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  • The Book of Lost Things

  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,905
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,653

High in his attic bedroom, 12-year-old David mourns the loss of his mother. He is angry and he is alone, with only the books on his shelf for company.But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother, he finds that the real world and the fantasy world have begun to meld. The Crooked Man has come, with his mocking smile and his enigmatic words: "Welcome, your majesty. All hail the new king."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For Those Who Enjoy Playing with Fairytales

  • By alison on 01-06-13

A "grown-up" fairy tale

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

If you loved fairy tales as a child, you will love this book. A bit gruesome in parts, but what proper fairy tale isn't? After all, they are written to warn children of danger and evil, both without and within. And of course, all of the lost things are found again in the end.

  • The Dead Mountaineer's Inn

  • One More Last Rite for the Detective Genre
  • By: Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 786
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 781

When Inspector Peter Glebsky arrives at a remote ski chalet on vacation, the last thing he intends to do is get involved in any police work. He's there to ski, drink brandy, and loaf around in blissful solitude. But he hadn't counted on the other vacationers, an eccentric bunch, including a famous hypnotist, a physicist with a penchant for gymnastic feats, a sulky teenager of indeterminate gender, and the mysterious Mr. and Mrs. Moses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • SKIP THE INTRODUCTION IF YOU’VE NEVER READ THIS BOOK

  • By Scott George on 05-10-18

Lovely, classic Russian absurdist satire

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

A masterful sendup of the "guest house" genre of murder mystery. The story could have been jointly written by Agatha Christie and Mikhail Bulgakov! Enjoyable and short enough to be a day's diversion. Now where did I put my skis, and where is my hot spiced port?!

  • Relic

  • Pendergast, Book 1
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,637
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,675

Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Non-Perishable

  • By Snoodely on 05-26-10

WOW! Literally a nail biter!

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

I got this book to save for my Halloween reading, but ended up inhaling it in one day. Will *definitely* listen again in the fall. The characters are amazing and the narrator does an amazing job of distinctively voicing each one. I also give five stars because I can't handle super-gory books, and this book relies more on psychological terror rather than detailed descriptions of torture/gore. My only question - was D'Agusto's first name Lou, or Vincent? He was called both by different characters at different times. A very minor quibble with an otherwise great book!

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  • What It's Like to Be a Dog

  • And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience
  • By: Gregory Berns
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 417

What is it like to be a dog? A bat? Or a dolphin? To find out, neuroscientist Gregory Berns and his team began with a radical step: they taught dogs to go into an MRI scanner - completely awake. They discovered what makes dogs individuals with varying capacities for self-control, different value systems, and a complex understanding of human speech. And dogs were just the beginning. In What It's Like to Be a Dog, Berns explores the fascinating inner lives of wild animals from dolphins and sea lions to the extinct Tasmanian tiger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If You Were Disappointed In HOW DOGS LOVE US--

  • By Gillian on 03-23-18

All beings that are sentient can suffer

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

And vice versa. Excellent book and really expands your thinking to consider how and why other animals developed sentience. And also, well, explains how brains work!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Get Well Soon

  • History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
  • By: Jennifer Wright
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,292

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know syphilis could be so fascinating.

  • By Carrie Arnold on 02-09-17

Simply Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

Sharply witty and incisive writing *and* narration. For those of us who worry about history's mistakes that seem to be getting repeated today, this book is a treasure trove of what we've done right. Highly recommend!

  • The Hike

  • By: Drew Magary
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,536
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,525

When Ben, a suburban family man, takes a business trip to rural Pennsylvania, he decides to spend the afternoon before his dinner meeting on a short hike. Once he sets out into the woods behind his hotel, he quickly comes to realize that the path he has chosen cannot be given up easily. With no choice but to move forward, Ben finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a world of man-eating giants, bizarre demons, and colossal insects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Take a Hike

  • By Karen Moran on 06-04-17

Clever!!

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

Engrossing story full of twists and turns. Narrator does a great job of voicing all the characters. Packed with symbolism like a fairy tale - not sure I can process it all just yet. A moving story about what is real and what isn't, and what a person will do to get back to the ones they love.

  • Brain Myths Exploded

  • Lessons from Neuroscience
  • By: The Great Courses, Indre Viskontas
  • Narrated by: Indre Viskontas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,297

Much of the layperson's knowledge of the brain is predicated on a lack of understanding about this mysterious organ. To start building a more straightforward, accurate understanding of current breakthroughs in neuroscience, you have to start by shattering popular brain myths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great lecturer, very enjoyable

  • By Jared T Wilsey on 02-14-17

My brain just might explode from learning so much!

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

Reviewed: 01-15-18

My brain just might explode from learning so much about itself! No really, this is a very good series packed with great information. I listened to it straight through and the only negative, for me, is that Professor Indre's cadences and emphasis occasionally got annoying (hence the 4 instead of 5 stars.) Good stuff!

  • The Bear and the Nightingale

  • A Novel
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,926

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year, and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind - she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was swept away

  • By Crystal Midkiff on 02-04-17

Almost perfect...

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

I loved the story right up until the last hour, when some of the final actions in the plot just didn't seem to make a whole lot of sense to me. I was expecting more revelations to tie together the main character to elements mentioned early in the story and that didn't happen, as far as I could tell. It felt like the author introduced too many elements and was perhaps struggling to finish the book. Still, it was a very enjoyable listen during a cold winter's week and I would even listen to it again to unpack more of the symbolism that came in such a rush at the end. The characters, for the most part, were decently well-rounded and even the "bad guys" were sympathetic. The narrator was excellent - I could listen to her rich approximation of a Russian accent all day!

  • The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness

  • By: Paula Poundstone
  • Narrated by: Paula Poundstone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 970
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 963

Is there a secret to happiness? Beloved comedian Paula Poundstone conducts a series of "thoroughly unscientific" experiments to find out, offering herself up as a guinea pig and recording her data for the benefit of all humankind. Armed with her unique brand of self-deprecating wit and the scientific method, in each chapter Paula tries out a different get-happy hypothesis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Contemplative, with bursts of laughter

  • By Diana on 05-15-17

Funny sendup of modern life!

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

For the first time in a long time, I laughed until I cried from listening to an audiobook. Nothing in the book is earth-shattering vis-a-vis happiness, but it *is* nice that someone else has gone to all the trouble to do all the things people tell you to do to be happy and reported back, because I personally am far too lazy to actually do them all myself. There are many points where the author *could* have been dismally saccharine and trite, and she avoided excesses of sentimentality very well. When she did indulge, it was sweet and well-done. Would definitely recommend as a pleasant read/listen!

  • My Struggle, Book 1

  • By: Karl Ove Knausgaard, Don Bartlett - translator
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 529

My Struggle: Book One introduces American listeners to the audacious, addictive, and profoundly surprising international literary sensation that is the provocative and brilliant six-volume autobiographical novel by Karl Ove Knausgaard. It has already been anointed a Proustian masterpiece and is the rare work of dazzling literary originality that is intensely, irresistibly readable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Perfect Reading for This Book

  • By Scott on 04-14-15

Navel-gazing at its worst

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

Reviewed: 11-20-17

Newsflash - having young kids is hard. I lost interest when the author started whining about how his stuff is trashy and his children unruly, and why can't he have nice stuff like people that work office jobs, but he apparently never buys more than 1 days' worth of food for his family? Also I'm not really interested reading about the tedium of child-rearing. His descriptive scenes are amazing, especially the opening pages! Unfortunately, his writing is unfocused, and my time will be better spent reading more imaginative works of fiction, or writing my own diary!

I loved the narrator - I found him to be clear, crisp, well-paced, and he gave perfect emphasis to the overtones and subtexts of this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful