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  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,743
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,694

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but a gripping experience

  • By Vanessa Arizona on 09-04-16

tedious, painful and just not that interesting

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

Reviewed: 09-21-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you are into more long drawn out stories that have little development over time and where the next move is predictable this is for you

What could B. A. Paris have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Write a different book... Of course this is a strange question since I simply did not enjoy the book... which doesn't mean it is bad nor should it be different.... It simply was not for me.

Have you listened to any of Georgia Maguire’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The narration was good and I have no criticism of it.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Nope... the characters made me angry and I was unable to ever put myself in their place... And no, this is not because of my lack of empathy but because the characters were not build up in a way that gave me the ability to see their point of view.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 158,779
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 146,539
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 146,378

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Teenage boy on Mars

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

Reviewed: 04-04-15

After having read all the raving reviews that also implied some technical depth I was surprised to have the story be so shallow. The main character, whom we have to believe is a scientist, acts and talks like a teenage boy with the appropriate language and bad jokes. The fact that there is an actual "that's what she said" joke says it all. As I went along I just wanted the main character to be put out of his misery or at least stop talking since he was not very believable as an astronaut and the technical talk felt like it was hiding the fact that there isn't a real story. If you like Arthur C Clark don't bother with this book since any technical explanation ends half way through with the words "trust me" or is solved by duck tape... So in a nutshell, immature language from beginning to end without a compelling story line. Only good thing is the narrator but that doesn't make for a good book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,804
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,778

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I've never read a book quite like this one

  • By Joey on 04-23-12

Starts strong, becomes boring

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

Reviewed: 01-26-12

When I started this book I was immediately hooked... but, half way though it became a drag.
The way the story is formed, with having two (and later three) character points that are narrated by different people, is fun and interesting in the beginning... but I found Allison Hiroto's voice to bug me more and more as her character was overly portrait. Her character's story was especially detailed to a point of hearing exactly what dishes she ordered in a restaurant or the plain minutia of her life that didn't seem to relate to the story and with that came the mistakes... Characters are described in such detail that some things they say and/or do seems not to match what was described before..They almost became caricatures of themselves.
It seemed like the author didn't anticipate the audience to be smart enough to fill in the blanks (sometimes its better to not explain everything in great detail).

This probably sounds very vague and I understand that for some people this might be a great book.. but I found myself not caring about the characters halfway though.. And if you don't care what happens to the main characters of a story it kinda ends there.
I wonder if there is something lost in translation.

I don't regret getting this book since I got many great hours of reading out of it.. I just wish it would have been more engaging.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Cat's Table

  • By: Michael Ondaatje
  • Narrated by: Michael Ondaatje
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 383
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 321

In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the “cat’s table” - as far from the Captain’s Table as can be - with a ragtag group of “insignificant” adults and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys tumble from one adventure to another, bursting all over the place like freed mercury.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb - But Not For All Readers or All Situations

  • By Amanda on 11-25-11

No raving master piece review here

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

Reviewed: 10-20-11

I've read many reviews of The Cat's Table and they are almost all extremely enthusiastic appraisals of the complex, enigmatic, eloquent, elegant, evocative, ethereal and literary word-craftsmanship of Michael Ondaatje's new novel. Well, I have to say that it is definitely well crafted but the author seems to me the wrong choice to narrate his own creation. The book had the potential to be a exciting journey of life but ended up being a complete drag to get through. At many times it feels like the author tried to be a word-magician instead of having a book that immerses you in its story line. I have no doubt that it is very different if you read it yourself, but as an audio book it was a little boring and non engaging.

25 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • Carte Blanche

  • The New James Bond Novel
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Toby Stephens
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 733
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 527
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 540

Fresh from Afghanistan, James Bond has been recruited to a new agency. Conceived in the post-9/11 world, it operates independent of Five, Six and the MoD, its very existence deniable. Its aim: to protect the Realm, by any means necessary. The Night Action alert calls Bond from dinner with a beautiful woman. GCHQ has decrypted an electronic whisper about an attack scheduled for later in the week: casualties estimated in the thousands, British interests adversely affected.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth The Time

  • By britishbob on 06-15-11

Book 3-4, narrator 2 stars

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

Reviewed: 06-20-11

The book is what you would expect from a Bond novel, not to much depth but light and entertaining. Its a shame the story is to much written as if it is the first book of a series and not the current last. But my main reason for giving it only 3 stars is that the Narrator is stunningly boring, he reads the book to much as if he's reading at a children's book club with to much emphasis on a r t i c u l a t i n g everything very proper. And he can not do female voices, at least not convincingly in any way.

24 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,207

In 1799, the artificial island of Dejima lies in Nagasaki Harbor as Japan’s outpost for the Dutch East Indies Company. There, Jacob de Zoet has come to make a fortune large enough to return to Holland and marry the woman he loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Less about the arrival more about the ride

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-26-12

Compelling intricate story

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

Reviewed: 06-17-11

It is a story that immediately demand your attention. Its setting is very well described and the characters develop nice and evenly and give more depth to the environment the book is placed in. At times it can be hard to keep some of the characters apart, but that doesn't seem to harm the flow of it. Even though the story mainly takes place on a tiny island, it opens up a whole world of intrigues. This book has it all, romance, adventure, science, murder etc etc. Its a shame that the narrators are unable to pronounce the Dutch names better.

25 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • The Fifth Witness

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,003
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,986

Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable read

  • By Xavier on 08-17-11

Bad writing and the wrong narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-17-11

I was tempted to buy this book due its its overwhelming positive reviews, well I was wrong to do so.
The writing is just plain bad and seemingly treats the reader as if he/she is stupid, explaining things said as if we couldn't pick up on what was meant. The narrator is in my opinion a wrong choice for the book, he sounds like a weather hardened lone gunman who smoked all his life, not particularly what you expect from a lawyer, but then again, he doesn't really act like a lawyer either.
I can't say if its any better or worse than other books by the author since it was the first one I tried from him.

19 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • World Without End

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 45 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,369
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,325

In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 40 hours too short ...

  • By Henrik on 11-03-07

Predictable, repetitive and almost comical...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-11

Seeing the lavish support of this book and having heard so much good of his previous books I decided to go for it. I love Historical fiction and have no problem with long books that go into a lot of detail and/or have a slow story build-up. But after more then 20 hours I had to give up.. Way way to much graphic sexual behavior (as if people in that time period didn't do anything else beside feeling each other up etc etc) and the story is just way to predictable. Let me be clear that I have no problem with sexual behavior in a book... or any other behavior for that matter, but in this book it almost becomes comical due to its over use. But my main complain is that you just know whats going to happen on the next page and that there are to many things in the way people deal with each other that don't make sense, many of the characters become caricatures of themselves. So I would conclude that the book is to long for its writing.

22 of 28 people found this review helpful

Catch-22 audiobook cover art
  • Catch-22

  • By: Joseph Heller
  • Narrated by: Jay O. Sanders
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,641
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,657

Catch-22 is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever, even if he has to die in the attempt.)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenominal Reading - Story and Damn Funny

  • By Phil on 04-11-09

Funny, frustrating, exciting.. just plain Good

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

Reviewed: 04-15-11

This book is a classic in its own right and I think many people have it in their top 10 list of all time books to read.. If you place the book in the time it was written you might be able to see its magnificence even better. The play with words is amazing and hilarious at the same time.. it flows like a great poem. But, I probably don't have to convince you of the quality of the book...The narrator is the main concern of most "audio book" readers... well he does as much justice to the book as anyone could have done and he was able to totally take me on a roller-coaster ride of the crazy insanity that war can bring. He brings every punchline exactly where it should be and he makes the story even better than it is on paper... This audiobook deserves 6 stars.
Love love love it.

33 of 40 people found this review helpful

  • Eye of the Needle

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Eric Lincoln
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,869
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,775

One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin - code name: "The Needle" - who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Spy Thriller

  • By AudioAddict on 11-11-13

Horrible narration

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

Reviewed: 04-08-11

I have no idea of the book is any good.... simply because there are so many people part of the narration (or at least it feels like they used a different person for every character)... the accents are so badly over the top.
And the audio sound is as if it was recorded through a can.
I was unable to listen to it for more then an hour.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful