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  • The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Eric Weiner
    • Narrated By Eric Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (167)

    Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, The Geography of Bliss takes the reader from America to Iceland to India in search of happiness, or, in the crabby author's case, moments of "un-unhappiness". This uses a beguiling mixture of travel, psychology, science and humor to investigate not what happiness is, but where it is.

    Ben says: "Brew your coffee, get some cookies"
    "What a Beautiful World -with world class humorist"
    Overall

    Audible books read by their authors can be particularly enjoyable, and Eric Weiner, being a NPR correspondent, is as good as they get. He is funny, creative, and occasionally scholarly. The pace is very good and slow spots are rare and brief. If you like Bill Bryson, or just about any other social humorist, this is not to be missed.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jonathan Eig, Jonathan Eig (introduction and notes)
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Lou Gehrig was the Iron Horse, baseball's strongest and most determined superstar, struck down in his prime by a disease that now bears his name. But who was Lou Gehrig, really? Lou Gehrig is regarded as the greatest first baseman in baseball history. Shy and socially awkward, Gehrig was a misfit on a Yankee team that included drinkers and hell-raisers, most notably Babe Ruth.

    Barbara says: "Outstanding just wish it was unabridged"
    "Excellent biography - baseball fan or not"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The fact this audiobook was brief did not detract from its enjoyment, except when something is good, it would be nice to have more of it. The author does a great job of extracting the important events and evoking the spirit and feeling of the times. Heroism, famous baseball icons, tragedy and a simpler America. The narrator, Edward Herrmann is as usual outstanding at conveying the ideas of an author as if they were the product of his own mind. This is a marvelous book, and it does not hurt having a narrator that can restore one's faith in rational thought just by speaking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Los Alamos

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Joseph Kanon
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Spring 1945. As work on the first atomic bomb nears completion on a remote mesa in New Mexico, Karl Bruner, a Manhattan Project security officer, is found murdered in nearby Santa Fe. Is Bruner the victim of a violent sexual encounter, as the local police believe, or is his death a crime that threatens to jeopardize the secret of the Project itself?

    Gena says: "Poor sound quality"
    "Great period piece, first rate narrator"
    Overall

    Complex and believable WWII era story with the development of the atomic bomb as a backdrop. The two main characters are engaging and adequately life-like that you care what happens to them. Lots of twists, and I could find no internal contradictions. I am surprised at the low ratings given by others - I suspect they were looking for something else. From my point of view, narrator Edward Herman simply reading a random newspaper story would get a score to at least 3 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23583)
    Performance
    (10180)
    Story
    (10259)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Wonderful - does many things extremely well"
    Overall

    This is one of those cases where I have trouble understanding criticisms, although if you don't accept the premise during the first hour of the story then it may not work for you. My opinion is that this book shows mastery at so many levels: sopphistication of plot and "mystery puzzles", credible high tech tricks, judicious use of criminal pshychology, two very likable characters, absence of dull spots, high level of meaningful detail, first rate narator. It is a tragedy the author died before this was published.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7135)
    Performance
    (2922)
    Story
    (2932)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "No One Should Miss This"
    Overall

    The universe just doesn’t seem quite the same after listening to this truly wonderful audio book. The author identifies the most interesting discoveries in the natural and physical sciences of the past 4 centuries and presents them with great clarity. The match between the tone and content of the book and the narrator’s skills could not be better – this is truly an inspired performance just on the part of the narrator. The humorous observations on the great minds of science are by themselves worth the price, but that is only a modest portion of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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