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  • Lords of the North

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jamie Glover
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 68

The year is 878, and the Saxons of Wessex, under King Alfred, have defeated the Danes to keep their kingdom free. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now he is disgusted by Alfred's lack of generosity. Uhtred flees Wessex, going north to search for his stepsister in the formidable stronghold of Dunholm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cornwall at his best

  • By C. C. Southerland on 02-10-07

Stronger Language

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-08

Cornwell continues the saga of Utred's captivity and forced slavery. The writing is lively, never dull, and characterized by several climatic man-to-man challenges on his quest to regain prominence lost. Readers should be warned, however, that some of the verbal sparing breaks into rather vicious and sexually-charged insults cast against the enemy. The nature of these insults are extremely graphic and pity the listener who has this playing audibly in a carload full of kids. Descriptions of violent sword play highlight the work as well.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Earth Will Shake

  • The Historical Illuminatus Chronicles Vol. I
  • By: Robert Anton Wilson
  • Narrated by: Scot Crisp
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

They have been with us throughout the ages: the "Invisible College" of wisdom and their adversaries, the destroyers. Naples, Italy, circa 1764: A young aristocrat is about to stumble onto one piece of the great pattern. As witness to a vicious assassination and victim of his passion for the beautiful daughter of his enemy, young Sigismundo Celine is forced to begin a mystical odyssey amidst an ageless clash of Freemasons, Mafia, and the Illuminati.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A powerful start to the series

  • By Kamal on 09-13-07

Not for the Devout Believer

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-08

This work is not for Evangelicals or other devout Christian adherents as the topics covered are not within the limits of such propriety. Language used is especially out of bounds as this work reflects situations involving questionable morals.

3 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • Spin

  • By: Robert Charles Wilson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,451
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,455

One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • thoughtful, Bradbury-esque SF

  • By Ryan on 09-20-10

Too Long

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-08

The book contains an overemphasis upon character development as the plot slows down to a crawl. Interesting initial concept, however, I finally lost interest midway through. Compared to Dune, another lengthy work, this tale became mired in detail and could have been told in half the pagination.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Doctor Who: The Daleks' Master Plan

  • By: Terry Nation, Dennis Spooner
  • Narrated by: William Hartnell, Peter Purves, full cast
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

In their quest to gain control of the Solar System, the Daleks have taken posession of the Time Destructor, a weapon which threatens the safety of all who stand in their way. As they head up an alliance of alien races bent on destroying the human race, in their midst is none other than the treacherous Guardian of the Solar System, Mavic Chen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Magnum Opus of the Daleks

  • By David on 08-23-07

Totally Lame

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-06

I consider myself a huge Dr. Who fan, but this is too much. It's not a question of audio production, the audio's fine, it's the plot which is completely lame. Slow, uninteresting, and then downright braindead when the plot finally "thickens," the storyline revolves around a very predicatble powerplay between two cardboard figures. Ardent Dr. Who fans will avoid this one like the bird flu.

3 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Where Roses Fade

  • By: Andrew Taylor
  • Narrated by: Sheila Mitchell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

When Mattie Harris's body is found drowned in the river, everyone in Lydmouth knows something is wrong. Mattie wasn't a swimmer, it can't have been a simple accident. She was drunk on the last night of her life, could she have fallen in? Or was she pushed?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narration Intriguing Story

  • By Rose on 12-26-04

Dismal

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-05

I really couldn't follow what was going on, maybe this type of period-fiction is just not for me. Unless the listener has some kind of affinity for the author, don't bother. I listened and really tried to like it, but it was too drab and dull. Narration of scenes just drone on. At the end, you end up saying, "who really cares"?

  • Every Move Must Have a Purpose

  • Strategies from Chess for Business and Life
  • By: Bruce Pandolfini
  • Narrated by: Bruce Pandolfini
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26

Fluid and elegant, yet rigorous and rule-bound, chess is a game that seduces, confounds, and hooks. Now, world-renowned chess master and Fortune 500 business consultant Bruce Pandolfini shows readers how chess principles can be simply and logically applied to any business or life situation. No specific chess knowledge is needed, but after reading Every Move Must Have a Purpose, you will share with the most astute chess players the secret to thinking on your feet.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Adversarial, two-dimensional approach to business

  • By Atl Chris on 04-18-05

Simple yet deep

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-13-05

Let me say that this book took me by surprise with its intriguing stories drawn from the annals of chess history. The book is a hybrid chess instruction/business strategy, which draws life lessons from lessons learned on the chess board. The author enjoys interjecting zen-like axioms similar to ?your weakness is your strength.? Overall, the book is extremely satisfying when wanting to know basic principles which the best players abide by.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful