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PULLMAN, WA, US
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  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,592

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb in so many ways

  • By David on 01-19-14

True Underdog Story

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

Reviewed: 05-26-16

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

He brings such emotion to the book and yet you don't realize it because he's not overdramatic in his reading. This book has very little dialogue but it didn't matter. What the reader brought to this story made it come to life. I loved hearing him read this book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Shackleton introduced himself to the guy who thought him and his crew had died and that the man turned away and started to cry. Oh, I'm getting teary eyed thinking about it

Any additional comments?

Nature can be a harsh mistress and what these men went through I would not wish on anyone. They were truly underdogs as you can't battle the elements. You just have to survive the best way you can. This book makes you want to cry but also makes you want to cheer. I thoroughly enjoyed this read.

  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,309
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,304

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally Original Story of Horror and Courage

  • By JoanneG on 11-04-15

Got A Couple of Hours Into It....

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

Reviewed: 02-29-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Love the sci-fi aspect, could not stand the strong profanity

What was most disappointing about Luke Smitherd’s story?

This is my peeve, but I cannot stand the constant use of the 'F' word. And that word is quite prevalent in this book.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The narrator was wonderful, he read quite well.

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  • The Bell Jar

  • By: Sylvia Plath
  • Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,200

The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful but slowly going under - maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that Esther's insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is an extraordinary accomplishment and has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written, brilliantly performed.

  • By Debra W. on 02-04-16

DIdn't know what to expect

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

Reviewed: 02-04-16

What made the experience of listening to The Bell Jar the most enjoyable?

The unexpected chuckles it gave me due to the point of view and opinions of the main character

What about Maggie Gyllenhaal’s performance did you like?

There is such a cynicism, derision, yet innocence in the voice of Maggie Gyllenhaal as she narrates this story. It fits perfectly the emotions that are meant to be conveyed to the listener.

Any additional comments?

Only half-way through this book, but did not expect to enjoy it like I am. I have never read anything by Sylvia Plath though I have read about her short-lived life, but I did not expect the book to be as dark as it is. If you're looking for a mood lifter, this is not it.

21 of 26 people found this review helpful