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  • How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (36 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (334)

    Great music is a language unto its own, a means of communication of unmatched beauty and genius. And it has an undeniable power to move us in ways that enrich our lives-provided it is understood.If you have ever longed to appreciate great concert music, to learn its glorious language and share in its sublime pleasures, the way is now open to you, through this series of 48 wonderful lectures designed to make music accessible to everyone who yearns to know it, regardless of prior training or knowledge.

    Lee the reader says: "Wonderful, I've wanted this for so long...but..."
    "Fantastic deal!"
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    I bought this series on cassette when my library was getting rid of all their cassettes. The material was excellent but the quality of the used cassettes was awful, I had to stop less than halfway through because it was so frustrating, I thought of purchasing the set on CD but the price was pretty high. Now I can hear it all in perfect condition at a great price!

    Robert Greenberg is smart and funny and presents the material in a way that is accessible to anyone. I'm delighted that we now get access to The Great Courses at our regular credit price!

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (750)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (455)

    Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, June 16th 1904, largely through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another.

    A User says: "Ulysses (Unabridged)"
    "Don't worry about understanding - just listen!"
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    This is a book I put off for many years, because it was supposed to be hard work. It probably is if you want to study all the allusions to mythology, Irish history, Shakespeare, etc. But It's wonderful just to listen to. It's full of poetry and song, sometimes just in the middle of a sentence. It does take concentration and I listened to some sections more than once, always picking up new things.

    I'm working through it with a book group and I've been listening first, then looking at the text to see what I missed, or what visual aspects there are (as he does play with that as well.) This must have been very challenging for the narrator and I think he does a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rapture of the Deep: Bloody Jack #7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (254)

    On the very day that Jacky Faber is to wed her true love, she is kidnapped by British Naval Intelligence and forced to embark on yet another daring mission--this time to search for sunken Spanish gold. But when Jacky is involved, things don't always go as planned. Jacky has survived battles on the high seas, the stifling propriety of a Boston finishing school, and even confinement in a dank French prison.

    Theresa says: "Excellent series"
    "Predictable series still has some surprises"
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    If it weren't for the brilliant narration by Kellgren, I probably would have listened to 1 or 2 of this series at most. At this point, I think the author includes scenes, songs and voices just to show off what Katherine Kellgren can do.

    The events keeping Jacky and Jamie apart have become quite farfetched and some of the plot twists are predictable . And yet there were still a couple of surprises that were logical based on information we already head, but that I didn't see coming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Chbosky
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2134)
    Performance
    (1940)
    Story
    (1962)

    Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

    FanB14 says: "Intelligent, Absorbing Coming of Age Story"
    "Touching and entertaining"
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    This is a story with an unusual hero. It takes some time to get to know him and understand what makes him tick. Some readers said he seemed too innocent to be a 15 year old but I think there are kids like that, and when you get through the book, you can understand why. I thought the narration was very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1581)
    Performance
    (1027)
    Story
    (1035)

    Wanting to repay a wartime debt to the Malays, Jean Paget returns. There she hears a story which leads her to Australia.

    Amazon Customer says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "A bit outdated but has heart and soul"
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    The underlying story from WWII is fascinating, and this coming from someone (me!) who swore off WWII books for the indefinite future! Shute has a positive view of humanity and even in the war, there is only one really evil person. He shows how ordinary people can rise to extraordinary situations and how eager we really are to connect and help each other. I chose this book because I so enjoyed the same theme with a very different story in Shute's Trustee from The Toolroom.

    There are a couple of flaws to the book. I think the later part is all sort of epilogue and not as strong as the earlier sections. Having the story told by a third person is a little odd, since some of the time he is narrating things he couldn't really know. And the casual racism toward the "abos" is a bit alarming.

    The narration is very good, rather subdued but it works fine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Chris Ewan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (595)
    Story
    (600)

    Charlie Howard travels the globe writing suspense novels for a living. To supplement his income - and keep his hand in - Charlie has a small side business: stealing for a very discreet clientele on commission. When a mysterious American offers Charlie 20,000 euros to steal two small monkey figurines to match the one he already has, Charlie is suspicious; the job seems too good to be true, and of course, it is. He soon finds the American beaten nearly to death, while the third figurine has disappeared.

    adrienne says: "A delightful surprise!"
    "Somewhat entertaining but farfetched"
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    The main character is a clever idea, a mystery writer who actually is himself a thief. I liked his personality and his attempts to work out his novel's plot. But in some ways he was awfully dense in solving the mystery of this story. And the plot became pretty unlikely. At one point the hero just happens to be at a particular spot to recognize a clue. It was also a bit more violent than I like, I think more than was necessary. The narrator was very good and kept me interested, but overall this was nothing special and I probably won't continue with the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (910)
    Performance
    (861)
    Story
    (864)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Alexis says: "Fun! Things you might want to know:"
    "Not really about a pandemic, much better!"
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    From the descriptions, I thought this would be a medical thriller about a pandemic sweeping the world. That's a category I don't particularly care for, but I knew with John Scalzi writing it, there would be some heartwarming moments and some humor. It turns out the pandemic is only the backstory. The main story is a police mystery and a look at future technology.

