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  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 18 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38,401
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35,341
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 35,257

When Dumbledore arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry Potter, his wand hand is blackened and shrivelled, but he does not reveal why. Secrets and suspicion are spreading through the wizarding world, and Hogwarts itself is not safe. Harry is convinced that Malfoy bears the Dark Mark: there is a Death Eater amongst them. Harry will need powerful magic and true friends as he explores Voldemort's darkest secrets, and Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful Narration Continues

  • By Gina on 05-13-16

Wonderful ... as the whole series is!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

The plot continues to thicken, the Dark Lord's strength is growing, and it's hard to know who's on what side ... and some of Harry's impatience and tendency to take shortcuts make for interesting events ... The worn textbook formerly used by the "Half-blood Prince" is impressive -- a mere student has actually corrected and improved upon the expert wizard author's work ... who is that brilliant student? No spoiler here -- sorry.

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 5

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 27 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 41,257
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37,929
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 37,842

Dark times have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors' attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry Potter knows that Voldemort will stop at nothing to find him. There are many who deny the Dark Lord's return, but Harry is not alone: a secret order gathers at Grimmauld Place to fight against the dark forces. Harry must allow Professor Snape to teach him how to protect himself from Voldemort's savage assaults on his mind. But they are growing stronger by the day and Harry is running out of time....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book You'll Read This Year

  • By Gretchen SLP on 11-22-15

One of my favorite Potter books

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

I just love this particular volume. Dolores Umbridge is delightfully odious! I love how evil comes in so many forms, including (and particularly) the blind, unintended sort ...

  • Animal Farm

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,643

George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture, quoted so often that we tend to forget who wrote the original words! This must-read is also a must-listen!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you hate spoilers, save the intro for last.

  • By Dusty on 02-18-11

A modern classic

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Fun enough for young audiences, and a good description of totalitarianism's dangers. A great choice for high school social studies classes.

  • Popular

  • The Power of Likability in a Status-Obsessed World
  • By: Mitch Prinstein
  • Narrated by: Mitch Prinstein
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

No matter how old you are, there's a good chance that the word popular immediately transports you back to your teenage years. Most of us can easily recall the adolescent social cliques, the high school pecking order, and which of our peers stood out as the most or the least popular teens we knew. Even as adults we all still remember exactly where we stood in the high school social hierarchy, and the powerful emotions associated with our status persist decades later. This may be for good reason.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Genius Book that will Redefine View of Popularity

  • By AmazonJoe on 06-06-17

"Nice" works!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Pretty good; a light treatment for general audiences. Mitch Prinstein describes clearly what we remember from high school: there are two kinds of popular; the "glamorous" kind, with high status that must be maintained and enforced; and there's the "nice" kind -- you know, the kids who get along with everybody and who don't stoop to bullying the "nerds." What he adds is the observations concerning the early roots of popularity and the consequences associated with the two types. I would recommend this for teenagers who are having issues at school, and I would also recommend it in addition to Robert Sapolski's books and films on primates and stress.

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 21 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 69,870
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63,272
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 63,020

As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin - Harry must stand and face his enemy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm so sad it's over!!

  • By Erin on 05-19-16

A wonderful finale to a first-rate series

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

The excellence of imagination, writing, and telling of this story will ensure it's a classic for decades to come. One of the greatest ideas Ms. Rowling had was to let the kids and their problems grow up with the series. We transition from simple "good vs. evil" and simple perceptions, to much more complex characters, perceptions, and themes -- without losing any of the magic!

  • Whoever Fights Monsters

  • My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers for the FBI
  • By: Robert K. Ressler, Tom Shachtman
  • Narrated by: Tom Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,988
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,986

Face-to-face with some of America's most terrifying killers, FBI veteran and ex-Army CID colonel Robert Ressler learned from them how to identify the unknown monsters who walk among us - and put them behind bars. Now the man who coined the phrase "serial killer" and advised Thomas Harris on The Silence of the Lambs shows how he has tracked down some of the nation's most brutal murderers. Join Ressler as he takes you on the hunt for America's most dangerous psychopaths. It is a terrifying journey you will not forget.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murderino checking in

  • By Sarah R Bongiovanni on 06-16-17

A little bit dated, but fascinaing.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-18

A fascinating history of VICAP and the study of serial killers by the guy who coined the phrase "serial killer." Great narration.

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 51,219
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46,856
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 46,790

Harry Potter's summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors - and then the attacks start.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Of all the trees, we get one that hits back!

  • By Andrew on 11-20-17

Irresistible!

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

Perhaps even better than Sorcerer's Stone. I love the way Harry & friends grow up with the series, just like their readers/listeners do. Nothing not to like!

  • The Hundredth Queen

  • By: Emily R. King
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,878
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,671
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,667

As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood in the ancient Tarachand Empire, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she's an unlikely candidate for even a servant's position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood's mountain temple. But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda's life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A mix of religion, politics, and magic

  • By LexiLikesLiterature on 07-11-17

A fun book, great for young adults

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

Imagine a combination of ancient legends such as you'd find in the Mahabharata and exciting young people who seem almost real, like the people you'd meet in high school or in a college dormitory. While listening to this book I found myself imagining the girl at the register in the store imagining herself in another world where she was a female guard for a harem who discovered she had a gift of magic ... I found the story delightful, even if I'm way too old to identify with the characters. Not too bloody, not too steamy ... plenty of imagination (which is what I personally love in a novel).

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  • Pandemic

  • The Extinction Files, Book 1
  • By: A. G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,862
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,849

In Atlanta, Dr. Peyton Shaw is awakened by the phone call she has dreaded for years. As the CDC's leading epidemiologist, she's among the first responders to outbreaks around the world. It's a lonely and dangerous job, but it's her life - and she's good at it. This time she may have met her match. In Kenya, an Ebola-like pathogen has infected two Americans. One lies at death's door. With the clock ticking, Peyton assembles her team and joins personnel from the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the WHO.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Read this before buying, too much hype

  • By Bradley on 06-23-17

Average-quality thriller, well narrated.

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

Some of the technology and technical explanations were quite interesting, and the general idea is very plausible. For me, though, the story was spoiled by several things. First, there were far too many relationship issues. I mean, when the world is crashing, do people really fight over a boyfriend or obsess over their pasts? The issues would have been trite even in ordinary times, but in circumstances like the book describes, they're ridiculous. Second, there were absurd coincidences, where dead people keep popping up, along with all their relatives, in the same place, at the same time ... really? Finally, the characters were too simple, flat, and predictable. That in itself would be OK in a plot-driven novel, but with the other faults, I could hardly wait to be done with the book. The narration, however, was very good, and descriptions of places and times were also excellent.

  • Till We Have Faces

  • A Myth Retold
  • By: C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,384

Set in the pre-Christian world of Glome on the outskirts of Greek civilization, it is a tale of two princesses: the beautiful Psyche, who is loved by the god of love himself, and Orual, Psyche's unattractive and embittered older sister, who loves Psyche with a destructive possessiveness. Her frustration and jealousy over Psyche's fate sets Orual on the troubled path of self-discovery. Lewis's last work of fiction, this is often considered his best by critics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of a kind.

  • By Stephanie on 07-07-10

A beautiful myth retold for our understanding

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

This is the retelling of the ancient myth of Cupid and Psyche. I am not educated in philosophy and have often found myths very intriguing but also very frustrating because they seem to make no sense, and you know you're missing much of the "real" meaning. Without the understanding, they're just fairy tales, often poorly translated from time and languages long gone. But C. S. Lewis has made this one come alive! Though he's a man, his protagonist is a very creditable woman, so very human, so very complex and becoming ever more so throughout her life in this story. He has made her almost real ... and he has made the story "real" by making it believable, by explaining. Ironically, one of the themes of the story is that the "gods" fail us by not explaining their real meanings in ways we can understand. If you love to think about what makes you a better person and what makes you fail to be that better person, and if you want to feel at home with all the multitudes who feel the same way, each thinking it's his own grief, then this tale will enrich you and entrance you. And the narrator did such an excellent job reading both the descriptions and dialogs that I don't think it could have been done better. I absolutely loved this book.

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