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lesley ann

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  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion

  • A Novel
  • By: Fannie Flagg
  • Narrated by: Fannie Flagg
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,401
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,180

Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a fun story!

  • By Lea Zimmerman on 12-06-13

So much fun! An important part of women's history

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

Excellent performance! I was so pleased with how the story unfolded even though at the beginning it might have seemed a bit slow, it quickly picked up with great color, laughter and surprises. I learned so much about...WASP woman heroes of WWII. Warm, tender, intelligent and funny!

  • Homegoing

  • A Novel
  • By: Yaa Gyasi
  • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,636

Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into different villages in 18th-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and will live in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising children who will be sent abroad to be educated before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the empire. Esi, imprisoned beneath Effia in the castle's women's dungeon and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, will be sold into slavery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An important story but terribly disjointed

  • By Joy on 12-07-17

A literary masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Exquisite language, powerful, moving and transporting storytelling. Haunting and hopeful. This is a book that will stay with me, can't imagine not having read it.

Narration is flawless and smooth to this ear. Would be great if he could re- narrate important books like Thupten Jinpa's book Fearless Heart. Hope to hear more sentinel books read by him.

  • The Girl from the Train

  • By: Irma Joubert
  • Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530

Six-year-old Gretl Schmidt is on a train bound for Auschwitz. Jakób Kowalski is planting a bomb on the tracks. As World War II draws to a close, Jakób fights with the Polish resistance against the crushing forces of Germany and Russia. They mean to destroy a German troop transport, but Gretl's unscheduled train reaches the bomb first. Gretl is the only survivor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story covering the middle of the 20th C.

  • By john on 04-12-16

it's a lot more romance and a lot less historical.

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

this is really not historical fiction except for the first bit of the book and then it's almost completely overtaken by a disproportionate amount of romance - I don't think it should be listed under historical fiction

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  • The Nazi Officer's Wife

  • How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust
  • By: Edith Hahn Beer, Susan Dworkin
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,644
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,204

Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a slave labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman, so she went underground.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought Provoking

  • By Ella on 10-29-06

incredible human story... amazingly narrated

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

this is an incredible very human and compassionate perspect of you everyday toils, fear and terrifying struggles of surviving in the nazi empire. beautifully written with impeccable and transporting narration. the best all around Audible I've get encountered. a masterpiece in the writing and the telling.

  • The Oxford Tearoom Mysteries Box Set Collection I

  • Prequel + Books 1 & 2
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548

"Scones, a tea shop in England, a kitty and a murder...yes, please!" Enjoy the first three books in the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, in one handy collection! Join tearoom sleuth Gemma Rose, her mischievous feline Muesli, and the nosy Old Biddies as they tackle murder and mystery in the beautiful city of Oxford - not to forget the delights of delicious baking and afternoon tea in a quaint English village!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A nice little mystery bundle

  • By Julie on 03-07-18

Enjoyable 'cozy' - excellent performance

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

Not a masterwork but thoroughly enjoyable and narrator is very very good.
Let's say overall the audible is very easy on the ear and fun.

  • Learn French with Paul Noble

  • PART 3: French made easy with your personal language coach
  • By: Paul Noble
  • Narrated by: Paul Noble
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 276

Collins French with Paul Noble combines an exciting, new, non-traditional approach to language learning with the easy, relaxed appeal of an audio-only product. No books. No rote memorisation. No chance of failure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great French learning

  • By Psenko Victoria on 05-27-15

SUPER! PERFECT COMBINATION of APPROACH -

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

Where does Collins French with Paul Noble - Learn French the Natural Way, Part 3 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very high..

What did you like best about this story?

grammar teaching with immediate drill and continual re-consolidation of learning material

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

excellent sensitivity and identification of common pitfalls in speech and word selection - tryly very smooth

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

yes. because I was getting so chuffed by the rapid ease fluency - it was great positive conditioning

Any additional comments?

is there a part 4 and beyond?Perhaps another edition for just drilling as a booster review before travelling

  • The Forbidden Garden

  • A Novel
  • By: Ellen Herrick
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

At the nursery she runs with her sisters on the New England coast, Sorrel Sparrow has honed her rare gift for nurturing plants and flowers. Now that reputation, and a stroke of good timing, lands Sorrel an unexpected opportunity: reviving a long-dormant Shakespearean garden on an English country estate. Arriving at Kirkwood Hall, ancestral home of Sir Graham Kirkwood and his wife, Stella, Sorrel is shocked by the desolate state of the walled garden. Generations have tried - and failed - to bring it back to glory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • thoroughly enjoyable. will listen again!

  • By lesley ann on 05-20-17

thoroughly enjoyable. will listen again!

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

Reviewed: 05-20-17

beautiful story especially for anyone who appreciates thinking hearing musing about Gardens and growing gardens. I believe this narration was the best narration that I've ever heard on audio books. I am going to look for more books narrated by this reader.

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  • A Fearless Heart

  • How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives
  • By: Thupten Jinpa Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Sanjiv Jhaveri
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

The Buddhist practice of mindfulness caught on in the west when we began to understand the everyday, personal benefits it brought us. Now, in this extraordinary audiobook, the highly acclaimed thought leader and longtime English translator of His Holiness the Dalai Lama shows us that compassion can bring us even more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Ideas Hindered by Forgivable Arrogance

  • By John J. Meyer on 04-04-17

Better to read ... unfortunate grating narration

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

What disappointed you about A Fearless Heart?

The narration was so off-putting and seemingly disconnected from the content and sort of gimmicky - I just had to stop listening - And chose to read insteadThis is such a worthy book, audible should really consider a 're-narration' - perhaps by the author who has a lovely gentle natural but engaging voice

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Grating pitch, gimmickly cadence as if not connecting with the book contentthe narration diminished the quality of the content for me - i tried to persevere but had to abandon the recording and go to reading

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

frustrated - the content of the book is rich, but the narration is off-putting and difficult to be receptive to

Any additional comments?

Try to get a re-narration of the book by the author or another

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