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  • Tempest-tost: The Salterton Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Robertson Davies
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (29)

    An amateur production of The Tempest provides a colorful backdrop for a hilarious look at unrequited love. Mathematics teacher Hector Mackilwraith, stirred and troubled by Shakespeare's play, falls in love with the beautiful Griselda Webster. When Griselda shows she has plans of her own, Hector despairs on the play's opening night.

    Mary says: "First of the first (and shows it)"
    "Very entertaining novel"
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    I've listened to 200 or so audiobooks in the last four years, and very little material has been able to make me laugh out loud the way Tempest-tost did. It has the lightness and wit of P.G. Wodehouse, but with well written characters that you come to care about. David Case, aka Frederick Davidson, Edward Raleigh, James Nelson, and Ian McKay, has come to really grate on my nerves, forcing me to stop listening to audiobooks I had spent good money on and would otherwise have enjoyed. Somehow, though, his style fits this material and doesn't distract from it too much. Highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • To the Gates of Richmond: The Peninsula Campaign

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Stephen Sears
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    It was the largest campaign ever attempted in the Civil War: the Peninsula campaign of 1862. General George McClellan planned to advance from Yorktown up the Virginia Peninsula and destroy the Rebel army in its own capital. But with Robert E. Lee delivering blows to the Union army, McClellan’s plan fell through at the gates of Richmond.

    Roland says: "One of the best"
    "Magnificent chronicle of mismanagement"
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    The recording has high production values, an understandable pace, and a good narrator. This is a part of the Civil War that I find fascinating- before either army really gets its act together and figures out how to coordinate the movement of seventy thousand or a hundred thousand soldiers. Sears is particularly effective in chronicling McClellan's deteriorating state of mind and its brutal effects on the Army of the Potomac. But nobody really shines in this chronicle- even Lee, who had not yet developed his style of command to an effective level.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bourne Identity

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1156)
    Performance
    (790)
    Story
    (785)

    His memory is blank. He only knows that he was flushed out of the Mediterranean Sea, his body riddled with bullets. There are a few clues. A frame of microfilm surgically implanted beneath the flesh of his hip. Evidence that plastic surgery has altered his face. Strange things that he says in his delirium -- maybe code words. Initials: "J.B." And a number on the film negative that leads to a Swiss bank account, a fortune of four million dollars, and, at last, a name: Jason Bourne.

    P. Shuart says: "Robert Ludlum's Attention to Detail A++"
    "Amateur Hour in Espionage Fiction"
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    When Gilroy and Herron adapted this novel for the screen, they had their work cut out for them. This book needs a good editor in the worst way. Ludlum repeats dialogue whenever he needs a crutch to get him to the next sentence. His characters, including Bourne himself, have oddly inconsistent motivations. There are details that the author tells us and promptly forgets. The villains are mostly sub-Bond cartoon characters.

    Scott Brick's narration is usually competent- I found his rendering of characters and accents consistent- but it has no energy to it. I felt like I was being read a ponderous history tome. It was a very unfortunate choice, given the quality of the writing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Destined for Destiny: The Unauthorized Autobiography of George W. Bush

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Scott Dikkers, Peter Hilleren
    • Narrated By Scott Dikkers, Peter Hilleren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In Destined for Destiny, "George W. Bush" offers listeners an intimate, plainspoken, and sometimes articulate look at the character-shaping achievements that led to his inevitable rise to the office of president of the United States. Written from the heart, not from the brain, this definitive autobiography takes listeners on a journey through the 43rd president's life.

    Scott says: "Therapy"
    "The Mother of All Unauthorized Autobiographies"
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    The Onion's weekly Presidential addresses in 2008 gave me the strength to overcome the loss of my job amidst an economic meltdown. It was comforting to know that someone with compassion in his heart and lots of dough in his pockets was looking down on me from the White House. And now that Destined for Destiny has been recorded for the ages, I feel even more comforted. Because these tales must be told. Otherwise, who will know about the reduction in the werewolf population in Texas? Who will understand how George Bush saved our great nation from takeover by the machines? Or from reanimated corpses?

    Personally, I feel that this audiobook go a long way towards removing any doubt from the minds of the naysayers who think that a man who runs several businesses into the ground isn't capable of running the country into the ground as well...

    Hey, guys! It's the Rapture!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition), The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2865)
    Performance
    (2700)
    Story
    (2714)

    Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

    Ryan says: "It's about time!"
    "Has the sound and feel of an excellent audio drama"
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    Marc Thompson's characters, rendered with top-notch production quality, music, and sound effects, gave me the feeling that I was listening to an audio drama. Timothy Zahn has written a few scenes that, in this production, have some of the same feel of the original Star Wars trilogy. The dialogue of Han and Lando is often entertaining. New characters Thrawn and Jade were fairly interesting. Luke and Leia, although not very well drawn, were put into situations that make the listener care about their survival. I finished the book wishing that unabridged versions such as this were available for the second and third books of the trilogy as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Henry Fielding
    • Narrated By Kenneth Danzinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    A foundling of mysterious parentage, Tom Jones is brought up by the benevolent and wealthy Squire Allworthy as his own son. Tom falls in love with the beautiful and unattainable Sophia Western, a neighbor’s daughter, whose marriage has already been arranged. When Tom’s sexual misadventures around the countryside get him banished, he sets out to make his fortune and find his true identity.

    Elizabeth says: "Well read, many accents, older recording"
    "Kenneth Danzinger brings this classic to life"
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    I've listened to around 200 audiobooks so far, and the performance of many narrators has been excellent, but none have stood out like Kenneth Danzinger does in this reading of Tom Jones. This material could be deadly dull in the wrong hands-one shudders to think of what Frederick Davidson/David Case would have done to the 18th century prose. Danzinger, by his firm command of the language, brings Fielding's humor to the fore. At least two episodes were laugh-out-loud funny, and many, many more made my commute a thing of joy. I put off reading or listening to this for a long time, afraid that it would be another Don Quixote, full of irrelevant topical references strung together by a dull satire. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Fielding covers a lot of territory in his novel, and is not too particular about how he introduces a topic he wants to cover, but it's always an animated, even illuminated, conversation, read to us by a first-rate performer.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Isabel Wilkerson
    • Narrated By Robin Miles, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (957)
    Performance
    (768)
    Story
    (770)

    In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to previously untapped data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

    Lila says: "Superior non-fiction"
    "An Enriching Experience"
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    This book enriched my understanding of the experience of African-Americans more profoundly than any work of fiction or nonfiction has been able to do. Wilkerson has done an unsurpassed job of illuminating the dynamics of race in all parts of the United States, throughout the twentieth century. The comparisons she makes with the experiences of other immigrants fleeing oppressive conditions around the world made the narratives of the Great Migration much more relatable than they otherwise might have been. These narratives, three biographies that run throughout the book, make for compulsive listening, ably complemented by broader historical background.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Foundation Trilogy (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov, Maurice Denham, Prunella Scales
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Beevers, Lee Montague, Julian Glover, and others
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (224)

    The opening episode begins on Trantor, capital of the Galactic Empire, with the meeting of Seldon and Dornick, their trial, and their exile to Terminus. The action then jumps forward 50 years, to the first Seldon Crisis, where the repercussions of the recent independence of the Four Kingdoms of the Periphery are being felt on Terminus, and are handled by the first Mayor, Salvor Hardin....

    James says: "How can you go wrong with a must read book for $2"
    "A Guilty Pleasure"
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    If you haven't already read Asimov's "Foundation" trilogy, I highly recommend skipping this program and doing so. If you are already familiar with these novels, however, and perhaps have some nostalgia for the pleasure they gave you, this program is a decent way of bringing back good memories. If you are a fan of "Old Time Radio" as well, and do not mind the unimaginative electronic music used to transition between scenes or stories, I think you'll really enjoy this program.
    The script is excellent, aided by the fact that these "novels" consist of several short stories and novellas. Very little feels missing, and the "retro" quality of Asimov's writing is not slicked over as a script doctor might feel compelled to do. There are a few dramatic climaxes that never occurred, such as the end of "The Encyclopedists" and in the middle of "The Mule," when the producers are reluctant to interrupt Hari Seldon's speech even though a panic and a riot are supposed to be taking place.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rabbit, Run

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (138)

    Harry Angstrom was a star basketball player in high school and that was the best time of his life. Now in his mid-20s, his work is unfulfilling, his marriage is moribund, and he tries to find happiness with another woman. But happiness is more elusive than a medal, and Harry must continue to run--from his wife, his life, and from himself, until he reaches the end of the road and has to turn back....

    J. Kovler says: "A Thinking Man's Novel"
    "A priceless, ruthless portrait of youth"
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    Rabbit, Run is not an uplifting novel, and despite all the talk of Christ and spirituality, it is not terribly enlightening, either. What John Updike gives us, however, is a priceless, ruthless portrait of youth- complete with its vitality, vigor, and arrogance. By design, Harry Angstrom isn't a likable character; he hurts nearly everyone who loves him as he tries to sort out his life. Or maybe you do like him, despite yourself, and become implicated in his domestic tragedy.
    As always, Updike's prose is note-perfect. When he deals with sexuality, he does so with such objective remoteness that one feels like the viewer of a 1960s foreign film, where titillation is chilled by artistry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John McWhorter
    • Narrated By John McWhorter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1255)
    Performance
    (972)
    Story
    (970)

    A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar. Why do we say "I am reading a catalog" instead of "I read a catalog"? Why do we say "do" at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history.

    Cookie says: "Oh the joy!"
    "Three or four ideas and a lot of repetition"
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    Anyone who has listened to Professor McWhorter's Teaching Company lectures knows that he is an excellent communicator who often has something worth communicating. Unfortunately, in this book he presents three or four ideas and spends hour after hour of your life repeating them to you. Apparently, if I was a professional linguist I would be bent over in paroxysms of rage at the heresies the author serves to us in this book. Since I am not, and everything sounds like common sense worked out over and over again, I was left counting the minutes until the end. Not recommended.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Babbitt (Dramatized)

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sinclair Lewis
    • Narrated By Ed Asner, Ed Begley Jr., Ted Danson, and others
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (19)

    This epic of the booming 20's captures the relentless culture of American business. A classic novel about conformity in small town America - celebrated for its comic tone, statire, and vivid dialogue. L.A. Theatre Works, then a fledgling radio theatre company, completed Babbitt in 1989. This production was so well received that L.A. Theatre Works has since become the world's premiere radio theatre company.

    Caro says: "A nice change of pace"
    "The perfect novel for a full-cast treatment!"
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    Only long acquaintance with and respect for LA Theatreworks could have persuaded me to listen to Sinclair Lewis. I'm glad it did. The week I spent in the company of this novel, gussied up with the trappings of "Old Time Radio," was never dull. Many lines that would have seemed stale on the page were vividly brought to life by a parade of great performers. There's a somewhat heavy-handed treatment about conformity and individualism in Babbitt, but it's tempered by Lewis' even-handed critical eye for all walks of life- the conformists are a nasty lot, and the rebels aren't very attractive either. As you get to the end, just as you begin to wonder whether to give up on society in general for good, Lewis gives you an ending that leaves you with a big grin and a ray of hope. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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