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  • Carrie's Run: A Homeland Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Andrew Kaplan
    • Narrated By Penelope Rawlins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Expert in recognizing and anticipating behavioral patterns - a skill enhanced by her bipolar disorder she keeps secret to protect her career - Carrie is increasingly certain that a terrorist plot has been set in motion. She risks a shocking act of insubordination that helps her uncover secret evidence connecting Nightingale with Abu Nazir, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq. Determined to stop the terrorist mastermind, she embarks on an obsessive quest that will nearly destroy her.

    Gina says: "Hugely disappointing!"
    "Great Book, Terrible Audio Performance"
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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator simply failed on most all the male voices. It deeply brought me out of the book too often. Unfortunately, I decided to skip the audiobook and read it myself after 3 unbearable chapters.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1908)
    Performance
    (1731)
    Story
    (1729)

    From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

    Paul says: "More memoir than theology"
    "For Jillette Fans - Nothing To Do With God or Athe"
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    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking at this title to get an in-depth, comic insight into Penn Jillette's views on god and atheist, keep looking. This title is nothing but Penn telling random stories about sex in space, how he "doesn't know" anything, and some custom tailored suits him and Teller have to use.

    Sure, each story is in someway tied to Penn's belief and part of his 'journey' I guess, but unless you REALLY care about Penn Jillete the person, this is a title you should probably pass.

    With that said, the stories do have entertainment value and are a decent listen as long as you're not expecting god and atheism. Him having read this himself is a giant plus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Letting Go of God

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Julia Sweeney
    • Narrated By Julia Sweeney
    Overall
    (1590)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (489)

    Julia Sweeney says she was a "happy Catholic girl" when, one day, she walked into church and signed up for a Bible-study course. "What an eye opener that was!" she says. Equally comedic and insightful, Letting Go of God is Sweeney's brilliant one-woman show about her struggle with her faith.

    Mark says: "A Brilliant Personal Journey of Discovery"
    "Brilliant Storytelling"
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    Would you listen to Letting Go of God again? Why?

    Yes. It's a great title to just 'throw on' anytime.


    Any additional comments?

    Julia Sweeney's performance is amazing, and her personal stories of discovery as something many people should able to relate to. With a comic twist, Sweeney is able to eloquently communicate her path to non-belief.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording
    Overall
    (1493)
    Performance
    (1415)
    Story
    (1417)

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that reimagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    Amazon Customer says: "A fresh new way to enjoy the story"
    "Greatest Audio Production To Date"
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    Where does Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    #1! The production quality is absolutely amazing. The idea of having voice ACTING with 40 cast members rather than just narration with a handful is genius. Sound effects, 5.1 surround sound audio, it all really puts you in the middle of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Ender's Game is one of my (and many other's) all time favorite novels. It's one of those books where you can just enjoy yourself or easily kill a few minutes opening the book to a random chapter and just start reading.

    This audioplay takes the story to a whole new level. If you've never experienced Ender's Game before, I would start with this audioplay. Rather go read the book first. After you've done that, come back and listen to this audioplay which has better production quality than the Hollywood movie.

    I REALLY wish this type of production is increased here at Audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9112)
    Performance
    (5476)
    Story
    (5536)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "Thought Provoking"
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    What did you love best about Speaker for the Dead?

    The character development was great. It really sets the stage of the ethical thought experiment tht Card lays out.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Nothing. Aside from Ender's Game, this is the best book of the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6825)
    Performance
    (6108)
    Story
    (6201)

    The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

    Ellen says: "At last - The Definitive Recording!"
    "Great narration of an all time favorite."
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    Where does The Fellowship of the Ring rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Rob Inglis' narrations of Tolkein's work is by far in my opinion the greatest of any book every recorded. He does the voices well, has a great rythm, and a perfect accent. Possibly the only one you'd want reading Tolkein.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    By far Gandalf. Then again, I've always been of fan of the old, wise men with beards in any story.


    Any additional comments?

    Tolkein practically invented the fantasy genre and while much of this seems cliche now, it was all original when it was written. This is one of my favorite pieces of work of all time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3244)
    Performance
    (1922)
    Story
    (1910)

    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

    ben capozzi says: "...Though Hitchens Is!"
    "Perfect narration, but nothing new."
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    Have you listened to any of Christopher Hitchens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Hitchens is an excellent speaker, and it really shows in this wonderful author narration.


    Any additional comments?

    There isn't much anything new in this book. Hitchens does a great job supplying wonderful anectdotes, references, and data to support his points. However, for most non-believers, most of the points he makes are self-evident and we've either heard it all before, or don't require the level of detail Hitchens provides.

    I wouldn't reccomend this to anyone already a fan of Hitchens or anyone who has already subscribed to reason. However, if you're new to Hitchens, atheism, free thought, this is an excellent listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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