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  • Up in the Old Hotel, and Other Stories

  • By: Joseph Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 28 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

These masterpieces (along with several previously uncollected stories) are available in one volume, which presents an indelible collective portrait of an unsuspected New York and its odder citizens - as depicted by one of the great writers of this or any other time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listening for the second time!

  • By Mebythesea on 09-05-18

Listening for the second time!

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I just love this book for so many reasons. The narrator is perfect. The book is so well written ~ Please listen to it....all 28 hours of it, and if like me, you just want to listen to it all yet again, do it!

  • Promise Me, Dad

  • A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose
  • By: Joe Biden
  • Narrated by: Joe Biden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,754
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,392

In November 2014, 13 members of the Biden family gathered on Nantucket for Thanksgiving, a tradition they had been celebrating for the past 40 years; it was the one constant in what had become a hectic, scrutinized, and overscheduled life. The Thanksgiving holiday was a much-needed respite, a time to connect, a time to reflect on what the year had brought, and what the future might hold. But this year felt different from all those that had come before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Sad Memoir

  • By Jean on 12-02-17

Run Joe....Please!

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

Just as expected....a first class book written and narrated by a first class politician, father, grandfather and husband. My credit was so well spent listening to this book....Thank you Joe for the true person that you are and for writing this book. As usual, you laid your heart and soul on the table for us to share and, as usual, you didn't apologize for caring, almost to a fault, for all of us....all around the world. I would so welcome watching you share this love, kindness, honesty and "regular guy attitude" if you so choose, for 8 years in the White House. God bless you!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Small Mercies

  • A Novel
  • By: Eddie Joyce
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

An ingeniously layered narrative told over the course of one week, Eddie Joyce's debut novel masterfully depicts an Italian-Irish American family on Staten Island and their complicated emotional history. Ten years after the loss of Bobby - the Amendola family's youngest son - everyone is still struggling to recover from the firefighter's unexpected death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Poignant Story and Tremendous Writing

  • By Stephen Venable on 04-14-15

Wish it never would have ended!

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

Reviewed: 06-05-17

If you could sum up Small Mercies in three words, what would they be?

Love, heartache, love

What other book might you compare Small Mercies to and why?

Can't think of any book I've read that compares to this one.

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

No I haven't, but I will certainly do my best to find more of them.

If you could rename Small Mercies, what would you call it?

I can't imagine a better name for this book.

Any additional comments?

I have waited for over a year to find, just that right book...a book that I want to listen to for hours and listen to it all over again. I just loved it!!!! Thank you!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Shift

  • One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives
  • By: Theresa Brown RN
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 792

In a book as eye-opening as it is riveting, practicing nurse and New York Times columnist Theresa Brown invites us to experience not just a day in the life of a nurse but all the life that happens in just one day in a hospital's cancer ward. In the span of 12 hours, lives can be lost, life-altering medical treatment decisions made, and dreams fulfilled or irrevocably stolen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A really good story, not really a fascinating one.

  • By Marsha on 03-14-17

Uggggg

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

Would you try another book from Theresa Brown RN and/or Tavia Gilbert?

No, not ever

What was most disappointing about Theresa Brown RN’s story?

The narrator....How could Theresa Brown choose this narrator...just awful! Such a pretentious lilt to every sentence. God.... I wanted to hear the story so I forced myself to continue listening...but by the end of the book, I was sick of both of these women.

How could the performance have been better?

A different narrator....and an author that wasn't so in love with herself.

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

I guess sadness....My mother was a nurse that never bragged about how wonderful she was....She didn't need to.

Any additional comments?

This was painful.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Medical School for Everyone

  • Grand Rounds Cases
  • By: Roy Benaroch, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Roy Benaroch
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,558

There's an art and science behind how doctors diagnose and treat medical patients. Where do doctors get these skills? The Grand Rounds experience, where they practice how to make accurate diagnoses by examining real patients. And with Dr. Benaroch's 24 unique lectures, you'll explore how a master physician solves medical problems just like a detective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralled!

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-09-14

Wish he was my doctor!

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

Reviewed: 01-25-15

I enjoyed listening to this series of lectures so much. I'm a medical secretary and understand the terminology, but as a patient, I was so pleased with the thorough explanations given in each lecture and the relaxed way in which everything was explained. As a patient, I also learned that my feelings, my questions and my fears matter. Thank you for a wonderful presentation!

