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  • How to Be a Normal Person

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Derrick McClain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508

Gustavo Tiberius is not normal. He knows this. Everyone in his small town of Abby, Oregon, knows this. He reads encyclopedias every night before bed. He has a pet ferret called Harry S. Truman. He owns a video rental store that no one goes to. His closest friends are a lady named Lottie with drag queen hair and a trio of elderly Vespa riders known as the We Three Queens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How to frown like a normal person ;-)

  • By pj on 02-06-17

Wonderful story and performance but...

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

There were several skips in the narrative-technical issues that detract from enjoyment of performance. Audible should do better job of technical editing.

  • The Unknown Ajax

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 985

Miles from anywhere, Darracott Place is presided over by irascible Lord Darracott. The recent drowning of his eldest son has done nothing to improve his temper. For now he must send for the unknown offspring of the uncle whom the family are never permitted to mention. Yet none of that beleaguered family are prepared for the arrival of the weaver’s brat and heir apparent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Georgette Heyer romance

  • By bebe on 06-04-10

Wonderful performance!

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

Reviewed: 05-07-17

A comfortable historic romance rendered extraordinary by the incredibly talented performer. From the broad Yorkshire dialect to the drawling upperclass tones of Vincent, from male to female voices -- all were perfectly performed and not read. Highly recommended .

  • The Queen & the Homo Jock King

  • At First Sight
  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Michael Lesley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480

Do you believe in love at first sight? Sanford Stewart sure doesn't. In fact, he pretty much believes in the exact opposite, thanks to the Homo Jock King. It seems Darren Mayne lives for nothing more than to create chaos in Sandy's perfectly ordered life, just for the hell of it. Sandy despises him, and nothing will ever change his mind. Or so he tells himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loveee it.

  • By Tina on 08-02-16

This one's real too!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

TJ Klune delivers another uproariously funny chapter in the lives of best friends, brothers, and lovers in Tucson. Paul and Vince, of Tell Me It's Real, reappear, with several great scenes involving Paul's inimitable family. The current story focuses on Sandy and Darren and the life of a drag queen. Like TMIR, the Drag Queen and the Homo Jock King makes me laugh out loud again and again. But as much as I enjoy the story, it's the superb narration that makes me give the heartiest recommendation to all to try the rare treat of an excellent story supported by a narration so superb that it elevates the entire work to something even better than the story alone.

Congrats to author and narrator, you truly deserve each other!

  • Dancing Lessons

  • By: R. Cooper
  • Narrated by: Brian Schell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

Two years of living with his controlling boyfriend left Chico worn down long before that boyfriend revealed he'd been seeing someone else. With no other choice, Chico moves in above his cousin's garage in a small town in the redwoods, where he merely goes through the motions. To get him out of the house, his cousin pushes him to volunteer at a local dance studio to help with their annual show. He's not expecting to end up in a dance class, or to start feeling alive again in the arms of his dance instructor, Rafael.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Charming story but disappointing narrative-DNF!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-11-16

Charming story but disappointing narrative-DNF!!!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-16

Chico is a charming main character, and the story itself is light, amusing, and entertaining. I have enjoyed many of this author's narrated stories already, so I succumbed to the temptation of immediate purchase without listening to the sample.

This narrator sounds like he is doing voiceover for a rather boring nature show, his voice holds none of the nuances of expression one would expect in a story about humans instead of gerbils. I listened for about 20% of the narration, after all sometimes narrators do improve as they warm to the story. But to no avail, I simply could not finish, this lovely story was rendered boring, and I intend to return to Audible for a refund.

I expect more than someone simply reading a story aloud when I purchase an audible story. I expect a performance, why else would I spend money?

I cannot recommend this audiblized story to anyone. By all means read the ebook, Ms Cooper is a very imaginative storyteller.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • For Real

  • By: Alexis Hall
  • Narrated by: Paul Berton, John Hartley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

Laurence Dalziel is worn down and washed up, and for him, the BDSM scene is all played out. Six years on from his last relationship, he's pushing 40 and tired of going through the motions of submission. Then he meets Toby Finch. Nineteen years old. Fearless, fierce, and vulnerable. Everything Laurie can't remember being. Toby doesn't know who he wants to be or what he wants to do. But he knows, with all the certainty of youth, that he wants Laurie. He wants him on his knees.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just picture me screaming into the abyss forever

  • By R_K_87 on 04-14-16

Superb narration for superb story

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

Reviewed: 05-24-16

As much as I enjoy reading Alexis Hall's excellent prose, this time I enjoyed hearing it even more. These narrators brought the characters to life by dramatizing the story, not merely reading Hall's beautifully literate prose.

I highly recommend this production, and know I will listen to it many times.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sharpe's Tiger

  • Book I of the Sharpe Series
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,104

1799. As the British Army fights its way through India toward a diabolical trap, the young and illiterate private Richard Sharpe must battle both man and beast behind enemy lines, in an attempt to push the ruthless Tippoo of Mysore from his throne and drive his French allies out of India.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Believe the Hype!

  • By Angela on 03-15-07

The story of history -

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

Reviewed: 03-21-16

Would you listen to Sharpe's Tiger again? Why?

Yes, great story with a chance to learn a little world history.

What did you like best about this story?

The setting in the British army and the many voices of Davidsons excellent narrative.

Which character – as performed by Frederick Davidson – was your favorite?

Sharpe, of course!

Any additional comments?

Will listen to this performance more than once!

  • Sharpe's Rifles

  • Book VI of the Sharpe Series
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550

It's 1809 and the powerful French juggernaut is sweeping across Spain. Lieutenant Sharpe is newly in command of the demoralized, distrustful men of the 95th Rifles. He must lead them to safety - and the only means of escape is a treacherous trek through the enemy-infested mountains of Spain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction at it's best.

  • By Joe on 09-30-03

Sharpe and Harper begin

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

Reviewed: 03-21-16

I love the story of the start of Sharpe's friendship with Patrick Harper, and continuing life in this man's army. Excellent narration by Davidson, who I first encountered in the Jeeves stories.

  • Mexican Heat

  • Crimes & Cocktails Series, Book 1
  • By: Josh Lanyon, Laura Baumbach
  • Narrated by: Holden Madagame
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

SFPD detective Gabriel Sandalini might as well have put a gun to his own head. One red-hot sexual encounter in a bar's back room has put two years of deep undercover work in jeopardy - two years of danger and deception as he worked his way into crime boss Ricco Botelli's inner circle. Gabriel can't afford emotional entanglements. Hell, he can't afford emotions. But that was before he had a name to pin on that anonymous one-off-Miguel Ortega.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Josh Lanyon was NOT INVOLVED in making this audio!

  • By Johanna on 01-24-16

Narration so bad I did not finish it

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

This is an excellent story that has deserved several re-reads, and I was looking forward to the audible version. However, not only is the reader unskilled in narrating anything with words greater than three syllables and occasionally in a foreign language, the production itself is DEFECTIVE.

Holden Madagame lacks the skill to read aloud in English, let alone manage Spanish names and place names (it took him several chapters to discover "Don" is an honorific title in Spanish and NOT a first name). I am paying to listen to him and expect any narrator worth his salt can acquire the correct pronunciation of a few foreign words. This is apparently expecting too much, however, as he mangles pronunciation of English as well (example, "yeoman" he pronounces to rhyme with the country "Yemen".

I could excuse a handful of mispronounced words in a book, but this "performance" contains so many it completely distracted me from the story, and I could not finish it. Also he cannot read a sentence longer than five words without stumbling. In Audible chapter 10, in which the characters are engaged in a game called "Espera", we hear Madagame stumbling through re-reads of almost every other sentence because he has omitted words or otherwise ruined the sentence. And Audible.com has neglected to edit out these DEFECTIVE passages! So you get stops and starts for the entire chapter 10, and sprinkled intermittently throughout the other first 10 chapters (I stopped listening after 10.)

After researching the narrator's other Audible.com works and finding that limited to a handful of porn and sex manuals, I can only conclude there were so many errors in chapter 10 because he was reading one-handed.

This is the poorest, most sophomoric attempt at narration I have ever encountered on Audible.com, and it ruined an excellent story by well-known authors in this genre. I cannot recommend anyone purchase this narration. I could not recommend it even if it were free.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Butterfly Hunter

  • By: Julie Bozza
  • Narrated by: Ray Cross
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

It started as a simple assignment for Aussie bush guide Dave Taylor - escort a lone Englishman in quest of an unknown species of butterfly. However Nicholas Goring is no ordinary tourist, his search is far from straightforward, and it's starting to look as if the butterflies don't want to be found. As Dave teaches Nicholas everything he needs to survive in the Outback he discovers that he too has quite a bit to learn - and that very often the best way to locate something really important is just not to want to find it....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't finish it - awful narration

  • By Ben on 12-28-15

Superior narration for a favorite story

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

I have enjoyed reading and re-reading this story of an Aussie and an Englishman for about a year now, and was delighted to find an audible version available. The narration is superb, it well matches the pace and cadence of the written story, from beginning to end. I highly recommend this audible version.

  • Rendezvous with Rama

  • By: Sir Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer - introduction
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,082
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,947

At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed in the narrator

  • By Brent on 06-01-12

Dull and boring narration of a favorite story

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

Reviewed: 09-11-15

This has been my favorite sci fi story for decades and I have re read it numerous times. I could only take one chapter, however, of the narrator's flat, lifeless voice. I am going to return my audible copy. You can be measured, deliberate, steady in your delivery without being lifeless and utterly forgettable, sir.

I cannot recommend this audible book to anyone.