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  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,704

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FLEETWOOD MAC

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 09-04-15

Eh

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

I purchased this title based on its selection as an editor's choice on audible. I was disappointed. It's not a bad book, but - for me, at least - it was a mediocre read. I never really got into the story or cared as much as I'd hoped about the characters. They were interesting, but not enthralling. If you are looking for an engaging or beach read, this might work for you. As I said above, I didn't hate it and I didn't love it.

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,387
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,076
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,894

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book for those new to astrophysics.

  • By TMort on 06-07-17

Overrated, really overrated

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Granted, I wasn't super into learning about astrophysics when I bought this book, but I thought it would be an entertaining way to learn about the title subject, which sounded worthwhile. The author is into it and does a good job communicating his enthusiasm, but I just could not get into this book on any level. The last chapter was my favorite, but - even though I typically enjoy nonfiction and educational nonfiction, I was really bored almost the entire time I was listening to this title. I'm not sure what I missed that others got from this, but I can't imagine why people gave it more than 3 or, tops, 4 stars.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,358
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,709
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,620

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

This book is well written and enjoyable. The second half was more engrossing than the first, but it is a worthwhile read throughout.

It was compared and some reviews to the Glass Castle; I found it less engaging and not quite as well written, but, still worthwhile.

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,997
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,914

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By Deborah on 02-07-18

Really good read

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

I enjoyed this book very much; it was the type of book you didn’t want to put down and I looked forward to listening. The reader did a fantastic job and the story was an engrossing page turner.

Non-specific spoiler:

the only real criticism I had was that the passage of time sped up toward the end and this detracted from the believability of some plot points. I felt like all of a sudden, everything was getting wrapped up in a rush; I’d say that was the last two hours.

Still loved it.

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,854

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb in so many ways

  • By David on 01-19-14

Okay telling of a great story

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

What did you love best about Endurance?

This book is based on actual events and those events make a great story.

What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

The performance was professional and well-done; it was not mind-blowing.

Any additional comments?

This book is underwhelming. The author tells the story in a rather unemotional way. It's a good, but not great, book. Falls short of others in the genre (Boys in the Boat , Into Thin Air, and Unbroken all come to mind, for example) - read those first.

  • The Great Gatsby

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,472

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal ( Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured

  • By Darwin8u on 04-09-13

Loved this reading

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

What did you love best about The Great Gatsby?

The actual story.

What did you like best about this story?

No spoilers. Just a great story.

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

First time I've listened to Jake Gyllenhaal - took me a little while to get used to him. At first, I didn't like it and almost stopped listening, but glad I stuck with it. He really warmed up and did an excellent job.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

Any additional comments?

A really solid reading of a classic.

  • The Tao of Pooh

  • By: Benjamin Hoff
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,140

Author Benjamin Hoff shows that the philosophy of Winnie-the-Pooh is amazingly consistent with the principles of Taoism and demonstrates how you can use these principles in your daily life. Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist's favorite food is honey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Robert on 01-09-14

Just OK

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, the philosophy is decent - although I didn't agree with all of it.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Winnie the Pooh made a fun lens through which to view Taoism.

What three words best describe Simon Vance’s voice?

Flexible, studied, and professional.

Was The Tao of Pooh worth the listening time?

Eh. Depends on the listener. I listened at 1.25 and 1.5 at times.

Any additional comments?

Eh.

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,544

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

What would have made Before We Were Yours better?

Less clichéd writing and reading (especially by reader who reads the present). I really found the clunky metaphors and insincere reading (by the woman who read for the characters in the present) detracted greatly from my enjoyment.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The actual events on which this book is based were, by far, the most interesting aspect of this book.

The least interesting aspects of the story were the vocal choices by the reader (playing Avery) and the clunky metaphors and awkward overall writing and reading style of this audiobook.

How could the performance have been better?

If the actress playing the "present" chapters had made authentic choices and used a natural voice - her entire performance rang false for me and really seemed calculated - it's what, in acting, we call "indicating." It didn't feel real - it seemed like she was just making the most obvious choice and taking it to the enth degree for every line. She also made vocal changes that were unnecessarily phony and distracting.

The other reader (from the "past") was better.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Before We Were Yours?

The first 5 hours were excruciatingly boring. Seriously - I only persevered because the book had so many great reviews and because I was interested in the "real" historical story.

Any additional comments?

Second most overrated book I've found on audible (Small Great Things is the first.)

  • Lonesome Dove

  • By: Larry McMurtry
  • Narrated by: Lee Horsley
  • Length: 36 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,021
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,194

Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audio book I have ever listened to!

  • By James on 12-20-04

Very well done book and reading

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

Where does Lonesome Dove rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book was nearly great. I really enjoyed it. There were some minor issues with the recording and, occasionally it would sound as if the recording were paused when it wasn't but the reader himself does an excellent job.

What other book might you compare Lonesome Dove to and why?

I would compare it to The Stand, because it was very long, and to Gone with the Wind, because it really transported me to another world.

What about Lee Horsley’s performance did you like?

Great job of developing likable characters and voices - there was an amazing range here and he covered it beautifully.

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

This book made me laugh and cry. I enjoyed it very much and was sorry to have it end.

Any additional comments?

Started out slowly but was worth sticking with.

  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25,966
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,600
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,545

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

Great true story

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

Reviewed: 02-22-17

This is a fantastic and inspirational story. The reading and the storytelling are excellent. Both improve as the book progresses. For me, this was a little hard to get into - I started and stopped a few times with the print version, but the reader did a good job of helping me stick with it until I got into it - by the last quarter of the book, I was enthralled.