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  • It Devours!

  • A Welcome to Night Vale Novel
  • By: Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
  • Narrated by: Cecil Baldwin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 881

Nilanjana Sikdar is an outsider to the town of Night Vale. Working for Carlos, the town's top scientist, she relies on fact and logic as her guiding principles. But all of that is put into question when Carlos gives her a special assignment investigating a mysterious rumbling in the desert wasteland outside of town. This investigation leads her to the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God and to Darryl, one of its most committed members.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love Nightvale but..

  • By Justice on 10-30-17

Great Series, Great Books

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-17

Found this a very satisfying experience. It's very well written, captivating, and fresh. I've enjoyed the Night Vale series since the beginning, and I'm thrilled that the world adapts to a longer format so well.

  • Engines of Change

  • A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars
  • By: Paul Ingrassia
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

America was made manifest by its cars. From the assembly lines of Henry Ford to the open roads of Route 66 and Jack Kerouac, America's history is a vehicular history-an idea brought brilliantly to life in this major work by the acclaimed author of Crash Course: The American Automobile Industry's Road from Glory to Disaster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Best listen in a while

  • By Geoff in NY on 05-11-12

Interesting Historical Perspective

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-16

I absolutely loved this book. It was a very quick read, despite the run time. Completely fascinating, and difficult to put down.

  • DisneyWar

  • By: James B. Stewart
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 25 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746

Once upon a time, one man ruled America's greatest entertainment company. This is the untold story of his triumphs and failures, and of the revolt that cost him his kingdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Bottom Line

  • By Rob on 08-19-06

A Fascinating History

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-16

Although it's a long book, it's very well worth finishing. A well-written and interesting history of an often neglected period of Disney history.

  • Psycho Proctologists: Hakuna Matata, Vagina Dentata

  • Psycho Proctologists, Book 2
  • By: W. W. Pecker
  • Narrated by: Bo Wills
  • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 6

The Psycho Proctologists are back, and this time they're on the hunt for demons who hide in the dankest, darkest crevices of existence. And this time, they unwittingly uncover a nefarious plot aimed at eradicating the most sacred of human institutions: Sex. But no worries. Because when demonic maws threaten to munch on all that is good and decent in humanity, you can depend on a gynecologist, her prodigy son the Honey Badger, and two butt doctors.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • If You're Hankering For Scroty McBoogerBalls...

  • By Mandi Shepp on 04-12-16

If You're Hankering For Scroty McBoogerBalls...

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-16

...Then you've come to the right place. Seriously. Didn't know what to expect coming into this, but definitely not what I had hoped for. Best book written by a middle school boy I've ever encountered.

  • Walt Disney: The Mouse That Roared (Legends of Animation)

  • By: Jeff Lenburg
  • Narrated by: Al Kessel
  • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Best known for creating Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney is one of the 20th century's most honored and important icons of animation. Nominated for 63 Academy Awards, he produced many cartoons and feature films considered classics today. Walt Disney: The Mouse That Roared delves into this man's colorful life, explaining the inspiration for his classic creations and revolutionary animation techniques.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Short Biography

  • By Mandi Shepp on 02-12-16

Great Short Biography

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-16

I'm one of those people who likes reading about Walt Disney, and I find that every biography contains slightly different information (in the sense that they aren't really repetitive, not in the sense that some are inaccurate). This was no exception; it contains lovely stories that I hadn't heard before, and more details about the end of Disney's life that I hadn't seen in such focus before. It's definitely a great read, it's not at all redundant, and it's splendidly paced. The narration adds to these positive factors, making this an incredibly worthwhile, albeit short, well-composed biography.

  • The Black-Indies

  • By: Jules Verne
  • Narrated by: Noel Gibilaro
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 14

Touted as " the only unabridged library edition published," this 1877 classic presents an intriguing quest set deep in the dark coal mines of Scotland. A subterranean city struggles with fossil fuel depletion, tormenting highland spirits, threatening explosive gases, and a lurking, hidden evil presence. The old miner Simon Ford, his wife Madge and son Harry, along with the engineer James Starr, venture into the mysterious labyrinths and discover something much more than coal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, terrible narrator

  • By Reynok on 11-28-10

Not the Greatest Verne Story

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-16

Restarted this book several times before finally plunging into it. I found it difficult to keep interested in, there were definitely parts that kept my interest more than others, though, and I found myself trudging though the book in the hopes of finding more interesting parts. At least the ending was tidy.

  • Dive Deeper

  • Journeys with Moby-Dick 
  • By: George Cotkin
  • Narrated by: James Conlan
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Herman Melville's epic tale of obsession has all the ingredients of a first rate drama - fascinating characters in solitude and society, battles between good and evil, a thrilling chase to the death - and yet its allusions, digressions, and sheer scope can prove daunting to even the most intrepid listener. George Cotkin's Dive Deeper provides both a guide to the novel and a record of its dazzling cultural train. It supplies easy-to-follow plot points for each of the novel's 135 sections before taking up a salient phrase, image, or idea in each for further exploration.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • nice "log" of Moby influence with glaring error

  • By Darryl on 05-19-13

Impressive Collection of Views on an Old Favorite

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-16

I deeply enjoyed this entire piece. Moby Dick has long been my favorite novel, and this was an incredibly refreshing group of observations and reflections that definitely enhanced my appreciation of the original work. Highly recommended for literature nerds, victoriana dorks, and other such reclusive yet pontificating types.

  • Edgar Allan Poe Audiobook Collection 10: Deus et Machina

  • By: Christopher Aruffo, Edgar Allan Poe
  • Narrated by: Christopher Aruffo
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

From the spiritual to the mechanical, Deus Et Machina gathers many never-recorded stories and essays by Edgar Allan Poe. Included: The Facts In The Case Of M. Valdemar: By the power of a mesmeric spell, an invalid's soul is trapped at the exact moment of death. Von Kempelen and His Discovery: The legendary formula-- pursued by alchemists throughout the ages-- will finally be secret no more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Poe's B-Sides

  • By Mandi Shepp on 08-06-15

Poe's B-Sides

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-15

really enjoyable series of lesser-known essays and short stories by Poe. subject matter is definitely variegated but interesting, even the non-fiction stuff is fascinating. the narrator, however, does a funny voice thing, and sounds, well, snobby. like he's talking down to the listener, almost.

  • The Clockwork Universe

  • Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World
  • By: Edward Dolnick
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,394
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,405

The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's a Wonder We Left the Dark Ages

  • By Troy on 01-15-13

Great Story, Well Narrated

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-15

This was a well written book on a fascinating topic, and I really appreciate that it was narrated in such an easy to listen to manner. It made things more interesting, such as the discussion of the correspondence between Newton and Leibniz. Well done.

  • Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger

  • By: Ken Perenyi
  • Narrated by: Dan Butler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 315

Ten years ago, an FBI investigation was about to expose a scandal in the art world that would have been front-page news in New York and London. After a trail of fake paintings of astonishing quality led federal agents to art dealers, experts, and major auction houses, the investigation inexplicably ended, despite an abundance of evidence. The case was closed and the FBI file was marked “exempt from public disclosure”. Now that the statute of limitations on these crimes has expired and the case appears hermetically sealed shut by the FBI, this audiobook, Caveat Emptor, is that artist, Ken Perenyi’s, confession.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Forgery to Story Telling

  • By Tina M. on 08-16-12

Riveting!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-15

I absolutely loved this book; I found it an exciting page-turner through the world of art forgery and antiquities. As a rare books librarian, I really appreciated the attention to detail in the descriptions of restoration techniques and the layout of the pieces, it really made everything come to life visually. Very well written, and beautifully captivating.