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  • Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Ascension

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christie Golden
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (658)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (588)

    Luke and Ben Skywalker pursue the formidable dark-side being Abeloth, the Lost Tribe of the Sith is about to be sundered by an even greater power - which will thrust one Dark Lord into mortal conflict with his own flesh-and-blood. On Coruscant, a political vacuum has left tensions at the boiling point, with factions racing to claim control of the Galactic Alliance. Suddenly surrounded by hidden agendas, treacherous conspiracies, and covert Sith agents, the Jedi Order must struggle to keep the GA government from collapsing into anarchy.

    R. A. James says: "Greatest Narrator of all time!"
    "Vol you fool you."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Ascension to be better than the print version?

    I would due to the voice acting which is top noch.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Ascension?

    Where Vol mentally duesl with Abeloth.


    Have you listened to any of Marc Thompson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have. All excellent. This still proves he's at the top of his game.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Mosab Hassan Yousef
    • Narrated By Mosab Hassan Yousef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (140)

    Since he was a small boy, Mosab Hassan Yousef has had an inside view of the deadly terrorist group Hamas. The oldest son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founding member of Hamas and its most popular leader, young Mosab assisted his father for years in his political activities while being groomed to assume his legacy, politics, status...and power. But everything changed when Mosab turned away from terror and violence, and embraced instead the teachings of another famous Middle East leader.

    Pamela says: "Absolutely riveting!!!"
    "The ultimate insider."
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The storyline interested me very much.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It has opened my eyes to the Middle East conflict.


    What about Mosab Hassan Yousef’s performance did you like?

    He does, and very well.


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

    Nothing at all.


    Any additional comments?

    A must have for anyone who wants to know more about the Middle East from a man who lived through several of the conflicts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin, Elio Garcia, Linda Antonsson
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice, Nicholas Guy Smith
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (157)

    If the past is prologue, then George R. R. Martin's masterwork - the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time - warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with The World of Ice & Fire. This volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO's Game of Thrones.

    Daniel says: "Calm Down, Fanboys"
    "A guide to the history of GRRM's world"
    Overall
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    Where does The World of Ice & Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I like how it gave an overall history of Westeros and other parts of the fictional world George R R Martin created.


    What other book might you compare The World of Ice & Fire to and why?

    It's made me a fan of the Ice and Fire series even more.


    What does Roy Dotrice and Nicholas Guy Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They do in different sections.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Nothing wrong at all.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-have for any fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire series as well as the Game of Thrones TV show based on it.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • With Hitler to the End: The Memoirs of Hitler's Valet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Heinz Linge
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    Heinz Linge worked with Adolf Hitler for a 10 year period from 1935 until the Fuhrer's death in the Berlin bunker in May 1945. He was one of the last to leave the bunker and was responsible for guarding the door while Hitler killed himself. During his years of service, Linge was responsible for all aspects of Hitler's household and was constantly by his side. He claims that only Eva Braun stood closer to Hitler over these years. Through a host of anecdotes and observations, Linge recounts the daily routine in Hitler's household; his eating habits, his foibles, his preferences, his sense of humour, and his private life with Eva Braun.

    Douglas says: "Books Like This Are Important..."
    "A man with insites into Hitler's personal and priv"
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    Would you listen to With Hitler to the End again? Why?

    I might in case I missed any bits.


    What other book might you compare With Hitler to the End to and why?

    I have no comparison to make.


    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    The narration was rather good, no need to use accents for whatever reason.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not an extreme reaction, but it did interest me to hear from one of Hitler's household staff members.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-read for any World War 2 buffs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3914)
    Performance
    (3607)
    Story
    (3605)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Rowling's getting better at branching out."
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Silkworm in three words, what would they be?

    The narration and the plot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That, I'm not certain.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Nothing what-so-ever.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm hoping for more in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (7279)
    Performance
    (6619)
    Story
    (6631)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "JKR's done it again."
    Overall
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    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The plot line and everything else.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'd like to find other crime fiction books to try.


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

    She does and she does it extremely well, as only J K Rowling can.


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

    Nothing at all.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be waiting for other books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Suki Kim
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Every day, three times a day, the students march in two straight lines, singing praises to Kim Jong-il and North Korea: Without you, there is no motherland. Without you, there is no us. It is a chilling scene, but gradually Suki Kim, too, learns the tune and, without noticing, begins to hum it. It is 2011, and all universities in North Korea have been shut down for an entire year, the students sent to construction fields - except for the 270 students at the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST).

    brian says: "A story of North Korea that should be told."
    "A story of North Korea that should be told."
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Without You, There Is No Us the most enjoyable?

    The storyline


    What other book might you compare Without You, There Is No Us to and why?

    I've always been interested in North Korea, but this book has increased my interest greatly.


    Which character – as performed by Janet Song – was your favorite?

    She does.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nothing wrong at all.


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1984 by George Orwell: Orwell Expert Book Review

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Brainy Book Reviews
    • Narrated By Mark Young
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Book Reviews gives readers an efficient way to quickly go through and digest famous and well-loved titles. Offering easy-to-read and comprehensive synopses of every chapter of bestselling books, each Brainy Book Review highlights the key ideas behind critically acclaimed titles, helping readers swiftly get the most out of a book.

    brian says: "An impressive look."
    "An impressive look."
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    Where does 1984 by George Orwell: Orwell Expert Book Review rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I like the narration and it's format.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'm not certain.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Young’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He does. The format is excellent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nothing at all.


    Any additional comments?

    A must have study guide for fans of 1984.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13309)
    Performance
    (11677)
    Story
    (11727)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "A bit unusual, but it works."
    Overall
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    Would you listen to A Dance with Dragons again? Why?

    The narration. Despite his age, Rooy gives a fine performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dance with Dragons?

    It's only made it stronger.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    He does by describing things in a lot of detail.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nothing at all.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9990)
    Performance
    (9181)
    Story
    (9235)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "More adventures in Westeros"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about A Feast for Crows?

    The narration and some of the storylines


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'm not sure how to answer that.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    He lets people know who's who, and describes them in detail


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nothing wrong at all.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A New Dawn: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Jackson Miller
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (248)

    For a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights brought peace and order to the Galactic Republic, aided by their connection to the mystical energy field known as the Force. But they were betrayed - and the entire galaxy has paid the price. It is the Age of the Empire. Now Emperor Palpatine, once Chancellor of the Republic and secretly a Sith follower of the dark side of the Force, has brought his own peace and order to the galaxy. Peace through brutal repression, and order through increasing control of his subjects’ lives.

    Amazon Customer says: "The New Era of Star Wars Begins HERE!"
    "Forget the old way."
    Overall
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    What did you love best about A New Dawn: Star Wars?

    The storyline and the narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dialogue.


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    The voice work. He's a genius.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    A great prequel for the upcoming Star Wars: Rebels series.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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