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  • Dead and Gone: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #9

  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,815

In her ninth adventure, Sookie has just tied on her cocktail waitress apron for a night's work when a special report comes on the television. The time has come. The wereanimals have revealed themselves.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • High expectations not met

  • By Anne in State College on 05-11-09

The Best Sookie Stackhouse Story yet!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-09

This was a GREAT listen - enthralling, exciting, suspenseful, and sexy. Did I mention that this is the best Sookie Stackhouse Story yet?

  • Ill Wind

  • An Anna Pigeon Novel
  • By: Nevada Barr
  • Narrated by: Joanna Gleason
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

Haunted by personal demons and cut off from her friends and family, Anna Pigeon seeks solace in the quiet ruins of Colorado's Mesa Verde National Park. But the solitude is soon interrupted. A mysterious illness is afflicting tourists to the park. When an asthmatic child dies and a ranger colleague - and friend - is murdered, Anna must find out the truth.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ban Abridgements!

  • By Karen on 01-26-08

Ban Abridgements!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-08

I don't like abridgements, and this audiobook is one of the reasons why -- the story is so hacked up as to be impossible to follow. Nevada Barr can turn a phrase beutifully and all of that is gone. Hold out for an unabridged version! Don't by this one!

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Three to Get Deadly

  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lori Petty
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 479
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

Stephanie Plum is back for a third adventure, this time in search of a beloved neighborhood guy who got caught carrying concealed. But she's not getting any help from homicide cop and local hunk Joe Morelli; the last time he got social with Steph, he ended up naked in the middle of the street. Not one to say no to a challenge, Stephanie sets off in hot pursuit. Browse other Stephanie Plum titles.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love the Stephanie Plum series!

  • By KimerySue on 10-03-03

They're all good ....

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-07

All of the Stephanie Plum stories (and I've listened to them all) are fun, sexy, entertaining, and well worth the time. As a general rule, I don't waste my time abridged books; the plot gets too mangled when events are cut out to save recording time. However, the abridgement of these books is well done, and (mostly) unnoticeable. I recommend all of the Stephanie Plum books, even the abridged ones.

  • Lord of the Silent

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 13
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

Undeterred by world war and enemy submarines, Amelia Peabody, grandmaster Elizabeth Peters' indomitable archaeologist-sleuth, once again sets sail for Egypt, where ghosts of an ancient past and specters of a present-day evil hover silently over an inscrutable land.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unabridged is unacceptable

  • By Nancy Norton on 12-17-06

Well done

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-05

I dislike abridgements, but this one was very well done & is a worthwhile listen. The story is very good -- I'm going to go buy the book now to find out what I've missed!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • The Ape Who Guards the Balance

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 10
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Samantha Eggar
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

The prospects of the 1907 archaeological season in Egypt seem fairly dull to Amelia Peabody. Her husband, Professor Radcliff Emerson, has been demoted to examining only the most boring tombs in the Valley of the Kings. However, this year promises to be different when murder is unearthed in the land of the pharaohs. With her newly purchased famed Book of the Dead, a collection of magical spells and prayers designed to ward off the perils of the underworld, Amelia sets out to untangle a web woven of criminals and cults, stolen treasures, and fallen women - all the while under the...

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, bad abridgement, buy the book instead.

  • By Karen on 02-15-05

Good story, bad abridgement, buy the book instead.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-05

Samantha Eggar does a good job of reading this story. BUT -- this is an abridgement, and badly done, at that. Critical parts of the story are left out, resulting in a lack of continuity and cohesiveness in parts.
This is a very good story, however. The children are really coming into their own as exciting and interesting characters. And of course, the story is full of the wit and excitement we have come to expect of Amelia and Elizabeth Peters. Take my advice and buy the book, and spend an afternoon with a cup of the "genial beverage" and a really good read.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 7
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,530
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,111

This adventure transports Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson to Amarna, the rustic desert site where the two archaeologists first met, beginning the 13-year association that would take them from mayhem to murder in the Egyptian outback.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful!

  • By S. Dale on 07-20-04

One of my favorites

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-05

This is one of my favorites of all the Amelia Peabody stories. Barbara Rosenblat is, of course, THE voice of Amelia and brings her to life, where Susan O'Malley could not. The story is also just fun, exciting, and suspenseful. Of course, anyone considering this recording should at least listen to Crocodile on the Sandbank first in order to understand Amelia and Emerson's relationship.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Crocodile on the Sandbank

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,455

Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice break from the usual-

  • By Carrie on 12-18-04

Great fun

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-27-04

The Amelia Peabody series of books are witty, intelligent, fun, and tongue-in-cheek. Barbara Rosenblat makes them even more engaging with her wide range of voices and marvelous performance. This is a must-hear.

37 of 40 people found this review helpful

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  • The Gunslinger

  • The Dark Tower I
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,249
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,318

Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Dark Tower Review - Part One

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-23-03

Not the best of the series, but necessary

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-04

I've read nearly all of Stephen King's books, including a couple of small and obscure early publications, and I can tell you that this is one of his best stories. Not the best of the Dark Tower series, however, but absolutely necessary to introduce us to Roland and his quest. If you like this story, you will love the rest of the Dark Tower stories.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • The Martian Chronicles

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Ray Bradbury
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 520
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 227

In lyrical prose, Bradbury describes the decline of the mysterious and fragile Martian civilization, overwhelmed by the human newcomers. Bradbury reads these tales of common people - families, truck-stop owners, priests - who confront a new world with their human pride, fears, tenderness, and greed intact. And at the heart of each story lies the basic conflict between man's search for new frontiers and his irresistible urge for the comfort of the past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Karen on 04-09-03

Wonderful!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-03

It is always a delight and special experience to hear an author read his own works. The additional commentary provides the background to make this listening experience even more satisfying.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful