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Ingrid

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  • The Bhagavad Gita

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Phoenix Books, Barbara Stoler-Miller (translator)
    • Narrated By Jacob Needleman
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    The search for higher truth must be conducted in the midst of the forces of life, with all its demands and seductions. So teaches The Bhagavad Gita, an ancient text that has been called the quintessence of the spirituality of India. In it, the great warrior Arjuna contemplates the meaning of life, just moments before entering the battlefield. "Why do I exist? Why should I fight against my loved ones? And where shall I go after I die?" he asks himself in search for knowledge of the Absolute.

    Claudia Crowley says: "Hot stuff!!"
    "Not for the car"
    Overall

    This is not something that will keep you awake during your commute. Save this for a time when you can lay back on the couch and think a lot. The pace is slow and the narrator sonorous - I suspect that you could play this while you sleep and wake up a well-rested and better person.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Moonstone

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (251)

    No, the "Moonstone" isn't a celestial relic, it's a gigantic yellow diamond of unearthly beauty that was given to Rachel Verinder as a present on her 18th birthday - and stolen that very night! Betteredge, one of the most beloved butlers in English literature, is the focus of this seminal detective novel, which examines how one family's life is turned upside-down by the theft. And find out why the answers to all of life's problems can be found in the pages of Robinson Crusoe.

    Catherine says: "One of the best readings ever"
    "Don't steal sacred diamonds"
    Overall

    The performance was outstanding. I usually do not think much of using multiple readers for novels, but in this case it truly added to the book.

    The Moonstone, a valuable diamond that has already been stolen once, is stolen again. There are 7 (8?) narratives that tell the story of the mayhem surrounding the loss of the diamond and attempts to discover the thief and recover it.

    What I don't see noted in many of the reviews of this book is the humor. There is drama and mystery, love and death, but this is a funny book. Betteridge, the Butler, with his fierce allegiance to Robinson Crusoe is perhaps one of my all-time favorite characters.

    I agree that it does seem longer than it is -- even when it ended, there was still more to go. Part of it's Victorian charm, I suppose. I'm going to recommend this one to anyone who has the patience for it. Not a quick read, but a worthwhile one.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Paranoia: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1505)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (354)

    Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems.

    Karen says: "Clever and interesting."
    "A good read"
    Overall

    Corporate espionage is interesting! The title is kind of lame, but apt. This was an engrossing tale, well told, with enough turns to keep you interested. Well read by (I believe) Scott Brick, as always. There is the obligatory love interest but it's not overdone or corny and it's completely relevant. I'm going to look for more titles by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hearts in Atlantis

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King, William Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (925)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (395)

    All the stories in this collection from Stephen King are related to the Vietnam War. King fans will recognize echoes of The Dark Tower series in the collection's first story, "Low Men in Yellow Coats." As the characters develop over the next four stories, King's version of the Vietnam War becomes one of his most frightening tales ever.

    Steve says: "Touching, Funny - Amazingly well written and read."
    "Wow"
    Overall

    I knew that the movie had been well received, but wasn't too sure what I would think of a series of related stories. I was surprised when it didn't seem that way at all; they really hung together. This was a memorable book that I looked forward to listening to on my commutes. Stephen King is getting better and better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timeline

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2329)
    Performance
    (625)
    Story
    (638)

    Modern science meets feudal France...dinosaurs still walk the Earth...a secret world of killer gorillas...only in a Michael Crichton thriller! Check out our full selection in our Crichton store!

    Charles Stembridge says: "Narrator"
    "The Movie was Better"
    Overall

    There really wasn't much more to the book than there was in the movie. I didn't realize until after I'd purchased this title that I'd seen this on DVD about a year ago. Because everyone knows that the book is always much better than the book I decided to listen to it anyway. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't already seen the movie.

    What made me completely nuts was that the reader made Merrick sound like Ahhhnold. I believe he was supposed to be French? Most of the voices were a little too over the top, but this one took the cake.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paradise Salvage

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By John Fusco
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (20)

    In his tantalizing debut novel, Paradise Salvage, at once a taut thriller and a lyrical coming-of-age story, John Fusco marvelously traces the unforgettable trajectory of 12-year-old Nunzio Paradiso's last summer of innocence.

