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  • Girls & Boys

  • By: Dennis Kelly
  • Narrated by: Carey Mulligan
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,672
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,614

A pulse-pounding new play from Tony Award-winning® playwright Dennis Kelly takes you on a journey that is at once hilarious, gripping, and heartbreaking. This world-premiere production starring Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, An Education) is available exclusively on Audible after a celebrated run at the Royal Court Theatre in London and off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have never heard a story performed so well.

  • By Erin Reeve on 07-05-18

Chilling

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

Very powerful and very disturbing. Carey Mulligan’s best performance to date. It just goes to show you that things are not always what you think they are.

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,673
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,522

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

Move over Jon Snow, there’s a new sheriff in town!

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

How am I so late to the Outlander party??? I made a 1600 mile road trip and decided this book would be a good choice. And I was right! I adore Davina Porter-she has narrated some of my other books in the historical fiction genre, and is wonderful! She is superb in her narration and glides seamlessly from English to Gaelic. The storyline is exciting and has kept my attention from start to finish. The characters are multifaceted, deep, and well developed. Brava to Ms. Gabaldon and Ms. Porter. On to the next book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Down the Rabbit Hole

  • Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny
  • By: Holly Madison
  • Narrated by: Holly Madison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,274

The shocking, never-before-told story of the bizarre world inside the legendary Playboy Mansion - and finally the secret truth about the man who holds the key - from one of the few people who truly knows: Hef's former number-one girlfriend and star of The Girls Next Door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Mean girls", magicians, mansions, and more!

  • By Brianna Gallagher on 06-24-15

Eye opener!

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

Well this one is probably breaking the hopes and dreams and fantasies of some men and young women around the world. I got this on a whim, and it was actually an enjoyable listen. It was definitely an eye opener. I think the biggest surprises for me was how dirty-as in filthy housekeeping-the mansion was, and what a complete douchebag Hefner was. Such an illusion. A girl from my small town USA was a centerfold in the 70s and had a bit part in Apocalypse Now. She had gone to school with my husband to be. He kept looking at the pictures saying it wasn’t her. It couldn’t be her. When I finally saw her waiting tables at her family’s restaurant shortly after her pictorial, I couldn’t believe it was the same girl either. Oh the miracles of filters and airbrushing.
Ms. Madison got caught up in the illusion and almost drowned in it. I’m glad she found her happy ending. She may be divorced by now, who knows? I’m glad she got away.

  • Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All

  • by M. T. Anderson, Candace Fleming, Stephanie Hemphill, Lisa Ann Sandell, Jennifer Donnelly, Linda Sue Park, Deborah Hopkinson
  • By: M.T. Anderson, Candace Fleming, Stephanie Hemphill, and others
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds, Ann Marie Lee, full cast
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

If you were one of King Henry VIII's six wives, who would you be? Would you be Anne Boleyn, who literally lost her head? Would you be the subject of rumor and scandal like Catherine Howard? Or would you get away and survive like Anna of Cleves? Meet them and Henry's other queens - each bound for divorce or death - in this epic and thrilling novel that reads like fantasy but really happened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved it

  • By Anonymous User on 05-20-18

Fresh Presentation!

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

This was so uniquely presented and I loved it. Each wife told her story in first person. Henry gave his viewpoint on the rise and fall of each queen as well. Of course it could only hit the highlights (or lowlights, if you will), but even in a short story format, it managed to give a complete overview of their story.
I’ve read many many many books on the Tudors, and this one is presented differently from all the rest. Definitely worth a credit and a few hours of your time.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mary - Tudor Princess

  • By: Tony Riches
  • Narrated by: Ruth Redman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Mary Tudor watches her elder brother become King of England and wonders what the future holds for her. Born into great privilege, Mary has beauty and intelligence beyond her years and is the most marriageable princess in Europe. Henry plans to use her marriage to build a powerful alliance against his enemies. Will she dare risk his anger by marrying for love? Meticulously researched and based on actual events, this 'sequel' follows Mary's story from book three of the Tudor Trilogy and is set during the reign of King Henry VIII.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite Tony Riches Book To Date

  • By M. Ward on 08-07-18

Favorite Tony Riches Book To Date

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

This was well written, well narrated (the narrator can make, or break, an audio book), well researched, and thoroughly enjoyable book. I’ve listened to all of the Tudor books written by Mr. Riches. All have been very good, but the narration for his book on Henry VII made it hard to listen to. Ms. Redman did an outstanding job, and did the book justice. It left me wanting more. I look forward to Mr. Riches next offering.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Warwick: The Man Behind the Wars of the Roses

  • By: Tony Riches
  • Narrated by: Frazer Blaxland
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Writers from William Shakespeare to best-selling modern authors have tried to show what sort of man Richard Neville must have been, with quite different results. Sometimes Warwick is portrayed as the skilled political manipulator behind the throne, shaping events for his own advantage. Others describe him as the last of the barons, ruling his fiefdom like an uncrowned king. Whatever the truth, his story is one of adventure, power, and influence at the heart of one of the most dangerous times in the history of England. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted more

  • By M. Ward on 06-09-18

I wanted more

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

Tony Riches writes an excellent story and is one of my favorite authors, although he doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. This book left me wanting more. I wanted more details and more of Warwick’s story.
The narration left something to be desired. Mr. Blaxland has a very pleasing voice, but he puts no emotion in the story. It’s a monotone reading, and that was disappointing.
I still believe it’s worth a read. There’s not much out there about the Kingmaker; he’s usually a bit player in books about the Wars of the Roses, but as the wealthiest man in England, he’s much more than a bit player.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Crime of the Century

  • Richard Speck and the Murders That Shocked a Nation
  • By: Dennis L. Breo, William J. Martin
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 18 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

On July 14th, 1966, Richard Franklin Speck swept through a quiet Chicago townhouse like a summer tornado and stabbed, strangled, and killed eight young nurses in a violent sexual rampage. By morning, only one nurse, Corazon Amurao, had miraculously survived, and her scream of terror was heard around the world. As the eight bodies were carried out of the small building, the coroner, who had seen the carnage up close, told a gathering crowd: "It is the crime of the century!"

