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Olive Kitteridge
    
    
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        Elizabeth Strout
    
    


    
    
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        Sandra Burr
    
    


    
    Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
    37 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • Olive Kitteridge

  • Written by: Elizabeth Strout
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, well read

  • By Jan Little on 2019-02-17

The Whole is Worth the Sum of its Parts!

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-20

Like a series of short stories linked by place, time, and some characters (principally Olive, herself), Olive Kitteridge is a great read/listen. The stories are engaging, often powerful, full of wonderful language, awkward moments, relationships, and dialogue, and full of raw, real and at times unsettling human drama. The setting, itself, was a character pulling you in to time and place. Burr's reading was true to all of these elements, I thought. #Audible1

  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

  • Written by: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

This is the disturbing tale of the dual personality of Dr. Jekyll, a physician. A generous and philanthropic man, he is preoccupied with the problems of good and evil and with the possibility of separating them into distinct personalities. He develops a drug that transforms him into the demonic Mr. Hyde, in whose person he exhausts all the latent evil in his nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jarvis Brings the Fullly to Life!

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-09-16

Jarvis Brings the Fullly to Life!

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-16

It was great to finally experience this book...and even better to experience it through the voice of Martin Jarvis. So good was his handling of Stevenson's chilling classic that I downloaded others by him just to hear his narration, again ("Good Omens" - also excellent!). If you have not read "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, listen to this version and you'll understand why it has endured for well over a century. #Audible1

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  • The Fault in Our Stars

  • Written by: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • meeh

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-11-24

Rudd Makes a Great Book Greater!

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-16

This is one of Green's best...and he's written a lot of great ones...far better, in my view, than "Looking for Alaska" (which is over-rated). Great characters, a touching and engaging story, a budding, believable, but ultimately tragic love story...some wonderful dialogue and a great trip to the Netherlands make this great from start to finish. Better than reading it is listening to Rudd tell it...and either one is better than simply watching the movie! #Audible1

  • Dead End in Norvelt

  • Written by: Jack Gantos
  • Narrated by: Jack Gantos
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Melding the entirely true and the wildly fictional, Dead End in Norvelt is a novel about an incredible two months for a kid named Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation excitement are shot down when he is "grounded for life" by his feuding parents, and whose nose spews bad blood at every little shock he gets. But plenty of excitement (and shocks) are coming Jack's way once his mom loans him out to help a fiesty old neighbor with a most unusual chore - typewriting obituaries filled with stories about the people who founded his town.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So Much Potential!

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-09-16

So Much Potential!

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-16

Gantos is great ("Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key" is outstanding!). So, given that this won the Newbery and has such a fun title and premise, I admit I was disappointed by this one. It didn't grab me and while I like Gantos' voice, it didn't breath any more life into this story than was already there. Perhaps I should give it another go and see why others - critics and readers alike - enjoy this one as much as they do. #Audible1

  • Revolver

  • Written by: Marcus Sedgwick
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

In an isolated cabin in an Arctic wilderness, 14-year-old Sig is alone with a corpse: his father, who has fallen through the ice on the lake outside and frozen to death only hours earlier. Then, out of the Arctic darkness, comes a stranger: a terrifying giant of a man claiming that Sig’s father owes him a share of a horde of stolen gold - and threatening awful violence if Sig doesn’t reveal the gold’s whereabouts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sedgwick Scores Again!

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-09-16

Sedgwick Scores Again!

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-16

While at times this seemed to move slowly, in truth it is a taut thriller, made all the more "chilling" by its location in the Arctic wilderness. Despite the vastness of the exterior setting, the interior of the cabin and the story that unfolds there takes on an almost claustrophobic feel to it. Will he use the "Revolver"? Have a listen...doing so by the fire on a cold winter's evening will enhance the experience, I would wager! #Audible1

  • On the Jellicoe Road

  • Written by: Melina Marchetta
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Macauley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Taylor Markham is now a senior at the Jellicoe School, and has been made leader of the boarders. She is responsible for keeping the upper hand in the territory wars with the townies, and the cadets who camp on the edge of the school's property over summer. She has to keep her students safe and the territories enforced and to deal with Jonah Griggs - the leader of the cadets and someone she'd rather forget. B ut what she needs to do, more than anything, is unravel the mystery of her past and find her mother.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Macauley Brings this Great Tale to Life!

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-09-16

Macauley Brings this Great Tale to Life!

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-16

Despite it being an award-winning book, I don't feel like many know, let alone have read this great book from Melina Marchetta. And this is a shame! It's a great story about and for teens - with great characters that they will find easy to relate to, an engaging, twisting plot that is part drama, part mystery...and all of it taking place in Australia, making Macauley's voice perfect as narrator. This is well-worth the read/listen. All with whom I have shared it feel the same. #Audible1

  • Across Five Aprils

  • Written by: Irene Hunt
  • Narrated by: Terry Bregy
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

This compelling classic of a boy's coming of age during the Civil War is based on stories the author's grandfather told her about his own life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Premise from Great Roots...but...

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-09-16

Great Premise from Great Roots...but...

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-16

Irene Hunt is (was) a trusted and accomplished author of children's books. This is why I had higher hopes for this novel, especially given the subject matter of the American Civil War. While the title is a good one and it is great that the stories are based on Hunt's grandfather's true-to-life stories, I found I was not invested in the story as it unfolded...perhaps it was the narration? #Audible1

  • My Brother Sam Is Dead

  • Written by: James Lincoln Collier, Christopher Collier
  • Narrated by: John C. Brown
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Prolific writer James Lincoln Collier collaborates with his brother, Christopher, a distinguished historian, and the Revolutionary War comes alive in this contemporary classic for young adults. Here is a war with no clear-cut loyalties - dividing families, friends, and towns. Young Tim Meeker watches his 16-year-old brother, Sam, go off to fight with the Patriots while his father remains a reluctant British Loyalist in the Tory town of Redding Ridge, Connecticut.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not What I'd Hoped For...

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-09-16

Not What I'd Hoped For...

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-16

The Revolutionary War is a favourite topic of mine...and I find much to gain from YA and Children's Literature...but this story, while promising, didn't pull me in let alone hold me as I hoped it would. Estes, "Johnny Tremain" is a better, more engaging story of the same period of history, in my view. #Audible1

  • Poems for Two Voices

  • Joyful Noise, I Am Phoenix
  • Written by: Paul Fleischman
  • Narrated by: Melissa Hughes, Scott Snively
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Paul Fleischman's Poems for Two Voices make for irresistable listening. Whether funny, sad, boisterous or serene, each poem is a virtuoso performance - skillfully illuminating a unique personality from the natural world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this Listen!

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-09-16

Loved this Listen!

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-16

These poems for two voices are so good and performed so well. I listened to it twice just to hear the language - its diction and metre - all over again! And it was just as good the second time. Whether you enjoy poetry or not, this is a fun and engaging read/listen! #Audible1

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

  • Written by: Mark Haddon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touching, Funny, Interesting, and Important!

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-09-16

Touching, Funny, Interesting, and Important!

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-16

This is at times funny, at times heart-wrenching, at times uplifting, and always interesting. The protagonist's voice is immediately engaging...you fall in love with his character from the beginning and stick by/root for him through every journey and episode; and Woodman's voice simply enhances these feelings. If you ever have a chance to see the play, SEE IT! #Audible1

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