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Carl

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  • I, Claudius

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (1357)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (661)

    Here is one of the best historical novels ever written. Lame, stammering Claudius, once a major embarrassment to the imperial family and now emperor of Rome, writes an eyewitness account of the reign of the first four Caesars: the noble Augustus and his cunning wife, Livia; the reptilian Tiberius; the monstrous Caligula; and finally old Claudius himself. Filled with poisonings, betrayal, and shocking excesses, I Claudius is history that rivals the most exciting contemporary fiction.

    Chris says: "Unsurpassed, addictive brilliance"
    "I, Claudius"
    Overall

    I, Claudius was written as if it were the confidential autobiography of Claudius, the fourth emperor of Rome 41-54 A.D. The main caricature Claudius tells of the intrigues of his day and age. The story starts off a bit slow but the story is laying the foundations of the future intrigues of sex, murder and betrayals.

    The audio is good quality.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Half the Blood of Brooklyn

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Charlie Huston
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    There’s only so much room on the Island, only so much blood, and Manhattan’s Vampyre Clans aren’t interested in sharing. So when the Vyrus-infected dregs of New York’s outer boroughs start creeping across the bridges, the Clans want to know why. Bad luck for PI Joe Pitt. Joe used to be a Rogue, work off his own dime, pick his own gigs, but tight times and a terminally ill girlfriend pushed him to the renegade Society Clan. Now he has all the cash and blood he needs, but at a steep price.

    James says: "another solid installment"
    "order"
    Overall

    Good book but this is book 3, NO Dominion is book 1, Already Dead is book 2, Every Last Drop book 4, My dead Body is book 5. Staying in order helps with these books.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4135)
    Performance
    (1429)
    Story
    (1444)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "Just plain painful"
    Overall

    If you like Woody Allen you will probably LOVE this book. If you don't like Woody Allen's comedy you will not like this book. The book is well written for what it is. The narrator does a very good job with his reading of this book. If you think that Magic Kindom for Sale - Sold! By Terry Brooks is good you will like this book.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold!: Magic Kingdom of Landover, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (858)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (432)

    Landover was a genuine magic kingdom, with fairy folk and wizardry, just as the advertisement promised. But after he purchased it, Ben Holiday learned that there were a few details the ad had failed to mention.

    The kingdom was in ruin. The Barons refused to recognize the king, and the peasants were without hope.

    Al says: "If you're looking for Tolkein...."
    "(Good Book) just not for me"
    Overall

    I made it halfway through this book. The narrator is good. The plot is fairly good but the hero stops and whines for prolong periods of time. To a degree this makes sense with the story but is very annoying to me. If you don't like whiny heroes don't get this book. If you enjoy Woody Allen and fantasy this might be a book for you.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hedda Gabler

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Henrik Ibsen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson, Michael Maloney, full cast
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Hedda Gabler, the daughter of a deceased General, marries dull George Tesman and foresees a life of middle class tedium stretching ahead when they return from their honeymoon. Increasingly, she is drawn into the clutches of her admirer, Judge Brack, who seeks to establish a ménage à trois. Then the brilliant but dissolute Eilert Lovborg, a former flame, arrives to rival her husband for an academic post.

    Brenda says: "Hedda"
    "Adult content"
    Overall

    The book Hedda Gabler is listed under Audible Kids. Not really a good book for kids or young teens. You may want to review the book before letting a child or teen go through it. The book has adult content mostly through implied meaning of words and double meaning of words. The book also has a suicide in it. Other then that if you like drama in a story you will more then likely this story. A good little sop opera.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mister B. Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Clive Barker
    • Narrated By Doug Bradley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    The demon, known only as "Jakerbok", is a major force of evil then and now. He taunts the listener to "Burn this audiobook" throughout this satanically autobiographical monologue, for he has embedded his very self inside each word....as a long-dormant vehicle for the dark forces to finally conquer all things good and holy in this world.

    Amanda says: "Great but a little nagging.."
    "good book"
    Overall

    The audio of this story is good quality the narrator Doug Bradley does a good job telling the story. The only problem with the story is that the “book” some times goes no rants that get a little to long. I didn’t care much for the portions of the book that ranted with graphic violence. This book is a nice adult book that I would recommend it to my friends.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Attila: The Scourge of God

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ross Laidlaw
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    In the fifth century, the Western Roman Empire has been overrun by German tribes. In a series of brilliant campaigns, Aetius, last of the great Roman generals, forces the Germans to settle peacefully. But his old friend Attila, leader of the Huns, has turned his attention to the West, and a confrontation between the two, now bitter enemies, is inevitable.

    Stephen says: "It's not about Attila!"
    "Good not Great"
    Overall

    Overall the quality of the story is good but the story is slow at times. The story doesn’t focus on Attila point of view as much as Romans dealing with the fallout from Attila and other barbarian’s action of that time. The plot development is good and as long as a person is not looking for a thrill ride every second I would recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Penguin Island

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anatole France
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    First published in 1908, and widely regraded as his masterpiece, Penguin Island is Anatole France's most searching and satirical novel. A humorous critique of customs and laws, rituals and rites, its subject is human nature, but its characters are penguins in the mythical land of Penguinia. The story of the strutting penguins and their virtues and vices is not merely a burlesque allegory of French history, it is a satire of the history of mankind. With gentle yet biting irony, France challenges the Spencerian belief in the ultimate perfectibility of man, though his irony reveals his sympathy for man's weaknesses and his need for social institutions.

    Rebecca says: "Satire like Jonathan Swift"
    "Penguin Island"
    Overall

    The story is a grate book if you know history though you can still enjoy this book if you don?t. This book is a classic.

    5 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged , Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (934)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (132)

    Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus, which launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who have never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Valerie says: "An excellent listen, despite its length."
    "Atlas Shrugged"
    Overall

    The story wouldn?t be so bad if she didn?t keep repeating her themes. A good read for philosophy but you only need to read the first part and last part of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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