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  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 57,116
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51,765
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 51,778

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Sad, Sad Confession…

  • By Mike L Lane on 08-08-17

a classic brought to life

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-16

fantastic story, and the narrator brings it to life . it was great to revisit the characters again, and start the journey all over again!

  • The Relic Master

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Buckley
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 434

The year is 1517. Dismas is a relic hunter: one who procures "authentic" religious relics for wealthy and influential clients. His two most important patrons are Frederick the Wise, elector of Saxony; and soon-to-be Cardinal Albrecht of Mainz. While Frederick is drawn to the recent writing of Martin Luther, Albrecht pursues the financial and political benefits of religion and seeks to buy a cardinalship through the selling of indulgences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic -- and hilarious

  • By Actor on 12-17-15

not for me

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-16

I gave this book 2 hours...but it just couldn't get me into the story or into the narration. reccomend you try the narration sample before you by...the narrator isn't bad, but combined with the story, it was just lacking.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Sleeper and the Spindle

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt, Lara Pulver, Niamh Walsh
  • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539

You may think you know this story. There's a young queen about to be married. There are some good, brave, hardy dwarfs; a castle shrouded in thorns; and a princess cursed by a witch, so rumor has it, to sleep forever. But no one is waiting for a noble prince to appear on his trusty steed here. This fairy tale is spun with a thread of dark magic, which twists and turns and glints and shines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A suprising twist to the Sleeping Beauty

  • By Jacobus on 12-15-15

an interest twist on a classic fairy tale

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-23-15

Excellent performance by the entire cast. as always, Gaimen crafted a memorizing tale that is at once familiar and enchantingly unique in its telling. I don't usually care for the full cast performances, but it is done exceedingly well here and suits the story perfectly. It's a rather short listen at just over an hour (it's one of his short stories, which are always fantastic literary snacks for the hungry mind) but well worth the money or credit.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

  • By: Linda Williams
  • Narrated by: Cecelia DeWolf
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

A clever reworking of a classic story. The little old lady's fearless attitude and her clever solution as to what to do with the lively shoes, pants, shirt and pumpkin head that are chasing her will enchant young audiences. With brilliantly colored, detailed folk art illustrations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun and delightful story!

  • By Booniecat on 01-27-14

A fun and delightful story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-14

Where does The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

For my kids, this is their favorite audio book (even though they have it memorized). Its a fun book, a great narrator,and is truly a classic. A perfect "scary story" for the younger kids. (I have a 4 year old and a 2 year old)

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything?

Anytime the pumpkin head goes "Boo!"...the narrator does a great job with voic acting for this story.

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

She reminds me of a favorite librarian reading a story at story hour at the library...she seems to enjoy reading/telling the story as much as my kids love listening and acting along with it!

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

My kiddos laugh and laugh and laugh with the story.

Any additional comments?

A great halloween story that isn't too scary for younger kids, without being restrictively "seasonal"...my kiddos listen to it all the time, and love to act along with all the wiggling, shaking, clomping and etc. This is the version I recommend the most (I downloaded two different ones, but this is the house favorite)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Weird Life

  • The Search for Life That Is Very, Very Different from Our Own
  • By: David Toomey
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 89

In recent years, scientists have hypothesized life-forms that can only be called "weird": organisms that live off acid rather than water, microbes that thrive at temperatures and pressure levels so extreme that their cellular structures should break down, perhaps even organisms that reproduce without DNA. Some of these strange life-forms, unrelated to all life we know, might be nearby: on rock surfaces in the American southwest, hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor, or even in our own bodies. Some, stranger still, might live in Martian permafrost, swim in the dark oceans of Jupiter's moons, or survive in the exotic ices on comets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Interesting...

  • By Douglas on 05-09-13

An interesting look at some amazing science

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Fantastic book, with a great deal of interesting scientific information and topics. It doesn't really go into very much depth, but keeps things moving along at an interesting pace. Listening to it, it is easy to get lost in the interesting world of the bizarre creatures from our planet (and beyond...?), and the narrator does a FANTASTIC job. Overall, the book doesn't get bogged down with overly scientific and professional speech and information, which does mean some topics are not as in depth as I would have liked...however, it does a great job covering a wide range of interests, explains things in a simple to understand manner, and keeps your interest. The narrator adds a lot of life to what could have otherwise been a very dry read, and its a great jumping off point to expand your interest into a variety of other areas.

What did you like best about this story?

The humor and easy to follow/understand explanations of what could have been rather confusing or technical scientific information.

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

Outstanding narrator, and perfect for these types of audio books.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook reminds me a lot of the History Channel series "The Universe" - the same way complicated ideas and concepts are explained with clever analogies, clear language and humor is echo'd here in this book. If you enjoy one, you will surely enjoy the other.

  • Mockingjay

  • The Final Book of The Hunger Games
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,823
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,804

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Conflicting Emotions

  • By Sumit G. on 08-28-10

Thought Provoking

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-12

Where does Mockingjay rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Right up at the top - the entire hunger games audiobooks series is excellent, and is how I got my non-reading husband into listening to books on car trips.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Katniss! Especailly in this book, I think the author did a great job of making her a realistic character, giving her strengths and flaws, and making her ending (and her actions throughout the book) realistic and memorable.

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

Absolutely.

Any additional comments?

I know some people have complained about the third book and the ending, feeling as if the character of Katniss is weak or too different from how she is portrayed in the first book. However, me and my husband had a different interpretation. At this point in the novel series, Katniss has been through a lot, seen a lot, and lost a lot. I think the author does an excellent job capturing in Katniss what we both immediately recognized as PTSD symptoms. (We are both active duty military) And this is realistic: going through battle, experiancing war, can do this to a person, and it changes them. Katniss is not the same character from the first book, but it isn't her being weak - her battle within herself, overcoming PTSD, continuing to live, fight, and try to be okay - is the strongest thing we could ever ask her to be. The author does an excellent job capturing this realness in Katniss, and the end of the book (without any spoilers) was poignant, painfully real, and brought a tear to my eye. Excellent, excellent ending to an amazing series.

  • Catching Fire

  • Hunger Games, Book 2
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,443

Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost as good as the first

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 04-14-12

Continues a great story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-12

What did you love best about Catching Fire?

Again, great characterization, and plot. The descriptions of the game are by far and away my favorites.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Catching Fire?

The scene in District nine

Any additional comments?

Continues the story line, and does end on a cliff hanger. I immediately started the third book once this one was complete.

  • How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?

  • By: Jane Yolen
  • Narrated by: Jane Yolen
  • Length: 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Few words pack a lot of punch in this delightful story about bedtime rituals. There will be no pouting or shouting or moping or moaning when the lights go out because dinosaur kids everywhere will want to see this production again and again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Amanda Hobbs on 05-19-17

A favorite!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-12

Would you listen to How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? again? Why?

We listen to HDDSGN almost every evening that I don't read the book itself.

What did you like best about this story?

My son LOVES all the different dinosaurs, and the rhyming scheme is perfect for him to follow, enjoy and remember. (My son is two, and loves, loves, loves this recording)

Any additional comments?

There is a lot of musical accompaniment to this audio book, so its not a "fall asleep listening to this" book, but still an excellent book before bedtime. Always makes me smile, and my boy loves it.

  • Skin Hunger

  • A Resurrection of Magic, Book 1
  • By: Kathleen Duey
  • Narrated by: Andy Paris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

In Sadima's time, magic has been banned, and she is forced to hide her ability to communicate with animals. But then a young nobleman bent on bringing magic back to the world sends his servant to find Sadima, and a new life opens before her. Centuries later, an academy of magic welcomes 10 applicants, but only one will graduate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting series

  • By Booniecat on 08-10-12

Interesting series

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it was an interesting topic, and the set up of the book was engaging. The format was a little difficult to get into at first (alternating chapters/view points, which meant that sometimes it felt like reading two books concurrently), but once the story hit its stride, it was very engaging.

Any additional comments?

It was a little frustrating at times to switch between viewpoints. The story was a little slow in the begining as well. But, the author does an excellent job introducing us slowly to an interesting world, and building up characters and plot. The ending is a cliff hanger, and leaves the story unfinished, but not so much of a cliffhanger that it is frustrating.

My biggest complaint is that the magical power introduced for the begining of the book is almost completely ignored throughout the majority of the story. I hope it plays a bigger role in coming books.

There are some disturbing scenes in this book as well, and listening instead of reading them can be a little more difficult. Just be aware, this is Harry Potter and Hogwarts - this book has much more serious consequences and unsettling imagery than any of the HP books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hunger Games

  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,439

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Book Deserves The Hype

  • By Theodore on 03-27-12

Well Worth It

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-12

Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

Absolutely. The story is fantasic, and the author does an excellent job of world building and making characters you can really care about.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene with Katniss being "scored" by the judges. My favorite scene in both the movie and the book.

Any additional comments?

The movie was excellent, but the book even more so. I was not interested in this series, and in fact had to be drug to the movie kickign and screaming. However, after the movie, I picked up this book on audible, and fell in love with the series. The narrator is excellent, and the limited POV of the novel is very interesting, and gives you different views than the movie. The book also encourages a lot of discussion in regards to the liklihood of this sort of distopian future, the characters, and how *we* would have done things differently.