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A. Best

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The Twin Cities, MN | Member Since 2009

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  • Holidays on Ice: Featuring Six New Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (703)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (446)

    David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favorites as the diaries of a Macy's elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris's tales of tardy trick-or-treaters ("Us and Them"); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the French ("Jesus Shaves"); and what to do when you've been locked out in a snowstorm ("Let It Snow").

    C. Telfair says: "Add a touch of Bitter to your Holiday Sweet"
    "Funny stories"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The stories are funny but some a bit cruel which makes it a little hard to listen to - but if you like Sedaris, it's VERY Sedaris.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Book

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Selden Edwards
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    The Little Book is a masterpiece of unequaled storytelling that announces Selden Edwards as one of the most dazzling, original, entertaining, and inventive novelists of our time.

    B. Norwood says: "Delightful"
    "Beautiful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a beautiful, lushly descriptive book in the European style of storytelling. There are twists and turns aplenty - unique enough to keep me absorbed until the end. The narrator seemed uninterested at first, but warms up to the story and characters as he reads, acting more as the story progresses. Characters have depth and the story is rich like full-fat ice cream. I very much enjoyed the story, characters and performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Highland Mist: Highlander, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2248)
    Performance
    (1411)
    Story
    (1417)

    He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart - until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland.

    Benoibe says: "I'm so in love and I'm SO moving to Scotland!"
    "Bad story, terrific narration!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's a silly, typical bodice ripper, badly written - laughable actually - with EXCELLENT narration and production value! Phil Gigante talking in Scottish brogue is amazing! Pity about the actual STORY! LOL

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Department of Mad Scientists: Inside DARPA, the Path-Breaking Government Agency You've Never Heard Of

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Michael Belfiore
    • Narrated By Michael Belfiore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    The first-ever inside look at DARPA - the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - the maverick and controversial group whose futuristic work has had amazing civilian and military applications, from the Internet to GPS to driverless cars

    Roger Smith says: "Outstanding!"
    "Fun Fun Fun!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Love it! Always a fan of the author reading his own work - and Michael does a great job. His love for his work and his enthusiasm for the subject shines through. This is a great listen for all techno-geeks like myself. If only he could have gotten behind the locked doors!!! Five stars!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister's Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By uncredited
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2905)
    Performance
    (1128)
    Story
    (1132)

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

    Lisa says: "Wonderful Book, Very Emotional"
    "heartfelt"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a fantastic novel and the narration is more like a radio play than a straight reading, which lends itself well to this story. The production of this book is terrific. It's a heart-wrenching, throught-provoking story that is a very worthwhile listen not only for adults but for young adults too. Children's rights are often overlooked in stressful medical situations, and the delivery of this story actually enhanced it. Well done and highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1313)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (265)

    In this groundbreaking work, evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history's broadest patterns. It is a story that spans 13,000 years of human history, beginning when Stone Age hunter-gatherers constituted the entire human population. Guns, Germs, and Steel is a world history that really is a history of all the world's peoples, a unified narrative of human life.

    Lorac says: "Badly Abridged"
    "Wow - it's LONG"
    Overall

    This is a LONG book. And because of it's length, and detail, I would recommend you listen to it in parts. It's a lot to absorb all at once. Definitely NOT light reading. The narrator is okay, nothing to write home about, but one buys this book for about the content, not the narration or acting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart-Shaped Box

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (2188)
    Performance
    (1068)
    Story
    (1065)

    Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

    Lesley says: "Yikes! Five stars for fright"
    "Summer reading"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a ghost story in the vein of a no-brainer summer novella. You'd read it on the beach, and toss it out when you were done. Or take it on the plane. This is a book to relax to. Not for the kiddies there's some gross bits, but the narrator does a good job, and spins the scary tale with finesse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Truth (with Jokes)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (102)

    Al Franken reveals the alarming story of how Bush (barely) beat Kerry with his campaign of "fear, smear, and queers", and then claimed a nonexistent mandate; Republicans decided that Terri Schiavo would make "a great political issue"; Conservatives sought to undermine Social Security by using a strategy borrowed from...Vladimir Lenin; and more.

    Blashy says: "Great take on the Bush years & funny."
    "The Truth Hurts!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love my Senator and I l think his work is amazing for it's painful truth. I am always a big fan of the author narrating his own works, and this is no exception - Al is a terrific author and truly passionate when he reads his work. The only problem is, the truth hurts! It can get a bit depressing after a while so you may want to listen to it in small parts. Like "Hot, Flat, and Crowded" the reality of the work can be depressing, so pace yourself. But don't let my word of caution fool you - this is a must-listen, for anyone wondering "what the heck happened during those years?"

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: Revised Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (2849)
    Performance
    (1314)
    Story
    (1311)

    Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life, from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, and whose conclusions turn the conventional wisdom on its head. Thus the new field of study contained in this audiobook: Freakonomics. Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives: how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.

    Shackleton says: "Good, but be careful"
    "Eye-opening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love Freakonomics and Super Freakonomics - and Dubner as the author and narrator lends a light tone and sense of strong credibility. Personally I always prefer the author to narrate whenever possible, for they are the true "voice" of the book. This one is no exception - he's got a great style, and his sense of wonder and fun shine through. Five stars! Both books are highly recommended and check out their new podcast as well!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Birdsong

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Sebastian Faulks
    • Narrated By Samuel West
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Set before and during the Great War, Birdsong captures the drama of that era on both a national and a personal scale. It is the story of Stephen, a young Englishman, who arrives in Amiens in 1910. His life goes through a series of traumatic experiences, from the clandestine love affair that tears apart the family with whom he lives to the unprecedented experience of the war itself.

    Kim says: "Fantastic narration of a modern classic"
    "War book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narrator did a fine job, and if you love Faulks you'll love this book - however I am not a huge fan of "war stories", so there were parts of this book that didn't work for me. However the narration style is calm, quiet, almost sad - which plays well with the tone of the story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10994)
    Performance
    (6188)
    Story
    (6237)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Captivating!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Not only was this story one to keep - it makes you think about it for months afterwards. The narrator is fantastic - he makes the story real and his voice draws the images in my head. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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