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  • The Complete Wizard of Oz Collection

  • All 22 Stories
  • By: L. Frank Baum
  • Narrated by: Eric Vincent
  • Length: 91 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

This is the complete Wizard of Oz collection of 22 stories written by L. Frank Baum. This is the only complete collection that includes all the Oz stories. All 22 stories are fully complete. They include the dedication and the introduction of each story/book. In this collection, you will find stories not available in other collections. It even includes stories published after the death of L. Frank Baum.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Audio chapter list below as was missing

  • By MM on 04-09-14

Sadly... I couldn't even get started.

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

Reviewed: 08-23-16

Fifteen minutes. That is all I could stomach of this recording. I read all the books when I was younger so I know the stories are wonderful and I was so looking forward to this series. However with all the smacking and swallowing and other really gross sounds I just couldn't take it anymore.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of Life

  • All Souls, Book 3
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,893

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Trilogy!

  • By Cheri on 12-13-15

I loved it

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

Reviewed: 02-08-15

The whole series is beautiful. The narration, the story perfect. I'm very sad to let it go, but loved the journey.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 198,764
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 185,583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185,187

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

New favorite book!

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

Reviewed: 05-29-12

Any additional comments?

This book is incredible. I liked Reamde by Neil Stephenson, but THIS is what I was expecting that book to be. I am so glad I found it from reader comments.

There is really nothing I can add to all the other comments readers have posted on this book. I could NOT stop listening, but I dreaded the end because then it would be... well... over. And I DID NOT want it to be over. This is one I will listen to again and again.

  • The Woman in Black

  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,823
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,824

Eel Marsh house stands alone, surveying the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Once, Mrs Alice Drablow lived here as a recluse. Now, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor with a London firm, is summoned to attend her funeral, unaware of the tragic and terrible secrets which lie behind the house's shuttered windows.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Gothic Ghost Tale

  • By Mel on 01-25-12

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 04-25-12

Any additional comments?

OK so I'll be honest. The movie intrigued me. My kids made fun of me because I would watch the trailer over and over again but I wouldn't go watch the movie. I'm not much of a movie person - the trailer was creepy enough for me. But I made the decision that I would read the book, then see the movie. I really loved this book. I loved the narration which was very soothing and SUCH a wonderful contrast for the eeriness of the content. I think that was my favorite part! Now I can't wait for the movie to come out on DVD. I am planning SUCH an evening for my family...

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Reamde

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 38 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,889
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,057
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,099

Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not perfect, but worth a listen.

  • By ShySusan on 10-01-11

Wow - What a Ride!

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

Reviewed: 04-22-12

Would you listen to Reamde again? Why?

I am probably not going to listen to it again simply because of the length and the over abundance of detail. That is NOT to say, however, that I won't recommend it to other listeners who like this genre. Overall I really loved the story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

One of the things I loved best about Reamde is how all the characters worked together to get to the very satisfying end of the book. So I really do love them all. I did, however, think the romances were a bit contrived and unnecessary.

What does Malcolm Hillgartner bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

I loved his performance. No, the accents weren't perfect but I like a reader who helps me keep up with the characters and he did that very well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely not! But I don't consider that a bad thing. This was a book that I wanted to listen to when I could give it my complete attention, which to me praise for a book rather than the other way around.

Any additional comments?

Reamde was a wonderful book written by a wonderful author. That being said I had a very hard time getting through the book. The level of detail was sometimes very necessary, and othertimes just tedious to the point of distraction. It did take me several weeks to get through the book because it felt very heavy. Again, that's not necessarily bad, but depending on what other things I was doing at the time I would choose other books to listen to rather than this one.

I absolutely would recommend this book to other Neal Stephenson fans and anyone else who likes a well thought out, detailed story.

  • Her Fearful Symmetry

  • A Novel
  • By: Audrey Niffenegger
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 469

When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt; they only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her sister. Julia and Valentina are semi-normal American teenagers - with seemingly little interest in college, finding jobs, or anything outside their cozy home in the suburbs of Chicago, and with an abnormally intense attachment to one another.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What a waste

  • By Shel on 10-28-09

Really liked it... mostly...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-10

I really did like this book up until the very end. Yes, it was a bit out of the ordinary but I love books like that. I loved the characters (even when I was mad at them) and I looked forward to listening to the story progress. Then, it ended. It is not like the ending was unsatisfactory - it wasn't. It just seemed like about 100 pages or so were missing. I seriously backed it up because I thought I had missed something. I even checked a print copy of the book to see if maybe the recording was messed up. Nope, it was all there. It was as though she just got tired of writing and skipped a bit of the story line just to get to the end. It was really weird. And it made me sad too because I would LOVE to hear what actually happened in that skipped time.

  • The Eye of the World

  • Book One of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 29 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,842
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,866

When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Your first step down a very long and winding road.

  • By Lore on 06-29-12

Give it a chance

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-09

My kids and I love fantasy books and were excited about starting a long series that we had heard a lot about. I'm not really sure where everyone gets that Michael Kramer is a great narrator unless they have stuck it out and listened to more books in this series. Frankly, he starts out AWFUL. We almost stopped listening just because of him. His cadence is so predictable and completely got on my nerves for the first 2/3 of the book. The first part that Kate Reading read seriously saved this book for us and we kept listening.

... and then about 2/3 of the way through it get SO much better. We are now almost finished with the 2nd book in the series and it is wonderful. Yes, this book has a slow start. But as you continue with the story you understand why - it NEEDS a slow start. I'm rating it pretty high even though I never thought I would get through it. Give it a chance and you will have a great start on an epic series.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Adored

  • By: Tilly Bagshawe
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 20 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

This debut novel by Tilly Bagshawe has earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. Called an escapist fantasy by the author, Adored is right at home alongside the best fiction from Danielle Steel and Jackie Collins. Bold and beautiful Siena McMahon wants to be a movie star like her grandfather. But her father, a bigshot producer, wants Siena to be a doctor. So Siena sets out on her own in this epic romance filled with glamourous characters and locales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening to it

  • By Mon on 06-30-11

This is NOT appropriate for children - even teens

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-09

I downloaded this book to listen to with my teenage daughter. We listened to about 15 minutes before I had to stop it. In that time there were at least 10 instances of foul language and 2 very crude references to sex. I don't know who decided this was a teen book but my daughter certainly will not listen to or read this book.

5 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Magyk

  • Septimus Heap, Book One
  • By: Angie Sage
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,905

Who is Septimus Heap? A lost child? An ordinary hero? A powerful wizard? The Magyk begins here. The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads listeners on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Listen

  • By Emiko on 08-10-09

Loved this book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-08

My kids and I loved this book. I have to admit that we picked it because of the narrator (loved him from the Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix), but even another narrator would be wonderful in this book. We're on the second book in the series now and have determined that this is an author who leaves no loose ends. Be on the lookout for any character mentioned in even the smallest of ways. My kids (13 & 9) love watching out for that and guessing who is coming into the story next. It's really a great book - wonderful fun.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful