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  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

Stalking the tawdry neon wilderness of forties and fifties Los Angeles, Raymond Chandler's hard-drinking, wise-cracking Phillip Marlowe is one of the world's most famous fictional detectives. Playback finds Marlowe mixing business with pleasure - getting paid to follow a mysterious and lovely red-head named Eleanor King. And wherever Miss King goes, trouble seems to follow. But she's easy on the eye and Marlowe's happy to do as he's told, all in the name of chivalry, of course.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • New to Chandler? End here. Don't start here.

  • By Darwin8u on 07-11-15

Marlow's swan song.

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

Reviewed: 08-31-16

Not the best but still good. I'd like to think our man had some happiness.

  • Cryptonomicon

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 42 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,262

Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fixed!

  • By Rob J. on 04-16-17

An amazing adventure

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

Reviewed: 05-16-16

What made the experience of listening to Cryptonomicon the most enjoyable?

I have always been crazy about this book.

What other book might you compare Cryptonomicon to and why?

Can't think of one. In a class by itself.

What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

Good accent on characters. Good narrator.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Just found it facsinating. Very informative on many subjects.

Any additional comments?

One of my favorite books ever.

  • Farewell My Lovely

  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,454
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,452

Eight years ago Moose Malloy and cute little redhead Velma were getting married - until someone framed Malloy for armed robbery. Now his stretch is up and he wants Velma back. PI Philip Marlow meets Malloy one hot day in Hollywood and, out of the generosity of his jaded heart, agrees to help him. Dragged from one smoky bar to another, Marlowe's search for Velma turns up plenty of dangerous gangsters with a nasty habit of shooting first and talking later.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fond Farewell

  • By Ian C Robertson on 10-21-15

Vintage Chandler.

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

Reviewed: 10-15-15

Terrific!!! Great Writer. Can't say enough about Mr. Chandler. Narrator was excellent. Will listen to more of him.

  • The Fabulous Riverboat

  • Riverworld Saga, Book 2
  • By: Philip José Farmer
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 200

The second entry in the Riverworld series, The Fabulous Riverboat tells of a world where all of humanity has been mysteriously resurrected on the banks of one mighty river. Samuel Clemens (a.k.a.Mark Twain) is tasked with finding a fallen meteorite and using its ore to build a massive riverboat. But in order to succeed, he'll have to outwit some of history's most nefarious villains.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Follow-up

  • By T. Leed on 10-26-09

Rolling on the river.

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

Reviewed: 04-23-15

Great story, great narrator.

oh yeah

strange place we've landed. Stranger places we are heading for. What a long strange trip.

  • The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man

  • Burton & Swinburne, Book 2
  • By: Mark Hodder
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 653

When a clockwork-powered man of brass is found abandoned in Trafalgar Square, Burton and his assistant, the wayward poet Algernon Swinburne, find themselves on the trail of the stolen Garnier Collection - black diamonds rumored to be fragments of the Lemurian Eye of Naga, a meteorite that fell to Earth in prehistoric times. His investigation leads to involvement with the media sensation of the age: the Tichborne Claimant, a man who insists that he's the long lost heir to the cursed Tichborne estate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent installment.

  • By Chris - Audible on 04-17-12

Strange doings in Victorian London

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

Reviewed: 07-20-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Wild take on history. Things are not as they should be. History has been wrenched from its true path by a being from the future. Chaos ensues.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man?

The battle at Burton's home with the clockwork man and the larger than life false heir. Pretty hair raising.

What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

He reads this story with smoothness and great inflection. One of better narrators.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Really enjoyable premise. Richard Burton has always interested me and he is quite a pip even in this fictional setting.

Any additional comments?

The books are an example of how great sf/fantasy can be when done well.

  • Replay

  • By: Ken Grimwood
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,204

In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Book for the past 10 years

  • By psnorb on 12-29-08

If I had it all to do again.....

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

Reviewed: 03-19-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Great premise. Something we all think about at some time. I know I do. Great that this guy tackles idea. What would we do????

What did you like best about this story?

General idea. Desire for resolution. Not sure he really does resolve issue. Goodness what would anyone do? Lots of open ended stuff flying around.

What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

Good delivery in general.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Actually the first time he realizes he is going to go through life again.

Any additional comments?

Well worth listen. Gives a lot to think about.

  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,065
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,241

In 1799, the artificial island of Dejima lies in Nagasaki Harbor as Japan’s outpost for the Dutch East Indies Company. There, Jacob de Zoet has come to make a fortune large enough to return to Holland and marry the woman he loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Less about the arrival more about the ride

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-26-12

Fascinating title and tale.

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

Reviewed: 09-29-12

What made the experience of listening to The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet the most enjoyable?

Not knowing what would happen. Great narrative and plot.

What did you like best about this story?

The travails main character suffers for a moment of weakness.

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Aris and Paula Wilcox – was your favorite?

Jacob. Orito.

If you could rename The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, what would you call it?

The Thousand Year Autumn of Jacob De Zoet.

Any additional comments?

A somewhat difficult but great book. Different from anything I have read.

  • The Windup Girl

  • By: Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,682
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,873
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,898

Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner.

  • By Marius on 01-13-10

Is This Our Future?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-09

I hope not, but many things in this story may come to pass. A strange, fascinating tale. Best listened to slowly I'd say. Story is complicated and dismal but a terrific adventure. Do yourself a favor and listen....

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  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,325

In 1937, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incorrect charges of censorship.

  • By arye orona on 07-27-14

A great story read by a great voice.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-29-09

Mr. Scott's narration of this classic is about the best I have heard.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful