LISTENER

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  • The Listener

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,461
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,457

It's 1934. Businesses went under by the hundreds, debt and foreclosures boomed, and breadlines grew in many American cities. In the midst of this misery, some folks explored unscrupulous ways to make money. Angel-faced John Partlow and carnival huckster Ginger LaFrance are among the worst of this lot. Joining together they leave their small-time confidence scams behind to attempt an elaborate kidnapping-for-ransom scheme in New Orleans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Southern Fried Horror Done Right

  • By Ila in Maine on 03-05-18

Warning

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Started out interesting but unfortunately quickly dove into animal abuse. Not for everyone I’m sure .

  • Our Little Lies

  • By: Sue Watson
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 512

Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy. Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother early, growing up in foster care. But her husband, Simon, is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France: nothing is too good for his family. Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline, gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows it’s nothing - she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible

  • By ilene on 10-24-18

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

Very long winded story with a ridiculous ending. Narrator is perfect but I would skip this one.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor in rural Oxfordshire. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. Over 150 years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why the heck is the abridged version played first?!

  • By Alicia Perrillo on 10-14-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

I too had to stop . So disappointing after waiting so long for Kate Morton’s new book - very choppy and boring . Couldn’t make it through another hour.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • On What Grounds

  • By: Cleo Coyle
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,837
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,629
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,634

Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stands out

  • By Pam on 06-07-13

Annoying

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

Had to stop into the first hour. Had potential but the amount of drawn out filler was unbearable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Healing After Loss

  • Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief
  • By: Martha Whitmore Hickman
  • Narrated by: Lorna Raver
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

After the loss of a loved one, once the services are over and the relatives and friends have gone home, we are left to enter a strange new land, where someone who has given meaning to our life is gone. Drawing on her own experience as well as that of others, author Martha Whitmore Hickman presents a year's worth of meditations for people dealing with this profound loss, offering solace and illuminating a way forward. From January 1 to December 31, each day's meditation considers a meaningful quotation or passage on grief or suffering....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent if you are dealing with a loss...

  • By Sandra on 02-24-13

UPLIFTING

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

I highly recommend this wonderful book- I never imagined a book could help me to heal after the loss of my husband. Every word is validating, comforting, and promotes feelings of hope. The narrator does a wonderful job. I hope anyone who is grieving will take a chance on this one since it truly helps. Thank you to the author for providing this comfort.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Spinning Silver

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,260

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father's inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty - until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk - grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh - Miryem's fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and Magical

  • By Tatiana on 07-12-18

WONDERFUL

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

So glad I tried this since I generally don’t enjoy magic and fantasy. But this was amazing with perfect narration. Can’t say enough - don’t miss it!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Frankenstein

  • By: Mary Shelley
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,378

Narrator Dan Stevens ( Downton Abbey) presents an uncanny performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel, an epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Modern Prometheus

  • By Anon on 07-23-18

SUPERB

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

Excellent narration and beautiful poetic writing. It’s not what you may expect-it’s amazing. Don’t miss it.

  • Pet Sematary

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,716
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,155

When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic, rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true. Yet despite Ludlow's tranquility, there's an undercurrent of danger that lingers...like the graveyard in the woods near the Creeds' home, where generations of children have buried their beloved pets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS is what Audible was made for!

  • By Nate_D on 04-03-18

ADDICTING

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Couldn’t put this down. Good creepy story if you like to scare yourself ,but much too sad .

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Little Princes

  • One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal
  • By: Conor Grennan
  • Narrated by: Conor Grennan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,642

In search of adventure, 29-year-old Conor Grennan traded his day job for a year-long trip around the globe, a journey that began with a three-month stint volunteering at the Little Princes Children's Home, an orphanage in war-torn Nepal. Conor was initially reluctant to volunteer, unsure whether he had the proper skill, or enough passion, to get involved in a developing country in the middle of a civil war. But he was soon overcome by the herd of rambunctious, resilient children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hope there is a sequel!

  • By R. Cotton on 02-19-11

Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

So heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time. Truly gives you hope for humanity. This author is one special human being - different than most of us. He is also an excellent narrator. I felt like I personally knew everyone in this story -it pulls you in emotionally on many levels. Don’t miss this one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Metamorphosis

  • A BBC Radio 4 Reading
  • By: Franz Kafka
  • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

Benedict Cumberbatch reads the enduring classic of Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis. Gregor Samsa wakes to discover that he has turned into a large, monstrous insect-like creature. He attempts to adjust to his new condition as he deals with being burdensome to his parents and sister, who are repelled by the horrible creature he has become. First published in 1915, Kafka's darkly comic novella explores concepts such as the absurdity of life, alienation and the disconnect between mind and body.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Sad

  • By ilene on 02-05-18

Very Sad

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

Emotional story of humanity and much more. With a narrator like this you want it to go on forever just to hear his voice. Beautiful job.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful