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  • Steve Jobs

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 25 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,008
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,201

Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting man

  • By Jeanne on 11-13-11

Read it in hard copy instead

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

Reviewed: 04-20-14

Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

The narrator has a nice enough voice, but he doesn't create different character voices for any of the characters, even for Steve Jobs. And he reads the book's dialog in a silly sing-song that makes it sound like it was written poorly (even though it's not written poorly).

  • Catching Fire

  • Hunger Games, Book 2
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,432

Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost as good as the first

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 04-14-12

More about politics, less about the games

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

Reviewed: 01-28-14

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

In the first book, the political descriptions were background, setting the story for the personalities and the games. Which was fine. But in this book, they have been expanded, so that the games are just a playing piece in the overarching political/revolutionary story. I'm not interested in political/revolutionary stories, so there you have it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Genghis Lords of The Bow

  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 578
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579

New York Times best-selling author Conn Iggulden's Genghis Khan novels are infused with action, adventure, and rich historical details further fleshing out the great warlord's world. Having risen from his tribal upbringing, Genghis now leads a horde of fellow countrymen on a mission of conquest throughout Asia. Escaping the Gobi Desert, he faces his greatest challenge, overtaking the empire of the Chin - a land protected by a massive, impenetrable wall.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really liked the story, but not the reader

  • By C. Johnson on 02-20-10

Terrible narrator

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-11

So tell me why, if you are the narrator of the second book in the series obviously intended to be listened to sequentially, and for some reason they hired you to narrate the second and third books, after using another guy for the first book (what, the first guy was busy or something?), WHY WHY WHY would you change the pronunciation of the names of the major characters? Hassar becomes Haaassssser, Eluk (pronounced Ay-Luke), becomes pronounced Eee-Luck all of a sudden? (etc). Bleh. And, why would you give the main character, who is (or was, at the end of the last book), presented sympathetically, a nasal, evil sounding voice?

I only made it a half hour in. Going to go buy the paper version of the book instead. And will be avoiding Richard Ferrone in the future. Overly dramatic to the point of annoying, in addition to the changed names.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Stones into Schools

  • Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • By: Greg Mortenson
  • Narrated by: Atossa Leoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 158

From the author of the number-one national best seller Three Cups of Tea, the continuing story of this determined humanitarian and the schools he has established. In this dramatic first-person narrative, Greg Mortenson recounts his relentless, ongoing efforts to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan; his extensive work in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan after a massive earthquake; and the unique ways he has built relationships with Islamic clerics, militia commanders, and tribal leaders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than Three Cups of Tea

  • By Cate F. on 12-15-09

Excellent book, terrible narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-11

Unlike some, I did not like the narrator at all. She read in an overly dramatic voice one would use in a children's storybook, and resulting in the narration lacking the gravity that it deserved. The characters sounded ridiculous in her voice especially Mortenson, as this was written in first person, and she was unable to create character distinctive character voices. When I looked her up, I was not surprised she had narrated the children's edition of Three Cups of Tea, on which I'm sure she did an excellent job. I liked the book despite the narrator, but will make sure to avoid her in the future. (I wanted to scream every time she said "Twenny" instead of "Twenty"?) Mortenson delivered, however, with the book, fabulous.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Needful Things

  • The Last Castle Rock Story
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 25 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,579

A new store has opened in the town of Castle Rock, Maine. It has whatever your heart desires...if you're willing to pay the price. In this chilling novel by one of the most potent imaginations of our time, evil is on a shopping spree and out to scare you witless. Presented unabridged and read by the author.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, but why the music?

  • By Andrew on 10-25-11

Book ok - narration - ick!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-09

I thought Stephen King might do a good job narrating his own book. Turns out I hated his voice/accent/intonation. Make sure you listen to the sample before buying! He has a really unusual voice that annoyed the heck out of me.

2 of 12 people found this review helpful