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  • The Storm of War

  • By: Andrew Roberts
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 28 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

One of the best selling History titles of 2009. Examining the Second World War on every front, Andrew Roberts asks whether, with a different decision-making process and a different strategy, Hitler’s Axis might even have won. Were those German generals who blamed everything on Hitler after the war correct, or were they merely scapegoating their former Führer once he was safely beyond defending himself?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Things I had never known!

  • By John on 06-28-10

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

Tremendous book, and amazing performance. I learned so much about the eastern front of WWII that I hadn't known, and about campaigns in Asia. A thoroughly accessible, comprehensive history of World War II. Cannot recommend highly enough.

  • The Dinner

  • A Novel
  • By: Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (translator)
  • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,647
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,374
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,383

It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a 15-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Dinner To Remember!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 02-23-13

Excellent story made even better by the narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-16-16

Tremendous story. Darkly funny (very darkly), thought-provoking, and suspenseful. I read some so-so reviews of the book on Amazon, and I think Clive Mantle really helps make this story come to life, much more so than if I had just read the book myself. He really adds a depth to the character of Paul that made it so much more enjoyable. You can almost hear him sneer every time he uses his brother's name. Loved this audiobook. Can't recommend it highly enough.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,876
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36,880

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-08-16

Good first 2/3, then the wheels come off

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

Reviewed: 01-13-16

Great narration. I thought the story was very intriguing, right up until they open the door to Apt 14. Then it became the worst kind of sci-fi nonsense. You wonder if the author just couldn't figure out how to pull it all together, so he just made up stuff any 12 year old could have come up with. Very disappointing.

25 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • The Extra 2%

  • How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First
  • By: Jonah Keri
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 173

In The Extra 2%, financial journalist and sportswriter Jonah Keri chronicles the remarkable story of one team's Cinderella journey from divisional doormat to World Series contender. By quantifying the game's intangibles, they were able to deliver to Tampa Bay an American League pennant. This is an informative and entertaining case study for any organization that wants to go from worst to first.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The book isn't sure what it wants to be

  • By Buster on 05-15-15

Good story, bad narration

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

Reviewed: 07-09-12

How did the narrator detract from the book?

This is a book for baseball fans, primarily, but they chose a narrator who obviously isn't one, and butchers many names well known to fans. He pronounces Piniella "pin-ee-ella". Glavine becomes "glav-eye-n". This lack of attention to detail by the producers of this audiobook is really too bad for the author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Mira Grant
  • Narrated by: Paula Christensen, Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,905
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,642
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,639

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I laughed, I cried...

  • By susan on 04-07-11

horrendous, unrealistic, unbelievable dialogue

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-25-10

When I pick up a zombie fiction book, I'm not anticipating realism. I get that there will be elements that stretch - or break - the bounds of realism. But what I expect from good fiction is believable dialogue. The author here uses dialogue extensively to move the plot along, and it is just atrocious. The characters in this book do not speak like real people speak. They say things in forced, trite ways that actual human beings never would. This ruined the book for me. Very interesting premise, terribly disappointing execution.

4 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Under the Streets of Nice

  • The Bank Heist of the Century
  • By: Ken Follett, Rene L. Maurice
  • Narrated by: Roddy McDowall
  • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38

In 1976, Albert Spaggiari engineered the European crime of the century - a bank heist in Nice accomplished "without guns, without violence, without hate." Spaggiari and his gang of 20 men dug a 25-foot tunnel from the city's sewer system into the bank and lifted about $10 million in gold, jewelry, gems, and cash. Tracked down and captured, Spaggiari escaped from the French police by jumping out a window and onto the back of a motorcycle.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Under the Streets of Nice

  • By Robert on 05-30-08

Tremendous storytelling

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

Reviewed: 05-14-06

This is an excellent book. Draws you right in and keeps you there. My only regret is that it's too short! The fact that it's all true makes it all the more fascinating, hearing about how they pulled this off. Excellent narration as well. The recording quality (it's only a 2) is a slight drawback, but don't let this dissuade you. Put on those noise-cancelling headphones and prepare to be transported!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Wicked

  • The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
  • By: Gregory Maguire
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,306
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,723
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,773

Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's not easy being green

  • By Kathleen on 07-30-08

un-listen-able

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-06

I had heard lots of good things about this, so
i gave it a try. Uggh. Couldn't get through it. Painful to listen to. Go see the play.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Company

  • By: Max Barry
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 533
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 194

Nestled among Seattle's skyscrapers, The Zephyr Holdings Building is a bleak rectangle topped by an orange-and-black logo that gives no hint of Zephyr's business. Lack of clarity, it turns out, is Zephyr's defining characteristic. The floors are numbered in reverse. No one has ever seen the CEO or glimpsed his office on the first (i.e., top) floor. Yet every day people clip on their ID tags, file into the building, sit at their desks, and hope that they're not about to be outsourced.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Characters brought to life

  • By Michael on 05-10-07

Entertaining satire

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-06

This is a good listen, the narrator helps bring the characters to life, and the story moves along at a brisk pace. Very entertaining.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Historian

  • By: Elizabeth Kostova
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre, Paul Michael
  • Length: 26 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,587
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,606

Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great immersion entertainment

  • By Joseph on 08-26-08

disappointing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-06

Aren't novels about vampires supposed to be scary? Or at least suspenseful? After 6 months as a member of Audible and a dozen or so books, this is the first book for which I have been absolutely compelled to write a review. I really feel the need to warn people about it. I can't believe that I spent over 26 hours listening to this, waiting for something - anything - interesting to happen. (Not to mention that when I got it, it 'cost' 2 credits!) It starts out with a promising enough premise, and you keep waiting for the good parts, which judging from the reviews posted here and elsewhere, you think must be just around the corner, but they never come. By the time you realize this is a boring waste of time, you're so invested in just getting through it that you trudge on valiantly, thinking the excitement must come at the end, but it just never does. The prose is ham-handed; the narration is completely devoid of anything approaching emotion or feeling; the accents are unintentionally comical. And (this is NOT a spoiler) I'll save you the trouble of finding out what happens: nothing remotely interesting. The so-called "climax" will leave you scratching your head, wondering how this got published without the author coming up with a more imaginative conclusion. Don't waste your time (a lot of it!) with this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful