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  • To the Bright Edge of the World

  • A Novel
  • By: Eowyn Ivey
  • Narrated by: John Glouchevitch, Christine Lakin, Kiff Vandenheuvel
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

In the winter of 1885, Lieutenant Colonel Allen Forrester sets out with his men on an expedition into the newly acquired territory of Alaska. Their objective: to travel up the ferocious Wolverine River, mapping the interior and gathering information on the region's potentially dangerous native tribes. With a young and newly pregnant wife at home, Forrester is anxious to complete the journey with all possible speed and return to her.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A Jumble

  • By Sara on 09-04-16

Excellent Narrators!

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

Reviewed: 08-23-16

LOVED IT.
Expository novel in alternating voices: The journals of Colonel Allen Forrester, on an expedition to explore an uncharted region in Alaska in the late 1800's, and his wife Sophie, who wishes to be with him but remains behind in the army barracks of Vancouver, Washington, pregnant; in between these alternating journal entries are the modern day letters between Forrester's descendent and a museum curator in Alaska. Expository novel + magical realism (Ivey incorporates many Alaskan Native myths into the narrative) probably makes it something not everyone will like, but I loved it.

The audiobook was a good production, each character having their own narrator. [I think the thing that bothered me with some audiobook narrations with male narrators is when they voice female characters it reminds me of the "Kids in the Hall" when they do skits with female characters.] But the actual book is worth checking out, as it has maps & (photoshopped) photos and old-style advertisements spread about.

I'm starting to read a lot of these novels with the eye of an aspiring writer, and with this novel, it has to be incredible the amount of research Ivey put into it, even as an Alaskan. Early Alaskan history, expedition journals, both Russian & American, early photography, native lives & myths, the geography...mid-1800 military life...ornithology...Mindboggling.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Policeman

  • By: Ben H. Winters
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,335
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,214

What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway? Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact. The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job - but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There was trepidation ...

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-11-12

Such a fun listen!

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

Reviewed: 06-29-16

I usually shy away from reads that, as an idea, seem intriguing, but in the end (or before) it is poorly executed. Not the case with this book. Loved every minute of it and the narrator was awesome.

  • The Path Is The Goal

  • A Basic Handbook of Buddhist Meditation
  • By: Chögyam Trungpa, Sherab Chödzin (editor)
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

According to the Buddha, no one can attain basic sanity or enlightenment without practicing meditation. The teachings given here on the outlook and technique of meditation provide the foundation that every practitioner needs to awaken as the Buddha did. Trungpa teaches us to let go of the urge to make meditation serve our ambition; thus we can relax into openness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • $2.00!!!

  • By Roberta and Johnny Shaughnessy, Mindfulness Meditation Teachers on 12-04-16

Difficult to understand in content. Narrator was perfect.

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

Reviewed: 03-31-16

I'm new in learning about Buddhism so this was probably way over my head. Also didn't know about Trungpa's reputation so it was a shock at first but it is kinda refreshing. Narrator was spot on in reflecting his reputation.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,889

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

One of those stories where you cry at the end...

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

Reviewed: 12-15-15

One of those stories where you cry at the end just because it is the end of the story. You just don't want it to end.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,763
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,795

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ages Well

  • By Dennis on 10-21-12

A hilariously fun romp.

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

Reviewed: 04-16-15

This is one hilarious and fun romp of a read. Allan Karlsson just turned 100 years old and can't stand to be in the pensioner's home for one second longer, so he decides to make his escape. Hilarity ensues. The police are after him, as well as a criminal gang after Allan decides to take one of their henchman's suitcase filled with Swedish kroner. As this story plays out we learn more about Allan's 100 years on the earth: He inadvertently and humbly play important events in World history (Spanish Civil War, Los Alamos, the May 1968 riots in France, etc.), meets world leaders (Franco, Truman, Churchill, Stalin, Kim Sung-Il, Mao, de Gaulle, LBJ, Nixon...I'm sure there were others), and generally has fun doing it all (well, except for the time he spent in the Gulag). One of the better stories I've read/listen to in a long time, and the British narrator made it even better. I cried when it ended, not because it was sad, but because it was the end. I didn't want it to end.

  • William Shakespeare's Star Wars

  • By: Ian Doescher
  • Narrated by: Daniel Davis, Jonathan Davis, Ian Doescher, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,356

Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas's epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare's greatest plays. 'Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To Thine Ears, Brilliance This Doth Be!

  • By Troy on 10-02-13

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-23-14

This was really fantastic. The narrators of all the Star Wars audiobooks came together to perform William Shakespeare's Star Wars, and it was the best thing ever. At first I was meh on it, but carrying on, I soon to grow to love this performance. Ian Doescher poked so much fun into the Star Wars film in the form of Shakespeare (the "Han shot first" scene among others) that I couldn't help but laugh really hard in public.

Though only about 3.5 hours, it is worth EVERYTHING SECOND & CREDIT for it. I can't wait for "The Empire Striketh Back."

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Into the Void

  • Star Wars Legends (Dawn of the Jedi)
  • By: Tim Lebbon
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,198
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,193

On the planet Tython, the ancient Je’daii order was founded. And at the feet of its wise Masters, Lanoree Brock learned the mysteries and methods of the Force - and found her calling as one of its most powerful disciples. But as strongly as the Force flowed within Lanoree and her parents, it remained absent in her brother, who grew to despise and shun the Je’daii, and whose training in its ancient ways ended in tragedy. Now, from her solitary life as a Ranger keeping order across the galaxy, Lanoree has been summoned by the Je’daii Council on a matter of utmost urgency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasant surprise, best SW novels of late

  • By AnthroGal on 05-30-13

Pleasant surprise, best SW novels of late

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

Reviewed: 05-30-13

What, no Marc Thompson?!? He pretty much makes or breaks any SW audiobook. He's like that familiar security blanket. And he's dang good.

But so was January LaVoy. Though she's no Marc Thompson, she rises to the challenge and exceeded my expectations, and quite frankly, I enjoyed her more than other non-Marc Thompson SW narrators. Not only that, it was fitting to have a female narrator with a novel that featured a female Jed'aii front and center.

Now, the story. I've been quite disappointed with the direction of SW novels as of late. Not enough to turn me away completely, but I think the quality of the stuff coming out lately has not been as great, the overarching story arcs/time frames (The Old Republic, namely) has been lacking for me.

This has revived my interest. This story is extremely interesting and opened up a whole new door in the SW universe. I still have some unanswered questions on the background (maybe I should read the comic book series) but perhaps as this period in the SW canon becomes more developed (here's hoping...) the answers will become more apparent. But there is a lot of potential in this time period that I am hoping for more to come out...

24 of 28 people found this review helpful