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  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Sean Murphy
  • Length: 1 hr
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

"This story was inspired by a remark of Mark Twain's to the effect that it was a pity that the best part of life came at the beginning and the worst part at the end. By trying the experiment upon only one man in a perfectly normal world I have scarcely given his idea a fair trial. Several weeks after completing it, I discovered an almost identical plot in Samuel Butler's 'Note-books'."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GR8 Also loved the movie

  • By BRANDIES8UP~=^•^=~ on 12-17-18

Fitzgerald's a genius

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

This book reminded me that Fitzgerald truly is the king of short fiction. Entertaining and profound.

  • Leviathan Wakes

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,937
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,925

The first book in the landmark Expanse series, now a major television series from Syfy! Leviathan Wakes is James S. A. Corey's first novel in the epic New York Times best-selling series The Expanse, a modern masterwork of science fiction in which humanity has colonized the solar system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Started a love affair with hard sci fi

  • By N. H. on 07-30-17

Thoroughly entertaining space opera

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

Its books like this that reminds me why science fiction is my first literary love.

  • The Graveyard Book: Full-Cast Production

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman, Derek Jacobi, Robert Madge, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,525
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,726

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack - who has already killed Bod's family…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique children's story... Loved it!

  • By shelley on 12-04-17

I'm just not one for young adult literature...

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

Maybe I just find I have a hard time with the genre. I found the overarching plot... lacking... especially in regards to the villian, who never was really fleshed out. Honestly the best part of the book is the afterward by the author.

  • The Iliad

  • The Fitzgerald Translation
  • By: Homer, Robert Fitzgerald - translator
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751

Since it was first published more than 25 years ago, Robert Fitzgerald's prizewinning translation of Homer's battle epic has become a classic in its own right: a standard against which all other versions of The Iliad are compared. Fitzgerald's work is accessible, ironic, faithful, written in a swift vernacular blank verse that "makes Homer live as never before" ( Library Journal).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By Tad Davis on 10-08-14

Its the full text, but not the full story

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

So, I didn't realize that the Illiad starts nine years into the Trojan war, not that it ends after the death of Hector. Good book, but you'll need to look elsewhere for the famous horse.

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  • The Dunwich Horror

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Stephen Ward
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

In a rundown farmhouse near isolated, rural Dunwich, a bizarre family conjures and nurtures an evil entity from another realm, with the purpose of destroying the world and delivering it to ancient gods to rule, and only an aged university librarian can stop them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty Ok

  • By Timo on 08-21-18

Pretty Ok

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

Lovecraft is not known for his dialogue, and the Dunwich Horror is unfortunately full of it. It is an interesting enough story to pull you along pretty quickly though, and I was genuinely curious to see how it resolved. Not as good as some of his other novellas (I'm still waiting to find a work of his I like as much as The Mountains of Madness).

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  • Saturn Run

  • By: John Sandford Ctein
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,707

The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope - something is approaching Saturn and decelerating. Space objects don't decelerate. Spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: Whatever built that ship is at least one hundred years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Sci-Fi Book in a While!

  • By Ted on 05-29-17

Entertaining Enough.

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

It's a hard sci-fi, which means there isn't any magical solutions or problems arising from pseudoscience. All the magical solutions and problems are then because the authors say so. It's fairly predictable as a result, but it's an entertaining predictable tale.

  • The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke

  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister, Ray Porter, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 51 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 704

From early work like "Rescue Party" and "The Lion of Comarre", through classic stories including "The Star", "Earthlight", "The Nine Billion Names of God", and "The Sentinel" (kernel of the later novel and movie 2001: A Space Odyssey), all the way to later work like "A Meeting with Medusa" and "The Hammer of God", this comprehensive short story collection encapsulates one of the great science fiction careers of all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • List of stories from

  • By KW Charlie on 09-15-16

Hit or Miss

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

Some of these stories are quite good, others feel a drag despite their brevity. This volume should be required reading for any student of the genre, as it contains many influential themes that have gone on to shape more contemporary additions to science fiction.

  • Agincourt

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Charles Keating
  • Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,303

Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What is WITH that music?

  • By Lois on 08-26-15

The Music...

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

Simply put, this is an entertaining enough audio book, though the music that is interspersed throughout is... annoying... at best. The story is simple, straight forward, and filled with enough "goddamn bastards" to last any listener a lifetime. The medievalist in me is annoyed with how the armor largely seems useless in the book, outclassed by the longbows at every turn, but this is a common enough argument among fans of the era. I just happen to be in love with everything armor, so I may be a bit biased.

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