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Susan

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  • The Man Who Traveled in Elephants (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (40 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein, Brad Linaweaver
    • Narrated By Harlan Ellison, Daniel Taylor, Trudy Leonard
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Once there was a traveling salesman, a Man Who Traveled in Elephants. For years he traveled with his beloved wife. Now he travels alone, and all the Carnivals and Festivals and State Fairs are blending together. Join John Watts for one final journey: a magical bus trip to a fantastical fair that is literally larger than life. Legendary writer Harlan Ellison stars as the mysterious Ringmaster in this touching dramatization of the dean of American science-fiction's most Bradburyesque fantasy.

    Susan says: "Reminiscent of Twilight Zone"
    "Reminiscent of Twilight Zone"
    Overall

    This is a lovely story about recapturing love in a special manner, about two people who viewed the world in a delightful way. It was written by the master, Robert Heinlein, and I enjoyed the story superbly narrated by another master, Harlan Ellison. The two together should not be missed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hornblower and the "Atropos"

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Nicolas Coster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (181)

    In the wake of a humbling incident aboard a canal boat in the Cotswolds, young Captain Horatio Hornblower arrives in London to take command of the Atropos, a 22-gun sloop barely large enough to require a captain. Her first assignment under Hornblower's command is as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. Soon Atropos is part of the Mediterranean Fleet's harassment of Napoleon, recovering treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters

    Edward C. Charbonnet says: "Great fun and adventure in 1806"
    "Hornblower, a 11-book series..."
    Overall

    After hearing my first Hornblower auido book narrated by Nicolas Coster, I knew that I had to hear more. I discovered the C. S. Forester wrote 11 books in the series. I tried the first after hearing that Gene Roddenberry modeled his Captain Kirk on Hornblower. I've been able to get three unabridged Hornblowers by Coster, and I'm on the search for more. Meanwhile I bought all the paperback versions so read when I can't listen. I recommend both Hornblower and Coster wholeheartedly!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Orphans of the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (188)

    The Jordan Foundation sponsored the Proxima Centauri Expedition in 2119, in attempt to reach the nearer stars of the galaxy. But that was far in the mythic past. The original purpose of the Ship's epic voyage has long been forgotten, and for generations the giant spaceship, lost between the stars, is the only world that the people aboard have known. A strange civilization has evolved, with its own superstitions, savage religion, rigid class structure and mutant outcasts.

    Noe says: "Our world is a spaceship."
    "Another Fantastic Heinlein!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this audio version of one of my favorite Robert Heinlein books. It is one that I will listen to over and over again. I enjoyed the story and the narration, and I recommend it to all.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Naked Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (830)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (393)

    On the beautiful Outer World planet of Solaria, a handful of human colonists lead a hermitlike existence, their every need attended to by their faithful robot servants. To this strange and provocative planet comes Detective Elijah Baley, sent from the streets of New York with his positronic partner, the robot R. Daneel Olivaw, to solve an incredible murder that has rocked Solaria to its foundations.

    Mark says: "Science Fiction at it's best"
    "Partners again!"
    Overall

    What a treat to find a sequel to "The Caves of Steel" and to hear again from Elijah and Daneel! Here is another mystery for them to solve, which leaves me baffled, but luckily for all the partners are hard at work. The narration fit the story, and the story was wonderful! I recommend this book wholeheartedly!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Ray Bradbury
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (154)

    In lyrical prose, Bradbury describes the decline of the mysterious and fragile Martian civilization, overwhelmed by the human newcomers. Bradbury reads these tales of common people - families, truck-stop owners, priests - who confront a new world with their human pride, fears, tenderness, and greed intact. And at the heart of each story lies the basic conflict between man's search for new frontiers and his irresistible urge for the comfort of the past.

    Karen says: "Wonderful!"
    "Ray Bradbury speaks to us!"
    Overall

    I've long loved this book, but having it read by Ray Bradbury makes it very special. I didn't realize when I purchased it that he would also be commenting on the chapers as he went along, and I REALLY loved hearing his thoughts and remembrances. Every story is a gem by itself, but the weaving of them into "The Martian Chronicles" is magic. Long live Ray Bradbury!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Caves of Steel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1009)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (500)

    Like most people left behind on an over-populated Earth, police detective Elijah Baley has little love for either the arrogant Spacers or their robotic companions. But when a prominent Spacer is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Baley is ordered to the Outer Worlds to help track down the killer. Then he learns that he has been assigned a partner: R. Daneel Olivaw. Worse, the R stands for "robot" - and his positronic partner is made in the image and likeness of the murder victim!

    Dionne says: "perfectly executed!"
    "Number 1 and 2"
    Overall

    "I, Robot" is really the first of Asimov's robot books, but this one is the first novel, so it is really Number 1 and 2. I came to know Elijah Bailey like a good friend, and his partner R. Dannel Olivaw has enough character to shown him more than just a robot. Come join their first adventure together! See Elijah battling prejudice, which could be likened to all prejudices that society needs to overcome. At the same time, we see what a good friendship can mean and give to us.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Farmer in the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert Heinlein
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (67)

    For teenager Bill Lerner, who lives with his widower father in the City of Southern California, overpopulation has so constricted the food supplies that they must follow a strict caloric ration, and the crowded and starving civilization has become embattled. Sound familiar? Bill's solution is to emigrate to the colony Ganymede, on Jupiter's third moon. There, a motley crew of pioneers tries, with varying success, to forge a life-sustaining environment.

    Mike says: "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    "For future space farmers!"
    Overall

    This book has always been fun, and I now enjoy it as an audio book. We see a young man grow to adulthood with some rough experiences but being all together a better person for those experiences. This is a wonderful young person's book, but is great for adults too. Heinlein again makes magic! I love the characters and how the action keeps moving. Our next step in outer space is colonization, and Heinlein gives us a taste of that here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Podkayne of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (124)

    Podkayne Fries, a smart and determined maid of Mars, has just one goal in life: to become the first female starship pilot and rise through the ranks to command deep-space explorations. So when she is offered a chance to join her diplomatic uncle on an interstellar journey to distant Earth via Venus, it's a dream come true - even if her only experience with diplomacy is handling her brilliant but pesky younger brother, Clark.

    Jack Ketterer says: "A Smart Kid"
    "Exciting book and great narration!"
    Overall

    I enjoyed reading this book and now enjoy it in as an audio book. It is great to see Heinlein's juveniles coming to Audible! The narration was perfect for the subject. I love Podkayne and her adventures and love sharing her world. This audio book brings me right into her experiences. I heartedly recommend this read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (21 mins)
    • By Jon Scieszka
    • Narrated By Mike Ferreri
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (49)

    Includes these fairly stupid tales: "Chicken Licken", "The Princess and the Bowling Ball", "The Really Ugly Duckling", "The Other Frog Prince", "Little Red Running Shorts", "Jack's Bean Problem", "Giant Story", "Jack's Story", "Cinderumpelstiltskin", "The Tortoise and the Hair", and "The Stinky Cheese Man".

    Juder Kuipers says: "Had me and my kids laughing so hard!"
    "Fun again!"
    Overall

    I read this book to my kids when they were young and was delighted to find it at Audible. As I listen, I remember those wonderful days when I read aloud to my kids and how much fun and laughter this book brought us. Now I have it in audio and can play it in the car when I take the grandkids on an outing. They love it too. It is as great as ever. It's so much fun again!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brian's Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (72)

    In Hatchet, 13-year-old Brian Robeson learned to survive alone in the Canadian wilderness, armed only with his hatchet. Finally, as millions of readers know, he was rescued at the end of the summer. But what if Brian hadn't been rescued? What if he had been left to face his deadliest enemy - winter?

    Susan says: "Wonderful survival tale!"
    "Wonderful survival tale!"
    Overall

    As I listened to "Hatchet" I thought that Brian just barely survived then I listened to "Brian's Winter," and I couldn't believe all the great lessons in dealing with nature in winter as well as life's problems and our own attitudes. This series gives many life lessons that I'll keep with me always. I loved the story and the narration and heartedly recommend this wonderful audio book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hatchet

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated By Peter Coyote
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (274)

    Newbery Award-winner Gary Paulsen's best-known book comes to audio in this breathless, heart-gripping drama about a boy pitted against the wilderness with only a hatchet and a will to live. On his way to visit his recently divorced father in the Canadian mountains, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is the only survivor when the single-engine plane crashes. His body battered, his clothes in shreds, Brian must now stay alive in the boundless Canadian wilderness.

    A User says: "the whole family loved it!!!"
    "Enjoy again and again"
    Overall

    This is a story for all ages and definitely a must for anyone who enjoys nature and survival. It is good for the kids and the grandkids, and great for me too! This aduible version is wonderful with Peter Coyote's narration!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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