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  • The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Gay Salisbury, Laney Salisbury
    • Narrated By Margot Dionne
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (14)

    Alaska, 1925: the diphtheria serum is 674 miles away. Without it, the people of Nome will not survive. The port was icebound and the nearest railhead was almost 700 miles away. Only the dogs could do it. A relay was set up, and the drivers, many of them Native Alaskans, set off into the night at 60 below zero. Here, for the first time, is their story of legendary heroism and endurance.

    Pete says: "Read This Book!"
    "Fascinating, true tale of triumph"
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    This was a riveting story of triumph over seemingly impossible circumstances. The Salisburies tell a great story. I read this because Elaine Salisbury's "Provenance" was such a compelling, well-written, true-life tale that read like a thriller. I will never look at art the same way again. I highly recommend both books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Train Robbery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3218)
    Performance
    (2965)
    Story
    (2946)

    In teeming Victorian London, where lavish wealth and appalling poverty live side by side, Edward Pierce charms the most prominent of the well-to-do as he cunningly orchestrates the crime of the century. Who would suspect that a gentleman of breeding could mastermind the daring theft of a fortune in gold? Who could predict the consequences of making the extraordinary robbery aboard the pride of England's industrial era, the mighty steam locomotive?

    stevenk1155 says: "UTTERLY DELIGHTFUL!"
    "Kitchens is a brilliant narrator"
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    Michael Kitchens hits every accent and gesture of speech Pitch perfect. It's a dazzling tale of daring with the occasional dark foray into some of the more unfortunate startling aspects of Victorian British history. The jargon adds high color. The detail of the deed and the charisma of the villain champion entire story. You will wish you were in cahoots with the antagonist

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on Black Swan Lane

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Andrea Penrose
    • Narrated By James Cameron Stewart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (794)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (709)

    The Earl of Wrexford possesses a brilliant scientific mind, but boredom and pride lead him to reckless behavior. He does not suffer fools gladly. So when pompous, pious Reverend Josiah Holworthy publicly condemns him for debauchery, Wrexford unsheathes his rapier-sharp wit and strikes back. As their war of words escalates, London's most popular satirical cartoonist, A. J. Quill, skewers them both.

    Mystery Maven says: "Great new series!"
    "Hokey cliched overwrought "
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    This book might've been good if it weren't so formulaic and clichéd. Cut and paste characters. This was a Disney movie of a regency mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167659)
    Performance
    (156753)
    Story
    (156427)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Just as fun and engaging the 2nd time around"
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    I listened to ready player one when it first came out two years ago and really enjoyed it then. I listen to it again with my 13-year-old and had a blast. It helps that I was into most the movies and other 80s nostalgia that comes up almost like a list in this book. But the story is a lot of fun and the future is well imagined. Excellent future dystopia tale. The narration is excellent

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Get Out of My Life: But First Can You Drive me and Cheryl to the Mall?

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Anthony E. Wolf
    • Narrated By Anthony E. Wolf
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    In 1991, the first edition of Get Out of My Life became an enormous success, selling over 300,000 copies. The words of Dr. Wolf were so on target that parents wondered if he had placed tape recorders around their homes. But the world has not stood still - in fact, it is changing faster than ever. And while the classic struggles between parents and teenagers still remain, societal changes have brought about many new ones that parents of earlier generations never dreamed of.

    K Hagearty says: "not as helpful as I'd hoped"
    "Goes a long way toward helping parents through"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES!


    What other book might you compare Get Out of My Life to and why?

    "Hold on to your kids"


    What about Anthony E. Wolf’s performance did you like?

    It was fine.


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

    Not necessarily. It is only 2.5 hours, so it's a compact listen with a lot of useful material packed in.


    Any additional comments?

    "Get Out of My Life" goes a long way in explaining the irrational and difficult years of parenting a teenager. After reading this, I felt I would be able to a much for understanding and effective parent with my teen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nix: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Nathan Hill
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8311)
    Performance
    (7766)
    Story
    (7744)

    It's 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson - college professor, stalled writer - has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn't seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she's reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart.

