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New York, NY, United States | Member Since 2013

  • 13 reviews
  • 21 ratings
  • 125 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Just Kids (Swedish Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Patti Smith
    • Narrated By Marika Lagercrantz

    Den heta sommaren 1967 lämnar Patti Smith New Jersey för att söka äventyret i New York. Hon är tjugo år gammal, törstar efter nya intryck och erfarenheter, vill inspireras och utvecklas. Och framför allt vill hon skapa. I New York träffar hon sin själsfrände Robert Mapplethorp, som blir hennes följeslagare under de kommande åren, då båda når stor berömmelse och revolutionerar sina konstarter; han som fotograf och hon som musiker och poet.

    Joab says: "This book is in Swedish"

    I don't speak Swedish. It should have been made more clear that this was a translation of a book into a foreign language. Audible had better give me my credit back.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Earth (The Audiobook) Free Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (25 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart
    • Narrated By Jon Stewart

    The eagerly awaited new audiobook from the Emmy-winning, Oscar-hosting, Daily Show-anchoring Jon Stewart - the man behind the megaseller America (The Book). Where do we come from? Who created us? Why are we here? These questions have puzzled us since the dawn of time, but when it became apparent to Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show that the world was about to end, they embarked on a massive mission to write a book that summed up the human race.

    John says: "Stick to TV"

    But not good enough to use up a credit to get the entire book. Maybe if the whole book was free.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"

    A little disappointing compared to Pillars of the Earth, but still well worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Albert Camus
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Albert Camus' The Stranger is one of the most widely read novels in the world, with millions of copies sold. It stands as perhaps the greatest existentialist tale ever conceived, and is certainly one of the most important and influential books ever produced. Now, for the first time, this revered masterpiece is available as an unabridged audio production.

    Rolando says: "Is amorality bad?"
    "Top notch translation"

    This was an excellent translation. (I had previously read the book in the original French.) The translator's notes at the end were very interesting. The narrator sounded exactly like I would imagine Meursault would have sounded if the book had originally been written in English.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Classic Russian Short Stories, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Alexander Pushkin, Nikolai Gogol, Ivan Turgenev, and others
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin

    Russian literature exudes an atmosphere of mysticism, which is said to be a natural result of the simplicity of her people. Often, instead of being "about" anything, Russian stories sometimes seem to be the "thing" in itself. Be this as it may, it is an undeniable fact that with hardly any portent of future greatness to come, Russian literature suddenly sprang fully developed into existence in the 19th century.

    Alessandro says: "Excellent"
    "Great collection!"

    This is a really good introduction to classic Russian literature. The music was, however, a bit distracting when played at the same time as the narration. In addition, the narrator seemed to be a bit bored by some of the stories.

    I liked the Gogol the best and will be looking for more by him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fuller Memorandum: A Laundry Files Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Hugo Award-winning author Charles Stross is renowned for his cutting-edge science fiction. This third entry in his “edgy … spoof of Cold War spy thrillers” (Booklist) finds covert agent Bob Howard learning about a top-secret dossier that vanishes with his boss. Determined to discover the contents of this memorandum, Howard runs afoul of Russian spies, ancient demons, and apostles of a hideous cult planning to raise the Eater of Souls from the undead.

    Maggie says: "Top notch!"
    "Top notch!"

    While _The Jennifer Morgue_ was a bit disappointing (though by no means bad) compared to _The Atrocity Archives_, this book was every bit as good as the first in the series. Not quite as exciting, since the concepts in it have already been well explored in previous two books, but this story is certainly more of an adventure than anything else in the series to date. If you liked _The Atrocity Archives_ even just a little, you should go out of your way to read / listen to this book.

    The narrator, Gideon Emery, is PERFECT for this book (as he was for the other two) and does an excellent job with one exception: the mispronunciation of "rosin". It's hard for me to believe that even in British English, it's pronounced the way he said it; I assume he's not familiar with the substance and has therefore never heard it pronounced correctly. THAT was rather distracting.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis Free Story: 'In the Forests of the Night'

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jay Lake
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan

    “In the Forests of the Night” is from the Hugo and Audie Award-nominated METAtropolis, an intelligent and stunning creation of five cutting-edge science-fiction writers, performed by an amazing cast of elite narrators and stars from TV’s Battlestar Galactica. METAtropolis takes place in a future where cities have transformed or died, and technologists, eco-survivalists, and civilization itself vie for continued existence.

    Robert says: "Great writer-narrator combination"

    About the only cool thing about this story was the name of one of the main character: "Tygre, Tygre", who actually is talked about and (more so), thought about by other characters. WAY too much time is spent describing the conditions of the proposed future time. This might have been more enjoyable had a different narrator been chosen. Not that Mr. Hogan was bad, but perhaps not appropriate for this type of story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Autonomy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Blythe
    • Narrated By Georgia Moffett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Hyperville is 2013's top hi-tech, 24-hour entertainment complex - a sprawling palace of fun under one massive roof. You can go shopping, or experience the excitement of Doomcastle, Winterland, or Wild West World. But things are about to get a lot more exciting - and dangerous! What unspeakable horror is lurking on Level Zero of Hyperville? And what will happen when the entire complex goes over to Central Computer Control?

    Techpotato says: "Entertaining"
    "Not a substitute for the real thing"

    I couldn't wait for the next season for more Doctor Who. Next time, I will consider my choice more carefully. There was nothing bad about the book, it just didn't meet my expectations.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Worth a listen, even if you've seen the movie"

    The movie was a testament to the idea that it IS possible to make a movie just as good as the book it was based on. If I'd listened to the book first, I might not have enjoyed the movie as much, but unlike many movies based on books, important plot points that would have made the story hard to follow were, for the most part, not left out of the movie. In the book, the characters are more thoroughly explored which alone made it well worth hearing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker

    Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

    Pamela says: "That Vampire Said ...."
    "Not as good as the TV show"

    Sookie Stackhouse comes out as an entirely different character in the book as compared to the TV show. She isn't as strong and certain of herself in the book and seems more undereducated and far less intelligent than the character I've come to know. (This could be a big function of the accent.)
    I just like the TV character better -- she's somebody deserving of my respect, while the woman in the book is somebody I felt kind of sorry for most of the time. Nonetheless, when I was done listening to this story, I felt compelled to hear the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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