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  • Catch-22

  • By: Joseph Heller
  • Narrated by: Jay O. Sanders
  • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,012

Set in Italy during World War II, this is the story of the incomparable, malingering bombardier Yossarian, a hero who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy - it is his own army, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to excuse himself from the perilous missions he's assigned, he'll be in violation of Catch-22.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story...Bad Production

  • By Stan on 09-27-18

I Can’t Believe How Good This Book Is

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

I have studied WWII history, especially the air war quite extensively. This book is a combination of so many elements. The descriptions of the fear and anxiety of bomber raids is incredible. The author flew in B-25s during the war and his details give the reader the clearest picture of what it was really like in those planes.

On top of all that, the book is incredibly entertaining! The dark humor had me laughing (uncomfortably) throughout. The array of emotions you feel listening to the book is so varied; laughing, cringing, anger, sadness, fear, and even joy. It covers so difficult to tackle subjects with such deftness and its commentary on many subjects is still very timely, despite the fact it was published in 1961. I certainly recommend this book.

  • Folsom Untold: The Strange True Story of Johnny Cash's Greatest Album

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Danny Robins
  • Narrated by: Danny Robins
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,052
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9,149
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,134

This is the story of one of the greatest records ever made - Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison - and its shocking and tragic aftermath. Join award-winning journalist Danny Robins on the 50th anniversary of the album as he takes you on a road trip back to 1968, a pivotal year in US history, to investigate the dramatic and unlikely friendship between Johnny Cash, American icon, and Glen Sherley, armed robber and Folsom inmate, and how that friendship was violently torn apart. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tabloid Presentation

  • By Empressive on 02-02-19

A Bit Overly Dramatic

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

Overall, I enjoyed the book. I am a big Johnny Cash fan, so I found the material very interesting. However, the narrator and background music made the whole thing feel like listening to a BBC version of “True Hollywood Story” or something along those lines. I found those portions over the top, but the underlying material and story of Cash, The Folsom Prison album, and the events after its making did redeem the production overall.

  • English History Made Brief, Irreverent, and Pleasurable

  • By: Lacey Baldwin Smith
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 943

Here at last is a history of England that is designed to entertain as well as inform and that will delight the armchair traveler, the tourist, or just about anyone interested in history. No people have engendered quite so much acclaim or earned so much censure as the English: extolled as the Athenians of modern times, yet hammered for their self-satisfaction and hypocrisy. But their history has been a spectacular one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable history

  • By Dennis K. on 11-23-17

The Title is On the Nose

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

I very much enjoyed this book. As an American, my knowledge of English History overall is pretty minimal. In my desire to expand my knowledge, there are no lack of different books/histories I could choose from. This book proved to be funny, informative, and served to distill down literally centuries of history into an easy to listen to audio book. If you are looking for in-depth information, this won't be for you. But if you are a curious newcomer to English history, this is a nice place to start.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,213

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, good narrator, not so great production

  • By j phillips on 08-08-17

An Incredible Read

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

I really enjoyed this book. It was a very engrossing read and was a true page turner. I couldn't put it down. The characters were all so engrossing and so well formed. I would certainly recommend it.

  • 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 49,071
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45,005
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 44,938

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 rottndachs on 01-12-16

Jim Dale Is Amazing

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

The narration by Jim Dale is one of the best part of the Harry Potter audiobooks. Yes, the stories are gripping and expertly written, but I would listen to them over and over more for Mr. Dale’s masterful performance.

  • Hi Bob!

  • By: Bob Newhart
  • Narrated by: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,570
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,476

In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well edited, funny, sincere

  • By RCC on 09-24-18

A Wonderful, Funny Listen

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I am a big fan of Bob Newhart and his work. I really enjoyed his insights and recollections of his career. It was very interesting to get a look inside the mind of many successful comedians during Bob’s conversations with his equally funny guests. A very enjoyable couple hours of listening.

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  • Anna Karenina

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 35 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,913
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,891

Leo Tolstoy's classic story of doomed love is one of the most admired novels in world literature. Generations of readers have been enthralled by his magnificent heroine, the unhappily married Anna Karenina, and her tragic affair with dashing Count Vronsky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not to be rushed but to be savored

  • By J. Stirling on 08-02-16

Probably My Absolute Favorite.

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

I will start by saying that I love Tolstoy, so I am biased. That being said, this book is a true masterpiece. It really has everything in it, love, romance, wit, heart, laughs, tears, and everything in between. You feel and connect with the characters on so many levels. In addition, Tolstoy weaves in so much philosophical thought. Even though it was first published 145 years ago, it still seem almost timely to many questions and quarrels in our world today. It is simply a timeless classic.

In addition, the narration by Maggie Gyllenhaal is top notch. Her narration is easy to listen to and allows the reader to really get lost in Tolstoy’s writing.

  • The Big Short

  • Inside the Doomsday Machine
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Jesse Boggs
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,913
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,934

Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Informative and Engaging

  • By Jay on 03-23-10

Just Loved It

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

Between the subject matter and the well crafted narrative that Lewis is able to create, I just couldn’t put this audiobook down. I have an interest in investing and finance, but I don’t do it for a living. Lewis is able to take complicated subject matter and make it so a reader like me, with some interest but no expertise, can understand the details of what went on in the middle part of the last decade on Wall Street.

  • Railroaded

  • The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America
  • By: Richard White
  • Narrated by: Paul Woodson
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

The transcontinental railroads of the late 19th century were the first corporate behemoths. Their attempts to generate profits from proliferating debt sparked devastating panics in the US economy. Their dependence on public largess drew them into the corridors of power, initiating new forms of corruption. Their operations rearranged space and time, and remade the landscape of the West. As wheel and rail, car and coal, they opened new worlds of work and ways of life.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Way to Tell the History

  • By Brent Paxton on 06-25-18

Very In Depth and Enlightening

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

For fans of both history and railroads, this is a really great book. The author goes into very fine detail regarding the Transcontinental Railroads that formed after the Civil War through the turn of the 20th Century. I learned a LOT of new things. The facts Mr. White was able to unravel from the personal correspondence of the men who formed and ran these railroad companies definitely show that reality is a lot different than high school history classes’ old narratives on these companies and their impact.

The depth and breadth of the research very effectively prove the points Mr. White is trying to convey to the reader. In some instances, the depth he goes into can bog down the overall flow of the book, but overall, I found it a very compelling story. In so many ways, there are so many parallels between Gilded Age financiers and politicians and our current day. Narration is solid overall.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Tim Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,559

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wish I Hadn't Cliff Noted This in High School

  • By Joel on 03-27-17

A True Masterwork

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

The book really is amazing, from its literary style, to the social commentary (still relevant even though it was published over 65 years ago), and the narration by Mr. Robbins. I had been meaning to listen to this book for a while and am very glad I finally bought it. It is a true classic to be enjoyed.