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  • Sarek: Star Trek Pocket Books, Book 69

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By A. C. Crispin
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (92)

    Spock's mother, Amanda Grayson, is dying, and Spock returns to the planet Vulcan where he and Sarek enjoy a rare moment of rapprochement. But just as his wife's illness grows worse, duty calls Sarek away, once again sowing the seeds of conflict between father and son. Yet soon Sarek and Spock must put aside their differences and work together to foil a far-reaching plot to destroy the Federation, a plot that Sarek has seen in the making for nearly his entire career.

    Daniel says: "More Unabridged TOS Please"
    "Awesome UNABRIDGED Production"
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    Does what a good Star Trek novel should do: Sarek takes the reader further than the series would dare to go. It rides the success of "Spock's World" and the reader gets more info about the lives of Spock's father Sarek and mother Amanda. The adventures of Kirk's nephew, Peter were also quite entertaining. Nick Sullivan does a dutiful job as narrator (I'd listen to him again). I hope to see more unabridged Star Trek novels in the future.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3247)
    Performance
    (2999)
    Story
    (3001)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "Perfect Summer Read"
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    Joyland is not the hard-boiled thriller that the (beautiful) cover suggests, but rather a character-driven yarn, more comparable to Bag of Bones or Hearts of Atlantis. I listened to it compulsively, and yes, completed it by the pool at the beach. Michael Kelly subtle narration is perfectly in-character and right for the book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tenth of December: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Saunders
    • Narrated By George Saunders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (446)

    One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and Tenth of December is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection yet. In the taut opener, "Victory Lap", a boy witnesses the attempted abduction of the girl next door and is faced with a harrowing choice: Does he ignore what he sees, or override years of smothering advice from his parents and act? In "Home", a combat-damaged soldier moves back in with his mother and struggles to reconcile the world he left with the one to which he has returned.

    Molly-o says: "I could never have known"
    "First and Last Stories are best"
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    George Saunders's tales of a vast suburban wasteland fit the times. It's a bit uneven, but It's worth the price of admission for the first tale, "Victory Lap" and the last, "Tenth of December" both of which I listened to twice. I also enjoyed hearing the author read his own stories.

    2 of 2 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
    (2170)
    Performance
    (2011)
    Story
    (2000)

    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.

    Thug4life says: "Great for family car ride"
    "A Perfect Audiobook"
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    This is a perfect audiobook. Anne Hathaway brings the book alive with many characters. I laughed out loud so often, I began to wish she weren't an oscar-winning actress so she could spend all of her time as a voiceover artist. This classic is highly recommended for those with or without kids.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Grant Morrison
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (253)

    From one of the most acclaimed and profound writers in the world of comics comes a thrilling and provocative exploration of humankind's great modern myth: the superhero. In this exhilarating work of a lifetime, Grant Morrison draws on art, science, mythology, and his own astonishing journeys through this shadow universe to provide the first true history of the superhero - why they matter, why they will always be with us, and what they tell us about who we are... and what we may yet become.

    Bradford says: "Average history of comic books"
    "How I Became a Great Comics Writer, Nay, a God!"
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    What I expected: I don't like to write reviews based on my dashed expectations of a book, but I feel like I was led on a little bit here. Look at the very long title. I cannot be faulted in expecting a book that examines the cultural relevance of superheroes and how they have enriched the world.

    What I got: While I did get a little bit of cultural history, everything seemed to be based on how they related to the author. The book is mostly autobiography: how the great comics of the past made Grant Morrison a great writer, and how Grant Morrison's great writing made the comics of today great.

    Morrison's writing is indeed very good, and I know he believes all of his ideas will change the world. Still, I'd rather marvel at the miraculous feats of imaginary heroes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Letter and Spirit: From Written Text to Living Word in the Liturgy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Scott Hahn
    • Narrated By Brian Keeler
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Scott Hahn has inspired millions of readers with his perceptive and unique view of Catholic theology and worship, becoming one of the most looked-to contemporary authorities in these areas. In Letter and Spirit, Hahn extends the message he began in The Lamb's Supper, offering far-reaching and profound insights into what the Bible teaches us about living the spiritual life.

    Travis says: "This could easily be a 5 star download"
    "Accessible and Vital"
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    Scott Hahn presents theology in a very accessible and entertaining manner. In Letter and Spirit, he demonstrates how Scripture was created for use in the Liturgy, and how vital it is to be immersed in both.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hiroshima

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By John Hersey
    • Narrated By Edward Asner
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    On July 16, 1945, the world's first atomic bomb was secretly detonated in the New Mexico desert. The U.S. began development of the bomb in 1939, and in 1942, the atomic program was placed under U.S. Army control and codenamed the "Manhattan Project." By the time of the "Trinity" test in July of 1945, over two billion dollars had been spent. The detonation of the deadly new weapon was not made public until three weeks later, when to two others like it devastated the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    Mark Grannis says: "What was it really like?"
    "The Horrors of the Bomb"
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    The writing is stark and clear; there is no judgment in the decisions that brought the bomb to Hiroshima that August mornign in 1945. The narrative simply follows a handful of real people as they cope with the unimaginable.

