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  • Arkad's World

  • By: James L. Cambias
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Young Arkad is the only human on a distant world, on his own among beings from across the galaxy. His struggle to survive on the lawless streets of an alien city is disrupted by the arrival of three humans: an eccentric historian named Jacob, a superhuman cyborg girl called Baichi, and a mysterious ex-spy known as Ree. They seek a priceless treasure which might free Earth from alien domination. Arkad joins them on an incredible quest halfway across the planet. With his help they cross the fantastic landscape, battling pirates, mercenaries, and bizarre creatures....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great World Building as in the John Carter Stories

  • By Todd Albert on 01-11-19

Great World Building as in the John Carter Stories

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

A wonderful novel, extremely well written. The surprising and enjoyably refreshing weirdness of it all and the great storytelling reminded me of the first time I picked up one of Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars novels. I look forward to more works from this author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Peter Pan

  • By: J. M. Barrie
  • Narrated by: Lily Collins
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682

There are few characters in literature more iconic than J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. Originally introduced in 1902 in another Barrie novel (The Little White Bird), Peter's story was expanded as a standalone novel in 1911 and since then has been memorably adapted for the movies, for television, and for stage.

Now, actress Lily Collins (The Blind Side, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) brings new, youthful energy to Peter's magical adventures.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Story, but Jim Dale is Far Better...

  • By Gillian on 05-11-16

Look elsewhere for a better narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

I'm afraid J.M. Barrie's text suffered under this very flat narration, that made the story particularly difficult to follow in the second half. There was little emotion in the reading, the timing was poor, which often muddled the meaning, and the regular mispronunciations drew attention to themselves and pulled me out of the story.

  • QualityLand

  • Helle Edition
  • By: Marc-Uwe Kling
  • Narrated by: Marc-Uwe Kling
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Willkommen in QualityLand! In der Zukunft ist alles durch Algorithmen optimiert: QualityPartner weiß, wer am besten zu dir passt. Das selbstfahrende Auto weiß, wo du hinwillst. Und wer bei TheShop angemeldet ist, bekommt alle Produkte, die er bewusst oder unbewusst haben will, automatisch zugeschickt. Kein Mensch ist mehr gezwungen, schwierige Entscheidungen zu treffen - denn in QualityLand lautet die Antwort auf alle Fragen: o.k.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Witzig und gleichzeitig erschrecken

  • By Jil on 09-25-18

This is a True Laugh Out Loud Story

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

Reviewed: 10-16-17

Germans can be humorous? With a humor that even North Americans would enjoy?! Yes! This is the first German book I've ever listened to that actually had me laughing out loud as I walked along listening. A light hearted very near future science fiction satire set in Germany - talking self-driving cars, Amazon-like self-ordering online stores, bossy personal digital assistants - all mixed together in a net of sparkling humor and wit. A delight to listen to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Colonial Williamsburg: The History of the Settlement that Became America's Most Famous Living History Museum

  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
  • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

Williamsburg got its start as a fortified site, which was vitally necessary for English settlers to heavily outnumbered by nearby Native Americans, many of which were at times hostile. Known originally as Middle Plantation, the site served as the capital of the colony for much of the 18th century, and it bore witness to seminal events in the history of Revolutionary era America, including the Gunpowder Incident, which nearly coincided with the Battles of Lexington and Concord to the north.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The text is fine, but frequent mispronunciations

  • By Todd Albert on 08-29-15

The text is fine, but frequent mispronunciations

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

Reviewed: 08-29-15

The text is fine. This piece was written as a short introduction to the history of Williamsburg, broken into chapters, up through the 1930's. The narrator reads fluently enough, but mispronounces dozens of words. So if you do want to painlessly learn some new facts about the history of Williamsburg while on the drive to visit it in person, this will do the trick.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Widow Redefined

  • By: Kim Cano
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

On a cold Valentine's Day in Chicago, Amy White, a young widow who lost her husband to cancer, visits the cemetery and makes an unsettling discovery: a bouquet of fresh daffodils lying in front of her husband's grave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartfelt and Enjoyable

  • By J. Wilcox on 03-28-14

A compelling listen all the way to the end.

