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  • Doomsday Book

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,219
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,242

For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting

  • By mudcelt on 11-02-09

Great story idea but falls flat

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

I thought this would be the perfect book for me. Time traveling historians? Yes, please! Unfortunately this was too long, drawn out and repetitive. I listened to this on audiobook which probably didn’t help but the performance was good. It was varied and kept me listening. The dialogue and certain ideas were so repetitive. A person would have a train of thought and then one thing would change and the whole thing would go again, with the same thought just being repeated again. It was also excruciatingly detailed. He walked to the cart. He plugged up the electric kettle. He opened the tea bag. The story idea was great and it did pick up here and there but it was very slow in between.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Caped Crusade

  • Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture
  • By: Glen Weldon
  • Narrated by: Glen Weldon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633

Since his creation, Batman has been many things: a two-fisted detective; a planet-hopping gadabout; a campy pop-art sensation; a pointy-eared master spy; and a grim and gritty ninja of the urban night. For more than three-quarters of a century, he has cycled from a figure of darkness to one of lightness and back again; he's a bat-shaped Rorschach inkblot who takes on the various meanings our changing culture projects onto him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Batman Thesis for Nerds and Normals Alike

  • By Joseph Kucharski III on 05-02-16

Interesting but performance was frustrating

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

Reviewed: 12-01-16

I like Batman and this book was definitely comprehensive and well researched. Mr. Weldon also narrated the book and he is very enthusiastic in his performance. He chooses to use several voices that I found very annoying though. His normal reading is punctuated but flows well. The rest of it was just unnecessary and detracted from my enjoyment of the book. I would suggest reading this book instead.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Magicians

  • A Novel
  • By: Lev Grossman
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,821
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,838

Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not an average book

  • By Kyle on 04-30-11

I wanted to love this book.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

I like Lev Grossman and I wanted to love this book. I was excited about it and his entire series. I was disappointed. I listened to this book as an audiobook and I wasn't crazy about the performance. It was okay and he did voices which I liked. I ultimately found the book way too long. It was 17 hours on audiobook (I drive a lot for work so I didn't mind the length) but the story didn't pick up until after 11 hours into it. There was a lot of set up and when the plot picked up it was interesting but some of the questions I wanted answered weren't . I wasn't attached to any of the characters and they weren't relatable. It was very pretentious. The 20-22 year old genius magicians were seemingly all from wealthy families and dropped phrases in other languages without translating for the rest of us. They know about all kinds of fancy food and wine and I didn't even know what they were talking about. When I was 20-22 I didn't drink obscure wine and boast about my ennui with existence. I did like Alice for the most part but Quentin was so damn whiny and lost in his own head that it was just frustrating.