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  • God Is Not Great

  • How Religion Poisons Everything
  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hitchens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,806
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,743

In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ...Though Hitchens Is!

  • By Ben Capozzi on 11-13-11

Echos my thoughts from early childhood.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-11

I've gone back and forth with my spiritual beliefs ever since I can remember. This book says aloud all the things that so many of us think, but are afraid to talk about - just in case we're wrong, LOL! This book makes sense, is logical, and because it speaks the truth in so many ways, it is very scary at times. Not scary in terms of being an atheist, but scary in terms of believing in God to the point of Holy Wars and Suicide Bombers.

I lost my faith not after some personal tragedy or great loss, but after reading the Bible from beginning to end.

This is a well thought out piece of work by a serious-minded author whose sense cannot be denied.

  • A Confederacy of Dunces

  • By: John Kennedy Toole
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,943
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,951

The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Done

  • By Jon on 09-18-05

Absolutely HILARIOUS! One of the BEST EVER!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-11

Within the first few minutes I was already laughing out loud, and continued to do so all the way until the end - even when out in public by myself. What a shame the author didn't live long enough to see his incredible novel published - he was a brilliant writer, way before his time. You'll never forget these characters! Especially the way the narrator brought them all to life! What an incredible job by Barrett Whitener! He deserves an award for this one, no doubt! Well, except for the small part of trying to sound Hispanic and having it sound more like a Chinese. But other than that, I can't imagine any other narrator doing a more spectacular job and nailing each and every character with just the right tones and nuances to make them as real and 3-Dimensional as can be. John Kennedy Toole would have been proud! THIS ONE'S A WINNER - ALL AROUND!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Autobiography of Henry VIII

  • By: Margaret George
  • Narrated by: David Case
  • Length: 41 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367

Margaret George's novel brings into focus the larger-than-life King Henry VIII, monarch of prodigious appetites for wine, women, and song.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Retraction

  • By Paul Matthews on 10-04-07

I wish Margaret George was my History Teacher!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-10

Hats off to Margaret George on her brilliant writing - this is my third book of hers, and I've loved them all. One would believe she truly lived in that era. She did not leave King Henry without a sense of humor, either, and had me actually laughing out loud, even into the next day, while remembering his reaction upon seeing Anne of Cleves for the first time! No one but no one can compare to her when bringing these characters to life. She is remarkably talented, authentic, and undeniably gifted. Although the beginning may seem a little slow paced, once it gets going (meaning, once she has established the layout of the land, so to speak) it is a wonderful journey to take you back in time, and give you a first row seat into the lives of those who lived in the realm of obscene power and sickening wealth. This book is a lavish treat for all. Let's not forget the Narrator - he was awesome! Perfectly chosen for the part!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Roots

  • The Saga of an American Family
  • By: Alex Haley
  • Narrated by: Avery Brooks
  • Length: 30 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,194
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,145

Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive! DO NOT WIKI THIS BOOK!

  • By avoidthelloyd on 09-17-14

An Incredible, Moving, Powerfully told story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-10

I watched the movie with my family when I was a child, and never forgot it. It touched all of us then, and it shakes me now. Twice I had to wipe the tears away while listening on my ipod, and countless times I found myself saying, "oh my God" and shaking my head in disbelief. This is a story like no other, and the narrator, Avery Brooks, was masterful with his engaging deep voice and emotionally charged inflections that easily transformed from man to woman to child, in pain, in joy, in desperation, in love, and everything in between.

DO NOT PASS THIS UP - IT'S ONE OF THE ABSOLUTE BEST!

  • The Passage

  • The Passage Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,340

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A new type of vampire

  • By Randall on 06-29-18

Cronin - Amazing and Gifted Writer

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-10

This is my first Justin Cronin novel - purchased solely on Stephen King's review. Impressive writing from beginning to end! Some writers, Tami Hoag for example, come up with a good story, but are not particularly talented in choosing the right words or expressions to maximize the effect. This author is immensely gifted in using the right words at the right time - breathing life into every movement the characters make, every thought they think, every smell, every breeze, every step of the way is alive in prose. A most excellent book through and through - and the narrator was great, as well.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Hell House

  • By: Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,050
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,050

For over 20 years, Belasco House has stood empty. Regarded as the Mt. Everest of haunted houses, its shadowed walls have witnessed scenes of unimaginable horror and depravity. All previous attempts to probe its mysteries have ended in murder, suicide, or insanity.

But now, a new investigation has been launched, bringing four strangers to Belasco House in search of the ultimate secrets of life and death. A wealthy publisher, brooding over his impending death, has paid a physicist and two mediums to establish the facts of life after death once and for all. For one night, they will investigate the Belasco House and learn exactly why the townsfolk refer to it as the Hell House.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Got scary?

  • By Lesley on 06-17-08

THEE SCARIEST BOOK I'VE EVER READ!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-10

Matheson takes us beyond the limits of terror. I was on the edge of my seat for virtually the entire book, but the last two hours were so intense, I could barely breathe! If an audiobook could be compared to a movie - then I would compare this to The Exorcist. If you love horror, fasten your seatbelt - this is the ride of a lifetime.

  • Dracula

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Greg Wise
  • Length: 18 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314

Bram Stoker's masterpiece is at the same time intensely romantic and very modern. It unfolds the story of a Transylvanian Don Juan, the aristocratic Count Dracula who preys on desirous damsels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Mesmerizing and Appalling Audiobook Dracula

  • By Jefferson on 09-23-12

A Spectacular Performance!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-10

Bram Stoker's Dracula is the work of an old master - his detail and suspensful timing is superb. The narraters are wonderful, and especially Greg Wise - whose scary inflections, when in the voice of Dracula, send chills up and down the spine! A haunting tale and mesmorizing portrayal of a timeless classic. THIS IS THE ONE TO CHOOSE OVER ALL THE REST!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Half Broke Horses

  • A True-Life Novel
  • By: Jeannette Walls
  • Narrated by: Jeannette Walls
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,516

Jeannette Walls's memoir The Glass Castle was "nothing short of spectacular" ( Entertainment Weekly). Now, in Half Broke Horses, she brings us the story of her grandmother, told in a first-person voice that is authentic, irresistible, and triumphant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A BETTER BOOK THAN "THE GLASS CASTLE"

  • By Kathryn on 01-10-10

Every Bit As Good As The Glass Castle

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-15-09

I loved Jeanette's voice in telling this tale and am so delighted she chose to do it herself. That twangy and fiesty tone really set the pace to portray her dear old Grandma.

This book is every bit as good as The Glass Castle and is written so well, with such insight and detail and feeling, I, at times, felt as though I were right there at the kitchen table, having a cup of tea and a chat with the family as Lily waves her choppers around to show them off.

Jeanette, I really love your writing and truely admire how you turned your life around and became the successful writer you are today. It's all very amazing and profoundly inspiring.

18 of 23 people found this review helpful