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  • One Wild Bird at a Time

  • Portraits of Individual Lives
  • By: Bernd Heinrich
  • Narrated by: Rick Adamson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 382

In One Wild Bird at a Time, Heinrich returns to his great love: close, day-to-day observations of individual wild birds. Heinrich's observations lead to fascinating questions - and sometimes startling discoveries. A great crested flycatcher bringing food to the young acts surreptitiously and is attacked by the mate. Why? A pair of northern flickers hammering their nest-hole into the side of Heinrich's cabin delivers the opportunity to observe the feeding competition between siblings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Adventure In Nature

  • By Sara on 12-21-16

I Love this So Much

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

Reviewed: 05-31-17

I bought this randomly as the daily deal a few months back and I've listened to it twice since. I really enjoy Bernd Heinrich's work as it makes biology highly palatable, without over stepping to anthropomorphize things too heavily. The narrator does an excellent job, unfortunately I tried to listen to Mind of the Raven since I find them to be super interesting, especially in regards to their interactions with wolves, but narration can be really important when delivering content like this. Rick Adamson does such a good job on this one!

Over all a very interesting observational study on some birds. Something very pleasant to fall asleep to. It definitely makes me want to visit the east coast.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Burnt Offerings

  • Valancourt 20th Century Classics
  • By: Robert Marasco
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,687
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,685

Ben and Marian Rolfe are desperate to escape a stifling summer in their tiny Brooklyn apartment, so when they get the chance to rent a mansion in upstate New York for the entire summer for only $900, it's an offer that's too good to refuse. There's only one catch: behind a strange and intricately carved door in a distant wing of the house lives elderly Mrs. Allardyce, and the Rolfes will be responsible for preparing her meals. But Mrs. Allardyce never seems to emerge from her room, and it soon becomes clear that something weird and terrifying is happening in the house.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Haunted house story more creepy than horrific

  • By Calliope on 05-03-17

Really great read

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

Maybe not the scariest thing ever, I was expecting way more based off reviews to be perfectly honest, but it was not a wasted listen. I really enjoyed this haunted house tale and RC Bray killed the narration as usual!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Neil Gaiman's How the Marquis Got His Coat Back

  • BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Paterson Joseph, Bernard Cribbins, Samantha Beart, and others
  • Length: 1 hr
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584

Paterson Joseph stars as the Marquis de Carabas in this brand-new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Neil Gaiman's spin-off short story, set in the magical world of Neverwhere. Returning us to London Below, this enchanting tale continues the story of one of the most colourful characters from Neverwhere - the cool, charming, resourceful Marquis de Carabas, who trades in favours and always has a plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some say I sound like my younger self!

  • By Jessie Q on 12-02-16

Loved It

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

Reviewed: 03-23-17

Seriously a great little continuation of Neverwhere. Personally I'd read several full length novels about the Marquis.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Moon over Babylon

  • Valancourt 20th Century Classics
  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 954

Welcome to Babylon, a typical sleepy Alabama small town, where years earlier the Larkin family suffered a terrible tragedy. Now they are about to endure another: 14-year-old Margaret Larkin will be robbed of her innocence and her life by a killer who is beyond the reach of the law. But something strange is happening in Babylon: traffic lights flash an eerie blue, a ghostly hand slithers from the drain of a kitchen sink, graves erupt from the local cemetery in an implacable march of terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audible listen to date...

  • By Bree Salyer on 06-27-16

Real grim, bro

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

Reviewed: 02-28-17

But also extremely good. If you're a fan of horror this is an excellent choice. Just don't expect this book to give you a break cause it won't.
It started a little slow, but I have read some of this author's other works and that seems to be his MO. However, unlike some of his other works this book picks up pace quickly and stays very well paced through out. It's definitely a book that will keep you wanting more, as there were points where I was on the edge of my seat while listening at work. I really like this author and I've heard he does a great representation of the South, but truth be told he makes me glad I'm not there!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 102,010
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 94,500
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 94,063

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I started with very high expectations, got bored multiple times during the story

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-16-18

Whoa

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

Reviewed: 02-27-17

I mean what more can I say that hasn't been said. Listen to this book and enjoy Trevor's amazing grasp of language and his excellent story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11,308
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,318
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10,274

One of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Pride and Prejudice, is vividly brought to life by Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike ( Gone Girl). In her bright and energetic performance of this British classic, she expertly captures Austen’s signature wit and tone. Her attention to detail, her literary background, and her performance in the 2005 feature film version of the novel provide the perfect foundation from which to convey the story of Elizabeth Bennett, her four sisters, and the inimitable Mr. Darcy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect narration of a perfect book

