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Amo

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  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lewis Carroll
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (168)

    With his marvelous sense of the absurd, Lewis Carroll's whimsical, fantastical tale delighted children and adults when it was first published in 1865 and has since become a treasured classic of literature.

    Patricia says: "Don't you just LOVE Jim Dale!"
    "Classic"
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    I never really read this as a child, but of course know the movie well. This is a relatively short listen and I was interested to see how closely the movies match the book. I always enjoy listening to Jim Dale. He is good at evoking whimsy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gauntlgrym: Legend of Drizzt: Neverwinter Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (507)

    Drizzt joins Bruenor on his quest for the fabled dwarven kingdom of Gauntlgrym: ruins said to be rich with ancient treasure and arcane lore. But before they even get close, another drow and dwarf pair stumbles across it first: Jarlaxle and Athrogate. In their search for treasure and magic, Jarlaxle and Athrogate inadvertently set into motion a catastrophe that could spell disaster for the unsuspecting people of the city of Neverwinter - a catastrophe big enough to lure even Jarlaxle into risking his own coin and skin to stop it.

    K. McDowell says: "Pleasantly Surprised."
    "Had a hard time following audibly"
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    With so many characters and races, you really have to pay attention to keep track of who is who. I think I might have enjoyed this more in print form. The story was OK, and the narration was OK, but I never became super engaged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1687)
    Performance
    (1422)
    Story
    (1461)

    On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

    Amazon Customer says: "Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative"
    "Couldn't Stop Listening"
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    So this is a long book (41 hours) and I listened almost incessantly the last week. In contrast with a recent book about Churchill which felt like a chore and took me months to get through, I found this very engaging. It was interesting to get the different perspectives and comparisons with Lincoln's associates. I would right peers, but the man was peerless. After listening to this I am thinking of getting the audio book of Lincoln's debates with Douglas. His word choice was so specific and reasoned arguments are something to learn from. If I could demonstrate his level of empathy and thoughtfulness I would be better for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18704)
    Performance
    (16651)
    Story
    (16613)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Time Travel always interesting"
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    I will preface this review with the fact that I usually enjoy time-travel stories and the dilemmas/paradoxes that go with them. I initially wondered how such a long story would drag on, but the story was quite engaging. Despite a few awkward poundcake issues, the book kept me guessing throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6268)
    Performance
    (5838)
    Story
    (5840)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "For Star Trek Aficionados"
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    I'm not sure if you'd really appreciate this story as much if you were not familiar with Star Trek (particularly the original series). I think Wil is a great match for this writer, and possibly can bring much to his performance being associated with Star Trek.

    The story itself is quite good, however there are some codas that I think would make more sense in the written version. It was strange getting to the "end" of the story and then having 2 more hours of "story". I was not as big a fan of the codas as the main story.

    Overall it was an easy going story, and quite humorous. It managed to combine several stereotypical sci-fi oddities in a fun way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6700)
    Performance
    (5963)
    Story
    (5963)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Actual Magic"
    Overall
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    Jim Dale and the Harry Potter books are the reason that I started listening to audiobooks. His voice imparts whimsy and comfort. I love listening to him before bed. This is definitely not Harry Potter, despite the existence of magic. While I don't think there's anything I'd fear for a child to read/listen to in this book, it definitely has an adult mentality.

    This story while having magic at the core starts slow, but holds your interest from the start. This is also one of the more romantic stories I've read*. I have a few images so clearly in my mind from the book that just make me smile. I recently listened to this a second time, picking up a few more details, and enjoying it the same or more than the first time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sam Kean
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (2221)
    Performance
    (1427)
    Story
    (1432)

    Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

    Ethan M. says: "Excellent, if unfocused"
    "Very Interesting"
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    I found this book to be fascinating. As I listened I frequently bothered my boyfriend with tidbits starting "did you know..." As a teacher I thought this book could make for an interesting inter-disciplinary assignment as it connects history, chemistry, biology and more. For a curious mind, this is a winner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stuff Christians Like

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jonathan Acuff
    • Narrated By Jonathan Acuff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Using the same humor and honesty that galvanized 450,000 online readers from 199 countries, blogger Jonathan Acuff brings his insightful take on Christianity to the book world with Stuff Christians Like. From prayer shot blocks to Metro Worship Leaders, no stone is left unturned in this hilarious look at faith.

    Jeanie Jenkins says: "I liked this stuff"
    "Not as funny as the preview"
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    Admittedly I am probably not the target audience for this book. I listened to the preview and thought it could be funny. When I got to the book it very quickly became mundane. A collection of complete randomness from the blog, it did not flow in an enjoyable way. Would probably be better read in pieces, not listened to as a whole. The author pointed out several instances where he was quoted with people not realizing the statement was satirical, and I have to agree that the line is so fine, most of the examples seemed to be plain ol' stories and I did not catch the humor. Near the end he points out the "serious" section which I will admit I could not distinguish from the satire section. If you are a church-going christian, you probably would enjoy this book, but it's not for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3634)
    Performance
    (3148)
    Story
    (3151)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Amusing tale"
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    While the narration is a bit whiny sometimes, I have been a Wil Wheaton fan for a long time and I think his style suited the story well. I found myself laughing out loud and appreciated the mixture of sci-fi with the ever present media we live in today. It's not too intense so it's an easy listen, and I'd probably listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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