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proton

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  • The Forever War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1327)
    Performance
    (759)
    Story
    (771)

    William Mandella is a soldier in Earth's elite brigade. As the war against the Taurans sends him from galaxy to galaxy, he learns to use protective body shells and sophisticated weapons. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. But with each month in space, years are passing on Earth. Where will he call home when (and if) the Forever War ends?

    John says: "A classic."
    "One of the best SF tales of all time"
    Overall

    Highly enoyable

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3623)
    Performance
    (2276)
    Story
    (2304)

    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

    Linda says: "Marvelous Book & Expressive Reader"
    "Probably the finest story ever told"
    Overall

    indescribable magic, I am left without words to praise his genius

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Death Comes As the End

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (12)

    A mystery brews in the heart of ancient Egypt. A wealthy landowner and priest of Thebes has brought home a beautiful concubine. His children are outraged: the greedy newcomer is scheming against them. When she is murdered, the children appear guilty. But vengeance and avarice may not be the only motives.

    Caroline says: "Murder in Ancient Egypt: Christie At Her Best"
    "An adventure story, not a mystery"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the visit to Bagdad, as always the character development
    is outstanding

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Martian Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Stanley G. Weinbaum
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    "A Martian Odyssey" by Stanley G. Weinbaum first appeared in 1934. It was Weinbaum's first published story, and remains his best known. It's publication immediately established Weinbaum as a leading figure in the field. One of the aliens in the story, "Tweel", remains one of the most recognised aliens in early science fiction, and is said to be an inspiration for aliens in the works of Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke.

    proton says: "Original, creative story writing"
    "Original, creative story writing"
    Overall

    This is the story that justly made him famous

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Isle of the Sleeper: The Outer Twilight Series, Volume II

    • ABRIDGED (36 mins)
    • By Edmond Hamilton
    • Narrated By Jim Gallant, Jamie Zimmerman
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Curiosity stirred as they inched forward. Then sharp wonder took over. They stood at the edge of a perfectly circular clear space in the hushed green glade. In the center of the sun-lit circle lay a low square dais of dazzling crystal. On the dais stood a low copper couch with strangely carved sides. And on the couch, wrapped in a robe of golden cloth, ornamented with black figures, lay the motionless figure of a man. They stood wide-eyed in fearful awe.

    Maliboo says: "Mysterious Island"
    "My favorite author lays an egg"
    Overall

    An absolutely horrible book in every way

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental Time Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By Kevin Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (132)

    Joe Haldeman is the esteemed Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of The Forever War. Things are going nowhere for lowly MIT research assistant Matt Fuller - especially not after his girlfriend drops him for another man. But then while working late one night, he inadvertently stumbles upon what may be the greatest scientific breakthrough ever. His luck, however, runs out when he finds himself wanted for murder - in the future.

    Brian says: "A fun, light story"
    "Lovely"
    Overall

    Unexpectedly clever and quite funny. Really different, enjoyable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Road to Wigan Pier

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    When Orwell went to England in the 30's to find out how industrial workers lived, he not only observed but shared in their experiences. He stayed in cramped, dreary lodgings and subsisted on the scant, cheerless diet of the poor. He went down into the coal mines and walked crouching, as the miners did, through a one- to three-mile passage too low to stand up in. He watched the back-breaking, dangerous labor of men whose net pay then averaged $575 a year.

    Cassie Melnikow says: "An Interesting Social Commentary"
    "Socialism"
    Overall

    Written in the mid '30s Orwell interprets and then comments on the mindset of England at the pivotal point of their metamorphosis into a partner of the European family from a bully leadership role. As ever, Orwell's insight is stunning

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Call Me Ted

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ted Turner, Bill Burke
    • Narrated By Ted Turner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (78)

    An innovative entrepreneur, outspoken nonconformist, and groundbreaking philanthropist, Ted Turner is truly a living legend, and now, for the first time, he reveals his personal story. From his difficult childhood to the successful launch of his media empire to the catastrophic AOL/Time Warner deal, Turner spares no details or feelings and takes the reader along on a wild and sometimes bumpy ride.

    loix says: "Under-hyped"
    "A Wonderful Life"
    Overall

    Ted Turner's long and fascinating struggle to achieve a rich and fulfilling life is an inspiration; his story is rich and well-told. It is great that he chose to narrate it himself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Everitt
    • Narrated By John Curless
    Overall
    (817)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (399)

    Caesar Augustus has been called history's greatest emperor. It was said he found Rome made of clay and left it made of marble. With a senator for a father and Julius Caesar for a great-uncle, he ascended the ranks of Roman society with breathtaking speed. His courage in battle is still questioned yet his political savvy was second to none. He had a lifelong rival in Mark Antony and a 51-year companion in his wife, Livia. And his influence extended perhaps further than that of any ruler who has ever lived.

    John says: "Outstanding!"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    An excellent biography of one of the most important persons in all of human history. Beautifully told and brilliantly read. Not only highly enjoyable but factual with caution.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Conductor's Guide to Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 & Piano Concerto No. 4

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Gerard Schwarz
    • Narrated By Gerard Schwarz
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    The work of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) has been called the culmination of the Classical era or the wellspring of the Romantic era in European music. Historians today see him as the heir of Haydn and Mozart, carrying their musical discoveries to a new level of complexity and integration. But the generations of composers that followed Beethoven saw him more as the headstrong radical, breaking the shackles of classicism and showing new possibilities for music.

    proton says: "Excellent"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    This is a wonderful description of the music and events taking place within the most famous symphony written. I enjoyed listening to it once and then again...some of the most delightful hours that I have ever spent

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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