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  • The Darkest Road

  • The Fionavar Tapestry, Book 3
  • By: Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395

In the conclusion of Guy Gavriel Kay's critically acclaimed fantasy trilogy, The Fionavar Tapestry, five university students from our world prepare to sacrifice themselves - as they enter into final battle against a power of unimaginable proportions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well (and brightly) woven :)

  • By Pie on 07-15-10

Marvellous production of a beautiful book

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

Simon Vance' s narration is unmatched. Tears fell like rain many times as I listened.

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,640

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Top Pick for 2012

  • By Em on 11-30-12

Excellent narration adds new levels to this tale

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

Reviewed: 12-13-17

My introduction to Margaret Attwood's skill as a writer, The Handmaid's Tale remains a favourite. Claire Danes' narration is perfect - timing, emphasis, tone, pitch perfect.

  • Cryptonomicon

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 42 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,328

Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fixed!

  • By Rob J. on 04-16-17

Easier to read than to listen to

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

Reviewed: 09-23-17

I struggled to listen to this book and preferred the written version. No criticism of the reader or author.

  • Pied Piper

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386

John Howard is determined to brighten up his old age by taking a fishing trip to France, but during his stay the Nazis invade. Howard must try to escape back to England with the two small children of some friends who are forced to stay behind in order to help the Allied war effort. As the conflict grows closer, the roads become impassable and Howard also comes across five more children who need his help. He ends up leading this motley group of youngsters through the French countryside, constantly beset by danger yet heroically protecting his charges.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My All Time Favorires

  • By Susan on 12-09-13

A testament to compassion and bravery

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

Reviewed: 05-16-17

This should be a set work to teach empathy and compassion. As we in the developed world turn our backs on refugees, we need to be reminded that once we were as they are now. If it weren't for the bravery of people like Mr. Howard in real life, some of our family members would not have survived.

David Rintoul's narration is unmatched. He captured the accents and speech cadence of the men, women and children of various nationalities beautifully.

  • Never Let Me Go

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,932
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,947

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Moving, haunting, but slow developing

  • By Christopher on 04-29-05

Outstanding narration

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

Reviewed: 03-18-16

I started reading this novel years ago and didn't finish it. Rosalyn Landor's narration somehow adds another dimension to Ishiguro's writing, and I understand why this is considered such a brilliant novel.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The African Queen

  • By: C. S. Forester
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

Upon her brother's death, missionary Rose Sayer and Charles Allnutt, disreputable skipper of the African Queen, become allies as, marooned in German Central Africa during World War I, they fight their old launch downriver 'to strike a blow for England'.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable, almost.

  • By Lynne on 07-31-15

You can almost hear the narrator smiling...

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

Reviewed: 03-18-16

I would have given it 5 stars if the book hadn't ended so abruptly. There is a smile in the narrator's voice as he reads.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cosi Fan Tutti

  • An Aurelio Zen Mystery, Book 5
  • By: Michael Dibdin
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

Neopolitan businessmen, politicians, and eminent mafiosi are assassinated as someone takes literally the job of cleaning up the city's tarnished image. In this mystery, Aurelio Zen discovers that in '90s 'New Italy', things are still the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully entertaining

  • By Lee Chemel on 01-25-11

A delightful muddle in every way

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

Reviewed: 03-18-16

This book is a fun interlude in the Aurelio Zen series. It is chockablock with zany characters and Michael Kitchen does an admirable job in making each one easily recognizable in his narration.

  • The Jewels of Paradise

  • By: Donna Leon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 99

Caterina Pellegrini is a native Venetian, and like so many of them, she’s had to leave home to pursue her career elsewhere, mostly abroad. With a doctorate in baroque opera from Vienna, she lands in Birmingham, England, as a research fellow and assistant professor. Birmingham, however, is no Venice, so when she gets word of a position back home, Caterina jumps at the opportunity. The job is an unusual one.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A "mystery" of a different sort, . .

  • By Ruth on 10-14-12

An interesting detour for Donna Leon

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

Reviewed: 03-18-16

If you read Donna Leon for Brunetti and the delightful Signora Elettra you may not enjoy this book. It has a slow start but I enjoyed it and found the historical research fascinating.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shylock Is My Name

  • William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Retold: A Novel
  • By: Howard Jacobson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Winter, a cemetery, Shylock. In this provocative and profound interpretation of The Merchant of Venice, Shylock is juxtaposed against his present-day counterpart in the character of art dealer and conflicted father Simon Strulovitch. With characteristic irony, Jacobson presents Shylock as a man of incisive wit and passion, concerned still with questions of identity, parenthood, anti-Semitism, and revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Far beyond expectations

  • By Gypsy Girl on 03-17-16

Far beyond expectations

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

Reviewed: 03-17-16

Based on the initial Amazon reviews of the book, I would not have purchased this if it had been narrated by anyone other than Michael Kitchen. I am so glad I did. It is a brilliant exploration of whether non-Jews have indeed moved on in our opinions of Jews since Shakesepeare's time. It was written as a modern retelling of The Merchant of Venice so some of the plot points are quite contrived, but, if you forget about trying to make the connections and allow the book to stand on its own, it will reel you in and leave you thinking about it long after it has ended.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Train Robbery

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,133

In teeming Victorian London, where lavish wealth and appalling poverty live side by side, Edward Pierce charms the most prominent of the well-to-do as he cunningly orchestrates the crime of the century. Who would suspect that a gentleman of breeding could mastermind the daring theft of a fortune in gold? Who could predict the consequences of making the extraordinary robbery aboard the pride of England's industrial era, the mighty steam locomotive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • UTTERLY DELIGHTFUL!

  • By stevenk1155 on 09-20-17

Fascinating tale-don't believe everything you hear

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

Reviewed: 03-17-16

This is a fascinating tale but I was disappointed to learn that it is far from the true story of the Great Train Robbery of 1855. That being said I enjoyed every minute of it and Michael Kitchen is an excellent narrator.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful