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  • To Say Nothing of the Dog

  • Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last
  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 20 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,652
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,656

In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Sentimental Favorite

  • By Margaret on 05-28-16

Hilarious!

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

Reviewed: 03-14-12

Be careful listening to this in public... you will laughing out loud, guffawing, and chortling every few minutes.

This is a comedy of manners, sci fi, delightful Oxford romp, whodunit, and more all wrapped up into one. Only Connie Willis could make all those disparate elements work together in a tale that is as engrossing as this one. As icing on the cake, you will grow to love and root for the heroine and here here, two time traveling Oxford history students from the future, as they travel through England in WWII, the Victorian Era, the 1930s and more in search of the missing Bishop's Bird Stump.

If you've never listened to Connie Willis before, this is a grand introduction.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Player of Games

  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,361

The Culture - a human/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. Jernau Morat Gurgeh. The Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game...a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. Mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life - and very possibly his death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular reading of a cult sci fi classic

  • By Guy Harrison on 06-18-11

meandering but really enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 12-14-11

Where does The Player of Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Loved it. This is one of my favorite Culture stories. The characters are well done, and the titular Game is rather interesting. I loved the story and the huge climax that it builds to.

What did you like best about this story?

The ending! Many culture stories kind of fizzle out at the end but this one was pretty good. I loved how it built up to a big conclusion.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

At first it was fairly slow, but once you are a few chapters in it really gets interesting and it's hard to stop listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Spook Country

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 354

Bobby Chombo is a "producer" and an enigma. In his day job, Bobby is a troubleshooter for manufacturers of military navigation equipment. He refuses to sleep in the same place twice. He meets no one. Hollis Henry, an investigative journalist, has been told to find him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By wendy on 10-01-11

Moody & Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 10-06-11

Loved it. Gibson's book two of the latest trilogy is a little slow to start up, but then once it kicks in it's a great story. The characters are fantastic, and there's a good use of NYC, LA and Vancouver - the locations are very evocative.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Skinner

  • The Spatterjay Series: Book 1
  • By: Neal Asher
  • Narrated by: William Gaminara
  • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 233

The savage ocean planet of Spatterjay draws visitors with very different agendas. Erlin is immortal and seeks a reason to keep living. Janer hosts a hive mind, which paid him to find this planet. And Keech is an agent of Earth who’s been dead for 700 years – but still hunts a notorious criminal. On Spatterjay’s vast waterscapes, only the Old Captains risk the native life forms and their voracious appetites. However, they are now barely human. And somewhere out there Keech’s target – the Skinner – runs wild. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good story and reader; spacing needs edit

  • By Andrew on 08-26-11

Loved this book - great Neal Asher story

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

Reviewed: 10-03-11

I only wish that Neal Asher's Gridlinked books (written in the same universe but with different characters, although there is some overlap...) were also in audio.

For the uninitiated - Lots of AIs. Space travel through warping. Seriously funny & snarky writing. LOVE the characters. Spatterjay trilogy has very inventive life forms on the planet that are neat and drive the plot along. Highly recommended.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Surface Detail

  • A Culture Novel
  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 20 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,136
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964

Lededje Y'breq is one of the Intagliated, her marked body bearing witness to a family shame, her life belonging to a man whose lust for power is without limit. Prepared to risk everything for her freedom, her release, when it comes, is at a price, and to put things right, she will need the help of the Culture....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Devestatingly superior

  • By Steven on 11-21-10

Classic Culture - the AIs are wonderful in this on

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

Reviewed: 10-02-11

Highlights:
* The "guffcuff" aliens. SO funny!
* One of the characters is the AI of a culture warship. In one scene he narrates what he's doing as he spoofs being a less powerful warship. Hilarious - one of my favorite scenes in the book
* We get a great tour of a GSV through the main character's eyes
* there's a small surprise for loyal culture readers at the very, very, very end ;)

Loved it, can't wait for the next Culture novel.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Pattern Recognition
    
    
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    Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    1,353 ratings
    Overall 3.9
  • Pattern Recognition

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,353
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 601
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 607

Cayce Pollard is an expensive, spookily intuitive market-research consultant. In London on a job, she is offered a secret assignment: to investigate some intriguing snippets of video that have been appearing on the Internet. An entire subculture of people is obsessed with these bits of footage, and anybody who can create that kind of brand loyalty would be a gold mine for Cayce's client. But when her borrowed apartment is burgled, she realizes there's more to this project than she had expected.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Unabridged

  • By Laura on 10-11-07

One of my all time favorites

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

Reviewed: 10-01-11

Cayce is, hands down, the best girl geek character EVER written.
The story is fairly esoteric Gibson-ish, as you might expect. It does meander, and I have not ever wrapped my head around the ending, but while you're immersed in it the characters are so vivid and wonderful.

GO listen & enjoy. Then check out the follow on novels (Spook Country and Zero History) - they share a few characters. Loved them all as a set, Gibson's take on our world of today.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Leviathan

  • By: Scott Westerfeld
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,087
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,095

It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. The Leviathan is a living airship, the most formidable airbeast in the skies of Europe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Positively Addictive.

  • By Tracy on 05-05-10

Barking Crickets!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-11

Where does Leviathan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Great story! Scott Westerfield writes really wonderful characters who carry everything.

What did you like best about this story?

The plot was nice but a bit simple. So I liked the world he invented (all the beasties!) and the characters the best. The dialog is hilarious!!

Did Alan Cumming do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes :)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh yeah, and then I bought the next two in the trilogy!!

Any additional comments?

Barking delightful

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

Your First Listen
    
    
    
    Length: 4 mins
    35,274 ratings
    Overall 3.4
  • Your First Listen

  • Length: 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35,274
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19,308
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19,458

Your Audible adventures begin right here.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It was great

  • By aareal on 11-23-08
  • Your First Listen

thanks audible!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-11

What made the experience of listening to Your First Listen the most enjoyable?

Nice introduction to audible.com! It was very cute & funny. A sweet surprise to find in my library. :)