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  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,552

In 1937, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incorrect charges of censorship.

  • By arye orona on 07-27-14

Impeccable

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-19

Just about the most authentic fiction imaginable? The spoken version invokes wonder and evokes gratitude.

  • Hell's Gate

  • Multiverse, Book 1
  • By: David Weber, Linda Evans
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 37 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 350

Arcana has never encountered another intelligent species while exploring scores of other worlds. No cities, no vast empires, no civilizations, and no equivalent of their own dragons, gryphons, spells, and wizards. But all of that is about to change. It seems there is intelligent life elsewhere in the multiverse. Other human intelligent life, with terrifying new weapons and powers of the mind...and wizards who go by the strange title of ''scientist''.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • we'll get there...eventually.

  • By Erin Newlin on 04-12-16

Psychologically sophisticated & extremely well written!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Bravo!
Character depth and structure revealed masterfully. Interpersonal actions served plot development seamlessly with narrative.
Again, Bravo

  • To a God Unknown

  • By: John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott (introduction)
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 240

Set in familiar Steinbeck territory, To a God Unknown is a mystical tale, exploring one man's attempt to control the forces of nature and, ultimately, to understand the ways of God.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Steinbeck; Terrible and Beautiful

  • By Michael on 04-28-13

The complexity of identification and identity exposed

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-17

As in East of Eden and The Winter of Our Discontent, Steinbeck reveals the complexity of identity and identification. With Joseph becoming the land his inevitable reality is laid bare with devastating clarity.

  • Strange the Dreamer

  • By: Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,105

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around - and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old, he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great until the ending

  • By Shane A. McGarry on 10-23-17

Beyond excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-17

This work of creative expression establishes a new level artistic prowess. Both author and narrator conspired to provide the reader with an experience of a world with another dimension while filling the familiar with depth and richness comparable to the worlds of Frodo and Alice. I'm grateful.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • The Cycle of Arawn

  • The Complete Trilogy
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 65 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,042
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,037

The White Tree (book one): In Mallon the dark magic of the nether has been banned for centuries. Its users have been driven out or killed. Its secrets lost. But the holy book of the nethermancers has just been found by a boy named Dante. As he works to unlock the book's power, he's attacked in the street. The nethermancers aren't gone—and they want their book back. Caught between death cultists and the law, Dante fights for his life, aided by his growing skills and a brash bodyguard named Blays.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In Response to the Criticism from Other Reviewers

  • By Jonah on 06-11-17

Refreshing bits of real originality!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-18-16

The author creates a worldview that works to integrate supernatural and natural domains effectively. Harnessing "nether" is like a fanciful equivalent to marshaling entropy. The enigmatic "ethermancers" appear to be working with the same energy as the synergy that invigorates life and presents as "chi" or "om' or "vitality". It's akin to the difference between light and dark matter. Anyway, it hangs together well.
Way to go Mr Robertson