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  • Something Wicked This Way Comes

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,083
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,096

A carnival rolls in sometime after the midnight hour on a chill Midwestern October eve, ushering in Halloween a week before its time. A calliope's shrill siren song beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, Frightfully Fun

  • By Andre on 10-23-15

Love Bradbury, but narrator ruins it

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

Reviewed: 06-12-19

The weird vocal choices for the character voices and general narration of the writing is so grating I couldn't finish the book.

  • Songs of the Dying Earth

  • Stories in Honor of Jack Vance
  • By: Glen Cook, Neil Gaiman, Tanith Lee, and others
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 28 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

The anthology Songs of the Dying Earth has assembled one of the most distinguished casts of authors ever - including Dan Simmons, Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, Paula Volsky, Mike Resnick, Robert Silverberg, Lucius Shepard, Tad Williams, Tanith Lee, Liz Williams, Glen Cook, and eleven other famous writers - to write stories in honor of the genius of Jack Vance, stories using the bizarre and darkly beautiful far future setting of the Dying Earth, near the very end of Earth's lifespan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you are a fan of Jack Vance or don't know him:

  • By Robert on 09-01-12

Not a fan

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

Reviewed: 06-05-19

Love the list of authors in the collection, but it seems I should have read The Dying Earth before this.

  • Unfettered

  • Tales By Masters of Fantasy
  • By: Terry Brooks, Patrick Rothfuss, Robert Jordan, and others
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Marc Vietor, Bronson Pinchot, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,091
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 977
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 988

You define life or it defines you. In Shawn Speakman’s case, it was both. Lacking health insurance and diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011, Shawn quickly accrued a massive medical debt that he did not have the ability to pay. That’s when New York Times best-selling author Terry Brooks offered to donate a short story that Shawn could sell to help alleviate those bills—and suggested he ask the same of his other writer friends. Unfettered is the result: An anthology built in order to relieve that debt, featuring short stories by some of the best fantasy writers in the genre.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A TRULY BAD COLLECTION OF DOGS

  • By Randall on 12-21-18

Meh

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

Reviewed: 05-31-19

Love love love the authors in this and the anthology's novel cause but the voice acting is cheesy, and some of the stories are heavy handed in their undertone of support for the sick man this was for. Sounds awful of me, I know, but I bought this for the authors instead of the cause behind it.

  • Shadow Show

  • All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury
  • By: Sam Weller (Editor), Mort Castle (Editor)
  • Narrated by: George Takei, Edward Herrmann, Kate Mulgrew, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 126

Ray Bradbury - peerless storyteller, poet of the impossible, and one of America's most beloved authors - is a literary giant whose remarkable career spanned seven decades. Now 26 of today's most diverse and celebrated authors offer new short works in honor of the master; stories of heart, intelligence, and dark wonder from a remarkable range of creative artists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Heirs to Ray Bradbury

  • By Dave on 10-22-12

Just ok

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

Reviewed: 05-26-19

Most of the stories seem a bit amateurish and not to the level of what Bradbury wrote . I realize it's an homage to him, but they're not that great. Neil Gaiman's was the best.

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25,084
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,415
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22,419

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT.

  • By Ilia on 03-07-18

Wish there were more by the creators

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

Reviewed: 05-10-19

Nothing like leaving the audience wanting more. Of course the subject means it's impossible for a season 2. However it'd be great to hear any other work these two have done.

  • American Fairy Tales

  • By: L. Frank Baum
  • Narrated by: Samantha Worthen
  • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

A great listen for children! American Fairy Tales by L. Frank Baum includes classic stories that will keep your child riveted. In fact, it will keep the average adult entranced! The story lines and scenery created by the author are a thing of beauty. Vivid conversations between characters create an imaginary paradise your son or daughter can wander through for ages to come.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me

  • By Emily S. on 05-10-19

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 05-10-19

The narrator's really ruined this for me. It's perhaps that I'm picky, but they sound like a bad acting class.

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  • Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde

  • In Aid of the Royal Theatrical Fund
  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: Dame Judi Dench, Jeremy Irons, Joanna Lumley, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 232

Here is a collection of the Oscar Wilde's famous fairy tales, read by a cast of leading British actors. Additional narrators include Geoffrey Palmer O.B.E., Sir Donald Sinden, and Elaine Stritch. Music: 'Reverie De Sebastian' by Steve Davies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Poignant Modern Fairy Tales Wonderfully Read

  • By Jefferson on 11-28-10

Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 05-10-19

Both the narrator and the touching and sweet stories in this collection made it a great relaxed experience.

  • The Wind in the Willows

  • By: Kenneth Grahame
  • Narrated by: Michael Hordern
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 754

Here is a timeless tale of waterside Britain that has been loved by generations of children and acclaimed as a classic. The story of Mole, Ratty, Badger, and Toad, and their escapades, whether messing about on the river or poop-pooping in Toad's shiny new car, cannot fail to enchant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorate read version of the willows!

  • By J. Glemby on 09-18-14

LOVE LOVE LOVE

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

Reviewed: 05-10-19

The narrator really makes this for me. The writing is, of course, amazing, but this feels like a comforting uncle or grandfather reading to you. A keeper!

  • Short Stories

  • The Nostalgia Collection
  • By: Jerome K. Jerome, Louisa May Alcott, Saki
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Edward Hardwicke, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

CSA Word continues its ever-popular series of classic short stories, featuring writers such as Jerome K. Jerome, Louisa May Alcott and Saki, read by such respected and revered readers as Derek Jacobi, Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • cracking stories, but no table of contents!

  • By Frances on 03-27-11

Just ok

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

Reviewed: 05-10-19

Although the authors are notable, the choices of their stories coupled with the narrators weren't to my taste. After skipping a couple of the stories and finding no change in my feeling towards it, I finally returned it with out finishing.

  • The Stranger in the Woods

  • The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
  • By: Michael Finkel
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,460

For readers and listeners of Jon Krakauer and The Lost City of Z, a remarkable tale of survival and solitude - the true story of a man who lived alone in a tent in the Maine woods, never talking to another person and surviving by stealing supplies from nearby cabins for 27 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A one-sitting listen

  • By NMwritergal on 04-20-18

Great listen and story.

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

Reviewed: 04-14-17

Compassionate, respectful and fascinating portrayal of truly a very special person. I look forward to reading more of Finkles' work.