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  • Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Rufus J. Fears
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (172)

    Why do "Great Books" continue to speak to us hundreds and even thousands of years after they were written? Can they deepen our self-knowledge and wisdom? Are our lives changed in any meaningful way by the experience of reading them?Tackle these questions and more in these 36 engaging lectures. Beginning with his definition of a Great Book as one that possesses a great theme of enduring importance, noble language that "elevates the soul and ennobles the mind," and a universality that enables it to "speak across the ages," Professor Fears examines a body of work that offers extraordinary wisdom to those willing to receive it.

    Kristi Richardson says: "A course that will open you to new ideas."
    "Just about ok"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes it was since I got a wikipedia style introduction to some great books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That question is not applicable amazon! Why don't you just let us write free style reviews?


    What three words best describe Professor Rufus J. Fears’s voice?

    Southern drawl. I was amusingly distracted by his pronunciation of "dooty".


    Was Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the treatment of the non-fiction books better than that of the fiction. For example, discussion of Othello, 1984, All is quiet on the Western front etc was nothing more than a dramatic rendering of the summary. What I expected to hear more was a discussion of the underlying themes. For the non fiction works such as the works of Winston Churchill or Gandhi, the treatment was much better. All in all, it was an average course. I do not regret listening to it, but I was not enthralled by it either.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mindswap

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Interstellar travel to alien worlds is too expensive for Marvin, a college student in need of a good vacation. And so he signs up for what he can afford: a mind swap, in which his consciousness is swapped into the body of an alien life-form. Unfortunately, Marvin finds himself in the body of an interstellar criminal—a body that he has to vacate, fast.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Great Story With a REALLY Weird Ending"
    "Laugh out loud funny"
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    I loved this book. The narrator was top-notch, all the voices added to the humour of the story. Towards the end, I sort of lost the hang of the story, did not know just what the hell was going on. But that doesn't take anything away from the book. I had no idea Sheckley was this good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3812)
    Performance
    (3490)
    Story
    (3509)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "Yawn"
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    This book is boring. The writing is bad, I would say excruciatingly bad. I do not think it is simply because it is an old book. The Count of Monte Cristo was written about the same time, I believe. That book doesn't have a dull moment. Don Quixote was published in 1605, and it reads like a gem even in translation. The writing in this book is bad, the characters flat and the descriptions overly detailed. The format (diary entries) just does not work with every moment of every single day recorded in perfect detail.

    A not about the narration - while I liked the other voices, Lucy was always speaking in a sort of whisper, like a girl too good to be true. It does get very annoying very quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Being There

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jerzy Kosinski
    • Narrated By Dustin Hoffman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (474)

    Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman gives an understated and exemplary performance of this satiric look at the unreality of American media culture. Chance, the enigmatic gardener, becomes Chauncey Gardiner after getting hit by a limo belonging to a Wall Street tycoon. The whirlwind that follows brings Chance to his new status of political policy advisor and possible vice presidential candidate. His garden-variety political responses, inspired by television, become heralded as visionary, and he is soon a media icon.

    Ilana says: "Darkly Funny"
    "A disappointment"
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    I did not enjoy this book. For me it occupied a weird space between a parable and a satire. If one applies the usual rules of existence to the story, it falls apart. Yet to work as a story, it requires that the rules be applied to it. In short, I just did not buy it.

    I did not enjoy the narration either. Dustin Hoffman reads it like he is reading a bedtime story to a five year old. I felt that the focus was too much on Dustin Hoffman, the voice and at no point did it become the voice of Chance Gardener for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guards! Guards!: Discworld #8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1805)
    Performance
    (890)
    Story
    (895)

    "Where have all the dragons gone?" Explore the crazy, creepy land called Discworld, where you'll discover that the dragons aren't asleep or dead - they're dormant, packed in like huge, scaly sardines.

    Glen Phipps says: "The best satire available"
    "Perfect"
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    This book is a gem. Every sentence is perfectly crafted. This is in fact a magical book. No matter where you are when you choose to tune into it, it will transform into you an alternate reality, peopled with dragons and wizards and what not. The coming back to the "dimension considered normal" hurts.

    The performance was excellent too, bringing the book to life. Vimes sounded like he had a cold throughout the book, but it didn't bother me much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5184)
    Performance
    (3574)
    Story
    (3605)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "Very funny"
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    There is not much left to be said about the book. It is Gaiman and Terry Pratchett after all, so one knows what one is in for. The narration by Martin Jarvis is good but could have been better. My major gripe about the audiobook is that there were no pauses between scenes (i.e. chapters in the book). Sometimes the lack of pause made it hard to figure out a switch of scene. I also did not like the voice given to Adam, which sounded much too adult to me.

    Having said that, I enjoyed the book very much in spite of the minor shortcomings. In all probability, I would listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dimension of Miracles

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (758)
    Performance
    (699)
    Story
    (698)

    Dimension of Miracles is a satirical science fiction novel first published by Dell in 1968. It's about Tom Carmody, a New Yorker who, thanks to a computer error, wins the main prize in the Intergalactic Sweepstakes. Tom claims his prize before the error is discovered and is allowed to keep it. However, since Tom is a human from Earth without galactic status and no space traveling experience, he has no homing instinct that can guide him back to Earth once his odyssey begins - and the galactic lottery organizers cannot transport him home.

    Author Ronda Del Boccio says: "Hilarious! - Could have been written this year"
    "Delicious"
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    Would you listen to Dimension of Miracles again? Why?

    Yes, I would. It was very close to perfect.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The feeling I had when I finished the book was the feeling you have after a perfect meal - every taste bud satisfied. The resolution of the story was perfect.


    What about John Hodgman’s performance did you like?

    It was pitch perfect, so 1950s in just the right way.


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

    I laughed out loud more than once.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks Neil for sharing your love for this book. By now everyone knows how close this book is to the hitchhiker's guide. Think Arthur Dent with a lot more spunk. But if that makes you hesitate at all, believe me, enjoying this book is not going to take anything away from the guide. I'll listen to or read everything Sheckley has written!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4335)
    Performance
    (3784)
    Story
    (3785)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Forgettable"
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    Would you try another book from John Scalzi and/or Wil Wheaton?

    Sure, but not because of this work. I heard Android's dream first and it was a much better book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Scalzi? Why or why not?

    Yes. Android's dream was a much better book. I realized later that this is his first book. I am so glad I did not hear this first, otherwise I would not have given Scalzi a second chance. The problem is not that the book is boring - it's not. The problem is that it is unbelievably cliche'd. As the scenes unfold, you realise that inspite of an interesting premise, there is nothing here that you haven't seen already. For instance the scene where Michelle visits Tom's grandmother and her reaction after the visit could have been from any forgettable Hollywood flick.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Wil Wheaton?

    I don't much care for him. He's not bad, but he's not excellent either. He has a way of chewing the words that begins to get on my nerves. And I am never able to forget that this is Wheaton.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. See above.


    Any additional comments?

    Give Scalzi a chance. He is good. I find him entertaining, but his writings lack the depth which makes you want to listen to or read a book twice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2609)
    Performance
    (2342)
    Story
    (2359)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "Very good listen"
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    Where does The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to a lot of excellent audiobooks, so it is tough for an audiobook to stand out among those. Having said that, this book was quite funny, I enjoyed it thoroughly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Has to be Gunilla. Loved the scene where she yells "No swearing please" at the assembly.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Crossley – was your favorite?

    Liked all of them.


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

    Not moved, but yeah the story concocted by the gang for the police was laugh out loud funny.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Macbeth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1566)
    Performance
    (1312)
    Story
    (1308)

    Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

    Beverly says: "Narrator choice inspired"
    "Mind blowing"
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    If you could sum up Macbeth: A Novel in three words, what would they be?

    Very grim tragedy


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, it is a tie between Macbeth and the witches (in a sense the weird sisters are a single character, though the youngest one is the primary one). The weird sisters are wise and repulsive, cunning and honest at the same time. And Macbeth, it is hard not to feel sorry for his poor soul - he had the heart, but not the stomach of a monarch.


    Which character – as performed by Alan Cumming – was your favorite?

    Again, the weird sisters. I can imagine how tempting it must have been to deliver them in an over-the-top way, but his performance was spot on, never striking a false note.


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

    The last words of the weird sisters to Lady Macbeth gave me goosebumps. It is not very often that you can honestly say this, but I really did not see that coming.


    Any additional comments?

    As the authors stress, it is an adaptation, not a slavish translation. I have not read the original, but I would love to, after reading this adaptation. Kudos to everyone involved. It was brilliant all around.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (1393)
    Performance
    (1286)
    Story
    (1275)

    It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge - of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet - son of the old king, nephew of the new - becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception - and murder. Beautifully performed by actor Richard Armitage ("Thorin Oakenshield" in the Hobbit films), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

    Robert says: "Fantastic whether you like Shakespeare or not!"
    "Brilliance itself"
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    What did you love best about Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel?

    The drama, the passion, the complexity of characters.


    What does Richard Armitage bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration was pitch perfect, neither over dramatised not monotonous. I think this is a story to be heard, rather than read.


    Who was the most memorable character of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel and why?

    I would say poor Claudius.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks to all involved for bringing this to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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