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  • This Is Audible, July 9, 2013

  • By: Kim Alexander
  • Narrated by: Kim Alexander
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

A real treat for listeners today, as I sit down with Karen Kondazian, author of the award winning book The Whip, a novel of the old west - plus a chat with actress Robin Weigart, who brings the audiobook to life. Maggie talks with Josh Hanagarne, who dubs himself - and his book - The World’s Strongest Librarian.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I demand my This Is Audible!

  • By Christopher on 07-23-13

I demand my This Is Audible!

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

Reviewed: 07-23-13

Any additional comments?

Fellow Audible-philes, please demand the reinstatement of this outstanding program!!! Amazon shall not mess this up!!!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The War

  • An Intimate History: 1941-1945
  • By: Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns
  • Narrated by: Ken Burns, Tom Hanks, Josh Lucas, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Here is the audio companion to the magnificent seven-part PBS series. The individuals featured in this audiobook are not historians or scholars. They are ordinary men and women who experienced - and helped to win - the most devastating war in history, in which between 50 and 60 million lives were lost.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, poor audiobook

  • By Stewart Gooderman on 09-26-07

A thought-provoking perspective

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

Reviewed: 09-20-09

Messers Ward and Burns have done it again: a thought-provoking perspective on a key part of American history.

Ken Burns delivers a superb performance telling the story, with Tom Hanks, Josh Lucas and Rebecca Holtz voicing some of the key characters portrayed in the book/series.

A must-listen for history buffs and anyone who wants to know what real people experienced as a result of decisions made by the generals and civilian leaders.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The National Parks

  • America's Best Idea
  • By: Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
  • Narrated by: Ken Burns
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

America's national parks spring from an idea as radical as the Declaration of Independence: that the nation's most magnificent and sacred places should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone. In this evocative narrative, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan delve into the history of the park idea.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "See America First", and often...

  • By Christopher on 09-17-09

"See America First", and often...

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

Reviewed: 09-17-09

Being the grandson of a park ranger, I greatly appreciated this long overdue in-depth examination of how the NPS and its various parks and monuments came into being.

While they gave credit where it was rightfully due for the most part, there are two instances here where they did not (hence my 4-star rating of an otherwise 5-star book):

1) The cover states "Read by the authors with a supporting cast". While Mr. Burns does read the preface and Mr. Duncan does read the afterword, the "supporting cast" does most of the reading, especially Danny Campbell. He definitely should be listed in the narrated by section, along with Ms. Farr, Mr. Ervin, Mr. Mayer, Mr. Peterson, and Ms. Raver.

2) In the book, we hear about George Melendez Wright's unsuccessful effort to turn Big Bend into an international park with Mexico, yet there is no mention of the successful effort that Rotarians in the U.S. and Canada made for creating the very first international park, uniting Canada's Waterton Lakes with Glacier. Given the amount of time Mr. Duncan has spent in Glacier, maybe this was an unintentional oversight, thinking it was always so?

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Paloma

  • A Retrieval Artist Novel
  • By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258

As a Retrieval Artist, Miles Flint helps the Disappeared, saving the lives of those oppressed under the Earth Alliance regime. He owes his livelihood and his very sense of honor to a woman known as Paloma. It was she who was responsible for setting him on this path. And now she has been murdered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid

  • By Andrew on 10-14-13

Running out of steam?

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

Reviewed: 07-29-09

Ms. Rusch, while a good writer, seems to be running out of steam here with this 5th installment of the series. Too many contrived and complicated plot twists.

Jay Snyder's outstanding performance can't salvage this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Buried Deep

  • A Retrieval Artist Novel
  • By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

Forensic anthropologist Aisha Costard has been summoned to Mars to examine skeletal remains recently discovered beneath a building erected by the Disty aliens. The bones belong to a human woman who vanished 30 years ago with her children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in the series

  • By Christopher on 07-29-09

Best in the series

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

Reviewed: 07-29-09

Ms. Rusch's 4th effort, and as with book 3, we finally get to see some of what Flint's new career is all about.

The plot works better than any of the previous 3, definitely the best in the series.

Jay Snyder once again delivers an out-of-this-world performance.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Consequences

  • A Retrieval Artist Novel
  • By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 313

Officer Noelle DeRicci is investigating a murder in Armstrong, the domed colony on the Moon. The victim was one of the Disappeared - outlaws in hiding who are wanted for crimes against alien civilizations - whose family had her brought home, believing she was no longer in danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe the best of the series

  • By MrBoobo on 01-31-12

Confusing start, awesome ending

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

Reviewed: 07-29-09

Ms. Rusch's 3rd book in this series, and there are so many things going on, it's hard to figure out what happened and why, and not much explanation for the opening 6 or so chapters.

The rest of the book plays much better, and wraps up with an awesome ending.

Jay Snyder's performance brings a 3-star book up to a 4.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Extremes

  • A Retrieval Artist Novel
  • By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 383

His name: Miles Flint. His occupation: Retrieval Artist. His job: find the Disappeared - outlaws on the run, wanted for crimes against alien cultures. The catch: Flint isn't working on the side of the law anymore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extreme Moon Marathon Murder Mystery

  • By AudioAddict on 05-08-15

A good second book in this series

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

Reviewed: 07-29-09

Ms. Rusch delivered a good second book in this series, focusing on the characters and the detective work, even by the ex-detective Flint.

Some of the plot twists seem contrived, but not annoying.

Another stellar performance by Jay Snyder, as well.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Disappeared

  • Retrieval Artist, Book 1
  • By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 378

Retrieval artists help the lost find their way back home, whether they like it or not. Specialized private detectives, they investigate the most unusual crimes in the galaxy. But Miles Flint isn't a retrieval artist. He's just a cop, trying to do his job.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Universe Full of Morons

  • By Matthew on 07-15-08

Intriguing premise

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

Reviewed: 07-25-09

I got an invite to try this book, and so I did.

It will take a couple of listens to understand the framework Ms. Rusch is setting up here, but the premise is intriguing. What if something like this ever comes to pass if and when we ever do meet intelligent life from other worlds?

Jay Snyder's performance is outstanding as well.

  • Beach Boys' Pet Sounds (33 1/3 Series)

  • By: Jim Fusilli
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 56

Pet Sounds is, rightly, one of the most celebrated pop albums ever released. It has also been written about, pored over, and analyzed more than most other albums put together. In this disarming book, Jim Fusilli focuses primarily on the emotional core of the album, on Brian Wilson's pitch-perfect cry of despair. In doing so, he brings to life the search for equilibrium and acceptance that still gives Pet Sounds its heart almost four decades after its release.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surf's Up

  • By Andy on 07-13-09

What groove are we in?

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

Reviewed: 07-14-09

This question is what listeners may ask themselves when they hear this audiobook.

Mr. Fusilli has packed a lot of great information in, and while the back-and-forth organizational structure may work very well for fiction, it is a drawback to this work of non-fiction. A temporal structure would have worked better here, to lay out what came before, and then the track by track analysis, without all the back and forth shifting on the timeline. Mr. Bevine delivered a good performance.

Recommended for music lovers, especially fans of Brian Wilson & The Beach Boys.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • FREE: The Future of a Radical Price

  • By: Chris Anderson
  • Narrated by: Chris Anderson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,170
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,677
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,668

The New York Times best-selling author heralds the future of business in Free. In his revolutionary best seller, The Long Tail, Chris Anderson demonstrated how the online marketplace creates niche markets, allowing products and consumers to connect in a way that has never been possible before. Now, in Free, he makes the compelling case that, in many instances, businesses can profit more from giving things away than they can by charging for them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Valuable

  • By Joshua Kim on 06-10-12

A fascinating listen

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

Reviewed: 07-13-09

A very well written (and read by the author, even!) book about the history and future of free.

From Jell-O to the internet, many great products and services gained prominence through one of the free models, and businesses today can still learn lessons from it, and in many cases will need to for their survival.

Highly Recommended!

13 of 15 people found this review helpful