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  • Destination Casablanca

  • Exile, Espionage, and the Battle for North Africa in World War II
  • By: Meredith Hindley
  • Narrated by: Matthew Waterson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

In November 1942, as a part of Operation Torch, 33,000 American soldiers sailed undetected across the Atlantic and stormed the beaches of French Morocco. Seventy-four hours later, the Americans controlled the country and one of the most valuable wartime ports: Casablanca. In the years preceding, Casablanca had evolved from an exotic travel destination to a key military target after France's surrender to Germany. Jewish refugees from Europe poured in, hoping to obtain visas and passage to the United States and beyond.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A city of intrigue

  • By David on 11-30-17

Beyond Bogart and Bacall

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

In the run up to the United States entry into World War II, Casa Blanca stood at a crossroads of politics, culture and ideology unmatched anywhere or at any time. This book tells the fascinating stories of the people and events that came rushing together in a critical time and at a critical junction of events. Casa Blanca, the movie, was truer than most know but not nearly as incredible as the actual facts. Any fan of the movie will get great satisfaction from this historical analysis of this place, this time and these people.

  • Give Me Your Hand

  • By: Megan Abbott
  • Narrated by: Chloe Cannon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 237

Kit Owens harbored only modest ambitions for herself when the mysterious Diane Fleming appeared in her high school chemistry class. But Diane's academic brilliance lit a fire in Kit, and the two developed an unlikely friendship. Until Diane shared a secret that changed everything between them. More than a decade later, Kit thinks she's put Diane behind her forever, and she's begun to fulfill the scientific dreams Diane awakened in her. But the past comes roaring back when she discovers that Diane is her competition for a position both women covet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Glimpse into the Female Psyche

  • By Horror Reader on 07-21-18

A study in scarlet

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Kit and Diane are locked into conspiracy of silence that follows them into their blossoming careers. What is their secret and is it tied to the hormonal tides that may rule women's lives?

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  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,466
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,744

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It's a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real. They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made 28 years ago calls them to reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city's children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic with a Top-Notch Performance!

  • By Nicole - Audible on 06-19-17

Creepy, dense and joyful!

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

Reviewed: 10-24-17

Great narration of a King classic. Worth revisiting, even if you've read it before. Superb!

  • Killers of the Flower Moon

  • The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
  • By: David Grann
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee, Danny Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,227
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,630
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,609

In the 1920s the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An outstanding story, highly recommended

  • By S. Blakely on 06-22-17

Shocking, sad and infuriating

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

Reviewed: 08-09-17

What made the experience of listening to Killers of the Flower Moon the most enjoyable?

It is impossible to characterize anything about this book as enjoyable. It is a recounting of a tacit conspiracy by an entire community to expropriate the oil wealth of their Osage neighbors. No one comes out of this clean and I weep for victims of this injustice. This case was the initiating event leading to the creation of the FBI, because the local police and judiciary where in cahoots to perpetrate this conspiracy.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Killers of the Flower Moon?

The courtroom scenes where it dawns on one Osage woman that her white husband has conspired to kill her relatives and then her.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the narration. It was clear and not over done. I'm sure it was a difficult assignment.

  • As You Wish

  • Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
  • By: Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,716
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,082
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,035

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warm-hearted retelling

  • By Thomas Allen on 10-19-14

Cary Elwes tells (mostly) all!

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

If you could sum up As You Wish in three words, what would they be?

Joyous good fun!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Andre the Giant.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Multiple narrators. Some as themselves, others by professional narrators. All of them charming and warm.

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

Anyone who has seen the movie ( and I saw it in its first run in the theaters ) has probably seen in more than once and has favorite scenes. This takes you behind the scenes and tells why and what is actually going on. Great good fun!

Any additional comments?

This is an homage to Goldman, his book, the movie and the people that made the movie. It was an act of love, just as the movie was. It is charming, affecting and satisfying on many levels. If you loved the movie, you will love this book.

  • Sherlock Holmes

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 62 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,257
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,852
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,817

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the definitive collection of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and four collections of short stories. And, exclusively for Audible, Stephen has written and narrated eight insightful introductions, one for each title.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Chapter Guide!

  • By Katya Rice on 05-25-18

The Entire Canon!

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

What made the experience of listening to Sherlock Holmes the most enjoyable?

Stephen Fry does a wonderful job of bring Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson and the whole panoply characters to rich and wondrous life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sherlock Holmes?

There are many moments where Sherlock is shown to be vulnerable and grateful for the steadfast friendship of his boon companion, Dr. John Watson.

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

When I find that Stephen Fry is the narrator of a book I am seeking, I am always thrilled, since I know I am in for a treat. He works at his narrations as an actor would. His deliveries are spot on.

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

It was deeply satisfying to hear the entire canon of Sherlock Holmes read in the order that it was published in bound volumes (not necessarily as published in magazines), together with the forwards that illuminated the background and the times during which the stories were written and published.

Any additional comments?

Any fan of Holmes and Watson would enjoy re-hearing the tales in this order and by this narrator.

  • The Chemist

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,942
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,907

She used to work for the US government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They've killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened all night!

  • By bebe on 06-04-17

Great read. New point of view in black ops.

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

Grabs you at the beginning. Filled with great characters. Nonstop action and plotting. Very high production values. The Bourne Identity from the disstaff side.

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  • Seveneves

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron
  • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,078
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,072

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Much Potential

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 06-08-17

Stepenson delivers another deep vision.

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

Reviewed: 10-12-15

Get out your orbit calculator as Neal takes us into orbit with the human race in this huge epic.

  • Speak

  • A Novel
  • By: Louisa Hall
  • Narrated by: Suzan Crowley, Christopher Ashman, Adrienne Rusk, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

In a narrative that spans geography and time, from the Atlantic Ocean in the 17th century to a correctional institute in Texas in the near future, and told from the perspectives of five very different characters, Speak considers what it means to be human and what it means to be less than fully alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This may be one of the most influential books to live onto the future.

  • By Nick Jazayeri DMD on 04-28-18

A journey in meaning.

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

Reviewed: 09-06-15

This is a haunting exploration of what it means to have language and to hear and speak it. The lives of the characters captured in blocks of text and passed down and ultimately finding their way beyond our world.
My hat is off to the narrators for giving depth and feeling to this poignant and moving work. It is more diary, or multiple diary, than novel, but it accomplishes its work. You will think deeply on what it means to speak, what it is to hear, and what we are to feel. The voice of Mary is particularly compelling. This Audible production is top drawer.

  • Ghost Fleet

  • A Novel of the Next World War
  • By: P. W. Singer, August Cole
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,828
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,840

The year is 2026. China has taken over as the world's largest economy, while the United States, mired in an oil shortage, struggles to adjust to its diminished role. Then, a surprise attack throws the US into a chaos unseen since Pearl Harbor. As the enemy takes control, the survival of the nation will depend upon the most unlikely forces: the Navy's antiquated Ghost Fleet and a cadre of homegrown terrorists.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An unusual war story

  • By Mike From Mesa on 09-06-15

The future is coming! Soon!

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

Reviewed: 07-06-15

You just hope that someone is paying attention to the possibilities of current technology becoming a weapon pointed at us. This was a great listen. Well performed. Fast-paced and riveting. Memorable characters. A lot of possible scenarios were not played out but there's only so much you can cram into one techno-thriller.

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