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  • The Heart of the Matter

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

Scobie, a police officer in a West African colony, is a good and honest man. But when he falls in love, he is forced into a betrayal of everything that he has ever believed in, and his struggle to maintain the happiness of two women destroys him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Starts Very Slowly then Boom!

  • By Michael on 05-21-17

This book + Michael Kitchen = perfection

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

Reviewed: 02-19-17

This story/narrator combination is so perfect! I love Michael Kitchen! He has a clipped way of speaking that fits the main character so well. I've listened to mostly all of his narrations and this one is by far the best.
This is a beautifully written story and I feel very grateful to have spent some time in Scobie's head.
Give it a try!!

  • Out of Sorts

  • By: Aurélie Valognes, Wendeline A. Hardenberg - translator
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 109

Ferdinand Brun hasn't always been a grumpy old man. Many years ago, he was a grumpy young man. Now he'd much rather spend time with his canine companion, Daisy, than any of his nosy neighbors. But as his behavior becomes increasingly peculiar, his daughter grows concerned and begins to consider moving him into a retirement home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Grumpy isn't always funny

  • By Jennifer on 05-05-16

cute story, narrator distracted me a little

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

The story was cute and fairly predictable, but enjoyable nonetheless. The narrator was slightly distracting to me. He sounded like Seth McFarlane from Family Guy. Some of the voices sounded just like a few of the characters on Family Guy. I heard some definite Carter Pewterschmidt in the main character and Stewie Griffin in the British neighbor :)

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  • Doctor Who: The Stone Rose

  • By: Jacqueline Rayner
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,181
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 898

Mickey is startled to find a statue of Rose in a museum; a statue that is 2,000 years old. The Doctor realises that this means the TARDIS will shortly take them to Ancient Rome, but when it does, he and Rose soon have more on their minds than sculpture.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Be Careful What You Wish For

  • By Vincent Tume on 01-11-07

If you love Ten/Rose, you'll love this.

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

Reviewed: 11-07-14

David Tennant reads this and he does an awesome job mimicking the voices of Rose, Mickey and Jackie, so the fact that there's only one reader doesn't detract from enjoying this story. There are also some great Doctor/Rose moments in there that make this more than worth it.

Definitely recommend for fans of the Tenth Doctor, Doctor/Rose shippers and just fans in general.

  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen

  • Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1
  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,977
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,961

This program includes a preface read by the author. In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes - and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern 20th-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fabulous new take on Sherlock Holmes

  • By Steph on 04-14-14

Warm nerd fuzzies

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

Reviewed: 09-03-14

This one has it all for me. The premise is great, an extremely smart young woman stumbles upon and soon becomes the apprentice of the great, but now retired Sherlock Holmes. They have a really cool meet-cute and several adventures throughout the book that builds their working relationship and friendship and sets everything up for the future books.

The narrator, Jenny Sterlin, is perfect; her distinct voices for the two main characters especially. I'm right now through the first 6 books in this series and I have to say, whenever they address each other as "Holmes" or "Russell" in that specific voice, I kind of just melt. I really do love them and Sterlin's characterization of them through her narration.

Also, it's an intelligent series; when you're done you actually feel like you might have just finished a classic or something like that. I'm not an obsessed (not a negative connotation here) Sherlock Holmes fan. I have read a few of the Conan Doyle stories, seen a few of the movies, and I will say, I am in love with the BBC tv series Sherlock with Cumberbatch and Freeman. This book and series remind me of why I love the tv show so much, which is because it gives you a more human version of Holmes and all the characters that are associated with the original franchise.

I would definitely recommend this book and also the series to anyone that just loves those warm, nerd fuzzies that come from reading/listening to a satisfying and intelligent book.

  • Fevre Dream

  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Ron Donachie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,333

When struggling riverboat captain Abner Marsh receives an offer of partnership from a wealthy aristocrat, he suspects something’s amiss. But when he meets the hauntingly pale, steely-eyed Joshua York, he is certain. For York doesn’t care that the icy winter of 1857 has wiped out all but one of Marsh’s dilapidated fleet. Nor does he care that he won’t earn back his investment in a decade. York has his own reasons for wanting to traverse the powerful Mississippi. And they are to be none of Marsh’s concern - no matter how bizarre, arbitrary, or capricious his actions may prove.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I DARE YOU TO READ THIS!!!

  • By Brenda on 03-16-14

Atmospheric alternate-take on vampires

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

Reviewed: 05-12-14

I really enjoyed this audiobook. The narrator was wonderful, he performed each of the characters in a distinct voice and the main antagonist voice was really eerie. And his narrator voice was great. Overall, I just loved his performance, and I couldn't imagine this story without his voice.

The story itself wasn't anything super special, but it was very enjoyable and it had a slightly different take on vampire lore than usual. The setting, the descriptions of the south and the river and the narrator all came together for me to make this one of my favorite listens in awhile.

I would definitely recommend giving this one a try.

  • Doc

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Doria Russell
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852

The year is 1878, peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge City, Kansas, a saloon-filled cow town jammed with liquored-up adolescent cowboys and young Irish hookers. Violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp. And it is a matter of strangely personal importance to Doc Holliday, the frail 26-year-old dentist who has just opened an office at No. 24, Dodge House.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great writing and narration

  • By Dennis on 06-02-11

Didn't catch my interest

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

Reviewed: 02-20-14

Almost all of the reviews I read for Doc were 4 stars or above, everyone seems to love this book but me.

I really liked the premise and the first third of the book was promising, I felt like the author was setting up an intriguing story, but it just never took off. The last third of the book read like just more set-up and it didn't ever get off the ground for me.

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  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

  • 50th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Ken Kesey, Robert Faggen (introduction)
  • Narrated by: John C. Reilly
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,345
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,045

Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Turning conventional notions of sanity and insanity on their heads, the novel tells the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Anon on 06-04-18

A one-man show!

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

Reviewed: 02-05-14

I would definitely recommend this audiobook to anyone, whether you've seen the movie or not, or have even read the book before. The story and characters are classic of course; But John C. Reilly's narration is a veritable one-man show. He does an amazing job giving voice to each of these characters. There were even a few parts during his narration of the group therapy sessions that I teared up a little it was so emotional!

I hope Reilly decides to make narration part of his regular repertoire.

  • This Land That I Love

  • Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, and the Story of Two American Anthems
  • By: John Shaw
  • Narrated by: Traber Burns
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

February, 1940. After a decade of worldwide depression, World War II had begun in Europe and Asia. With Germany on the march and Japan at war with China, the global crisis was in a crescendo. America's top songwriter, Irving Berlin, had captured the nation's mood a little more than a year before with his patriotic hymn "God Bless America."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Name-dropping history book (in a good way)

  • By Dana on 01-16-14

Name-dropping history book (in a good way)

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

Reviewed: 01-16-14

This is exactly the type of name-dropping history book that I like to read. The author goes through a condensed biography of both Irving Berlin and Woody Guthrie (he puts a little more detail into the Berlin section and you can tell he really loves Berlin and his music). He also goes through a condensed history of early popular music and does some song and composer name-dropping.

The PDF mentioned on the audiobook cover was not included, but after emailing Audible customer service, they have since added it, so that's a great little addition with the song lyrics and a list of recommended listening.

I love all kinds of music and popular culture history and I thought this book was really interesting. I definitely enjoyed it and would recommend it to fans of pop. music/culture history.

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,178

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gaiman delivers an intimate masterpiece

  • By Talia on 08-07-13

Loved Gaiman's narration!

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

Reviewed: 12-24-13

This was my first Neil Gaiman audiobook and I was not disappointed. I so enjoyed his narration that I didn't want the book to end. It's just one do those story/narration combinations that does the job so well that it puts you in a different world while you're listening.

I would definitely recommend and I really look forward to listening to more of Neil Gaiman.

  • Sylvester

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 980
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 820
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814

When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She finds him insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and begin a new-found liking and respect for each other.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged... but its Richard Armitage!

  • By Abigail on 02-19-11

Richard Armitage's voice!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-17-13

I bought this only because Richard Armitage was the narrator. I love his work and was excited to hear him read this. I was blown away by the number of voices he creates for all the characters. I wasn't expecting that, but he's wonderful. This version is abridged so it's not ideal, but it's definitely worth it just to hear Armitage's performance.

Definitely recommend.

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