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  • Ricky Gervais Show: The Complete Fifth Season: Free Excerpt

    • UNABRIDGED (3 mins)
    • By Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant, Karl Pilkington
    • Narrated By Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant, Karl Pilkington
    Overall
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    (327)
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    This is a free excerpt of Ricky Gervais Show: The Complete Fifth Season.

    Linda says: "Do NOT listen with a beverage in your mouth!"
    "Save the time"
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    What is this/?? do not under any circumstances downoad.. what were you thinking Audible????

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Baroness Orczy
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The Scarlet Pimpernel hides the identity of a British nobleman who, masked by various disguises, leads a band of young men to undermine the Reign of Terror after the French Revolution. The Scarlet Pimpernel makes daring raid after daring raid into the heart of France to save aristocrats condemned to the guillotine. At each rescue, he leaves his calling card: a small, blood-red flower - a pimpernel - mocking the power of Robespierre and his Committee of Public Safety.

    Amazon Customer says: "Beautifully Written Classic"
    "Elegant Intrigue"
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    Classic period piece of adventure, intrigue and a love story too. The writing and performance is tight and gripping and doesn't dawdle so you are on the edge of your seat all the way through. I've known this title for ages and now I know what it means. A good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bat: The First Inspector Harry Hole Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Before Harry took on the neo-Nazi gangs of Oslo, before he met Rakel, before The Snowman tried to take everything he held dear, he went to Australia. Harry Hole is sent to Sydney to investigate the murder of Inger Holter, a young Norwegian girl who was working in a bar. Initially sidelined as an outsider, Harry becomes central to the Australian police investigation when they start to notice a number of unsolved rape and murder cases around the country. The victims were usually young blondes. Inger had a number of admirers, each with his own share of secrets, but there is no obvious suspect.

    Old Hippy says: "Glad I read the all the other Nesbo books first"
    "Good on 'ya Mr. Nesbo"
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    If you could sum up The Bat in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping Crime Drama


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The crimes were never really solved till everything comes together. Then it all made perfect sense


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

    Mr. Lee is my favorite narrator. He reads with restrained passion. He also speaks Austrailian superbly


    Any additional comments?

    I'd just finished "In a Sunburnt Country" by Bill Bryson. His travels thru the land down under. The Bat takes place in Austrailia so I got to stay in character for this book or in country you might say

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Planet Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Alex Lomax is the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up 40 years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O’Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the most valuable of all collectibles, so shiploads of desperate treasure hunters stampeded to Mars in the Great Martian Fossil Rush.

    Craig says: "Gumshoe on Mars"
    "A True Gumshoe on a Red Planet"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    OK so we're on Mars, the planet. Once you believe this here's your likeable flawed charming babe chasing guy trying to do right for his clients. The writing is classic light noir, so prepare to chuckle a bit. Easy reading


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    The narration was clear and entertaining. Very good character voice and emotion.


    Any additional comments?

    It ain't Tolstoy but it isn't trashy either. A good romp on Mars in a good guys (gum) shoes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1919

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By John Dos Passos
    • Narrated By David Drummond
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    With 1919, the second volume of his U.S.A. trilogy, John Dos Passos continues his "vigorous and sweeping panorama of 20th-century America" (Forum), lauded on publication of the first volume not only for its scope but also for its groundbreaking style. The novel opens to find America and the world at war, and Dos Passos's characters, many of whom we met in the first volume, are thrown into the snarl.

    HIYBRID says: "Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue in story form"
    "Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue in story form"
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    This is the second book in a huge trilogy. I read it withought reading the other book first. If you really want to invest a massive allotment of time I'd read them in order. Wiki the author and you might even start with a smaller monograph prior to this writing.
    I like this style characters sketches and stories of real people living life up hill. He captures, like the faded sepia photos of the dust bowl farmers , the character and times his actors are living in. The action is believable and the emotions true.
    His narrative is punctuated with real news flashes and song and a variety of period headlines which complement the naratives of the protagnists. At a later date I'll explore the other writings of this lesser known contemporary of Hemmingway, and Fitsgerald.
    Seriously entertaining, enchanting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Banville
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The narrator is Max Morden, a middle-aged Irishman who, soon after his wife's death, has gone back to the seaside town where he spent his summer holidays as a child; a retreat from the grief, anger, and numbness of his life without her. But it is also a return to the place where he met the Graces, the well-heeled vacationing family with whom he experienced the strange suddenness of both love and death for the first time.

    Karen says: "OVERWHELMINGLY FINE"
    "A muddy stream.. of consciousness"
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    OK first John Lee can read a phone book and it would be worth listeng to. This tale is about a person who spends time at THE SEASHORE, not at sea. He has a troubled tragic life and time and remembers it all with you as he writes this. He does not however remember it in any logical form but rather changes time and characters extensively. This left me as the reader lost to figure out what was what and when it all happened. This detracted from whatever story he was trying to tell. In movie form you might have visual cues as to where the pieces of his life fit together but I didn't like it here. Now you may say that I have no appreciation for his artfull stream of consciousness and rich descriptive language. The former no the latter yes.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Russell Shorto
    • Narrated By L.J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Nearly 40 years ago, a New York State Library archivist discovered 12,000 pages of extraordinary records from the original Dutch colony on Manhattan. After decades of painstaking translation, the documents became the primary source for this breathtaking history of early New York.

    Pen Name says: "Loved it!"
    "Farms? in Manhattan"
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    So we did forget as a nation the accomplishment of the Dutch to the America you and I know today. Not just cole slaw and tulips but the beginning of the demand for redress of government in constitutional form. Similar to Kurlansky Mr. Shorto writes the extensive and somewhat recent (1972) discovery of the documents left by the Dutch East India company. He animates history in a most interesting way and fleshes out the characters believably. Why didn't they let us read history like this in high school. If Kurlansky's Cod or Salt interested you, then you'll love this book. Now it does help my understanding of the narrative because I used to live in the Bronx. All the names of places well known to me were derived here. Bravo Shorto!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Evening Energy Meditation

    • ORIGINAL (35 mins)
    • By Caroline Myss
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    Medical inuitive and best-selling author Caroline Myss guides you through an energy-evaluation meditation for use in the evening before retiring. By bringing focused awareness to your body's subtle-energy system, you open the doorway to love, faith, and your deeper spiritual potential.

    HIYBRID says: "Better take a brisk walk"
    "Better take a brisk walk"
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    OK so I worshiped her work in Anatomy of Healing or what ever that book was a decade or so ago. This guided meditation just didn't get it done for me. Her voice was irritating and she did not sound like she really believed her own words. Take a walk after dinner instead and skip this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Morning Meditation

    • ORIGINAL (36 mins)
    • By Caroline Myss
    Overall
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    Medical intuitive and best-selling author Caroline Myss guides you through an energy evaluation meditation for use shortly after waking in the morning. By bringing focused awareness to your body's subtle-energy system, you open the doorway to love, faith, and your deeper spiritual potential.

    HIYBRID says: "Not my cup of English Breakfast"
    "Not my cup of English Breakfast"
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    OK so I worshiped her work in Anatomy of Healing or what ever that book was a decade or so ago. This guided meditation just didn't get it done for me. There is only so much of this preaching a person can take. Worse yet her voice irritated me. If you are a devotee of her approach go for it. Otherwize have another cup of coffee.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "This Ain't Kipling's Tiger"
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    I took the bait and decided to believe the entire thing and I enjoyed the adventure. I think if you are going to argue about finding reality in this you'll miss the point. It is all a dream and this dream seems very real. It may be a "boy" book because of the unknown and the adventure and the danger and the survival and yes the futility of it all. Think of it as Huck Finn and Tiger Jim or Robinson Crusoe goes to Seaworld.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Exclusive Interview: James Atlas with John Irving

    • UNABRIDGED (26 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By James Atlas
    Overall
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    James Atlas interviews John Irving about his life and works.

    John Lane says: "A Little Dull"
    "A few more tidbits about Owen Meany"
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    I loved Owen Meany and it was good to hear that John Irving loved it to. Short interview but worth getting an insight into Mr. Irving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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