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Neil

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  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2123)
    Performance
    (1452)
    Story
    (1461)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    russell says: "Endurance"
    "Compelling story well told and read"
    Overall

    The book is surprisingly compelling and very well read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker, Walter Isaacson
    Overall
    (1292)
    Performance
    (1114)
    Story
    (1120)

    In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, this is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

    john says: "More man, less tech, might have made a better book"
    "Excellent book, indifferently read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    An excellent biography which provides a sympathetic and convincing portrayal of Jobs, while not disguising his faults. Unfortunately, the reader appears not to have rehearsed sufficiently. When he comes across a new name he pauses momentarily as though unsure how to pronounce it, putting odd verbal quotes around names.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Duel: The 80-Day Struggle Between Churchill and Hitler

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By John Lukacs
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    This is a day-by-day account of the 80-day struggle in 1940 between Hitler, poised on the edge of absolute victory, and Churchill, threatened by imminent invasion and defeat.

    Andrew says: "Extremely interesting"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Duel better?

    After listening to William Shirer's Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, this is so disappointing. Rambling and even the reader (who does such a good job with Rise and Fall) seems hesitant at times.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3323)
    Performance
    (2376)
    Story
    (2384)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "So well done"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich in three words, what would they be?

    The book has the immediacy of someone who witnessed many of the events chronicled and the excellence of the reader adds to this.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3177)
    Performance
    (1357)
    Story
    (1356)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Artificial characters"
    Overall

    I was hesitant to download something with such a twee title, but decided to go ahead after reading the reviews here. Well, it is not quite as twee as the title, but much worse, most of the characters are just devices so the authors can deliver lectures about their presumably favourite authors. Avoid.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Free Short Story: “My Apology” from The Woody Allen Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By Woody Allen
    • Narrated By Woody Allen
    Overall
    (1248)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (242)

    Woody Allen is at his best here, recounting a recurring dream that casts himself as one of history’s greatest thinkers: the imprisoned and condemned philosopher Socrates. In the face of execution, Allen’s version of Socrates is prepared for an ironic death, if not a noble one.

    SuiteSymphony says: "Disappointed"
    "Weak"
    Overall

    Considering how clever Woody Allen is, this story is just remarkably weak. Seems an odd choice to encourage people to buy the book---maybe all the other stories are even weaker?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1479)
    Performance
    (892)
    Story
    (890)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    Old Hippy says: "Absolutely Terrific!"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Excellent all round---try it!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Ray Lonnen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (600)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (254)

    Michael Robotham's Suspect, hailed as "a lightning-paced debut" by Entertainment Weekly, was an international best seller that raised the bar for thrillers. Now two characters from that acclaimed novel, Detective Vincent Ruiz and psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, return for the electrifying Lost. When Detective Ruiz is pulled from the Thames, he has a bullet in his leg, a photograph of a missing (and presumed dead) girl in his pocket, and absolutely no memory of what happened.

    Lauren says: "EXCELLENT"
    "Well written and well read"
    Overall

    Some have complained about the apparent digressions. However, these are eventually all tied together in terms of the motivation of the characters and the plot

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Maltese Falcon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (797)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (320)

    Hard-boiled detective Sam Spade is hired to locate a client's sister by tailing the sister's companion. Spade's partner Miles Archer takes on the assignment, and quickly both Archer and the man he was shadowing are murdered. As Spade pursues the mystery of his partner's death, he is drawn into a circle of colorful characters, and they are all after a legendary statuette of a falcon that had long ago been made for King Charles of Spain. Encrusted with jewels, it is worth a fortune.

    Jim says: "A little overacted"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    Wonderful book, excellently read

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Simon Sebag Montefiore
    • Narrated By John Nettles
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    There have been many biographies of Stalin, but the court that surrounded him is untravelled ground. Simon Sebag Montefiore, acclaimed biographer of Catherine the Great's lover, prime minister, and general, Potemkin, has unearthed the vast underpinning that sustained Stalin. Not only ministers such as Molotov or secret service chiefs such as Beria, but men and women whose loyalty he trusted only until the next purge.

    Robert says: "Must know"
    "Disappointing---apparently poor abridgement"
    Overall

    I had read excellent reviews of the book, but was disappointed with this audiobook. The historical material is very interesting and it is excellently read. The problem is that the narrative is rambling and disjointed. Since the book is so well rated, this appears to be a problem with the abridgement. Save your money and wait for an unabridged version!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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