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Jean

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  • Bleak House

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Teresa Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (228)

    A complex plot of love and inheritance is set against the English legal system of the mid-19th century. As the case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce drags on, it becomes an obsession to everyone involved. And the issue on an inheritance ultimately becomes a question of murder.

    KTMak says: "WONDERFUL NARRATIONS!"
    "Terrific Narration!!"
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    This is one of Dickens' more meandering books, but the narration was truly remarkable and made this a great "read".

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2211)
    Performance
    (1512)
    Story
    (1534)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Sara says: "A Haunting First Book in the Series"
    "On and on and on"
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    I thought this was going to be an interesting read with a sci-fi twist on the plague years of the 1300s in England. But it just goes on and on with political infighting between academics at Oxford & whose fault it is that the time travel went awry. OK, I get it, but after hours of listening I still don't get the story line. I just gave up. Back to the present.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10642)
    Performance
    (9624)
    Story
    (9710)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Blah Blah Blah Same Story"
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    Not sure why I bought this after my disappointment with Angels & Demons. Same impossible scenario this time with a "genius" woman - 200 IQ or something - who can't see what's patently obvious. Come on, really? Brown has become a money making formula writer & not particularly a good one. I'm sure he laughs all the way to the bank.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3375)
    Performance
    (2554)
    Story
    (2565)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Elizabeth says: "thoroughly enjoyed"
    "Great "read", murky message"
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    So, I was wondering what the point was & in the end I got it all laid out for me. A moral preaching. I thought there was an error in the recording when suddenly the first section just cut off in mid-sentence (could never figure out what the purpose of that was). Despite these oddities, I really enjoyed the book. It's engaging, keeps you wondering.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7204)
    Performance
    (2988)
    Story
    (2998)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Great book jarring pronunciation"
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    When are publishers going to start providing the readers pronunciation tips? It was distracting when the reader's plummy, erudite accent, which sounded so convincing, crashed on some fairly obvious words.

    A terrific book, well written and, despite anomalous verbalizations, a very good narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forged: Writing in the Name of God - Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (311)

    It is often said, even by critical scholars who should know better, that “writing in the name of another” was widely accepted in antiquity. But New York Times bestselling author Bart D. Ehrman dares to call it what it was: literary forgery, a practice that was as scandalous then as itis today. In Forged, Ehrman’s fresh and original research takes readers back to the ancient world, where forgeries were used as weapons by unknown authors to fend off attacks to their faith and establish their church.

    Robert says: "Good Info"
    "Repetitive"
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    I repeat, repetitive. I can't get 15 words on the page without saying it again.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Periodic Table: Its Story and Its Significance

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Eric Scerri
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (22)

    The periodic table is one of the most potent icons in science. It lies at the core of chemistry and embodies the most fundamental principles of the field. The one definitive text on the development of the periodic table by van Spronsen (1969), has been out of print for a considerable time. The present book provides a successor to van Spronsen, but goes further in giving an evaluation of the extent to which modern physics has, or has not, explained the periodic system. The book is written in a lively style to appeal to experts and interested lay-persons alike.

    Danny says: "Interesting, but narrowly targeted work."
    "MeanderingTable"
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    What would have made The Periodic Table better?

    Would have been better if there had been a real story line to this book. The dissappearing Spoon was much better, more engaging. This book presumes you already know quite a bit about the periodic table. Jumps all over the place.


    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Evolution of God

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert Wright
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (278)

    In this sweeping narrative, which takes us from the Stone Age to the Information Age, Robert Wright unveils an astonishing discovery: there is a hidden pattern that the great monotheistic faiths have followed as they have evolved. Through the prisms of archeology, theology, and evolutionary psychology, Wright's findings overturn basic assumptions about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and are sure to cause controversy.

    Joseph says: "Very interesting and thought provoking"
    "A great read and very informative"
    Overall

    Many interesting facts and a a good perspective on the economic drivers of the monotheistic religions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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