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  • Six Degrees of Assassination: An Audible Drama

  • By: M J Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Andrew Scott, Freema Agyeman, Hermione Norris, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,357
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,352

On a sullen, cloudy July day ten years since 7/7, the happy, confident and optimistic British Prime Minister is visiting a charity in East London. It’s just two months after the general election which saw John Campbell's government returned to power with a clear majority, the economy is on the mend and the coalition is fast becoming a bad memory. Suddenly, a man appears out of the crowd and shoots him three times in the chest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Original Drama Pity About the "Music"

  • By lynn on 01-15-15

Not even Scott & Agyeman can save this

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

I picked this up because Andrew Scott & Freema Agyeman were part of the cast. If I had been paying attention & realized it wasn't a BBC production, I would've skipped it. I SHOULD have skipped it. The script is TERRIBLE. I couldn't even get through the first hour. The dialogue is riddled with cliches, and the "logic" is so infantile that a smart 10-year-old could poke holes in the plot. Every minute or so a character would spout a line that made NO logical sense in context. Not even Scott & Agyeman's dulcet tones could save this hackneyed story for me.

  • The Modern Scholar

  • Rings, Swords, and Monsters: Exploring Fantasy Literature
  • By: Professor Michael D.C. Drout
  • Narrated by: Professor Michael D.C. Drout
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368

In this course, the roots of fantasy and the works that have defined the genre are examined. Incisive analysis and a deft assessment of what makes these works so very special provides a deeper insight into beloved works and a better understanding of why fantasy is such a pervasive force in modern culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Informative, Stimulating, and Enjoyable Class

  • By Jefferson on 09-27-11

Engaging voice, ,disappointing content

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

Reviewed: 06-28-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I expected a good, thorough overview of fantasy literature. Instead, the professor spent over half the class summarizing Tolkien's stories. I'm sorry, but even if I hadn't read Tolkien, I can get plot synopses on Wikipedia. I wanted more discussion of different types of fantasy, etc. The professor also showed a surprising ignorance of children's fantasy... he claimed that 1980-1995 was a desert for children's fantasy, ignoring important works by writers such as Jane Yolen, Robin McKinley, Diana Wynne Jones, Peter Dickinson, and Diana Duane.

What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

Michael Drout's manner and voice was engaging & easy to listen to. No complaints there.

What character would you cut from The Modern Scholar?

Much, MUCH less Tolkien summary, please! I love Tolkien as much as the next fantasy nerd, but... no, this class didn't need to consist mainly of retelling his stories.

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  • Excerpts from The Encyclopaedia Britannica

  • A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information, Eleventh Edition
  • By: Various
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 13 mins
  • Highlights
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,210
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,099

Prepare yourself for the ultimate multicast performance. We've gathered many of Audible's most popular narrators to bring to life some of the most extraordinary words ever written. 19 words, in fact, carefully selected and arranged alphabetically as in their original source: the 11th edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica. We created this enlightening journey from AUDIENCE to LITERATURE because you asked for it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you Audible - Love It!

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 04-16-17

Silly

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

Reviewed: 04-13-16

This is silly and delightful. I was slightly saddened to discover that some of the definitions fade out before they were complete, but other than that, a wholly delightful April 1 prank.

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  • Double Star

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 809

One minute, down-and-out actor Lorenzo Smythe is, as usual, in a bar, drinking away his troubles while watching his career circle the drain. Then a space pilot buys him a drink, and the next thing Smythe knows, he's shanghaied to Mars. Smythe suddenly finds himself agreeing to the most difficult role of his career: impersonating an important politician who has been kidnapped. Peace with the Martians is at stake, and failure to pull off the act could result in interplanetary war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story and Weiner's best narration

  • By Will on 11-04-14

Narrator shines, Heinlein is Heinlein

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

Reviewed: 09-19-15

I absolutely loved the narrator's job on this book. He has to read in the voice of an actor who is often acting as someone else, plus give recognizable accents to the rest of the cast of characters. The book is worth it for the narration alone.

Heinlein, unfortunately, is his typical misogynistic self in this story. The political machinations are fun, but the "romance" with the female character is nauseating. I'd forgotten how horribly Heinlein treats his female characters. Also, the main character is totally a Gary Stu.

TL;DR Get this audiobook for the top-notch narration and the sci-fi history. Don't get it if you don't like seeing women characters treated as less than children or pets.

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  • Apostles of Reason

  • The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism
  • By: Molly Worthen
  • Narrated by: Stephen McLaughlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Evangelical Christianity is a paradox. Evangelicals are radically individualist, but devoted to community and family. They believe in the transformative power of a personal relationship with God, but are wary of religious enthusiasm. They are deeply skeptical of secular reason, but eager to find scientific proof that the Bible is true. In this groundbreaking history of modern American evangelicalism, Molly Worthen argues that these contradictions are the products of a crisis of authority that lies at the heart of the faith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book is excellent, narration a bit dry

  • By Gabrielle on 08-04-15

Book is excellent, narration a bit dry

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

Reviewed: 08-04-15

I heard this book touted as possibly the best book on evangelicalism written in the past twenty years. It was definitely enlightening & thorough, well worth the listen!

The narration was adequate for the most part. I must say I was disappointed, however, to find the work of a female scholar narrated by a male voice. Since patriarchy & the silencing of women's voices is a strong undercurrent (if not major theme) in parts of evangelicalism, I would very much have appreciated having this book read in woman's voice, instead. (Also, the narration had some rather startling mispronunciations, notably of Goshen College & Bill Gothard.)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lawrence in Arabia

  • War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East
  • By: Scott Anderson
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 23 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,687
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,686

Based on four years of intensive primary document research, Lawrence in Arabiadefinitively overturns received wisdom on how the modern Middle East was formed. Sweeping in its action, keen in its portraiture, acid in its condemnation of the destruction wrought by European colonial plots, this is a book that brilliantly captures the way in which the folly of the past creates the anguish of the present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Middle East Built on Lies

  • By carolyn on 12-19-13

Informative but a bit dry

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

Reviewed: 07-22-15

Narrator is great. I don't think I would've been able to finish the book without the excellent reading, because the writing itself was a bit on the dull side.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Goodbye

  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,232

Down-and-out drunk Terry Lennox has a problem: his millionaire wife is dead and he needs to get out of LA fast. So he turns to his only friend in the world: Philip Marlowe, Private Investigator. He's willing to help a man down on his luck, but later, Lennox commits suicide in Mexico and things start to turn nasty. Marlowe finds himself drawn into a sordid crowd of adulterers and alcoholics in LA's Idle Valley, where the rich are suffering one big suntanned hangover.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I first read The Long Goodbye over 50 years ago

  • By Wayne on 08-22-15

Great story, "meh" narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-18-15

The story was great hard-boiled detective fiction. (I believe this is the first Chandler I've read, and it did not disappoint.)

I was less thrilled with the narrator. I wanted more nuance & world-weariness from Philip Marlowe's voice, and the narrator was simply too straight forward.

  • Safe People: How to Find Relationships That Are Good for You and Avoid Those That Aren't

  • By: Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend
  • Narrated by: Dick Fredricks
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605

The wounds inflicted by an "unsafe" person can go deep. If you've ever been in a relationship where you were used, abused, or abandoned, then Safe People is for you. It will help you make wise choices in relationships from friendships to romance. You'll discover why good people can get tangled in bad relationships. And you'll learn how to avoid repeating your own mistakes and how to pick safe, healthy people for the friends you make and the company you keep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent analysis of Safe and Unsafe People

  • By Weedarkone on 06-14-12

Not nearly as helpful as I hoped

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

Reviewed: 07-06-15

The narration was fine, but the information in the book was spotty at best, dangerous at worst. In a book about "safe people" I expected the authors to discuss in at least some depth the dynamics of dangerously abusive relationships (domestic abuse, etc.). The book was startlingly shallow in respect to serious emotional/psychological abuse. I hoped for much better from Cloud & Townsend.

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  • Devoted

  • By: Jennifer Mathieu
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Grace
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Rachel Walker is devoted to God. She prays every day, attends Calvary Christian Church with her family, helps care for her five younger siblings, dresses modestly, and prepares herself to be a wife and mother who serves the Lord with joy. But Rachel is curious about the world her family has turned away from and increasingly finds that neither the church nor her homeschool education has the answers she craves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Different Spin on Coming-of-Age

  • By Gabrielle on 06-09-15

A Different Spin on Coming-of-Age

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

Reviewed: 06-09-15

Would you listen to Devoted again? Why?

Yes, I will listen to this story again. I grew up around families who held similar beliefs to Rachel's family, so her story resonated strongly with me.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Devoted?

Many of the memorable moments for me are spoiler-y, but I loved the relationship between Rachel and her next-younger sister, Ruth. I also loved the relationships she built with people outside her family (trying to stay spoiler-free here), and also how the story shows us several very different reactions to growing up in such a strictly religiously fundamentalist lifestyle.

Have you listened to any of Jennifer Grace’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't believe I've listened to Jennifer Grace narrate another book, but she did an excellent job with this one.

Any additional comments?

I'm honestly curious to see how someone unfamiliar with the Christian fundamentalist/patriarchy/homeschool culture would react to this story. The way Rachel was raised felt very familiar to me--as I said earlier, I had a number of friends raised in similar circumstances--which made me resonate strongly with the story. Mathieu's writing and character development is so strong, however, that I think people unfamiliar with Rachel's culture would still enjoy this book.

  • God's Forever Family

  • The Jesus People Movement in America
  • By: Larry Eskridge
  • Narrated by: Michael Butler Murray
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

The Jesus People movement was a unique combination of the hippie counterculture and evangelical Christianity. It first appeared in the famed "Summer of Love" of 1967, in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district, and spread like wildfire in Southern California and beyond, to cities like Seattle, Atlanta, and Milwaukee. In 1971 the growing movement found its way into the national media spotlight and gained momentum, attracting a huge new following among evangelical church youth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good book, marred by narration

  • By Dru Lattin on 11-04-15

Why couldn't they check the pronunciations?

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

Reviewed: 10-27-14

The book was just as good as I expected. The narration would've been fine, if the narrator hadn't continually mispronounced names of town and cities, as well as numerous words that would be absolutely common in Jesus People culture. (Words like "koinonia," "agape," "Maranatha," "Shekinah," etc.) I wish someone had checked the pronunciations before they released the final recording.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful