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  • The Da Vinci Code

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,781
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,833

While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Adjust Your Perspective...

  • By E. Baxter on 11-13-03

So Dumbed Down It Hurts

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-05

This book has go to be the biggest insult to a reader's intelligence in years. Don't believe the hype. If you aren't comatose, you'll easily see each "revelation" coming long before the author drops it on you as if revealing something extraordinary. Brown even has a character (Sophie) whose main literary purpose appears to be repeating anything important said by other characters just in case the reader isn't paying attention.

If you like the idea of this book, do yourself a favor and read Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose instead. It's vastly superior.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Cold Six Thousand

  • By: James Ellroy
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 23 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 175

In The Cold Six Thousand, James Ellroy's most ambitious and explosive novel yet, he puts the whole of the 1960s under his blistering lens. The result is a work of fierce, epic fiction, a speedball through our most tumultuous time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Plausible history

  • By Snoodely on 07-24-09

An Achievement That Won't Insult Your Intelligence

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-05

At first I thought I wouldn't be able to listen to this because of Ellroy's sentence style. I counted something like 15 sentences in a row that began with the word WAYNE. At first the style seemed like a parody but later I realized how brilliant it was. The style captures the blunt and brutal character of the key individuals portrayed and of the roll bigotry and hatred played in 1960's USA. If you listen to this you must pay attention. Ellroy's unique style, the complexity of the story, and the fact that this author (refreshingly) doesn't insult his reader's intelligence all demand that you think as you listen. This is an amazing story told poetically. You might back up the audio to catch an important sentence you missed, (Ellroy claims there is not an unnecessary or wasted word in the book. Actually I think I caught one somewhere around the 18th hour) but chances are better that you'll back to listen again to his beautifully crafted writing. If you listen to the sample and are put off by the style you may be doing yourself a disservice. In short time you'll adjust to the style, and before long you'll be addicted to it.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Nickel and Dimed

  • On (Not) Getting By in America
  • By: Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Narrated by: Cristine McMurdo-Wallis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 501

This engrossing piece of undercover reportage has been a fixture on the New York Times best seller list since its publication. With nearly a million copies in print, Nickel and Dimed is a modern classic that deftly portrays the plight of America's working-class poor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • of COURSE she has an agenda...

  • By Melissa on 10-04-04

Great Book! Very Insightful.

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-20-04

Don't believe the radical right negative reviews. Do your own thinking about this book.

10 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Bel Canto

  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,751
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,706
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,716

Ann Patchett’s award winning, New York Times best-selling Bel Canto balances themes of love and crisis as disparate characters learn that music is their only common language. As in Pratchett’s other novels, including Truth & Beauty and The Magician’s Assistant, the author’s lyrical prose and lucid imagination make Bel Canto a captivating story of strength and frailty, love and imprisonment, and an inspiring tale of transcendent romance. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Opera Has Charms to Soothe the Savage Guerillas

  • By Mel on 03-01-13

Excellent commuter companion

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-20-04

This story was completely engaging and beautifully read.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful