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Maurizio

- research assistent at the University of Lugano (communication) - co-founder of the Seth publishing company Switzerland - translator of the Seth material by Jane Roberts

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  • The Life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: A Musical Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Perry Keenlyside
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony, Paul Rhys
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    This is the poignant and compelling story of perhaps the most naturally gifted musical genius of all time. Copiously illustrated with examples of his music, it tells of Mozart's extraordinary childhood travelling the courts of Europe, and of how, after a brief period of fame in Vienna, his fortunes declined until his early death and last resting place in a pauper's grave.

    Maurizio says: "Beautiful but much too short"
    "Beautiful but much too short"
    Overall

    Perry Keenlyside has written a very nice little book about the life of Mozart. Within nearly four hours the listener gets by means of many letters by Mozart to his father, sister and wife a very good overview about his music and fascinating career. Many short and well selected extracts of his works make this biography a very enjoyable listening experience.
    For me this book could have been much longer. A must for every Mozart fan!

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18719)
    Performance
    (16666)
    Story
    (16628)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "One of the best novels ever!"
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    Performance
    Story

    There are many great books by King, but 11-22-63 is undoubtedly his finest work so far. It cannot be compared to any of his previous novels since it is not a horror story. It is a story about friendship, love, passion, compassion and of course time travel and a great lesson to learn in the end. And all of you who have read "IT" will even meet some old friends in Derry... And apart of this: Craig Wasson does a fantastic job as reader!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Alexandria Link: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (920)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (372)

    Cotton Malone retired from the high-risk world of elite operatives to lead the life of a rare-book dealer. But his quiet existence is shattered when he receives an anonymous e-mail: "You have something I want. You're the only person on earth who knows where to find it. If I don't hear from you, you will be childless." His ex-wife confirms that their teenage son has been kidnapped, and it becomes clear that those responsible will stop at nothing to get what they want: the lost library of Alexandria.

    Glenda says: "Very Entertaining"
    "A bit of a yawn..."
    Overall

    I've listened to all the books by Steve Berry and I've always been absolutely thrilled by his stories and his immagination. But this book was unfortunately a total disappointment - I actually had to start it three times. The first two times I gave it up eacht time after about 3 or 4 hours - the story was just too boring and - to my utmost swizz Scott Brick was terrible and made a very bad job. I'm Swiss and so I'm usually quite happy when the reader doesn't speak too fast, but Brick just exaggerated - he sounded like a broken audio tape, his voice ever so whining and drowsy. Well, I gave the book a third chance, hoping the second part will be better, but this wasn't the case.
    The idea for the story would have been a good one, but Berry just doens't seem to have found the right kick to transform it into a thrilling adventure and remaind on a not even mediocre level.
    I really hope that the Venetian Betrayal will be as good as his earlier books.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Michael Newton
    • Narrated By Chris Bogart, Amy Hill, Stephen O'Hara
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (28)

    Journey beyond past-life experiences to discover the more meaningful soul experiences. This audio will help you to better understand the reasons behind events in your life and help you meet the day-to-day challenges of life with a greater sense of purpose.

    Maurizio says: "beyond our reach..."
    "beyond our reach..."
    Overall

    In 2001 I travelled from Switzerland to Sayre to visit Robert F. Butts, the husband of the late author Jane Roberts. Together with the energy entity Seth they wrote the Seth books (Seth Speaks, The Nature of Personal Reality...).
    On a little table in Rob's living room I saw the book "Journey of Souls" and so I asked him how it was. He was very enthusiastic about this titel and said that it is like the Seth material, but from another point of view.
    Some weeks later, back in Switzerland, I found in my mailbox a letter of Rob Butts and in it also a copy of the book cover of "Journey of Souls" with the advice to buy this title. I bought the book and later also the audiobook, and since then I've listened to it many times - it is a great titel which reveals spheres, which usually are beyond our reach.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (102)

    The Ruins follows two American couples enjoying a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico. On an impulse, they go off with newfound friends in search of one of their group, the young German who, in pursuit of a girl, has headed for the remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig.

    Art says: "The Plant"
    "Great story, fantastic reader"
    Overall

    With "The Ruins" Scott Smith has written a great story and a real page-turner. What for five young people starts like an exciting vacation adventure in the jungle of South America turns into a no end of trouble horror trip.
    If you like creepy stories with psychological depth you must not miss this titel.
    Patrick Wilson as reader does also a great job and gives each character the appropriate but never exaggerated expression.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Josh Heine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (95)

    Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has devoted her career so far, Anne Rice gives us now her most ambitious and courageous book, a novel about the early years of Christ the Lord, based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship.

    R. Moore says: "A tad short of excellent"
    "Anne Rice as good as ever"
    Overall

    Although I'm not a religious person and no member of any of the great religions I was always fascinated of the life of Christ and other spiritual leaders. Rices new book about Christ and his early life is thrilling, well narrated and absolutely interesting. She has done a great job and I'm looking forward to the sequels of this volume about Christ.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Atlantis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Thomas Greanias
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (745)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (189)

    A secret U.S. military dig has uncovered ancient ruins two miles beneath the ice of Antarctica and activated the ultimate weapon. Now rogue American archaeologist Conrad Yeats and beautiful Vatican linguist Serena Serghetti must team up to unlock the secret origins of human civilization before a global cataclysm ends it.

    Autumn says: "Stargate+Da Vinci Cod= Raising Atlantis"
    "A good plot but unfortunately a boring execution"
    Overall

    The idea for this book is not new but nevertheless always a good plot for an exciting story. The novel's first two hours are really great and very entertaining: Atlantis found in the Antarctic, connections to Egypt and Southamerica and so forth. But from the point where "Mother Earth" (one of the main characters) gets in the story lapses a lot. Too many hints to the catholic church and Christianity as "the only true way" to save mankind from even the "evil Egyptian gods". Other things are also too black and white: Americans are good, Arabians are evil and so on.
    Although Scott Brick as narrator does his best to keep the listener awake I was more than once on the brink to switch off my iPod or to change to another story because there was a lot of unnecessary bla bla bla.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Martin Jarvis, Dennis Boutsikaris, and others
    Overall
    (768)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (117)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    John S. Atherton says: "I give the book a five but I won't buy it..."
    "The best vampire novel after Bram Stoker"
    Overall

    Well, in one sentence: This is just the best vampire novel after Bram Stoker's "Darcula". I think I will spend my next holidays in Rumania, Bulgaria and France and try to follow the steps of the vampire lord himself with help of this fantastic book! It takes you on a journey through several centuries and countries - no boring moments, very well written, beautifully read by a fantastic crew and underlined with music that gives you the creeps!

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (47)

    This mysterious tale is the best known and best loved of du Maurier's work. After honeymooning in Italy, the dashing Max de Winter returns to Manderley, his beautiful country estate, with his innocent young bride. But the unsettling presence of Rebecca (the first Mrs. de Winter) still lingers within the mansion's rooms and halls, and most of all in the persistent reminders from the grim housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers.

    Amazon Customer says: "Rebecca"
    "What a great book, what a great reader!"
    Overall

    I was really happy to find at audible.com an unabriged version of Daphne du Maurier's "Rebecca". The story is timeless intriguing and Anna Massey as reader does a great job. Because I'm Swiss for me it's very important that the reader speaks a "clean" English and that's a strong characteristic of Massey's work.
    Furthermore she finds for each different person the proper variation of voice and is able to paint pictures with accentuation and emphasis.
    Enjoy this audible book!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Contact

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Carl Sagan
    • Narrated By Jodie Foster
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (146)

    In December, 1999, a multinational team journeys out to the stars, to the most awesome encounter in human history. Who, or what, is out there?

    Ryan says: "Contact is wonderful"
    "A great story, a great Jodi Foster"
    Overall

    About 10 years ago I bought Carl Sagan's novel as a German translation (I'm Swiss). The German edition was somewhat boring - the translator probably didn't like the story at all. But when I saw that Jodi Foster reads this book I gave it another try - and now I'm convinced that it's one of the best science fiction novels ever written and read fantastically by Jodi Foster. Too bad that it's just an abriged version. But nevertheless: Not to miss!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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