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  • Infidel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Narrated By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1118)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (479)

    This New York Times best-seller is the astonishing life story of award-winning humanitarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A deeply respected advocate for free speech and women's rights, Hirsi Ali also lives under armed protection because of her outspoken criticism of the Islamic faith in which she was raised.

    Teddy says: "A Story that Needed to be Told"
    "In the Author's Voice"
    Overall

    This is a heart wrenching story of the author's life made all the more poignant by her own voice. It's a must-read for anyone interested in how women's rights are negatively affected by Islamic culture.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26924)
    Performance
    (20778)
    Story
    (20976)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    A User says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Disappointing ending to this series."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change the ending.


    If you’ve listened to books by Suzanne Collins before, how does this one compare?

    The first book, the Hunger Games, was the best one. The second in the series was also good and so it was quite a let down to read the finale. The first book made you root enthusiastically for characters that are too casually killed off. I found the denouement very unsatisfying and the (very few) characters who survive to the end are not the ones I had hope would do so. This could have been such a great trilogy it is a shame that it had to end this way.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Reunion with Gale


    Do you think Mockingjay needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It's done. Should have stopped at book 2.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17660)
    Performance
    (13518)
    Story
    (13463)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "OMG it's funny"
    Overall

    It's funny. It's funny. It's also feminist and progressive. She tells a story and you can't help laughing.
    I recommend it for anyone who is interested in: TV, feminism, popular culture, SNL, 30 Rock, Tina Fey, New York, Comedy, Life, Laughter. Her voice is truly unique and to have the author read the book for Audible is awesome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Naomi Oreskes, Erik M. Conway
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (140)

    The U.S. scientific community has long led the world in research on such areas as public health, environmental science, and issues affecting quality of life. Our scientists have produced landmark studies on the dangers of DDT, tobacco smoke, acid rain, and global warming. But at the same time, a small yet potent subset of this community leads the world in vehement denial of these dangers.

    Roger says: "Valuable scholarship, but not exactly literature"
    "A "must read" for the literate citizen"
    Overall

    This book is well thought out and well researched. It will shock and sadden in some ways but it is necessary reading for any enlightened citizen of the 21st century.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (7408)
    Performance
    (3944)
    Story
    (3980)

    Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

    Pamela says: "That Vampire Said ...."
    "Amazig Narration"
    Overall

    The author's voice and the narrator make this a sweet concoction of southern inflection and authentic writing. The voice (both figurative and literal) is so compelling I could not take my earbuds out unless I had to talk to someone to order coffee. I also didn't realize how faithful the TV series was to the original book until I heard the Audible version and was surprised at how interesting the story became while listening to the delightful voice of Johanna Parker. Although I wish she didn't lower her voice so much to indicate male speakers (I also hate when male narrators raise their voices in a ridiculous attempt to imitate female speakers) she absolutely "nails" Suki. Really! This is a real gem.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Origin of Species

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Darwin
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (210)

    Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion and a life-long committed Darwinist, abridges and reads this special audio version of Charles Darwin's famous book. A literally world-changing book, Darwin put forward the anti-religious and scientific idea that humans in fact evolved over millions of generations from animals, starting with fish, all the way up through the ranks to apes, then to our current form.

    M says: "A Perfect Abridgement"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    Darwin's meticulous work that spanned decades is patiently and humbly summarized in this beautiful book. His writing is charming and careful and the fact that it is fascinating to readers 200 years later is a testament to the man's genius. To hear Richard Dawkins read the words of Darwin is a wonderful thing and makes the experience almost transcendent. It doesn't matter if you understand evolution or not, this book will inform you about how Darwin came to say what he did and hear it in his own words.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4151)
    Performance
    (2468)
    Story
    (2507)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Quite Disappointing"
    Overall

    It starts off well (despite the reader being very difficult to listen to and the volume changing dramatically) but soon gets mired in long descriptions of trivial background "details". He uses far too many irrelevant subplots and a great many characters that you don't care about and who contribute nothing to the story line (they usually end up dying before doing anything interesting). In the end he rapidly "ties everything together" (you find out that the subplots were meaningless) and it ends in an incredibly unsatisfying way. If you love top notch science fiction, don't bother. If you like potboilers then maybe you will enjoy it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3724)
    Performance
    (1670)
    Story
    (1681)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

    Henrik says: "Surprise: Two books in one!"
    "Charming"
    Overall

    You don't need to be interested in physics to enjoy this charming life story. Einstein was unusual in so many ways, yet lovable despite his failings. This is a great way to get to know one of the greatest minds our culture has ever known.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (5572)
    Performance
    (3178)
    Story
    (3201)

    Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

    John says: "HHTGH - Lightly Fried"
    "It's a classic!"
    Overall

    This rendition is delicious. If you have never read this book, listen to this audible book instead of reading it. It's absolutely wonderful.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Edwin A. Abbott
    • Narrated By Patrick Frederic
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    One of the rare novels about math and philosophy with almost universal appeal, Flatland is simultaneously a brilliant parody of Victorian society and a fictional guide to the concepts of relativity and the multiple dimensions of space.

    Brian says: "Loved all the concepts of this book"
    "Dated but so fun."
    Overall

    Set yourself in a mood to be amused by old-fashioned sensibilities and smile as you listen to a fun description of social norms in the 2D world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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