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  • Joseph Anton: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor, Salman Rushdie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (190)

    On February 14, 1989, Valentine's Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been "sentenced to death" by the Ayatollah Khomeini. For the first time he heard the word fatwa. His crime? To have written a novel called The Satanic Verses, which was accused of being "against Islam, the Prophet and the Quran". So begins the extraordinary story of how a writer was forced underground, moving from house to house, with the constant presence of a police protection team.

    Lynn says: "Informative, Timely"
    "Fabulous narrator!!!"
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    What about Sam Dastor and Salman Rushdie ’s performance did you like?

    I wish there were extra stars to give the performance of this book. Dastor didn't just narrate the book, he interpreted it. Of all the books I have downloaded from Audible, this was by far the finest performance of any book. It was incredible.

    Also, the book was really good too. Helps to have great material to work with. I was impressed with the warts-and-all honesty of the story. I don't think I would want to air all my secrets and lies and emotions during my biggest life's challenge. Not many people would, I expect. But Rushdie did, with admirable candor. I supported his cause and an thrilled he was able to get his freedom back. It's a travesty that it took 11 years to do so.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John McWhorter
    • Narrated By John McWhorter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1289)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (997)

    A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar. Why do we say "I am reading a catalog" instead of "I read a catalog"? Why do we say "do" at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history.

    Cookie says: "Oh the joy!"
    "Fun! Admittedly in a totally nerdy way"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a great book. I'm so happy it was on the $1.99 sale because I probably wouldn't have listened to it otherwise. Super fascinating. I look at our words in a whole new way now. The author sets forth potentially dry material in a clear an entertaining manner. Though I'm a visual learner, especially with words/languages, I'm glad I listened to this rather than read reading it so I could hear all the different languages pronounced correctly. I would have no doubt mangled it in reading and lost out on a key component of what makes the book so cool.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bellwether

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (830)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (524)

    Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the HiTek corporation. Bennett O'Reilly works with monkey group behavior and chaos theory for the same company. When the two are thrust together due to a misdelivered package and a run of seemingly bad luck, they find a joint project in a flock of sheep. But a series of setbacks and disappointments arise before they are able to find answers to their questions - with the unintended help of the errant, forgetful, and careless office assistant Flip.

    Charles says: "The Lone Naysayer..."
    "Excellent short book."
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bellwether?

    This book had all of the best of Connie Willis -- wit, charm, fabulous characters, deep research, intricate plotting, hilarity -- without a lot of the bloat that can creep into her longer fictional works. Thoroughly enjoyable and not at all vexing.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading – was your favorite?

    Kate Reading is always a joy to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10486)
    Performance
    (9981)
    Story
    (9999)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Wow! Simply Amazing!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    This was one of the best books I've read in a while. It's a simple man vs. nature story, but set on Mars -- a new environment. The book never takes shortcuts. There are no magic answers or aliens to get the protagonist out of trouble. The book never breaks the laws of physics with faster than light travel or other impossible technology. Everything is at least scientifically feasible, if not already available. In addition, the story it witty and funny. I definitely laughed out loud at some of the hero's more colorful exclamations.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Wanted to, yes. Too long to read all at once, but I inhaled the book, listening as much as I could and was enraptured with the story the entire time.


    Any additional comments?

    My new favorite author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    A revolution has taken over the government of the United States, and the environment has been saved. All pollution has been banned and reversed. It's a bright, green new world. But this new world comes at a great cost. The United States is ruled by a fascist green police state, and the corporations are fighting back. Joining them is an increasing number of rebels angered by the dictatorship of Chairman Rahma.

    E. says: "Poorly written, disjointed and disappointing."
    "Ugh!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I actively disliked the Dune prequels, but I had such high hopes for a non-Dune book by Mr. Herbert, having not read anything but a few of the prequels. Alas, this was so bad that it was embarrassing. The author obviously didn't spend any time researching environmental law or the basic tenets of the numerous environmental movements in this country in order to form a complex, realistic picture of what an environmental utopia/distopia might actually look like. Instead, the "environmental" dictatorship created in the book was wholly unbelievable. The Chairman owes more to Stalin than any actual enviro-activist or government employee. The world of this book is just silly and facile, rather than any actual exploration of environmentalism run amok, which, honestly, would make for an interesting book.

