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  • Witches Abroad: Discworld #12

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (934)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (435)

    Pamela says: "What fun!"
    "Top Pratchett"
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    The witches are some of my favourite Discworld characters and this is them in top form. Loved this book, well narrated and a fun listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moving Pictures: Discworld #10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (841)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (413)

    Cameras roll - which means the imps inside have to paint really fast - on the fantastic Discworld when the alchemists discover the magic of the silver screen. But what is the dark secret of Holy Wood hill? As the alien cliches of Tinsel Town pour into the world, it's up to the Disc's first film stars to find out...

    Timothy says: "Funny and smart. Escapism at its best."
    "Not as good as the rest"
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    Moving Pictures seems less like the gentle satire of the previous novels and more of a crude parody. The main characters are generic, but it's worth listening to for the dogs. As usual, well read by Nigel Planer

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3405)
    Performance
    (2973)
    Story
    (2988)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Suzn F says: "The Baker, The Nun, The Virgin and The Monster"
    "A bit repetitious"
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    While I don't regret spending the time listening to this, the middle of the book gets very repetitious. The story within a story, within a story, format is laboured. After spending too long on the middle of the story, the very ending is rather brief, which is consistent with some of Picoult's other books. I think some of her other works have a better pace to them and are more suspenseful and engaging. It was very well read by all the narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11.22.63

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (296)

    What if you could go back in time and change the course of history?11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless.... King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill who becomes the love of Jake's life.

    keith says: "Excellent!!! sai King"
    "Compelling"
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    This was a long listen, and brilliant. the narrator is well matched for the story, and the story is compelling. I was sad when it finished, because I felt so involved with the plot. While there is a lot of story, the book never looses the thread of the ever thickening plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Land of the Long White Cloud

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Sarah Lark
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    Hardworking London governess Helen Davenport longs for a family of her own but knows the prospect of finding a suitable husband grows dimmer each year. Then she spots an advertisement seeking wives for the churchgoing bachelors of colonial New Zealand and begins an affectionate correspondence with a gentleman farmer.Meanwhile, not far away in Wales, society life bores Gwyneira Silkham, beautiful, daring daughter of a wealthy sheep breeder.

    Lorna says: "Frontier Land story"
    "Tedious"
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    This book goes on and on and on and is very tedious. The narrator is a poor choice and when she does the voices of the characters she sounds rather odd. None of the characters are particularly likable or believable. There are some obvious historical mistakes and I regret listening all the way to the end.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • You Must Go and Win: Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Alina Simone
    • Narrated By Alina Simone
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    In the wickedly bittersweet and hilarious You Must Go and Win, the Ukrainian-born musician Alina Simone traces her bizarre journey through the indie rock world, from disastrous Craigslist auditions with sketchy producers to catching fleas in a Williamsburg sublet. But Simone offers more than down-and-out tales of her time as a struggling musician: she has a rapier wit, slashing and burning her way through the absurdities of life, while offering surprising and poignant insights.

    Kristiina says: "Wonderful life journey"
    "Worth persevering with"
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    It took me a lisstle while to start enjoying this, I found the first couple of strories a little dull and all over the place, and I thoguht the protaginist was a bit whiney, but then it hits a better narrative flow, and I found myself caring about Alina, the author, main character and narrator. By the end I was sad it was over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3185)
    Performance
    (2817)
    Story
    (2816)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "Hilarious and bizarre"
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    It took me a little while to get absorbed in this story, probably because I didn't realise it was going to be funny and silly. I ended up really enjoying it. It is very well read by Will Weaton. I reckomend this book, it's a rollicking good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12391)
    Performance
    (9202)
    Story
    (9206)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Good but not great"
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    I found James Masters pacing of his naration was odd, which made this book a little difficult for me to listen to. The story itself is a pleasant twist on standard detective fiction. I'm not sure if I'll keep listening to these as it was okay but not compelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (100)

    A wryly funny and moving account of an extraordinary life lived almost entirely in the public eye.

    Teen idol at 15, international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences as a painfully misunderstood child actor in Ohio uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid-1970s Malibu, where he embarked on his unrelenting pursuit of a career in Hollywood.

    Björn says: "A surprisingly brilliant book"
    "Gossip filled fun fest"
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    Rob Lowe talks about his childhood upbringing an acting career. There is a great deal of non malicious but delicious gossip about people I've heard of. Rob Lowe's voice is glorious, and his story is entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3810)
    Performance
    (3336)
    Story
    (3371)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "A thrilling fun international crime romp"
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    Using Neale Stephenson's typical very detailed narration, this story is fast paced, detailed and most of all interesting. Yes, it's 47 hours long, which makes it good value, but each chapter is thrilling and makes me want to keep listening.
    The narrator is a little mid-western American, which suits the content of the book.
    Overall I highly recommend this for storyline, naratation and length.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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