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  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4155)
    Performance
    (3111)
    Story
    (3116)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "A really moving and thought provoking story"
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    I found myself sitting in my parked car listening to this story. I had not long finished listening to 'The Road' by Cormac McCarthy before I listened to this, and was a bit concerned that maybe it would be too similar and I would switch off, but it was very different, not quite so dark. Wonderful characters placed in a post nuclear war America, their struggle to suvive and maintain humanity.
    The narrator was lovely to listen to as well, beautiful American lilt, (although his female voices all sounded a bit like Marilyn Monroe, but he can be forgiven for that, it must be difficult).
    Hard to believe it was written in 1959, could so easily be today, which is a bit frightening. A great read, highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Keith Richards
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley, Keith Richards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (125)

    With the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the riffs, the lyrics and the songs that roused the world, and over four decades he lived the original rock-and-roll life: taking the chances he wanted, speaking his mind, and making it all work in a way that no one before him had ever done. Now, at last, the man himself tells us the story of life in the crossfire hurricane. And what a life....

    David says: "A rare insight into a rock legend"
    "A flawed hero"
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    As a lifelong Rolling Stones fan, I felt this was a must read for me, but Im not sure it was such a good idea. LIFE is very much Keith's story, not necessarily The Rolling Stones, there is a lot of digression from the band's story but that's ok. The main problem I had with the book, was Keith's scathing and mean spirited attacks on Mick Jagger, it is relentless, adolescent and petty.
    He doesnt portray his heroin addiction with rose coloured glasses, however I reckon he still holds a certain pride that he handled and subsequently survived the junk better than most.and the resulting unrepentant neglect, bordering on abuse, of his young son Marlon, whilst in the midst of his and Anita's self indulgent heroin abuse is what I found really disturbing. What a terribly lonely and dangerous childhood he had. I found the fact that Mick actually took the little boy for his first hamburger spoke more about the measure of a man and father that Mick Jagger was, than Keith could ever be at the time.
    What is beautiful about this book, is his passion for The Stones and the music they have made, and there are some great stories along the way of the origins of many of their most well known and loved classics. His tributes to those musicians who inspired him and Mick in the very beginning are still who he holds most dear, his love for performance is truly felt in his words.
    Anyway that's the story, and Keith holds it up for all to see. It was a lovely surprise to hear him narrate the final chapters and I would have loved him to have narrated the whole story. Unlike other reviewers I have read, I found Johnny Depp's voice quite emotionless and irritating after a while,.although Joe Hurley has a swagger befitting the author and was much easier to listen to.
    After reading his story, Keith is still my hero, just more mortal and flawed to me now than he ever was before, and that's why Im not sure I should have read this book, I dont want to feel this way about him. Mick however remains my rock god.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5700)
    Performance
    (3641)
    Story
    (3653)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "A Good Read, especially if you're a dog person"
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    I really loved this moving, modern and very human story, as told from the perspective of the faithful and very perceptive pooch Enzo; a very wise dog with a scientific knowledge of car racing and action movies, quite philosophic too.
    I dont suppose you have to be a dog person to like this book, but I think it is probably far more enjoyable if you are.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2091)
    Performance
    (1076)
    Story
    (1096)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "A touching, thought provoking tale, worth pursuing"
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    Where does Elegance of the Hedgehog rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Im relatively new to audiobooks so I dont feel qualified to rank the book, however this novel was a bookclub choice and I found that I couldnt get past the first few pages without falling asleep when actually reading it, so listening to the audio was certainly helpful in getting past the first rather longwinded and somewhat indulgent beginning. Once past this however the story took life and I became truly curious about the lives of the characters. I have read many of the reviews on this book, both on audible and other book review sites, and whilst I agree that the author may have been attempting to find a platform for her philosophical knowledge and views and the characters as elitest and thus as hypocritical as the society they criticise, I still found myself becoming increasingly fond of the main protagonists and swept up in the romance, evolving friendships and self-realisation. It was a really touching story and I found myself (whilst stuck in traffic) openly weeping.The narrators, both American accents, a mature female voice and a young girl, both with perfect French pronunciation, (I think) really gave the audio the edge over the written book I believe.I did really like this book, and although I dont think it deserved the hype it received at the time, it was still a very moving and thoughtful book, quite funny in parts, definitely worth pursuing.A great bookclub choice too.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Timeless Land

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Eleanor Dark
    • Narrated By James Condon
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In this dramatic novel, a large cast of characters, historical and fictional, black and white, convict and settler, brings alive the bitter years of Australia's early settlement with moments of tenderness and conciliation amid the brutality and hostility. All the while, behind the veneer of British civilisation, lies the baffling presence of Australia, a timeless land that shares with England "not even its seasons or its stars".

    lee says: "Captures the heart and soul of Australia's past"
    "Captures the heart and soul of Australia's past"
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    I read The Timeless Land over 20 years ago and have never forgotten it and always meant to read it again when I found the time, but of course I never did. So when I discovered that it was available as an audiobook I immediately downloaded it and have found all the magic and more all over again.
    This is a beautiful book and James Condon is a truly passionate and articulate narrator. The series characterises and delves into the minds of all facets of early convict society, from the lonely Governor Phillip, his men, to the convicts both good and bad; it gives voices, personalities and souls to the many Aboriginal names that have passed into history, especally the tragic hero Bennelong. As well as the convicts, Eleanor Darke has created characters from their children, who found Australia to be their home not their prison. But more than this she gives life to the landscape of the untouched Australia and captures its harshness and beauty.
    Best of all, it is a great story full of great characters and emotion. This is is not a text book on Australia's past, but an heroic saga, for those who love Australian history and those who would like to. If I was asked what my favourite book in the world is, I would say The Timeless Land without hesitation and its even better as an audio

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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