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  • Passage

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (160)

    Dr. Joanna Lander is a psychologist specializing in near-death experiences. She is about to get help from a new doctor with the power to give her the chance to get as close to death as anyone can.

    Aser says: "You Can't Get There From Here"
    "Disappointing........."
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    I'm a Connie Willis fan. My favorite is To Say Nothing of the Dog. I've also read The Doomsday book, Blackout and All Clear. This book, Passages, was my least favorite. You have to get to hour 12 of the recording before anything really happens in the story. Then, another 12 hours of listening for something else to happen. In between, it's just the same details over and over........and over again. By the 24th hour, I couldn't care less what happened to the characters, I just wanted the book to end!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9406)
    Performance
    (5102)
    Story
    (5171)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Survived it."
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    I hung in there and listened to every last word.....can't say I enjoyed it though. The last few chapters just digressed into a battle in the desert between nomad tribes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I, Claudius

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (1383)
    Performance
    (678)
    Story
    (683)

    Here is one of the best historical novels ever written. Lame, stammering Claudius, once a major embarrassment to the imperial family and now emperor of Rome, writes an eyewitness account of the reign of the first four Caesars: the noble Augustus and his cunning wife, Livia; the reptilian Tiberius; the monstrous Caligula; and finally old Claudius himself. Filled with poisonings, betrayal, and shocking excesses, I Claudius is history that rivals the most exciting contemporary fiction.

    Chris says: "Unsurpassed, addictive brilliance"
    "Power and greed in ancient times"
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    Mostly overlooked by his powerful and corrupt family, the deformed and stuttering Claudius manages to avoid the pitfalls and poisonings to be come emperor of Rome. A very interesting tale, although the names can get a bit confusing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2422)
    Performance
    (1141)
    Story
    (1134)

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    txkimmers says: "A great surprise"
    "Very enjoyable"
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    I read the book and liked it so much that I simply had to have the audio version. Wonderful characters and that great dry humor. Loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34649)
    Performance
    (25753)
    Story
    (26114)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Memorable characters, very good story"
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    Plenty of action, memorable characters and a story to capture the imagination. Great book for adults as well as teens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Clear

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1554)
    Performance
    (1011)
    Story
    (1033)

    Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Rescued by the second half"
    "Still..... too many details"
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    I was slightly disappointed with this book and Blackout. The many, many details in both books got in the way of the story and the time travel twist at the end was a bit of a stretch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1975)
    Performance
    (1240)
    Story
    (1245)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Could have been edited into just one book"
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    Interesting story, but far too many details. I like a long book, but I felt like Blackout was stretched thin. The story really doesn't get going until the book is nearly done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3550)
    Performance
    (2017)
    Story
    (2032)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Really interesting and at times...funny."
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    Well worth a read. Very interesting history of cadavers. Sometimes morbidly funny too. Certainly convinces one to choose cremation when the time comes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4014)
    Performance
    (3507)
    Story
    (3473)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Disappointing, WAY too long, not a fan"
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    After reading the glowing reviews, I downloaded this book. Mistake! I like a long audiobook that I can listen to again and again, this is not one of those books. It's way too long especially the early chapters with too much sex and not enough science fiction. I guess you have to be a fan of Murakami....and I'm not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mummy Case: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (966)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (563)

    The indomitable Amelia Peabody and her husband, known to many as "the Father of Curses", are into archaeology and mischief again. This third in the series brings the reader once more into Egypt and the shady world of black market antiquities. The winter excavation season has hardly yet begun when Amelia stumbles onto what looks suspiciously like a ring of thieves.

    Fay says: "The Emersons and the mummy case - a must listen"
    ""What is a mummy case"?"
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    Wish there were more Amelia Peabody stories with Ramses as a young child. The Mummy Case is one of my favorites. Ramses is hilarious as Amelia is exasperated. Barbara Rosenblat is the best!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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