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  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,526
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,027
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,992

With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Part of Saturday

  • By George Knight on 12-16-14

An Amazing Storyteller

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

Reviewed: 06-25-15

I can't get over how good this book is - so insightful, brave, witty, and honest. There was no doubt Cumming the narrator would be amazing, but Cumming the author is just as talented, as this moving memoir proves time and time again. One of the best I've ever heard.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Fog Island Mountains

  • A Novel
  • By: Michelle Bailat-Jones
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 187

Huddled beneath the volcanoes of the Kirishima mountain range in southern Japan - also called the Fog Island Mountains - the inhabitants of small town Komachi are waiting for the biggest of the summer’s typhoons. South African expatriate Alec Chester has lived in Komachi for nearly 40 years. Alec considers himself an ordinary man, with common troubles and mundane achievements - until his doctor gives him a terminal cancer diagnosis and his wife, Kanae, disappears into the gathering storm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Lyrical Listen

  • By Lynne on 05-30-15

A Personal Pick

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

Reviewed: 06-25-15

Chris Doheny – one of my closest friends and favorite colleagues – passed away in 2013 due to complications from cystic fibrosis. We spent a lot of our time together talking about books, so I was honored to be a judge – along with Audible’s publisher and the authors Ann Hood and Dani Shapiro – for the first literary prize awarded in his name. With its atmospheric storytelling and haunting look at the realities (and different reactions) a terminal illness brings, Fog Island Mountains was our unanimous choice for the prize. I have no doubt that Chris – who counted Haruki Murakami, Kurt Vonnegut, and David Mitchell among his favorite authors – would be proud of this selection.

29 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • Where All Light Tends to Go

  • By: David Joy
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,018

The area surrounding Cashiers, North Carolina, is home to people of all kinds, but the world that Jacob McNeely lives in is crueler than most. His father runs a methodically organized meth ring, with local authorities on the dime to turn a blind eye to his dealings. Having dropped out of high school and cut himself off from his peers, Jacob has been working for this father for years, all on the promise that his payday will come eventually.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection

  • By David Shear on 03-09-15

Brilliant Debut

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

Reviewed: 06-25-15

Where All Light Tends to Go was first described to me as Breaking Bad meets Winter’s Bone. I was in the middle of binge-watching Walter White’s journey at the time – and couldn’t get enough – so had to start this book. David Joy’s debut, about a young man trying to escape the cycle of violence passed on in his family, is beautifully written and truly haunting. It’s dark, gritty, and not for the faint of heart. I can’t help but think that Joy – who I’m told is a big fan of audio – will be just as excited as we are to have listener favorite MacLeod Andrews performing his work.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Where the Wild Things Are

  • By: Maurice Sendak
  • Narrated by: Peter Schickele
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613

Max is the hero of this beloved children's classic in which he makes mischief, sails away, tames the wild things, and returns home for supper.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My Kid's Favorite!

  • By Diana - Audible on 06-24-15

My Kid's Favorite!

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

Reviewed: 06-24-15

I love that my son wants to listen to his favorite books when we're in the car, and Where the Wild Things Are is always his #1 pick. Even better, he gets to see the illustrations from this beloved classic while we're listening, and it's just the right length to get us to the grocery store!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

  • By: Neil Patrick Harris
  • Narrated by: Neil Patrick Harris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,233
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,966
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,959

This hilarious book has been adapted especially for the audiobook edition so you’ll hear all of the same fun and humor from the printed version but you don’t have to make any decisions or jump around - just kick back, relax and listen. Plus, it features exclusive bonus audio of young Neil delivering an adorable speech! That’s audio you won’t hear in any version of this book other than the audiobook!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Choose this adventurous audiobook!

  • By The Reading Date on 10-22-14

Just Plain Fun

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

Reviewed: 06-24-15

This came highly recommended by a fellow celebrity-memoir-loving colleague, and was just a lot of fun. From Doogie to Barney and everything in between, NPH expertly delivers a really interesting life story. He comes across as humble, grounded, and the kind of person you'd want want to be friends with (even if the 'choose your own adventure' schtick gets a little old after a while).