  • 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 7,610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,852
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,858

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

Just wonderful! This one will touch your heart ~

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

Reviewed: 02-09-13

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

Absolutely! The book tells a much bigger story than just the story that is read. Every long-married, or any couple really should read this one....I have learned so much while listening to this book ~ Things that can get "lost" in life came up over and over while I listened. It certainly wasn't just about a guy taking a nice, long walk!

What other book might you compare The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry to and why?

As yet, I have never read a book that compares to this book....It opens a person's eyes to what we take for granted in life in a very unexpected way.

Which character – as performed by Jim Broadbent – was your favorite?

I think Maureen was my favorite in the end. She loved him, no matter what.

If you could rename The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, what would you call it?

I think the title is perfect. I wouldn't rename it...unless maybe I added his wife's name into the title. They were both on a pilgramage of sorts.

Any additional comments?

This book will always stay with me. I will listen to it again, as the lessons in life came with each chapter.The narrator is brilliant.

I wish I could listen to 100 more books narrated by this man...His gentle voice portrayed every character perfectly!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Year of Magical Thinking

  • By: Joan Didion
  • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,532
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,514
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,531

"Life changes fast....You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends." These were among the first words Joan Didion wrote in January 2004. Her daughter was lying unconscious in an intensive care unit, a victim of pneumonia and septic shock. Her husband, John Gregory Dunne, was dead. The night before New Year's Eve, while they were sitting down to dinner, he suffered a massive and fatal coronary. The two had lived and worked side by side for nearly 40 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book to Read, but I didn’t like it

  • By Michael on 05-08-15

Liked it...didn't love it

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

Reviewed: 12-12-11

What did you love best about The Year of Magical Thinking?

I guess I liked the fact that Ms. Didion wished to share her deep love of her husband in such a touching way. I felt for her pain but at the same time I just wasn't moved. I feel bad about that because she suffered through not only the loss of her husband, but the illness of her beloved daughter. I just feel there was too much repetition....

Would you recommend The Year of Magical Thinking to your friends? Why or why not?

I suppose I would recommend this book to friends. I'm not sure if it would be one of my top ten listens to recommend though....I just can't put my finger on why....I'll be wondering if other readers feel the same sense of not caring for this book or if it's just me.

What three words best describe Barbara Caruso’s performance?

Convincing, compassionate and enjoyable.

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

There were many moments that moved me....not to tears, but moved me to hoping that this would be over, and soon.

Any additional comments?

I thought I would love this book. I just didn't. It's not that it wasn't believable. I was very believable. I just wanted it to end. I don't experience that often with my Audible listens. This time I did.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Room

  • A Novel
  • By: Emma Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,740
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,713

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brought Room and the outside world to Life

  • By Daryl on 07-09-14

Thank you Audible!

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

Reviewed: 09-27-10

Thank you Audible for offering the first chapter of this precious book, "Room" to your members. I ordered the book even before I finished my free first chapter. I feel bad for anybody that misses this one. Emma Donoghue has written something priceless here....The narrators are exceptional, especially Jack and Ma...The story ended way too soon...Beautiful! I loved it!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Maxine Fuentes on 02-11-10

Didn't care for this one

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-10

While the narrator did a brilliant job....I got so sick of the anti-American feelings expressed by the author that I finally put the book down. I'd just start enjoying a chapter and here would come another "sermon" about the the never-ending mistakes Americans have made in the world. And I live in Canada!

Just didn't like this book....It just dragged and dragged for me.

The three stars are for the narrator. He was fabulous. More often I find that a book is great but the narrator doesn't do the book justice. This time, it was the other way around.

4 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Glass Castle

  • By: Jeanette Walls
  • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404

This extraordinary memoir from Jeannette Walls is a stirring and distinctive story that has won tremendous critical acclaim. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly applauds the author's "fantastic storytelling knack", saying, "Walls doesn't pull her punches...in this excellent, unusual book."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stayed Awake Until 5 am to Finish!!!

  • By Tracie on 06-24-05

A book to never forget ~

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

Reviewed: 04-07-10

It's difficult to say that I loved a book filled with so much pain but I loved this book. I'm glad I waited to listen to it instead of reading it because the narrator was absolutely perfect. I totally believed that she was Jeannette as I listened....beautifully read. I felt anger at her parents so many times throughout this book...I also felt sympathy that clearly, they were not able to raise their children the way they wished to in their hearts. They just weren't capable of it. I have no doubt that they loved their children. Ms. Wall does an excellent job of conveying that. She also does an excellent job of telling not only the story of her life, but of the lives of countless children who must live their lives under the "care" of people who just should not be parents.

Thank you for sharing your story ~

1 of 1 people found this review helpful