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Ryan

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  • Crime and Punishment (Recorded Books Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1404)
    Performance
    (604)
    Story
    (601)

    Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is universally regarded as one of literature's finest achievements, as the great Russian novelist explores the inner workings of a troubled intellectual. Raskolnikov, a nihilistic young man in the midst of a spiritual crisis, makes the fateful decision to murder a cruel pawnbroker, justifying his actions by relying on science and reason, and creating his own morality system. Dehumanized yet sympathetic, exhausted yet hopeful, Raskolnikov represents the best and worst elements of modern intellectualism. The aftermath of his crime and Petrovich's murder investigation result in an utterly compelling, truly unforgettable cat-and-mouse game. This stunning dramatization of Dostoevsky's magnum opus brings the slums of St. Petersburg and the demons of Raskolnikov's tortured mind vividly to life.

    Greg says: "Wonderful Book"
    "An Excellent Traverse from Scholar to Criminal"
    Overall

    Dostoevsky has created an amazing look into the mind of a killer before and after his act, and it is delivered through the eyes of a student. It is during a time where temporary insanity is catching on and "monomania" is gripping the small streets and cabins of St. Petersberg. The vivid descriptions of the people and land are immense, character development sums up much of this mind bending murder: from the initial act, the chase, and the turmoil therein.

    The narrator helps develop the characters superbly with changing his voice to match a person, and delivers the feelings and mood very well. This book was excellent, and the audio version matches its excellence.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, Full Cast
    Overall
    (3789)
    Performance
    (1200)
    Story
    (1215)

    In this stunning sequel to The Golden Compass, the intrepid Lyra finds herself in a shimmering, haunted otherworld, Cittagazze, where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. But she is not without allies: twelve-year-old Will Parry, fleeing for his life after taking another's, has also stumbled into this strange new realm.

    Geoffrey says: "The second book in a fantastic trilogy!"
    "..."
    Overall

    AMAZING. This book deals with many underlying issues, and through the young characters that the book examines, we are given a parallel universe to our own.

    Listen to this book with the micro and macro in mind. Oh yea, and its a great childrens story too!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Eternity Code: Artemis Fowl, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    Overall
    (1181)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (502)

    After being held prisoner for years, Artemis Fowl's father has finally come home. He is a new man, an honest man, much to Artemis's horror. He makes his son promise to give up his life of crime, and Artemis has to go along with it. But not until he has completed one last scheme.

    Kindle Customer says: "I hope this isn't the end!"
    "Fairies"
    Overall

    When I first went to listen to this book, I was uncertain as I am a twenty year old and fairies aren't in my ordinary scope. However, this was funny and had some creative wordplay.

    I recommend this book for all ages, but I know kids from 8-12 will enjoy best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trump: Think Like a Billionaire: What You Need to Know About Success, Real Estate, and Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Donald J. Trump, Meredith McIver
    • Narrated By Barry Bostwick
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    It's not good enough to want it. You've got to know how to get it. Real estate titan, best-selling author, and TV star Donald J. Trump is the man to teach you the billionaire mindset; how to think about money, career skills, and life. Here is crucial advice on investing in real estate from the expert.

    Susan says: "A Great Promoter !"
    "Balloons fill with hot air"
    Overall

    It starts out a great book, just the kind I was looking for. Informative on real estate, while refering to basic underlying skills and behind the scenes experience.

    Then the Apprentice came, just like his first book. Man, then it was a week in the life. I'm sorry, bit he is content with sleeping 4 hours and working all day with his money. Maybe he will reorientate his goals later in life, but I don't want to hear about it for half of the book.

    Talk more about facts, and what made you a billionaire... less plugs for NBC.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7905)
    Performance
    (3073)
    Story
    (3131)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "Dragons"
    Overall

    Finally a book about dragons that involves realistic fantasy built around traditional characters, it is a great new world with a story that begs for understanding. You find yourself eagerly awaiting more information about young Eragon, and all the people that help him along the way have their own agendas who you yearn to hear.

    The author however, has learned the art of timing... and I await the second!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Executive Briefing: The Power of Persuasion

    • NONE (54 mins)
    • By Dr. Robert Cialdini
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Cialdini provides fascinating insight into how people avoid the work of making decisions and why they comply with requests in business settings. He has identified six principles which are so powerful that they generate desirable change in the widest range of circumstances.

    Kathleen says: "Top EXPERT on Persuasion"
    "Informative"
    Overall

    I found this short, but sweet, presentation to pack a few great techniques into a dialogue on persuasion. If you are looking for content however, this may not be your book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10669)
    Performance
    (5896)
    Story
    (5940)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Twist and Turns on the Water"
    Overall

    This book will keep you afloat for hours on its hidden meanings, which are from start to finish. Whenever you feel you known Pi Patel, you realise he is more than three and some numbers.

    When the human will is stretched to its furthest reaches, what can a young boy accomplish against such adversity?

    Listen, and enjoy the ride.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2063)
    Performance
    (886)
    Story
    (890)

    Nathaniel is eleven-years-old and a magician's apprentice, learning the traditional art of magic. All is well until he has a life-changing encounter with Simon Lovelace, a magician of unrivaled ruthlessness and ambition. When Lovelace brutally humiliates Nathaniel in public, Nathaniel decides to speed up his education, teaching himself spells far beyond his years. With revenge on his mind, he masters one of the toughest spells of all and summons Bartimaeus, a five-thousand-year-old djinni, to assist him.

    Randy says: "Terrific Trilogy"
    "Very creative"
    Overall

    This is a great story, and it is very orignal. From start to finish Bartimaeus is tricky, and you get to know him as the smartest demon around. The story has a main character, whose ambition precedes him, and has dedicated himself to revenge.

    From this revenge he requires power, and the demons of the other world harness this power. Prepare for a battle, starting with a young boy and a new world.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6109)
    Performance
    (2252)
    Story
    (2259)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "An Adventure into Japan"
    Overall

    This book drops you into the world of Japan, where it has been ripped apart by waging wars and the desire of men. The main character is torn between conflicting heritage, and wishes revenge on his families killer. Follow Takeo through his path of revenge, and feel his inner-most thoughts and feelings from first-person narration.

    Never have I had so vivid of images, through excellent word-play as with this audio-book. During fights, you feel as though you are there, and during deep thought you can feel for his anger, pity, love, or desire. From intense first meetings of a lover, to the anger and rage from a betrayed master this is an amazing look into Japan, that has left me waiting for the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brilliance of the Moon: Tales of the Otori, Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2170)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (701)

    In the final installment of the Tales of the Otori, the young Takeo meets his destiny, fulfilling the prophesy: "You were born into the Hidden, but your life...is no longer your own."

    William T. Katz says: "Good trilogy. Book 3 is weakest."
    "The Final Showdown"
    Overall

    The third and final book in the Otori Trilogy, and I feel myself awaiting some other tale. As Takeo says himself, that is a tale that must be told by someone else. Takeo must now unite the islands in a world of peace, which he has now truly accepted through his enlightenment and understanding that ?all is one?. This final book is a large turning point in the fortitude of both Takeo and Kaede, and really shows why these two have the power to unite a fractured country. The books always bring back to the characteristics that make us strong, such as honor, pride, desire, love, pity, and compassion. These are the main points that make Takeo and Kaede such inspirational characters, which truly give an original look into feudal Japan.

    This book was amazing, and the battles that wage give you vivid descriptions which unfold in front of your eyes despite the lack of pages to turn. I truly enjoyed this trilogy, prepare for martial arts, feudal Japan, Bushido, Ninja?s, warriors, romance, power, honor, revenge, passion, understanding, conflicts, religion, betrayal, and much more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grass for His Pillow: Tales of the Otori, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2745)
    Performance
    (628)
    Story
    (625)

    The exhilerating tale of Takeo continues in book II of the internationally best-selling Tales of the Otori trilogy, a sweeping saga set in a mythical, medieval Japan.

    RacerX says: "Good book. First one was better"
    "For Love or For Honor"
    Overall

    The second book in the Otori Trilogy, and now after revenge has hardened his heart, Takeo must now live his life in the tribe. Hearn creates such an emotional split in Takeo, you truly feel sorry for his choices and honor that he upholds at all costs. The sacrifices that were made during these times become all apparent to the reader, and you begin to understand the rigid code that existed in feudal Japan.

    This second book has more action from the Tribe (Ninja), and develops Takeo?s darker side, and begins creating the rifts for the third and final showdown book ?Brilliance of the Moon?. I can unquestionably recommend this second book, and encourage all readers to delve into this world of passion and honor headlong, as the third will leave you with a breathless conclusion.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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