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  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131,739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,171

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A festival of personality disorders

  • By Paula Dee on 04-20-15

Interesting, a bit depressing, and clever at times

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I agree with some of the other reviewers that the characters aren't very likable. They are complex and pitiful although the leading character's landlady was more than patient and mostly compassionate throughout the story. I think that the book could have been 25% shorter and nothing would have been lost.

There were some good twists and turns, and the premise of the book was pretty cool - watching a city block from the commuter train and seeing how its residents evolved. I loved the narrators who were well-chosen for the characters they represented. In the end, I was disappointed when the killer was revealed. I didn't want it to be that particular person!

  • The Hike

  • By: Drew Magary
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,599
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,588

When Ben, a suburban family man, takes a business trip to rural Pennsylvania, he decides to spend the afternoon before his dinner meeting on a short hike. Once he sets out into the woods behind his hotel, he quickly comes to realize that the path he has chosen cannot be given up easily. With no choice but to move forward, Ben finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a world of man-eating giants, bizarre demons, and colossal insects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best ending I can remember

  • By David on 05-08-17

Unimaginable imagination

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

This story was agonizing and totally surprising - what the main character endured was far beyond what most people could survive. I don't know how the author came up with this stuff, but it was like nothing else I've ever read. What a phenomenal imagination he has. This should be turned into a movie. Excellent story (Drew Magary) and narration (Christopher Lane). Now I want to check both of them out on Audible to see what other audio books I can buy!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ocean Liner

  • By: Marius Gabriel
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 860

Cousins Masha and Rachel Morgenstern board the luxury liner the SS Manhattan bound for New York, desperate to escape the concentration camps that claimed the rest of their family. America offers a safe haven, but to reach it they must survive a hazardous Atlantic crossing. Among their fellow passengers fleeing the war, each with their own conflicts, secrets, and surprises, are the composer Igor Stravinsky, making a new start after a decade of tragedy, and Rose Kennedy, determined to keep her four children from harm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Historical Fiction--Compelling Characters

  • By Linda on 04-05-18

Worthwhile and compelling

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

I would have given the story 5 stars, but I kept thinking: ''Is this story true?'' The author, Maurius Gabriel, did a splendid job, however. Kudos to narrator Angela Dawe, who is amazing. How she mastered and kept track of each character's accent and voice intonations - I'll never know. If I could give her 6 stars, I would.

  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,921
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,003
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,927

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW

  • By Kate on 11-05-18

Wonderfully done!

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

Bravo! I had a nice night listening to this audio book. To the uber-talented writers, narrators, and Audible Original producers: please make more! I'll be a regular customer.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,276
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,244

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Part history lesson, part audio documentary.

  • By brian on 11-01-18

Naughty and nice

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

This engaging and risque book about true Victorian Secrets was a lot of fun! Quite naughty. I listened to it with earphones during a recent road trip while my husband listened to news. Without question, I was better entertained than he was! My intermittent gasps and giggles from Stephen Fry's outstanding and humorous narration style, along with the historical research by John Woolf and Nick Baker, helped entertain us both. Learning about [secret and surprising] sexuality in the Victorian era won't be everyone's cup of tea, but most of you will find it to be a jolly good listening experience.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,436

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Interesting but not well-developed

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

The book was interesting and the narration was good. There were times, however, when I had a hard time distinguishing between the detective and the dispatcher. Their voices were too similar, or perhaps there should have been longer gaps between them to indicate when the other began speaking.

I liked the grittiness of the story from a sci-fi standpoint. I found the concept of how people now die 'differently' interesting enough, but I don't recall hearing how or why this was the case. You just had to settle for: ''This is the way it is now.''

To wrap things up in my review, I don't feel the story line was best suited for a short story format. It felt lackluster - a short flash in the pan that wasn't terribly satisfying. Done right, this book could certainly be transformed into a real thrill ride and a 2-hour movie or mini series - with the right plot development by the screen play writers.

  • Return to Life

  • Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives
  • By: Jim B. Tucker
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

A first-person account of Jim Tucker's experiences with a number of extraordinary children with memories of past lives, Return to Life focuses mostly on American cases, presenting each family's story and describing his investigation. His goal is to determine what happened-what the child has said, how the parents have reacted, whether the child's statements match the life of a particular deceased person, and whether the child could have learned such information through normal means.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing new

  • By Pita on 08-09-14

Good book, and believable

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

This audio book was interesting and believable. It wasn't riveting, by any means. However, I appreciated the author's efforts as I also believe in the concept of previous lives lived. He and his colleagues did a good job.

  • Psychic Self-Defense

  • The Classic Instruction Manual for Protecting Yourself Against Paranormal Attack
  • By: Dion Fortune
  • Narrated by: Joseph Kant
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

After finding herself the subject of a powerful psychic attack in the 1930s, famed British occultist Dion Fortune wrote this detailed instruction manual on protecting oneself from paranormal attack. This classic psychic self-defense guide explains how to understand the signs of a psychic attack, vampirism, hauntings, and methods of defense. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying male voice? REALLY?

  • By F. Presson on 10-06-18

Just can't get into it

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

This book just doesn't make much sense to me. It just rambles. What am I missing? I was seeking solutions in the realm of psychic defense but this audio book doesn't fit my way of information comprehension. I don't know what else to say.

  • Medical Medium

  • Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal
  • By: Anthony William
  • Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503

Anthony William, medical medium, has helped tens of thousands of people heal from ailments that have been misdiagnosed or ineffectively treated or that doctors can't resolve. He's done this by listening to a divine voice that literally speaks into his ear, telling him what lies at the root of people's pain or illness, and what they need to do to restore their health. His methods achieve spectacular results, even for those who have spent years and many thousands of dollars on all forms of medicine before turning to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it, but need pdf for menus!!

  • By Michelle White on 03-15-18

Not suited for audio-only reading

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

This book was such a disappointment to me. It is impossible to use for healing illness in its audio-only format. And the psychic healer behind it all seems non-existent beyond the biography at the beginning of the book. I'll admit, I haven't finished it because I ran out of patience. Every medical condition is supposedly treatable by an assortment of herbal remedies - some of which I can't even begin to figure out how to source. I wanted this book to help find the appropriate alternative treatment for my husband's debilitating autoimmune disorder. Modern medicine hasn't provided much help short of prednisone. I'm as clueless as before I started listening to Medical Medium. I give.

  • I'm From the Sun

  • The Gustafer Yellowgold Story
  • By: Morgan Taylor
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,158
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,077

Ride along with 9-year old “sunling” Gustafer, in this otherworldly, melancholy musical comedy that takes place entirely on our closest star - The Sun! As if the stress of the annual Tiger Face holiday season wasn’t enough, the young sun-dweller Gustafer must face the nasty neighborhood bullies and overcome his fear of telling his father the awful truth: he doesn’t want to inherit the family raisin-butchering business. Despite help from his best friend Ellen and over-achieving big brother, Ben, Gustafer faces the ultimate crossroad when he sees a darker opportunity to control his own destiny on the Sun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this! Beatles meet Queen on the SUN.

  • By Andrew Vladeck on 10-08-18

Lovely, beautiful, fascinating book

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

I love, love, love this audio book. I didn't expect this sci-fi audio work of fiction to necessarily rock my world, but that is precisely what it is doing. I'm halfway through and do not want it to ever end.

October 2018 in the USA has been such a downer: I'd list all the awful events that have happened nationally (devastating weather events, divisive politics, unspeakable crimes by bad people), but I won't. And in my own world, there are obstacles and medical situations bombarding me right now. (Can you identify???)

I started listening to: I'm From the Sun two nights ago and it has lifted me right up to a happy place - I want MORE! It actually made me cry (good healing tears) last night. I won't tell you what the story is about - just use one credit and buy it - then share it. For the young and old: This is the audio book for you!

To everyone involved in producing this audio book I say, BRAVO! Morgan Taylor: Please produce more material like this, ok?

8 of 8 people found this review helpful