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  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

  • By: David Wroblewski
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 998
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,003

Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just OK

  • By Ella on 10-22-08

VERY Disappointing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-09

When the narrator said "the end" I could hardly believe it. It was totally infuriating. The final chain of events were just not believable. Early influential and interesting characters (such as the grocery lady) were not developed, explored nor re-visited. On top of all that, it seems odd and out of character to me that the dogs (given such careful training, breeding and temperament) hadnt come through better in the end. It was like Lassie leaving Timmy in the well and trotting off to find a new family.
The stage was set for some really great storytelling but the author failed to come through. Sadly, Mr. Wroblewski was not up to the task of finishing what he had started.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadow of the Wind

  • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,945
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,965

Barcelona, 1945: Just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his 11th birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Have the book handy

  • By Rebecca on 07-17-05

What an Ordeal

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-09

Finally.... This was such a struggle to get through (the narrator was FINE) and it seemed never ending. The melodramatic music was a bit too much for me at times. If I had been reading this, I would have skimmed through just to get to the end. The best part was the historical manuscript left to Daniel, but getting to that wonderful story was just agony.

  • Water for Elephants

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,258

Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Rosie the bull elephant?

  • By Randall on 07-22-07

Total Enjoyment!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-09

What a nice surprise! This is storytelling at its best - past and present - thanks to the excellent narrators. One of the best this summer!

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38,012
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,872
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,888

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

Great Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-09

Very enjoyable, most wonderful narration and excellent storyline reflecting a very difficult chapter in America's not so distant past.

  • The Lovely Bones

  • By: Alice Sebold
  • Narrated by: Alice Sebold
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,515
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 883
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 896

When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. In the sweet, untroubled voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death and her own adjustment to the strange new place where she finds herself. With love, longing, and a growing understanding, Susie watches her family as they cope with their grief. This story of seemingly unbearable tragedy is transformed into a suspenseful and touching narrative about family, memory, love, heaven, and living.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Story - Poor Narration

  • By Kimberly on 05-07-10

Author as Narrator ruined

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-09

Once I got past the painful first chapter, the rest of the story was just okay although it is hard to evaluate the story due to the fact that Ms. Sebold is one of the worst narrators I have ever heard. Her affect is flat and I think it would have been much more engrossing if just about ANYONE else had read it. Very disappointing.

24 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,637
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,337

London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb.... As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends – and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I felt like a bit of a voyeur

  • By Ella on 03-10-09

One of the best books ever

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-09

I enjoyed this book from start to finish. What a lovely story and the readers were marvelous. I will treasure this one.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Series, Book 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,013
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,088

Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Mystery with Wonderful Characters

  • By Robert on 12-22-08

Don't miss this one!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-09

I really enjoyed this book, it was an intriguing story and the narrator was fabulous. I cant wait till the next book comes out this summer, but am very sad to learn the author passed away. This is a real gem.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,440

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully narrated

  • By A. Hawley on 11-23-07

Lenny Henry is the Best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-08

The narrator was most excellent and the story really came to life. The story contained many great characters that really came to life. It was very enjoyable, I very highly recommend!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • True Evil

  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,061

Dr. Chris Shepard is 36 years old, newly married, and well on his way to a perfect life. Or so he believes. But that future is forever cast into doubt the day Special Agent Alexandra Morse walks into his office and drops a bombshell: Dr. Shepard's beautiful new wife is plotting his murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truely Captivating and Terrifiying!!!

  • By JenniferLOVESThrillers on 01-22-14

Narrator ruins it

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-30-08

I am a fan of Greg Iles and have enjoyed his books and was delighted they had finally been released in audio format. Unfortunately I am really struggling to get through the first half of this download thanks to Dick Hill's poor narration skills and at this point do not see how I will be able to finish it. His voice as Agent Alex Morse as well as her nephew & Dr. Chris' son grates on my nerves and quite honestly gives me the creeps.
I will never download another book read by this guy. HORRIBLE!
Do not waste your $$ or credits, UGH!!

5 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Company

  • A Novel of the CIA
  • By: Robert Littell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 41 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,907
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,907

"If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says ( Publishers Weekly).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hang on to your Hat

  • By Cynthia on 01-17-03

Great Listen!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-07

I LOVED this book. It is a great CIA "historical" novel. It is a very enjoyable listen, even though it is very long. Scott Brick is a wonderful narrator and I can always count him to deliver the best regardless of who is the author. Definitely well worth the time and $$.