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  • Silverwing

  • By: Kenneth Oppel
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Shade, a young silverwing bat, is the runt of his colony. Determined to show how brave he is, Shade breaks one of the ancient rules that governs the bats. As punishment, owls burn the bats' roost, forcing them to migrate earlier than normal. While on the trip south to the Hibernaculum, Shade becomes separated from his flock during a rain storm. His destination is millions of wing beats away. Now he must find a way to make the journey on his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice details on bats

  • By Jillie on 04-20-18

Nice details on bats

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

This is a sweet story about a little bat named Shade and his adventures in trying to make his way back to his colony after being separated during migration, and his quest for learning the truth of the world. The story includes many interesting factoids about bats.
John McDonough's narration is absolutely first rate.

  • A Miracle for St. Cecilia’s

  • By: Katherine Valentine
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

A Miracle for St. Cecilia’s is a heartwarming story that all lovers of Christian fiction will find uplifting and entertaining. St. Cecilia’s, an old, outdated Catholic Church in a small New England town, is about to be closed down, much to the dismay of the faithful townsfolk. What will become of Father James Flaherty and the aging Father Keene - and what of the flock? When faith and hope endure, even miracles are possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed this book

  • By Neen on 02-04-16

Positive Message But....

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

I so wanted to like this book. On the good side, it has a positive message and is not violent. On the not so good side, the writing seemed maudlin, predictable and trite. As much as it pains me, I would not recommend this book.

  • Home to Holly Springs

  • The First of the Father Tim Novels
  • By: Jan Karon
  • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

After more than 38 years, Father Tim Kavanagh returns to his childhood home of Holly Springs, Mississippi, on a profoundly personal journey. Whatever became of Tommy Noles, his forbidden childhood friend, and Peggy, the loving woman who was like his second mother? What were the facts behind the court trial that drove the Kavanagh family even further apart?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The book is wonderful as always, but.....

  • By Vickie on 12-26-07

Not Up to the Quality of Jan Karon's Other Books

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

Although the narrator gave an adequate performance, he is no John McDonough, who has been the narrator for most of the series. By comparison to McDonough''s readings (and singing of hymns!), it was frankly a disappointment.
With respect to the book itself, there was considerable repetition of episodes from the earlier books, and there were too many "coincidences" to be even vaguely plausible. It almost felt as if the writing had been rushed. Still the overall message is positive and uplifting, for which I give Ms. Karon credit. It is just not her best effort.

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  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932

  • By: William Manchester
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 41 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,578

Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the 20th century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb - Review of Both Volume I & Volume II

  • By Wolfpacker on 01-23-09

Well written but not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 12-16-17

This book was so thoroughly researched and with such impeccable writing, that I truly wanted to like it, but it just felt like a long, long schlog and to my chagrin didn't even go through the time period when Churchill was prime minister.
There are so many wonderful Churchill quotes and details of his difficult childhood, but at the same time innumerable descriptions of battles and war strategy. To those who love history, particularly of the Victorian through World War I era, this book is for you. I learned quite a lot from listening to this book but will not be listening to it again. It just didn't hit the mark for me, which has nothing to do with the quality of the writing and everything to do with my own taste in subject matter.

  • The Book of Life

  • All Souls, Book 3
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,886

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Trilogy!

  • By Cheri on 12-13-15

Good story, writing uneven

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17

I liked the concept of this book and think Deborah Harkness is a good story teller, but to me the writing seemed uneven and at times overdone. For example, toward the end of the second book of this three- book series, the plot took a couple sharp right turns, with little explanation or set up for those odd plot turns, and then a rush to the close of book two. It didn't feel so much like a good "gotcha" with a surprising plot twist, but rather it felt as if the author was up against a deadline, and was forced to use her plot outlines that she had not been given the proper time to fill out. (This is purely how the writing seemed to me--I have no factual scoop on her writing or editorial process.)
Although it contains a creative storyline, and the author has clearly done extensive research to weave appropriate contextual details into the plot, the writing too often has the breathlessness of a harlequin romance.

That said, I did enjoy the story, but I wished for so much more for this author, who clearly is talented.

  • A Study in Scarlet Women

  • The Lady Sherlock Series, Book 1
  • By: Sherry Thomas
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,249

With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper-class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London. When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First-rate author and first-rate narrator

  • By Lady Wesley on 03-25-17

What a delight!

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

Reviewed: 10-26-17

This book is not about Sherlock Holmes, but has a character of similar intelligence and observational skills who goes by the pseudonym of Sherlock Holmes. The book is beautifully written with nice plot twists and interesting characters.
I would highly recommend it!

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  • Heirs and Graces

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,415

As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favourites in the Series

  • By Dylan on 03-14-16

Outstanding Performance

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

Reviewed: 09-14-17

The charming writing and story by Rhys Bowen were wonderfully performed by Katherine Kellgren. Her ability to mimic the various English /Irish /Aussie accents (both high and low brow) with such apparent ease, is nothing short of amazing and greatly enhances the enjoyment of the story.

  • The Once and Future King

  • By: T. H. White
  • Narrated by: Neville Jason
  • Length: 33 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,178

The complete "box set" of T. H. White's epic fantasy novel of the Arthurian legend. The novel is made up of five parts: "The Sword in the Stone", "The Witch in the Wood", "The Ill-Made Knight", "The Candle in the Wind", and "The Book of Merlyn".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book this year.

  • By Robert on 12-13-12

Classic Tale

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

This is a classic tale that is beautifully written and masterfully told. But somehow it left me feeling a bit depressed. Although I don't require a happy ending per se, the upbeat ideals of chivalry and might not making right at the beginning of the book devolve into betrayal upon betrayal and death by the end of the tale. It is an absolute classic, but I don't think I will be reading it again.

  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes

  • The Heirloom Collection
  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 58 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,488
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,012
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,011

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces - from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes - brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Table of Contents & Audible Part/Chapter Notes

  • By SantaFePainter on 11-18-13

A Fabulous Classic Well Performed!

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

There is a reason that the Sherlock Holmes series has become a classic throughout the years. It is wonderful story telling at its best, and this terrific Brilliance Audio production does the work justice! Loved it!

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  • The Happiness Project

  • By: Gretchen Rubin
  • Narrated by: Gretchen Rubin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,705
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,951
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,932

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book and Story

  • By kensipe on 07-30-12

Practical and Insightful

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

Gretchen Rubin's Happiness Project is a delightful read that is inspiring but not so lofty as to be unattainable. Her practical approach and admitted foibles and challenges were something I could relate to, and think, gosh that is a good idea, maybe I could do something along those lines myself. I have already recommended the book to someone and plan to re-read it immediately.

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