    I can only imagine what it would have been like to read Hiroshima in 1948. A final last chapter (included in this audiobook) was added in the eighties which continues the stories of the survivors. Somehow I found their lives in the decades that followed more depressing than the horrors they endured immediately after the bombing.

    Ed Asner's performance makes listening to the rather low-quality recording worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Searching for Caleb

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Angele Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Duncan Peck has a fascination for randomness and is always taking his family on the move. His wife, Justine, is a fortune teller who can't remember the past. Her grandfather, Daniel, longs to find the brother who walked out of his life in 1912, with nothing more than a fiddle in his hand. All three are taking journeys that lead back to the family's deepest roots... to a place where rebellion and acceptance have the haunting power to merge into one.

    Robyn says: "As good as I remember"
    "Family Can Be Complicated"
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    Another very good Anne Tyler novel that charts the complicated waters of family through her quirky characters. It's one of her starker novels, but I still found it very satisfying.

    This is about the tenth of her books I have read, which may be good. Newcomers should check out the books she wrote in the 1980's (Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, The Accidental Tourist) before moving backwards as I am now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    Following the best-selling triumph of Kafka on the Shore ("daringly original," wrote Steven Moore in The Washington Post's Book World, "and compulsively readable") comes a collection that generously expresses Murakami's mastery. From the surreal to the mundane, these stories exhibit his ability to transform the full range of human experience in ways that are instructive, surprising, and relentlessly entertaining.

    Michael says: "Wonderfully Weird"
    "Reality Can Be Bent Sometimes"
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    I picked this short story collection up during the Chirstmas holiday hoping to ration them (1 a day) but I ended up gulping them down 3 - 4 a day. While, I did slow down a bit toward the end, it is a remarkable collection, and most of the stories have an ever-so-slight undercurrent that something in reality is being bent somehow.

    For the newcomer to Murakami, I'd recommend a noviel like 1Q84 first, but to someone who doesn't want to invest in a 1000 page novel, BWSW will probably do just fine. My favorite stories were "Birthday Girl" "Man-eating Cats" and "Hanalei Bay"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Hajdu
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (108)

    In the years between World War II and the emergence of television as a mass medium, American popular culture as we know it was first created in the bold, pulpy pages of comic books. The Ten-Cent Plague explores this cultural emergence and its fierce backlash while challenging common notions of the divide between "high" and "low" art.

    Paul Krasner says: "Very frightening"
    "What Were Comics Doing to Our Children?"
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    This is some pretty solid reporting of the Comic Book Scare of the late forties, early fifties. It may be a little long for its topic, but very informative and enjoyable nonetheless. It makes me wonder what comics would be like if the brakes hadn't been put on creativity for twenty to thirty years.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Carl Wilson
    • Narrated By Kevin Draine
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Non-fans regard Celine Dion as ersatz and plastic, yet to those who love her, no one could be more real, with her impoverished childhood, her (creepy) manager-husband's struggle with cancer, her knack for howling out raw emotion. There is nothing cool about Celine Dion, and nothing clever. That is part of her appeal as an object of love or hatred - with most critics and committed music fans taking pleasure (or at least geeky solace) in their lofty contempt. This book documents Carl Wilson's brave and unprecedented year-long quest to find his inner Celine Dion fan, and explores how we define ourselves in the light of what we call good and bad.

    karltonwrites says: "Let's Talk about Taste"
    "Let's Talk about Taste"
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    Okay, first of all I used to describe Celine Dion as my "guilty pleasure" if I talked about liking her at all. I love her voice, which I fell in love with when she sang "Here, There, and Everywhere" on a George Martin tribute album. When I listened to her, which I did from time to time (taking a break from, say, the Radiohead or the Beatles), I would do so alone (and if I was on Spotify, I'd swich my session to "private" so that everyone on Facebook wouldn't know what I was listening to.

    Why was I embarrassed to like Celine Dion? Carl Wilson (not the Beach Boy) explains why in this short book about aesthetics and pop culture. I have a better idea about why I do what I do, and other people like music I dont'. While I may still enjoy Celine, Barry Manilow on the private setting it is not because I am embarrassed, it is because all my friends haven't read this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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