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  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,153
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,553

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-07-17

Eleanor Oliphant is really Incredible!

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

This was a fantastic listen! I couldn't wait to get back in my car to hear more. I listen while commuting and didn't even mind the traffic. I absolutely fell in Love with Eleanor. I was rooting for her in all of her quirkinness along her journey. The book makes a lot of great observations about people in general - about what it takes to be popular, to be a friend, what small pleasures we take for granted, and how one should never judge what anyone else could be struggling with. There is some humor to Eleanor's social awkwardness but also a dark side to the story. I laughed, I cried- I felt I was very involved in the story.
The narration was also perfect. English and Scottish accents mixed with great prose - what more could you want?

  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,076

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

More Fiction than History but a great listen!

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

The narration is excellent. There are lots of different characters who are given their voice here - the pregnant Yankee, the Scotsman, and the bitter English drunk. All the accents are marvelous. This impressive trio tells the story between 2 wars and intertwines the network of spies, deception and friendship through multiple countries. There are parts that sound a bit like a romance novel but I always wanted to know what happened next. The characters are well developed and very memorable.

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

  • By: Mark Haddon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,041

Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Unexpected Gift.

  • By Amanda on 12-07-11

Fantastic narration

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

The narrator does an outstanding job become a 15 year old autistic boy. It is a great story seen through the eyes of someone with autism. What a great way to hear the about the "Incident"

  • Everything I Never Told You

  • A Novel
  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,850
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,953
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,977

Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet.… So begins the story in this exquisite debut novel about a Chinese American family living in a small town in 1970s Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Character Novel

  • By colprubin on 07-16-14

Depressingly Good

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

This is not a feel good book. But I couldn't stop listening!
A teenage girl is dead on the first page. It's not a murder mystery to solve either. It's a character study into her family and a look back into the days/ months/ years leading up to her death. It naturally looks at the secrets that happen in a family and in this mixed Chinese- American family in particular. It forces the listener to think about the pressures in society that occur because of race, gender and of course the pressures that occur to try and please your parents.

  • The Glass Castle

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jeannette Walls
  • Narrated by: Jeannette Walls
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,276

Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family; she called herself an "excitement addict."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A CAPTIVATING READ

  • By Jennifer on 09-25-12

Truth is stranger than fiction

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

Some of the stories are hard to believe! They are gut wrenching and make you want to cry or shake the parents into understanding that their job is to take care of their children. It's amazing the authorities didn't step in to help these kids. But it is an amazing story where the beauty of love and simple pleasures are really appreciated.

  • 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 112,891
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 104,546
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 104,048

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

The crime would be to miss out on this book!

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

This is a great story and even better having it read by the author. I am not always a fan of authors reading their works but this one is almost necessary. Trevor Noah has the South African languages mastered and is such a talented performer that his ability to tell these stories made them laugh out loud funny, heart warming, frightening and incredibly moving. I never enjoyed sitting in traffic for my commute as much. What a wonderful thank you to his mother this book really is.

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  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,717

With his trademark mirth and boundless charisma, actor Nick Offerman brought the loveable shenanigans of Twain's adolescent hero to life in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Now, in yet another virtuosic performance, the actor proves that despite being separated by a span of over a century, his connection to the author and his work is undeniable and that theirs is a timeless collaboration that should not be missed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mark Twain and Nick Offerman are a perfect match

  • By Philip M. Chute on 10-23-17

I would give Nick Offerman 10 stars if I could

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

This book is Timeless. It is hard to believe that Mark Twain wrote this in 1889. It is all about capitalism, fraud, the effect of the church, and the ever present con artist. It may take place with the language and gallantry of the knights of the round table but it could be happening today. That is what makes him such a powerful writer. And to have it delivered by Nick Offerman just makes it MAGIC!

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Soul of An Octopus

  • A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness
  • By: Sy Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Sy Montgomery
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,530
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,408
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,409

Sy Montgomery's popular 2011 Orion magazine piece, "Deep Intellect", about her friendship with a sensitive, sweet-natured octopus named Athena and the grief she felt at her death, went viral, indicating the widespread fascination with these mysterious, almost alien-like creatures. Since then Sy has practiced true immersion journalism, from New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, pursuing these wild, solitary shape-shifters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eight legs and so much more!

  • By Kirstin on 07-02-15

Great idea.... could have been more

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

Lots of interesting science about octopuses... including that the plural form of octopus is octopuses (not octopi). I couldn't wait to learn more about the octopus and even go and see them. However, the book turned into more of a daily blog about what was going on at the New England Aquarium and what fish were being moved around in the tanks. The intricate ongoings of the aquarium are fascinating but it became repetitive and whiny (especially with the author's voice reading it in her overly annunciated and exaggerated way.

  • Fill the Sky

  • By: Katherine A. Sherbrooke
  • Narrated by: Valerie Gilbert
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

When Ellie's cancer exhausts the reaches of modern medicine, she travels to Ecuador with her lifelong friends, Tess and Joline, hoping that local shamans might offer a miracle. During a tumultuous week that includes strange, ancient ceremonies and a betrayal that strains their bond, each woman discovers her own deep need for healing, even the skeptic among them. Fill the Sky is about the complexity of friendship, the power of the spirit, and the quest to not simply fight death, but to shape an authentic life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fill the sky

  • By jey cee on 07-07-17

This has it all!

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

Love, Friendship. Romance. Adventure. An Affair. Cancer. A quest. Business decisions. Shaman. And all of these things happen to our three main characters who are all -- women!
This novel reminds the reader about the importance of friendship and made me question how far I would go and what I would be willing to do for my own friends. (It also made me miss my college roommates:-)) The spiritual trip they take to Ecuador is an interesting exposure to South American food, customs, and language and the descriptions really do make you want to go and visit. The reading by Valerie Gilbert was excellent for the 3 different women and for the various other characters they meet along the way in Ecuador.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The End of the Affair

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Colin Firth
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,616
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,575

Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth ( The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Late to the Party...

  • By Doug - Audible on 07-05-17

It's Colin Firth

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

Reviewed: 09-25-17

If you could sum up The End of the Affair in three words, what would they be?

Love or Hate
That's always the question. Whether love or hate drive you is irrevelant. It's the obsession with the emotion that does you in. Bendrix is driven with his obsession with Love or hate and cannot have a real relationship.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The End of the Affair?

The reading of the diary

What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

Colin Firth was perfect for this role.

If you could take any character from The End of the Affair out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Bendrix would be a lovely dinner date. He's a Well-read novelist, interesting, good looking, and he knows his wines. Good food and intellectual what more could you want:-)

Any additional comments?

I hope Colin Firth narrates more books!