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HELEN EVANS

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  • By: Don DeLillo
  • Narrated by: Thomas Sadoski
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Jeffrey Lockhart's father, Ross, is a billionaire in his 60s, with a younger wife, Artis Martineau, whose health is failing. Ross is the primary investor in a remote and secret compound where death is exquisitely controlled and bodies are preserved until a future time when biomedical advances and new technologies can return them to a life of transcendent promise. Jeff joins Ross and Artis at the compound to say an uncertain farewell to her as she surrenders her body.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't finish this as too deep and slow

  • By HELEN EVANS on 12-01-17

I couldn't finish this as too deep and slow

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

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

I couldn't finish as it was too deep and slow, maybe I will go back to it when I am a more reflective mood but it was not uplifting in any way!

Would you be willing to try another book from Don DeLillo? Why or why not?

No, too intense

  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567

A guy walks into a bar.From here, the story could take many turns. A guy walks into a bar and meets the love of his life. A guy walks into a bar and finds no one else is there. When this guy is David Sedaris, the possibilities are endless, but the result is always the same: he will both delight you with twists of humour and intelligence and leave you deeply moved. In Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Sedaris remembers his father's dinnertime attire (shirtsleeves and underpants), his first colonoscopy (remarkably pleasant), and the time he considered buying the skeleton of a murdered Pygmy. The common thread? Sedaris masterfully turns each episode into a love story: how it feels to be in a relationship where one loves and is loved over many years, what it means to be part of a family, and how it's possible, through all of life's absurdities, to accept oneself. With Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, David Sedaris shows once again why he has been called 'A humorist par excellence, he can make Woody Allen appear ham-tongued, Oscar Wilde a drag' (Observer).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • funny and often disturbing

  • By Marcus on 17-07-13

Entertaining collection of memories

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

Would you listen to Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls again? Why?

Yes, very easy listening and highly entertaining, although this seems a bit less hilarious and more melancholic than his earlier recollections

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Widow

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,157

Exclusive to Audible! Listen to a discussion between the author and the narrator of The Widow at the end of this recording. We've all seen him: the man - the monster - staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime. But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs - the wife who stands by him? Jean Taylor's life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she'd ever wanted: her Prince Charming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Confession is a dangerous thing.

  • By Wras on 26-01-16

Excellent listen

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

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

Realistic relatable characters

What does Clare Corbett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She gave a good performance and enhanced the story with the accents, tone and mood.

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

Yes, although it was easy to pick up from where you left off

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,999
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,639

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!!!

  • By Chris on 27-04-16

Great to listen to multiple actors for a change

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

Would you listen to Alien: Out of the Shadows again? Why?

Yes, in a year or two. I liked the format of listening to a play with multiple actors.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The hatching room

  • The Teacher

  • A Shocking and Compelling New Crime Thriller That's Not for the Faint-Hearted
  • By: Katerina Diamond
  • Narrated by: Stevie Lacey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 464

You think you know who to trust? You think you know the difference between good and evil? You're wrong.... The body of the head teacher of an exclusive Devon school is found hanging from the rafters in the assembly hall. Hours earlier he'd received a package, and only he could understand the silent message it conveyed. It meant the end. As Exeter suffers a rising count of gruesome deaths, troubled DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles must solve the case and make their city safe again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't wait....,

  • By pixie on 08-10-16

A gripping story but a bit gruesome

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

Reviewed: 03-12-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Teacher to be better than the print version?

yes

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Teacher?

The descriptions of the area it is set in and the museum

Have you listened to any of Stevie Lacey’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no

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

disturbing

Any additional comments?

Wasn't expecting such a powerful story