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

Reviewed: 05-24-15

I did not have any extreme reactions to the book. I did not laugh or cry, but I did listen to it compulsively to find out why the other woman was leaving flowers at Justin's grave, and how, when Alice got to know this woman, someone so different from herself, would influence Alice's and Tyler's life. There were so many directions the story could go, you couldn't tell ahead of time where the narrative would lead. I guess you would call it an easy addictive read, perfect as a summer indulgence. I read multiple books at once, but I found myself listening to this one exclusively until I was finished. I especially liked the drawn out denouement over the last five chapters. I like to revel in my happy ends, and this book gave me plenty of opportunity to do so.

I liked the relationship between Alice and her son Tyler. She was not overprotective, or consumed by fears and worries, but was confident that her son's good sense, and the upbringing she had given him, would guide him correctly. She gave him the freedom to explore and develop his new skills in art and parkour. Although she was acutely aware of everything he did, his every expression and reaction, she let him make his own choices. And that was very similar to the way her mother, who lived with Alice and Tyler after Justin's death, treated Alice herself. Alice's mother was sensitive to Alice's every mood, but did not try to impose her own ideas of what was best and right to do on her daughter.

*Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review*

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Memoirs of My Life and Writings

  • By: Edward Gibbon
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Memoirs of My Life, published posthumously in 1796, wholly unveils the character of the world’s greatest historian in full candor and openness. We follow him from birth, through to his education at Oxford, to his time in Switzerland where he met Voltaire and fell in love with a Swiss girl. We accompany him on his travels through France and Lausanne, leading on to his eventual arrival in Rome, where he conceived of his epic Decline and Fall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gets Good after Chapter Five

  • By Todd Albert on 03-10-15

Gets Good after Chapter Five

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

Reviewed: 03-10-15

I was despairing at having chosen this audio book as I slogged through the first four chapters, which cover his family history, but once he started in on his own life, in chapter five, things started looking up, and in the end, it was a rewarding listen. (There are thirty-nine chapters in total).

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Chocolate Wars

  • The 150-Year Rivalry Between the World's Greatest Chocolate Makers
  • By: Deborah Cadbury
  • Narrated by: Deborah Cadbury
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

With a cast of characters that wouldnt be out of place in a Victorian novel, Chocolate Wars tells the story of the great chocolatier dynasties, through the prism of the Cadburys. Chocolate was consumed unrefined and unprocessed as a rather bitter, fatty drink for the wealthy elite until the late 19th century, when the Swiss discovered a way to blend it with milk and unleashed a product that would conquer every market in the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The World of Chocolate

  • By Jean on 11-05-14

Note: A Different Narrator is Available Elsewhere

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

Reviewed: 02-26-15

This title has two narrated versions available. This one, narrated by the author, at over 13 hours, and a second one, narrated by Finty Williams (Judi Dench's daughter) at 10 hours 55 minutes (available on audible.co.uk, audible.de etc.) I found Deborah Cadbury's narration had advantages and disadvantages. The disadvantage: she is a very even toned narrator, so I sometimes found myself nodding off, especially in the beginning. The advantage: she inserts noticeable pauses between topic changes, which helped me follow the story line. Finty William's narration, on the other hand, is delivered in a bit more "exciting" manner, but was also a bit harder to follow because delivery was faster and the pauses shorter. I think if you are an American listener, you might do better with Deborah Cadbury's narration, but just try out the audio samples yourself.

The history is not just U.K. chocolate companies (Cadbury, Fry, Rowntree), but also Swiss (Lindt, Nestle) and American companies (Hershey and Mars) in detail, and all the major players in Germany, France, and Switzerland are at least mentioned (Menier, Stollwerck, Suchard, Callier, Van Houten and many more), and the history goes up through the take over of Cadbury by Kraft in 2010.

  • Emissary

  • By: Chris Rogers
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

On a desperate mission to save his entire race from extinction, Emissary Ruell travels to Earth equipped with his two most powerful bargaining currencies - health and longevity - hoping to convince the most powerful leader in the free world that collaboration can save both of their civilizations. Having no way to communicate directly with humans, Ruell must inhabit President Addison Hale's body to carry out his mission.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating read, from big to little

  • By Matthew on 03-20-15

Worth the Credit, I'm glad I Listened

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

Reviewed: 02-18-15

The is a fun and pretty upbeat* book, with a strong female lead (the President of the U.S. no less!), a Texas cop, and an alien. The alien intelligence can jump from mind to mind of its human hosts, influence their behavior and health, or take them over completely. He jumps around various people in the Oval Office, over to a leader abroad, and after a drama of unfolding events surrounding the President, into the mind of a Texas cop. It is both sci-fi and political mystery-thriller.

*(Upbeat? Okay, yes, there is The Torture Scene, but the reader knows the alien is going to jump in and save the day, so we can just look forward to the bad guy getting his just desserts as the scene unfolds).

It put me in mind of "A Warm Place to Call Home: A Demon's Story" by Michael Siemsen, which I also enjoyed.

The book ends cleanly, no cliff hangers, but leaves the door open for further exploration. If there is ever a book two, I'll buy it on the day it comes out.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Time Stopper

  • Mind Dimensions, Book 0
  • By: Dima Zales
  • Narrated by: Laura Jennings
  • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

I can stop time, but I can't change anything. I can access memories, but not far enough. My name is Mira, and my life is about finding the Russian mobster who killed my family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read

  • By Aleksandra on 04-07-15

Start with Book 1 Instead of This Story

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

Reviewed: 02-05-15

If you are thinking of beginning this series, I suggest starting with Book 1 "The Thought Readers". This short story, "The Time Stopper", while it precedes Book 1 in time, has a very unsympathetic main character (Mira, the Russian girl, female lead in books 1 and 2). Her sluttish behavior (in an aside she mentions she has had sex multiple times with Russian gangsters, for pleasure, before turning eighteen), and her childish and violent tantrum with her brother are repellent, and I wouldn't have continued the series had I begun with this story. I imagine she is portrayed so negatively to give the narrative arc of the series a starting point from which we can watch her heal and grow, and cheer her on in her progress. But that all lies in the future.

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  • Our Tour in America and Canada 1904

  • Including a Visit to the St Louis Exposition
  • By: Marie E. Duncumb
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Roberts
  • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

First written in 1904, the main narrative and text of this incredibly fascinating and rare memoir account - a "travel story" - is by Marie E Duncumb. And like something straight out of a novel; this 110-year-old gem had been hidden away in a chest in the attic of an old country house in Essex, England, until it was recently rediscovered in 2008. You can count yourself among the very first privileged listeners to ever hear Marie's delightful firsthand accounts and experiences of her travelling from London, England and sailing onto New York.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Raw & Unedited Audio in Chapter 17

  • By Todd Albert on 02-01-15

Raw & Unedited Audio in Chapter 17

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

Reviewed: 02-01-15

This is a short book that delivers exactly what it promises, a report written by a middle-class English woman on a package tour through the U.S. in 1904 to visit the St. Louis Exposition. (Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C. train trip through Virginia, West Virginia, Cincinnati, St. Louis. Return via Niagara Falls, steamer on the St Laurence, and Hudson River, back to New York).

Listening was worth it to me, just to hear about the Disney World like rides on "The Pike" - the entertainment district of the World's Fair. On the Paris ride for example, guests boarded a submarine, rode underneath the Atlantic Ocean viewing strange sea creatures, rode an elevator to the top of the Eiffel Tower, boarded an airship, flew over the France viewing the cities below, crossed the Channel, saw London from the air, and encountered a storm over the Atlantic on their return "flight". There were rides depicting visits to Hell, and the Garden of Eden. Their was a Filipino Village with over a thousand residents, a ten acre recreation of the Holy Land, a staged battle from the Boer War was fought on a ten acre battlefield everyday, and on and on,

This is an amateur narration and their are many and frequent mispronunciations - quay, embankment, apotheosis, Adirondack for example - but the narration is rapid and easy to follow. Until Chapter 17 arrives. The first five minutes is in completely unedited and raw form. The narrator repeats phrases five and six times to get them right, coughs, pauses, etc. The words lost all meaning with all the repetition, so I just skipped through the worst five minutes of it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful