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  • The Shadow of the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (1636)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (692)

    Barcelona, 1945: Just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his 11th birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

    Katherine says: "Great With One Exception"
    "good, atmospheric but long"
    Overall

    This is a good book that could have been a better, but I still enjoyed listening to it on a long trip. Very evocative of Spain after the war, and I enjoyed the reader. On the downside, it was very long and sometimes repetitive (perhaps because it's meant for young adults?). And the ending was a disappointment, not really any resolution, from my perspective. still, worth a listen when you want a quiet book to make the time pass.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4203)
    Performance
    (1896)
    Story
    (1919)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    "pointless book, horrible narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Gregory Maguire and/or John McDonough?

    No!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Poor pronunciation, way too slow.


    Any additional comments?

    I expected to love this book, but it is not the musical by any means. Poor storytelling sets up subplots that never pay off, but the biggest problem is there is no ending, it just stops. I kept waiting for the main character to go somewhere, but basically the plot is: she goes through life, people are mean to her, she is mean back, and then she dies. I can't believe I wasted hours of my life listening to this whole thing, waiting for it to get better. It never does!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bruce Catton
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    For a person seeking a single volume to serve as a captivating introduction and a dependable guide through all the maze of battles and issues of the Civil War, this is an audiobook without parallel. Bruce Catton understood the Civil War - its participants and battles - and he unfolds it with skill and simplicity.

    Keith says: "The American Civil War"
    "Totally pro-southern account"
    Overall

    I was looking for a one-volume intro to the civil war, and sadly "Battle Cry of Freedom" does not seem to be available in audible. So I tried this one. I wish another reviewer had mentioned that this is a one-sided account. I could give endless examples but I will just summarize: Every northerner is described in completely negative terms. Southerners are described in a much broader range from neutral to glowing. Slavery is barely mentioned, and then mainly as objectionable to European allies.

    I know some people may only want to read pro-southern accounts, but let's at least let people know up front before they spend their money that this is what they're getting.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (83)

    The international best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman and Krakatoa vividly brings to life the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake that leveled a city symbolic of America's relentless western expansion. Simon Winchester has also fashioned an enthralling and informative look at the tumultuous subterranean world that produces earthquakes, the planet's most sudden and destructive force.

    Drayton says: "This Book Delivers"
    "I love Winchester!"
    Overall

    I thought this was a great book, and well read by the author. He does go off on tangents, but I find them all interesting. He combines history, natural science, and a breezy, almost gossipy tone that make for a fun listen. It's educational too, but that's really not the point.

    Simon Winchester is someone I always enjoy spending time with!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jefferson's War: America's First War on Terror, 1801-1805

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Joseph Wheelan
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    Two centuries ago, without congressional or public debate, a president who is thought of today as peaceable, Thomas Jefferson, launched America's first war on foreign soil, a war against terror. The enemy was Muslim; the war was waged unconventionally, with commandos, native troops, and encrypted intelligence, and launched from foreign bases.

    Donald says: "A Great Read"
    "for hardcore history buffs only"
    Overall

    This book was just OK, and probably only worth it for hardcore history buffs. I found it hard to get through, even though the events should have made for an interesting book. Not sure how much to blame the reader vs. the author, but it was not in the same league with many of the other authors I have tried.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (125)

    In 1793, William Smith, the orphan son of a village blacksmith, made a startling discovery that was to turn the science of geology on its head. While surveying the route for a canal near Bath, he noticed that the fossils found in one layer of the rocks he was excavating were very different from those found in another. And out of that realization came an epiphany: that by following these fossils one could trace layers of rocks as they dipped, rose and fell, clear across England and clear across the world.

    reggie p says: "Geology made interesting"
    "Another great Simon Winchester!"
    Overall

    I greatly enjoyed this book. Winchester is a fantastic writer, and is one of the few people that actually do a decent job reading their own work. He does go off on tangents, and is a bit redundant, probably so you can remember where he left off when he gets back from his little sidetrips, but I enjoy most of his diversions so I don't mind.

    Fun for fans of history, geology and geography, and just plain good writing!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Man in Full

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By David Ogden Stiers
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (38)

    A decade ago, The Bonfire of the Vanities defined an era - and established Tom Wolfe as the prime fictional chronicler of America at its most outrageous and alive. Now Wolfe is back with a pitch-perfect, coast-to-coast portrait of our wild and woolly, no-holds-barred, multifarious country on the cusp of the millennium.

    Casey says: "Not A Book In Full"
    "disappointment"
    Overall

    This book was a disappointment to me. I had not read Tom Wolfe in several decades, and had forgotten how he never writes a sentence when he can say the same thing in two paragraphs. I enjoyed the basic story, but it was way too wordy, and the ending was depressing. I enjoy Epictetus, but there was really very little of him in this book, and way too much Tom Wolfe.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1819)
    Performance
    (792)
    Story
    (804)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "great for history buffs!"
    Overall

    This was a joy to listen to. For fans of history, and TR especially, but it also gives great detail of Brazil and the natural as well as political and cultural landscape. But most of all, it is a great tale of adventure and travel from almost 100 years ago. Highly recommended!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Martin Jarvis, Dennis Boutsikaris, and others
    Overall
    (758)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (114)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    John S. Atherton says: "I give the book a five but I won't buy it..."
    "creepy fun, great halloween listen!"
    Overall

    This is a fun, well-written book, great for those who enjoy a good vampire story. It's also fun for history buffs, but only occasionally gets too bogged down in historical details for those who don't really care. Some of the names get a bit confusing, too, but mostly it's a fun and easy listen, and well-read too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Italian Secretary

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Caleb Carr
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    The best-selling author of the Alienist series returns with a chilling elaboration on the Sherlock Holmes canon, as the famed detective investigates a pair of gruesome murders, which cast an otherworldly shadow as far as Queen Victoria herself.

    Sagar says: "A True Delight for the Holmes Enthusiast"
    "atmospheric and great fun!"
    Overall

    This book is well-written and a fun listen, but very atmospheric (a little spooky), so you might not want to listen to it alone in a quiet house.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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