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  • The Statues That Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Terry Hunt, Carl Lipo
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (213)

    The monumental statues of Easter Island, both so magisterial and so forlorn, gazing out in their imposing rows over the island’s barren landscape, have been the source of great mystery ever since the island was first discovered by Europeans on Easter Sunday 1722. How could the ancient people who inhabited this tiny speck of land, the most remote in the vast expanse of the Pacific islands, have built such monumental works?

    C. Telfair says: "Love Those Mysterious Islands!"
    "Well read"
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    If you could sum up The Statues That Walked in three words, what would they be?

    Academic AND Interesting!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I learned a lot of different things: it was well well-read, and easy to come back to in the car.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ptolemy's Gate: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (1297)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (531)

    Three years after the events of The Golem's Eye, the young magician Nathaniel is an established member of the British Government. But he faces unprecedented problems: foreign wars are going badly and Britain's enemies are mounting attacks close to London.

    Derek B. says: "Loved it 3 times over!"
    "One of the best endings ever written"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Having followed a character for this many pages/minutes, I sometimes worry that the ending will disappoint. This one does not. It is simply perfect. What happens it what MUST happen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bartimaeus--Kitty--John/Nathaniel...choosing a favorite is almost impossible.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best things that occurs throughout this series is the development of the characters. I am often frustrated by young characters that never learn from experience or change as they mature. These characters are moved by their lives; their experiences make them different.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem's Eye: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (1490)
    Performance
    (622)
    Story
    (631)

    Two years have passed since young apprentice magician Nathaniel became famous by foiling the ruthless Simon Lovelace. Now 14, Nathaniel is ambitiously climbing the ranks of the magicians' government. The Prime Minister himself has placed Nathaniel in charge of capturing the Resistance, a group of unruly commoners working to undermine the magicians' empire. But after several failed attempts, Nathaniel is forced to admit he can't do it alone.

    Richard says: "great fun"
    "Beautifully written, brilliantly read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Golem's Eye to be better than the print version?

    In the print version, the addition of the footnotes is obvious--and they are too funny to skip. However, I found that including the footnotes in the spoken narrative was handled well by the narrator and they enhanced the story differently.


    What did you like best about this story?

    One of the best things that occurs throughout this series is the development of the characters. I am often frustrated by young characters that never learn from experience or change as they mature. These characters are moved by their lives; their experiences make them different.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (2003)
    Performance
    (831)
    Story
    (834)

    Nathaniel is eleven-years-old and a magician's apprentice, learning the traditional art of magic. All is well until he has a life-changing encounter with Simon Lovelace, a magician of unrivaled ruthlessness and ambition. When Lovelace brutally humiliates Nathaniel in public, Nathaniel decides to speed up his education, teaching himself spells far beyond his years. With revenge on his mind, he masters one of the toughest spells of all and summons Bartimaeus, a five-thousand-year-old djinni, to assist him.

    Randy says: "Terrific Trilogy"
    "An under-recognized classic"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    This Trilogy is brilliant. The characters are unique; the modern-day London setting mixed with magic and politics is fun for readers from about 12 to adult. I like the elements of social setting and class direction that I pick up as a well-educated reader; my niece enjoyed the action and humor of the main character, a djinn.

    I would compare this to a slightly darker Harry Potter--more modern, more real.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best things that occurs throughout this series is the development of the characters. I am often frustrated by young characters that never learn from experience or change as they mature. These characters are moved by their lives; their experiences make them different.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3918)
    Performance
    (2777)
    Story
    (2786)

    Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of best-selling author Jim Butcher - a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious.

    Brian says: "Know what sucks about this book?"
    "Fun character, great narration"
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    Where does Side Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Really enjoyed this narrator! I didn't realize that it was Spike from Buffy until I looked it up--his real accent is American. James Marsters sounds just like I imagined Harry would sound.

    This is a collection of short stories that fit throughout the series. You can start here without having read the series. If you've read the series, it's a fun addition to the characters you know. Harry is a wizard in Chicago with a fascinating collection of friends and family. I wait for the next installment with great anticipation each year. Enjoy!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Albert Camus
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (790)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (389)

    Albert Camus' The Stranger is one of the most widely read novels in the world, with millions of copies sold. It stands as perhaps the greatest existentialist tale ever conceived, and is certainly one of the most important and influential books ever produced. Now, for the first time, this revered masterpiece is available as an unabridged audio production.

    S. Allen says: "Classic book, excellent audiobook"
    "Different when you listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Stranger the most enjoyable?

    Having read and taught the novel for years, I had a very different experience when listening to it. It gave me a new appreciation for the rhythm of the narrative.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This is the novel that defines existentialism. Well read and presented here.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • My Man Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (156)

    A new Jeeves audiobook is cause for celebration, especially when the stories are not available in print. This hilarious installment of the inimitable manservant Jeeves and his twit of an employer, Bertie Wooster, includes the earliest stories written by the master of the pen, prank, and pun. The stories are woven together with original material performed by Martin Jarvis.

    Tad Davis says: "Martin Jarvis is perfect"
    "Classic Wodehouse"
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    What did you love best about My Man Jeeves?

    If you haven't experienced the "servant runs the master" genre before, this is the best author with whom to begin. Jeeves is the manservant who can do it all with style and grace.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Martin Jarvis?

    I hear a slightly deep voice in my head. I am probably ruined by Stephen Fry. But it is a fun listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag: A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (1925)
    Performance
    (1763)
    Story
    (1765)

    "Click-Clack the Rattlebag", a subtle, witty, deceptive little tale, is your Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman and Audible, FREE through October 31. It's not available anywhere else, and for a limited time, each download from Audible benefits educational charities at DonorsChoose.org. Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy!

    Acacia says: "WHY WHY WHY"
    "Delightful"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a story that gets creepier when you think about it...not a "Boo!" scary story. Very mental.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Those little fingers, holding your hand...


    Any additional comments?

    Read wonderfully by the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Distrust That Particular Flavor

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    A new compilation of essays and articles from novelist William Gibson, offering listeners a privileged view into the mind of a writer whose thinking has shaped our culture.

    Amazon Customer says: "Revelation of a complex mind -- YES"
    "Not what I expected"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is a collection of essays that left me flat.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will listen to the novels--William Gibson is a great novelist, but this writing wasn't compelling.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1888)
    Performance
    (1708)
    Story
    (1709)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Great reader"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Rook the most enjoyable?

    Variation in characters--even men--was well done. Accent was enjoyable. Pace was very good. Writing was great.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Duerden – was your favorite?

    The Belgian accent was interesting. I don't think I've ever heard a real one--if this is what it sounds like, I'm going to need to hear it!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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