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  • 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
    (1257)
    Performance
    (1062)
    Story
    (1048)

    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"
    "Why you will like this journey"
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    Why would you want to listen to this book? You may wonder if the story is too old school, not modern enough, or just one of those reads your teacher made you endure in school so she can say she taught you the classics.

    Forget all of that and just buy the book! The story is a good story, one you can share with your kids- there is no cursing, no sex scenes, just a romping adventure that takes you from the entrance of a volcano to the center of the earth and back again.

    Tim Curry gives the story life, gives the characters personality and makes this a story you will revisit through the years. His voice makes this a movie in your imagination

    Take an evening with the kids, turn the lights down low in their room, plug in your ipod or MP3, turn up the speakers and start a tradition with your children they will never forget.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Tower Lord: Raven's Shadow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    Overall
    (1803)
    Performance
    (1707)
    Story
    (1712)

    Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus' vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause Vaelin alone knows was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, he comes home, determined to kill no more. Named Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches by King Janus's grateful heir, he can perhaps find peace in a colder, more remote land far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm.

    Jack says: "The Great Swampy Middle!"
    "Not a worthy sequel....."
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    I had great anticipation for this story and very high hopes. I wanted to like this story; I preordered it and patiently waited and downloaded it a few minutes after it became available. The two reasons I did not return the audio was because 1) I kept hoping it would get better and 2) I felt I owed it a review.

    First I found the language objectionable- I know many do not. Personally, when an author has to resort to a multitude of f-bombs to make a point I tend to feel he/she relies on cliché and panders to a lower literary standard. I expect more from their imagination, especially in a magical world. Resorting to cursing, etc. in my mind demonstrates a limited vocabulary and diminished authorship. Do authors really feel their stores need this element to be entertaining and popular?

    Same goes for sexual content.

    The reader does a very good job, his pace is excellent, he has a good feel for the story and the characters, and he helps the story easily transition from scene to scene. I found many of the characters to be intriguing.

    The plot was a different matter. The plot kept building and building, but like a roller-coaster that gets stuck at the top of the final long drop, just hung at the end. The reader kept waiting for a climax that never came. There were hints, you were drawn along, but left empty in the end.

    Oh there is a definite sequel in the mix, but this is one I think I will pass. It is a shame, this story had great potential, but in the end it left me unfulfilled. It is unfortunate when the sequel does not meet or exceed the initial story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8336)
    Performance
    (7894)
    Story
    (7923)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Sanderson's best to date......."
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    If you only have one credit left, use it on this book, it will not disappoint, it will inspire, it will lift your heart, it will entertain, and it will leave you feeling better than when you started.

    Be forewarned- it is a loooong audio, but the readers- Michael Kramer and Kate Reading- make the time fly. The characters and their struggles, even in a magical world, will resonate with you, you will identify with them in many ways.

    The story is a continuation of The Way of Kings and the characters continue to evolve and develop, and so does the plot. There are a lot of surprises. What there isn’t in this story is a lot of disturbing language, a lot of needless sex scenes- the story doesn’t need them.

    This is epic fantasy at its best- your imagination will be touched and so will your heart. The book does not need a long review. If you have read any of Sanderson’s previous works and enjoyed him, then you will enjoy this listen.

    You may never look at a storm the same way again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2681)
    Performance
    (1978)
    Story
    (1986)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Jennie says: "Unbelievably riveting!"
    "Inspirational! True Story of real Survivors!"
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    I loved this book!

    If you have any interest in prepping, in survival in severe circumstances, if you have wondered what it might take to survive in the Artic under the harshest of conditions, then this true story is for you!

    I literally followed the story during commute time with great anticipation, wondering how the crew of Endurance would cope with their next calamity. Talk about roughing it- this is the ultimate survivor story. Mother Nature was not their friend.

    Forget the TV version of Survivor, and with apologies to Bear Grylls, these guys are the real deal. The face adversity after adversity, they are matched against near impossible odds, they improvise, they share, they help each other, and they ultimately survive.

    If you want to be inspired, uplifted, to experience human nature at its resilient best, spend the credit, and enter an adventure you will never forget.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Myth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (423)

    New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry returns with his latest thriller, a Cotton Malone adventure involving a flaw in the United States Constitution, a mystery about Abraham Lincoln, and a political issue that’s as explosive as it is timely - not only in Malone’s world, but in ours. September 1861: All is not as it seems. With these cryptic words, a shocking secret passed down from president to president comes to rest in the hands of Abraham Lincoln.

    Morrell says: "Painful and Confusing"
    "I want to learn more about the Mormons"
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    Interesting historical fiction. I enjoyed how the author (I have listened to several of his works) created a believable story within an accurate historical context. The story moved at a good pace, the plot was intriguing and interesting, the language was clean and the intellectual discussion about the legality of secession was absolutely incredible!

    Berry presented persuasive possibilities as to why Madison waited until all the authors of the Constitution passed away before releasing his personal notes of the Constitutional Convention, notes which he admittedly altered! (I did not know that).

    The final section of the audio book where the author told what was real and what was hypothetical and the reasons and evidence for inclusion in the story was fair and balanced and was a nice touch. It added to the story in many ways. There are little bits of historical nuggets tossed into the book which appear at the most interesting moments which add a certain character and authenticity to the story.

    I found the author’s depiction of the early Mormon pioneer’s to be stimulating and this has encouraged me to learn a bit more about the Mormon migration West.

    Scott Brick as a narrator is Scott Brick- no surprises, a clean, well rounded performance. I have recommended this story to my friends, it is worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Green Rider

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kristen Britain
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (690)
    Performance
    (612)
    Story
    (619)

    Karigan G’ladheon, running away from school, is traveling through a deep forest when a galloping horse pounds up to her, its rider impaled by two black-shafted arrows. With his dying breath, he tells her he is a Green Rider, one of the magical messengers of the King. Before he dies, he makes Karigan swear to deliver the message he’s carrying, and gives her his green coat, with the symbolic brooch of his office.

    Robert says: "Great Adventure From Begining to End"
    "Green things need to grow"
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    I Loved The Reader- she was fantastic! I liked the story also, didn't love it, but I liked it.

    The language was very clean- language ratings are important to me and this is one the kids could listen to.

    The story moves along quickly and has a good pace, lots of adventure. The main character is likeable, she does all the right things, but leaves wanting her to do it with a little more style and you are constantly waiting for her to make up her mind.

    The author does a good job of making sure everything is tied up at the end with just enough intrigue to make you wonder how the second book will start and then evolve. I believe I will get the next book in the series just to listen to the reader- she really is that good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brilliance

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marcus Sakey
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1629)
    Performance
    (1451)
    Story
    (1458)

    In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in.

    Benjamin says: "Predictable Thriller"
    "Not so brilliant....."
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    A lot of my audio rating depends on language- I prefer it clean- and this one does NOT measure the test. If you are on a trip with kids, this one is not for their ears.

    I found the concept of the story very interesting, I enjoyed the characters and thought the plot moved at a pretty good pace for a thriller novel. The story could have benefited, I felt from a little more background into what was the cause of the 'brilliant' phenomenon.

    The reader was good, but I did not care for his performance, chalk it up to personal preference.

    This is not an audio I would listen to again.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Throne of Glass: A Throne of Glass Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Sarah J. Maas
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (837)
    Performance
    (788)
    Story
    (792)

    After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

    Fil says: "The World's Most Powerful Assassin is a Sap."
    "Loved this audio, and so did my wife-"
    Overall
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    It is not often that I find a series that not only I enjoy, but my wife does as well. This is one of those rare finds!

    The story moves at a good pace and there is enough action for the guys and enough intrigue and mystery for the ladies and who couldn't love a story where a female assassin comes out on top?

    There are plenty of plot twists, romantic encounters, witty dialogue, and the language is clean and the relationships......complicated and continually developing. There is no sex, no outrageous descriptions and I found that this book did not need those distractions. It is a solid story. My wife, and I, are both anxiously awaiting the sequel.

    We recommended the audio to our daughter in law and now she texts us daily with updates of where she is in the story. Any book that helps build a relationship with your wife and your daughter-in-law is a hit in my book.

