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Woodbridge, Virginia United States
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  • Virgil Wander

  • By: Leif Enger
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250

Midwestern movie house owner Virgil Wander is "cruising along at medium altitude" when his car flies off the road into icy Lake Superior. Virgil survives, but his language and memory are altered, and he emerges into a world no longer familiar to him. Awakening in this new life, Virgil begins to piece together his personal history and the lore of his broken town, with the help of a cast of affable and curious locals. Into this community returns a shimmering prodigal son who may hold the key to reviving their town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolutely loved it

  • By Mary K. Free on 12-07-18

Again, a wonderful story and performance....

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

Leif Enger has been one of my favorite American writers of the past few decades. I love his spirit and good-natured take on life as well as his turn of the phrase which he has a chance to play with extensively in this story. In any Enger story there is always a touch of magic, which he continues in this novel and which adds to its beauty.

  • My Antonia

  • By: Willa Cather
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings, Ken Burns (introduction)
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,975
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,992

Through Jim Burden's endearing, smitten voice, we revisit the remarkable vicissitudes of immigrant life in the Nebraska heartland, with all its insistent bonds. Guiding the way are some of literature's most beguiling characters: the Russian brothers plagued by memories of a fateful sleigh ride, Antonia's desperately homesick father and self-indulgent mother, and the coy Lena Lingard. Holding the pastoral society's heart, of course, is the bewitching, free-spirited Antonia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • applause for a classic

  • By Western Canada on 04-19-08

So Beautifully Written

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

I never got around to this book until now. I was really stunned by the beauty of both the writing and the material written about.

  • Without Precedent

  • Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times
  • By: Joel Richard Paul
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 17 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

No member of America's founding generation had a greater impact on the Constitution and the Supreme Court than John Marshall, and no one did more to preserve the delicate unity of the fledgling United States. From the nation's founding in 1776 and for the next 40 years, Marshall was at the center of every political battle. As Chief Justice of the United States - the longest-serving in history - he established the independence of the judiciary and the supremacy of the federal Constitution and courts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scholarly and Accessible

  • By Diana Black Kennedy on 03-01-18

Too much of this historian's particular POV....

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This is a GREAT biography of Marshall-- very well researched and with great information which was very useful to me. I had the feeling that Paul took sides in the Jefferson vs. Marshall conflict (on Marshall's side), and I didn't think that helped me all that much as a reader. I think he could have been more generous to Jefferson, but what is the point of taking sides in the first place?

  • A Darker Sea

  • Master Commandant Putnam and the War of 1812
  • By: James L. Haley
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

At the opening of the War of 1812, the British control the most powerful navy on earth, and Americans are again victims of piracy. Bliven Putnam, late of the Battle of Tripoli, is dispatched to Charleston to outfit and take command of a new 20-gun brig, the USS Tempest. Later, aboard the Constitution, he sails into the furious early fighting of the war.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the first book....

  • By BikeMeister on 12-23-17

Not as good as the first book....

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

It wasn't as good as the first book, although the battle scenes were great. Too much delving into 21st century victimhood memes. IMHO the narration was very poor-- Boehmer does not do accents well. His Hawaiian accent sounded more like a West Indies accent while his New England Yankee accent sounded more British than Yankee.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Razor Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Carl Hiaasen
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,118

When Lane Coolman's car is bashed from behind on the road to the Florida Keys, what appears to be an ordinary accident is anything but (this is Hiaasen!). Behind the wheel of the other car is Merry Mansfield - the eponymous Razor Girl - and the crash scam is only the beginning of events that spiral crazily out of control while unleashing some of the wildest characters Hiaasen has ever set loose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book this year!

  • By green ice cream garden on 09-19-16

One of the Funniest Books I've Ever Read

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

Reviewed: 11-19-16

Whatever drugs Carl Hiaasen is doing, I want some. This book is totally hilarious! The narrator really does a great job and is hilarious in his own right.

  • Darkness at Noon

  • By: Arthur Koestler
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369

A fictional portrayal of an aging revolutionary, this novel is a powerful commentary on the nightmare politics of the troubled 20th century. Born in Hungary in 1905, a defector from the Communist Party in 1938, and then arrested in both Spain and France for his political views, Arthur Koestler writes from a wealth of personal experience.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing Commentary

  • By Roy on 10-23-10

Masterpiece-- Koestler and Muller

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

Reviewed: 12-28-15

This story haunts me, both from the writing by Arthur Koestler and the telling by Frank Muller. It is a political and historical must-read, but with frank Muller narrating.... The best.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Most Secret

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Roger May
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

It is the Second World War and France has fallen. In their trusty fishing boat, Genevieve, armed with only a flame-thrower and limited ammunition, a small group of officers and men take a stand against the might of the German army. This is classic Shute: a thrilling adventure about the heroism of ordinary men that will keep you on the edge of your seat, cheering them on.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Censored for 3 years

  • By Anniebligh on 02-05-13

Inimitable Nevil Shute Style

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

Reviewed: 02-11-13

One of my favorite witers, Nevil Shute unfolds his story in an intelligent and unique manner. His historical and technical understanding and accuracy are superb as always.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Neptune's Inferno

  • The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal
  • By: James D. Hornfischer
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 18 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943

With The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and Ship of Ghosts, James D. Hornfischer created essential and enduring narratives about America’s World War II Navy, works of unique immediacy distinguished by rich portraits of ordinary men in extremis and exclusive new information. Now he does the same for the deadliest, most pivotal naval campaign of the Pacific war: Guadalcanal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Desperate battles, well told

  • By Robert B on 05-04-12

Compelling Discussion of the "Real" Turning Point

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

Reviewed: 02-11-13

Hornfischer is one of the best naval writers of our time. In Neptune's Inferno he discusses the naval battle for Guadalcanal as the real turning point of the Pacific war-- rather than Midway. He thoroughly discusses U.S. Marine Corps mythology disparaging the Navy's abandonment of Marine forces on Guadalcanal-- mythology which is partially true due to Naval strategy, pre-determined and agreed to before the landing was ever made. He also thoroughly examines the subsequent decision by the Navy to commit everything to the overall success of the operation leading to a 3:1 casualty ratio, Navy to Marine Corps, which ultimately led to the defeat of the Japanese.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Breaking Wave

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Allan had been away from Coombaragana, flying in the Royal Air Force. Now he has returned, wounded and disillusioned, to his ancestral home. Days before, Jessie Proctor had taken her own life. Why? Allan looked at the young face in the photograph in Jessie’s passport and froze. He knew who she really was.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Touching Tale

  • By Jim In Texas! on 05-05-12

Maybe my Favorite Nevil Shute Novel

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

Reviewed: 02-11-13

Shute knows Britain before Operation Overlord like he lived it-- which he probably did. Unbelievably great story line and characters coping with the tragedy of the war and it's aftermath while doing their duty to the best of their abilities. It focuses on doing what's right while the world crumbles around you.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Far Country

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

A young English woman leaves her ageing parents to visit friends living in the Australian outback, where she quickly falls in love - both with the country and with Carl, a doctor and Czech refugee. Brought together through dramatic encounters and strange twists of fate, their relationship hangs in the balance when Jennifer is called back to England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oldie but goodie...

  • By A on 07-24-13

Great Story!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-13

A really great novel about Britain and Australia after the Second World War. Lots of insight into the economic situations of both countries and the opportunity many Brits saw at the time in Australia. Great characters, very intelligently written and always good natured.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful