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Mike

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  • Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Bill Irwin
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (279)

    Just why do humpback whales sing? That's the question that has marine behavioral biologist Nate Quinn and his crew poking, charting, recording, and photographing very big, wet, gray marine mammals - until the extraordinary day when a whale lifts its tail into the air to display a cryptic message spelled out in foot-high letters: Bite Me.

    colleen says: "Best way to ruin a good book."
    "Loved the narrator"
    Overall

    I swear, I want to hang out with the Iry surfer from upstate New York. The narrator did such a great job of narrating this, it stayed incredibly entertaining instead of just ridiculously stupid. It was funny as hell, an easy read, and generally entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12885)
    Performance
    (5244)
    Story
    (5286)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "A work of genius"
    Overall

    It made me want to learn more about St. Thomas... it was absolutely riveting, the bad guys powerfully bad, and the good guys inspirational. A truly excellent performance on the part of the reader, and a work of genius on the part of the writer.
    -Shu

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (721)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (427)

    Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, June 16th 1904, largely through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another.

    A User says: "Ulysses (Unabridged)"
    "dangit, man."
    Overall

    This is the most important book of the 20th century. It's complex, like thousand pages of poetry. James Joyce is a genius. But it's no light read. It's tough, something you have to work through slowly. It's complex, with sentence structure that is unfamiliar to Americans. So why the hell is the narrator reading it like it's a speed reading contest? I can barely understand his accent. I mean, I understand that you want to make it sound genuine, and the sentence structure is fitting for the Irish/Scottish sounds. I appreciate the amount of effort it must have taken for two people to team up and 'perform' this monstrous endeavor. But really, slow the down. I'm no novice. I've read all of Ayn Rand's audio books. My vocabulary power is just fine, and my ability to comprehend audio books is also par. But with this one, I'm a couple hundred pages in and couldn't tell you what the main character's names are or when it's set... were you afraid you'd run out of time? We could have had a part 5. I wouldn't have minded. Just read the book next time. Don't give me the slurry, bunched together, overly fast accent when I'm trying to stomach a project like Ulysses. This is the first book I've ever given up on with Audible. I'm mad I paid for it, and now I'm looking for another when I haven't finished part 1.
    -Shu

    60 of 93 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4271)
    Performance
    (1550)
    Story
    (1562)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "entertaining brain candy"
    Overall

    It's not pretentious, and it does what it sets out to do -tell an entertaining story without depth or challenge. It's truly brain candy. Just don't leave it out for anyone to see you're reading it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2084)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (418)

    This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Robert says: "Over before you know it"
    "One of the greatest books ever written"
    Overall

    If you are considering this, then maybe you've got the brains to appreciate it. I'm not employing the Emperor's New Clothes strategy. The vocab is difficult, and the concepts are complex. But even though it's a hefty tomb, not a word is wasted. I've never read its equal, except for maybe 'The Fountainhead.'

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3111)
    Performance
    (1798)
    Story
    (1822)

    One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

    Zachary says: "The Fountainhead"
    "One of the greatest books ever written"
    Overall

    If you are considering this, then maybe you've got the brains to appreciate it. I'm not employing the Emperor's New Clothes strategy. The vocab is difficult, and the concepts are complex. But even though it's a hefty tomb, not a word is wasted. I've never read its equal, except for maybe 'Atlas Shrugged.'

    12 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • A Spot of Bother: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    At 61, George Hall is settling down to a comfortable retirement. Then his tempestuous daughter, Katie, announces that she is getting remarried, to the deeply inappropriate Ray. Her family is not pleased and Katie can't decide if she loves Ray or loves the wonderful way he has with her son, Jacob. Her mother, Jean, is a bit put out by all the planning and arguing the wedding has occasioned, which get in the way of her quite fulfilling late-life affair with one of her husband's ex-colleagues.

    Linda Lou says: "DONT BOTHER WITH THIS SPOT!"
    "bad narration"
    Overall

    I couldn't tell for a long time whether this was TTS (text to speech) or an author. They must have hired this guy for his accent... he's not a great orator. As for the book, I'm half way through, and I still can't figure out why one would or should care about anyone in this novel. It's pretty two-dimensional, and other than the irrational insanity... sounds redundant, but I mean there's no reason for this guy to be insane... of one of the main characters, there's just not a lot going on. Hey, if I want boring reality, I'll open the window.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (127)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, appears in Richard Cypher's forest sanctuary seeking help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    In their darkest hour, hunted relentlessly, tormented by treachery and loss, Kahlan calls upon Richard to reach beyond his sword - to invoke within himself something more noble. Neither knows that the rules of battle have just changed...or that their time has run out.

    A User says: "Horrible Narrator"
    "how juvenile"
    Overall

    I picked this up because I hear he's taking over the Jordan series, and I couldn't believe this selection. It was like a collection of dusty high school kid's short stories sewn together and made into a fantasy novel. There was nothing new, no real construction of a setting or place, and no reality to the characters. The plot seemed to paint itself into a corner until the author threw his hands up in 'and then he woke up' solutions that, again, were completely juvenile and obviously unplanned. Boo hoo for the late, great Robert Jordan... who honestly began to disappoint in the later books -maybe this joke of an author can tackle his later works, but only if he stays away from the characters long time readers have developed loyalty towards. The only two saving graces of this book were that A. the author made the point that whatever side a person is on, s/he believes it is the right side. And B: the wizard's first rule was trite but at least it was entertaining; anyone who enjoyed this book was, indeed, dumb. Of course, if you're reading this, you don't know the wizard's first rule. It's this: people are kinda dumb. It's also a marketing expert's first rule, and apparently it's a publisher's as well.
    -Shu

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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