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Steve

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  • Going Solo

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    Here is the action-packed sequel to Boy, a tale of Dahl's exploits as a World War II pilot. Told with the same irresistible appeal that has made Roald Dahl one the world's best-loved writers, Going Solo brings you directly into the action and into the mind of this fascinating man.

    Christopher says: ""Boy" to man "Going Solo""
    "Highly Recommended"
    Overall

    An excellent book and tribute to the brave souls of the RAF who fought against overwhelming odds.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18288)
    Performance
    (14110)
    Story
    (14056)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Truly Funny"
    Overall

    She is so funny and articulate. I highly recommend this book. The last part about women and motherhood were a little too much (I'm a man) but overall one of the funniest books I've ever listened to. Thank you Tina for making my long commute less of a hassle for two days.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3277)
    Performance
    (2465)
    Story
    (2476)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Elizabeth says: "thoroughly enjoyed"
    "Hmmmmm...."
    Overall

    Kind of disjointed. I really enjoyed one story and the person who narrates it. ... and that story is hilarious. Truly funny. The dialogue written for the Hawaii story is utterly irritating. The main character's narration sounds like a cross between Bob Marley and Jar Jar Binks. Anyway, overall mildly entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Annie Jacobsen
    • Narrated By Annie Jacobsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1434)
    Performance
    (1003)
    Story
    (1011)

    Myths and hypotheses about Area 51 have long abounded, thanks to the intense secrecy enveloping it. Some claim it is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems, and nuclear facilities. Others believe that the lunar landing was filmed there. The prevalence of these rumors stems from the fact that no credible insider has ever divulged the truth about his time inside the base. Until now.

    A User says: "Reality, always more interesting than fiction."
    "Should be called "Not Really About Area 51""
    Overall

    A boring rehash of nuclear testing history and the Cold War. Very disappointing. I guess not much goes on at Area 51 after all.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • All Creatures Great and Small

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Christopher Timothy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1139)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (532)

    In this first volume of his memoirs, then-newly-qualified vet James Herriot arrives in the small Yorkshire village of Darrowby, and he has no idea what to expect. How will he get on with his new boss? The local farmers? And what will the animals think? This program is filled with hilarious and touching tales of the unpredictable Siegfried Farnon, his charming student brother Tristan, and Herriot's first encounters with a beautiful girl named Helen.

    Sara says: "A Wonderful Listen--Stories That Never Get Old"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    This book really touched me. I highly recommend it.The narrator is excellent also.It should be listed as one of the Audible Essentials.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Grit

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Portis
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1936)
    Performance
    (1096)
    Story
    (1102)

    Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, sets out to avenge her Daddy who was shot to death by a no-good outlaw. Mattie convinces one-eyed "Rooster" Cogburn, the meanest U.S. marshal in the land, to ride along with her. In True Grit, we have a true American classic, as young Mattie, as vital as she is innocent, outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten men of the trail in a legend that will last through the ages.

    Tommygaus says: "So worth it!"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    This is a great book; and the narrator, Donna Tartt, is really great. She has and essay at the end about the book. Be sure to listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris, Dylan Baker, Elaine Stritch, and others
    Overall
    (1153)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (541)

    Featuring David Sedaris's unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new collection of keen-eyed animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life.

    Patricia says: "Enjoyable Book"
    "Bad, really bad"
    Overall

    I was a big fan, but this book is really terrible. I didn't laugh once. Very disappointing... and creepy too.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7085)
    Performance
    (3449)
    Story
    (3454)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Pretty Good!"
    Overall

    I didn't know this was a "vampire" book. If I had known, I wouldn't have bought it. That said, I was totally engrossed about a third of the way through. Not very happy about the ending... but a really good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2180)
    Performance
    (1527)
    Story
    (1544)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    Amazon Customer says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "Good!"
    Overall

    Not really into sci fi, but this book got me hooked on his series. Can wait until the next installment comes out!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By E.M. Forster
    • Narrated By Jill Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When Lilia, an English widow, marries a penniless Italian while on vacation, her dead husband's relatives are not amused. That the marriage should fail and Lilia die tragically are to be expected. But that she should have a baby, and that the baby should be raised Italian, of all things, are matters requiring immediate correction. E.M. Forster's first novel addresses cultural collisions and English middle-class sterility.

    Steve says: "Very Bad Audio"
    "Very Bad Audio"
    Overall

    To IPod users...beware that this title is only available in the lower formats. I found the audio to be absolutely terrible. It was very scratcty, irratating, and distracting.

    The story is good, but I didn't enjoy it because of the audio. Although I'm a fan of Forster, I don't recommend this audiobook.

    Listen to "A Passage to India" instead. Great sound and an exceptional narrator. Also, it's Forster's greatest work.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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