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  • A History of Britain, Volume 1: At the Edge of the World, 3000 B.C. - 1603 A.D.

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Simon Schama
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (54)

    A History of Britain poses questions that have universal timeless resonance. What makes or breaks a nation? To whom do you give your allegiance and why? Where do the roots of your community lie - in your hearth and home, your village or city, your tribe, your faith? And, finally, what is Britain? Also, listen to A History of Britain, Volume 2.

    Dennis says: "Accessible to the lay-person."
    "A brief but enjoyable history"
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    British history isn't something I learned in school but have always found fascinating. I picked this up shortly before a trip to London for a quick background for sight seeing. It did not disappoint.

    The history itself is plainly represented by the narrator, who is not particularly memorable but is neither distracting. Be aware that this is an abridged version. It runs quickly through history and before you know it, the narrator has covered an entire century! My primary complaint about this book is that it is too short. Many of the subtle context that is necessary to understand why particular events occurred are missing. But it gives enough fact to surmise.

    If you're looking for a quick and easy guide through British history, I'd completely recommend this book -- it is an easy listen and very informative (especially to the layperson). But without a supplemental text, chances are you will be left wanting more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (9780)
    Performance
    (8883)
    Story
    (8895)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Fun and enjoyable (and campy)"
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    I grabbed this book because of its high rating and recommendation and was not disappointed! Clines artfully unravels a mystery that hooked me right away. Ok, maybe not right away, but at least within a few chapters.

    The story starts with Nate, a likeable enough main character, looking for an apartment. Upon receiving a strange recommendation from somebody he barely knows, he finds a perfect place (for its price) and begins exploring the oddities that make up his new home. He meets an enjoyable cast of supporting players in his quest for answers and maintains a likeable demeanor until the very end.

    The reader discovers new and exciting secrets slowly as the book unfolds. New mysteries keep the reader enthralled. And the fun way Clines introduces new secrets literally had me laughing out loud! Sure, the book can be campy at times. Some plot twists are amazingly convenient (or transparent, depending on your point of view) but this book exists for entertainment, not for deep analysis.

    Overall, if you're looking for an enjoyable science fiction mystery that is completely novel, give 14 a try!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sabriel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Garth Nix
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    Overall
    (1089)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (482)

    Ever since she was a tiny child, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that world.

    Erin says: "One of the Best Audio Books I've Heard"
    "A thoroughly enjoyable fantasy adventure"
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    When I first downloaded Sabriel I was skeptical. I received a strong recommendation for the book, but the audio seemed faded and less clear than many of the crystal clear books I've listened to lately. The opening music was more of a distraction than a mood setter and the prologue seemed to drone.

    Once the story started, though, I became hooked! Nix creates a world of magic that slowly unveils itself as the book continues. Trips into the grey and flowing world of death add even more intrigue into this mysterious world. Though not grand in scale (like books by Robbin Hobb, for example), the world is certainly one that deserves exploration.

    The story starts with Sabriel, the main character, leaving school on a quest into a magical kingdom. She knows nothing more than the reader. Magical secrets reveal themselves one by one until a very exciting and dramatic end to her journey.

    The style of writing lends itself to quick revelations about the plot. Nix often reiterates past plot elements and flashes back to important points to ensure the listener is following along. I found it helpful given the complexity of some names. Others who enjoy a more subtle unfolding of plot hints may find it transparent.

    Overall, though, I'd recommend Sabriel as an enjoyable read. I fully intend to continue onto the second book in the series of three.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3040)
    Performance
    (2756)
    Story
    (2809)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "Good, short listen for fans of Sanderson"
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    What made the experience of listening to Legion the most enjoyable?

    It's an enjoyable, short read that fans of Brandon Sanderson will greatly appreciate.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The book is short (only about two hours) so it's definitely a book for one sitting. It's delightful how the main character and his highly skilled cast of imaginary friends interact and solve the main conflict.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1729)
    Performance
    (1606)
    Story
    (1599)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    JT says: "Anne Hathaway Shines Throughout This Audio Edition"
    "A delightful and engaging performance"
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    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a must listen for everyone. It's engaging, fun, and a popular choice in literary history. Most people know the story from Hollywood's rendition but there's more to hear than to see. The audio book is only about twice as long as the movie, so sit down and enjoy!

    Anne Hathaway is delightful to hear. She has a unique and fun voice for each character. Some voices had me literally laughing out loud! Her performance makes this listen a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (14343)
    Performance
    (10701)
    Story
    (10720)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Teddy says: "Did not disappoint..."
    "Much like the first book, a tedious but good story"
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    The second book in A Song of Ice and Fire is gripping in its chaos. Martin yanks the reader through several intertwined story lines without any regard for how much he portrays a character as likeable or dislikeable. You'll follow a character for several chapters, become engaged in his or her story, then suddenly find yourself across the sea in a somehow related (though mostly unclear how) story. But that's Martin's style and if you enjoyed the first book, the second book is on par.

    This book, like the first, has a high death toll. Fewer favorite characters die, which is refreshing. Martin tricks the reader a few times, which makes for a tantalizing treat for listeners who pick up subtle details.

    As with the last book, Roy Dotrice provides an amazing performance. His ability to distinguish between the dozens of character voices is nothing short of amazing. Good thing, too, because that's the only way to really keep track of them all in audio format.

    I would recommend the second book in the series for those who enjoyed the first. It feels longer, so be prepared for that. Overall, I'm glad I finished the book and will (after a break, because the second one wore me out) listen to the third.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (21441)
    Performance
    (15545)
    Story
    (15601)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Great read, daunting story"
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    A Song of Ice and Fire series is a great series, but George R. R. Martin has a tendency to drone on forever. There are so many characters that it's difficult to keep track of them all without a book to reference. I'm bad with names so I had to rely on Roy Dotrice's excellent performance to identify most of the dozens and dozens of characters.

    The story was gripping enough that I moved on to and have finished the next book in the series. It gets very tedious in parts but watching the series on television helped renew my interest.

    Martin kills off his characters frequently and with no regard for how much you might like them. If you're a fan of following a hero through an entire story, this book may not be for you. That being said, it is interesting to see how skillfully Martin can introduce new characters and develop their story lines (since, you know, the other main characters are dead).

    I would recommend A Game of Thrones as an experience that any fantasy lover needs. If nothing else, you can join the myriad of people who got through it, enjoyed it, but still complain about how hard it was to get through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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