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  • A Death in Sweden

  • By: Kevin Wignall
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,348
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,353

Dan Hendricks is a man in need of a lifeline. A former CIA operative, he is now an agent for hire by foreign powers on the hunt for dangerous fugitives. It's a lethal world at the best of times, and Dan knows his number is almost up. His next job could be his last - and his next job is his biggest yet. The target sounds trackable enough: Jacques Fillon, who gave up his life trying to save a fellow passenger following a bus crash in northern Sweden. But the man was something of an enigma in this rural community, and his death exposes his greatest secret.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Full of boilerplate

  • By Karen Ericksen on 07-21-16

Great Spy Novel

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

Someone is tying up loose ends, and one of those loose ends is Dan. Running for his life and those of his friends he finds himself taking a job to find out the real identity of a man named Jacques Fillon. Fillon saved a young girl from a bus crash but doesn't really exist. If Dan can find out who Fillon was he could save himself and his friends.

This is a fast paced spy thriller with quite a lot of non graphic violence and sex. Dan is an assassin but is he a good guy? Can any assassin be considered good? Wignall tries to make Dan the hero of this book which is a difficult task but one I think he ultimately achieves.

With a lot of twists and turns and more going on than meets the eye this was a great spy mystery. The author brought the story to life. Overall a very satisfying listen.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Caraval

  • By: Stephanie Garber
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,048
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,053

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful - and cruel - father. Now Scarlett's father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the faraway once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over. But this year Scarlett's long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval's mastermind organizer, Legend.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • While many will love it, I did not.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-26-17

Dark and Twisty

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

carlett has been obsessed with stories of Caraval and has been writing to Legend the head of the Caraval for years begging him to come their small island but she has never received an answer until now.

In order to win Caraval Scarlett will need to find the strength to stand on her own instead of being so afraid. In fact that may be the only way to truly save her sister...and herself.

With lots of twist and turns this story holds your attention keeps you on your toes and keeps you interested. However this is a very dark story and may not be for all YA readers. Descriptive with an intricately woven story I really found myself lost in the action.

Narrator Rebecca Soler also narrated the Cinder Series by Marissa Meyer and I loved her reading so much it lead me to this book and I was not disappointed.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overcoming Fears

  • Creating Safety for You and Your World
  • By: Louise L. Hay
  • Narrated by: Louise L. Hay
  • Length: 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

On this audio program, best-selling author and lecturer, Louise L. Hay, helps you overcome fears through the positive strength of mediation and affirmations. By listening, you can change your negative thought patterns into healthy, positive ones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I believe these affirmations are improving my immu

  • By Lidia on 04-25-13

Releasing

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

Meditations don't need to be long to be effective. In fact the longer they are the less people tend to return to them. I thought these were good short relaxing meditations that really hit to the root of people's fears and help to transform our negative thoughts into positive thoughts. After listening to this every day for a week I could feel a shift in my thinking, I didn't feel as dragged down by the little things and was better able to cope with what life threw at me. There is something to be said for thinking positive and letting go of negative emotions.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,220

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not My Cup of Anything

  • By Kimberly on 06-01-13

fascinating

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

Nate's new apartment seems too good to be true. The rent is cheap and all utilities are included. It isn't until he moves in that he starts to realize there are some strange things going on. None of the apartments in the building are the same size or shape. Each one has something strange about it from no kitchen, to vaulted ceilings, bathrooms that look like a cave, and a kitchen light that only glows as a blacklight no matter what type of bulb you use.

Nate and his neighbors embark on a search for what is happening inside their building and make some even more disturbing observations. Mysterious writing behind wallpaper, writing that can only be seen in black light written in Cyrillic in a kitchen all within a building that isn't connected to the main city power grid yet has power. There is definitely more than meets the eye to this building but could it be the key to an even bigger mystery that started 100 of years ago.

The narrator was fabulous, he did a great job with the different voices for different characters, I almost forgot it was just one person narrating. The mystery really built and there were a lot of great modern day references to TV shows throughout. Very clever writing. This was a great book to listen to and a great mystery. It totally sucked me in.

0 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 112,376
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 104,077
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 103,580

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

Must Listen

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Born a Crime to be better than the print version?

yes, I couldn't imagine reading this - listening to the stories told by Trevor Noah was best heard with his lilting South African voice. Not to mention listening to him speak the different African languages.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Born a Crime?

There are too many

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found myself laughing out loud several times, this is a great listen. I recommend it to everyone .

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,989

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

Great story

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

What did you love best about The Cuckoo's Calling?

I love the characters. Both Strike and Robin were both great. The story kept you engaged and wondering did Lula really commit suicide or did something else happen?

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, there were so many pieces that it kept me wanting to know more.

Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favorite?

I loved Robin - she is a fabulous strong willed woman who seems to be able to tame Strike and really make him an even better detective.

  • The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club)

  • A Novel
  • By: Colson Whitehead
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,286

The Newest Oprah Book Club 2016 Selection. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood - where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned - Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stupendous book, hard to follow in audio

  • By JQR on 12-01-16

Well researched and full of terrible truths

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

Reviewed: 12-11-16

What did you love best about The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club)?

Once Cora and Caesar ran away the book picked up and just the descriptions of injustices and the acceptance of them as normal was riveting and sad to read

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narration was a bit droning. Could have done a better job with someone with more animation in their voice.

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

When Cora stood up to the doctors and nurses about being sterilized.

Any additional comments?

Description of the underground railroad was a bit too fictionalized and may confuse people..it wasn't actually an underground system.

  • Winter

  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 23 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,335
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,908

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. Winter despises her stepmother and knows Levana won't approve of her feelings for her childhood friend - the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn't as weak as Levana believes her to be, and she's been undermining her stepmother's wishes for years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love it

  • By JoAnne Smead on 12-23-15

Fabulous ending to this series

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

Reviewed: 12-06-16

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

I didn't read the print version - I would could have finished the print version faster than listening to this but I think it was worth the time..

What other book might you compare Winter to and why?

This book had similarities with the ending of The Hunger Games, with the outside sectors dedicated to different resources and the main city being grandiose and full of people with outrageous outfits.

Which character – as performed by Rebecca Soler – was your favorite?

I don't know if I can pick just one. I loved them all, although Iko always made me smile with her ridiculously giddy attitude.

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

That would be a feat - no its just not possible.

  • Cress

  • The Lunar Chronicles
  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,853

In this third audiobook in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she's being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she's just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Electrifying Continuation

  • By kathleen on 02-09-14

Keeps getting better

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

Reviewed: 05-25-16

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

I haven't read the print version

What did you like best about this story?

I love how the author weaves the different fairy tales together into an entirely new story.

What about Rebecca Soler’s performance did you like?

Her performance transported me into the story. I felt like I had a netscreen in my head and could see all the players moving around. I think her performance is on par with the narrator for the Harry Potter series.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

no idea, not feeling a creative flow at the moment

Any additional comments?

This trilogy just keeps getting better....can't wait to see how it all ends.

  • Captive

  • By: Aimée Carter
  • Narrated by: Lameece Issaq
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 214

For the past two months, Kitty Doe's life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, in a hostile meritocracy on the verge of revolution, Kitty sees her frustration grow as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoat rebels she is secretly supporting keep her in the dark more than ever.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Really? Character is so stubborn to the point of idiocy.

  • By MelindaCogs on 10-27-15

Maddening but full of twists and turns

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

Reviewed: 04-29-16

Would you try another book from Aimée Carter and/or Lameece Issaq?

yes I just started book 3 which is already much better than this one.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Captive?

When you discover Kitty's parentage

Was Captive worth the listening time?

Only to get to the next book - you definitely need to background