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  • The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Douglas Adams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,858
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,867

Kate Schechter would like to know why everyone she meets knows her name - and why Thor, the Norse god of thunder, keeps showing up on her doorstep. Dirk Gently, detective and refrigerator wrestler, can uncover the mystery, and only the absurdist wit of Douglas Adams can recount them with such relentless humor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes you miss him even more...

  • By Bruce on 07-02-12

It's Douglas Adams. How can it be bad?

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

What made the experience of listening to The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul the most enjoyable?

Adams' characteristic dry wit has always resounded with me

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dirk Gently, of course

Have you listened to any of Douglas Adams’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Goodbye and Thanks for all the Fish. Love them all!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh, laugh and laugh

Any additional comments?

I'm an Adams fan and somehow I missed this one. His absurdist sense of humor has always made me laugh. His death was a real blow to the literary world..

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fat Chance

  • By: Nick Spalding
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds, Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,823
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,818

Meet Zoe and Greg Milton, a married couple who have let themselves go a bit. Zoe was a stunner in her college days, but the intervening decades have added five stone, and removed most of her self-esteem. Greg's rugby-playing days are well and truly behind him, thanks to countless pints of beer and chicken curry. When Elise, a radio DJ and Zoe's best friend, tells them about a new competition, it seems like the perfect opportunity to turn their lives around.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I freakin loved this book!

  • By Maria on 10-20-14

Funny

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

Reviewed: 08-21-15

If you could sum up Fat Chance in three words, what would they be?

Makes you laugh

What did you like best about this story?

The different viewpoints between the husband and wife, told in first person

What does Heather Wilds and Napoleon Ryan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The difference in the characters they voiced

If you could take any character from Fat Chance out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Wouldn't take them to dinner!

Any additional comments?

When you just want to sit back choose light reading and have a chuckle, this is the book,

  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

  • By: Richard P. Feynman
  • Narrated by: Raymond Todd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,056

With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious and inspiring

  • By Brad Grimm on 11-09-09

One of my favorite books

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

What made the experience of listening to Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! the most enjoyable?

Written in the first person by one of the great minds of the century, Feynman's book mixes the tragedies in his life with the humor and good nature he had while working on the Manhattan Project. His inside knowledge of that time and place rocked me out of any impression that it was a serious, driven atmosphere with no comic relief.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Richard Feynman, of course

What about Raymond Todd’s performance did you like?

Very well read

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Everything you thought you knew about the Manhattan project is wrong

Any additional comments?

I read this book a long time ago, while we were still renting cassettes. I've wished I could own it to be able to reread it again and again.

  • The Patron Saint of Ugly

  • By: Marie Manilla
  • Narrated by: Laura Hicks
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 240

Born in Sweetwater, West Virginia, with a mop of flaming red hair and a map of the world rendered in port-wine stains on every surface of her body, Garnet Ferrari is used to being an outcast. With her sharp tongue, she has always known how to defend herself against bullies and aggressors but finds she is less adept at fending off the pilgrims who have set up a veritable tent city outside her hilltop home, convinced she is Saint Garnet, healer of skin ailments and maker of miracles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Weird but defintately wonderful

  • By Mike on 02-11-15

Quirky, lots to think about

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

Reviewed: 03-27-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, an absorbing, light read, original

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Patron Saint of Ugly?

Don't want to give it away, but the scene where Angelo & Nicky get in the car

Which scene was your favorite?

Hard to say, each is so different. Maybe when Nona takes the tape recorder.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both.

Any additional comments?

The story and the narrator kept me engrossed in the book. Except for the very beginning, when you don't know who is who yet and the female reader is supposed to be a man, she did an excellent job. Light but not too light. Heavy, but not too heavy. Read it, and you will have something to think about. It would make a good book club selection.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,077
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,073

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader

  • By Sires on 04-13-14

Lighthearted but interesting

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

Reviewed: 01-27-15

What made the experience of listening to Just One Damned Thing After Another the most enjoyable?

Interesting premise, time travel for historians. It's almost believable-- I'd surely like to join in.

