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  • Going Bovine

  • By: Libba Bray
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school - and life in general - with a minimum of effort. It's not a lot to ask. But that's before he's given some bad news: he's sick and he's going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure - if he's willing to go in search of it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good

  • By Matt_M on 04-21-15

A decent idea, too many curse words

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-10

Bray has a great idea, but the book is plagued by curse words. Apparently she thinks that all teens must talk that way. She is also stuck in the 80s. This is supposed to be a contemporary book, yet there are references to Star Wars and video arcades (which hardly exist any more). She seems hung up on MTV, with a thinly veiled Carson Daley as a chief annoyance.

The idea, however, of a kid launching on a Quixotic quest while having Mad Cow Disease is great. I also loved having the god Balder stuck in a yard gnome. However, with this set up, the bad guy is obviously swiped from Star Wars (read Luke vs Vader in Degobah) and the ending is a serious let down.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates

  • By: Tom Robbins
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713

In Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates, the wise, witty, always gutsy Tom Robbins brings onstage the most complex and compelling character he has ever created. But to describe a Robbins plot does not begin to describe a Robbins novel - you must hear it for yourself! Browse other Tom Robbins at audible.com.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wildly entertaining-excellent naration!

  • By Rupa on 09-13-05

Disappointing Second Act

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-08

I had high hopes for Robbins. This was my first of his books. The first third was amazing. I really dug Switters's journey through South America, dragging a parrot the whole way. His encounter with the English anthropologist and End of Time was hilarious. Then he came back to the U.S. and there were pages (too many) of him writing a report for a jail-bait step-sister that he wanted to jump. At that point I got bored and jumped away from the book myself.

  • The Man in the Black Suit

  • 4 Dark Tales
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: John Cullum, Becky Ann Baker
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 207

A haunting recollection of a mysterious boyhood event, The Man in the Black Suit leads off this masterful collection from Stephen King. Other dark tales include: All That You Love Will Be Carried Away, in which a man checks into a Lincoln, Nebraska Motel 6 to find the meaning in his life; That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French, presents the ultimate case of deja vu; and The Death of Jack Hamilton, a blistering tale of Depression-era outlaws on the run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Classic Stephen King

  • By A. L. DeWitt on 01-13-03

There Are Better King Stories

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-08

Only the first story, the Man in the Black Suit, is worth the price of admission. This is a taut King tale with a devil as only King could write it. The other three stories were forgettable, and hardly worth the price.

2 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Metamorphoses

  • By: Ovid
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257

An undeniable masterpiece of Western Civilization, The Metamorphoses is a continuous narrative that covers all the Olympian legends, seamlessly moving from one story to another in a splendid panorama of savage beauty, charm, and wit. All of the gods and heroes familiar to us are represented. Such familiar legends as Hercules, Perseus and Medusa, Daedelus and Icarus, Diana and Actaeon, and many others, are breathtakingly recreated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charlton Griffin's Metamorphoses

  • By Coach of Alva on 01-23-14

Excellent Myth Overview

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-24-07

I'm big mythology fan and this poem fit the bill. I loved it so much that I went out and bought the text so I could read along. Ovid has some stunning tales. Many that I already knew, and some intriguing new ones. There is plenty of blood and gore. The only downside might be books 9-11 which can get a bit raunchy. Otherwise, this is a must for any myth buff.

34 of 37 people found this review helpful