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  • It's Just a Jump to the Left

  • The Unauthorized Guide to Occult Symbolism in the Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • By: Isaac Weishaupt
  • Narrated by: Isaac Weishaupt
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

It's Just a Jump to the Left: The Unauthorized Guide to Occult Symbolism in The Rocky Horror Picture Show breaks down the occult symbolism hidden in the cult classic film known as The Rocky Horror Picture Show. If you're a life-long fan of this tale, than I can't advise you enough to listen to this book, because it will change your entire outlook of this film!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Author reads too much into this...

  • By James A. Tarpley on 08-24-16

Not worth the time or money

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

This seemed interesting, but quickly devolved into nothing more than an empty conspiracy theory that pulls from any source that seems to support it, but ignores any and all attempts to substantiate anything. To make it worse, the narration presents it in a way that makes it uninteresting to listen to.

  • A Brief History of Seven Killings

  • By: Marlon James
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean, Cherise Boothe, Dwight Bacquie, and others
  • Length: 26 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,603
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,594

Winner, The Man Booker Prize, 2015 Deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters - assassins, journalists, drug dealers, and even ghosts - A Brief History of Seven Killings is the fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time and its bloody aftermath, from the streets and slums of Kingston in the 1970s, to the crack wars in 1980s New York, to a radically altered Jamaica in the 1990s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Brilliant!

  • By Philip on 01-30-16

Phenomenal, but not for a first time exposure.

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

The author is amazing and the narrators bring the characters to life, but it is too much of a great thing. The story has a lot of depth that gets confused by the skillful production. I think that it would be one of the best audiobooks for somebody already familiar with the book.

  • Case for Christ, Revised & Updated

  • A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus
  • By: Lee Strobel
  • Narrated by: Lee Strobel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,738
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,568
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,562

Retracing his own spiritual journey from atheism to faith, Lee Strobel, former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates from schools like Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis who are recognized authorities in their own fields. Strobel challenges them with questions like: How reliable is the New Testament? Does evidence for Jesus exist outside the Bible? Is there any reason to believe the resurrection was an actual event?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Jeff Wedding on 09-07-17

A case lost at the start

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

The author asks the listener to act as an objective jurist as he "investigates" the evidence, but immediately accepts admitted hearsay from admittedly anonymous sources and uses that basis for every other point to both branch from and rely on. I suggest listening to "The Case Against the Case for Christ" in parallel with this selection.

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  • The Case Against the Case for Christ

  • A New Testament Scholar Refutes the Reverend Lee Strobel
  • By: Robert M. Price
  • Narrated by: Robert M. Price
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

Leading New Testament scholar Robert M. Price has taken umbrage at the cavalier manner in which Rev. Lee Strobel has misrepresented the field of Bible scholarship in his book The Case for Christ. Price exposes and refutes Strobel's arguments chapter-by-chapter. In doing so, he has occasion to wipe out the entire field of Christian apologetics as summarized by Strobel. This book is a must-read for anyone bewildered by the various books published by Rev. Strobel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book - For an In-depth Analysis

  • By L. Powell on 04-26-16

A good point-by-point rebuttal

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

The narration was lacking, but I don't hold that against a scholarly text that is read by the author. I went through this in parallel with the source material that it refutes and suggest that approach.

  • Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Sherlock Holmes' Rediscovered Railway Stories

  • Four Original Short Stories
  • By: John Taylor
  • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,373
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,138

Benedict Cumberbatch reads these four new Sherlock Holmes stories by John Taylor: 'An Inscrutable Masquerade', 'The Conundrum of Coach 13', 'The Trinity Vicarage Larceny' and 'The 10.59 Assassin'. Inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle's original Sherlock Holmes stories, John Taylor has written four more mysteries featuring the world's greatest detective. Read by acclaimed actor Benedict Cumberbatch, these new adventures share all the suspense of the original tales.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No One Writes Holmes Like Doyle

  • By Amy Deringer Robinson on 12-06-15

Definitely not Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's work.

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

This was an attempt to present new Holmes stories, but failed in providing the natural flow apparent in the original tales.

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  • Welcome to the Universe

  • An Astrophysical Tour
  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, J. Richard Gott
  • Narrated by: Michael Butler Murray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 842
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756

Welcome to the Universe is a personal guided tour of the cosmos by three of today's leading astrophysicists. Inspired by the enormously popular introductory astronomy course that Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, and J. Richard Gott taught together at Princeton, this book covers it all - from planets, stars, and galaxies to black holes, wormholes, and time travel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So many things to learn

  • By lennyankireddi on 04-25-17

Too many equations.

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

A fascinating book that doesn't translate well to audio. I can handle not having the downloadable content handy, but there are sections that feel like they are mostly equations. That makes it tedious to listen to.

  • The (Sort of) Dark Mage

  • Waldo Rabbit Series, Book 1
  • By: Nelson Chereta
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 796
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747

The (Sort of) Dark Mage is the story of a young man named Waldo who grows up in a world where monsters, the undead, and dark magic are part of everyday life. He is forced to go on a journey to prove himself and soon discovers that his beliefs don't fit into the wider world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging, but has no ending.

  • By Ryan on 07-30-17

A book should not end until it reaches it's ending

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

The story is great and the narrator is enjoyable, but it stops at a non-ending in order to continue in a later book. That is something that I find to be inexcusable. I would have likely enjoyed this as a series of different stories, but not as a series of a single story broken into parts the way that it was.

  • The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

  • By: April Henry
  • Narrated by: Cristina Panfilio
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,112
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,959
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,959

"Take her out back and finish her off." She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that two men are arguing over whether or not to kill her.And that she must run.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Strong start sputters to a stall....

  • By Kimberly on 03-17-17

Forced plot points and no tension

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

The premise intrigued me and the opening built well, but that quickly died as it became apparent that the author cared more about stringing together various plot points than crafting a good story. The performance was not bad, but it also wasn't memorable.

  • H.G. Wells Science Fiction Collection

  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Peter Batchelor, George Eustice, Alan Munro
  • Length: 20 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 415
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376

Four classic science-fiction stories: 20 hours of great listening. This collection of classic Wells tales includes The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, The War of The Worlds, and The Island of Doctor Moreau.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • good story lines, terrible narration

  • By martie on 03-26-13

Worth the low price, but that's it.

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

Reviewed: 01-23-17

Unless you enjoy Wells' writings, I would not recommend this. The narrators, for the most part, add nothing to the boring stories. I was not a fan of the author as a teenager and these narrations did not change that. I will give H. G. Wells credit for the creative concepts, but wish someone else had told the tales. For the cost, this is a good collection for someone that wants to be acquainted with these works. Just don't expect anything special from it.

  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 70 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,908
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,746
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,742

Here in one recording is every Sherlock Holmes story ever written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Originally appearing in serial form, these famous stories are here presented in the order in which they were first published beginning in 1887. Included in this definitive, award-winning collection are four novels and 56 short stories, a total of 60 titles. The 56 short stories are aggregated into five named collections, just as they were originally published in book form.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More collections like this, please!

  • By Myusollo on 07-22-14

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 12-10-16

This has made me regret not exposing myself to the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle sooner. The narrator has done a exquisite job of bringing all of the characters to life. At the conclusion, I feel as if a close friend and I are parting ways.