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  • The Blood of Flowers

  • By: Anita Amirrezvani
  • Narrated by: Shohreh Aghdashloo
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,707

In 17th-century Persia, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. When her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work as servants for her uncle, a rich rug designer in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top 5 on my lifelong list

  • By Cheryl on 09-14-07

beautifully written

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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

fascinating and eye opening to a world I know little about. I very much look forward to reading other works by this author.

  • Melmoth

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Perry
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61

For centuries, the mysterious dark-robed figure has roamed the globe, searching for those whose complicity and cowardice have fed into the rapids of history’s darkest waters - and now it is heading in our direction.It has been years since Helen Franklin left England. In Prague, working as a translator, she has found a home of sorts - or, at least, refuge. That changes when her friend Karel discovers a mysterious letter in the library, a strange confession and a curious warning that speaks of Melmoth the Witness, a dark legend found in obscure fairy tales and antique village lore. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very good. intense

  • By Nick Thomson on 11-25-18

very good. intense

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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: 11-25-18

this book is for those who have had to come to terms with what they have done in life. I'm not sure it's for those who have fresh wounds. it is complex and makes you think. now days it's fashionable to make the mythical character either the focus point or to allow for the question of whether or not it only exists in the mind of the main character. Sarah Perry embraces what Melmoth is and tells several stories of what she whitenesses. she raised questions of whether or not to witness is enough in life. sorry for not a well written review but I'm not good typing on my phone.

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  • Kate Wilhelm in Orbit

  • By: Kate Wilhelm
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia, Carrington MacDuffie, Hillary Huber, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 6

From 1966 to 1980, Damon Knight created the Orbit series of anthologies, representing the finest writing in the science fiction genre. Nineteen of Kate Wilhelm's stories were included in this series of 21 volumes. Among these are "Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang," an exploration of infertility and cloning in the aftermath of global environmental collapse. It won the Locus, Jupiter, and Hugo awards for Best Novel in 1977.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • refreshing sci-fi

  • By Nick Thomson on 05-28-18

refreshing sci-fi

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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: 05-28-18

a wonderful collection of Kate Wilhelm's short fiction. some of which just hint at sci-fi but all have the unexpected. I can see why readers who only read her serial works wouldn't be as interested in these. each is unique.

  • The Wee Free Men

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,796
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,868
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,869

Armed only with a frying pan and her common sense, Tiffany Aching, a young witch-to-be, is all that stands between the monsters of Fairyland and the warm, green Chalk country that is her home. Forced into Fairyland to seek her kidnapped brother, Tiffany allies herself with the Chalk's local Nac Mac Feegle, aka the Wee Free Men, a clan of sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men who are as fierce as they are funny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First Sight and Second Thoughts

  • By Richard on 02-21-05

looking forward

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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: 11-23-17

I'm looking forward to giving my nine year old nephew this book for Christmas! I hope one day he'll read it to his now three year old sister.

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,642
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,288

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

wow

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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: 09-05-17

very good. a refreshing sci-fi woman friendly book. I also really like the exploration of alternative technology

  • Anna and the King of Siam

  • The Book That Inspired the Musical and Film 'The King and I'
  • By: Margaret Landon
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 137

Anna Leonowens, a proper Englishwoman, was an unlikely candidate to change the course of Siamese (Thai) history. A young widow and mother, her services were engaged in the 1860's by King Mongkut of Siam to help him communicate with foreign governments and be the tutor to his children and favored concubines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic

  • By Ellenaeddy on 03-30-13

so very incredible

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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: 08-24-17

I've loved 'the king and I' since a kid. I don't know why it took so long for me to read/listen this book. so much more interesting then the two movie adaptations. who knew there were women soldiers in Siam? etc etc etc

  • Solaris

  • The Definitive Edition
  • By: Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston - translator
  • Narrated by: Alessandro Juliani
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,200
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,220

At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani ( Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A comment on negative reviews

  • By Burns on 09-20-11

good but depressing

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

Reviewed: 07-08-17

it's a good book! but be warned: it is really depressing. don't read while going through major life changes

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  • Glory Season

  • By: David Brin
  • Narrated by: Claire Christie
  • Length: 25 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Young Maia is fast approaching a turning point in her life. As a half-caste var, she must leave the clan home of her privileged half-sisters and seek her fortune in the world. With her twin sister, Leie, she searches the docks of Port Sanger for an apprenticeship aboard the vessels that sail the trade routes of the Stratoin oceans. On her far-reaching, perilous journey of discovery, Maia will endure hardship and hunger, imprisonment and loneliness, bloody battles with pirates and separation from her twin.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Semi-literate narrator

  • By Maureen on 04-09-16

loved it but...

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

the ending was too soon. the story didn't feel like it was resolved.. it felt like there should be more books (I'll double check) in a series instead of a stand alone. but I really enjoyed this one.

  • Earth

  • By: David Brin
  • Narrated by: David DeVries, Kristin Kalbli
  • Length: 26 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 123

The long-awaited new novel by the award-winning, best-selling author of Startide Rising and The Uplift War- an epic novel set 50 years from tomorrow, a carefully-reasoned, scientifically faithful tale of the fate of our world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • what an amazing prescient and exquisite story!

  • By Dana Pearson on 01-26-15

always surprised

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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: 06-14-17

I'm always surprised by how early David Brin's books were written after I've read them. I think that they must be written after 2010 to find out they were written before 1990

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Children of Men

  • By: P.D. James
  • Narrated by: David Case
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 233

The Children of Men begins in England in 2021, in a world where all human males have become sterile and no child will be born again. The final generation has turned 25, and civilization is giving way to strange faiths and cruelties, mass suicides and despair. Theodore Faron, Oxford historian and cousin to the omnipotent Warden of England, a dictator of great subtlety, has resigned himself to apathy. Then he meets Julian, a bright, attractive woman, who wants Theo to join her circle of unlikely revolutionaries, a move that may shatter his shell of passivity.…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Needs another narrator

  • By Marie on 09-19-13

hits the spot for my distopia cravings

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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: 02-26-15

well, for someone who is just a pleasure reader and doesn't know much about writing I enjoyed this book a lot. probably doesn't mean a lot to such a famous author, but she's famous for a reason. Also, I know books are generally better then movies, but the movie changed the end. does that make it the same story?