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  • A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor]

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (772)
    Story
    (808)

    A Tale of Two Cities is one of Charles Dickens's most exciting novels. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, it tells the story of a family threatened by the terrible events of the past. Doctor Manette was wrongly imprisoned in the Bastille for 18 years without trial by the aristocratic authorities.

    Teddy says: "Truly a Classic"
    "Charles Dickens is funnier now that i'm an adult."
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    i am not sure i finished this book when i was suppose to read it in high school. but i have to admit that listening through it this time has made me appreciate the subtle humor that i didn't get previously. far more enjoyable when not required, not to mention (God forbid) the mental maturity i have gained since my teenage years. while the narration isn't by any means terrible, it's not fantastic either. i find i get tired of the voices before i get tired of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boardwalk Empire Free Bonus Material: The Speakeasy Guide to Prohibition Era Slang – Extended Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • By Kevin C. Fitzpatrick
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (362)

    Oliver Wyman reads The Speakeasy Guide and captures the rich atmosphere and enduring cultural influence of the roaring ‘20s. While the anecdote about Audible staffers stumbling out of an anonymous casino might be in doubt, one thing’s for sure – this fun listen is the bee’s knees.

    Kristi Richardson says: "It's the cat's pajamas!"
    "Worthy of it's time."
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    There really isn't a story here, but since we can't review until we mark the stars we shall simply look past this. This is totally worthy of a listen. I actually stopped what I was doing to pay attention, laughed a little, then attempted my new vocabulary on my sweetheart. All were amused.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9766)
    Performance
    (8769)
    Story
    (8931)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Can't go wrong with Tolkien"
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    This book is more of a children's story than Lord of the Rings, which appeals to me more. That probably says something about me. That being said when making one's way through this story one can tell that Tolkien had some feelings about war, and conflict from his personal life. This is just one of those classic "must reads" when it comes right down to it. The narration in this version is great. Rob Inglis is really a bunch of fun to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28300)
    Performance
    (22039)
    Story
    (22257)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Honest and maybe realistic."
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    I finished this series much the same way one cannot look a way from a train wreck coming down the track. After a lot of consideration I decided that it ends as well as one could possibly hope for. Hopefully this is not a spoiler, but if one (or a group) endeavors to over throw the governing body of any country it is a reality that no one is really going to live well for a good chunk of time, usually years, afterward regardless of the outcome. Yes, the audience for this book is younger. And Yes, there are dark themes here. However, if we face the reality that societal violence has real consequences, and that even when the governing body needs to be overthrown there will dark times following the success or failure of that endeavor, maybe it's healthier in the long run. Maybe just schedule the ending of this book with an afternoon when you can process what has happened to the characters we have followed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    Overall
    (4897)
    Performance
    (1529)
    Story
    (1541)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "associated with travel"
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    This book has been a favorite of mine for several years now. In fact, this is the second time purchasing the audio version and the paper back is sitting on my self. Honestly I can't be sure if I love this story because I've read/ listened while traveling, or if it is appreciated because of the informative, witty, and vastly amusing writing style. It might also be because i relate to the author. I am also a lover of travel, although it doesn't always love me back. (I got a sunburn in Dublin... in the fall.) I have also struggled deepening a meditation practice. And lets be honest, maintaining balance is hard. I would recommend this book for anyone traveling, or anyone who wants inspiration to travel, or even to someone wanting an account of one person's spiritual adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1733)
    Performance
    (977)
    Story
    (972)

    Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

    Roy says: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More"
    "Mary Roach is always worth a listen."
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    i really enjoy Mary Roach's writing style and the subjects she tackles. therefore i would almost blindly recommend her to anyone who enjoys learning while being entertained. as i am studying, and usually taking very challenging classes it usually takes me 2 or 3 tries to get through one of her books. this is because her books draw my attention from what i am doing and i find myself just listening if i am doing something deeper than folding laundry. if you are mentally taxed right now you may not make it through the first time, but it won't be due to lack of interest. (note: if one is attempting to dissect human cadavers for future classes to study, this is not the book to listen to while doing so. one's quality of work decreases.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slumdog Millionaire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vikas Swarup
    • Narrated By Christopher Simpson
    Overall
    (863)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (546)

    Vikas Swarup's spectacular debut novel, the inspiration for the award-winning film, opens in a jail cell in Mumbai, where Ram Mohammad Thomas is being held after correctly answering all 12 questions on India's biggest quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion? It is hard to believe that a poor orphan who has never gone to school could win such a contest. But through a series of exhilarating tales, Ram explains to his lawyer how episodes in his life gave him the answer to each question.

    J. Wigfall says: "Powerful"
    "better and more heartbreaking than the movie"
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    truly enjoyable heartbreak. the narration was captivating, making it a short "read." i will freely admit that i sometimes listened a little longer than i had intended to, just to prevent the characters from being stuck in whatever bad situation they were in. it was easy to fall for the characters, and honestly want well for them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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