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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 163,014
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,455
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,293

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Funny, smart, and thrilling!

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

Reviewed: 06-24-15

A wonderful Robinson Crusoe on Mars survival story (except without a Friday). I wanted to hang out with the main character after it was over.

  • Anita

  • By: Keith Roberts
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 462
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 466

Meet Anita Thompson: she's young, she's lovely, she's clever, and she's a witch. A real one. Anita lives in two worlds: the modern world of supermarkets and sports cars, radio and rock-and-roll, where she is a thoroughly modern girl with a thoroughly modern interest in boys and fast living and her own independence. But she also lives in the ancient and rustic world of traditions, cauldrons, and familiars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I would buy you this book! (if i could afford too)

  • By troy on 05-20-12

Mostly charming, sometimes irritating

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

Reviewed: 07-27-12

Written in the mid-to-late 60's (I believe), the Anita stories were among the earliest in the now common genre of teenage/young-adult witches in the modern world. I'm finding the collection mostly charming, though it does occasionally seem a bit sexist, a bit too leering - an artifact of the times in which the stories were written, I suppose. Gaiman's introduction and the talented narrator, Nicola Barber, have made this delightful to listen to. Some of the stories are a bit weak, but most have been enjoyable.

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  • The Distant Hours

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,516
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,526

Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rich and Lovely

  • By Amy on 09-05-11

Both dull and overwrought

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

Reviewed: 07-20-12

I liked the other two Kate Morton books I listened to, and this one seemed like it would be another winner, but I didn't enjoy it. I often like a story that builds slowly, but the pace of this one seemed glacial. Too much "atmosphere", not enough reason to care about any of the characters. Morton needed a better editor to tell her to cut back on the lyrical description in the service of keeping the plot taut.

I kept thinking, "Haven't I read this book before?" and then I realized that I was thinking of Diane Setterfield's "The Thirteenth Tale". This book began to seem more and more like a over-written combination of Setterfield's book and Morton's two others. I gave up after a little over 3 hours of listening when I realized I wasn't looking forward to picking up where I left off, and that the thought of spending 22 hours with it depressed me. There are too many great books in print and in audio for me to waste time on something that bored and irritated me. The narrator was good; the failure of this book to engage me was entirely the writer's. This will be the first Audible purchase I return.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful