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  • The Book of Negroes

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Lawrence Hill
  • Narrated by: Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 114

A sweeping story that transports the listener from a tribal African village to a plantation in the Southern United States, from the teeming Halifax docks to the manor houses of London, The Book of Negroes introduces one of the strongest female characters in recent Canadian fiction, one who cuts a swath through a world hostile to her colour and her sex.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best listens to date.

  • By David Hagel on 2018-03-05

Human face to the slave trade

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

Reviewed: 2018-11-17

This is the first really political novel that I’ve listened to on audible and I was impressed. The narrator was fantastic and the story does a really good job of balancing the reader/listener’s need for narrative cohesion with a historian’s awareness of the inevitability of loose ends.
What’s interesting is that the anti-abolitionists are not stock-bad-guys. They simply lack empathy and believe that slavery is a natural institution and that it’s not as bad people think. It puts them in the category that Hannah Ardendt called the banality of evil.
The best compliment you can give this type of story is that I learnt truth from the fiction.

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  • H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Omnibus Collection, Volume I: 1917-1926

  • Written by: Howard Phillips Lovecraft, Finn J.D. John
  • Narrated by: Finn J.D. John
  • Length: 23 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

This is volume one of a two-volume omnibus set comprising the complete fictional works of Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Every story written for publication under his own name is included in this set, from 1917 through 1935. (Poems, ghostwritten material, and stories written in collaboration with other writers are not included.)

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but not a fan of the narrator

  • By Jason Ho on 2018-09-18

Good but repetitive

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

Reviewed: 2018-10-29

This gives a good feel for the Lovecraft style of prose, but the faux-Georgian English and casual racism get a little boring after a while. Also, the traditional lovecraftian stuff is from the second half of his career, so this is more of a starting point.

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  • Stories from the Dresden Files
  • Written by: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 56

Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of best-selling author Jim Butcher - a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great set of stories!

  • By Susan V. on 2018-10-25

Good short stories

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-28

This medium worked really well for the material. Nothing dragged and it gave the opportunity for butcher to show a bit of variety within his setting. This was better than many of the novels.

  • A Fine Balance

  • Written by: Rohinton Mistry
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 25 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers - a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village - will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Research before you buy #Audible1

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-09-13

Not a light commitment

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-19

There was something almost sadistic about this story of horrible suffering. When there light hearted moments, one couldn’t help but steel oneself for an upcoming assault on the conscience. It was a little too much for me.

The narrator was great because he was able pronounce Hindi words without being a hawker of exoticism, which others might be. Unfortunately he read so patiently and deliberately that I ended up listening to the second half of the story at time-and-a-half speed.

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  • Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection

  • Written by: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 71 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 477

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the complete works of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and five collections of short stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Elementary Purchase

  • By Gentleman Gamer on 2017-09-21

Long but good

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

Reviewed: 2018-08-08

Stephen Fry is great in terms of timing and accents. The stories become repetitive and formulaic after a certain point, but that’s to be expected. It gave me a better perception of the time\space that Homes occupied, quite different than film, television and other media emphasize. It was worth the listen.

  • Forgiveness

  • A Gift from My Grandparents
  • Written by: Mark Sakamoto
  • Narrated by: Geoff Sugiyama
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

When the Second World War broke out, Ralph MacLean chose to escape his troubled life on the Magdalen Islands in eastern Canada and volunteer to serve his country overseas. Meanwhile, in Vancouver, Mitsue Sakamoto saw her family and her stable community torn apart after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Canada picked wrong

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-05-31

Sweet story

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

Reviewed: 2018-06-02

I chose this one based on the Canada Reads suggestion, though I didn't think that I'd like it as much as I did. I'd thought that it would be vulgar comparison between the Canadian POWs from Hong Kong and the Japanese internments in Canada or a rehashing of Obasan, but it was a much more complex and nuanced story than I thought it would be. The characters were great and the story was naturalistic in the sense that clear narrative arches are hard to impose on real people who don't always live linear stories, but Sakamoto pulls this off without forcing a narrative.

Sugiyama's voice is good for this particular story, because he has a "this-is-how-it-happened" tone to the story that respects the material as memoir rather than fiction.

  • The Children of Hurin

  • Written by: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

There are tales of Middle-earth from times long before The Lord of the Rings. The story told in this book is set in the great country that lay beyond the Grey Havens in the West: lands where Treebeard once walked, but which were drowned in the great cataclysm that ended the First Age of the World.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tolkien. Christopher Lee. 'Nuff said.

  • By Caitlin on 2018-03-03

Not great

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

Reviewed: 2018-05-12

There’s a reason that this one is one of the least well known of Tolkien’s work. Lee’s dwarf voices are ridiculous but he’s otherwise great. This one should have stayed as a pile of notes on JRR Tolkien’s desk, rather than being cobbled together as it was.

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