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  • The Last Battle

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Patrick Stewart
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,659
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,825

The Unicorn says that humans are brought to Narnia only in time of greatest need, and that time is now. The great Lion Aslan, the heart of Narnia, is missing. An impostor roams the land in his place, enslaving Aslan's loyal creatures and spreading treachery and lies. Only King Tirian and his small band of loyal followers are left to fight the last battle in this magnificent ending to The Chronicles of Narnia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sad to get to the end...

  • By Sarah on 03-01-07

Great Conclusion

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-19

This is a great conclusion to a fantastic series. It has been years since I last read the Chronicles of Narnia from start-to-finish. The story is entertaining, and the conclusion is satisfying. This is truly a must-read.

  • Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life

  • By: Rufus J. Fears, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Rufus J. Fears
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790

Why do "Great Books" continue to speak to us hundreds and even thousands of years after they were written? Can they deepen our self-knowledge and wisdom? Are our lives changed in any meaningful way by the experience of reading them?Tackle these questions and more in these 36 engaging lectures. Beginning with his definition of a Great Book as one that possesses a great theme of enduring importance, noble language that "elevates the soul and ennobles the mind," and a universality that enables it to "speak across the ages," Professor Fears examines a body of work that offers extraordinary wisdom to those willing to receive it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A course that will open you to new ideas.

  • By Kristi R. on 07-06-14

Very Thought-Provoking

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

The late Dr. Fears is probably my favorite Great Courses lecturer. His courses force the listener to think about deep issues and look at topics in new ways. In this course, Dr. Fears describes various life lessons that can be illustrated by reading some of the greatest books ever written. His approach is fantastic, and I truly feel more educated for having listened.

  • Prey

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,941
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,961

In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles (micro-robots) has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive. It has been programmed as a predator. It is evolving swiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour. Every attempt to destroy it has failed. And we are the prey.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts slow but picks up lots of momentum

  • By Michael Kellogg on 05-06-05

One of Crichton's Best

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

I am a fan of Michael Crichton. I have enjoyed nearly every book of his that I have read. This is one of my favorites, up there with Andromeda Strain and Timeline. The story is fast-paced and interesting. It's standard Crichton--evil company with evil technology. However, it is still highly entertaining, which is why I read his books.

  • The Magician's Nephew

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,302
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,572
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,579

Digory and Polly meet and become friends one cold, wet summer in London. Their lives burst into adventure when Digory's Uncle Andrew, who thinks he is a magician, sends them hurtling to...somewhere else. They find their way to Narnia, newborn from the Lion's song, and encounter the evil sorceress Jadis, before they finally return home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting

  • By Sean Calvert on 06-02-05

Great Story

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

The Chronicles of Narnia are fantastic, and this is another great entry in the series. There is a debate among fans whether this book should be read first or sixth. This book came sixth in the original publication order, but the author later suggested that it should be read first. Chronologically, this tells the first story. Personally, I prefer reading the books in the original publication order. I liked hearing the backstory on the creation of Narnia and the origins of the White Witch after hearing the other stories in the saga first. Either way, this is well-worth reading.

  • The Horse and His Boy

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,906
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,737

On a desperate journey, two runaways meet and join forces. Though they are only looking to escape their harsh and narrow lives, they soon find themselves at the center of a terrible battle. It is a battle that will decide their fate and the fate of Narnia itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read

  • By CocoHunt on 03-02-16

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

This is an excellent story. It could stand on its own as an entertaining story without being part of the broader Chronicles of Narnia. This entry in the series is one of the most enjoyable, and it is well-worth reading.

  • Meditations

  • By: Marcus Aurelius, George Long - translator, Duncan Steen - translator
  • Narrated by: Duncan Steen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,976
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,925

One of the most significant books ever written by a head of State, the Meditations are a collection of philosophical thoughts by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 ce). Covering issues such as duty, forgiveness, brotherhood, strength in adversity and the best way to approach life and death, the Meditations have inspired thinkers, poets and politicians since their first publication more than 500 years ago. Today, the book stands as one of the great guides and companions - a cornerstone of Western thought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excelent reading of an excellent classic

  • By David on 10-22-16

Thought-Provoking Classic

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

I am a believer that there is great value in reading the classics, especially classics that have influenced later writers and thinkers. Meditations certainly fits that category. While I do not agree with all of Aurelius's conclusions, he offers incredible insight on many topics that is just as valuable today as it was nearly 2,000 years ago. This is a classic that everyone should read.

  • The Silver Chair

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,014
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,031

Narnia is in peril, and only Eustace and Jill can help. Along with Puddlegum, a gloomy but valiant Marsh-wiggle, they are sent by the mighty lion Aslan to find Prince Rilian, heir to the throne. Their quest leads them past hungry people-eating Giants, and deep into the dark underground. But the true test for this noble band of friends comes when they face an evil witch and her deadly enchantments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful!!

  • By book buyer on 05-26-05

One of the Best

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

This is one of the best stories in the Chronicles of Narnia. It is an exciting tale with great moral lessons. This entire series is fantastic.

  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,315

The Dawn Treader is the first ship Narnia has seen in centuries. King Caspian has built it for his first voyage to find the seven lords, good men whom his evil uncle Miraz banished when he usurped the throne. The journey takes Edmund, Lucy, their cousin Eustace, and Caspian to the Eastern Islands, beyond the Silver Sea, toward Aslan's country at the End of the World.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful narration of a beloved classic

  • By Laurie on 03-26-17

Another Excellent Book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-19

I read the entire Chronicles of Narnia many years ago and decided to read them again as an adult. C.S. Lewis is a master author, and this book is a great read for a child or an adult. Everyone should read this at some point.

  • Prince Caspian

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Lynn Redgrave
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,597

Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are returning to boarding school when they are summoned from the dreary train station (by Susan's own magic horn) to return to the land of Narnia, the land where they had ruled as kings and queens and where their help is desperately needed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lynn Redgrave Surprised Me!

  • By Stephanie L. Thompson on 09-07-14

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

This book is excellent. C.S. Lewis is a master story weaver. I read this book many years ago, and it is great to revisit it. The story is exciting, even for an adult. The narration is particularly good. This is definitely a "must read."

  • New York

  • The Novel
  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 35 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,040
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,027

New York is the book that millions of Rutherfurd's American fans have been waiting for. A brilliant mix of romance, war, family drama, and personal triumphs, it gloriously captures the search for freedom and prosperity at the heart of our nation's history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Rachel on 12-17-09

Captivating Series of Stories

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

This is my third Edward Rutherfurd novel. He is a master writer who weaves great stores. In a sense, this is a collection of short stories, each set in a different era of New York's history. The short stories are connected by two strings: 1. They feature the descendants of characters featured in earlier stories; and 2. They are set in New York. Each of the stories are engrossing, and they become more compelling as you become invested in the family sagas. This book is well-worth reading, and I look forward to more from Mr. Rutherfurd.