Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.
When well over 100,000 people have already given a book a 4.8 rating, it's not too surprising that it's an excellent book.
Smart, fresh, funny, quickly-paced. The story is very engaging, and the narration is superb! R.C. Bray is perfect for this book.
When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun - but no Katherines.
John Green books are the kind of YA books that can be enjoyed by adults as well. They have a universal appeal. I've also read (and loved) The Fault in our Stars, and while An Abundance of Katherines is a very different sort of story, it doesn't disappoint.
The narration is excellent too! Clear, believable, humorous, it aided an already great story.
My own complaint is about the alteration to the sound done on the "on the phone" or similar voices. I'm not sure why this was done, I think it would have been fine to leave it in the narrator's normal voice. I found it a little jarring. But it was so infrequent that it didn't at all detract from a lovely audiobook.
Little Bee, the young female refugee from the Nigerian delta, must master the Queen's English and the Queen's England if she is to escape her past and make a life in the UK after two years in a refugee detention center. The novel opens on the day Little Bee is released from the center with no identification papers and only the address of an English couple, Andrew and Sarah, whom she once met on a Nigerian beach. All three of their lives were horribly changed by that meeting on the beach.
Great idea, poor execution.
I thought a story about the connection between a young Nigerian refugee and grieving British woman would be powerful and moving. But I found the story far-fetched and the characters annoying. I often didn't believe the dialogue or the character's choices, which meant that I stopped caring what would happen.
The narration was fine, but in this instance it would have made sense to have two narrators, since there are two clear voices in the book telling the story. I am often a fan of one narrator books, but in this case it would have been better with two. Not that that would have made me enjoy the story... but, still.
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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price - and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone.
The good: Solid performance by the cast of narrators. Well done, folks. An enjoyable romp of an adventure book! Well-imagined world that the characters inhabited. This is my first book by this author.
The so-so: The characters didn't seem like teenagers. They functioned more like they were in their mid-20s. Why not write them to be that age? I enjoyed books as a teen with characters in their 20s.
The WHAT?!: (spoiler alert/reader-beware) I didn't like that it ended on a cliff-hanger.
It is September 8, 1943, and Claudette Blum is learning Italian with a suitcase in her hand. She and her father are among the thousands of Jewish refugees scrambling over the Alps toward Italy, where they hope to be safe at last, now that the Italians have broken with Germany and made a separate peace with the Allies. The Blums will soon discover that Italy is anything but peaceful, as it becomes, overnight, an open battleground.
Beautiful, sad, complex story. And Cassandra Campbell is an EXCELLENT narrator.
But I wish that whoever directed this audiobook production had made a some different choices. There is a huge cast of characters, and constantly moving between them can get confusing in an audiobook (more so, I think, than reading it on the page). At the very least, I wish that whoever edited it had put a few extra seconds of silence between each change of character -- so simple, and that would make a huge difference.
Going another direction though, I wonder if a book like this would be best served by having multiple narrators (maybe one for each major character?). Sort of like the way Let The Great World Spin is set up. You would lose the unity of having just Cassandra Campbell's voice throughout, but I think it might be worth it to keep the listeners from getting confused.
Lots of folks have commented on the accents. I don't think they were the best choice, but not overly distracting.
To conclude: A good audiobook, but needing improvements to be a great one. But still worth a credit, and a listen. Mary Doria Russell and Cassandra Campbell are both top notch.
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This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....
Very good narration, but I didn't enjoy the book. Didn't connect with the characters at all. Didn't finish it.
But seeing how many people seem to absolutely love this one, maybe I should say "it's not you, book, it's me, go and be heard by people who will appreciate you."
As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?
Outstanding writing and narration, listening to this reminded me why I read fiction, and why I love listening to it even more. The story captured me from the very start and held me till the very end. I will definitely be buying more books by this author, and from this narrator. Highly recommended.
Prepare yourself for the ultimate multicast performance. We've gathered many of Audible's most popular narrators to bring to life some of the most extraordinary words ever written. 19 words, in fact, carefully selected and arranged alphabetically as in their original source: the 11th edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica. We created this enlightening journey from AUDIENCE to LITERATURE because you asked for it.
The fact that this was made makes me so happy. Happy April 1st, everyone who enjoys audiobooks!
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Despite all evidence, world-class singer Maggie Tressider is convinced that she has killed someone. Her doctor suggests a psychiatrist, but Maggie hires a private investigator named Francis Killian to exorcise the demons that haunt her. But as Killian follows the paths that make up Maggie's past, he begins to suspect the singer's fears are justified.
The House of Green Turf isn't my favorite of the Inspector Felse series. But it is still enjoyable, and if you like Ellis Peters and want the whole series (or at least as much as is available), go for it.
And Simon Prebble's narration is excellent as always. He's one of the best.
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Dashing detective Lord Peter Wimsey is caught up in the murder trial of mystery writer Harriet Vane. Her fiance has died of poisoning exactly as described in one of Harriet's novels, so naturally she is the prime suspect. As Peter looks on, he not only falls in love with the accused but eagerly helps with Harriet's defense when the first trial ends in a hung jury. Will she be convicted and executed for the crime, or can he save her life and win her hand in marriage?
Unabridged Dorothy Sayers narrated by Ian Carmichael is the best! I hope more of this series comes to Audible!
Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey books are a must for anyone who loves a smart, funny, British mystery novel. I'd recommend starting at the beginning of the series and reading/listening to the end. They can be enjoyed on their own, but it's even more fun when you get the whole story in the right order.
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