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  • Don Quixote

  • Translated by Edith Grossman
  • By: Miguel de Cervantes, Edith Grossman (translator)
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 39 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,229

Sixteenth-century Spanish gentleman Don Quixote, fed by his own delusional fantasies, takes to the road in search of chivalrous adventures. But his quest leads to more trouble than triumph. At once humorous, romantic, and sad, Don Quixote is a literary landmark. This fresh edition, by award-winning translator Edith Grossman, brings the tale to life as never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterpiece - in literature and narration!

  • By Peter Y. Chapman on 06-13-14

Wow

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

Don Quixote man of La Mancha - I have looked to read /listen to this book for many years. Finally, I have finished - all 39 1/2 hours.

I truly had no understanding of the scope nor size of this work. Many times I wondered if I could listen through one more story about the feeble knight errant. Only to laugh harder with each chapter.

Prior to this, I had seen the movie, and stage version which are quite condensed. But I can't imagine leaving any chapter out.

The narrator did a wonderful job, not only playing each character, but in making the story jump from the pages (I mean ear phones). Not add if that makes a difference.

I am very happy to have finally met the brave knight, the complaining but brave page, and of course Cervantes himself.

If you love prose, words and language, you will love this book. If not, well listen and you will.

  • Things Fall Apart

  • By: Chinua Achebe
  • Narrated by: Peter Francis James
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,834
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,579
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,575

Okonkwo is born into poverty, with a wastrel for a father. Driven by ambition, he works tirelessly to gain the prosperity of many fields and wives and prestige in his village. But he is harsh as well as diligent. As he sees the traditions of his people eroded by white missionaries and government officials, he lashes out in anger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Achebe's Magnum Opus

  • By Darwin8u on 11-28-12

Fall apart they do

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

The English as they have proven over and over again, from Africa to India, from Ireland to Australia, and even America, demonstrate again just how brutal they are.

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,319

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Scott on 04-10-08

As great as it's reputation

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

Dune held my attention, as I hoped it would
I need to listen again
I wish the ensemble cast would have stayed in character throughout the book, as it became difficult at times to follow, but the 2nd listening will fix that.
Wonderful

  • The Shack

  • By: Wm. Paul Young
  • Narrated by: Roger Mueller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,339

Mackenzie Allen Phillips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in this midst of his great sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack one wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change his life forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Soul Changing

  • By LucySue on 12-30-16

Still thinking!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

My title says enough, but they say I need 15 words, nothing else is needed

  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,293

With his trademark mirth and boundless charisma, actor Nick Offerman brought the loveable shenanigans of Twain's adolescent hero to life in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Now, in yet another virtuosic performance, the actor proves that despite being separated by a span of over a century, his connection to the author and his work is undeniable and that theirs is a timeless collaboration that should not be missed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mark Twain and Nick Offerman are a perfect match

  • By Philip M. Chute on 10-23-17

Hmmmm

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

My all time favorite book, one I hadn't read since sometime a few years after college (so like 30 years).
I saw this on audible, and couldn't wait - moving it ahead of my long line of books to listen too.
The book kept me laughing, and all those memories of my previous readings dished back.
However, I never could get past the narration. Mr Offerman did a great job with all characters, except for the books main character "the boss" (Back Morgan). Hank is read as simply a monotone character, plain master of fact, and with little emotion.
Just couldn't get past this interpretation.
Although I still love the story, despite some irreverent treatments of the Catholic Church and Chivalry in general, that is just satire.
Wished I had listened to a different reader.

  • Murder in an Irish Village

  • By: Carlene O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,644
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,323
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,308

In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Natalie's Bistro has always been warm and welcoming. Nowadays 22-year-old Siobhan O'Sullivan runs the family bistro named for her mother, along with her five siblings, after the death of their parents in a car crash almost a year ago. It's been a rough year for the O'Sullivans, but it's about to get rougher. One morning, as they're opening the bistro, they discover a man seated at a table with a pair of hot pink barber scissors protruding from his chest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Mystery

  • By Jill, NM on 10-21-16

Just Lovely

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

One of those stories that leave you feeling good.
A murder mystery, that I figured out half way through, but a story that I couldn't let go of.

The O'Sullivan family had lost their parents, and now a dead body is found in the family bistro. Siobahn, the just old enough for college matriarch has to figure it out, as her younger brother has been arrested. Aided by her all too innocent younger siblings, scratch, scrape and blunder their way to eventually put it all together, only to be trapped by the killer.

A load of fun, especially if you every lived, visited, or longed for the Irish countryside.

Take me home

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,688
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,643

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book for those new to astrophysics.

  • By TMort on 06-07-17

Fun, but heavy

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

Well, my first listening of the author Neil degrasse Tyson.
Clearly, he is a master of topic and tone, able to reel the listener in. And it's just that, which is my only criticism. I just don't know that muck about physics, astrophysics cosmology, or any of the other out of this world sciences. Consequently some of the concepts and topics are way over my head. I wish I had a few more hours and a dictionary to grasp some of this discussion.
Maybe some day in the time continuum, I will have the time? Until then, I will leave it to Mr deGrasse and his colleagues.

  • The Thief

  • An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 5
  • By: Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,429

On the ocean liner Mauretania, two European scientists with a dramatic new invention are barely rescued from abduction by the Van Dorn Detective Agency's intrepid chief investigator, Isaac Bell. Unfortunately, they are not so lucky the second time. The thugs attack again - and this time, one of the scientists dies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Review: An Issac Bell Piece

  • By Zack on 03-08-12

Great

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

Another fast place adventure full of historic reference, intrigue and love.
Isn't that a recipe for a good time?

  • The Screwtape Letters

  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,616

A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below". At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old Devil to his nephew, Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One to Read Again and Again

  • By E. Pearson on 12-31-11

A thoughtful ride, haven't stopped thinking yet

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Ralph Cosham's performance is wonderful. Through his voice, I could envision the worm that screwtape must be.

Lewis masterfully takes the reader through the mind and heart of "the evil one" and gives the reader a glimpse of how he might think and act.

I especially liked the sudden interruption and changing into a centipede of his servant.

Poor wormwood, who failed, you have to wonder what he must have tasted like.

Religious and moral teaching often centers around what one should and shouldn't do. Lewis using screwtape, tells us how the devil gets us to do what he wants us to do, which really adds depth and insight to traditional teaching. Lewis left me hiring rewind and replaying the audio many times.

I'm going to buy the book so that I can take my time, take notes, and reflect.

  • The Striker

  • An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 6
  • By: Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,320

It is 1902, and a bright, inexperienced young man named Isaac Bell, only two years out of his apprenticeship at the Van Dorn Detective Agency, has an urgent message for his boss. Hired to hunt for radical unionist saboteurs in the coal mines, he is witness to a terrible accident that makes him think that something else is going on, that provocateurs are at work and bigger stakes are in play. Little does he know just how big they are. Given exactly one week to prove his case, Bell quickly finds himself pitted against two of the most ruthless opponents he has ever known.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, really enjoyed this one.

  • By tristan on 03-15-13

Pure enjoyment

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

Reviewed: 11-20-17

Cussler and Scott, and their hero Isaac Bell never disappoint.
Yes, perhaps the writing isn't as polished as Dickens, as creative as Vonneguet, or fun as fun as Twain. But it sure is hard to put down (or stop listening in this case).

Just a good ole ride down the road.