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Peter

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  • Wuthering Heights

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Emily Bronte
    • Narrated By Janet McTeer, David Timson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (668)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (309)

    When Mr. Earnshaw brings a black-haired foundling child into his home on the Yorkshire moors, he little imagines the dramatic events which will follow. The passionate relationship between Cathy Earnshaw and the foundling, Heathcliff, is a story of love, hate, pity, and retribution, the effects of which reverberate throughout the succeeding generations.

    Stephanie says: "Classic"
    "Wuthering Heights"
    Overall

    If your only familiarity with Wuthering Heights is from the 1939 movie, then be assured that you have only scratched the surface of this story. So rich in detail and character is this novel that it will leave you wondering why anyone ever attempted to make it into a movie. Oh, I agree that the film is entertaining unto itself, but it is merely the tip of the iceberg. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shutter Island

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1034)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (315)

    Summer, 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels has come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the criminally insane. Along with his partner, Chuck Aule, he sets out to find an escaped patient, a murderess named Rachel Solando, as a hurricane bears down upon them.

    But nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems. Is he there to find a missing patient? Or has he been sent to look into rumors of Ashecliffe's radical approach to psychiatry?

    Barry says: "Outstanding psychological thriller set in the 50s"
    "A Superb..."
    Overall

    ... psychological thriller. A lonely island, a mental institution, a battering hurricane, people who are not what they seem, twists and turns, this tale has it all. Cozy up. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eyes of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (805)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (214)

    A year had passed since little Danny's death - A year since his mother began the painful process of acceptance. But Tina Evans could have sworn she just saw her Danny in a stranger's car...Then she dreamed that Danny was alive. And when she awoke, she found a message waiting for her in Danny's bedroom - Two disturbing words scrawled on his chalkboard: NOT DEAD.

    Renee says: "Pretty bad"
    "A Disappointment"
    Overall

    I have been a reader of Koontz since he came out with "Demon Seed" farther back than I care to remember. In that time, the quality of his writing has had more peaks and valleys than the electromagnetic spectrum. "The Eyes of Darkness," I'm sorry to say, is a descent into a deepest valley. If you're new to Koontz, try "The Taking," or, "Strange Highways," but don't use this as a starter book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke: 1937-1999 (Unabridged Selections)

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson, Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison
    Overall
    (605)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (156)

    From early stories like "Breaking Strain," to classics like "The Nine Billion Names of God" and "The Sentinel" (kernel of the later novel and movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey), all the way to later groundbreaking works such as "The Hammer of God" and "Transit to Earth," this volume encapsulates one of the great science fiction writing careers of all time.

    Charles Gousha says: "Know what you're getting"
    "Blasphemy"
    Overall

    Dated material can be educational and entertaining and Clarke’s stories fill the bill in this respect. But something other than an interesting comparison between then and now is required to make a story live beyond its time. What is missing in Clarke’s works is-- and forgive me if I sound stuffy-- poetry. Perhaps it is too much emphasis on the science of the times being inserted into these stories, almost guaranteeing obsolescence (exceptions are noted). I offer for comparison Ray Bradbury’s “The Martian Chronicles.”
    I commit blasphemy, I know, but these stories by Clarke failed to sweep me away into the void on a rush of exhaust that is not particularly concerned with how things work, but rather with what happens as a result of the fact that they do. IMHO.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jaws

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Peter Benchley
    • Narrated By Erik Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (761)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (499)

    Jaws is the classic, blockbuster thriller that inspired the three-time Academy Award-winning Steven Spielberg movie and made millions of beachgoers afraid to go into the water. Experience the thrill of helpless horror again - or for the first time! Jaws was #48 in the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movies, and the film earned the coveted #1 spot on the Bravo network's 100 Scariest Movie Moments countdown.

    Tracy says: ""JAWS""
    "Jaws"
    Overall

    This is one of those rare occasions when a movie surpasses the book. Good narration, tho.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Tommyknockers

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (943)
    Performance
    (634)
    Story
    (641)

    Bobbi Anderson and the other good folks of Haven, Maine, have sold their souls to reap the rewards of the most deadly evil this side of Hell.

    Grant S. Burroughs says: "The old Stephen King"
    "Top of His Form"
    Overall

    If you have not read King and want to get a sense of what he's about, this book is up there at the top of the list. This book screams Stephen King. Well done by the narrator.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Infidel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Narrated By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1126)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (485)

    This New York Times best-seller is the astonishing life story of award-winning humanitarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A deeply respected advocate for free speech and women's rights, Hirsi Ali also lives under armed protection because of her outspoken criticism of the Islamic faith in which she was raised.

    Teddy says: "A Story that Needed to be Told"
    "An Education"
    Overall

    It takes something like Ayaan Hirsi Ali's book to drive home the mind-boggling differences between "our" culture and "their's" If you think our country is too mired in religion for its own mental health (which I do), well, as the man said, You ain't seen nothin' yet! For the rational Western (which is not to say that all Western minds are rational) Ali's story is a descent into true theocracy and religious madness. Hear it from a woman who survived Islamic lunacy and came out on top. Heroic. Recommended.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (3580)
    Performance
    (1113)
    Story
    (1116)

    In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

    Stephen says: "Well researched, well written, & well read"
    "On "Predictably Irrational""
    Overall

    Informative, challenging, and entertaining. Ariely brings to the fore ideas that we might have been vaguely aware of on some subliminal level, but never articulated with such clarity, if at all.
    Other ideas are challenging, maybe even counterintuitive, but they will always get you to think.

    The book is delightfully read by Simon Jones, whose British accent brings a droll humor to Ariely's words.

    Recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • It Can't Happen Here

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Sinclair Lewis
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (70)

    Doremus Jessup, a newspaper editor, is dismayed to find how many people he knows support presidential candidate Berzelius Windrip. The suspiciously fascist Windrip is offering to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press. But after Windrip wins the election, dissent soon becomes dangerous for Jessup.

    Peter says: "Close to Home"
    "Close to Home"
    Overall

    This would be a difficult book to read simply as an entertaining story. As with George Orwell's _Nineteen eighty-four_, the subject matter is simply too grim, unavoidably causing the reader (or listener, as the case may be) to look for parallels in his own time. And parallels there are. In so many ways, little has changed in the seventy-some-odd years since this book's publication. The creep of totalitarianism has lost none of its fright. All those years also give the modern reader an insight into the worldview and attitude of many Americans from decades ago. In this way, the book can serve as a kind of history lesson. I recommend it.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Annette Gordon-Reed
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (121)

    This epic work tells the story of the Hemingses, whose close blood ties to our third president had been systematically expunged from American history until very recently. Now, historian and legal scholar Annette Gordon-Reed traces the Hemings family from its origins in Virginia in the 1700s to the family's dispersal after Jefferson's death in 1826. It brings to life not only Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson but also their children and Hemings's siblings, who shared a father with Jefferson's wife, Martha.

    Dianne says: "Fascinating"
    "For Historians Only"
    Overall

    Unless you're a historian, or descended from the line of Hemings or Jefferson, or both, you might find this book to be a tedious go. I did not even get through part one of four before giving up, so buried was I in incredible minutia in headache-procucing detail. I did find some information that was of interest, but nowhere near enough to make this an entertaining "read." Unlike another historical book that comes to mind, Sarah Vowell's "The Wordy Shipmate," about colonial America and written with wit and compassion, read by the author herself with those same qualities, "The Hemingses of Monticello" is both written and read in a dry and uninspired style (IMHO). I don't mean that this is a _bad_ book by any means, but if you're looking to be entertained while you learn, try something else.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful

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