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

  • A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League
  • By: Jeff Hobbs
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,021
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,821

When author Jeff Hobbs arrived at Yale University, he became fast friends with the man who would be his college roommate for four years, Robert Peace. Robert's life was rough from the beginning in the crime-ridden streets of Newark in the 1980s, with his father in jail and his mother earning less than $15,000 a year. But Robert was a brilliant student, and it was supposed to get easier when he was accepted to Yale, where he studied molecular biochemistry and biophysics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone Should Read this Book

  • By oldmanwagner on 12-02-14

Heartbreaking

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

Reviewed: 06-24-15

It's hard not to get hooked into Robert Peace's story, which is so well-written by his friend Jeff Hobbs and performed so elegantly by George Newbern. Even knowing how it'll all end, based on the book's subtitle, you can't help but hope that the brilliant, loyal, but conflicted Peace will still somehow turn it all around. This is very compelling narrative nonfiction, and I'll be looking for more of Newbern's narrations in the future.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • In the Unlikely Event

  • By: Judy Blume
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,226
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,091
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,092

When a series of passenger airplanes crashed in Elizabeth, New Jersey, within a three-month period in 1951-1952, Judy Blume was a teenager. "These events have lingered in my mind ever since," says Blume. "It was a crazy time. We were witnessing things that were incomprehensible to us as teenagers. Was it sabotage? An alien invasion? No one knew, and people were understandably terrified."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New meaning to term:"HOPE FOR BEST,PLAN FOR WORST"

  • By Tracy P. on 09-21-15

Too Close for Comfort

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

Reviewed: 06-24-15

The Audible office is close enough to Newark airport that this story occasionally hit a little too close to home. I do love Judy Blume though, and it's such a treat to have a new book from her. The story and performance definitely kept my attention (and made a long dentist appointment much more enjoyable).

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Good House

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Leary
  • Narrated by: Mary Beth Hurt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,031

The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great book, Hildy is a great character!

  • By Rhonda Morrison on 01-31-13

Recommended by a friend...

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

Reviewed: 03-01-13

I found Hildy Good – lifelong resident of a quaint seaside town, successful real estate agent, "wine lover", and descendant of one of the Salem witches – to be an absolutely fascinating protagonist. Her behavior alternates between hilarious and sobering in a novel where secrets are kept and demons are battled. Through it all you’ve got the masterful Mary Beth Hurt’s performance anchoring you to this very original story. I didn’t want it to end!

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

  • A Novel
  • By: Maria Semple
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Wilhoite
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,152
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,148

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading cover contains excellent novel

  • By jennifer on 01-28-16

A little bizarre, but great fun

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

Reviewed: 10-16-12

The gorgeous cover of this book drew me in, but it was the unique plot that kept me hooked. Bernadette Fox is a certified genius in this novel, and author Maria Semple just might be too - in addition to keeping this story fresh and funny, she also has writing credits for the ridiculously wonderful show Arrested Development. Win-win!

And while it took me some time to warm up to Kathleen Wilhoite's performance - I feared her precocious reading of 15-year-old Bee would last all nine hours - I did get there, and was floored by her beautiful singing voice, which made a surprising (but delightful) appearance late in the story.

27 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • Beautiful Ruins

  • By: Jess Walter
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,455
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,449

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • My mind wandered

  • By Ella on 11-25-12

I will not stop recommending this book!

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

Reviewed: 09-26-12

Until Beautiful Ruins, I had never read any of Jess Walter’s work, nor listened to any of Edoardo Ballerini’s performances. But when I started listening to their masterful collaboration I got the same feeling I did when listening to Water for Elephants and The Help for the first time. There’s something special here, without a doubt. Ballerini caught my attention right away, as the novel starts out with a description of the Cinque Terre along Italy’s coast and is made even more beautiful by his impeccable Italian. Walter speaks of intersecting lives and flips back and forth between present-day Hollywood and the Italian Riviera of the 1960s, telling a captivating story of love, disillusionment, friendship, and the realities of responsibility that I won’t soon forget (and won’t stop recommending until everyone I know has a similar soft spot in their heart for Pasquale Tursi!).

Next up...everything else that Jess Walter has written and Edoardo Ballerini has narrated!

24 of 29 people found this review helpful