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Carol

Merino, CO, USA

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  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5509)
    Performance
    (1958)
    Story
    (1985)

    When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

    Arnold says: "A Terrific Book"
    "Couldn't Be Better"
    Overall

    Don't be put off by the "Young Adults" designation--anyone who loves The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia or Harry Potter should read or listen to all three of these excellent books. I can't think of any books that I could recommend with more enthusiasm for a worthwhile excursion beyond the mundane.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Aegypt

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Crowley
    • Narrated By John Crowley
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    Is there more than one history of the world? This is the question Pierce Moffett is seeking to answer when, jilted and newly jobless, he gets off a bus by chance in the Faraway Hills and steps unawares into a story that has been awaiting him there. His search will bring him into contact with Rosie Rasmussen, another seeker marked by loss. And it will lead them both on a path toward the longed-for country of our oldest dreams and most unanswerable desires, toward a magnificent discovery.

    Stef says: "slow, meandering, and beautiful"
    "My Kind of Book"
    Overall

    OK, I've only listened to half of this audiobook so far--but only because I haven't found a good excuse to drive far enough to hear the rest yet. I enjoy hearing the author read his own work, and like the mystical aspects of the overlapping threads of plot that combine to make this a compelling book. I'll be looking for more good books by this author!

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptonomicon (Unabridged Excerpts)

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    With this extraordinary first volume in what promises to be an epoch-making masterpiece, Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    Nicholas says: "Unabridged or bust"
    "Cryptonomicon (Unabridged Excerpts)"
    Overall

    I would really like to have this book in an unabridged version. I have enjoyed both of the REAL unabridged titles by Neal Stephenson available through Audible.com, and to the extent that I have been able to follow the plot despite the jarring insertion of inadequate summaries of omitted material, I think that this would get top ratings from me if not for the "Exerpts" issue. I wasn't sure what "Unabridged Excepts" meant when I ordered it, and although I appreciate the lack of subjective cuts of text throughout I don't think that the book really works when whole chunks are cut out either.

    Now I'll have to wait a year or two and either find an unabridged audio version or buy the book and read it. For now, a full read would be spoiled because I've got a fairly clear idea of the story and need to forget most of it.

    From now on, no "Unabridged Excerpts" for me!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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