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  • I Know I Am, But What Are You?

  • By: Samantha Bee
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,220

Critics have called her “sweet, adorable, and vicious.” But there is so much more to be said about Samantha Bee. For one, she’s Canadian - whatever that means. And now, she opens up for the very first time about her checkered Canadian past. With charming candor, she admits to her Lennie from Of Mice and Men-style love of baby animals, her teenage crime spree as one-half of a car-thieving couple, and the fact that strangers seem compelled to show her their genitals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I gotta ramble.

  • By Megan on 01-08-11

I Like Samantha, but...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-20-10

I don't know if she's interesting enough to be writing her memoirs/biography. She's a hoot on the daily show (along with hubby Jason Jones), but her uneventful, middle class Canadian upbringing just isn't book worthy. I giggled a couple of times, and listened all the way through, but I can't recommend it.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Matilda

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Joely Richardson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Who put superglue in Dad's hat? Was it really a ghost that made Mom tear out of the house? Matilda is a genius with idiot parents, and she's having a great time driving them crazy. But at school things are different. At school there's Miss Trunchbull, two hundred menacing pounds of kid-hating headmistress. Get rid of the Trunchbull and Matilda would be a hero. But that would take a superhuman genius, wouldn't it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for kids...and adults

  • By Peter on 08-07-06

An Amazing Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-20-10

It took me a while to warm up to Matilda, not being too sure where it was going. Some of the early escapades seemed a little mean, but after the nasty adults became even nastier, Matilda went Obi Wan. It was wonderful.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

  • The Millennium Series, Book 3
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 20 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,793
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,431

Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect.

  • By B.J. on 06-15-10

Best of the Series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-10

Wow. If you asked me, I would never say I love murder mysteries. Especially ones with the disturbing scenes of violence. However, these three books were three of my all time favorite audiobooks. I just couldn't stop listening, and the wait for each successive volume to get translated and then narrated seemed interminable.

All three books were excellent, but this was definitely my favorite. The plot twists were original and varied, and the characters all compelling.

My only complaint is the plot reliance on specific pieces of technology, which will prevent these works from aging well I think. Much of the technology used (e.g,Salander's "Palm Tungsten") are already obsolete and forgotten. In ten years, they will be absolute mysteries.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shades of Grey

  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644

As long as anyone can remember, society has been ruled by a Colortocracy. From the underground feedpipes that keep the municipal park green to the healing hues viewed to cure illness to a social hierarchy based upon one's limited color perception, society is dominated by color. In this world, you are what you can see.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read this book

  • By Thom Dodd on 03-26-10

Interesting, but not Irresistible

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-10

This book was intriguing, but ultimately unsatisfying. I especially dislike the ending. If this is the beginning of a series (Fforde certainly likes his series), I won't be bothering with the others.

John Lee remains one of my favorite narrators, however. With a lesser narrator, I might not have finished.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Unseen Academicals: Discworld #32

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,814
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,267

Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old-fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another good book from Pratchett

  • By Benny S on 11-03-09

Best for Soccer Fans

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-10

I'm still looking for the Discworld novel as good as Going Postal. This wasn't it. Also, I think it helps to be a soccer fanatic to truly appreciate the humor here. Because of the soccer story line, it took a while for me to warm up to this, but in the end I enjoyed it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Played with Fire Part 2

  • The Millennium Series, Book 2
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,113
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as Tattoo

  • By Richard on 05-04-10

Not as good as Tattoo

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-10

Like a lot of sequels, this wasn't as enjoyable as the original. Still, a gripping murder mystery in its own right.

  • Thief of Time

  • Discworld, Book 26
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,592
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,244

Time is a resource. Everyone knows it has to be managed. And on the Discworld that is the job of the Monks of History, who store it and pump it from the places where it's wasted (like the underwater; how much time does a codfish need?) to places like cities, where there's never enough time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A welcome re-recording.

  • By Glen Phipps on 02-01-10

An Average Discworld Tale

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-10

I started my Discworld journey with Going Postal and none of the other four I've listened to since have been nearly as enjoyable. This was easily my least favorite. The story line was preposterous even by Discworld standards, but the killer was the accent of Lu-Tze. It invoked the worst of the racist Charlie Chan movies, and made this book nearly unlistenable. I think both narrator and author are culpable here, because the speech of The Sweeper is in pidgin English, and pronounced in an awful accent by Stephen Briggs. I'm hoping my next (yes, I'll keep trying because Postal was so amazing) Discworld is better.

3 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Hornet Flight

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,481

It's June 1941, and the low point of the war. England throws wave after wave of RAF bombers across the Channel, but somehow the Luftwaffe is able to shoot them down at will. The skies, indeed, the war itself seem to belong to Hitler.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Outstanding Spy Novel

  • By C. McCoy on 03-13-05

Another Historical Novel Lite from Ken Follett

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-10

And I say that with fondness. I've listened to Pillars of the Earth, World Without End and now Hornet Flight. They are all very enjoyable, but somehow just a little unfulfilling in the end.

  • First Among Sequels

  • A Thursday Next Novel
  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533

It's been 14 years since Thursday pegged out at the 1988 SuperHoop, and Friday is now a difficult 16-year-old. However, Thursday's got bigger problems. Sherlock Holmes is killed, and his series is stopped in its tracks. And before this can be corrected, Miss Marple dies suddenly in a car accident, bringing her series to a close as well. When Thursday receives a death threat clearly intended for her written self, she realizes what's going on: there is a serial killer on the loose in the Bookworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most fun series ever!

  • By Barry on 08-09-12

Really should be Last among sequels

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-10

This series is completely out of gas. It's almost painful to listen to. The first three Thursday Next novels, narrated by Elizabeth Sastre were great fun. This one is a slog I'm not sure I can finish. Emily Gray reads so slowly and pauses so long between paragraphs that I think my iPod is broken. Jasper Fforde is incredibly imaginative. I hope he starts fresh next time.

  • Good Omens

  • By: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,620

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You'll laugh yourself silly

  • By goddess_of_pipework on 11-28-15

Has its moments

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-10

I'm a Terry Pratchett addict, but don't know much about Neil Gaiman. The narration for this book is great, and the only thing that kept me going. There are several amusing scenes in this novel, but the overall story just seemed too forced.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful