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  • The Word of Promise Audio Bible - New King James Version, NKJV: (26) Luke

  • By: Thomas Nelson Inc.
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

Hear the Bible come alive! This arresting world-class audio production immerses listeners in the dramatic reality of the Scriptures as never before. The Word of Promise New Testament Audio Bible is a 20-hour, star-studded audio Bible production.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • International Children's Bible

  • By Erica Smith on 01-14-16

International Children's Bible

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

Reviewed: 01-14-16

This is a very well dramatized version of the International Children's Bible, the description is incorrect.

  • A Great and Terrible Beauty

  • By: Libba Bray
  • Narrated by: Jo Wyatt
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

It's 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma's reception there is a chilly one.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen

  • By Jessie Ortner on 04-13-18

The Narrator Brings This Novel To Life

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

Reviewed: 04-20-14


Although fantasy, this novel is an excellent introduction for girls to understand the strictures of female life and expectations in Victorian society.

It's a real shame that Jo Wyatt didn't narrate all three of the unabridged versions. She brings such distinction and vitality to all of the characters. I love her energetic voice and wish she would narrate more audiobooks. I recommend her rendition of Alice in Wonderland as well.

  • E-Squared

  • Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality
  • By: Pam Grout
  • Narrated by: Pam Grout
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,264

This audiobook could best be described as a lab manual with simple experiments that prove reality is malleable, consciousness trumps matter, and you shape your life with your mind. Yes, you read that right. It says prove. The nine experiments, each of which can be conducted with absolutely no money and very little time expenditure, demonstrate that spiritual principles are as dependable as gravity, as consistent as Newton's laws of motion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was absolutely amazed!

  • By Jeanne Anderson on 07-01-14

Good Overall Contribution to New Thought

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

Reviewed: 04-09-14

Any additional comments?

I found this book to be a solid contribution to the New Thought Movement however, Grout should have left out the divisive political analogies and stayed more positive. These were very off putting. New Thought practitoners shouldn't need to convey derision or negativity towards others to reach people. There is too much of that in the world as it is.

17 of 20 people found this review helpful

The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatised) audiobook cover art
  • The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatised)

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: Judi Dench, Miriam Margolyes, Martin Clunes
  • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

Ever since the first night at the St James' Theatre on 14 February 1895, The Importance of Being Earnest has been recognised as one of the world's finest comic dramas. Now Judi Dench as Lady Bracknell leads an outstanding cast in this superb new production of Wilde's masterpiece, mounted to celebrate the centenary of the first performance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully entertaining ear-candy

  • By S on 11-10-09

Abridged!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-13

Would you recommend The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatised) to your friends? Why or why not?

I would only recommend this audiobook to someone who is interested in Oscar Wilde but incapable of grasping Victorian vernacular. Not only is this version abridged, words are rewritten to make it easier to understand for a twenty-first century American audience. Insulting. Part of the fun of reading, listening, seeing a play by Oscar Wilde is his wit with words. Changing them because someone might not understand undermines his work.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Some of the lines are emphasized incorrectly according to the script. Some of the actors are too old for their parts. Algy and Jack are performed superbly, as is Miss Prism and Cecily.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Losing Hope

  • A Novel
  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550

Haunted by the little girl he couldn’t save from imminent danger, Holder’s life has been overshadowed by feelings of guilt and remorse. He has never stopped searching for her, believing that finding her would bring him the peace he needs to move on. However, Holder could not have anticipated that he would be faced with even greater pain the moment they reconnect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book was an example of pure perfection!

  • By Jordy ♡♡♡♡ on 08-13-13

Sensitive Subject Matter, Relatable Story

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

Reviewed: 10-03-13

Where does Losing Hope rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Tops. Hoover creates full, rich, well developed characters that keeps one listening just to learn more about them. The subject matter of childhood sexual abuse is handled delicately without losing honesty. This novel should be on the reading list for support groups.

  • The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden

  • By: Jessica Sorensen
  • Narrated by: Leslie Bellair
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 126

For Kayden, suffering in silence was the only way to survive. If he was lucky, he could keep his head down, do as he was told, and make it through the day. But one night it seemed like his luck - and his life - might finally end...until an angel named Callie appeared just in time to rescue him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Callie & Kayden have stolen a piece if my heart!

  • By Jordy ♡♡♡♡ on 08-07-13

Needs both male and female narrators

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

Reviewed: 09-16-13

Where does The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a powerful and well-written story about domestic violence and sexual abuse. I have recommended it to friends who have endured similar experiences.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Bellair performs Callie flawlessly. Kayden needs his own male narrator. I could barely tell the two apart. Other characters are performed well. Overall the story is well read and Bellair conveys an emotional story without being slow and overly dramatic. For the next title though, dual narrators - please.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Elements of Style: 60 Minutes to Better Writing & Grammar

  • By: Professor William Strunk Jr.
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 167

This is the original "Little Book," without add ons by later writers. This is a treasure to writers because it "omit(s)" needless words" and subject matter Professor Strunk did not believe was core to better writing. The brevity encourages relistening to deepen one's knowledge of the subject, the point made by Professor Strunk to his students: "the knowledge comes from rereading" or in our case, relistening. This unabridged version has 25 tracks: 1. Preface. 2. Introduction.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, bad narration

  • By Loki Liesmith on 03-19-12

Clear Instruction and Good Narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-26-13

If you could sum up The Elements of Style: 60 Minutes to Better Writing & Grammar in three words, what would they be?

The narrator is very professional and clear. He keeps the lecture at a good pace but it is somewhat difficult to listen to without a book. I suggest listening to this audio to brush up on your grammar only if you are already familiar with and are a fan of the original Strunk and White.

Any additional comments?

This audio is worth the price. I'm glad I bought it although it takes a lot of concentration if you are behind on your grammar skills. This is not for the novice. I would not suggest it to my students.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pushing the Limits

  • By: Katie McGarry
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews, Tara Sands
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect

  • By Onmykindle on 12-22-12

Couldn't Stop Listening

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

Reviewed: 08-09-13

If you could sum up Pushing the Limits in three words, what would they be?

Teen trauma, first love, emotional breakthrough

What other book might you compare Pushing the Limits to and why?

Easy by Tammara Webber. Both of these books are based on young lovers who need one another to conquer their demons and heal. I couldn't put either down.

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

Absolutely. Love the narrators, too.

  • Bad Rep

  • By: A. Meredith Walters
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Lambert
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 111

Maysie Ardin is soaking up the summer before her junior year of college, shopping, hanging by the pool, and shopping some more. But when her black belt in spending lands her in trouble with her parents, she is forced to take a second job at a local bar to dig herself out of a deep financial pit. She thought she'd be miserable. But then Maysie didn't count on Jordan Levitt, the hot, pierced and tattooed, drum-playing bartender who also happens to be very interested in her. And the feelings are totally mutual. It had the makings of the perfect romantic setup. Boy meets girl. Boy likes girl. Boy has girlfriend? Okay, maybe not....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This book had angst, sweet romance, and hot sex! 

  • By Jordy ♡♡♡♡ on 09-08-13

Strong, Addictive Characters

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

Reviewed: 08-09-13

What did you love best about Bad Rep?

All of the characters are relatable - full of weaknesses and strengths. They are all very real.

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

Good speed, full range of voices, nice performance.

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

Maysie is obsessed with being popular. She buys friends through the ridiculous college Greek system which is always demeaning and, in reality, should be antiquated by now. She makes me angry with her choices but this adds to realness to the story. She finds herself in the end but it is a long, interesting journey for the listener.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hopeless

  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Angela Goethals
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,163

Would you rather know a truth that makes you feel hopeless, or keep believing the lies? Beloved and bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with the spellbinding story of two young people with devastating pasts who embark on a passionate, intriguing journey to discover the lessons of life, love, trust--and above all, the healing power that only truth can bring.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Seems Like An X Rated YA Book- Has Promising Start

  • By Wendi on 01-02-14

Kept Me Guessing

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

Reviewed: 08-09-13

What did you love best about Hopeless?

This is a suspenseful teen romance with many twists and turns. I never knew what was coming next.

What three words best describe Angela Goethals’s performance?

Good, creative, too slow