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  • Making Money

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,593
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,782
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,782

The Ankh-Morpork Post Office is running like...well, not at all like a government office. The mail is delivered promptly. Postmaster General Moist von Lipwig, former arch-swindler and confidence man, has exceeded all expectations - including his own. So it's somewhat disconcerting when Lord Vetinari summons Moist to the palace and asks, "Tell me, Mr. Lipwig, would you like to make some real money?"

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A must for Discworld fans

  • By Darren on 09-24-07

Terry Pratchett does Johnathan Swift the favor of being better.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-18

It is a sign of success when you have written many books, but leave your readers wanting more. While I object to the questionably benevolent tyrant, I find the Diskworld of Terry Pratchett full of magic, honor and justice. It makes a lovely escape from my own world. The stories unfold in a natural and heroic fashion. When this world is getting me down, I turn to Terry Pratchet. I have listened to his books many times. Steven Briggs is a fine reader, one of the best.

  • The Last Continent

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,496
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,095
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,096

It's hot. It's dry...very dry. There was this thing once called The Wet, which no one believes in. Practically everything that's not poisonous is venomous. But it's the best bloody place in the world, alright?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No worries, mate

  • By Douglas on 02-17-04

Terry Pratchett was the Jonanathan swift of the last generation

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-18

Imagination crossed with an observant intelligence and faith in the human spirit, that’s what you get with Terry Pratchett. You find yourself going back for a second, or even a third time. Terry Pratchett is Octarine.

  • A Town Like Alice

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,184

Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, beautifully told

  • By Mary on 03-27-11

An extraordinary story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-28-15

Indeed, both story and performance are extraordinary. Nevil Shute has given his characters an authenticity one seldom finds. I will be reading his other books. Robin Bailey is exceptionally good actor and reader.

  • The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,243

Everything we now know about the universe - from the behavior of quarks to the birth of galaxies - has come from people who've been willing to ponder the unanswerable. And with the advent of modern science, great minds have turned to testing and experimentation rather than mere thought as a way of grappling with some of the universe's most vexing dilemmas. So what is our latest picture of some of the most inexplicable features of the universe? What still remains to be uncovered and explored by today's scientists?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "The Universe is in us!"

  • By Kristi R. on 01-05-15

The state of cosmology today

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-15

Mr. Tyson provides non physicists with a fair account of the physics of cosmology, and the dichotomy of our understanding.

  • Sucker's Portfolio

  • A Collection of Previously Unpublished Writing
  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 240

Available to listeners for the first time, Sucker’s Portfolio showcases a collection of seven never-before-published works from Kurt Vonnegut, one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Short, sardonic, and dark, these six brief fiction stories and one non-fiction piece are consummate Vonnegut with piercing satire and an eye for life’s obscene inanity. Also available for the first time is an unfinished science-fiction short story, included in the appendix.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hit or Miss, For Completists Only

  • By Dubi on 06-11-14

The voice of vanquished reason

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-15

Kurt Vonnegut died in 2007. Like Samuel Clemens, he had a better than average grasp of human history, and like Samuel he used humor to point out our failings as a species. Unfortunately, while people appeared to like his humor, his message largely falls on deaf ears. If you read this book, be aware that, despite maintaining his sense of humor. And while he despairs of any hope that humanity will ever throw off our illusion of sanity and begin to remember our past, and see our present with loathing, he always maintained that we are what we pretend to be. Much of this book is a plea that we pretend to be something better.

  • The Truth

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,180
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,600
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,605

William de Worde, the accidental editor of Discworld's first newspaper, just wants to get to the truth. Unfortunately, everyone else wants to get at William. And it's only the third edition. Browse more novels of Discworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best I 've listened to yet!

  • By Margaret on 01-06-09

Humor, integrity and magic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-15

Terry Pratchett gives us a world that reflects our own, only with more humor, integrity and magic. He leaves in just enough evil to give the flavor of reality, but you always know that the bumbling character with the good heart will come out on top in the end, no matter how sly and conniving the evil doers. He gives us pearls of wisdom and the hope of innocence. Thank you Mr. Pratchett, and thank you Mr Briggs for a wonderful reading.

  • Truckers

  • The Bromeliad Trilogy #1
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373

To the thousands of tiny nomes who live under the floorboards of a large department store, there is no outside. Things like day and night, sun and rain are just daft old legends. Then a devastating piece of news shatters their existence: the Store, their whole world, is to be demolished.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun w/an edge - classic Pratchett

  • By Joan on 02-19-11

Another side of Terry Pratchett

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-13-15

Mr. Pratchett is a genius as always. I am a fan of his Diskworld series, so, while I did not rate this book as highly as I do most of his Diskworld books, there is plenty to ponder, and it makes a nice change that you can share with your grandchildren.

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  • The Well of Lost Plots

  • A Thursday Next Novel
  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Sastre
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

Thursday Next, the forthright and unstoppable detective of Jasper Fforde's first two novels, The Eyre Affair and Lost in a Good Book, rides again in The Well of Lost Plots. Get ready for time travel, adventure, mystery, romance, and crime in a literary caper that pokes fun at fiction itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Yet!

  • By Anna on 03-21-04

j. Fforde strikes again

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-15

Another book with the same premise as "The Eyre Affair" and just as good. The author extends the invention quite handily to provide an entertaining light read. This is a book to read when you have plowed your way through "The Brothers Karamosov " and don't feel like ending it all.

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  • Lost in a Good Book

  • A Thursday Next Novel
  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Sastre
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

Inventive and uniquely original novelist Jasper Fforde sends his literary sleuth on another wildly imaginative journey through time and literature. Thursday Next faces a sinister global multinational corporation represented by Mr. Schitt-Hawse, beats the magistrate from Kafka's The Trial at his own game, and trains for her next assignment by apprenticing herself to Miss Havisham. Thursday then accepts the ultimate challenge: capture Acheron Hades, the murderer of characters from the classics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a zany action packed romp through lit.

  • By Anna on 08-19-03

A nice light read

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-15

Traveling through time and fiction to do battle with evil nemeses and save the world makes an inventive premise upon which Mr. Fforde builds an entertaining and often humorous story. While probably intended for a young adult audience, "Lost in a Good Book" possesses enough light-hearted originality to appeal to most non curmudgeons.

  • Karl Marx

  • Das Kapital
  • By: David Ramsay Steele
  • Narrated by: Louis Rukeyser
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 123

In his monumental work, Das Kapital, Karl Marx (1818-1883) tried to show that capitalism was both inefficient and immoral. His key to explaining capitalism is his labor theory of value, which he developed from ideas of Adam Smith and David Ricardo.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Should Rename As Das Kapital Cliffnotes Unabridged

  • By Jeff on 01-31-12

Not Das Kapital unabridged

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-14

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

A died in the wool, committed capitalist would like this book very much as it presents the capitalist perception of the ideas of Karl Marx.

Would you ever listen to anything by David Ramsay Steele again?

probably not.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

the narator was fine. i would listen to other works read by him.

What character would you cut from Karl Marx?

i would cut Mr. Steele and let Karl's Ideas stand or fall on their own merit.

Any additional comments?

This book should have been marketed as A Capitalist's View of Karl Marx's Das Kapital. I believed it to be a translation from the German. I was interested in the Ideas of Marx, not Mr. Steele's opinions.

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