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  • Earth Moved

  • On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms
  • By: Amy Stewart
  • Narrated by: Heather Henderson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 832
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 746

They destroy plant diseases. They break down toxins. They plough the earth. They transform forests. They’ve survived two mass extinctions, including the one that wiped out the dinosaur. Not bad for a creature that’s deaf, blind, and spineless. Who knew that earthworms were one of our planet’s most important caretakers? Or that Charles Darwin devoted his last years to studying their remarkable achievements?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I bow down to our benevolent worm overlords

  • By Kirstin on 04-17-14

xxxxxxx shove your review rules up your audio book

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

Reviewed: 09-10-16

good book. buy it in print. this review requires 20 words and somebody is an idiot.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Republic of Pirates

  • Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down
  • By: Colin Woodard
  • Narrated by: Lewis Grenville
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,599
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,587

In the early 18th century, the Pirate Republic was home to some of the great pirate captains, including Blackbeard, "Black Sam" Bellamy, and Charles Vane. Along with their fellow pirates - former sailors, indentured servants, and runaway slaves - this "Flying Gang" established a crude but distinctive democracy in the Bahamas, carving out their own zone of freedom in which servants were free, blacks could be equal citizens, and leaders were chosen or deposed by a vote.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reads like a novel

  • By Abbie on 02-02-16

it says this is "(optional)"

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-16

watch "Black Sails". this book might be where they got the history.

why does a review have to contain 20 words?

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • I Hear the Sirens in the Street

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 2
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,091

A torso in a suitcase looks like an impossible case, but Sean Duffy isn’t easily deterred, especially when his floundering love life leaves him in need of a distraction. So with detective constables McCrabban and McBride, he goes to work identifying the victim. The torso turns out to be all that’s left of an American tourist who once served in the U.S. military. What was he doing in Northern Ireland in the midst of the 1982 Troubles?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hear "Cold Ground" First, Then Audlble This!

  • By Ted on 08-31-13

Excellent book

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

Reviewed: 02-23-14

Any additional comments?

Oh, Aye. Very good. I'm from Arizona and I now find myself speaking with an Irish accent now and again. The only argument about McKinty is his cant towards classical music and rock and roll. And then in the last book he mentions Miles Davis. Good save, there.

Narrator is excellent and I'm on board to buy the next book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Shakespeare

  • The World as Stage
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 786

William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too Little, Too Short

  • By Charles L. Burkins on 11-30-07

Very good book

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

Reviewed: 01-23-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Shakespeare to be better than the print version?

An excellent book, as is everything from Bryson.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shakespeare?

The debunking of whether Shakespeare wrote his own stuff or not.

Any additional comments?

It is fascinating that Shakespeare's work has such an influence on our modern world and so little is actually known about him. Bryson handles this well and at the end of it... Shakespeare is still Shakespeare.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Embassytown

  • By: China Mieville
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 801
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 650

China Miéville doesn’t follow trends, he sets them. Relentlessly pushing his own boundaries as a writer—and in the process expanding the boundaries of the entire field—with Embassytown, Miéville has crafted an extraordinary novel that is not only a moving personal drama but a gripping adventure of alien contact and war. In the far future, humans have colonized a distant planet, home to sentient beings famed for a language unique in the universe, one that only a few altered human ambassadors can speak....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • must hear to fully appreciate.

  • By Don Gilbert on 01-05-12

Imaginative

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-11

My wife always asks me what I'm reading (listening) and I'm usually not at a loss to tell her what a book is about. This has been the case with all of Mr. Mieville's books so far, and the more so with Embassytown. One good thing about his work is that he doesn't spend any time with set-up. He doesn't go out of his way to explain things... you have to get it from context as the book moves along. Embassytown was rough going at first, but well worth the effort to keep at it.

Having said that, Mieville is one of the most imaginative authors I've read. His command of English is remarkable and he spins a great yarn. This author has a big vocabulary and he's sent me to the dictionary more than once. One small negative: He beats the heck out of the word "palimpsest" in "Perdido Street Station".... but palimpsest is a good word and Mieville uses it very well, every time.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Salt

  • A World History
  • By: Mark Kurlansky
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,196
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,205

So much of our human body is made up of salt that we'd be dead without it. The fine balance of nature, the trade of salt as a currency of many nations and empires, the theme of a popular Shakespearean play... Salt is best selling author Mark Kurlansky's story of the only rock we eat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More than SALT

  • By Karen on 03-12-03

History and Chemistry!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-18-03

Excellent book. The history and the science are both fascinating. Many, many insights into food and vocabulary, politics and economics. I've read The Basque History of the World and am about to buy the book on COD. I've become a great fan of Kurlansky's approach to subject matter and his unique style of writing. Very well done.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful