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Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
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  • With Morning Comes Mistfall: Free Story

  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Claudia Black
  • Length: 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,162
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 987
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 987

Dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine, A Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin is a giant in the field of fantasy literature and one of the most exciting storytellers of our time. Now he delivers a rare treat for listeners: a free story, “With Morning Comes Mistfall”, from his compendium of shorter works. Collected into three stunning volumes, his Dreamsongs collection offers fascinating insight into his journey from young writer to award-winning master.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For Fans of Game of Thrones

  • By Kristi R. on 12-21-11

So... that was depressing.

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

Reviewed: 01-03-12

The story has a good premise and might make for a good novel but as is it's just a sad little story. The parts that seemed like the could be interesting were just passed over in a few sentences.It doesn't help that the first person narrator isn't particularly interested in the topic.

  • Heads You Lose

  • By: Lisa Lutz, David Hayward
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61

New York Times best-selling author Lisa Lutz conspires with - or should we say against? - coauthor David Hayward to write an original and hilarious tag-team crime novel. Meet Paul and Lacey Hansen: orphaned, pot-growing twentysomething siblings eking out a living in rural Northern California. When a headless corpse appears on their property, they can't exactly dial 911, so they move the body and wait for the police to find it. Instead, the corpse reappears, a few days riper... and an amateur sleuth is born. Make that two.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh Out Loud Funny

  • By Kat on 05-18-11

Good story Great listen

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

Reviewed: 12-13-11

Would you consider the audio edition of Heads You Lose to be better than the print version?

Yes

Would you be willing to try another book from Lisa Lutz and David Hayward ? Why or why not?

Yes the interplay between the authors suggests there's a whole lot of story left to tell

What does Abby Craden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The inflections used make it obvious that the bickering back and forth is good natured

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

Laughed out loud while walking down the street. Got some weird looks too.

Any additional comments?

The story itself isn't anything spectacular but the comments and reactions that the authors have to what the other one is doing are priceless. Lisa is especially brutal. :)

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Atlas Shrugged

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 62 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,845

In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hurt version decidedly superior

  • By Mica on 03-24-09

Boring!!!!!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-10

This has got to be the dullest, most boring thing I have ever heard. And it's not the narator's fault at all. It's all on Rand. She uses as many words as possible to describe what her antisocial characters are thinking and there's almost no action. It's taken me 6 months to listen to the first section. I'll probably finish it seeing how I paid for it but it may take a few decades.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Moby Dick

  • By: Herman Melville
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 23 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 770

The outcast youth Ishmael, succumbing to wanderlust during a dreary New England autumn, signs up for passage aboard a whaling ship. The Pequod sails under the command of the one-legged Captain Ahab, who has set himself on a monomaniacal quest to capture the cunning white whale that robbed him of his leg: Moby-Dick. Capturing life on the sea with robust realism, Melville details the adventures of the colorful crew aboard the ship as Ahab pursues his crusade of revenge, heedless of all cost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping despite the minutiae

  • By Sarah on 06-06-08

If this is the height of American literature...

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

Reviewed: 02-27-09

I downloaded this because I heard it was one of the great books and a must read.
It is so incredibly boring! The narrator does his best to make it interesting but he's faced with an impossible task. It took me 8 months to finish and the only way I made it through was by listening to it while I was washing the dishes. If my hands were free I would turn it off. It really is that bad.

0 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Ninety-Three

  • By: Victor Hugo
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

It is 1793 in France, the year of the guillotine. Already, Louis XVI has been sentenced to the scaffold, and Terror reigns. The architects of the Revolution (Marat, Danton, and Robespierre) have set up the Convention, an embryo parliament, designed to stem social chaos. But ideals topple in the face of political necessity, alliances founder, and intrigue is a way of life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Stuffy

  • By Julie on 04-08-13

Nice story... wish there was more of it.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-09

I loved Le Misserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame so I was psyched to find 93 with the same narrator but what a disapointment. In the other books Hugo peppers the story with historical sidenotes here and there. Ninety-Three is a historical sidenote peppered with story. Even the narator sounds bored for most of the middle. It's like Hugo was so concerned about it that he forgot to develop the characters until he finished getting the history right and by the time you care the book's over.

1 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 46 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,853
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,902

Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A true Time-machine

  • By Ramon on 12-27-10

Boring melodrama.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-08

It took me months to listen to this book. I just could not stand the lead character. At the beginning Edmond is cocky, self-righteous and trusting and at the end he's cocky, self-righteous and heartless. He's a total drama queen who'll go from "They will rue the day..." to "Woe is me" at the drop of a hat. And to top it off he's a coward who instead of confronting his enemies hides in the shadows and messes with their lives. Dispicable.

1 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Boomsday

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Buckley
  • Narrated by: Janeane Garofalo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 153

Cassandra Devine, a young Washington spin doctor and blogger, suggests that Baby Boomers be given government incentives to kill themselves by age 75. This proposal catches on with citizens outraged about Social Security debt and a senator seeking the youth vote for his presidential bid. With the help of Washington's greatest PR strategist, Cassandra and the senator try to ride the issue of euthanasia to the White House.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish Buckley picked lottery numbers!

  • By Vickey on 10-12-08

I wish Buckley picked lottery numbers!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-08

I just listened to this and the similarities between the events in the book and the 2008 election coverage on tv is eerie: the US economy is tanking and I swear I saw an ad about a euthanasia bill.
Garofalo does a great job narrating. Her intonations make it easy to tell whose talking and she's just serious enough to make the (maybe not quite so) farfetched ideas work.
Overall this book is just plain fun.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Love Among the Chickens

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Written when he was 25, Love Among the Chickens launched P.G. Wodehouse's career as a novelist and introduced the world to Ukridge, one of his most extraordinary inventions. Robert McCrum's introduction shows how this fascinating early book holds within it so many of the themes which Wodehouse was to make his own. This edition uses Wodehouse's 1920 revised edition of the 1906 original.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amusing sit-com.

  • By Vickey on 03-11-08

Amusing sit-com.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-08

"Love Among the Chickens" tells the story of a London bachelor who is dragged out into the country by an old friend to start a chicken farm. Neither man knows anything about chickens so they make it up as they go.

The main character tells the story in a pompous, self-important air that would be very irritating if he wasn't talking about chickens. As is, it's quite funny, especially during the chase scene.

There are a few things that show the book's age, most notably several passages the speak fondly, even wistfully, about smoking.

Overall "Love Among the Chickens" is a fun, light story and if you like British humour you'll like it.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful