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  • Crime and Punishment

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders through the slums of St. Petersburg and commits a random murder without remorse or regret. He imagines himself to be a great man, a Napoleon: acting for a higher purpose beyond conventional moral law.

    Doreen Fleming says: "Absorbing tale"
    "Worth Every Minute"
    Overall

    Obviously, the audiobook is a little long for most in today's fast-paced world. But, I found the depth and detailed descriptions of the hearts and thoughts of the key characters surprizingly enjoyable. The reader was very good, and he added depth to the story by the way he portrayed the various personalities with slight variations of speech. I would highly recommend this book for a good, long, enjoyable listen. If you lose track of the characters, just catch up by reviewing what's going on using one of the many available 'cliff notes' online.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (8186)
    Performance
    (4889)
    Story
    (4878)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Good story, but significant shortcomings"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Delete the numerous detailed, middle-schoolish descriptions of various sex scenes. Also, lose the obvious left-wing political bent by having at least one positive character who represents opposing views.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ken Follett? Why or why not?

    Maybe. It was a very interesting and personal description of events during a key period of modern world history. But, the book's shortcomings of sex scenes and political bias would make me pause before reading another one.


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

    Yes, and he's always outstanding. I probably would have lost interest and quit the book early had it not been for his outstanding ability to tell a story.


    Did Fall of Giants inspire you to do anything?

    Only to think twice before reading another book by Ken Follett.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starship: Mutiny

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mike Resnick
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Mike Resnick
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (188)

    The date is 1966 of the Galactic Era, almost three thousand years from now, and the Republic, created by the human race - but not yet dominated by it - finds itself in an all-out war. They stand against the Teroni Federation, an alliance of races that resent Man's growing military and economic power. The main battles are taking place in the Spiral Arm and toward the Core. But far out on the Rim, the Theodore Roosevelt is one of three ships charged with protecting the Phoenix Cluster.

    Eivind says: "Move along, nothing to see here"
    "Find something better than this to listen to."
    Overall

    I was hoping to find a sci-fi series that would make a good listen during runs and trips over the next few months. After listening to this first book, I will not be purchasing any more of the series. Although the story and characters are somehwat interesting, the portrayal of military leadership as inept and ineffective is totally unrealistic. In fact, I felt it was an insult to all who have served in the military to characterize their institutions as suffering from gross failings in leadership as described in this novel. I recommend you find a sci-fi book/series that more accurately describes the type of men and women who rise to lead our militaries effectively through their hard work, dedication to their countries, and supreme self-sacrifices.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (4370)
    Performance
    (1721)
    Story
    (1746)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "A 17 minute story told over 17 hours"
    Overall

    Interesting, creative storyline.
    Unfortunately, the actual story telling was extremely tedious and often boring. The writer managed somehow to provide long and vivid descriptions of situations and events without ever really developing the characters as someone you felt you knew and understood. I finshed the book, but only because I didn't have anything else to listen to at the time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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