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Beach Boys' Pet Sounds (33 1/3 Series) audiobook cover art
  • Beach Boys' Pet Sounds (33 1/3 Series)

  • By: Jim Fusilli
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 56

Pet Sounds is, rightly, one of the most celebrated pop albums ever released. It has also been written about, pored over, and analyzed more than most other albums put together. In this disarming book, Jim Fusilli focuses primarily on the emotional core of the album, on Brian Wilson's pitch-perfect cry of despair. In doing so, he brings to life the search for equilibrium and acceptance that still gives Pet Sounds its heart almost four decades after its release.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surf's Up

  • By Andy on 07-13-09

Interesting and Inspiring

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-09

While I have enjoyed the music of Brian Wilson in a casual way, I have never really gotten the point. After hearing the music from a aficionado's point of view I have revisited Pet Sounds with a changed perspective and real enthusiasm hear more of The Beach Boys. This was a very entertaining and extremely well written treatise on Pet Sounds.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Mote in God's Eye

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by: L J Ganser
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,444
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,668
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,710

The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great read!

  • By J. Rhoderick on 02-12-10

Top notch, classic Sci - Fi

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-09

Read this twice in my youth so when it recently appeared on Audible I took the opportunity to re-visit it. After a dubious start I found myself sinking into the story and was soon hooked. Still a fantastic story all these years later. Good old straight forward sci-fi with all the elements.
Really enjoyed it.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Wonder Boys

  • By: Michael Chabon
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Michael Chabon's Grady Tripp is one messed up college writing professor - his marriage is breaking up, his girlfriend (wife of the dean) is pregnant, his marijuana habit is taking over, and his editor is just about out of a job. Tripp has published a few moderately successful novels but is strangling his creativity with introspection and marijuana. When his editor and best friend, Terry Crabtree, comes to town and spreads chaos, Tripp goes along for the ride.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • better than movie version

  • By connie on 11-27-08

Another fine Chabon experience.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-09

Very entertaining on many levels, this novel is smart, humorous, self - effacing and never dull. Grady Tripp is one hell of an anti-hero and a totally memorable character. Another fine Chabon experience.

  • The Eiger Sanction

  • By: Trevanian
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 190

In a renovated Gothic church on Long Island lives Jonathan Hemlock, an art professor and a world-renowned mountain climber who finances his black-market art collection by working as a freelance assassin. Now, Hemlock is being tricked into a hazardous assignment that involves an attempt to scale one of the most treacherous mountain peaks in the Swiss Alps: the Eiger. His target is one of his three fellow climbers. The problem is that the CII can't tell him which one.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, great narration

  • By Andrew on 05-14-09

Great story, great narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-09

No novel by Trevanian is a straightforward matter. Part thriller, part satire, EIGER SANCTION is an extremely well written treatise on mountain climbing, a dig at celebrity culture, an examination of the mind of a killer and in the final analysis; a great story. While a little slow to get going, the novel quietly builds up a head of steam, and while there is lots of diversion along the way,once the tension starts rising the pace never lets up.
The narrator is really good.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Signal

  • By: Ron Carlson
  • Narrated by: T. Ryder Smith
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Well known for his short stories, critically acclaimed author Ron Carlson has been featured in the New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Esquire, and Best American Short Stories. Carlson has also won a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, a National Society of Arts and Letters Literature Award, and the 1993 Ploughshares Cohen Prize. Here he captivates audiences with a compelling novel no listener will soon forget.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Involving and Deeply Moving.

  • By Andrew on 05-03-09

Involving and Deeply Moving.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-09

I totally enjoyed Ron Carlson's last novel FIVE SKIES, enough not to hesitate for a moment when his latest novel appeared recently on Audible. Again, a vivd exploration of the wild backcountry, and the wilderness of the soul. Mac, a rancher battling a crippling mortgage, searches for redemtion after a fall into darkeness. A deep penitration story, with perfectly paced laconic narration. Involving and moving. Highly recommended.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Speed of Dark

  • By: Elizabeth Moon
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 463

In the near future, disease will be a condition of the past. Most genetic defects will be removed at birth; the remaining during infancy. Unfortunately, there will be a generation left behind. For members of that missed generation, small advances will be made. Through various programs, they will be taught to get along in the world despite their differences. They will be made active and contributing members of society. But they will never be normal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally Recommended!

  • By Andrew on 01-02-09

Totally Recommended!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-09

Lou Arrendale is a high functioning Autistic whose world is turned upside down with the news that there may be a possible cure for his condition. Set in the near future this is a deeply absorbing story that makes for a compulsive listening experience. A deserved Nebula award winning novel that would certainly appeal to fans of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME. If you are not a Sci-Fi aficionado, relax. This is a deeply compassionate journey into the mind of a man trying to find his place in the world. Joins my all time top 10 Audio experiences.

27 of 28 people found this review helpful

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  • The People's Act of Love

  • By: James Meek
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 13

Siberia 1919. In the outer reaches of a country recently torn apart by civil war lives a small Christian sect and its enigmatic leader, Balashov. Stationed nearby is a regiment of Czech soldiers, desperate to get home but on the losing side in the recent conflict. Into this isolated community trudges Samarin, an escapee from Russia's northernmost gulag.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Memorable.

  • By Andrew on 12-11-08

Memorable.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-08

This is not an easy book. The narrative is not one of those that pulls you along, rather its one that you need to work at - participate in. A highly stylised work(think classic Russian writting of the late 19th Century), it is a deeply descriptive journey into the heart and mind of a Russia on the cusp of great change. The characters are deeply memorable, the portrait of the land and its people vivid and loving. The narrator does an outstanding job.
May be appreciated by fans of Haruki Murakami.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Lord Valentine's Castle

  • By: Robert Silverberg
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 19 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 236

The planet Majipoor is shared by humans and several alien races, including four-armed Skandars, three-eyed Liiman, and the native, shape-shifting Metamorphs. All are watched over by the King of Dreams, the labyrinth-dwelling Pontifex, and the priestess of the Isle of Sleep, while the Coronal officially rules from atop Castle Mount.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By C. Paget on 07-29-08

Magic!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-08

A penetrating and original re-visitation of the classsic hero's quest. A dreamlike and magical journey through Majipor, world like no other. The narrators deep chocolate tone is perfect and only serves to broaden the listeners pleasure.
This is not Fantasy, nor Sci-Fi, rather a genre all of its own, perhaps Jungian is the world. The only comparison I dare to consider is the work of the British writer Christopher Priest.
Great story, compulsive narrative - highly recommended.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Uplift War

  • The Uplift Saga, Book 3
  • By: David Brin
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 27 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335

Earth has been allowed to colonize the planet Garth only because its previous occupants went berserk and wiped out virtually all life there. But now humans, chimps, and their alien allies on Garth are being held hostage in a conflict that could affect the fate of the entire Five Galaxies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BIG ENTHUSIASTIC WOW

  • By Andrew on 11-03-08

BIG ENTHUSIASTIC WOW

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-08

What an awesome trilogy. By the third installment the whole thing is on fire, great writting - marred only by occassional clunky narrative device, outstanding narration and what a story. Inspiring, spellbinding speculative fiction. This lifts Brin into the realm of the great masters: Clarke, Silversberg, Heinlien, Asimov.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Persistence of Vision

  • By: John Varley
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

On the surface, this Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic is about a drifter who comes to stay in a New Mexico commune founded by a group of deaf-blind people. But beneath the story, author John Varley examines deep, universal issues. What is the nature of communication? What does an individual gain - or lose - by subsuming himself to the whole? Can an outsider ever truly "belong"?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't think you like Sci-Fi? Try this one!

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-03-08

Interesting Diversion

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-08

A story about perception, social experimentation and lots more. The author explores many interesting themes and provides a diverting 2 hourish narrative. In the vein of Silversberg - THE WORLD INSIDE /Harry Harrison - MAKE ROOM MAKE ROOM. Dystopian fiction with a hopefull twist.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful