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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 174,802
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 163,382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163,044

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 08-24-12

Would you listen to Ready Player One again? Why?

Great humor, great imagery, and great 80's references! What else could one ask for?

What did you like best about this story?

Whil Wheaton was a great narrator! My favorite part was when he narrated the line where he was actually mentioned in the book as the elected President of Oasis. So funny!

What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

Great voice, great inflection

  • Nothing to Envy

  • Ordinary Lives in North Korea
  • By: Barbara Demick
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,888
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,168

Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The man who wants to be GOD

  • By Gohar on 05-08-10

Really great read!

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

Reviewed: 04-18-12

If you could sum up Nothing to Envy in three words, what would they be?

Makes an impact

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The stories for each of the different North Koreans were so well told it made is so easy to visualize and very gripping.

Which scene was your favorite?

The story of Meeh ran who became a teacher and had to see her students starving and dying.

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

I think generally I was outraged listening to what these people have to endure under a dictator. It is so hard to comprehend when you live in a free nation.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend it. It will really give you perspective on life.

  • Daemon

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,355

Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever

  • By Erica on 01-22-09

Very engaging book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-09

This book managed to keep my attention the entire time I listened to it. I also loved the narrator and sound effects. One of the best books I have listened to in awhile.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Me & Emma

  • By: Elizabeth Flock
  • Narrated by: Lauren Davis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

In many ways, Carrie Parker is like any other eight-year-old: playing make-believe, dreading school, dreaming of faraway places. But even her imaginative mind can't shut out the realities of her impoverished North Carolina home or help her protect her younger sister, Emma.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant but Disturbing

  • By Pamela Harvey on 04-10-08

Interesting read...great surprise ending

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-09

This book seemed like it would have a semi-predictable storyline but the twist at the end really made it a thought provoking book. I definitely recommend it.

  • Lottery

  • By: Patricia Wood
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

Perry's IQ is only 76, but he's not stupid. His grandmother taught him everything he needs to know to survive: she taught him to write things down so he won't forget them. She taught him to play the lottery every week. And, most important, she taught him whom to trust. When Gram dies, Perry is left orphaned and bereft at the age of 31. Then his weekly Washington State Lottery ticket wins him 12 million dollars, and he finds he has more family than he knows what to do with.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • lottery

  • By hilobilly on 08-09-07

Great book!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-08

I don't often write reviews but I wanted to write one for this book. I loved it!! It made me laugh and cry and I can't say that for too many audiobooks. Definitely worth it!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Middlesex

  • By: Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Narrated by: Kristoffer Tabori
  • Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,754

In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth Waiting It Out

  • By D. N. Meads on 08-28-09

Really good book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-04

I really enjoyed this book. It had a lot of Greek-American references that I could relate to being Greek-American myself. The narrarator is also excellent. The way that he read the story made it very easy to listen to.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful