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  • The Invisible Library

  • By: Genevieve Cogman
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,183
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,093

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant, Kai, she's posted to an alternative London. Their mission: to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it's already been stolen. London's underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • could not get past the voice

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-04-16

Terrible Narrative

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

Reviewed: 04-22-16

I think the story might be good, but no story can overcome the narrator. I sorry to have to say that. The narration was rhythmic, in the sense of every line having the same emphasis no matter what the content was. Couldn't finish the book.

  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,903
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,914

First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • mouth watering

  • By David on 03-30-10

Holmes Always!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-15

Perfect stories and the ideal narrator. I'm sure that Dr Watson sounded exactly like him! The Copper Beeches and the Speckled Band are two of my favorite Holmes stories.

  • Locke & Key

  • By: Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Narrated by: Haley Joel Osment, Tatiana Maslany, Kate Mulgrew, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,602
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,158

Based on the best-selling, award-winning graphic novel series Locke & Key - written by acclaimed suspense novelist Joe Hill ( NOS4A2, Horns) and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez - this multicast, fully dramatized audio production brings the images and words to life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I really tried to like it

  • By Candy M Tuttle on 08-28-18

Media Translation

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

Reviewed: 11-19-15

I really enjoyed the comic book. That said, the transition to audio play felt rocky to me. Even knowing the storyline didn't help with continuity because the wonderful visuals were so much a part of the story.

Still a good story, but the flow of story and visuals in the comic book was clearer and fuller than just the dialogue.

2 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Midnight at the Casa Luna

  • A Jack Flanders Adventure
  • By: Meatball Fulton
  • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

One autumn evening in New York, Jack Flanders walks into an all night coffee shop, and finds himself stepping out into the tropics. He encounters his long lost uncle, Sir Henry Jowls, who convinces Jack to steal a green stone. But Sir Henry is replaced by another Sir Henry, who insists Jack return the stone to the mythical city of Mer-Kahbah. To reach that city, Jack must cross the Twilight Realms of the Hungry Ghosts and they are quite hungry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jack!

  • By Judith on 11-15-15

Jack!

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

Reviewed: 11-15-15

What's coming at you is coming from you. That's what his business card says. Another bizarre and delightful tale of mysterious goals and amazing happenings.
Jack is kidnapped by a motorcycle from a coffeehouse adrift in time.

  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

  • By: Gabrielle Zevin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,868
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,866

The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Tale for Booksellers

  • By B. Leon on 04-15-14

Gently gripping

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

Reviewed: 10-31-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Some of my friends would love it. You might like it, too. I enjoyed the book because of the simplicity of the story, the changes the characters underwent during the plot's unfolding, and the main character, A.J., was so thoroughly a bookseller.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters' development and changes

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

It was low-keyed and very much in keeping with the main character.

If you could take any character from The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry out to dinner, who would it be and why?

The police chief, definitely. He undergoes so many changes and so much growth, and I do love a happy ending.

Any additional comments?

All the characters in this book were interesting, three dimensional people. I would probably like them all. IRL, I mean!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Broadbent
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,904

Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Walkabout

  • By FanB14 on 07-01-13

Unexpected Journey

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

Reviewed: 01-26-14

If you could sum up The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry in three words, what would they be?

Time, reclamation, memory.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The journey was my favorite character.

Which scene was your favorite?

When she gave him a bath.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book was bought on a BOGO sale, and has surprised me joyfully. I felt laughter and tears and hope.

Any additional comments?

Harold's pilgrimage is a wonderful story, well written and universal. Carries us back through time and forward to reclaim forgotten life and truth and memory. I have rarely enjoyed a book as much, and the narrator gives life to the author's wonderful story in a perfect marriage. I loved this book. And, yes, I cried at the end...but for happy.

  • Way Station

  • By: Clifford D. Simak
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,672
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,685

In this Hugo Award-winning classic, Enoch Wallace is an ageless hermit, striding across his untended farm as he had done for over a century, still carrying the gun with which he had served in the Civil War. But what his neighbors must never know is that, inside his unchanging house, he meets with a host of unimaginable friends from the farthest stars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very special novel that will inspire you.

  • By Noe on 08-08-10

Plot meets Narrator Successfully!

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

Reviewed: 05-23-13

What did you like best about this story?

The ethical and philosophical considerations raised by Simak. This is a gentle book that manages to encompass human frailty, war and a multi-pointed view of what it means to say "alien" in a very, to me, successful fashion.


Which character – as performed by Eric Michael Summerer – was your favorite?

It would be easy to say Enoch was my favorite, but truthfully I found all the characters engaging and interesting. Some of the aliens were more human than some of the earthlings!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No...I find breaks to think about the story very pleasant.

Any additional comments?

I like this book. I think it stands the test of time better than many science fiction books of that period because of the strong characters.

The narration worked very well. Enoch's voice was well realized, I think. I recommend the story and the production.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Second World War: Alone

  • By: Sir Winston Churchill
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,338
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007

"After the first forty days we were alone," writes Churchill. This edition is part two of Churchill's own abridgement of his original six-volume history of the Second World War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the rest of the story

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-13-08

The War Fought by Churchill

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

Reviewed: 03-19-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Second World War: Alone to be better than the print version?

I do not believe the audio version is any better than the written version. I have read Churchill's books and love his writing. The audio edition does have a marvelous narrator, though. He sounds much as I recall Churchill sounding on the radio.

By the way, Christian Rodska has not only the cadence of speech down well, but he also has the unconscious quality of Churchill's conviction of being right. It is quite wonderful, and makes the man come alive.

What other book might you compare The Second World War: Alone to and why?

Antony Beevor's "Stalingrad" is as detailed and thorough and harrowing, if not more so. I loved this book.

What about Christian Rodska’s performance did you like?

His cadence and deliberateness was wonderful. See above for further observations.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Germany's betrayal of Russia...although expected, of course, it was a shock to many and particularly to Russia.

Any additional comments?

A wonderful read, and when combined with the other books in the series it is quite a good and thorough history of WWII. I recommend it.

  • 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 7,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,807
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,771

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

My favorite story!

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

Reviewed: 10-30-12

Would you consider the audio edition of The End of the Affair to be better than the print version?

I first read this book in college. It was one of my favorites, and since then I have re-read it three times. Each time I enjoyed the story as it revealed the motives, complications, expectations and denouements of characters and plot.

Colin Firth's reading of it is masterful! I have never realized how lovely it could be to have a favorite book read by someone who can bring nuance and meaning where I thought I knew it so well. Thank you, Colin!

I recommend it! One of his best, I think. Also, The Quiet American.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Broken Kingdoms audiobook cover art
  • The Broken Kingdoms

  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Casaundra Freeman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533

The gods have broken free after centuries of slavery, and the world holds its breath, fearing their vengeance. The saga of mortals and immortals continues in The Broken Kingdoms. In the city of Shadow, beneath the World Tree, alleyways shimmer with magic and godlings live hidden among mortalkind. Oree Shoth, a blind artist, takes in a homeless man who glows like a living sun to her strange sight. This act of kindness engulfs Oree in a nightmarish conspiracy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • please give us book number 3, audible overlords!!!

  • By katya on 05-06-16

Inheritance Trilogy

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

Reviewed: 08-09-12

Would you listen to The Broken Kingdoms again? Why?

Yes, I would. I think the story is complex enough to warrant re-reading. The world is interesting as an extension of the previous: Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters and their changes.

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

not to my knowledge.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, I felt a quiet enjoyment as the story unfolded. And I appreciated the ending.