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Stephen

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis

Red Bluff, CA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Milton
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (126)

    Paradise Lost, along with its companion piece, Paradise Regained, remain the most successful attempts at Greco-Roman style epic poetry in the English language. Remarkably enough, they were written near the end of John Milton's amazing life, a bold testimonial to his mental powers in old age. And, since he had gone completely blind in 1652, 15 years prior to Paradise Lost, he dictated it and all his other works to his daughter.

    thomas says: "SELL YOUR SHIRT FOR THIS AUDIO BOOK!"
    "rushing through the 2 hr bio to get to the meat"
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    First 2 hours is biography. The rest was gravy. If you know the truth you will see it refected here to near perfection. Milton puts you in Satan' s Shoes, Adams shoes etc.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Four Loves

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By C.S. Lewis
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (152)

    In this remarkable recording, C.S. Lewis shows why millions of readers have acclaimed him the greatest spokesman for Christianity in the twentieth century. In a resonant, baritone voice, Lewis explores the nature of the four Greek words that are translated love in English: "storge" (affection), "philia" (friendship), "eros" (sexual or romantic love) and "agape" (selfless love).

    William says: "Insightful Views on Love"
    "Chuck or no Chuck"
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    I think i would have prefered the book without chuck colson's narration. The material was very interesting to me a born again believer but for someone who doesn't believe i wouldn't recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steel World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (869)
    Performance
    (822)
    Story
    (828)

    In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

    D says: "Classic Space Opera"
    "BEST BOOK I'VE READ IN A LONG TIME"
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    This was my first BV Larson book. I hope all his others are as good. The story drew me in even though i don't think i would like living in the world Larson created myself he drew some very memorable characters. Like a few good books I feel like i'm leaving a bunch of friends behind when I finally finished reading the last page and have to turn to something else. Something I haven'v felt since reading Jordan's wheel of time series. Highly recommended.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lightspeed Year One: From the Hugo Award Nominated Magazine

    • ABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Joe Haldeman, Nancy Kress, and others
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer, Emily Card, Gabrielle De Cuir, and others
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (46)
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    (44)

    Lightspeed is the critically acclaimed, online science fiction magazine edited by best-selling anthologist John Joseph Adams. Each month at lightspeedmagazine.com, top authors and brilliant new voices alike span the genre’s full spectrum, from near-future sociological science fiction, to star-spanning hard science fiction, and everything in between. This audiobook contains all the podcasts from Lightspeed's first Hugo-nominated year, performed by a host of star narrators.

    Stephen says: "Reader Beware!!!!"
    "Reader Beware!!!!"
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    Great writing, dark material. One story about a man who wakes up early in a crio chamber then proceeds to eat the rest of his crewmates to survive was almost too much to get through. The writing puts you right into the stories. So beware, you might be getting more than you bargained for.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3411)
    Performance
    (821)
    Story
    (852)

    Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don't believe her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch.

    Caitlin says: "Great audiobook!"
    "Wish it was longer"
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    I loved this book when i was young..... still fun to listen to. I wish Mr. Lewis could have written longer versions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Briefer History of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (567)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (105)

    Stephen Hawking's worldwide best seller, A Brief History of Time, has been a landmark volume in scientific writing. Its author's engaging voice is one reason, and the compelling subjects he addresses is another: the nature of space and time, the role of God in creation, the history and future of the universe.

    David says: "Stick with the original: A brief history of time"
    "Short and Sweet"
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    As good as the slighly longer version. I like the narrator. As a non scientist the book still reads well. Worth reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert M. Pirsig
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1137)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (443)

    This thought-provoking journal of a man's quest for truth - and for himself - has touched and changed an entire generation, and is ready to reach out to a new one. At its heart, the story is all too simple: a man and his son take a motorcycle trip across America. But this is not a simple trip at all, for around every corner, their pilgrimage leads them to new vistas of self-discovery and renewal.

    Carl says: "definitive version, hasn't aged too badly"
    "Good read but I can't swallow the philosophy"
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    Riding a motorcycle and laying out tips on mechanics and pouring out philosophy. A strange combination, very well combined. Worth the read.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3830)
    Performance
    (1656)
    Story
    (1653)

    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.

    Nanci says: "Superb story and reading!"
    "One man's Journey to Joy"
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    I love this story, and Tim Curry does a top knotch job in bringing it to life. Its a story about one man and his journey into the unknown which wakes him up to what life is really about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Brief History of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen Hawking
    • Narrated By Michael Jackson
    Overall
    (1216)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (455)

    This landmark book is for those of us who prefer words to equations; this is the story of the ultimate quest for knowledge, the ongoing search for the secrets at the heart of time and space. Its author, Stephen W. Hawking, is arguably the greatest mind since Einstein. From the vantage point of the wheelchair, where he has spent the last 20 years trapped by Lou Gehrig's disease, Professor Hawking has transformed our view of the universe. A Brief History of Time is Hawking's classic introduction to today's most important scientific ideas.

    Jeff Parent says: "Great book, but...."
    "Science's search for the meaning of it all"
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    Good book and maybe if i understood it better I would rate it higher. At the time of this review i've read it 3 times. Interesting, not overly long and well read. I recommend it for those who are curious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By National Commission on Terrorist Attacks
    • Narrated By Ken Borgers, Sal Giangrasso, Charlton Griffin, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (77)

    The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9-11 Commission, was created by congressional legislation and the signature of President George W. Bush in late 2002. This independent, bipartisan commission had the task of producing a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the attack, including preparedness and immediate response, and providing recommendations designed to guard against future attacks.

    SLP says: "Absolutely Outstanding Historical Document"
    "A little bit interesting a lot boring"
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    Started out really great with a blow by blow discription on what passed in the planes as they were hijaked. Then went on to names and places I will never remember. Procedures followed then changes recommended. Not my cup of tea but i made it through to the end. One point made repeatedly in this report that stuck out. We won't be able to stop all attacks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Sylvia Nasar
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (40)

    John Nash was a mathematician teetering on the brink of international acclaim, but he fell instead into madness. Saved by the love of a beautiful woman and the loyalty of the mathematics community, he went on to win a Nobel Prize and worldwide fame. This is his true story.

    Peter says: "Reality is often more interesting than fiction"
    "A true happy ending"
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    Well voiced, well written, very interesing true story. I think I would have liked Nash better sick than well. His treatment of his son and son's mother didn't set well with me. But the story is very captivating and i'm happy he made it though his sickness. I recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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