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  • Beneath the Skin

  • The Sam Hunter Case Files
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,490

Sam Hunter is a bit of an animal. He's a former Twin Cities cop who lost his badge because of excessive force. Abusive husbands, child molesters, and other lowlifes wound up looking like they'd been mauled by a dog...or a wolf. Now Sam's a low-rent PI in Philadelphia. He takes the kinds of cases no one wants. His clients are usually on the fringes of society. The kind who are prey for all manner of predators - human and otherwise.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Probably would be better if they were longer

  • By selkie86 on 02-10-17

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 06-20-17

This performance was amazing! I've never been inside the mind of a werewolf until I listened to Ray Porter perform this book. I couldn't stop listening. I wish and hope there are more stories.

  • Anne of Green Gables

  • By: Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Rachel McAdams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,523
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,021
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,999

With all of the pluck and charm of its eponymous young hero, Rachel McAdams ( The Notebook, Spotlight, Midnight in Paris) delivers a spectacular reading of Montgomery's beloved bildungsroman. In moments both funny and bittersweet, McAdams' voice is imbued with the spark that has made Anne a much-loved symbol of individualism and cheer for over a century.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The story was great, McAdams not so much

  • By R. Evans on 06-17-17

A classic

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

Reviewed: 05-13-17

I have always loved Anne''s story! I read it to all of my girls. Now it reminds me so much of them when they were 11 and 13 and 16.

A classic.

  • A Town Like Alice

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,810
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,160

Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, beautifully told

  • By Mary on 03-27-11

Comfort Read

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

Reviewed: 09-01-16

This is one of my all-time favorites! The narrator did an exceptional job with the accents, and was very clear. I guess he could have paused a little longer between parts of conversation, just so I'd know there was a change of person, but I was able to follow it all. The characters were excellently developed, and the story is full of surprising twists.

  • All Clear

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis (introduction)
  • Length: 23 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,062
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,081

Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rescued by the second half

  • By Mike From Mesa on 12-05-11

Amazing story, amazing performance

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

Reviewed: 10-11-15

Connie Willis is an excellent storyteller. Her characters are distinct and interesting and believable and human. I love these characters and I love the story of both Blackout and All Clear. Connie Willis obviously did incredible amounts of research before writing this. It makes you feel as if you had experienced the Blitz first-hand.

  • To Say Nothing of the Dog

  • Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last
  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 20 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,433
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,436

In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun read

  • By Sara on 07-23-08

Top 5 pick

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

Reviewed: 06-10-15

One of my top 5 favorite books.
The characters are excellent and real. The plot is riveting. Plenty of history. Delightful sense of humor throughout.

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  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,622
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35,626

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good narrator but extremely boring story!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-08-18

A Normal Apartment Building. Or Is It?

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

Reviewed: 09-25-12

If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

Deceptive. Exciting. Challenging.

What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

I can't compare 14 to any other book I've ever read, but it seems very like many Dr. Who episodes I've seen over the years. Everything seems normal. Quirks can be explained away rationally. Then something happens, and suddenly nothing makes sense.

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

I've never heard any of Ray Porter's performances, but I'd listen to another one, given the opportunity.

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

I could not believe the twists and turns the plot took!

1 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Men at Arms

  • Discworld #15
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,293
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,285

The town of Ankh-Morpork is in big trouble, and the City Watch is desperate for a few good men to protect it. But all they've got are the dwarves Corporal Carrot and Lance-constable Cuddy; the troll Lance-constable Detritus; Lance-constable Angua, who is believed to be a woman; and, worst of all, Corporal Nobbs, who has been disqualified from the human race for shoving!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Pratchett novel, good reader, bad recording.

  • By Eric on 04-15-10

Another Brilliant Discworld Episode

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

Reviewed: 03-12-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend almost any Pratchett book to any of my friends, and this one is no exception. Sam Vimes goes from a singe Captain to a married, titled man in the course of an eventful week, and continues to earn love and respect from . . . almost everybody

Which character – as performed by Nigel Planer – was your favorite?

Corporal Carrot, without a doubt, was my favorite character. Mr Planer brings out Carrot's simple honesty and honest simplicity. We all know Carrot is amazing, except for Carrot himself.

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

I laughed all the way through this book.

  • Thud!

  • Discworld #30
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,538
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,872
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,880

Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch will be damned if he lets anyone disturb his city's always tentative peace, and that includes a rabble-rousing dwarf from the sticks who's been stirring up trouble on the eve of the anniversary of one of Discworld's most infamous historical events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better with each novel

  • By Barbara on 11-13-05

Another Delightful, Ingenious Discworld Story

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

Reviewed: 12-27-11

Where does Thud! rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As with all Terry Pratchett books, this one ranks up at the top. I know Sir Pratchett has been knighted, but he should be king!

What did you like best about this story?

Sam Vimes' near-death experience. I suppose you think that's giving away the ending, but it's not. There's a surprise in every sentence of this book.

What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

Everything. Accents. Characterization. Attitude. Timing. Inflection.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It was all excellent.

  • Nothing to Envy

  • Ordinary Lives in North Korea
  • By: Barbara Demick
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,326

Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent listen!

  • By Laura on 06-05-10

Most Enlightening

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

Reviewed: 12-27-11

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would--and have--recommend this book to a friend. It is a seldom-glimpsed insight into life in North Korea, important especially since the recent death of Kim Jong-il. I know that now, for example, that the North Koreans are in a period of forced mourning where everyone has to take a turn going to the statue of Kim Jong-il in their city center and wailing for several hours, whether or not they are sad. If they don't show up, consequences are dire.

It is unbelieveable what those people have endured. My heart aches for them. I wonder what the future holds in store for them under Kim Jong-un.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the personal stories, the successes and failures, trials and tribulations

What does Karen White bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Pronunciation.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Getting to China or South Korea was not a happy ending, it was a new beginning. Not easy to adjust. This was told wonderfully by the author.