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yoby

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  • Dreamsongs, Volume I (Unabridged Selections)

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By George R. R. Martin, Roy Dotrice, Adrian Paul, and others
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (99)

    Dubbed "the American Tolkien" by Time magazine, number-one New York Times best-selling author George R. R. Martin is a giant in the field of fantasy literature and one of the most exciting storytellers of our time. Now he delivers a rare treat for listeners: a compendium of his shorter works, collected into two stunning volumes, that offers fascinating insight into his journey from young writer to award-winning master.

    Jason says: "Martin like you've never heard him before."
    "Chapter 2"
    Overall

    I would have purchased this just for Chapter two, which is the author's account of how he fell in love with comics and writing, and the whole process of dealing with Fanzines which payed nothing and would often go out of publication before even publishing one copy - and not returning his manuscripts.

    It's great to listen to these early stories, while also reading the Game of Thrones and it's following books - to see just how far he has come.

    Good to give to the early writer of fantasy fiction, sci-fi, or horror. It will help them continue on through the hard parts. It encourages me, and I'm already 51.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Egg & Spoon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (225)

    Elena Rudina lives in the impoverished Russian countryside. Her father has been dead for years. Her brothers have been conscripted into the Tsar's army and taken as servants in the house of the local wealthy landowner. Her mother is dying, slowly, in their tiny cabin. And there is no food. But then a train arrives in the village, a train carrying untold wealth, a cornucopia of food, and a noble family destined to visit the Tsar in St. Petersburg - a family that includes Ekaterina, a girl of Elena's age.

    Carol says: "Best Book Ever!!!"
    "Great Baba Yaga story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you never outgrew fairytales, with adventures, witches and dragons, magical houses walking on chicken legs and magical eggs that refuse to hatch, of rich children and poor children enduring great trials together- if you have never gotten enough of these stories, they live again in this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roland Merullo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1141)
    Performance
    (980)
    Story
    (978)

    When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

    Mary McCarthy says: "a thoughtful and often hilarious journey"
    "Simple but not easy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Beautifully told with all the interior skepticism and walls I myself have. Heard on a day I truly needed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Destructors and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    From a childish fear of the dark in "The End of the Party" to the chilling conclusion of the "Destructors" and the all-consuming selfishness of "May We Borrow Your Husband", this collection opens with three of Greene's most disturbing stories. Things take a surreal turn in "Under the Garden" before finally blossoming for a moment in "Two Gentle People", then there's a detective story and a brush with Greene's sardonic wit to finish.

    yoby says: "Graham Greene"
    "Graham Greene"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Its easy to forget what a great writer he was till you read the short stories. I find the last two a little thin. He isn't as good at the short more fanciful ones more appropriate for the Twilight Zone. But maybe in their day they were amusing. But the rest are enjoyable. Very entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2573)
    Performance
    (2307)
    Story
    (2324)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "Nine lives?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Hilarious even if all the accents are British. Forest GumpJames Bond explosives expert with more than nine lives. Do not read if politics and arms races irritate you so much you can't laugh at the hilarity of the situations, do not read. But if you have no sacred cows, this is the book for you. Mild cursing, mild violent encounters, no sex or nudity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2654)
    Performance
    (2366)
    Story
    (2358)

    In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

    Barbara N. says: "Great story, narration a disappointment"
    "Slow reading"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Ending was great but the investigation part was slow and tedious. Could have used editing to make the middle better paced with hooks from chapter to chapter. Bi almost gave up twice, but the ending was worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7047)
    Performance
    (3759)
    Story
    (3785)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Creepy Voices"
    Overall

    The best in adventure entertainment I've listened to for awhile. I love Gaiman's reading of his own book. He does all of the voices very well. Not for those who are offended by bad language, but otherwise, good for those high-school and up. (I would have read this by the fifth or sixth grade, even with the mature subject matter in places.)

    Gaiman, if I were younger than you, I'd definitely have a crush on you. Since I am much older, I'd consider it a terrible fondness. And I do mean terrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Macbeth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1554)
    Performance
    (1303)
    Story
    (1299)

    Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

    Beverly says: "Narrator choice inspired"
    "As good as Shakespeare?"
    Overall

    I won't go that far - I don't want to be slammed with mail putting me in my place. I've only watched Macbeth twice, but I listened to this from beginning to end, with many pauses to copy a phrase. This novel also shows a lot of the background that would have affected things so that they came out the way they did, or how one choice after another kept the destination coming to it's end, which only seems inevitable from our glance backwards, as if we are doing any better. History is such a bloody, bloody sport. Even the good perish at the hands of their best friends.

    Love the witches. The author had to do a lot of research for this. They were easy to picture as real people, with unnerving powers, or the unnerving ability to make others to believe in their powers to their own doom. True sociopaths with the magic of a sociopath. I can feel their fingers in the pie of things, even now.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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