    I have the version with a choice of two narrators but to me Will Wheaton IS John Scalzi, and vice versa. (I got to hear Scalzi read once and they actually do sound alike!) So I doubt I'll even listen to the other reader.

    Besides being creative and funny, Scalzi always has a message about respect and human connection (or even nonhuman in some books). Here he has a great hero who is a decent and peace loving guy but can really kick some butt when he needs to -and enjoy it.

    I was a bit disappointed that the last section was the "prequel" rather than more of the main book. I wasn't as interested in hearing other voices or characters at that point. There certainly could be sequels and I'd snap them up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Off to Be the Wizard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1134)
    Performance
    (1066)
    Story
    (1073)

    It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

    Charles says: "Fantastic"
    "Just for fun"
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    Nothing deep or serious here, just geeky fun. I'm not sure if the audience is supposed to be young adults. It would certainly work for them. Fans of Ready Player One should enjoy it, but it's lighter in tone. Give a guy magic powers and all he wants is unlimited burritos, beer and board games - plus flying is not bad.

    It wasn't what I expected from the description of a modern young techie adrift in the Middle Ages, but that's the point, he doesn't find what he expected either. The well-done narration contributes to the humor.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Interestings

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Meg Wolitzer
    • Narrated By Jen Tullock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1180)
    Performance
    (1051)
    Story
    (1054)

    The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In The Interestings, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge. The kind of creativity that is rewarded at age 15 is not always enough to propel someone through life at age 30; not everyone can sustain, in adulthood, what seemed so special in adolescence.

    Tango says: "Needs a better title, but a good read (listen)"
    ""Interesting" enough but nothing special"
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    I found this appealing but I'm sure many listeners will be annoyed by the mostly well-off East Coast young people whining about what they don't have or can't do. It could have been shorter. Also it's mostly in chronological order but then items will be thrown in out of order for no particular reason.

    The characters' happiest times are in high school at their arts camp. For many of us, being an adult is way better than adolescence but those people keep trying to return to their youth, which of course never works.

    The narration is very good and it kept my attention. It's an interesting contrast with Shotgun Lovesongs, which is also about a group of friends in middle age regretting their lost youth. I think that one was deeper than this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paw and Order: A Chet and Bernie Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (135)

    In the seventh book in the brilliant New York Times best-selling mystery series, canine narrator Chet and P.I. Bernie journey to Washington, DC, and the dog-eat-dog world of our nation’s capital. Stephen King has called Chet "a canine Sam Spade full of joie de vivre". Robert B. Parker dubbed Spencer Quinn’s writing "major-league prose". Now the beloved team returns in another suspenseful novel that finds Chet sniffing around the capital city and using his street smarts to uncover a devilish plot.

    Tracey says: "The Guinea Pig Did It!!"
    "Quinn and Frangione forever!"
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    Yes, these books are all sort of the same but I don't care. I hope Spencer Quinn keeps writing them forever and Jim Frangione stays on forever as the voice of Chet. I was on a trip last week, exhausted and jet lagged, and I couldn't focus on a print book or a more serious audiobook. I put this on and immediately was smiling and chuckling.

    Chet and Bernie are in a new setting here of Washington DC and of course they immediately run across a murder. But what really matters as usual is the wonderful relationship between man and dog, and the great dog's-eye view of the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunting Shadows: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (188)

    A society wedding at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire becomes a crime scene when a man is murdered. After another body is found, the baffled local constabulary turns to Scotland Yard. Though the second crime had a witness, her description of the killer is so strange it's unbelievable. Despite his experience, Inspector Ian Rutledge has few answers of his own. The victims are so different that there is no rhyme or reason to their deaths. Nothing logically seems to connect them - except the killer. As the investigation widens, a clear suspect emerges. But for Rutledge, the facts still don't add up, leaving him to question his own judgment.

    Kathi says: "Another great Ian Rutledge book!"
    "Complicated mystery with atmosphere"
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    In a way this is a typical Ian Rutledge mystery, with the long shadow of WWI cast over events. There are some interesting minor characters introduced. But Rutledge's struggles and the presence of Hamish (most unusual sidekick ever) are less featured. Simon Prebble is always good though I found it hard to distinguish some of the many characters by voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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