    The rest of the book fails as well. The characters are two dimension, the plot nonsensical, and the sentence structure facile. I could go on, but that would be boring. In all, I'm highly disappointed.


    Has The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I'm a huge sci-fi fan. All this has done is turned me off from other books by this author. I so want to like him, but inevitably I just end up feeling annoyed by the wasted potential. I'm just not going to try anymore.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    I've never been a big Scott Brick fan, but I don't think it's his fault that I dislike his performances. He narrated the Butlerian Jihad (Dune prequel) which was such an abomination (used in the BG sense of the word) that hearing his voice causes a form of post-traumatic listening disorder. Yes, I'm being dramatic, but, God!, that book was a travesty!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really, no. I hate being a hater, I really do! I want to find the silver lining in the cloud. But here, no, there are no silver linings. And the glass is bone dry, not half full.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3156)
    Performance
    (2947)
    Story
    (2935)

    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    Patricia says: "Disappointed"
    "Finally, it ends"
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    Any additional comments?

    The book was just so-so. But the narration was FANTASTIC. Jennifer Ikeda should narrate everything! She's extremely talented. It made a fairly average book quite enjoyable. I doubt very highly that I would have bothered to read through the first half of the first book if I was just reading it on the page. But with her narration, I got through all three books. Thanks Jennifer!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lexicon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By Heather Corrigan, Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (610)
    Story
    (617)

    At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren't taught history, geography, or mathematics - at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science. Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as "poets": adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive.

    Tango says: "Fasten your seat belt..."
    "Fun!"
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    What about Heather Corrigan and Zach Appelman ’s performance did you like?

    Heather Corrigan's voice is hypnotic. I'd listen to her read the phone book!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was too long to listen to all at once, but I pretty much listened to it whenever I could and didn't want to put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the structure of the book, the parallel stories that came together and moved apart. I also enjoyed the way one's frame of reference for certain characters or institutions would be fundamentally changed as the book progressed. That increased the roller coaster sense of being on a wild ride with the narrative.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Woodlanders

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Samuel West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Set in the Dorset landscape familiar to Hardy novels, The Woodlanders concerns the fortunes of Giles Winterborne, whose love for the well-do-do Grace Melbury is challenged by the arrival of a dashing and dissolute doctor, Edred Fitzpiers. When the mysterious Mrs Charmond further complicates the romantic entanglements, marital choice and class mobility become inextricably linked.

    Molly Aultz says: "Thomas Hardy lesser known work"
    "Another killer Hardy novel"
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    If you could sum up The Woodlanders in three words, what would they be?

    Sultry. Emersive. Tragic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marty. She's a strong character who makes her own way. She has a natural aptitude for caretaking and remains loyal and steadfast. Also, she's no one's pawn.


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

    West's narration enhances the evocative, rustic setting and his languid reading increases the sense of horror as the book inexorably travels forward to it's tragic conclusion. (Like listening to a train crash in slow motion. :P)


    Any additional comments?

    The description of the woodlands is so detailed one can almost smell the the wood. The novel is also amazingly sexual for it's time (as it common in the latter Hardy novels). I haven't read any Hardy in a while and I pretty much inhaled this book, just couldn't put it down!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Words for Stranger: Trade Pact Universe, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Julie E. Czerneda
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    This debut science fiction novel is the story of Sira--a woman on the run from the law, from her own people, and from an unknown figure determined to use her for his own ends. Her memory taken from her by a stasis block, she must stay free long enough to regain both her identity and the full use of her telepathic powers. The price of failure may not only be the loss of her own future, but that of her entire race.

    Heather Dryer says: "Another GREAT Czerneda book!"
    "Average. Nothing Special."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I'd 86 the romance storyline as it doesn't add to the book and makes it more like a YA book than a serious work a science fiction.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It has an interesting twist on the memory loss trope. I wish more had been made of this.


    Do you think A Thousand Words for Stranger needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Definitely not. Though I believe there are some.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5542)
    Performance
    (3509)
    Story
    (3541)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "WORST BOOK EVER!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book loses any credibility as a work of science fiction because it is rampantly anti-science viewpoint (see, e.g., the passages alluding to climate change as a massive hoax). This is a book with a thinly veiled plot written to advance a political agenda. I'll read non-fiction for that. Don't need it rammed down my throat in poorly written fiction. This is soooo bad. Save your money. I wish I could get my mine back.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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