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Lyme, NH, United States
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  • Leviathan

  • By: Scott Westerfeld
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,022
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,029

It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. The Leviathan is a living airship, the most formidable airbeast in the skies of Europe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Positively Addictive.

  • By Tracy on 05-05-10

One of the best-read audiobooks ever!

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

Reviewed: 06-30-13

This is the first book in an excellent three-book series, telling a fantastical story of alternate history, set at the beginning of World War I. It's really about two unlikely heroes, a 14-year-old Austrian prince and a 14-year-old Scottish girl. They both harbor a deep secret, and the three books pair them as partners in one adventure after another. The story is fun, the alternate steampunk history engaging, but it's Alan Cumming's reading that makes these books so fantastic. As the sole reader, he nonetheless breathes life into the varied characters, with accents ranging from German (Austrian) to British (both aristocratic and workingman) to American to Russian to Arabic. I've listened to dozens of Audible books, literally, and Cumming may be the best reader yet!

  • The Opal Deception

  • Artemis Fowl, Book 4
  • By: Eoin Colfer
  • Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,173
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,387

After his last run-in with the fairies, Artemis Fowl had his mind wiped of his memories of the world below ground. Any goodness he had grudgingly learned is now gone, and the young genius has reverted to his criminal lifestyle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Book

  • By Emiko on 08-10-09

Another great Fowl novel

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

Reviewed: 12-12-11

I love the Artemis Fowl series. Fun stories, masterfully read. Indeed, I can't think of another narrator I've enjoyed more -- he does a myriad of voices fantastically well.

In this book we see the return of Opal Kobay, whom Artemis and Holly and friends must defeat once again. Some sad bits too -- but I can't share spoilers!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Colony

  • Artemis Fowl, Book 5
  • By: Eoin Colfer
  • Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,024
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,306

Thousands of years ago, fairies and humans fought a great battle for the magical island of Ireland. When it became clear that they could not win, all of the fairies moved below ground, except for the 8th Family, the demons. Rather than surrender, they used a magical time spell to take their colony out of time and into Limbo. There they have lived for decades, preparing to exact their violent revenge on humans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This could be a stand alone novel

  • By SAMA on 12-27-16

Another great Fowl novel

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

Reviewed: 12-12-11

I love the Artemis Fowl series. Fun stories, masterfully read. Indeed, I can't think of another narrator I've enjoyed more -- he does a myriad of voices fantastically well.

This book introduces several new characters, in Barcelona and on the island of the demons. A fun mixture of friends and foes.

  • Steve Jobs

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516

Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years - as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues - Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't bother with the abridged version

  • By David on 11-19-11

Don't bother with the abridged version

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

Reviewed: 11-19-11

I think this may be a good book. I can't tell. I chose the abridged version, and it is so terribly edited as to be awful. That is, it feels like whoever did the abridging went in with an axe and whacked away here and there, leaving all the cut edges exposed and bleeding. The result is a story that jumps from topic to topic, with some whole chapters cut down to a few sentences. If I were Steve Jobs, I'd say "this sucks".

Go for the full version; overall, the writing is good and the reader is good and the story seems interesting. It's just too bad the abridgement was so sloppy.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful