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Peter

Emmerich, N/A, Germany

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  • The Moonstone

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (283)

    No, the "Moonstone" isn't a celestial relic, it's a gigantic yellow diamond of unearthly beauty that was given to Rachel Verinder as a present on her 18th birthday - and stolen that very night! Betteredge, one of the most beloved butlers in English literature, is the focus of this seminal detective novel, which examines how one family's life is turned upside-down by the theft. And find out why the answers to all of life's problems can be found in the pages of Robinson Crusoe.

    Catherine says: "One of the best readings ever"
    "Slow start sudden end"
    Overall

    God, this is but a long story and very rich in details.
    But once you get to know the characters you'll soon get drawn into the book.
    There are different views on the story and this is being told from different narrators, which makes it a real experiance. I liked the buttlar best. Anyhow, the finishing to the story is somewhat odd, and ends to sudden, compare to the richiness of the rest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    Overall
    (3240)
    Performance
    (1280)
    Story
    (1297)

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
    "A raising Star"
    Overall

    This was my first audio-book and I was amazed how I got drawn into the story. Reading books at bedtime, I usually fall asleep. So, this would probably be a big mistake if you drive in the car, and since the story is pretty complex it needs much attention.
    Anyhow, the books (see also Snow Crash) are in my opinion not so far in the future and when you listen to both of the stories, it makes you think how long it will take to come true.
    All in all, both books are just fantastic stories and I would not be surprise if we would see a movie soon.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (5500)
    Performance
    (2819)
    Story
    (2877)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "cant wait for next Stephenson"
    Overall

    This is one of the best books I've ever listend to. I just couldnt stop listening and sometimes was even sitting in the car parking to wait for the chapter to end.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Robinson Crusoe

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Daniel Defoe
    • Narrated By John Lescault
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    One of the first true novels in the English language, Robinson Crusoe is the famous adventure of a castaway and his desert-island companion, Friday.

    Dave says: "Robinson Crusoe"
    "Milestone in history of books"
    Overall

    If you, as we probably all did have seen the movie, then you have some expectations to the book. To me this was a venture in old times, when I have read the book as a teenager.
    So, I dont have to say much of the story. It is well known and a milestone in history of books. The reading is smoothly and doesnt lack of emphatcy. All in all, I enjoyed it much.

    9 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Merlin: Pendragon Cycle Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (98)

    He was born to greatness, the son of a Druid bard and a princess of lost Atlantis. A trained warrior, blessed with the gifts of prophecy and song, he grew to manhood in a Britain abandoned by its Roman conquerors. He was to have a higher destiny: to prepare the way for the momentous event that would unite the Island of the Mighty - the coming of Arthur Pendragon, Lord of the Kingdom of Summer. This is the second book of The Pendragon Cycle.

    Philana says: "Excellent Book (Ten Stars)"
    "all Merlin"
    Overall

    This is the 3rd Book of the Pendragon Cycle and probably the best out of the four. Very nice plot.
    Even so, there are several movies of this Story and it makes me wonder, how different the relationships of people are described compared to the book, when you have read all four it makes all sense. But just one thing I couldn't figure out is how old people get in these days. But as it is all tale, some people may live for some centuries. Why not? :o)

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Pendragon: Pendragon Cycle Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    Arthur is King - but treachery runs rampant throughout the beleaguered Isle of the Mighty. Darkest evil descends upon Britain's shore in many guises. Fragile alliances fray and tear, threatening all the noble liege has won with his wisdom and his blood. His most trusted counselor - the warrior, bard, and kingmaker whom legend will name Merlin - is himself to be tested on a mystical journey back through his own extraordinary past. So in a black time of plague and pestilence, it is Arthur who must stand alone against a great and terrible adversary. For only this way can he truly win immortality - and the name to treasure above all others: Pendragon.

    Alan Rither says: "An excellent program but a little slow in places"
    "detouched"
    Overall

    This is the first book in the Pendragon Cicle. A story which tells you the mystery of britains early days. A bit longwinded and detouched, but all in all a fantastic tale.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful

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