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I love a funny story that doesn't take itself too seriously, but I can get caught up in a good mystery or a romance too. And of course I feel obligated to pay my respects to the classics, no matter how sleepy some of them make me.

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  • The Facebook Effect (excerpt)

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • By David Kirkpatrick
    • Narrated By David Kirkpatrick
    Overall
    (1040)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (754)

    In little more than half a decade, Facebook has gone from a dorm-room novelty to a company with 500 million users. It is one of the fastest growing companies in history, an essential part of the social life not only of teenagers but hundreds of millions of adults worldwide. As Facebook spreads around the globe, it creates surprising effects, even becoming instrumental in political protests from Colombia to Iran.

    DJ Hellion says: "Bloatware"
    "Didn't Read It, Just Want It Gone!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Pre-Installing books I can't get rid of is annoying and I sincerely hope they give me a feature to remove it from my list.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Enchantment

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (1295)
    Performance
    (599)
    Story
    (605)

    As one of the most consistently exciting writers to emerge in the last 25 years, Orson Scott Card has been honored with numerous awards, while immersing readers in dazzling worlds only he could create. Now, in Enchantment, Card works his magic as never before, transforming the timeless story of Sleeping Beauty into an original fantasy brimming with romance and adventure.

    Annette says: "Enchanting"
    "A good story overall, but oddly depressing."
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    What did you like best about Enchantment? What did you like least?

    I really enjoyed the meshing of magic and fantasy and reality. I enjoyed the villain and the support characters. I didn't care for the main characters though. Something about the lack of self-confidence the male lead sometimes displays and the feeling of defeat throughout the book was just really depressing. I understand it's not exactly a happy book, but it just made me sad. I also disliked the long build up and planning that took up 90% of the novel. When the action came it felt underwhelming after all of that.


    What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

    His narration was good, not great, but good. I liked his ease with the pronunciation of foreign words.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5902)
    Performance
    (5163)
    Story
    (5164)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "A hilarious militant romance with monsters!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Monster Hunter International the most enjoyable?

    The narration was excellent, but the author's wry sense of humor was wonderful. The characters were fleshed out and each had their own story and quirks. The monsters were awesome, and the pervasive and often joyful violence throughout the book was something I thought would put me off but really didn't.


    What other book might you compare Monster Hunter International to and why?

    I honestly can't think of any book I've read that is similar to this one and that's a good thing. It's sort of genre bending.


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing book! I highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE The Human Division, Episode 1: The B-Team

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (543)

    Colonial Union Ambassador Ode Abumwe and her team are used to life on the lower end of the diplomatic ladder. But when a high-profile diplomat goes missing, Abumwe and her team are last minute replacements on a mission critical to the Colonial Union’s future. As the team works to pull off their task, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson discovers there’s more to the story of the missing diplomats than anyone expected... a secret that could spell war for humanity.

    Brett says: "Pretty Fun Space Opera"
    "Worth It, Especially For Free!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I usually don't read short stories, but I decided that since I was already a fan of John Scalzi's book "Readshirts" and since it was free, I'd take a listen. It came in handy when I was having a hard day of driving and I needed something to keep me awake. I was invested in the characters and still amused by their situation. Scalzi has a talent for making things both critically important to the characters and completely ridiculous at the same time, so even when there's a little suspense, you still have to laugh. Definitely worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4754)
    Performance
    (4441)
    Story
    (4436)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Cristina Hatfield says: "Quite an enjoyable read"
    "Kick-Ass Performance of a Really Interesting Story"
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    Any additional comments?

    The author took an older concept and made it fresh, original, and very cool. All of the characters have this awesome humor even when they face imminent death, and Wil Wheaton conveys this perfectly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Walk the Plank: The Human Division, Episode 2

    • UNABRIDGED (39 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (506)

    Wildcat colonies are illegal, unauthorized, and secret - so when an injured stranger shows up at the wildcat colony New Seattle, the colony leaders are understandably suspicious of who he is and what he represents. His story of how he’s come to their colony is shocking, surprising, and might have bigger consequences than anyone could have expected. Walk the Plank is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division, a series of self-contained but interrelated short stories.

    Brian says: "Bad style - at least for audio version"
    "Short But Interesting"
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    Any additional comments?

    Even though it's less than 40 minutes long, it still had enough interest to make me feel invested in the characters and their survival.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sick Puppy

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Edward Asner
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    When Palmer Stoat notices the black pickup truck following him on the highway, he fears his precious Range Rover is about to be carjacked. But Twilly Spree, the man tailing Stoat, has vengeance, not sport-utility vehicles, on his mind. Idealistic, independently wealthy and pathologically short-tempered, Twilly has dedicated himself to saving Florida's wilderness from runaway destruction. He favors unambiguous political statements -- such as torching Jet-Skis or blowing up banks -- that leave his human targets shaken but re-educated.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not Hiaasen's Best, But Worth A Listen"
    "Not Hiaasen's Best, But Worth A Listen"
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    I love Carl Hiaasen. His novel Nature Girl is my favorite book and I've read several of his others that were all amazing. This book however left me wanting. I never felt a real connection to the characters, and although I love a character who's kind of crazy, there were no less than 3 completely certifiable men in the book and it felt like loon overload. The "villians" of the book were interesting and fun to watch crash and burn, and the premise was good. Still, not my favorite of his.

    As for the narration, I've listened to one or two of his narrations before and I'm not really a fan. It's a little too droll for me and his voices for two of the guys was very similar so when they were having a conversation I couldn't tell sometimes which one was talking. His female voices aren't very convincing, but he has kind of a gruff voice so I can see why.

    Overall, I'm glad I read it, but I won't again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (987)
    Performance
    (816)
    Story
    (804)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry, the source of our inspiration, returns – this time, he captures the quirky enthusiasm of this goofily visionary adventure.

    Ramon says: "Feels like Jules Verne"
    "Adventure in Science!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry the most enjoyable?

    Tim Curry is the BEST narrator I've listened to! I literally buy books just because he narrated them. The story is great! It's a scientist's wet dream and an insane romp through the bowels of the earth.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Professor Lidenbrock best. He's insane, but I like that, and he's unshakably optimistic even in the face of almost certain death. His impatience, his child-like enthusiasm, and his raw energy make him into the kind of ridiculous old person I want to be when I get older.

    I think I related more to Axel's logic and that he's the voice of reason, and I loved Hans' ability to completely ignore his peril, but Lidenbrock was undoubtedly my favorite.


    What does Tim Curry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It's hard to put my finger on exactly what makes him a fantastic author. I would have to say that Tim Curry is simply made of awesome and everything he reads becomes 30x more interesting than it would be in print.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (5197)
    Performance
    (4472)
    Story
    (4484)

    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
    "Great Short Story"
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    Any additional comments?

    Great short story! The writing is made even better by the performance and I would suggest this to anyone who would like to dip their toes in the pool of Sherlock Holmes stories available.

    Keep in mind though, that if you have the audio version of "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" then you already have this story since it is one of the collection of stories in that book. It's read by a different narrator however, so you may like to listen to both anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol: An Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (323)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

    W. Jessee says: "Timeless Classic enhanced by Tim Curry"
    "Amazing! Wonderful Narration!"
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    Have you listened to any of Tim Curry’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't, but I got "A Journey To The Center of the Earth" just so I could listen to another of his narrations. He's amazing!


    Any additional comments?

    Tim Curry's Narration makes a wonderful classic book very approachable and engaging. He even does women's voices well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Dr. Seuss
    • Narrated By Walter Matthau
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (384)

    The Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, hates Whoville's holiday celebrations, and plans to steal all the presents to prevent Christmas from coming. To his amazement, Christmas comes anyway, and the Grinch discovers the true meaning of the holiday.

    A User says: "Awesome Grinch"
    "Not Fond Of The Narrator or Music"
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    If you could sum up How the Grinch Stole Christmas! in three words, what would they be?

    Whimsical, Festive, Cute.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!?

    When his heart grows three sizes. So cute.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I wasn't in love with his voice for the Grinch. Not sure what it was that I disliked though. His voice for Cindy Who was absolutely awful. Just whiny and strange.


    Any additional comments?

    I could pass on the music, and would have liked a different narrator. Still, it's a wonderful book and anything by Dr. Seuss is amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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