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  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,180

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

Fantastic story! Glad it has finally been told.

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

A great wartime life story. Triumphs and tragedies, death and survival. A compelling story about a young Italian lad stealthily working against the Nazis in Italy. Well worth my credit spent.

  • My Favorite Universe

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,077

What forces molded the universe? Are those forces still at work, removing, changing, or adding heavenly bodies even as we gaze upward? Will humanity, and Earth itself, one day be gone? Are we alone? In an era when science journalism is perhaps more thorough and ambitious than ever before, fascinating explorations of questions like these seem available to us almost every day - provided we have a working understanding of the scientific theories on which they're based.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wish there was more

  • By dan on 08-21-16

Informative and entertaining! 12 great lectures

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

I really enjoyed these lectures from Neil deGrasse Tyson. It is an amazing universe and the information was brought forward in a fun and entertaining manner. You can hear the enthusiasm in his voice as he leads a guided tour through our universe. 12 lectures left me looking for more.

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38,546
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36,083
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,980

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying End to a Fun Series

  • By Craig Schorling on 08-20-17

Fun conclusion to a very fun trilogy

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

I cant say enough about the Bobiverse. Despite the stupid humans, the evil Others, the Brazilians, and all the troubles encountered with all the other races, I love visiting with the Bobs as they work out all the issues associated with these life forms. Listening to these books, the time goes by way to fast but it is a lot of fun. Recommend these books to anyone wanting to have a good time

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  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 43,241
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40,502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,385

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

More Bob, more fun!

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

This book picks up right where the first book left off, both in story line and fun sci-fi entertainment. The various Bobs are exploring, inventing, trying to save the humans, trying to save the Deltans, trying to save the Pavs, working on androids, falling in love, oh and trying to fight the Others who just want to eat up everything and everyone.

Ray Porter does a fantastic job with this book. Each "Bob" is distinct and has its own voice and expression so that all the Bobs stay separate in my mind.

Fast paced fun, touching very lightly on pop nerd culture, I thoroughly enjoyed this book on par with the first book, which is kind of rare. Read both! I recommend them highly.

  • The Last Kingdom

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,302
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,975
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,950

The story is seen through the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman, who is captured as a child by the Danes and then raised by them so that, by the time the Northmen begin their assault on Wessex, Alfred's kingdom and the last territory in English hands, Uhtred almost thinks of himself as a Dane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series of books

  • By Joshua on 10-02-15

Vikings, Saxons and Danes, Oh my!

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

Reviewed: 02-06-17

Fantastic and entertaining story of young Uhtred, captured and raised by Danish invaders. He returns to what will become England and helps Alfred the Great keep his kingdom from falling into the hands of the Danes. Fast paced, with plenty of warfare, crosses, double crosses and political maneuvering.

Jonathan Keeble did a fantastic job with this book. He really brought Uhtred and the others to life

  • All the Gallant Men

  • An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor
  • By: Donald Stratton, Ken Gire
  • Narrated by: Mike Ortego
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

An unforgettable and moving story of tragedy, heroism, resilience, and redemption that is sure to become an enduring document of American history, All the Brave Men is a sailor's moment-by-moment eyewitness account of the Japanese surprise attack that decimated the US Pacific Fleet in Hawaii on December 7, 1941, and his inspiring return to active duty to carry on the Allied fight in the Pacific.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely wonderful book!

  • By Cris Conerty on 01-15-17

Great first person slice of "infamy"

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

Reviewed: 01-22-17

This is an amazing first person account from a young sailor aboard the USS Arizona on that fateful Sunday. Not just numbers and details of the attack, but touching on the lives of the crew while also telling Donald Strattons amazing story of survival and beyond. I am very glad I found and listened to this account of Dec 7th.

  • The City on the Edge of Forever

  • By: Harlan Ellison
  • Narrated by: full cast, Orson Scott Card, Bonnie MacBird, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 81

The original teleplay that became the classic Star Trek episode, with an expanded introductory essay by Harlan Ellison, The City on the Edge of Forever has been surrounded by controversy since the airing of an "eviscerated" version - which subsequently has been voted the most beloved episode in the series' history. In its original form, The City on the Edge of Forever won the 1966-67 Writers Guild of America Award for Best Teleplay. As aired, it won the 1967 Hugo Award.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ok Harlan, we get it

  • By S.E.B. on 02-11-17

Lots of complaining but the story stands out

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

Reviewed: 10-20-16

Ok, first of all there is a lot of fussing and complaining about how Harlan Ellison was treated by Gene Roddenberry, and how the original story was treated and changed before the show was filmed. It wasn't all bad because of all the information and details behind how this was made that was revealed. I can understand some of Harlans complaints but it seemed to drag on after a while. As for his original story, It was very good indeed, but not really Star Treky. I do agree somewhat with the revisions made and that they made for a better Star Trek episode. Multiple versions of the script are performed and you can judge for yourself. I did enjoy listening to the various versions and am glad they dropped the "space pirates".

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  • The Lost

  • A Search for Six of Six Million
  • By: Daniel Mendelsohn
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 64

The Lost begins as the story of a boy who grew up in a family haunted by the disappearance of six relatives during the Holocaust - an unmentionable subject that gripped his imagination from earliest childhood. Decades later, spurred by the discovery of a cache of desperate letters written to his grandfather in 1939 and tantalized by fragmentary tales of a terrible betrayal, Daniel Mendelsohn sets out to find the remaining eyewitnesses to his relatives' fates.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exquisite Narration, Breathtakingly Heartfelt Book

  • By Gillian on 08-14-16

The Lost was worth finding

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

Reviewed: 09-09-16

Stories about the 6 family members killed by the Nazis start a man and his family's search back into the past to find anything about these 6 people and their lives. Travelling around the globe talking to anyone they can find that was there and could fill in the holes. Trips to Australia, Israel, and to the town where it all took place. Conflicting stories and sometimes fading memories mixed with documentation and eyewitness accounts. An amazing journey of discovery and recovery. This one will stay on my mind for quite a while.

Even though the book sometimes meandered a bit, I enjoyed some of the strayings and felt they added to the tone and feel of the book. By the end, these 6 were no longer statistics but people I cared about, wanting to find out even more of their stories and what happened.

Bronson Pinchot was fantastic performing this book. All the voices and accents brought the story to life.

1 of 2 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 61,622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,286

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

Nice story

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

I did enjoy listening to A Man Called Ove. Not a lot of excitement but a nice story about a grumpy old man stuck in his ways and ready to die. Along the way he runs into ordinary life lived by the people around him, gets involved far more than he would like and leaves a little thumbprint on those around him. Its quiet and basic but as you learn about him and see through his eyes a bit, the old fart kind of grows on you.

  • Angela's Ashes

  • By: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
  • Narrated by: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,887
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,298

Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic book *and* a classic audiobook

  • By Karen on 01-30-03

Fantastic memoir of growing up poor in Ireland

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

Reviewed: 02-21-16

I was a bit wary of this book as it was read by the Author. I generally will shy away from these because writers are seldom great narrators. It took a little getting used to the accent but the story was well worth listening to.
The McCourts move back to Ireland and face tough times. Very poor with incredibly hard conditions which might sound depressing but that wasnt the mood of the book. Despite the hard times young Frank McCourt grows up dealing with family, promising to die for Ireland, poverty, school, friends, girls, jobs, wishes, desires, religion, sex and everything one might while moving through childhood to becoming an adult. Highs and Lows and the stuff in between told frankly and with humor. I enjoyed listening and in the end am glad I didnt pass because of the narrator.