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  • Oliver Twist

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567

After escaping from the dark and dismal workhouse where he was born, Oliver finds himself on the mean streets of Victorian-era London and is unwittingly recruited into a scabrous gang of scheming urchins. In this band of petty thieves, Oliver encounters the extraordinary and vibrant characters who have captured audiences' imaginations for more than 150 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing narration!

  • By Karen on 12-11-08

Finally read it

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Oliver Twist to be better than the print version?

I have always meant to read this book. So glad I went for the audible version. Really good. Simon Vance is excellent as always. Dickens tells such a great story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,261
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,255

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally Original Story of Horror and Courage

  • By JoanneG on 11-04-15

Surprisingly unique adventure

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this to a friend because it was a fun read. The characters were well developed (with one exception) and the story was unique. The action moved along well without being my being able to predict what was going to happen next.. The one thing I didn’t like was the author having Andy state he has Asperger’s but not behaving in any real way like an Aspie. I know, I have a son with Asperger’s. Picking up on subtle messages in someone’s speech or facial expression is something he did all through the story, but the inability to do this is a core feature of Asperger’s. That was a major blunder. But if you disregard this, the characters were all great.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I rarely pick a favorite character because they all contribute to the story.

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

I don’t think I’ve heard Matt Addis before, but considering the number of audiobooks I’ve heard, it’s unlikely. He did a great job. The narrator can make or break an audiobook and he definitely made it.

Any additional comments?

I loved Luke’s comments at the end of the book asking for reviews. It was effective and the proof is the fact I wrote one right after hearing it. I love to hear someone make a request with a sense of humour, so it was perfect!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Chemist

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,236

She used to work for the US government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They've killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened all night!

  • By bebe on 06-04-17

That was a fast 17 hours!

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

Reviewed: 09-24-17

What made the experience of listening to The Chemist the most enjoyable?

Fast-moving action, great character development and a great narrator adds up to really enjoyable audio experience. This is the whole package. Well worth a credit!!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Defiance

  • By: William H. Weber
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

A month has passed since a deadly virus swept the country killing millions, and leaving chaos in its wake. Dale Hardy has managed to weather the storm by hunkering down on his homestead in Arizona. He grows his own crops, generates his own power, and draws fresh water from his own deep aquifer. But when a nearby town's water supply dwindles in the searing Arizona heat, Dale's peaceful existence is threatened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There is nowhere like home

  • By Brian on 09-27-16

Cliffhanger Alert!!

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

Reviewed: 07-23-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes...and no. The story was great, the narrator was excellent. But.......well.....let me explain. At this point I'm finished the second in the 'series'. I was listening along, not wanting to turn it off, the tension was at it's peak and wham!: the book comes to an end. Damn! Sucked into a cliffhanger! So what do I do? Buy the next book of course. It's too late, I've already been sucked in.. And to top it off the next book is only 5 hours as well. So, I get into this book. The story follows some twists and turns and now I should be asleep, but I can't because I'm hooked. The tension peaks again and what do I hear? "Audible hopes you enjoyed....." So now the ugly realizations hit. Audible does not have the next book, and I'm left hanging. On top of this is the realization that this really all should have been 1 book and I've been hooked into an expensive way to listen to it! So, if this doesn't bother you go for it. I'm glad I got the first book on sale. That helps ease the sting a bit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Intensity

  • A Novel
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Kate Burton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895

Past midnight, Chyna Shepherd, 26, gazed out a moonlit window, unable to sleep on her first night in the Napa Valley home of her best friend's family. Instinct proves reliable. A murderous sociopath, Edgler Forman Vess, has entered the house, intent on killing everyone inside. A self-proclaimed "homicidal adventurer", Vess lives only to satisfy all appetites as they arise, to immerse himself in sensation, to live without fear, remorse, or limits, to live with intensity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best Koontz Books!

  • By Connie on 01-28-09

Good, but.....

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book could have been so good if not for the narrator. I'm surprised so many reviewers found the narration was acceptable. She read most of the story In a fast monotone like her only goal was to get the book read as fast as possible. The book was non-stop action and suspense like only DK can do, but the narrator blew it! Too bad.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mississippi Blood

  • A Novel
  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 28 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,756

The endgame is at hand for Penn Cage, his family, and the enemies bent on destroying them in this revelatory volume in the epic trilogy set in modern-day Natchez, Mississippi - Greg Iles' epic tale of love and honor, hatred and revenge that explores how the sins of the past continue to haunt the present.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Melodramatic End of Series

  • By Robert S on 06-26-17

That was a quick 27 hours!

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Ignore the negative reviews. If you have enjoyed this series you are really going to like this one. I found it better than The Bone Tree and I almost didn't get it because of the reviews. They were wrong. Non-stop action and guessing. Scott Brick did a great job, as usual. Greg Iles writing is so earthy, gritty and gripping I found myself turning the story back on every chance I could. You never really know how any situation will turn out. The courtroom drama was top notch and with all the section going on around it made it a great listen.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,486
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,254

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, Funny, Clever... a Sci Fi must have

  • By Tim on 06-29-17

This book is SO MUCH FUN!!i

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

Reviewed: 12-31-16

Where does Columbus Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've listened to a lot of really excellent books and this book is excellent in it's category. I was totally enjoying a well written piece of entertainment, narrated by the perfect narrator for the book and bam! It got even so much better!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Columbus Day?

I don't like this question because it's asking for spoilers, but I think I can say when Skippy and Joe got together, without giving too much away.

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

Yes, yes, yes! And I want the next book. NOW!!!

Any additional comments?

This is a 100% entertaining book. Not believable, but that was no way a goal of the writers. Entertaining, fun, exciting. If you like sci-if fun, go for it. You will not be disappointed.

47 of 58 people found this review helpful

  • An Obvious Fact

  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,134
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,906

In the midst of the largest motorcycle rally in the world, a young biker is run off the road and ends up in critical condition. When Sheriff Walt Longmire and his good friend, Henry Standing Bear, are called to Hulett, Wyoming - the nearest town to America's first national monument, Devils Tower - to investigate, things start getting complicated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No brainer. Use the credit.

  • By Boysmom on 09-19-16

No brainer. Use the credit.

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

Reviewed: 09-19-16

I love this series and bought the book without a second thought. Craig Johnson and George Guidell are a match made in heaven! This addition did not disappoint!!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • American Sniper

  • The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
  • By: Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,458

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's been censored by the publisher

  • By K9NSP on 10-21-17

The American Ego

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I think if he had told the story with less boasting. Maybe told some stories from his training with a little humility. Some self-depreciating humor wouldn't have gone amiss. I found I just couldn't get past the first chapters of the guy revealing how full of himself he was.

Has American Sniper turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, just because one book is bad doesn't mean others would be.

What didn’t you like about John Pruden’s performance?

Not bad. It's hard to sound good with bad writing, much like a bad narrator can ruin a good book, bad writing can make a good narrator sound bad. It's hard to separate one from the other.

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

The first scene was good, and it probably got better once he got into the action. I may go back and try to get the to that part, if ai can try and stomach the tone of the first few chapters.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Pretty Girls

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,893

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors. More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely needed the trigger warning, but..

  • By Hillary on 02-01-16

Fantastic listen. Ignore bad reviews!!

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

Reviewed: 08-18-16

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

Yes. Once I started My To Do list got ditched and I could not stop listening.

Any additional comments?

I can not figure out why this book got so many bad reviews claiming it as too gory and the sexual violence was too much. The writer only included enough to make you realize how bad the perpetrator was. Without it you would never have known or gotten the full effect of the story. If you tend to be very sensitive to this subject matter, don't listen to this book. If you are not, you will probably love it!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful