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  • Other Side of the Night

  • The Carpathia, the Californian and the Night the Titanic Was Lost
  • By: Daniel Allen Butler
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422

A few minutes before midnight on April 14, 1912, the "unsinkable" RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage to New York, struck an iceberg. Less than three hours later she lay at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. While the world has remained fascinated by the tragedy, the most amazing drama of those fateful hours was not played out aboard the doomed liner. It took place on the decks of two other ships, one 58 miles distant from the sinking Titanic, the other barely 10 miles away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ridiculous: I never thought about It before now

  • By laurie on 05-18-15

Titanic Required Reading

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

Reviewed: 04-21-17

This was a fascinating look at a seldom covered topic in contemporary times. Not the Titanic itself, we've all seen the movie; but the glimpses through the portholes of the Californian and the Carpathia. Butler cited his sources well and presented an unbiased opinion of the occurrences of that night. This is what happens when you are forced to rely on the best and the worst of people.

  • Peter Pan

  • By: J. M. Barrie
  • Narrated by: Lily Collins
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680

There are few characters in literature more iconic than J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. Originally introduced in 1902 in another Barrie novel (The Little White Bird), Peter's story was expanded as a standalone novel in 1911 and since then has been memorably adapted for the movies, for television, and for stage.

Now, actress Lily Collins (The Blind Side, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) brings new, youthful energy to Peter's magical adventures.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Story, but Jim Dale is Far Better...

  • By Gillian on 05-11-16

Peter Pan

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

Reviewed: 02-17-17

As always, I enjoyed the story of Peter Pan. I also enjoyed Lily Collins narrating it, her voice is soft and prefect for Wendy but worked for everybody somehow. My issue is this- who in the world let her say "mischievious" and TWICE?? The pronunciation is mischievous, ya know, as it's spelled. This is not open to interpretation. It sounds trivial but it really dampened her performance for me.

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  • Sugar

  • By: Deirdre Riordan Hall
  • Narrated by: Tara Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,065

Sugar Legowski-Gracia wasn't always fat, but fat is what she is now at age seventeen. Not as fat as her mama, who is so big she hasn't gotten out of bed in months. Not as heavy as her brother, Skunk, who has more meanness in him than fat, which is saying something. But she's large enough to be the object of ridicule wherever she is: at the grocery store, walking down the street, at school. Sugar's life is dictated by taking care of Mama in their run-down home - cooking, shopping, and, well, eating.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Teen anti-bullying book.

  • By Xannasguy on 07-30-15

Sugar

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

Reviewed: 02-15-17

This relatable coming of age story was almost poetic. It is rife with beautifully constructed sentences and wonderful character development. I pitied Sugar at the beginning of the book and cheered Mercy on at the end. There were some plot holes and out of character statements but overall an enjoyable read that celebrates body positivity.

  • Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit'

  • By: Corey Olsen
  • Narrated by: Corey Olsen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639

The Hobbit is one of the most widely read and best-loved books of the 20th century. Now Professor Corey Olsen takes listeners deep within the text to uncover its secrets and delights. Chapter by chapter, he reveals the stories within the story: the dark desires of dwarves and the sublime laughter of elves, the nature of evil and its hopelessness, the mystery of divine providence and human choice, and, most of all, the transformation within the life of Bilbo Baggins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Appreciation, Not Dissection

  • By Troy on 05-09-15

Exploring The Hobbit

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

Reviewed: 02-13-17

This was obviously an interesting take on one of my favorite books. It's not often you get a college course on fun things and I enjoyed the new things and additional information obtained by Olsen's dissection. The Audible performance was not very good, there were multiple times where the recording stopped and restarted 30 seconds ago or so prior to where it stopped. That got annoying fast.

  • The Professor and the Madman

  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,291
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,308

Part history, part true-crime, and entirely entertaining, listen to the story of how the behemoth Oxford English Dictionary was made. You'll hang on every word as you discover that the dictionary's greatest contributor was also an insane murderer working from the confines of an asylum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect example of a quality audible book.

  • By Jerry on 07-07-03

The Professor and the Madman

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

Reviewed: 02-06-17

Reading the dictionary is often considered to be drudgery but, inn this instance, reading about the dictionary is simply fascinating. This is the sad tale of a most remarkable man, an Oxford professor, and the OED. You won't be able to put this down.

  • Spell or High Water

  • Magic 2.0
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,210
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,036

A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn't be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator!

  • By D. Murdock on 03-13-17

Spell or Highwater

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

Reviewed: 01-18-17

This one was a bit of a letdown from book 1. It was SO SLOW at the beginning. Well, until about 4 hours out. That's when I actually started to enjoy it as much as I did the first one. Good story. I hate to play into Meyer's kinda sexist hands (all females who find the file go to Atlantis? ok...) but I do enjoy stories about Atlantis.