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All Of Your Roomates Murdered . . .

  • By Polly Poizendem on 04-21-17

Chilling

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

I remember when this happened. I was only 11 but I remember how horrified I was that anything like this crime was possible. We had already lived through the Kennedy assassination, and the Vietnam War raged on our TV sets every night, but there was still an innocence in our lives at the time.
I agree with others that the narrator did a terrible southern drawl, but overall she did a good job.
Didn’t quite understand all the Gacy stuff at the end. I just finished reading a book on him so I thought Audible had mistakenly started that book again. I get that the prosecutors in Gacy’s trial used the Speck case as a model, but I don’t think it added anything to the story. It could have ended after the transcript of Speck’s jailhouse interview, which I wish had been the real audio instead of just the transcript. I also didn’t see the point in bleeping out the expletives. People who read these types of books are *probably* not sensitive to foul or obscene language.

  • Gold Dust Woman

  • The Biography of Stevie Nicks
  • By: Stephen Davis
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369

Gold Dust Woman gives "the gold standard of rock biographers" (the Boston Globe) his ideal topic: Nicks' work and life are equally sexy and interesting, and Davis delves deeply into each, unearthing fresh details from new, intimate interviews and interpreting them to present a rich new portrait of the star. Just as Nicks (and Lindsay Buckingham) gave Fleetwood Mac the "shot of adrenaline" they needed to become real rock stars - according to Christine McVie - Gold Dust Woman is vibrant with stories and with a life lived large and hard.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and partially accurate picture

  • By D. Lichtenstein on 01-14-18

She was a silver girl, caught in a man’s world

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

Fascinating story! I thought I knew everything, but I certainly didn’t, and surely still don’t. I’d love to hear Lindsey’s side, since everything I’ve read makes him out to be a violent, pompous, tortured asshat. I’ve been a Mac fan since the Peter Green days. Stevie & Lindsey brought fire and ice to the group. I remember the first time I heard Rhiannon on the radio. I couldn’t believe my ears. Who was this girl singing?? Who was this band?? This couldn’t be Fleetwood Mac!
Stevie was always the star. Not Lindsey. But he’s a Hell of a guitar player, and something of a genius—I liked the Tusk album, by the way, but didn’t care for Come from Say You Will. Evidently Stevie didn’t like that one either *smirk*.
I remember the stories behind Rumours, and finding it all so fascinating. I wore out my Belladonna album when it came out. It was a time of despair for me as I had moved 800 miles from home and then soon learned my mother was dying of cancer and had 6 months left. Stevie was the background music to my life, along with Moody Blues’ Long Distance Voyager. I lost track of her in the 80s and 90s, as I was busy raising kids, but started playing catch up with her and The Mac in the 2000s. I wasn’t happy about the Clinton thing. To this day I despise Don’t Stop lol. I read Storms and was shocked and dismayed with Lindsey’s alleged behavior. Started going to concerts again (beginning with Say You Will tour) and haven’t missed a single Mac or Stevie tour. My husband remarked that Stevie was a different person on Mac tours than she was solo. She always deferred to Lindsey; it was so obvious. We always wanted to believe the former lovers longed for each other, not knowing that, decades later, the hatred and jealousy was alive and well. And now Mac and Lindsey have parted ways again.
It seems the chain finally broke after decades of pressure.

  • Killer Clown

  • The John Wayne Gacy Murders
  • By: Terry Sullivan, Peter T. Maiken
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685

He was a model citizen. A hospital volunteer. And one of the most sadistic serial killers of all time. But few people could see the cruel monster beneath the colorful clown makeup that John Gacy wore to entertain children in his Chicago suburb. Few could imagine what lay buried beneath his house of horrors - until a teenage boy disappeared before Christmas in 1978, leading prosecutor Terry Sullivan on the greatest manhunt of his career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SCARRIEST BOOK I HAVE EVER LISTENED TO!

  • By Steve Horwitz on 12-21-17

5 hours into the book = 10 days of surveillance??

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

Seriously folks. I’m 5 hours into the book and it’s been nothing but following Gary here, following Gacy there, following Gacy everywhere. When the comment was made in the book that they were only 10 days into the investigation...say, what now???
It needs to get a whole lot better than this, but I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt with premature 3 stars. Don’t like the narrator much either.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Tudor

  • Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, Book 13
  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 940

Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days. Her father and his allies crowned her instead of the dead king's half sister, Mary Tudor, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her throne, and locked Jane in the Tower of London. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner's block, where Jane transformed her father's greedy power grab into tragic martyrdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Tudor Book Yet by Phillippa Gregory

  • By L'abeille_alors on 09-23-17

Not a very flattering portrait of Elizabeth

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

Bianca Amato is my favorite narrator, so let me get that out of the way first. She is extraordinary, and can grab my attention and not let go.
I’m also going to put it out there that these are books of fiction, based