in a gritty urban park: all collide memorably in Emily Arsenault's magnificent debut, at once a teasing literary puzzle, an ingenious suspense novel, and an exploration of definitions: of words, of who we are, and of the stories we choose to define us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Book with Great Characters

  • By Ed on 03-02-10

Fun with good characters

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-19-10

I enjoyed this book like a nice cup of tea. The fact that it is written about lexicographers made the use of words throughout fun. The characters were real. The readers engaging. I'm so glad I listened to this book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Thereby Hangs a Tail

  • A Chet and Bernie Mystery
  • By: Spencer Quinn
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950

While Bernie continues his struggle to pay the bills, Chet - with his sharp nose and even sharper teeth - keeps bringing down the perps. Told from Chet's perspective and featuring the humorous ramblings of a dog, Thereby Hangs a Tail is another winner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I laughed out loud throughout this book

  • By Deborah on 02-19-10

Fun listen!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-10

Getting things from the dog's point of view is, again, refreshing and fun. You do get to know and enjoy the characters. I'll keep listening to this series!

  • The Poisoner's Handbook

  • Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
  • By: Deborah Blum
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,068
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,511

In The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • CSI eat your heart out

  • By Aaron - Audible on 10-12-11

Very interesting!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-10

I enjoyed this book. Although each chapter is dedicated to a specific poison, that does not mean that the chapter is exclusive to that item. The story is well told. I think an interest in chemistry and biology will help in the appreciation of this book.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Michel Thomas Method

  • French Course Sample
  • By: Michel Thomas
  • Narrated by: Michel Thomas
  • Length: 20 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27

This is a sample of the best-selling Michel Thomas Method Course, offering you a fast-track introduction to French. You learnt your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn French in the same way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hypnotic language learning

  • By EmilyK on 06-10-15

So glad for the sample

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-10

I'm glad there was a sample rather than having to purchase the whole book to learn that this wasn't for me. I just could not understand or handle the narrator.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,393
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,307
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,325

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

Amazing story! Stays with you.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-09

This is one of those few books I couldn't wait to continue listening to. As the story is told, I got more intertwined and involved with the characters. I finished it this morning and continue to think about it. Loved the characters and the readers. I'm glad I listened to it rather than read it - the readers bring the characters to life. A great book to get lost in.

  • You, Inc.

  • The Art of Selling Yourself
  • By: Harry Beckwith, Christine Clifford Beckwith
  • Narrated by: Martin Ruben, Lisa DeSimone
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 75

Written in a personable and homespun style, You, Inc. offers doses of humor and pithy knowledge to anyone who wants to thrive in the increasingly competitive business world. What veteran sales and marketing experts Harry and Christine Beckwith understand is that, to succeed in life, the most important thing you need to be able to sell is you.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • worthy

  • By Rudy F. Ochoa on 06-26-07

Stopped listening

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-07

What I heard were snippets about things to do, many of which I've heard before. I didn't find the steps very actionable and stopped listening after 20 minutes or so.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Play Dirty

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Victor Slezak
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927

Griff Burkett has a multimillion-dollar contract with the Dallas Cowboys. But at the end of his football career, deep in debt, a crime kingpin offers him a chance to resolve his loans by throwing a game. Griff agrees, and walks into an FBI sting. After serving time, he finds only closed doors. Then he is summoned by eccentric millionaire Foster Speakman. Speakman, a recluse since a car accident left him crippled, is impotent. Deadly consequences ensue when he hires Burkett to impregnate his wife.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typically satisfying Sandra Brown novel

  • By Dave on 04-06-10

Intense ride

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-07

A very intense book with lots of twists and turns. WOW!

  • Playing for Pizza

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,066
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515

Rick Dockery was the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In a championship game, to the surprise and dismay of everyone, Rick actually got into the game and then provided what was arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he became a national laughingstock and, of course, was immediately cut by the Browns and shunned by all other teams. But against enormous odds, Arnie finally locates another team that will have him: the mighty Panthers of Parma, Italy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Give Him A Break!

  • By Patti on 07-10-08

Fun, light listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-07

This is a great book to just relax and listen to. Doesn't require a lot of thought, but is a lot of fun. The characters are nicely developed. It is good to hear John Grisham branch out.

  • The Camel Club

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,094

It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Witty, fun and an excellent thriller

  • By Charles Atkinson on 12-03-07

I hope there are more to come

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-07

This is a good story with wonderful characters. I hope there are more to come so I can get to know them better. The plot keeps you guessing.