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  • The Winds of War

  • By: Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 45 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,720

Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 45 hours + 56 hours = 102 hours of listening

  • By Jan on 10-25-13

Still a fantastic work

5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-25-11

I read Winds of War 40 years ago when it came out & have reread it at least once since. It has always remained one of my all time favorites. The audio version is just wonderful with great narration that brings the characters to life. As with the book, I lived the story for the last several days as I listened every minute available.
The depth of the story, large cast of characters that Herman Wouk handles like a master so you never think, "now who is this?" & the way he paints visual images of people, places & events fully immerses the reader from page 1.
There is never a boring minute. Even with the length of this book, I was ready for more as it finished, not glad it was done.
I would recommend this audiobook to everyone & only hope War & Remembrance will come next & soon.

96 of 99 people found this review helpful

  • The Road

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,939
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,968

America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I just wasn't a fan of this one.

  • By PJC on 06-09-16

A Classic

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-11

I've read the book & loved it. And love this audio version just as much. It was wonderful the second time to see/find even more in Cormac McCarthy's wonderful book. The narration is excellent & brings the story to life. (Story- such a lame word for a book that touches one's soul.)

1 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,866

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

Should have been abridged

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-08

I use the ratings of others as a guide to trying new authors & even new releases of old favorites, balancing the good & bad reviews. This is why I tried this book by Ms. Gabaldon.

The first quarter was interesting although the characters were not particularly endearing. But by about the halfway mark, it was like the reading a Russian novel. Scenes started to seem like filler material. When I found myself blocking out the sound of the narration altogether, it was time to quit.

Though not a fan of abridged versions of audio books, in this novel an abridged version would have worked quite nicely.

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Ricochet

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 294

New York Times best-selling author Sandra Brown is back with a spine-tingling story of murder and betrayal, and a homicide detective's struggle with his own rules of conduct. When Detective Sergeant Duncan Hatcher is summoned to the home of Judge Cato Laird in the middle of the night to investigate a fatal shooting, he knows that discretion and kid-glove treatment are the key to staying in the judge's good graces and keeping his job.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 2 ½ stars. It was not fun.

  • By Jane on 01-14-13


4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-06

I enjoyed the Sandra Brown's newest book & am enamored with this way of "reading" after listening to my first couple of audio books. It was also nice to see two main characters that were not paragons but had real life flaws.
The narration lacked a lot. The narrator made Elise sound as if she was whining virtually all the time. This does not endear her to a listener. Being new to audio books & without reading the book, it's impossible to tell if this is how Brown intended her to come across. But she usually has stronger female characters.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful