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  • A Horse Walks into a Bar

  • By: David Grossman, Jessica Cohen
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 176

In a little dive in a small Israeli city, Dov Greenstein, a comedian a bit past his prime, is doing a night of stand-up. In the audience is a district court justice, Avishai Lazar, whom Dov knew as a boy, along with a few others who remember Dov as the awkward, scrawny kid who walked on his hands to confound the neighborhood bullies. Gradually, teetering between hilarity and hysteria, Dov's patter becomes a kind of memoir, taking us back into the terrors of his childhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An extraordinary experience

  • By Judith Stein on 07-28-17

Felt like I was paying to be a therapist

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

The main character is one unhappy person who is trying to make a living as a stand-up comic. At one point in the book, someone in the audience gets up and walks out, saying something along the lines of "why doesn't he pay a therapist." That pretty much sums ups he story - it's a stand up comic, who is not really funny, working out his issues on stage. The side story of the person in the audience who was his childhood friend is absolutely lost in all the melancholy of the stand up comic's antics on stage.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Crime Scene

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 718
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 640
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 634

Eccentric, reclusive Walter Rennert lies cold at the bottom of his stairs. At first glance the scene looks straightforward: a once-respected psychology professor done in by booze and a bad heart. But his daughter, Tatiana, insists that her father has been murdered, and she persuades Clay Edison to take a closer look at the grim facts of Rennert's life. What emerges is a history of scandal and violence and an experiment gone horribly wrong that ended in the brutal murder of a coed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This was a let down

  • By Mike on 08-08-17

Not as strong as the Alex Delaware novels

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

This novel had some disjointed sections - perhaps that's what happens when there are 2 authors writing one book. Dr. Delaware makes a cameo appearance that adds nothing to the book, and is, in fact, rather a cheap way to hook fans of the Alex Delaware series. Overall, this book will keep your interest, and perhaps Clay Edison can become an ongoing character. But the next book had better be edited better.

  • The Weight of Lies

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Carpenter
  • Narrated by: Kate Orsini
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,675
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,538
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,535

Reformed party girl Meg Ashley leads a life of privilege, thanks to a bestselling horror novel her mother wrote decades ago. But Meg knows that the glow of their very public life hides a darker reality of lies, manipulation, and the heartbreak of her own solitary childhood. Desperate to break free of her mother, Meg accepts a proposal to write a scandalous, tell-all memoir.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. That was pretty bad.

  • By Meg on 07-21-17

Editing could have made this a great book

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book might appeal to someone who needs a story to be very over-written, leaving nothing to the reader's imagination. Carpenter never met an adjective she didn't like, and she repeated descriptions over and over (how many times did Meg have to say Koa smelled like jasmine?).

What was most disappointing about Emily Carpenter’s story?

I actually liked the story-within-a-story technique. What disappointed me was that there was too much extraneous information and description. The mare and foal as symbols of Meg's relationship with her mother was just too trite.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Orsini?

Kate Orsini was very good in some parts. But she often lost the characters' voices, so if she was "acting" as Koa for the better part of a speech, all of a sudden she sounded like Meg again, even though Koa was still speaking. So I'm not sure if the fault is hers, or if it was bad producing and editing.

What character would you cut from The Weight of Lies?

Benoit was pointless.

Any additional comments?

This book got me through 2 long days of driving, but fast-forward came in handy in several sections.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Heartbreak Hotel

  • An Alex Delaware Novel
  • By: Jonathan Kellerman
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,181
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,165

At nearly 100 years old, Thalia Mars is a far cry from the patients that child psychologist Alex Delaware normally treats. But the charming, witty woman convinces Alex to meet with her in a suite at the Aventura, a luxury hotel with a checkered history. What Thalia wants from Alex are answers to unsettling questions - about guilt, patterns of criminal behavior, victim selection. When Alex asks the reason for her morbid fascination, Thalia promises to tell all during their next session. When he shows up the following morning, he is met with silence: Thalia is dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Start at the beginning

  • By JAMES on 03-04-17

Kellerman in good form

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

Reviewed: 04-29-17

Would you listen to Heartbreak Hotel again? Why?

I probably wouldn't listen to it again - not based on the story or the performance but because I just don't re-listen (or re-read) books. Too many books, not enough time.

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

John Rubenstein IS Alex Delaware (and Milo Sturgis). Even when I read a Kellerman book I hear Rubenstein in my head.

Any additional comments?

Usually Alex Delaware is working to solve a case involving children (or something that happened to an adult as a child). This book is completely at the other end of the age range since the victim is almost 100 years old. The twists were interesting, as were the "excursions" into Hollywood of the 1930s.

  • Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

  • A Novel
  • By: Kathleen Rooney
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578

It's the last day of 1984, and 85-year-old Lillian Boxfish is about to take a walk. As she traverses a grittier Manhattan, a city anxious after an attack by a still-at-large subway vigilante, she encounters bartenders, bodega clerks, chauffeurs, security guards, bohemians, criminals, children, parents, and parents to be in surprising moments of generosity and grace. While she strolls Lillian recalls a long and eventful life that included a brief reign as the highest paid advertising woman in America - a career cut short by marriage, motherhood, divorce, and a breakdown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazingly well written

  • By Suzanne K on 03-21-17

Don't listen if you are tired

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

Reviewed: 04-29-17

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

The story. I'm a fan of Xe Sands so it wasn't her narration. The book is just plain boring. Maybe it's better on the page than as an audible book, but I could never get into it. It would just be noise playing in the background as I was driving.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Chimes

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6,966
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,247
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6,241

A haunting tale set on New Year's Eve, The Chimes tells the story of a poor porter named Trotty Veck who has become disheartened by the state of the world, until he is shown a series of fantastical visions that convince him of the good of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Version of "The Chimes" on Audible!

  • By Gillian on 12-14-15

sleep inducing

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

Reviewed: 03-03-17

Would you try another book from Charles Dickens and/or Richard Armitage?

I've read enough Dickens to know what to expect. Perhaps in 1844 audiences would be enthralled by listening to someone read this - but not in 2017. My feeling is that this book is better read on the printed page than as an audiobook. Could not keep the characters straight as they all sounded alike by this narrator.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom. It was no Edgar Allan Poe, that's for sure!

  • The Girl from Venice

  • By: Martin Cruz Smith
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 183

Venice, 1944. The war may be waning, but the city is still occupied and people all over Europe fear the power of the Third Reich. One night, under a sky of brilliant stars, a poor fisherman named Cenzo comes across a girl's body floating in the lagoon. He carries her into his boat and soon discovers that she is very much alive and very much in trouble: Born to a wealthy Jewish family who has been captured and deported by the Nazis, Guilia is on the run after she was found hiding in a local hospital.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I miss Arkady Renko.

  • By Richard Delman on 11-21-16

no surprises, but it will keep your attention

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

Reviewed: 03-03-17

What made the experience of listening to The Girl from Venice the most enjoyable?

It's a pretty fast-paced story, and not the typical story set during WWII. This one is set in Italy, and the historical aspects of it (so the rise and fall of Mussolini) are particularly interesting. The romance is a foregone conclusion, but the twists and turns of who is friend and who is foe make this book a captivating listen.

  • A Few Right Thinking Men

  • The Rowland Sinclair Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Sulari Gentill
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Rowland Sinclair is an artist and a gentleman. In Australia's 1930s, the Sinclair name is respectable and influential, yet Rowland has a talent for scandal. He relies on the Sinclair fortune to indulge his artistic passions and friends: a poet, a painter and a brazen sculptress. Mounting tensions fuelled by the Great Depression take Australia to the brink of revolution, but Rowland Sinclair is indifferent to the politics...until a brutal murder exposes an extraordinary and treasonous conspiracy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Listen

  • By Anniebligh on 10-27-17

Too much history, not enough story

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

Reviewed: 11-30-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Cut back on some of the details of the political rallies, etc. The descriptions seemed to go on forever. I got to the point where I fast forwarded a few times.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I liked that fact that the chapters started with actual newspaper stories.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Holding

  • By: Graham Norton
  • Narrated by: Graham Norton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

Graham Norton's masterful debut is an intelligently crafted story of love, secrets and loss.The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama; and yet its inhabitants are troubled. Sergeant PJ Collins hasn't always been this overweight; mother of¬ two Brid Riordan hasn't always been an alcoholic; and elegant Evelyn Ross hasn't always felt that her life was a total waste.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely charming

  • By Kathryn G. on 11-30-16

Absolutely charming

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

Reviewed: 11-30-16

What made the experience of listening to Holding the most enjoyable?

Having Graham Norton read his own work made this special. He has a wonderful voice for narration.

What does Graham Norton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His Irish accent - it made the characters really come alive.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Everything We Keep

  • A Novel
  • By: Kerry Lonsdale
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,170
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,432
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,437

Sous chef Aimee Tierney has the perfect recipe for the perfect life: marry her childhood sweetheart, raise a family, and buy out her parents' restaurant. But when her fiancé, James Donato, vanishes in a boating accident, her well-baked future is swept out to sea. Instead of walking down the aisle on their wedding day, Aimee is at James's funeral - a funeral that leaves her more unsettled than at peace.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Colleen on 08-17-16

Don't eye-roll while driving

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

Reviewed: 10-07-16

Would you try another book from Kerry Lonsdale and/or Amy Landon?

I will listen to something else read by Amy Landon as I thought she did a nice job.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kerry Lonsdale again?

Probably not.

Which scene was your favorite?

The epilogue. After about the first half of the book, I spent a lot of time wanting to scream at Aimee (the main character) "Oh, just get over yourself!"

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No