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  • Shouldn't You Be in School?

  • All the Wrong Questions
  • By: Lemony Snicket
  • Narrated by: Liam Aiken
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 63

Do you smell smoke? Young apprentice Lemony Snicket is investigating a case of arson but soon finds himself enveloped in the ever-increasing mystery that haunts the town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea. Who is setting the fires? What secrets are hidden in the Department of Education? Why are so many schoolchildren in danger? Is it all the work of the notorious villain Hangfire? How could you even ask that? What kind of education have you had?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By bigdjunta on 07-17-18

Superb

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

I am officially addicted to this series. The light and the dark perfectly intermingle to create an
amazingly good story.
I'm truly invested in the characters and I feel Lemony is the perfect antagonist for our time. He is genuinely flawed in many ways and yet a perfectly conceptualized hero--He is THE man for the job.
He is hope.

  • File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents

  • All the Wrong Questions
  • By: Lemony Snicket
  • Narrated by: Jon Scieszka, Terry Gross, Sarah Vowell, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Paintings have been falling off of walls, a loud and loyal dog has gone missing, a gurgled message is being transmitted by walkie-talkie - strange things are happening all over the town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea. Called upon to investigate these suspicious incidents, young Lemony Snicket collects clues, questions witnesses, and cracks every case. Join the investigation and tackle the mysteries alongside Snicket, then turn to the back of the book to see the solution revealed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable diversion

  • By bigdjunta on 07-13-18

An enjoyable diversion

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

I thought the concept of this book was pretty neat and I enjoyed guessing at the who ,what, where, etc. of the various mysteries. The performances were ok. I really missed the narrator of the other books. He was "made" to narrate such funny, quirky material. This is not like the typical book in the series so don't expect that, but it is lighthearted fun.

  • 'When Did You See Her Last?'

  • All the Wrong Questions
  • By: Lemony Snicket
  • Narrated by: Liam Aiken
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

I should have asked the question "How could someone who was missing be in two places at once?" Instead, I asked the wrong question - four wrong questions, more or less. This is the account of the second. In the fading town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea, young apprentice Lemony Snicket has a new case to solve when he and his chaperone are hired to find a missing girl. Is the girl a runaway? Or was she kidnapped? Was she seen last at the grocery store? Or could she have stopped at the diner? Is it really any of your business? These are All the Wrong Questions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By todd on 05-04-15

An excellent mystery

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

I have been pleasantly surprised by this series. The author has a quirky writing style, but I find I enjoy it.
I also like how he just doesn't "hand it" to you. You have to concentrate on small details. For example, a hat in book 1 may be significant in book 2. At the time you note the hat, but did you note the significance of the hat. I love these scattered "Easter eggs" throughout the book.
I also adore the characters. They are becoming well liked friends. I feel the town itself is a "main" character in this book and that "she" has many more secrets to tell.
Let us move on to the next.

  • The Whole Art of Detection

  • Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes
  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034

Internationally best-selling author Lyndsay Faye became enamored with tales of Sherlock Holmes and his esteemed biographer, Dr. John Watson, as a child and later began spinning these quintessential characters into her own works of fiction - from her acclaimed debut novel, Dust and Shadow, which pitted the famous detective against Jack the Ripper, to a series of short stories for the Strand Magazine, whose predecessor published the very first Sherlock Holmes short story in 1891.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yay! More Sherlock!

  • By KadySiga on 03-13-17

Meh...

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

I wasn't thoroughly impressed with this book. It was written with the Sherlock "feel", but I just wasn't there with it. I couldn't "buy in" with the stories.The stories were ok, but.....meh.

  • Swords and Deviltry

  • The Adventures of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser
  • By: Fritz Leiber
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Neil Gaiman (introduction)
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,181
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 718
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 719

In the ancient city of Lankhmar, two men forge a friendship in battle. The red-haired barbarian Fafhrd left the snowy reaches of Nehwon looking for a new life, while the Gray Mouser, apprentice magician, fled after finding his master dead. These bawdy brothers-in-arms cement a friendship that leads them through the wilds of Nehwon facing thieves, wizards, princesses, and the depths of their desires and fears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fafhrd/Gray Mouser

  • By melody333 on 08-21-08

<br />I've always wanted to listen to this!

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

I used to play D&D when I was a young little scrapper and had always been told Leiber started it all with his swarthy barbarian and his trickster, the Gray Mouser. Getting their background was fascinating (despite all the sniveling colds, oh that's funny) and the making of their world was wonderful to behold.
Thank you for allowing me to take part.


  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

  • By: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Garland
  • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,179

Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tantalizing time trip

  • By Mark on 08-21-13

Incredible!!

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

This course was absolutely amazing. I learned so much listening to this and the vastness of scope Professor Garland taught his audience was startling to comprehend.
I would often find myself thinking about something he said during my meanderings of the day. Garland's observations about the formation of cities...I mean things we take for granted every day like roads! The evolution of the wheel! Someone had to think these things up and to the general population this must seem mundane, but Garland shows how its actually a miracle....miracle upon miracle that makes us an incredibly flawed, but an amazing race.





  • Executive Power

  • Mitch Rapp Series
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,711

Returning from a covert mission, Mitch Rapp was publicly hailed by the president for his role in the fight against terrorism. After years of working in the shadows, Rapp was caught in the media spotlight - and marked for death by virtually every terrorist in the world. Now a CIA advisor, Rapp is ready to battle terror far from the front lines. But when a Navy SEAL team in the Philippines is ambushed, all evidence points to a leak within the U.S. State Department. And a greater threat lurks....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced thriller(s)

  • By Dan on 06-04-11

Excellent....

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

Ok! Now we are back on track and in our full stride. That was a fantastic book and due to the miracle worker, George Guidall, I didn't want to kill Anna. He was able to narrate her in a way I didn't find incredibly annoying and I was so impressed with Vince Flynn and how he resolved the conflict between Anna and Irene.
This plot was also incredible.I loved the character of "David" and I imagine many people on both sides of the conflict must tire at times of their world. I can't imagine....

  • Memoirs of a Geisha

  • By: Arthur Golden
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 17 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,134

In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect ---- in every way

  • By Amanda on 02-08-06

A rare "5"

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

Ahhh, where to begin. The words, the flow, were so lyrical, almost like a song. Images I will now never forget and beyond that...the emotions running like a torrent, crisscrossing through the stream of a geisha's life.....through a woman's life. One sees her success, her failures, but one always sees her. Humanism at its finest seen with clarity, empathy, and love.

  • Separation of Power

  • Mitch Rapp Series
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ken Kliban
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,146
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,531

Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator turns Rapp into a snooty, cranky man

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-02-11

Please kill Anna Rielly

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

This book would have been superb EXCEPT for Anna. She's Mitch's stupid, loudmouth, self-serving behavior, "please put a hit on me" girlfriend. Those two act like they're in junior high. Truly, their relationship is at that maturity level and they make me want to barf. My Husband listens to my stories with me and whenever Anna comes on he yells,"C'mon already and kill her." I'll co-sponsor that bill in Congress. After all, it's for the greater good.

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,058
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,984
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 33,950

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it's the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run - and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry's tea leaves.... But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jim Dale at his best

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-12-16

Does this book really need any more accolades?

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

Amazing, amazing, amazing. Perfect from start to finish and one of my favorite Harry Potter books. Joan has really come into her full stride here and it's nice to sit back and watch a master at her craft.....enjoy.