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  • The Road to Little Dribbling

  • Adventures of an American in Britain
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Nathan Osgood
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,286
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,162

Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and pleasant land. The result was Notes from a Small Island, a true classic and one of the best-selling travel books ever written. Now, he has traveled about Britain again, by bus and train and rental car and on foot, to see what has changed - and what hasn’t. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No Bryson?? Alas, another disappointed fan

  • By Richard on 01-25-16

a little too long

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

it rapidly became boring and repetitive and it was not easy to finish the bloody thing.

  • Crimea

  • By: Orlando Figes
  • Narrated by: Malk Williams
  • Length: 20 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

The terrible conflict that dominated the mid-19th century, the Crimean War, killed at least 800,000 men and pitted Russia against a formidable coalition of Britain, France and the Ottoman Empire. It was a war for territory, provoked by fear that if the Ottoman Empire were to collapse then Russia could control a huge swathe of land from the Balkans to the Persian Gulf. But it was also a war of religion, driven by a fervent, populist and ever more ferocious belief by the Tsar and his ministers that it was Russia's task to rule all Orthodox Christians and control the Holy Land.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very detailed account

  • By Joel Conley on 08-20-18

too much

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

great detail but there is a point when it becomes too much. it seems the author just had to include every detail

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  • Star Wars: The Approaching Storm

  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Alexander Adams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 171

On the strategic planet Ansion, a powerful faction is on the verge of joining the secessionist movement. At the Chancellor's request, the Jedi Council sends Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luminara Unduli, along with their Padawans, Anakin Skywalker and Barriss Offee, to stabilize the planet's population. To succeed, the Jedi will have to fulfill near-impossible tasks, befriend wary strangers, and influence two great armies - stalked all the while by an enemy sworn to see the mission fail.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wishes...

  • By Nate Weston on 03-07-16

not much in this

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

Reviewed: 12-02-16

this seemed a little like lord of the rings. if you removing all the walking to and from things, nothing truly happens.

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  • Star Wars: Rogue Planet

  • By: Greg Bear
  • Narrated by: Michael Cumpsty
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 200

The Force is strong in 12-year-old Anakin Skywalker - so strong that the Jedi Council, despite misgivings, entrusted young Obi-Wan Kenobi with the mission of training him to become a Jedi Knight. Obi-Wan - like his slain master, Qui-Gon - believes Anakin may be the chosen one, the Jedi destined to bring balance to the Force. But first Obi-Wan must help his undisciplined apprentice, who still bears the scars of slavery, to find his own balance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A most inspiring Audiobook

  • By Dwayne A.McClellan on 01-13-17

not the best

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

Reviewed: 11-15-16

long-winded and truly goes nowhere. not sure how this was given permission to be printed.

  • Annihilation

  • Star Wars: The Old Republic, Book 4
  • By: Drew Karpyshyn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,869
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,640

The Sith Empire is in flux. The Emperor is missing, presumed dead, and an ambitious Sith lord’s attempt to seize the throne has ended fatally. Still, Darth Karrid, commander of the fearsome Imperial battle cruiser Ascendant Spear, continues her relentless efforts to achieve total Sith domination of the galaxy. But Karrid’s ruthless determination is more than matched in the steely resolve of Theron Shan, whose unfinished business with the Empire could change the course of the war for good. Though the son of a Jedi master, Theron does not wield the Force - but like his renowned mother, the spirit of rebellion is in his blood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The only Old Republic book I really like

  • By kalei on 11-20-14

best so far

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

Reviewed: 07-27-16

I thought this to be the best I have read so far. great author and we'll read.

  • Star Wars: Red Harvest

  • By: Joe Schreiber
  • Narrated by: John Glover
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,363
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,196

The era of the Old Republic is a dark and dangerous time, as Jedi Knights valiantly battle the Sith Lords and their ruthless armies. But the Sith have disturbing plans - and none more so than the fulfillment of Darth Scabrous’s fanatical dream, which is about to become nightmarish reality. Unlike those other Jedi sidelined to the Agricultural Corps - young Jedi whose abilities have not proved up to snuff - Hestizo Trace possesses one extraordinary Force talent: a gift with plants....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • zombie apocalypse yes, tale of the dark side, no.

  • By kalei on 04-16-12

Probably should skip this one

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

Reviewed: 06-21-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book is a little child-like, and poorly narrated by a person who ignores punctuation and obviously is into amateur theatre. It is isn't clear who would enjoy this.

What could Joe Schreiber have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Had it read by a few Star Wars fans who could of offered some constructive feedback. It was like listening to young boys making up a story as they go along.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Glover?

Just about anyone.

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

The last page was wonderful.

Any additional comments?

I feel let down by this entire experience. The content and the narration was the only thing chilling about this work. Truly, this book can only be described as childish.