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  • Captain Future #12: Planets in Peril

  • By: Edmond Hamilton, Radio Archives
  • Narrated by: Milton Bagby
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Ready to battle with fists and weapons if he has to, Captain Future also has other skills that come into play. Curtis Newton isn't simply smart, but he shows compassion throughout the series, for those around him and aliens new to him. Unlike many science fiction heroes, Captain Future doesn't assume that a new being he encounters is evil just because they are different. Many of the conflicts are simply misunderstandings and Captain Future proves himself as strong a diplomat as he is a fighter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captain Future at his best.

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-21-18

Captain Future at his best.

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

This is one of the lesser known books in the series but it is a favorite of mine. Since the action does not take place in this solar system there is less necessity than in the majority of Captain Future stories to disregard the blatant impossibility of the described planets, moons and aliens. That does not mean that you can listen to this with your normal scientific and critical faculties working full time. Rather, it should be read as we read Superman and Marvel Comics. Planets in Peril, however, has a well construed story and lots of action and wonder. Perhaps these stories are a an acquired taste, since I was not very impressed when I read one or two during the 1960s, but now I enjoy them quite shamelessly!

  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,046
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,999

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please, have mercy and cut out the sound effects

  • By Areader on 11-29-18

Enjoyable and interesting

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Well read and performed. Some reviewers complain about the music and the many voices, but on the whole I found the production exellent. Background music should have been somewhat reduced, though. Subject matter was what I expected, so no surprises there. Comments and conclusions were quite balanced and I never found myself disagreeing much.

  • Twain’s Feast

  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,430
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,403

Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain’s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain’s favorite foods.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Recycling

  • By Greg Hill on 11-17-18

Pretty good.

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

Interesting but performance, recording and script not quite top standard in my opinion. A bit rambling at times. Lots of you know and other fillers. Some feeble jokes. Interviews that add little more than ambience. But perhaps this sounds a bit harsh since, on the whole, I enjoyed it.

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  • The Expedition of Humphrey Clinker

  • By: Tobias Smollett
  • Narrated by: June Whitfield, Suzy Aitchison, Hywel Simons, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Written as the letters of the five members of Squire Bramble's household sent as they journey around Britain, The Expedition of Humphrey Clinker is a grouchy, very funny examination of how one story varies depending on who's doing the telling. The tale is centered around the arrival of Mr. Clinker into the otherwise uneventful household, who never speaks and does not even enter the novel until a third of the way through.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A treat

  • By Tad Davis on 01-31-16

Underrated writer!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

Smollett is in my opinion underrated and this is one of his most pleasing efforts. If you like Pickwick you will probably enjoy it. It gives a detailed, lively, humorous and most interesting glimpse into life in England and Scotland in the 18th century. Of course it also contains some unlikely coincidences and a worn out romantic storyline, but to a much less extent than most other 18th century novels. Perhaps one reason why Smollett has not received the appreciation he deserves is his sometimes bizarre and not altogether delicate sense of humour, but for me who was brought up on Monty Python this is certainly no problem. And I should also add that there is certainly very little in the book that could be called indecent. Only indelicate. Using different readers for the various writers of the letters that make up the book works brilliantly and adds considerably to the enjoyment of listening. By the way, there exists another, free, version of the book (which can be found at LibriVox) that was also well read but not as good as this one.

  • The Horror on the Links

  • The Complete Tales of Jules De Grandin, Volume One
  • By: Seabury Quinn
  • Narrated by: Paul Woodson
  • Length: 25 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Seabury Quinn's short stories were featured in well more than half of the pulp magazine Weird Tales' original publication run. His most famous character, the supernatural French detective Dr. Jules de Grandin, investigated cases involving monsters, devil worshippers, serial killers, and spirits from beyond the grave, often set in the small town of Harrisonville, New Jersey.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Such Fun !!

  • By The Whole Truth on 10-20-17

Weird Tales at its best

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

These Jules de Grandin tales prove that great stories can be created using worn out cliches if well handled and, as in this case, well read. I had previously read perhaps 10 de Grandin stories that I found OK but unremarkable. After listening to this huge collection I must revise my earlier opinion. Jules de Grandin actually is one of the greatest caracters from the pages of the great Weird Tales!

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  • The Game-Players of Titan

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

Years ago, Earth and Titan fought a war and Earth lost. The planet was irradiated and most of the surviving population is sterile. The few survivors play an intricate and unending game called Bluff at the behest of the sluglike aliens who rule the planet. At stake in the game are two very important commodities: land and spouses. Pete Garden just lost his wife and Berkeley, California, but he has a plan to win them back. That is, if he isn’t derailed by aliens, psychic traitors, or his new wife.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Game, set, match!

  • By Darwin8u on 11-16-16

Philip K. Dick at his best!

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

Reviews of this book seems to be somewhat divided, but in my opinion it belongs to Dicks best. The style is realistic, sometimes humorous, and somewhat similar to his mainstream novels. This works very effectively as a contrast to the bizarre and dreamlike storyline. At the beginning of the book I wondered if the author would really be able to make the rather unlikely background concept convincing, but after a while it felt just right and very much Philip K. Dick. The story gradually turns into a compelling psychedelic and surreal drama that keeps you reading till the end, which incidentally also feels just right for a Philip K. Dick novel. The struggle to separate reality from illusion and paranoia is, as often with Dick, a central theme in the book. Drugs and alcohol also play an important part. The reading is fine, with the central character Pete, who probably includes a lot of Dick himself, being convincingly portrayed.

  • The Big Black Mark

  • John Grimes, Book 7
  • By: A. Bertram Chandler
  • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

A pivotal time in the career of John Grimes. A fateful journey in the vessel Discovery, bearing an uncanny kinship to the legendary vessel the Bounty. The big black mark on his service record.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favourite books about Grimes

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-01-17

One of my favourite books about Grimes

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

The end of one part of Grimes career with hints of a new one. Pivotal work, as they say. And a rich and satisfying story that Chandler obviously took some pains with. Told from a man's point of view, but my wife also liked it a lot so it can't be that bad....

  • Spartan Planet

  • John Grimes, Book 5
  • By: A. Bertram Chandler
  • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

John Grimes arrives on the forgotten planet Sparta, where a birth machine produces men generation after generation. The strangely shaped "men" on his ship have a catastrophic effect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Good Grimes Adventure

  • By Dennis on 07-21-13

Grimes on a gay planet!

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

Reviewed: 01-23-17

Gay world where women are unknown! Almost...Wild concept but actually one of the better Grimes, I think! Plenty of action towards the end.

  • Miniatures

  • The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam, Peter Ganim, Luke Daniels, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,271

The ex-planet Pluto has a few choice words about being thrown out of the solar system. A listing of alternate histories tells you all the various ways Hitler has died. A lawyer sues an interplanetary union for dangerous working conditions. And four artificial intelligences explain, in increasingly worrying detail, how they plan not to destroy humanity. Welcome to Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Small doses of "Scalzian" humor

  • By Andre Wallace Simonsen on 01-05-17

Enjoyable and, sometimes, brilliant

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

Some of these short stories are excellent and quite funny. This is particularly true for most of, but not all, of the "alien encounter" variations that make up the solid core of the collection. Mr Scalzis own comments on his stories are interesting, but perhaps they do contribute to a (very slight) tendency towards chattiness that creeps in now and then. The book is certainly enjoyable as it is, but I feel that by replacing some of the less interesting stories, cutting out the comments alltogether and by doing just a little bit of extra polishing on the best stories this volume could have become a real classic.

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  • The History of the Ancient World

  • From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome
  • By: Susan Wise Bauer
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,646
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,628

This is the first volume in a bold new series that tells the stories of all peoples, connecting historical events from Europe to the Middle East to the far coast of China, while still giving weight to the characteristics of each country. Susan Wise Bauer provides both sweeping scope and vivid attention to the individual lives that give flesh to abstract assertions about human history. This narrative history employs the methods of "history from beneath" - literature, epic traditions, private letters, and accounts - to connect kings and leaders with the lives of those they ruled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Historic Achievement

  • By Ellen S. Wilds on 04-25-14

Simply excellent!

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

Reviewed: 01-02-17

Very well written and narrated! A generous use of, not only archeology, but also and perhaps especially, ancient historians and myths and a touch of dry humour now and then makes this enjoyable and full of life. It seems to me well balanced in spite of the fact that most of the really interesting preserved written materal is, of course, unevenly distributed over the ages. I will certainly listen to this more than once. Highly recommended.