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LONDON, UK
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  • All Clear

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis (introduction)
  • Length: 23 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,690
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,060
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,079

Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rescued by the second half

  • By Mike From Mesa on 12-05-11

Some good moments but far too long

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Very well read, great voices for each character apart from some truly bizarre pronunciation. Narrator has an English accent but can't pronounce Holborn or Marlborough or Worcester correctly. Some enjoyable images of wartime Britain but the underlying mystery underpinning the whole very long saga, isn't satisfactorily resolved.

  • Pet Sematary

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

The house looked right, felt right to Dr Louis Creed. Rambling, old, unsmart and comfortable. A place where the family could settle, the children grow and play and explore. The rolling hills and meadows of Maine seemed a world away from the fume-choked dangers of Chicago. Only the occasional big truck out on the two-lane highway, grinding up through the gears, hammering down the long gradients, growled out an intrusive threat. But behind the house and far away from the road: that was safe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant writing, simple story but heartbreaking

  • By Jack C on 06-21-18

brilliant writing, simple story but heartbreaking

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

Tough in parts, loved the description of normal life before the horror strikes. quite short for King and all the better for it.

  • Bomber

  • By: Len Deighton
  • Narrated by: Richard Burnip
  • Length: 21 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Bomber is a novel of war. There are no victors, no vanquished. There are simply those who remain alive, and those who die. Bomber follows the progress of an Allied air raid through a period of twenty-four hours in the summer of 1943. It portrays all the participants in a terrifying drama, both in the air and on the ground, in Britain and in Germany. In its documentary style, it is unique. In its emotional power it is overwhelming. Len Deighton has been equally acclaimed as a novelist and as an historian.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The original 24 hours

  • By Cookie on 12-14-12

Unforgettable description of bombing civilians

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

A rare book balancing both sides of the war. The original 24. A must read.

  • Waiting for Sunrise

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Roger May
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

Vienna. 1913. Lysander Rief, a young English actor, walks through the city to his first appointment with the eminent psychiatrist, Dr. Bensimon. He is sitting anxiously in the waiting room when an extraordinary woman enters.... Moving from Vienna to London's West End, the battlefields of France, and hotel rooms in Geneva, Waiting for Sunrise is a feverish and mesmerising journey into the human psyche, and a beautifully observed portrait of wartime Europe.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Too complicated

  • By Chrissie on 12-25-14

Superb story let down by weak narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-18-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Waiting for Sunrise to be better than the print version?

The print edition is better but not by much. With a more accomplished narrator it would be comparable.

What did you like best about this story?

The central character, who is flawed, humane and very easy to empathise with.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

High pitched voice, lacked the gravitas to read the autobiographical sections as the theatrical Lysander. Otherwise a bland, effete British voice.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

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  • Engleby

  • By: Sebastian Faulks
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Mike Engleby says things that others dare not even think. When the novel opens in the 1970s, he is a university student, having survived a "traditional" school. A man devoid of scruple or self-pity, Engleby provides a disarmingly frank account of English education. Yet beneath the disturbing surface of his observations lies an unfolding mystery of gripping power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary

  • By Jack C on 08-15-08

Extraordinary

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-15-08

This is without any doubt the best work of fiction I have ever listened to. The book is fabulous, literate and pleasing in every possible way. The narrator does a first class job and clearly understands and enjoys playing Engleby. Memories of this book will stay with me for a very long time.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Castle in the Forest

  • By: Norman Mailer
  • Narrated by: Harris Yulin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Who was Adolf Hitler? It's a question writers have been trying to answer for more than 60 years. How do we explain Hitler's hatred? Where did it come from? Could it happen again? Norman Mailer sets out to respond to these and other crucial aspects of Hitler's personality in his immensely readable new novel. Spanning three generations, and a hundred years of history, the book brings to life the Hitlers: grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, siblings, and, ultimately, young Adolf.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary

  • By Jack C on 04-17-08

Extraordinary

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-08

This is an unusual book, beautifully written and crafted around the conceit of an angel telling us the story of the ancestry of Adolf Hitler. Without drawing conclusions about nature versus nurture and the fact that this book is fiction, it does make one reappraise our wrongheaded beliefs that Hitler had a boring "normal" upbringing, and somehow turned bad. The parochial atmosphere of provincial Austria is superbly described. Listen to it with an open mind and you'll love it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Restless

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,401
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 547

It is the summer of 1976 in Oxfordshire, England, and someone is trying to kill Sally Gilmartin. The only person she can trust is her daughter, Ruth, a young single mother struggling with her own demons. Now Sally must tell her daughter the truth: She is actually Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian émigré recruited for the British Secret Service in 1939.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite Book of 2007

  • By Susianna on 12-27-07

Masterful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-07

It was such a pleasure to listen to an intelligent novel whose beauty lies in it's simplicity. Boyd manages to inter-weave two distinct plot lines and end up with a satisfying conclusion. It's tense, thrilling and romantic. A must listen in unabridged form. The female narrator is an accomplished British actress (even been in a Bond film!) and she's sublime in the delivery and pitching of each character. She even has the French words spoken without fault. So in conclusion the source material from Boyd is great and the delivery even better.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Who's Your Caddy?

  • Looping for the Great, Near Great, and Reprobates of Golf
  • By: Rick Reilly
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

Rick Reilly has been a senior sports writer for Sports Illustrated for the past 17 years, and has been named "Sports Writer of The Year" seven times. Now, he pokes his nose into the world of golf. How does he do it? By caddying ("looping") for top players, celebrities, and some really bad run-of-the-mill golfers, Reilly gains insight into the minds of golfers, their winning or less-than-winning ways, and what they actually mutter when they're in the middle of play.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Friggin' Hilarious!!!

  • By Patrick on 08-05-05

Hilarious

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-06

One of the funniest things I've listened to all year. (2005) Listening to the Trump chapter alone is worth the price of entry. He's a witty and intelligent writer and very well read. Put a smile on your face and listen to this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • What If? Part 1

  • Reshaping the 20th Century
  • By: Stephen E. Ambrose, John Keegan, more
  • Narrated by: John Cunningham, Janet Zarish
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

What if Hitler had won the war, if Japan had another sneak attack, or if the cold war turned hot? What If? provides a fascinating new perspective on history's most pivotal events. Featuring today's foremost historians speculating on what could have happened, we discover where we might be if history had not unfolded the way it did.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • For history buffs

  • By Charles on 05-11-04

Wise words

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-06

The sheer brilliance of the authors comes out in the first minutes. Like sitting in the lecture theatre listening to an exceptional mind. A pleasure and privilege to listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Four Agreements

  • By: don Miguel Ruiz
  • Narrated by: Peter Coyote
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,912

In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible!!!

  • By R. Baker on 05-25-05

Brilliant

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-06

Beautifully read, wonderful uplifting content. What more could one want. Even the most jaded and cynical of you won't fail to be captivated. Colonic irrigation for the soul!

4 of 8 people found this review helpful