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  • I Am Charlotte Simmons

  • By: Tom Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 31 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 838
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 304

Dupont University: the Olympian halls of learning housing the cream of America's youth, the roseate Gothic spires and manicured lawns suffused with tradition....Or so it appears to beautiful, brilliant Charlotte Simmons, a sheltered freshman from North Carolina, who has come here on full scholarship. But Charlotte soon learns, to her mounting dismay, that for the upper-crust coeds of Dupont, sex, Cool, and kegs trump academic achievement every time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decadence through the eyes of a ?good girl?

  • By Eric on 11-18-04

The best audio book ever

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-07

Ok, this is it, the Mona Lisa, the Mount Everest, the Bill Gates of audiobooks. I've got around 2.3 million audiobooks in my library and this is the best one by far. The writing is sublime -- hilarious beyond belief and completely absorbing.

And the narration? Perfect from word one. I simply can't reccomend this book more strongly.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The World Without Us

  • By: Alan Weisman
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 644
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 253

In this far-reaching narrative, Weisman explains how our massive infrastructure would collapse and vanish without human presence; which everyday items may become immortalized as fossils; why some of our earliest buildings might be the last architecture left; and how plastic, bronze sculpture, and man-made molecules may be our lasting gifts to the universe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • mixed feelings

  • By Chris on 08-23-07

How can you mess this up

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-07

The subject at hand is limitlessly interesting, but the author's treatment of it drags a bit -- i wanted it to be more Mad Max, and the first chapter is, but by the end of it there was a real disconnect for me.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Stiff

  • The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,192

For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Darn funny if you're open to the idea.

  • By Matthew on 03-15-04

Worth it

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-07

I hoped this would be great, but it was merely good. Hearing about death is tough sometimes, esp. when you realize the things she's describing are going to happen to your own dear self someday. But there is a habit on her part to crack wise incessantly. A joke or two here and there is welcome, even in the morgue, but at times it was like watching a Robin Williams interview -- the jokes quickly became cloying. The subject matter, however, kept me engaged.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • By: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,958
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,960

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there!

  • By D. McMillen on 05-31-05

Long -- and I wish it were longer

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-07

This books is over 5,000 hours long, but man, it's worth every second. How the author keeps this as interesting as she does is a literary miracle. Just superb.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Age of Turbulence

  • Adventures in a New World
  • By: Alan Greenspan
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 230

"This book is in part a detective story. After 9/11 I knew, if I needed further reinforcement, that we are living in a new world - the world of a global capitalist economy that is vastly more flexible, resilient, open, self-correcting, and fast-changing than it was even a quarter century earlier. It's a world that presents us with enormous new possibilities but also enormous new challenges. The Age of Turbulence is my attempt to understand the nature of this new world." (Alan Greenspan)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tripled my understanding of our economy

  • By Terry on 04-01-08

Good up to a point

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-07

This book can be divided into 2 parts -- Alan Greenspan's interesting tenure as a Very Important Person and Alan Greenspan's lectures on what's wrong with society today.

The former is fascinating -- he was center stage for a heap of fascinating political ephochs and gives us the skinny on Nixon, Clinton, GW 1 and GW2. He's candid, non-partisan and engaging.

But then, about 3/4's of the way through the book, he goes off the rails and starts caterwauling about what's wrong with the world today. It begins to feel like a lecture series given by a grumpy professor.

That said, the first part makes it worth the credit.

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,474

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Scott on 04-10-08

Amazing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-07

This one is a stunner, from beginning to end. It's got actors and production music and the story is simply a masterpiece. This could have been 10 x the length it was and I wouldn't have minded a bit.

  • Musicophilia

  • Tales of Music and the Brain
  • By: Oliver Sacks
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 799
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 468
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 461

Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat. But the power of music goes much, much further. Indeed, music occupies more areas of our brain than language does - humans are a musical species.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for music lovers

  • By Shimon on 11-19-07

Lame

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-07

I thought this book was going to be about cool hearing disorders -- becoming a maestro after having a car accident etc, but there is precious little of dat in here. The focus is entirely on the minutiae of ringing ears and the dissapointingly mudane disorder known as the auditory hallucination. Snore.

4 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • The Green Mile

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,352
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,220
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,226

At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, the convicted killers on E Block await their turn to walk the Green Mile and keep a date with the electric chair. Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working as a guard on the Mile, but he's never met anyone like John Coffey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent narrator and an excellent story.

  • By Bryan J. Peterson on 03-21-10

OOOOWWWEEEE

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-07

Man, the King can write, can't he? From word one, I was hooked. You know when you buy a really good watermelon at the store? You get home, cut that sucka up, take a tentative hopeful first bite and then sit back and think 'I am in good hands.' That's what I felt like hearing this book -- it's got everything -- great characters, incredible plot, just enough outlandish fantasy to keep things Kingesque.

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Testament

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,038

Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair, and looking for a way to die. His potential heirs, to no one's surprise - especially Troy's - are circling like vultures. But Troy shocks them all when he leaves his fortune to an estranged, illegitimate daughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Late & Glowing Review

  • By Bee Keeper on 03-13-10

Ugh

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-07

It started out OK -- i was vaguely amused through say the first hour or so, but the book started to drag like a lame pony pretty quickly. On and on it went, dry description after dry description.

John Grisham just lost a potential fan, something I'm sure he's not going to lose sleep over as he seems to have 4.5 billion left.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Game of Shadows

  • Barry Bonds, BALCO, & the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports
  • By: Mark Fainaru-Wada, Lance Williams
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

This audiobook is the window into the underground world of cheating at the highest levels, which set off a frenzy of activity and hand-wringing in the offices of Major League Baseball and Congress. Through the authors' pursuit of sources and documents, they were able to open for public view a world in which elite athletes trade money and risk their health for the edge that will allow them to run faster, hit harder, and compete longer, and then cash in on the fame and wealth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More about track than baseball

  • By A book reader on 08-23-06

Irresistable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-07

Game of Shadows is audio book crack -- I was mesmerized from beginning to end. My only caveat would be -- if you love sports, the revelations in this book are gonna hurt.

Great narration too -- amazing how important that is.