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Dog Walker

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  • A New Earth: The Opportunity of Our Time

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    Overall
    (2482)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (733)

    Humanity now, perhaps more than in any previous time, has an opportunity to create a new, saner, more loving world. This will involve a radical inner leap from the current egoic consciousness to an entirely new one. In illuminating the nature of this shift in consciousness, Tolle describes in detail how our current ego-based state of consciousness operates. Then gently, and in very practical terms, he leads us into this new consciousness. We will come to experience who we truly are and learn to live and breathe freely.

    Mr. Word Sponge says: "A Realized Being Shares In Person...a rare find."
    "A Revelation"
    Overall

    If you are on a spiritual path, or would like to be, read this book. I recommend you combine it with Oprah's online classes from earlier this year - she discusses each chapter with Tolle and it's a wonderful guide.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Maureen O'Brien
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    George Eliot's most ambitious novel is a masterly evocation of diverse lives and changing fortunes in a provincial community. Peopling its landscape are Dorothea Brooke, a young idealist whose search for intellectual fulfillment leads her into a disastrous marriage to the pedantic scholar Casaubon; the charming but tactless Dr Lydgate, whose marriage to the spendthrift beauty Rosamund and pioneering medical methods threaten to undermine his career.

    Julie W. Capell says: "Read for its humor & glimmers of female rebellion"
    "Technical Audio Problems - Don't Purchase"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was enjoying the story until about Chapter 96, when the audio skips irretrievably. There must be better versions available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Hymn Before Battle: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (772)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (466)

    With Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the Galactic Federation offers help to the backward humans - for a price. You can protect yourself from your enemies, but God save you from your allies!

    Matthew says: "surprised and delighted"
    "Airborne! Great Military Sci-Fi"
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    Story

    If you remember the joys of the 'fun run' and scatological marching cadences still make you snort with laughter, you will revel in John Ringo's books. The plots and characters are non-stop thrills, but even better for military veterans, the tactics, situations and people all ring true to what we lived with. Smell the cordite and taste the MREs again, without having to live in a tent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Perry Moore
    • Narrated By Michael Urie
    Overall
    (777)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (539)

    In the story comic book legend Stan Lee calls "spellbinding" and "totally original," Thom Creed has secrets. For one, like his father, he has super powers. Also, he's been asked to join the League—the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. Then there’s the secret Thom can barely face himself: he's gay. But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, Typhoid Larry, and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide....

    Robert says: "Give it a listen!"
    "Not The Average Comic Bok"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was pleasantly surprised with this book and really enjoyed the performance and characters. A much more interesting tale that the average superhero yarn, the characters were three dimensional and 'real' despite superpowers, powers that are sometimes more pain and strife than useful.

    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
    (4754)
    Performance
    (4441)
    Story
    (4436)

    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.

    Cristina Hatfield says: "Quite an enjoyable read"
    "Snort-worthily Hilarious!"
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    Where does Redshirts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    ROFL funny for all space-opera addicts, particularly Star Trek fans. The guy in the red shirts dies horribly on away missions, does he?


    What did you like best about this story?

    A wonderful spoof, but with a rollicking plot.


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He has outdone himself, clearly enjoyed the material.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Grinned contantly, laughed out loud frequently. Really brightened up a bad day I was having.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1751)
    Performance
    (1492)
    Story
    (1494)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "Social Satire with an Excellent Story Line"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would tell any of my friends with a well developed sense of satire and irony that they would love this.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Android's Dream?

    "Death by Fart"


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The diplomatic incident leading to the search for the blue fleece (really a search for a golden fleece, or fleecing...)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I had to know what would happen next, not predictable at all, which I find very enjoyable. Kept me going during many a workout.


    Any additional comments?

    Snort alert - don't have liquids in your mouth for the first several chapters, you'll have a clean up.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Light Fantastic: Discworld #2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1435)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (559)

    Carl Cravens says: "Great story, enjoyable British humour."
    "Harry Potter Meets Hitchhiker's Guide - on Drugs"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Light Fantastic again? Why?

    How to describe the plot - if Harry Potter had been,


    What other book might you compare The Light Fantastic to and why?

    Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. If you haven't read it, shame on you. If you have and liked it, you'll love this book.


    Which character ??? as performed by Nigel Planer ??? was your favorite?

    I'm still entranced by the luggage. It follows its owner everywhere, and eats anyone who tries an unauthorized search. We could balance the nation budget with that feature alone; it would eliminate an entire useless goverment agency.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would be worried I would miss something if I weren't concentrating enough.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Colour of Magic: Discworld #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (2480)
    Performance
    (962)
    Story
    (968)

    The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course "The Edge" of the planet.

    Joel says: "Start in any of seven Disworld books"
    ""Vintage Monty Python Style Insanity - Great Fun""
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed the luggage the most. Having had mine lost by quite a few airlines, luggage that could find one anywhere, and kill people, is a wonderful fantasy.


    What does Nigel Planer bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    His English accents are wonderful and really add to the characterizations. Terrible with the American accents, but then so are most English actors (Hugh Laurie being a notable exception).


    Any additional comments?

    This story has the flavour of vintage Monty Python or Hitchhiker's Guide zany-ness. Had one of the Twit of the Year contestants appeared, he would have fit right in. Gormless and definatively hapless characters are victimized by an impossible universe and indifferent gods, all for our amusement. If you enjoyed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9300)
    Performance
    (4275)
    Story
    (4301)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "A Freight Train of a Listen"
    Overall

    Vintage Stephen King. The character and plot depth are reminiscent of "The Stand". A real barn-burner (pun intended), I tried to ration my listening time, but just had to know what happened next.
    The narrator's mis-pronunciations are a little jarring, (Chin-ook and not Shin-ook for the helicopter, Dumb-a-jen for what is likely DuMagen)but the material more than makes up for it.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • This Present Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Frank Peretti
    • Narrated By Jack Sondericker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (651)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (369)

    A small town newspaper editor and a local minister uncover a web of conspiracy while an unseen battle between the angels of good and evil takes place in the town of Ashton.

    Kimberly says: "The one that started Peretti"
    "Clumsy prose"
    Overall

    The writing in this book is clunky and repetetive. The plot is sacrificed to unpronounceable names and elements which do nothing to advance it. Skip this one.

    2 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Blindness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jose Saramago
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (108)

    A city is hit by a sudden and strange epidemic of "white blindness", which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there social conventions quickly crumble and the struggle for survival brings out the worst in people.

    Cora Judd says: "Dark"
    "Tiresome"
    Overall

    The author interrupts a fairly decent plot line with overblown hyperbole and moralizing. Read this one in print instead, you can skip the continuous editorial comments.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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