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Michael

Mitchellville, MD, USA

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  • The Canterbury Tales (Unabridged Selections)

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated By David Butler
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    This modern English edition of Chaucer's classic begins on a spring day in April. Sometime in the waning years of the 14th century, 29 travelers set out for Canterbury on a pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint Thomas Beckett. Among them are a knight, a monk, a prioress, a plowman, a miller, a merchant, a clerk, and an oft-widowed wife from Bath. Travel is arduous and wearing; to maintain their spirits, this band of pilgrims entertain each other with a series of tall tales.

    Sean says: "Still enjoyable, relevant, and beautiful"
    "A Classic but with a caution"
    Overall

    I agree with the other reviewers about the great stories and narration. However, I usually listen to books on tape while doing other things. Unfortunately, this book requires few distractions and I just couldn't follow it without stopping and just listening.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Star Trek: Web of the Romulans (Adapted)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 28 mins)
    • By M.S. Murdock
    • Narrated By Leonard Nimoy, George Takei
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Love, war, and the enemies allied....To save a galaxy from war Kirk - and his amorous computer - must save the Romulans from disaster! Featuring a dramatic reading by Leonard Nimoy and George Takei and enhanced with sound effects and the original Star Trek television theme music!

    Michael says: "Worth $7 but no more"
    "Worth $7 but no more"
    Overall

    This was an "okay" Star Trek novel. Slim in plot and the amorous computer had already been done in the TV series and is annoying here. Only get this selection if you are a fan and have already listened to most of the other offerings.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Separate Peace

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By John Knowles
    • Narrated By Matthew Modine
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Ever since its first publication in 1960, A Separate Peace has been hailed as a modern classic. Now the story of two best friends attending a New England boarding school during World War II comes to life in this powerful audio presentation. Featuring a dramatic reading by Matthew Modine, this abridgment of John Knowles's critically acclaimed novel provides a startling insight into war and youth that you will never forget.

    dumbclub says: "A Great Story Spoiled"
    "Classic Novel that is Well Read"
    Overall

    This is a classic novel that is well narrated. I haven't read the full novel so not sure how good or bad it was abridged. Not having this knowledge, this version is well worth the time.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Envy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1453)
    Performance
    (616)
    Story
    (615)

    New York book editor Maris Matherly-Reed knows a best seller when she sees one - even if it is just a tantalizing partial manuscript submitted by a writer identified only as P.M.E., with the return address of an obscure island off the Georgia coast. Maris is intrigued enough to search for him.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "Envy"
    "Maybe not the Worst but it comes close"
    Overall

    The book does rely heavily on sexual cliches. A woman unfilled and clueless, a domineering brute who some how is a turn-on, and a plot that once you take away a lot of filler verbage is fairly slim. It should be called "Revenge of the Envious Idiots." This is definitely a classic trashy novel for those who are lacking something in their own lives.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Star Trek: The Last Roundup (Adapted)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Christie Golden
    • Narrated By David Kaye
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Soon the torch will be passed to a new generation...but not just yet. Having saved the Federation one more time in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Capt. James T. Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise have finally gone their separate ways. Spock, McCoy, Sulu and the others are spread out across the galaxy, pursuing their individual destinies - until an interstellar crisis touches all their lives.

    Michael says: "For Original Star Trek Series Fans Only"
    "For Original Star Trek Series Fans Only"
    Overall

    This is a good "Star Trek" story but not great. The audiobook is an easy listen and the story line keeps your interest but probably only if you are a fan of the original series. The story has no great depth, the new characters are fairly superficial and it assumes you already know the background of the original series characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Can You Keep a Secret?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (1241)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (452)

    Emma Corrigan has a long list of secrets, one of which is that she is afraid of flying. Coming back from a thoroughly ruinous sales trip to Glasgow, the plane she is on encounters some air turbulence, and she ends up spilling her guts to the handsome American sitting next to her. He gets to hear that she fibbed to get her current job and that she has never been able to satisfactorily find her G-spot. Then, the plane lands...and the American turns up in her life again. He's the CEO of her company....

    A says: "Enjoyable Chick Lit"
    "Not Just for Women"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. The story is entertaining and the narration keeps your interest. I would recommend this selection for both men and women. The only warning is that it isn't for the puritanical. It is more PG-13 in my opinion but the main character is very open about her life.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Star Trek, New Frontier: Books 1-4

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Peter David, John J. Ordover
    • Narrated By Joe Morton
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    A new ship, a new crew, a new mission! All four exciting New Frontier adventures are captured here in one program! The newly refit Ambassador-class Starship Excalibur is sent to Secter 221-G, which was once ruled by the vicious Thallonians but has now descended into chaos. Captain Calhoun and his crew - including some old friends from The Next Generation - must boldly go where no one has gone before!

    James says: "A good story, but mired in"
    "A Hard Listen"
    Overall

    I am an avid Star Trek fan but this audiobook was very hard to maintain interest. The story may have been fine but I couldn't get past the narration. The narration made it hard to follow the story line and I found my attention wandering a great deal.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Star Trek, Gateways: What Lay Beyond

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Diane Carey, Peter David, more
    • Narrated By David Kaye
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (16)

    Commanders from six Star Trek crews are faced with the ultimate gamble, as they hurl themselves through a Gateway without any knowledge of what lay beyond. Each faces a personally unique challenge, struggling to find a way back to the ships and homes they left behind. Waiting behind at least one of the Gateways are the ageless Iconians, the primordial architects of the mysterious portals causing chaos throughout the Milky Way galaxy.

    Robert says: "Beware"
    "Don't Bother"
    Overall

    The book is a series of stories related to the Gateways introduced in the first Star Trek series. The stories include members from most of the various follow-on series. Of these stories only one is good, another is okay and the rest not so good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Jester

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Neil Dickson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (602)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (106)

    Hugh De Luc, a poor innkeeper, returns home from the First Crusade wearied from battle and disillusioned by carnage. After journeying from the Holy Land back to his own small village, he finds his nightmare is just beginning.

    Sheridan Race says: "Spellbound and engaged"
    "Just Good Fun"
    Overall

    If your looking for great fiction this isn't for you but if you want to be entertained than this story has much to offer. Yes, you have to take large chunks of the story with a boulder of salt and forgive many plot devices. However, I enjoyed this novel tremendously and the narration was great. I loved the period aspects of the book especially the peasants against the nobles and just didn't care about the accuracy. There are authors that take much more liberties with history than are found in this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Cold Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    Alex Delaware is summoned to a trendy gallery where a promising young artist has been brutally garroted on the night of her first major showing. There is no obvious motive, and the careful staging of the murder scene immediately suggests to Alex not an impulsive crime of passion, but the meticulous and taunting modus operandi of a serial killer. As more killings are discovered, unraveling the puzzle assumes a new importance - stopping a vicious psychopath who's made cold-blooded murder his chosen art form.

    Rosie H says: "A Cold Heart"
    "Not Bad but Could be Better"
    Overall

    The story is an average cop after the serial killer story. It is interesting and fairly easy to follow. It has some good characters that are given some depth. The narrator is hard on the ears through the first half of the book but gets better. I would only recommend this book if you are a big cop after the murderer story lover.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful

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