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  • John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars': Barsoom Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (871)
    Performance
    (819)
    Story
    (822)

    Civil War veteran John Carter is transported to a dying planet, where he must elude capture by giant green barbarians to rescue a Martian princess from certain doom. In this landmark of science fiction, the myths and mystery of the red planet supply a vibrant backdrop for a swashbuckling epic.

    Robert L. Hicks says: "Princess of Mars, Swords & Planets HIGH Adventure!"
    "The original better than the movie"
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    If you could sum up John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, thrilling, otherworldly


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tars Tarkas


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I do not want to give anything away.


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

    It made me laugh, hold my breath, and to get more of the series


    Any additional comments?

    The 1st book of many written in the early 1900s. It is amazing that the author had so many insights on the devices of the future (present day). It is also amazing how many of today's authors are impacted by Edgar Rice Burroughs. This story wasa fun and enjoyable listen during my drive to and from work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8248)
    Performance
    (7307)
    Story
    (7298)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "a fun ride"
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    Great book to break out of the normal day. Full of action, monsters and Hero's fight for humanity. Total escapism from stress and problems. I really wasn't sure about this book but it came up in my suggested reads so I tried it and then could not stop listening. I commute am hour to and from work daily and listen to audible during the drive. Rarely do I continue to listen outside my car. MHI was so good that I had to listen to it nearly constantly!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Billy Crystal
    • Narrated By Billy Crystal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2327)
    Performance
    (2116)
    Story
    (2112)

    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

    Pamela J says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "Loved it!"
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    Pure Billy Crystal. I would love to see his one man show live but listening to him narrate his book is pretty darn close. Very enjoyable.

    Mr. Crystal is a fantastic story teller; he recounts his life in his unique voice for the pleasure of his readers. I laughed hard; I mean really hard (I imagine that my fellow drivers in other cars were somewhat nervous driving around me during this read)! But weaved into the book were also poignant, bittersweet stories of loss and disappointment.

    I wholeheartedly recommend this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out of My Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sharon M. Draper
    • Narrated By Sisi Aisha Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (264)

    Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory that makes her the brightest kid in her school. Unfortunately, her teachers and doctors don’t believe she can even learn. Unable to talk, walk, or write, she longs to tell what she thinks and knows. Trapped inside her own mind, she finally discovers how to “speak.” And yet some may not be ready to hear her voice.

    Tim says: "I have CP"
    "An important read about difference & acceptance"
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    I have worked with people with disabilities for over twenty years. This book's storyline advocates for their rights without being preachy. It illustrates a young girl's reality of her struggle to be understood. Trapped in a body that won't listen to instructions from a brain, the main character cannot communicate and is judged as having a very low IQ until her true intelligence is discovered.

    I believe that this book belongs on young readers' lists and used to teach young people that difference is not better of worse; everyone is unique and each of us has gifts that can benefit others.

    The story is written well and clearly shines with a message of inclusion and love as well as the heartache of misunderstanding and fear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Counsel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (117)

    When Michael Garrick, a young White House lawyer, begins dating the irresistible First Daughter, Nora, he's instantly spellbound, just like everyone else in her world. A world where power is an aphrodisiac, your father is the President, your close friends wear earpieces and carry guns, and everyone watches your every move...

    Ms Discus says: "Not even Scott Brick could save it"
    "Another great story by Brad Meltzer"
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    Characters are well defined and the story is a roller coaster. I have always been impressed with Mr. Meltzer's writing. He melds fiction and history into a tight story with great characters. He did it again in The First Counsel.

    I must do a special shout out for Mr. Meltzer's honest and accurate portrayal of a person with intellectual disabilities (ID). Even though this character was not a main focus of the story, he still developed the character as a real person and not a caricature. I have worked with people with ID for over twenty years and I get so angry at authors in both literature and television that have characters with ID appear either completely evil or hapless and helpless. Mr. Meltzer added a character who is a full person who happens to be ID. Thank you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28638)
    Performance
    (15161)
    Story
    (15208)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Outstanding view of the old 'normal'"
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    The quality of Help ranks in the top ten percent among all the audiobooks I have listened to so far. I normally enjoy sci-fi and mystery stories with solid characters but after watching the movie I decided to listen to the book and I am glad I did.
    Ms. Stockett's detailed descriptions of life in the early 1960s was impeccable. She brought back memories from my childhood with vivid descriptions of places, people, and events. Using only words, she is able to provide a clear understanding of the environments where her characters live. TV shows that are set in different time periods have the help of set designs and wardrobe to paint the picture. Ms. Stockett had her words alone and she used them superbly.
    Many of the narrators repeated their performances in the movie. In addition, the stellar cast of this book has narrators who are well known actresses. Their story narration compares to any of their individual performances in other movies and theater productions. This is the first book I have listened to with this type of narration with individuals speaking one part. I liked it very much but this doesn't diminish the abilities and talent of solo narrators' ability to act every part. The two types of audiobooks really can't be compared.
    Hearing the true feelings of white housewives love for their black maids was so moving since they felt they could not speak of these emotions without backlash. One particular housewife described the steps that her maid took to keep her from committing suicide.Each person's story blended together to make an entire truth of time, place, and civilization. Absolutely worth the credit! It is a 'not to be missed' story in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (20484)
    Performance
    (18236)
    Story
    (18201)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Which way is up?"
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    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This story grabbed me by the heart and head and kept me guessing until the final page. Actually it is a story that continues to stay with me and keeps me wondering 'what if'. It is one of my favorite books I have listened to and would be hard book to beat.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake Epping is the main character in the book. He is a likable character and easy to care about throughout the book


    Have you listened to any of Craig Wasson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but he was a very good audio book performer and I would purchase another book with his narration


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A day that lives in history....and in the present.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic story by Stephen King. Well developed characters in a great nail biter plot. Very hard to hit pause until the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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