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  • Inkheart

  • By: Cornelia Funke
  • Narrated by: Lynn Redgrave
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,682

Imagine it were possible to bring the characters from a book to life. Not like when you listen to an audiobook with such enchantment that the characters seem to jump off the pages and into your bedroom...but for real. Imagine they could actually climb out of the pages and into our world. Then imagine if those characters brought their world into ours.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT!!

  • By Cynthia Lee Reneau on 04-27-04

magnificent!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-18

so rare to find such a truly original fantasy story. And also deliciously performed. BRAVA! Can barely wait to continue with book two!

  • Theatre of the Imagination, Volume 1

  • By: Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  • Narrated by: Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 192

Come to the stage between two worlds - come to the Theatre of the Imagination. On this six-part live performance series, bestselling author and beloved cantadora (keeper of the old stories), Clarissa Pinkola Estes shares the work of her lifetime: myths, tales and poetry with the power to nourish and heal. Contained within the audio for Theater of the Imagination are the great univeral themes - tales of loss and ressurection, of love and sacrifice; of the courage to survive- yet it is if Dr. Estes is speaking only to you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wisdom and beauty

  • By Bernie on 06-17-09

outstanding storytelling

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-18

I love this author's work and her performance. incredible insights into human nature. will re-read!

  • The Return of the King

  • Book Three in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,355
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,328
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,432

The Return of the King is the towering climax to J. R. R. Tolkien’s trilogy that tells the saga of the hobbits of Middle-earth and the great War of the Rings. In this concluding volume, Frodo and Sam make a terrible journey to the heart of the Land of the Shadow in a final reckoning with the power of Sauron. In addition to narrating the prose passages, Rob Inglis sings the trilogy’s songs and poems a capella, using melodies composed by Inglis and Claudia Howard, the Recorded Books studio director.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally!

  • By Natalie on 10-12-12

am old favorite beautifully performed.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-18

I think JRR Tolkein would have loved Inglis's choice to sing all the songs in the text, instead of merely reading lyrics.Fun! Will be re-listening in years to come.

  • Braving the Wilderness

  • The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,320
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,560

"True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are." Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives - experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actual Step-By-Step To Authenticity!

  • By Gillian on 09-14-17

The most inspiring work by this author yet.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-18

Healing, reassuring, motivating. Will be listening to it again soon! I'm glad she self-narrated. Bravo!

  • David and Goliath

  • Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,967

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Art of (Unconventional) War

  • By Cynthia on 10-04-13

Wonderful.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-18

Great data. Great reading voice. Gives hope for struggling people. Love this book. More, please!

  • A Little Princess (AmazonClassics Edition)

  • By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

To prepare his daughter, Sara, for society, wealthy widower Captain Ralph Crewe enrolls her in Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies. Unspoiled and genial, Sara is given all the luxuries her father can afford - and the obsequious Miss Minchin is happy to indulge. But when her father dies and his fortune is lost, Sara is forced into servitude, stripped of her privileges and possessions, and subjected to Miss Minchin's true cruel nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Books Ever read

  • By N. Godet on 03-17-18

very well done!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-18

Sara is wonderful. Her loved ones are wondeŕful. An excellent view of conditions as theý wère 100 years or more ago. And excellently performed as well! Bravo!

  • The Two Princesses of Bamarre

  • By: Gail Carson Levine
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

The two princesses of Bamarre couldn't be more different. Princess Addie is fearful and shy. Her deepest wish is for safety. Princess Meryl is bold and brave. Her deepest wish is to save the kingdom of Bamarre. They are sisters, and they mean the world to each other. Then disaster strikes, and Addie - terrified and unprepared - sets out on a perilous quest. In her path are monsters of Bamarre: ogres, specters, gryphons, and dragons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My all-time favorite rereads

  • By Britt on 07-10-18

lovely story of a timid young woman turning brave

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-18

This is an old favorite for me. January LeVoy did it nicely.

I especially liked her voice for the dragon Vollys. Very cool. I can imagine kids really loving this narration!

  • The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre

  • By: Gail Carson Levine
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Peregrine strives to live up to the ideal of her people, the Latki - and to impress her parents: affectionate Lord Tove, who despises only the Bamarre, and stern Lady Klausine. Perry runs the fastest, speaks her mind, and doesn't give much thought to the castle's Bamarre servants, whom she knows to be weak and cowardly. But just as she's about to join her father on the front lines, she is visited by the fairy Halina, who reveals that Perry isn't Latki-born. She is Bamarre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magical!

  • By Jen on 08-14-17

wonderful fairy tale of triumph over adversity

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-18

A lovely prequel to Levine's other Bamarre tale. I plan to buy and reread that!

  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Thandie Newton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,299
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,993

Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-21-16

amazing performance by ms newton!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-17

I loved it. The performance was exceptional. I wish thandie newton had more classic novels to her credit! Wuthering Heights next, I suggest?

A remarkable period piece as well. I was deeply interested to see how life was viewed, at least by one woman, the author, over150 years ago. What a different world view was held then, and yet one holding so many foundation pieces of the modern age. A truly wonderful and thought-provoking literary experience!

  • God Emperor of Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,945

More than 3,000 years have passed since the first events recorded in Dune. Only one link survives with those tumultuous times: the grotesque figure of Leto Atreides, son of the prophet Paul Muad'Dib, and now the virtually immortal God Emperor of Dune. He alone understands the future, and he knows with a terrible certainty that the evolution of his race is at an end unless he can breed new qualities into his species.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost as good as the original

  • By Joel D Offenberg on 12-03-09

Intriguingly weird!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-14-17

This book started slow and boring for me but I ended up a fan.

It surprised me repeatedly, which I liked. I never really knew what point the action was heading towards and the ending was unexpected. The musings and philosophizings of the 3,500 year old 'Old Worm' emperor took up a little too much of the book for my taste. They walked a fine line of ALMOST meaning something deeply profound, but not quite making it there....which annoyed me at times, put me to sleep (literally!) at others, but finally became interesting as I came to understand the character better.

I definitely think this book would primarily be of interest only to fans of the first 3 books in the series. If you already know House Atreides and love Duncan Idaho, this will be a cool read. This is definitely not a stand-alone novel. But worth the time for Dune fans.

I happen to agree with another reviewer who said that Scott Brick's voice was somewhat annoying, but bearable since he only read brief quotes of Leto's journals. I think, though, that if he sounded kind of anguished, self-centered and almost whiny in his introspective maunderings, that it probably suited the reading topic. Maybe if he was reading action scenes or interesting conversations he would have read with more vitality. So, it seemed to work fairly well, contrasting his voice with the primary, quite skillful reading by Simon Vance. An overall good job. On to Book V!