    Bonny says: "Nathan Hill is an exceptional storyteller."
    "Excellent story funny narration pitch perfect"
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    I had so much fun listening to this book. Hill spins a great tale with fully realized characters. It reminds me somewhat of David Foster Wallace's "Infinite Jest". The seven intertwining stories are filled with humor and empathy. I may reread it next month in paper book form for better absorption of his clever descriptions. The narrator totally captures each character. I'm recommending this to my friends. If you like Caroline Kepnes, John scalzi or Joshua Ferris, this book is for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14716)
    Performance
    (12938)
    Story
    (12957)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Kyle says: "Not an average book"
    "Harry Potter for adults"
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    Grossman weaves an excellent story and Masterfully captures moods and nuanced entanglements. A Most enjoyable read. I Will read more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil You Know

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mike Carey
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2617)
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    (1947)
    Story
    (1957)

    Felix Castor used to cast out demons for a living, and London was his stomping ground. But in a time when the supernatural realm is in upheaval and spilling over into the mundane world of the living, his skills are in renewed demand. With old debts to pay, Castor is left with no choice but to accept one final, well-paying assignment: a seemingly simple exorcism.

    Tango says: "Pied Piper with a Conscience"
    "A gumshoe where the gum is ectoplasm"
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    The narrator was pitch perfect. Then our man in the street sees dead people and can banish them with his tin whistle which seems ridiculous, but mostly works. It's a very good detective story where the victim is already dead, but not gone. It's quite grim when it's not funny and I'm not sure why so many stories now need to have lots of victimized women in them-it's nearly unavoidable with detective stories these days-abductions and prostitution... it's like the end of days which I guess I'll take as a segway back to Carey's mostly enthralling when not appalling story. Ghosts and demons abound after some shift in the line between the dead coming back to the land of the living. You need a strong stomach and a short memory for the violence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fairy-Tale Detectives: The Sisters Grimm

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Buckley
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1155)
    Performance
    (898)
    Story
    (921)

    The recently orphaned Sisters Grimm find out from their Granny, who they thought was dead, that they're descendents of the legendary Brothers Grimm. Now they must take over the family responsibility of being fairy tale detectives in a town where fairy tales are real. Their first case: a giant is destroying the town and it may have something to do with a boy named Jack and a certain famous beanstalk.

    Tina says: "Funny twists"
    "Clever. Sweet. Fun"
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    Great listen with my 11 year old daughter. The narrator does excellent voices. The author has woven beloved old fairy tales into a clever modern-day detective story. Most enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Frozen Lake: A Vintage Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Edmondson
    • Narrated By Nicolette McKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (229)

    Fabulous family saga of secrets held through two generations, set against the atmospheric background of the Lake District at Christmas. The year 1936 is drawing to a close. Winter grips Wetmoreland and causes a rare phenonmenon: The lakes freeze. For two local families, the Richardsons and the Grindleys, this will bring unexpected upheaval, as the frozen lake entices long-estranged siblings and children to return home for the holiday season.

    Michaela says: "Enjoyable story, superb narration "
    "Brilliant narration. Intricate story"
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    This was an enjoyable mystery. The narrator does an amazing job with many distinct voices and accidents. Warning: Teenage girls are marginalized and victimized.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dreaming Spies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1429)
    Performance
    (1275)
    Story
    (1270)

    For years now, readers of the Russell Memoirs have wondered about the tantalizing mentions of Japan. Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes had spent three weeks there, between India ( The Game) and San Francisco ( Locked Rooms). The time has finally come to tell that story. It is 1925, and Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes arrive home to find...a stone. A stone with a name, which they last saw in the Tokyo garden of the future emperor of Japan.

    Amazon Customer says: "Haiku and Holmes - A Fine Brew"
    "Wonderful addition to the Holmes' oeuvre"
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    I stumbled on this through a sale and am so glad I did. Laurie King spins a fascinating tale with depth of character, setting and story so rich, it left me eager to experience more book in the series. Great period mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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