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  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Minnie Goode
  • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,280
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,979

This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Annoyingly good...

  • By Lizzystick on 03-03-14

Fantastic book

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

If you could sum up Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) in three words, what would they be?

This is a gripping post apocalyptic saga with good narration. This book is filled with memorable characters and imaginative plot devices. It follows the usual plot lines, but it's still surprising and fun to read. One problem for me was the forced way the (otherwise terrific) narrator lowered and mangled her voice to portray male chararacters. I always dislike narrators attempting to sound like the opposite sex. It never works and it takes you out of the moment. A slightly lower voice is ok but this was too much. Also there were several places where words were mispronounced (chassis, wizened etc.) and errors that had obviously meant to be deleted were not (the mistake occurs and then the narrator starts again without deleting the mistake).
Still a great summer read. I think it needs a sequel - or a movie!

  • The Golden Compass

  • His Dark Materials, Book 1
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, full cast
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,714

When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Terrific Book

  • By Arnold C. Macdonald on 01-28-04

Great - but - another misogynist fantasy

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

The story is very good and the performances (yes there are many) are superb. It's an amazingly good audiobook. My only quibble is that it is yet another fantasy sci-fi story in which women are less than second class citizens. Yes it's 20 years old but there is lots of progressive fiction and fantasy out there. It's too bad because the story is terrific and the performances are top-notch.
Let's move beyond the GoT medieval women are chattel paradigm.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 75,005
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 69,601
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 69,278

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

Trevor Noah has cred. Lots of it.

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

Reviewed: 12-28-16

What made the experience of listening to Born a Crime the most enjoyable?

Trevor Noah's voice and his access to many languages and accents makes this book a delight. He tells his story of growing up in South Africa that is uniquely personal and decidedly South African but his adventures (and misadventures) are recognizable by anyone. This book explains part of why he is such a worthy successor to Jon Stewart. Noah has seen both sides of the economic divide first hand and describes hardship in ways that make you weep but never pity. He doesn't wallow or hate, he just describes the facts of life as he lived them in his own wonderful way.Plus - we could listen to his accent all day long, right?

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Red Notice

  • A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man's Fight for Justice
  • By: Bill Browder
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,237
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,806
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,812

Red Notice is a searing expose of the wholesale whitewash by Russian authorities of Magnitsky's imprisonment and murder, slicing deep into the shadowy heart of the Kremlin to uncover its sordid truths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is an absolute "YES" as your next read/listen

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-07-15

Great story, just could have been half as long.

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

Reviewed: 11-13-15

This is an important story that deserves wide circulation, especially in light of the recent actions of Putin. It's too bad a good editor didn't pare it down though. The writing is full of unnecessary "travelogue" details that slow it down. Things like "I showered, shaved and got dressed" or "the phone rang at 11:15. I picked it up and answered it. "It was so-and-so". It could have been half as long and much more effective. Still very interesting story.

  • The Secret Anarchy of Science: Free Radicals

  • By: Michael Brooks
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 84

This thrilling exploration of some of the greatest breakthroughs in science reveals the extreme lengths some scientists go to in order to make their theories public. Fraud, suppressing evidence, and unethical or reckless PR games are sometimes necessary to bring the best and most brilliant discoveries to the world's attention. Inspiration can come from the most unorthodox of places, and Brooks introduces us to Nobel laureates who get their ideas through drugs, dreams, and hallucinations. .

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Scientific Insights

  • By Jacqui on 09-04-12

Cherry Picks and Misrepresents

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Having the author write fiction instead. He confuses science with scientists and cherry picks a few examples to make his predetermined point. He misses out on the 99% of scientists who do things differently than the few he chooses to represent. Time and again he conflates process with the personal issues of individuals and seems to think universities run labs without strict controls. The Wild West he describes was dead a few decades ago. This book is a sensationalistic view of a few oddballs that misses the point altogether. Don't bother.

What do you think your next listen will be?

The Vatican Exposed

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration, however good, cannot save this book.

What character would you cut from The Secret Anarchy of Science: Free Radicals?

All of them.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,796
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,589
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,603

Oscar Wilde brings his enormous gifts for astute social observation and sparkling prose to The Picture of Dorian Gray, the dreamlike story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. This dandy, who remains forever unchanged---petulant, hedonistic, vain, and amoral---while a painting of him ages and grows increasingly hideous with the years, has been horrifying and enchanting readers for more than 100 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Should be Next In Your Library, Period

  • By Paul on 11-12-13

What a sexist bigot Wilde was.

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

Reviewed: 04-18-15

It was tedious and offensive on many levels. Never reading him again. I suppose it must have seemed good at one point in the past.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Mockingjay

  • The Final Book of The Hunger Games
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,691

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Conflicting Emotions

  • By Sumit G. on 08-28-10

Disappointing ending to this series.

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

Reviewed: 11-21-12

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would change the ending.

If you’ve listened to books by Suzanne Collins before, how does this one compare?

The first book, the Hunger Games, was the best one. The second in the series was also good and so it was quite a let down to read the finale. The first book made you root enthusiastically for characters that are too casually killed off. I found the denouement very unsatisfying and the (very few) characters who survive to the end are not the ones I had hope would do so. This could have been such a great trilogy it is a shame that it had to end this way.

Which scene was your favorite?

Reunion with Gale

Do you think Mockingjay needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. It's done. Should have stopped at book 2.

  • Bossypants

  • By: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,395

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tina Fey broke my new SUV

  • By Warren on 04-07-11

OMG it's funny

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-11

It's funny. It's funny. It's also feminist and progressive. She tells a story and you can't help laughing.
I recommend it for anyone who is interested in: TV, feminism, popular culture, SNL, 30 Rock, Tina Fey, New York, Comedy, Life, Laughter. Her voice is truly unique and to have the author read the book for Audible is awesome.

  • Merchants of Doubt

  • How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming
  • By: Erik M. Conway, Naomi Oreskes
  • Narrated by: Peter Johnson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478

The U.S. scientific community has long led the world in research on such areas as public health, environmental science, and issues affecting quality of life. Our scientists have produced landmark studies on the dangers of DDT, tobacco smoke, acid rain, and global warming. But at the same time, a small yet potent subset of this community leads the world in vehement denial of these dangers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Valuable scholarship, but not exactly literature

  • By Roger on 01-23-11

A "must read" for the literate citizen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-11

This book is well thought out and well researched. It will shock and sadden in some ways but it is necessary reading for any enlightened citizen of the 21st century.

11 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Until Dark

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,087
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,109

Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • That Vampire Said ....

  • By Pamela on 07-24-08

Amazig Narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-11

The author's voice and the narrator make this a sweet concoction of southern inflection and authentic writing. The voice (both figurative and literal) is so compelling I could not take my earbuds out unless I had to talk to someone to order coffee. I also didn't realize how faithful the TV series was to the original book until I heard the Audible version and was surprised at how interesting the story became while listening to the delightful voice of Johanna Parker. Although I wish she didn't lower her voice so much to indicate male speakers (I also hate when male narrators raise their voices in a ridiculous attempt to imitate female speakers) she absolutely "nails" Suki. Really! This is a real gem.