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  • The Book Thieves

  • The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance
  • By: Anders Rydell, Henning Koch - Translator
  • Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

While the Nazi party was being condemned by much of the world for burning books, they were already hard at work perpetrating an even greater literary crime. Through extensive new research that included records saved by the Monuments Men themselves, Anders Rydell tells the untold story of Nazi book theft, as he himself joins the effort to return the stolen books. When the Nazi soldiers ransacked Europe's libraries and bookshops, large and small, the books they stole were not burned. Instead, the Nazis began to compile a library of their own.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting topic but an incredibly dull story.

  • By Paul on 02-12-17

An interesting topic but an incredibly dull story.

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

It was such an interesting topic. After three hours of listening I tired of hearing the same information being repeated from a slightly different angle.

The forward held so much promise and there were brief glimpses of a story that could have been truely interesting but alas after three hours I was too bored to keep listening.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Earth

  • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 225

The Western Front, 1916. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong, and the wind in the leaves in the trees. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of No Man's Land gone? Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Cop Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some said mad, others dangerous - scientist when she finds a curious gadget: a box containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a potato. It is the prototype of a life-changing invention....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • World and not Character Building

  • By Amy W on 06-28-12

You cannot believe how disappointed I was.....

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

Reviewed: 10-08-12

When you see the name Terry Pratchett on a book it defines a quality of the writing, a plot that while left of field is enjoyable and captivating and characters that you end up being really interested in. This book had none of that. The only reason why I finished the story was that I was hopeing that something was going to happen. What a huge disappointment.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Salmon of Doubt

  • Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time
  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones, Christopher Cerf, Richard Dawkins, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 580

Rescued from his beloved Macintosh, The Salmon of Doubt provides us with the opportunity to linger and frolic one last time in the uniquely entertaining and richly informative mind of Douglas Adams. For the millions of readers who expressed their grief and shock at his untimely death, this is a treasure; his final book and our last chance to see new work from an acknowledged comic genius.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is not the book you are seeking

  • By Paul on 04-09-12

This is not the book you are seeking

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

Reviewed: 04-09-12

Would you try another book from Douglas Adams and/or the narrators?

I have read all of the Douglas Adams books from when they were first published.

Would you ever listen to anything by Douglas Adams again?

Yes and No. I greatly enjoyed the Hitchhilers Guide to The Galaxy and have don since its first publishing. It is part of my education.

Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

I was hoping that Stephen fry was going to do more of the narration but sadly not the case.

Do you think The Salmon of Doubt needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

This is the final of the printed works of Douglas Adams. It is a collection of the newspaper columns and thoughts on a disparate topics.

Any additional comments?

Fast forward through the introductions. They are the friends of Douglas Adams telling us what a talented author and great guy he was. While these were great words for his funeral they add nothing to the otherwise great collection of the thoughts of Douglas Adams.

I particularly love the definition of what it takes to ignore someone.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful