This was one of my early listens, and I was entranced with it. The science, the story, the narration, every aspect of this book kept me driving around for hours. On the ocassions when my kids (11 & 18) would ride with me, they would be hooked just from the small portions they heard. It inspired my daughter to "reread" the book in printed form for one of her book reports. This was at an age when few of her peers were tackling such daunting literature. For the intellectual stimulation and the "edge-of- your-seat" adventure, this book is tops. This is one listen that you can live in. It even allows kids to really WANT to ride with Mom. I know that 15 hours is a long listen time, but I wouldn't have missed one detail or nuance about Timeline.
The Best Book of My Life
I am totally blind and I grew up listening to recorded books on tape where the narration was not always the best. When my husband suggested I join Audible to pass the time on our bus commutes to and from work, I was skeptical as to whether or not I would like it. We started listening to Pillars together and the book swept us both away. I felt like I was back in England in the 11th century. I've since read the book twice and lent it to several friends who agree... Pillars of the Earth is THE best book I have read in my entire life. Amazing narration, voices, and vivid description.
Amazing Story & Narration, plus Road Rage Remover!
Commuting two hours a day on packed city highways with other frustrated drivers was, for me, a blood pressure nightmare. Then in April 2004 I was saved by this book (and Audible) as it swept me away. Sci-Fi at its best, incredible narration...I was blown away. The smog, horns, and inappropriate finger displays were magically gone, and I was a better driver with my new calm as I enjoyed Ender and, since then, over 87 other titles. Enders Game -- and then the whole Ender series -- is a wonderful place to listen first. Enjoy!
The First Is The Best
Having always been iffy about audiobooks, I wasn't too interested in the gift from my great aunt, an audiobook version of our favorite book, Outlander. But I gave it a chance and was blown away. The storytelling was incredible. I could close my eyes and it was like I was watching a movie, only better. Davina Porter's vocal talents are astounding and the best I have ever heard. I have become a true fan of audiobooks since then, but Outlander voiced by Ms. Porter will always be my #1.
I first joined Audible because I wanted to read the Star Wars Saga, but I'm a college student so I just don't have the time to sit and enjoy reading like I used to. I found the only time I have to enjoy my books was while I was in my truck driving back and forth from work and classes. So I turned to Audible and found my Star Wars books, but found this book as well and I'm glad I got it. The book was amazing - I never wanted to get out of my truck when I got to where I was going. If I remember correctly, I believe it is narrated by six different people, for there were many different voice changes in the book. Every one of them did a fantastic job. The storyline was great and the author did a great job of combining fiction with history. If anyone is pressed for time to sit and enjoy reading, audiobooks can help. Even my older brother who has a reading disorder has started to fall in love with books because of audiobooks. Audible is an amazing site with book for all ages. If you like to read, listen to books, or just want to try something new, this is the place to be.
THE BEST for new listeners
I keep Catch Me If You Can on my old Audible Otis and lend it to people who aren't sure if they will like audiobooks. It's such an engaging romp that most people can't help getting caught up in the story, and it's so well narrated that it's an excellent introduction to audiobooks.
Finding Love After Eat, Pray, Love
Well, I actually found love before I heard Eat, Pray, Love. What I hadn't found was a honeymoon destination in the months before our wedding. I had been to both Italy and India (the inspirations for the "eat" and the "pray"), however, never to Bali. By the time I was done with the book, I was pleading with my fiance for a honeymoon in Bali. We spent 10 days in Bali and because my husband had found such a wonderful guide, we were able to meet some of the characters from the book. One such character, Ketut Lier, an old medicine man, told us we would live to be 101 and 102 and would only ever be married to each other. Seeing the book come alive was amazing, and there are shared experiences from Liz Gilbert's story that could inspire anyone to do something like get on a plane and head to Bali! Go for Eat, Pray, Love if you're ready for some action verbs in your life.
When Audible was in the process of moving its headquarters to Newark, New Jersey, I thought I'd get more acquainted with the history of Newark from Roth's award-winning book. I had tried to read it several years ago but became bogged down after 20 pages. Somehow the story didn't engage me, so I simply put it down. And then I discovered Ron Silver's stunning performance of this brilliant novel. Suddenly the characters became vividly alive and the story fascinating. I was completely engrossed. I listened to the entire unabridged recording driving to and from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and what was usually an interminable and often dangerous (dodging semi-trucks on Route 80) drive became a deeply pleasurable trip.
So, I thought that I'd be using Audible to catch up on the popular new business books that I never have the chance to read. But I was browsing around and came across the Tarzan books I loved as a kid - so I downloaded one just for the nostalgia value and quickly found that I was enjoying it as much as I did when I was 11. Which led me back to Burroughs's John Carter of Mars series. (Why haven't they made a movie out of that!) Which reminded me how cool I thought Last of the Mohicans was when I first read it. Well, several months later, I haven't listened to a single business title - but I have reconnected with my favorite old action heroes.
Full Cast Extravaganza
Because I'm always interested in hearing work read by the author, Phillip Pullman's audio edition of His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass caught my attention. A writer who understands the power of spoken word story-telling can deliver every nuance of a narrative in a way that renders much more than what can be captured on the page. There's context and subtle emphasis, there's the rhythm of speech and accent, there's the dramatic pause and the whispered parentheses. Here, in precise detail, with a supporting cast of a dozen marvelous actors to bring all the extraordinary characters to life, Pullman delivers a vivid tale that is far more cinematic in its breadth and scope than any Hollywood feature could ever be. This audiobook provides an excellent opportunity to get the whole family on the same page by listening together. It's equally enjoyable for pre-teens, teenagers, and adults. Forget the movie - go listen to this story!