  • By Akela on 12-09-15

My Absolute Favorite

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

Reviewed: 12-06-16

I wish I could really put into words just how much I love this book. It's been an all time favorite for many many years now, since I was very young and first fell in love with Firth's Mr. Darcy. The book would soon follow. As I aged I truly began to appreciate the writing in this book and one of my most beloved characters Miss Lizzie Bennett. Austen was such a witty writer and although this book is a romance I don't feel like anyone was "forced" into the story for romance in the way that many books make romantic characters simply feel like plot devices. Really this book is worth checking out if you want some awesome female characters, wit, charm and romance. It's very near and dear to my heart, a book I turn to on rainy days or when I'm sick or feeling blue.

Rosamund Pike is a narrator that has grown on me through many listens, I actually can't stand her rendition of the mother's voice, but in a good way? It's very fitting. I also understand that trying to separately voice like six women can probably be a pain, but I think she does a fairly good job of keeping everyone separated.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Howl's Moving Castle

  • By: Diana Wynne Jones
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,752
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,776

A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and ALA Notable and Best of the Year in Young Adult Fiction, Howl's Moving Castle is by acclaimed fantasy writer Diane Wynne Jones and was transformed into an Academy Award nominated animated motion picture by Hayao Miyazaki. On a rare venture out from her step-mother's hat shop, Sophie attracts the attention of a witch, who casts a terrible spell transforming the young girl into an old crone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Entertaining

  • By Christopher on 07-02-12

Different than the movie, better even

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

Reviewed: 12-06-16

I love Howl's Moving Castle, at least the movie version, so imagine my surprise when I learned it was a book! The movie, though beautiful, just takes the story a bit too far away from being a fairy tale to more of a fable with a lesson attached. This felt less preachy and far more like a lovely escape into a new exciting world. Check it out, it's delightful!
The narration was also great, I loved Howl's accent she used. The voices were distinct enough I could keep track of everyone.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Holidays on Ice

  • Featuring Six New Stories
  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,998
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,993

David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favorites as the diaries of a Macy's elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris's tales of tardy trick-or-treaters ("Us and Them"); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the French ("Jesus Shaves"); and what to do when you've been locked out in a snowstorm ("Let It Snow").

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best When In SantaLand

  • By Dave on 12-06-11

Just what I needed!

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

To get me through part one of the 2016 holidays. It's bad enough spending time with extended family, but I'll take David Sedaris singing over my conservative family any day of the week.
Though not his best book by any means it was 100% worth the sale price. It had some stories I'd heard and loved and a few new ones to delight. Honestly the Holiday Letter had me in tears.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,480

In his newest collection of essays, David Sedaris lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface. His world is alive with obscure desires and hidden motives, a world where forgiveness is automatic and an argument can be the highest form of love. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is another unforgettable collection from one of the wittiest and most original writers at work today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sedaris is the gay Mark Twain.

  • By Steve on 06-02-04

Classic

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

Reviewed: 11-28-16

Honestly one of my favorite writers and having him narrate his own works is really the only way to really appreciate them. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is so freakin funny! I listen to bits with my friend when we carpool places and just revel in his excellent, dark sense of humor.

I actually found the cheap music between stories to kind of add to the entire atmosphere of the book. Kind of like those B movies that every one loves so much because despite how bad the production is the story and laughs are on point.

Really really worth the listen/read.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Inkheart

  • By: Cornelia Funke
  • Narrated by: Lynn Redgrave
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,781
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,777

Imagine it were possible to bring the characters from a book to life. Not like when you listen to an audiobook with such enchantment that the characters seem to jump off the pages and into your bedroom...but for real. Imagine they could actually climb out of the pages and into our world. Then imagine if those characters brought their world into ours.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For ALL ages

  • By A on 11-24-04

Sweet Story

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

Reviewed: 11-28-16

This book was recommended to me by a friend when I was looking for things in the fantasy genre to indulge in. It was a very fun concept and story. I thought there was some slow pacing mid book, but it was a delightful listen none the less. It was perhaps a little bit young for me and therefore I've hesitated to pick up the next two books in the story (although I do own them). I appreciated that it wasn't your typical fantasy romance where the plot seems almost constructed solely to bring two people together to find their happily ever after. It's certainly something I would recommend for young audiences!

Lynn Redgrave did a decent job narrating, I enjoyed some of her characters quite a bit, however, I wasn't a huge fan of her rendition of Dust Finger.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful