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  • The Secret of the Old Clock

  • Nancy Drew Mystery Stories 1
  • By: Carolyn Keene
  • Narrated by: Laura Linney
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316

Nancy Drew's keen mind is tested when she searches for a missing will.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love Nancy Drew!

  • By Deena on 03-13-04

Laura Linney IS Nancy Drew!

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

Reviewed: 06-25-14

I loved Nancy Drew as a girl and was so excited when I saw that there were audiobooks narrated by one of my favorite actresses, Laura Linney. The finished product was wonderful. The incidental music and Laura's performance of the different characters was a joy. I can't wait to listen to the next in the series.

  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,984

The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Read, Throughly Enjoyable!

  • By WickedGoodYarn on 03-11-12

Bravura!

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

Reviewed: 01-30-13

What an incredible performance! Alan Cumming and Tim Curry! Not to mention Katy Kellgren. Just incredible.

Also, I have always loved the story. Never could understand why Hollywood has never tried to get it right. There's a lot of tension there. Could it be because "darling Miss Mina" is too strong a female character?

This performance is incredible the way it just grabs you and doesn't let go. Thank you Audible!

  • Cetaganda

  • A Miles Vorkosigan Novel
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312

When the Cetagandan empress dies, Miles Vorkosigan and his cousin Ivan are sent to Cetaganda for her funeral as diplomatic representatives of Barrayar. Upon arrival, the two men are inexplicably attacked by a servant of the late empress. When the same servant turns up dead the next day, Miles and Ivan find themselves in the middle of a mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Miles and Ivan on a mission!

  • By Bronwyn Soell on 02-16-12

Miles is at it again!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-13

I've read this once before. But as I had recently been going through the Vorkosigan books on audiobook, I thought I'd get this one too. Reading (or listening) after I've gone through the previous 4 really made it stand out even more.

Not the best of the series that I've read so far, but still it stands out as a fun read. I continually really enjoy how there can be such varied cultures all from the same source. But of course humanity has such varied cultures on Earth, too.

  • The Vor Game

  • A Miles Vorkosigan Novel
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,594

Miles Vorkosigan graduates from the Barrayaran Military Academy with high expectations of ship command, but is disappointed with an assignment as meteorologist to Lazkowski Base, an arctic training camp. His tenure in the windy, snow-covered north is cut short when Miles narrowly averts a massacre between the trigger-happy base commander and mutinous recruits. After a brief stay under 'house arrest', Miles is re-assigned to investigate a suspicious military build-up near a wormhole nexus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice introdution to Author

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-13-05

Go, Miles, Go!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-13

So far, the best of the Vorkosigan books! This one had humor and great action and adventure. It made me laugh, it made me sit up and rub my hands with glee. This would make a great movie. (Most of them would.)

The last third of the book was wonderful. In many ways it reminded me of some of the best James T Kirk episodes: A Balance of Terror or the movie Wrath of Khan.

Such fun! I'll have to re-read this the next time I get the flu!

  • The Warrior's Apprentice

  • A Miles Vorkosigan Novel
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,862

Miles Vorkosigan makes his debut in this frenetic coming-of-age tale. At age 17, Miles is allowed to take the entrance exams to the elite military academy; he passes the written but manages, through miscalculation in a moment of anger, to break both his legs on the obstacle course, washing out before he begins. His aged grandfather dies in his sleep shortly after, for which Miles blames himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • worth it!

  • By Don Gilbert on 08-25-08

Great forward momentum!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-13

The first Miles Vorkosigan book. It's hard to believe that a 17 year old could get in as much trouble as this kid without getting killed. Living on Barrayar must make you mature fast. Or maybe he just is that much of genius.

I really love Miles, but I do wish I'd seen more of his mother, Cordelia.

This book just throws you into it. Intrigue, machinations, actions scenes. What fun! Miles is a great character. But an incredibly unique one. 4 foot 9, a twisted spine, hunchback in a society that hates mutants. Of course, Miles is not a genetic mutant - and is more than happy tell you that! He is arrogant and proud but not so much to make him unlikable. His arrogance and pride are great strengths and great weaknesses.

In some ways, Miles reminds me of Peter Parker (except Peter has a lot more trouble paying his rent). Miles also questions himself constantly. He is also very endearing because of how he wants to experience love.

Another great part of this book is the humor. I would get the giggles at several points in this book. Miles is just such a manipulator and is always several moves ahead of his opponents (and allies for that matter).

As a side note, this book also has a scene that is still disturbing me. I'm sure there are worse torture scenes in other books. But this one is still making my stomach turn. (Of course, that could be the flu.)

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  • Barrayar

  • A Vorkosigan Adventure
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,687
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,685

In the wake of interplanetary war, former commander Cordelia Naismith has deserted her own planet to marry the leader of the defeated enemy, Aral Vorkosigan. On his home planet of Barrayar, two rival factions are eyeing the recently vacated throne, and Aral, recently appointed Regent of Barrayar by the Emperor on his deathbed, must stand between them. Lord and Lady Vorkosigan, Aral and Cordelia struggle to establish stability in a fragile government thrown into confusion by the transition of power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lois Bujold always delivers!

  • By Karen S. Coyle on 02-04-10

Is Machiavelli required reading on this planet??

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

Reviewed: 01-11-13

The second book in the Vorkosigan saga, Barrayar picks up almost instantly after Shards of Honor. This book is chock full of political intrigue, machinations - honestly, is Machiavelli required reading on this planet? - and murder.

Bujold throws a little romance, social commentary, and ethics into the mix. Also, it's just a great adventure.

The worlds and culture of Barrayar and Beta are wonderfully sketched out. Beta a truly egalitarian society - where access to information is a constitutional right - and Barrayar a more rigid, warrior-centric, and imperial society are good case studies.

I also think this idea that making all the different worlds as direct descendants of Earth, instead of including actual alien civilizations is interesting. All the different civilizations are distinct and different, while all are human.

The characters are wonderful. Not only do you care for them, but you really want to know more about them. A sign of a great storyteller. On to the next!

  • Shards of Honor

  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,953

I>Shards of Honor is the novel in which Lois McMaster Bujold introduced the science-fiction world to Barrayar and Aral Vorkosigan, Beta Colony and Cordelia Naismith. From this beginning the author has created a multigenerational saga spanning time as well as space. Bujold is generally recognized as the current exemplar of the character-based science-fiction adventure story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First story in the Miles Vorkosigan series

  • By Lifelong Reader on 06-18-09

Great adventure!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-13

I was originally introduced to this universe by my sci-fi book club when I read Cetaganda. While sick with the flu, I decided to start listening to the series from the beginning.

Most of the Vorkosigan saga deals with Miles Vorkosigan. This book and its follow-up, Barrayar, revolve around around Miles' parents.

The worlds the author creates are wonderfully sketched out. The historical and cultural backgrounds, the people, the intrigue. Throw in some romance and a little mystery, and you've got a cracking good adventure!

  • Bonk

  • The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,544
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,817
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,820

The study of sexual physiology has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as far-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci and James Watson. The research has taken place behind the closed doors of laboratories, brothels, MRI centers, pig farms, sex-toy R&D labs, and Alfred Kinsey's attic.

Mary Roach, "The funniest science writer in the country", devoted the past two years to stepping behind those doors. In Bonk, Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to slowly make the bedroom a more satisfying place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Wonderful!

  • By Gurmukh on 07-05-08

Laughed so hard I wet my pants!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-13

This is my third Mary Roach and the second as an audiobook. Sandra Burr is wonderful narrating Mary Roach. And Mary Roach is just such a hoot!

Space travel, life after death, and now I'm learning about science and sex. Just hilarious. (I just love the idea of a scientist dressing mice up in polyester or cotton pants to see how it affects their sex life.)

Mary Roach really brings science alive. She presents science in an entertaining and educational way. Highly recommended.

  • Echo Burning

  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,112

Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up.

She's called Carmen. She's a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl...and she has married into the wrong family. They're called the Greers. They're a bitter and miserly clan, and they've made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now.

Lawyers can't help. Cops can't be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems, and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen's husband is dead - and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Lee Child At His Best...

  • By David on 05-12-09

A Disappointment

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

Reviewed: 01-01-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The victim. Very annoying. I kept on hoping Reacher would kill *her*.

Would you ever listen to anything by Lee Child again?

Yes! Love the Jack Reacher novels!

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene with Ellie in the hotel

Could you see Echo Burning being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes. Just not sure how you could do it where you didn't hate the victim so much.

Any additional comments?

The first 1/3 to 1/2 of the book was terrible. Once Carmen was put in jail it started to flow much better. The villains didn't seem nearly as threatening in previous books. Also, as I've said previously, I really could care less about Carmen, Ellie was much more likeable - and Alice was a breath of fresh air except for at the end where she got a little whiny. I don't know if that is the way Lee Child wrote it. But unfortunately the reading seemed to make the women get a little whiny at times.

Another issue I had: in previous Reacher novels, he was a large black man - yet in this one he's a large white man. I haven't read all the novels, so I'm not sure if this is a continuity error. Still, black or white, there is no way in hell that Tom Cruise could portray him. Get a clue, Hollywood!

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  • Trojan Odyssey

  • A Dirk Pitt Adventure, Book 17
  • By: Clive Cussler
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795

In the final minutes of Valhalla Rising, Dirk Pitt discovered, to his shock, that he had two grown children he had never known, 23-year-old fraternal twins born to a woman he thought had died in an underwater earthquake. Both have inherited his love of the sea: the girl, Summer, is a marine biologist; the boy, himself named Dirk, is a marine engineer. And now they are about to help their father in the adventure of a lifetime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks for updating the Cussler files on Audible!

  • By cwdunn on 05-24-05

I HAD SOME QUESTIONS

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

Reviewed: 02-20-12

I love Dirk Pitt! There are very few novels I will read over and over. I read all of Clive Cussler's novels (and J. D. Robb's In Death series) over and over. This was my first reading of Trojan Odyssey and I did really like it.

However, I felt that he left many questions unanswered.
* Was the hurricane at the start artificially created and, if so, why did the bad guys do it?
* The floating hotel at the start - why did it have to be destroyed? Was it just for the insurance? Or were they trying to kill someone?
* What about the tomb? Was it connected at all to the bad guys? Or were they just a bit mad?

I just felt there was quite a bit left out. I know this was just a glitch for Clive. And nothing - but nothing - will stop me reading and re-reading his stuff!