What did you like best about this story?

Excellent character development, interesting story line

What does Zara Ramm bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She was spot on in narration of the major character.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not so much, it's very long and I'd rather savor it in small doses

Any additional comments?

Fun adventure, good read.

  • What's So Funny?

  • My Hilarious Life
  • By: Tim Conway, Jane Scovell, Carol Burnett
  • Narrated by: Tim Conway, Carol Burnett, Dick Hill, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,413
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,280
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,275

Six-time Emmy Award-winning funnyman Tim Conway, best known for his characters on The Carol Burnett Show, offers a straight-shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian. In television history, few entertainers have captured as many hearts and made as many people laugh as Tim Conway. There's nothing in the world that Tim Conway would rather do than entertain - and in his first-ever memoir, What's So Funny?, that's exactly what he does.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tim, that is what's so funny!!!

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-05-14

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 09-09-14

What disappointed you about What's So Funny??

I love Tim Conway, thought the book would be funnier

Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

No

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

I read the autobiographies of Carol Burnett & Penny Marshall and basically felt the same way-- dreary narrative, lots of name dropping. I think I'm through with this genre, not for me. On the other hand Janis Ian's autobiography was very interesting, lots of revealing the person behind the name (or voice). Here, not so much.

  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,894
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,201
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,229

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ages Well

  • By Dennis on 10-21-12

Stay with it

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

Reviewed: 02-01-14

What made the experience of listening to The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared the most enjoyable?

This book grew on me as more features of the protagonist's life are revealed. At first I thought it was ho-hum, but kept listening and became more and more fascinated.

The author's droll wit, coupled with the reader's excellent rendition, made this an engrossing and fascinating read.

What did you like best about this story?

The plot itself is like nothing I've ever read before. A twist and turn in every chapter.

Which scene was your favorite?

Don't want to spoil-- let's just say Sonia and the assassin

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If only I could. It's very long, which I see as a plus in this case.

Any additional comments?

I did not realize that this book was originally published in Swedish and that the story takes place mainly in Sweden. This would have ordinarily put me off because of the names, but that is not the case here. The main character is Alan Carlson (or whatever the Swedish spelling is), and the other names are easy to remember.

  • Brain on Fire

  • My Month of Madness
  • By: Susannah Cahalan
  • Narrated by: Heather Henderson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,435

In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For those interested in neurology & psychology

  • By Brian Quaranta on 01-07-14

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 11-15-13

What made the experience of listening to Brain on Fire the most enjoyable?

This is a gripping true life story of a young woman who descended into madness and came out of it to tell the story. It is rare to find a first hand account of this sort. Well worth reading.

What about Heather Henderson’s performance did you like?

Excellent narration, felt like she was living it and telling you what happened

23 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,285

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What book did others hear?

  • By Tenizmom on 09-20-12

Not a fan of his, but.....

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

Reviewed: 06-11-13

What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

The suspense, the sense of familiarity with the characters

What other book might you compare 11-22-63 to and why?

The Butterfly Effect because changing one thing in the past has unknowable repercussions in the present

Which scene was your favorite?

Running to stop Lee Harvey Oswald on the day of the shooting

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Beware of what you wish for

Any additional comments?

I am NOT a Stephen King fan, but I was spellbound throughout this book. Rarely do you come across a book that is both character driven and plot driven to the same extent. King took his time fleshing out all the characters, even the minor ones.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blackout

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
  • Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,519
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,525

In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Double review - Blackout and All Clear

  • By Monica on 06-03-12

Wait for Part 2

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-10

I love Connie Willis, so I knew that I was going to read her book. I should have read the other reviews first, so I would be prepared for the fact that the book ends abruptly. Apparently part 2 comes out in November, and I would have liked to read it all the way through. I agree that the book is less about time travel than about how Brits made it through WWII, but I was fascinated with the storyline. The stories of various characters interweave with each other, so be prepared for abrupt shifts. I actually found this juxtaposition interesting. I would have given it 5 stars, but for the abrupt "non ending".

9 of 12 people found this review helpful