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  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (518)

    Oscar Wilde brings his enormous gifts for astute social observation and sparkling prose to The Picture of Dorian Gray, the dreamlike story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. This dandy, who remains forever unchanged---petulant, hedonistic, vain, and amoral---while a painting of him ages and grows increasingly hideous with the years, has been horrifying and enchanting readers for more than 100 years.

    Daniel says: "Beautifully written, brilliantly read."
    "a bit of a yawner."
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    the author was conflicted about being gay and wrote a book about a dude who was a total jerk. Got it, understood it, know what's going to happen the whole way through, don't really see how it is one of the 100 best books of all time. I recommend you listen to something else. Unless it's on sale for a buck or something.

    1 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen Leaves: Last Words on Life, Love, War & God

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The final and most personal work from Pulitzer Prize - winning author and historian Will Durant - discovered 32 years after his death - is a message of insight for everyone who has sought meaning in life or the council of a wise friend in navigating life's journey. From 1968 to 1978, Will Durant made four public allusions to the existence of Fallen Leaves. One, in 1975, hinted at its contents: "a not very serious book that answers the questions of what I think about government, life, death, and God."

    jason says: "Wonderful!"
    "Wonderful!"
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    Enjoyed this book almost as much as I enjoy the story of civilization series. I disagree with several of his ideas, but listening was joyful anyway. Surprised to find out he knew Emma Goldman, stunned at his conservative sexual views, my only negative remark is that the book isn't longer and more detailed. I recommend the title to every Durant fan out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michelle Alexander
    • Narrated By Karen Chilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (425)

    In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. Yet, as legal star Michelle Alexander reveals, today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against convicted criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans.

    Jeremy says: "An essential read. A horrifying reality."
    "shocking. heartbreaking. a must."
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    Depressing and enraging, you'll come away from this book with a better understanding about why people aren't escaping the ghettos, about why black kids keep getting shot by police, about why things aren't getting any better for minorities in America. Being a white guy from Utah, I certainly needed to hear what this author had to say. My eyes are open.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The King in Yellow

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert W. Chambers
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    There is a book that is shrouded in mystery. Some even say it's a myth. Within its pages is a play - one that brings madness and despair to all who read it. It is the play of the King in Yellow, and it will haunt you for the rest of your days. The King in Yellow is a collection of stories interwoven loosely by the elements of the play, including the central figure himself.

    jkeramidas says: "A tale of two books"
    "dumb"
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    not worth bothering with if you just want to hear it because of true detective. It's boring and you'll stop paying attention to it.

    1 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Robin Field
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (101)

    The first volume of Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization, Volume I chronicles the early history of Egypt, the Middle East, and Asia.

    Michael says: "Wonderful"
    "excellent! I'm excited for the entire series!"
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    This is the only book in the series I've had time to read, so listening was a review for me. That being said, I loved it as much the second time as the first. Durant is my favorite author because of the lyrical way he writes history. Some of the many highlights for me are his explanation of Japanese poetry, the gruesome and barbaric ways people have tortured and killed one another (death by boats!), the plunder of India, how civilization creates and morphs religions, and random historical mistakes that travel through time and are a part of our current speech. (jehovah) It's a joy to be able to listen to this series because I will never have the time to read it, but can listen all day long at work. If you love history, this is the gold standard.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13245)
    Performance
    (5578)
    Story
    (5622)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "one of the best"
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    it's incredible. wonderfully paced, great narrator, damn good story. I didn't want it to end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Country for Old Men

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (39)

    Cormac McCarthy is considered one of America's greatest living writers. His epic novel No Country for Old Men, released in 2005, traces the violent consequences of a single decision which soon spiral horribly out of control.

    Tinker says: "What a Story."
    "just like the film, totally awesome!"
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    this is just like the film with a bit more dialogue from the narrator. If you loved the movie, you will love the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1004)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (878)

    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

    Darwin8u says: "!"
    "its awesome. maybe awesomer if it was abridged?"
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    I dug the hell out of it, but could have been spared the endless details about some of the characters and places. For example: the sewer. I didn't need the entire history of the sewer system while homeboy was escaping through it. Def. could have been spared a lot of details. that being said, I completely broke down and sobbed at the end. Just that good, just that penetrating. stunner of a book, for sure.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (9161)
    Performance
    (7235)
    Story
    (7272)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "freakin excellent!"
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    Fell in love with this book. I don't want to tell you about it, just want you to buy it and cherish it and love it as much as my daughter and I do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13680)
    Performance
    (6069)
    Story
    (6149)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "perfection!"
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    excellent book, excellent first listen, love love loved it! and... I need to put more space in this review.... done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12163)
    Performance
    (7531)
    Story
    (7418)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "Oh, what a cute book!"
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    buy it. it's cute, it's funny, and you will play it to your friends who have little kids.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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