    Pamela says: "Who thought junk could be so endearing?!"
    "Hey! I know these people!"
    Overall

    You'll feel like you've lived next door to this family for years. The characters are real and knowable. A-plus for character development.

    The story-line is a little less great. Kind of predictable, not completely suspension-of-disbelief-able, but not too terrible. Just okay. But the characters make it worth it. I believe this is a new author (though I could be wrong) and look forward to seeing more from him as his storytelling skills grow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All Over Creation

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ruth Ozeki
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (38)

    Meet Yumi Fuller. A Japanese-American prodigal daughter, Yumi (aka Yummy) is returning home to the Idaho potato farm she ran away from twenty-five years earlier. Then a freewheeling hippie chick, Yumi is now a fairly responsible parent and a professor with a side gig selling lava lots in Hawaii. But can she possibly be prepared to face her dying father, her Alzheimer's-devastated mother, and Cass, the best friend she left behind?

    Kim says: "fantastic"
    "Read this book"
    Overall

    It is a valuable book that can entertain as well as teach. Ozeki builds diverse and interesting characters and then throws in some valuable agricultural education. There is no preaching at the reader, but plenty of illumination. This book has changed the way our family shops and eats.

    Oh, yeah, the story's great too. There's plenty of heartbreak and humor, lots of fancy, and a glimpse into a a few different ways of life here. The characters are imperfect and real. This is one to pay attention to.

    As always, Anna Fields did a great job reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Temple Grandin, Catherine Johnson
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (153)

    How is Animals in Translation different from every other animal book ever published? Animals in Translation is like no other animal book because of Temple Grandin. As an animal scientist and a person with autism, her professional training and personal history have created a perspective like no other thinker in the field, and this is her exciting, groundbreaking view of the intersection of autism and animal.

    James says: "Perhaps the best non-fiction book on Audible yet!"
    "Fantastic"
    Overall

    This book is totally fascinating. I learned so many amazing things listening to this book, and gained so many insights, I can't recommend this book enough. Some ideas are rehashed a couple of times, but I also learned that this is the nature of an autistic, so that's cool. All animal lovers should read this and learn from it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Rose: All-TIME 100 Movies

    • ABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • By Charlie Rose
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Time film critics Richard Schickel and Richard Corliss tell Charlie Rose how they made their selections for the magazine's All-Time 100 Movies list. The list ranges far and wide, from 8-1/2 to The 400 Blows; from A Hard Day's Night to Day for Night; from King Kong to The Fly to E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. And while it includes such perennial favorites as Casablanca and Citizen Kane, it also includes some surprises.

    Ingrid says: "Don't bother"
    "Don't bother"
    Overall

    I'm not even sure why I downloaded this. A bunch of babble that did nothing to enlighten or entertain.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stormchild

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Nicole Blackburn was last seen in the company of Casper von Rellsteb, an environmentalist activist and leader of the Genesis Community, which believes that the threatened world in which they live can only be saved by ruthless violence and terrorism, for which they are notorious.

    Dan's Gal Sal says: "Non-stop Listen"
    "Great true-to-life adventure"
    Overall

    For the first quarter of this book I thought I'd purchased a a non-fiction title, it was so realistic. I am a fan of Bernard Cornwell's writings but had not read anything he'd written about modern times. This was very well done. The main character was likeable, flawed, and understandable. There were no cardboard cutouts among the supporting cast. The predictable happy ending was nicely avoided. Very well done - I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys drama, adventure, or the consideration of human motivations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Up Country

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1669)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (503)

    In the latest from Nelson DeMille (author of The Lion's Game), Paul Brenner is called out of CID retirement to investigate the murder 30 years ago of an army lieutenant in Vietnam. Brenner's trip up country, with a beautiful American expatriate for company, will lead him to uncover an explosive, long-buried secret.

    James B says: "You Must Read Up Country"
    "Did this end suddenly?"
    Overall

    or did I miss a download? I had a hard time believing that the main character was stupid enough to keep the company he kept. A real agent would know better, even if he is bitter and retired. Otherwise this was an entertaining and educational listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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