    The reader is spot on- she has a innocent voice that adjusts in all the right places and there was no problem distinguishing characters.

    By comparison, the story is similar in many ways to the Ryeria series.

    Spend the credit, enjoy the story, it is a good ride!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Edward Dolnick
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1090)
    Performance
    (822)
    Story
    (836)

    The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

    Alison says: "The Royal Society comes alive."
    "Even Mathematicians have feuds ...."
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    Who knew Math had personality?

    Ok,I admit I am a history junkie, especially when the story is told in an interesting, factual way. If my math teachers in High School and College has shared some the history in this book as background material for algebra and calculus, I would have certainly paid more attention and would have found the subject much more interesting.

    This story makes the numbers on the page come alive, and they tell a fascinating story- rivals, feuds, discoveries, court intrigue, intelligence, jealousy- its all there.

    The story is factual and informative, the pace is good, the length is just about right, and the reader is solid. The narrator has a nice voice, a 'math' voice and tells the story with a tone that keeps you interested in learning what is behind the next corner, or the next decimal.

    If you like factual history, this is a story for you. If you like to know things like how ideas evolved, the struggles early inventors and mathematicians faced in revealing details like the earth revolving around the sun, which went against current beliefs (ever feel like taking on a Pope?) then this is an audio you will enjoy.

    Is the book worth a credit? Yes and I would listen to this story again at the right time. This is also an audio I would use with my family on a short road trip, to spark their interest in math, physics and astronomy.

    One deal breaker for me in audios is language and sex. Authors who use excessive profanity, in my mind lack imagination and loose something in their story telling. Same with sex scenes that are overly descriptive and drawn out.

    Nothing like that in this story, it will stimulate your mind and your imagination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas
    • Narrated By David Strathairn, Richard Dreyfuss
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (46)

    The Lincoln-Douglas Debates made history and changed its course through seven legendary match-ups between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas during the 1858 Illinois senatorial race. Although he lost the election, Lincoln's gift for oratory and his anti-slavery stance made him a nationally known figure, and led to his election to the presidency in 1860. Never before presented in audio, these debates and great statesmen are brought to life by narrators Richard Dreyfuss and David Strathairn.

    Dale says: "Great fun"
    "How Lincoln became Lincoln"
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    I admit I am a history junkie and this is one of those rare books that places you at the actual spot where the historical event occurred. You have a front row seat. The script is from the actual debates as they occurred and were reported.

    These debates were critical in American History because they addressed head on, the issue of slavery and the arguments, pro and con, used in these debates became the talking points on both sides of the issue.

    Richard Dreyfuss turns in a stellar performance as 'the little general', Steven Douglas. He has just the right tone that makes you listen to his arguments while wondering how Lincoln would respond.

    This is not a story, it is a series of debates and there are really only two voices.

    If you like your history reported the way it really was, this audio is for you.
    If you like your history straight and without commentary, get this audio.

    This audio is more history and information than entertainment

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8997)
    Performance
    (6405)
    Story
    (6444)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Lore says: "Book 1 of a great series that is not to be missed!"
    "Started, stopped, and glad I revisited"
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    I started this book on a flight to Hawaii during the Christmas season and a couple of hours into it and I was convinced I had wasted a credit. Slept the rest of the flight. A couple of weeks after getting home I was visiting with some teenagers I worked with at church and this book came up. I couldn't believe what they were saying. They LOVED the story.

    Now I admit that this made me curious as to what I might have missed- these were all solid kids- so I decided to re-visit the story and boy, am I glad I did! This has become one of my favorite series and the first book sets a good stage.

    Sanderson has created a world where metal provides power, not by spending it, but by ingesting it and different metals produce different results. The characters are deep and you get attached to them quickly. And then there is the reader.

    Michael Kramer is a fantastic reader- you hang on every word he reads. He gives the characters personality, makes the story come to life and the story is a good story.

    Sanderson does not need a lot of sex to sell his stories (there are no parts of this book you could not share with your children), his stories stand on their own. The language is clean, descriptive and vibrant, but there is no filth in this book.

    Let your mind enter the world he creates and associate with some characters that really are characters and you will find that the credit you invested will entertain and uplift you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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