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  • Allegiance: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (245)

    The destruction of the Death Star by the Rebel Alliance was a decisive blow against the Empire, but Palpatine and his monstrous enforcer, Darth Vader, are no less of a threat. The brutal extermination of Alderaan not only demonstrated the magnitude of their murderous power, but served as a chilling testament to their resolve to crush the Rebel uprising. Standing against them, Skywalker, Solo, and the Princess remain uncertain opponents. Luke is gifted and brave, but unschooled in the power he possesses.

    Jacen says: "Middle of the road Zahn is still good Zahn"
    "Zahn is at his best once more."
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    Where does Allegiance: Star Wars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the better Star Wars ones I've read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I couldn't pick one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The rogue Stormtroopers showing their stuff.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By John Thavis
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (126)

    For more than 25 years John Thavis held one of the most fascinating journalistic jobs in the world: reporting on the inner workings of the Vatican. His daily exposure to the power, politics, and personalities in the seat of Roman Catholicism gave him a unique, behind-the-scenes perspective on an institution that is far less monolithic and unified than it first appears. Thavis reveals Vatican City as a place where Curia cardinals fight private wars, scandals threaten to undermine papal authority, and reverence for the past is continually upended by the practical considerations of modern life.

    Linda says: "A neutral look at inner workings of the Vatican"
    "Some Truth behind the spin."
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    Where does The Vatican Diaries rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a very fine book, but not one of my favorites.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Vatican Diaries?

    Several. Some funny moments with the press getting stranded or something else happening to them on state visits, and the testimonies in chapter 3 against the LC's founder creeped me out.


    What about Malcolm Hillgartner’s performance did you like?

    He's okay with accents, but not that great.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The contrast between Pope John Paul the Second's and Benidict the 16th in personality.


    Any additional comments?

    No other comments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled listeners with 16 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back - from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon - art restorer, assassin, spy - has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

    Brian says: "If new to Daniel Silva, great book. Otherwise..."
    "Gabriel's back and better then ever."
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    Where does The Heist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not sure what you mean by rank.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It did. What would happen to the girl, I wondered? Would they get to her in time?


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Everyone. He's excellent with accents.


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

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Charles Lewis
    • Narrated By Don Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Facts are and must be the coin of the realm in a democracy. Unfortunately, for citizens in the United States and throughout the world, distinguishing between fact and fiction - always a formidable challenge - is now more difficult than ever, as a constant stream of questionable information pours into media outlets. Lewis argues forcefully that while data points and factoids abound, it is much harder to get to the whole truth of complex issues in time for that truth to guide citizens, voters, and decision makers.

    Chris Reich says: "This Is the Book We All Should Read"
    "Interesting, yet full of facts I already knew."
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    What did you love best about 935 Lies?

    The interesting facts I didn't know.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 935 Lies?

    I couldn't pick one.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I didn't like the way he tried narration, no accents, no nothing.


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

    Afraid I can't think of one.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ian Doescher
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson, Jonathan Davis, Daniel Davis, and others
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Hot on the heels of the New York Times best seller William Shakespeare's Star Wars comes the next two installments of the original trilogy: William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back and William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return. Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter. Something Wookiee this way comes!

    Troy says: "Tis a Worthy Conclusion"
    "The grand finale."
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    If you could sum up William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return in three words, what would they be?

    I can't think of any I'm afraid.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration and writing.


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

    Acting.


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

    I wouldn't sence there's already a film


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the author makes more Shakespeare style stories if he wishes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look inside North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jang Jin-sung
    • Narrated By Daniel York
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    As North Korea's State Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed life. With food provisions (even as the country suffered through its great famine), a travel pass, access to strictly censored information, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his life in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure. But this privileged existence was about to be shattered. When a strictly forbidden magazine he lent to a friend goes missing, Jang Jin-sung must flee for his life.

    Thomas says: "Excellent View into North Korea"
    "Exposing the truth."
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    What made the experience of listening to Dear Leader the most enjoyable?

    All the information revealed to me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dear Leader?

    Jang meeting Kim for the first time.


    Which character – as performed by Daniel York – was your favorite?

    Jang and the other North Koreans.


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

    The Truth Exposed.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book about a mysterious government.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life and Fate: The Complete Series (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Vasily Grossman
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh, David Tennant
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    Kenneth Branagh stars in BBC Radio 4's ambitious eight-hour dramatisation of Life and Fate, Vasily Grossman's epic masterpiece set during the Battle of Stalingrad. This powerful work, completed in 1960, charts the fate of both a nation and a family in the turmoil of war. Its comparison of Stalinism with Nazism was considered by Soviet authorities to be so dangerous that the KGB placed the manuscript under arrest and Grossman was informed his book would not be published for at least 200 years.

    Alifa says: "Vasily Grossman's Life and Fate"
    "A great drama from a great book."
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    What did you love best about Life and Fate: The Complete Series (Dramatised)?

    The narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life and Fate: The Complete Series (Dramatised)?

    Nikolay being arrested by the NKVD.


    What does Kenneth Branagh and David Tennant bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent narration from them, and others in the cast.


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

    No extreme reaction, I was impressed witht he sound desing and acting.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kingdom Come: : The Final Victory

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Tim F. LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (94)

    With Lucifer securely locked away for a thousand years, the Lord Jesus Christ now reigns over a renewed earth. But despite the idyllic surroundings and Christ-friendly environment, a growing number of hedonistic youth join a band of rebels who reject Christ and long for Satan's return.

    Nancy says: "Enjoyed it!"
    "A grand finale."
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    Where does Kingdom Come rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm not sure as to rank.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Everyone.


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

    Just as good as his other works.


    Who was the most memorable character of Kingdom Come and why?

    I can't pick truth be told.


    Any additional comments?

    hope the people at Gap Digital dramatize this story and the prequels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Christopher Timothy
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (273)

    Herriot continues the rich and rewarding day-to-day life of a small-town veterinarian, and we journey with him across the dales, meeting a whole new cast of unforgettable characters - humans, dogs, horses, lambs, parakeets - all of them drawn with the same infinite fascination, affection and insight that made James Herriot one of the most beloved authors of our time. And all the stories are warmly, evocatively told by the world-renowned "voice" of Dr. Herriot: Christopher Timothy.

    meredith says: "Marred by background noise"
    "Moreadventures of a vet."
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    If you could sum up All Things Bright and Beautiful in three words, what would they be?

    Good, bad, hilarious.


    What other book might you compare All Things Bright and Beautiful to and why?

    Just as good as All Creatures Great and Small.


    What about Christopher Timothy’s performance did you like?

    Excellent narration, considering he played James in the TV series.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2740)
    Performance
    (2404)
    Story
    (2419)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "A fresh take from the woman who brought us Harry P"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Casual Vacancy the most enjoyable?

    The narration was excellent.


    What other book might you compare The Casual Vacancy to and why?

    Can't think of any comparison to make.


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

    An excellent narration as wella s excellent accents.


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

    Poor Robbie's death, and Crystal's too.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice to see J K Rowling branching out to other genres.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14883)
    Performance
    (11463)
    Story
    (11524)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "You Win or You die."
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    What made the experience of listening to A Storm of Swords the most enjoyable?

    The narration.


    What other book might you compare A Storm of Swords to and why?

    I can't think of any comparison to make.


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

    Excellent narration, even different accents.


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

    If you think this has a happy ending, youhaven't been paying attention.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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