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J. Comeaux

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  • When Worlds Collide

  • By: Edwin Balmer, Philip Wylie
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 680
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 605
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 606

A runaway planet hurtles toward Earth. As it draws near, massive tidal waves, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions wrack our planet, devastating continents, drowning cities, and wiping out millions. In central North America, a team of scientists race to build a spacecraft powerful enough to escape the doomed Earth. Their greatest threat, they soon discover, comes not from the skies but from other humans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is one for the older generation.

  • By Lawrence on 02-21-12

Not very well written

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

Reviewed: 03-31-17

It wants to be a story about Tony and Eve, but the author's own views and opinions and voice overrides. People in this book speak in long speeches. I wanted to hear this book so I could listen to "After Worlds Collide." it will be a struggle to finish it. I suppose the narrator is OK, but my opinion is colored by the awful writing.

  • Divergent

  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,835

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's not for me. Loved it anyway.

  • By Grant on 05-24-12

Surprised by its Characters and Force

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

Reviewed: 08-06-14

In this book our 16-yr-old heroine is presented immediately with conflict and choices. We are quickly drawn into her world and her strange life in this place of 'factions', groups of people with common tendencies and goals (that's a simplistic explanation) but Tris is 'Divergent' meaning she doesn't fit into one of the factions, but must choose one anyway. This story is about a person striving to be who she is, and not who society says she should be. For that, it is fantastic. I am currently in book 3 of the trilogy, and I am still enthralled by the writing, the descriptions, the emotions, and the story. I highly recommend this. And as a bonus, there is nothing in here that would embarrass your grandmother (no cursing or blasphemy).

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
    
    
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        L. Frank Baum
    
    


    
    
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        Anne Hathaway
    
    


    
    Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
    3,497 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

  • By: L. Frank Baum
  • Narrated by: Anne Hathaway
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,497
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,134

One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming The Dark Knight Rises, lent her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In Time for the Holiday.Give the GIFT of a STORY!

  • By Thomas M Clifford on 11-27-13

Never Better than this wonderful performance

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

Reviewed: 05-18-14

What about Anne Hathaway’s performance did you like?

Anne's performance was the top. By creating different characterizations of the dozens of people in Oz (mice, stork, soldiers, witches, munchkins, wizard, and most importantly, Dorothy, Tinman, Scarecrow, and my favorite, the Lion), she made the story we know so well memorable again. Thank you for your talents, Anne.

  • Sherlock Holmes in America

  • By: Jon L. Lellenberg (editor), Martin H. Greenberg (editor), Daniel Stashower (editor)
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 446
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 449

Just in time for Sherlock Holmes, the major motion picture starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law: the world’s greatest fictional detective and his famous sidekick Dr. Watson are on their first trip across the Atlantic as they solve crimes all over 19th-century America - from the bustling neighborhoods of New York, Boston, and D.C. to fog-shrouded San Francisco. The world’s best-loved British sleuth faces some of the most cunning criminals America has to offer and meets America’s most famous figures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh out loud stories clever and smart

  • By J. Comeaux on 10-11-13

Laugh out loud stories clever and smart

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

Reviewed: 10-11-13

Any additional comments?

Short stories by different writers, so you get different styles and characters. These are SO MUCH FUN. Sherlock and Wyatt Earp. Sherlock and Teddy Roosevelt. Don't tell me that the purists would wince. Let us have some fun with our favorite consulting detective and his trusty side kick. Love these stories.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

Beethoven's Shadow
    
    
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        Jonathan Biss
    
    


    
    
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        Jeff Woodman
    
    


    
    Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
    717 ratings
    Overall 2.9
  • Beethoven's Shadow

  • By: Jonathan Biss
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 717
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 622
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 626

The American pianist Jonathan Biss is known to audiences throughout the world for his artistry, musical intelligence, and deeply felt interpretations. What is less known until now is that Jonathan Biss writes about music in a most compelling and engaging way. For anyone who has ever enjoyed a Beethoven concert or a Beethoven recording, or one of the many films about Beethoven, this audiobook is an inspiring listening experience.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing glimpse into musical interpretation

  • By CarolB on 07-27-13

Would be improved by music

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

Reviewed: 10-11-13

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed finding out about the musical experiences and insights that the author had in his young life. But really, with each mention of Beethoven Sonata number such-and-such, I really wished that a few measures were played for the listener to hear, recognize, and enjoy. I have not memorized the works by number. THis is an audio book, and it would be greatly enhanced with a few musical interludes.

  • Falling Upward

  • A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
  • By: Richard Rohr
  • Narrated by: Richard Rohr
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,498

In the first half of life, we are naturally preoccupied with establishing ourselves; climbing, achieving, and performing. But as we grow older and encounter challenges and mistakes, we need to see ourselves in a different and more life-giving way. This message of falling down - that is in fact moving upward - is the most resisted and counterintuitive of messages in the world's religions. Falling Upward offers a new paradigm for understanding one of the most profound of life's mysteries: how those who have fallen down are the only ones who understand "up".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I almost gave up on Christianity until I read this

  • By J. Mark Wells on 09-03-14

A soft-spoken priest with some sage advice

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

Reviewed: 09-24-13

Any additional comments?

The best thing about this book is the way it can set your mind at ease. Have you been fretting and worrying over things like your salvation? Your behavior? Your attitude? Your ideal self vs. your real self? Let Father Rohr explain it all to you. It will be so much clearer. I'm so glad I let him in because things I had taken pains over, he eased up. Some of his quotes are memorable, such as from St. Augustine: "unity in essentials, freedom in non-essentials, charity in all things." It may be all I recall, but it is powerful.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • A Confederacy of Dunces

  • By: John Kennedy Toole
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,443
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,451

The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Done

  • By Jon on 09-18-05

A Stand-Out Book, and Spot-on Narration

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

Reviewed: 09-24-13

Any additional comments?

I read the book back in early 1980's, and now I have thoroughly enjoyed the audible version. What a wonderful job the narrator did of getting so many individual voices, sometimes in the same scene, and making them unique and enjoyable. The book captures many, maybe most, of the low-life New Orleans city living in the 1960's. I know because I lived there in the 1970's, and not much had changed. I have read a hundred reader reviews of this book, and the sum is this: if you like this sort of thing, then this is the sort of book you'll like. An anti-hero that has no redeeming qualities. A collection of characters all around him that are not much better. Even if you loathe the book, you'll come away with a feeling, "Well, I'm glad I'm not like THAT!" Just read it, it is one-of-a-kind.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ship Breaker

  • By: Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Narrated by: Joshua Swanson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,919
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,592
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,602

In America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota - and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it's worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Fine Story; Not The WindUp Girl

  • By Ben Capozzi on 06-18-11

Thrust into a world that might be

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

Reviewed: 09-24-13

Any additional comments?

The author starts the story off with interesting characters that I started connecting with almost immediately. This is a great accomplishment for the author who has to build an entire futuristic world and introduce terms and settings that are not immediately familiar. But it works, and the story just gets more and more interesting with twists and hopes. There is a lot of groundwork at the beginning that pays off in the end, so that the story ties together neatly. There is room for a sequel, but make no mistake, this is a complete story in itself. I saw it recommended on Audible, and took a chance, and I'm glad I did.

  • The Game

  • A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897

The seventh Mary Russell novel finds her searching for the missing Kimball O'Hara, the famous "Kim" of the Rudyard Kipling novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Grand Conceit, A Deligntful Listen

  • By Patrick Mabry, Jr. on 09-25-13

In the grip of a prince, or a mad man

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

Reviewed: 09-28-12

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book, and it builds pace and accelerates, so be prepared to plod through much of the first half of the book. But then, some unexpected twists and turns and some real danger for our duo, it becomes a very exciting mystery. The solution was excellent. Bravo, Laurie King. I went out and bought the audio book of Rudyard Kipling's KIM after this.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Perry Mason and the Case of the Curious Bride

  • A Radio Dramatization
  • By: Erle Stanley Gardner, M. J. Elliott
  • Narrated by: Jerry Robbins, The Colonial Radio Players
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

Criminal lawyer and all-time number-one mystery author Erle Stanley Gardner wrote close to 150 novels that have sold 300 million copies worldwide. His most popular books starred the incomparable attorney-sleuth Perry Mason. In The Case of the Curious Bride, a woman claiming not to be a bride consults Mason about her "friend", whose husband, long thought to have died in a plane crash, turns up alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful!!!

  • By Janelle Villegas on 07-31-17

Perry leaps into the fray

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

Reviewed: 09-28-12

Where does Perry Mason and the Case of the Curious Bride rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This radio play is fun and confusing. The author introduces many characters in a short time, so for listening it gets a bit busy.

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

My reaction to the book was to wonder how far Perry Mason will go when he can't be that certain, is told so many lies, has so many conflicting issues to deal with. It is a wonder he didn't just sit out the rest of his law career in jail.