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  • The Chronicles of Prydain, Books 1 & 2

  • 50th Anniversary Introductory Collection
  • By: Lloyd Alexander
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353

Taran, The Assistant Pig-Keeper, longs to be a hero. He begins his journey with a strange assortment of companions on a dangerous mission to save his beloved land, Prydain. Packed with action, humor, romance, and gallantry, Taran's adventures chronicle his beloved Prydain and his battle with the forces of evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Childhood Favorite Now an Old Man's Delight

  • By Timothy M. Stark on 01-28-17

A Childhood Favorite Now an Old Man's Delight

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

Reviewed: 01-28-17

So glad to re-experience Taran's tales with the guidance of the narrator's excellent application of British Isles accents.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Turn of the Screw

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Richard Armitage - introduction
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,087
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,076

Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy winner Emma Thompson lends her immense talent and experienced voice to Henry James' Gothic ghost tale, The Turn of the Screw. When a governess is hired to care for two children at a British country estate, she begins to sense an otherworldly presence around the grounds. Are they really ghosts she's seeing? Or is something far more sinister at work?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great, but Mightn't be the Best on Audible

  • By Gillian on 03-16-16

Perfect Pitch (en)Gauges a Precisely Threaded Plot

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

Reviewed: 10-29-16

Emma-rvelous ... Henry-markable (as is to be reasonably expected on the part of both eminent parties)

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Guns of August

  • By: Barbara W. Tuchman
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,192

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed...and how horrible it became.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Microscopic View

  • By Sara on 10-23-14

Ingenious Writer; Phenomenal Narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

Would you listen to The Guns of August again? Why?

Ms. Tuchman's insights, scholarship, and incisive turns of phrase are perfectly (PERFECTLY) matched and complemented with Ms. May's energetic and engaging narration. The text is alive with the writer's interpretive skills (and wit), and it is put on vivid display with the narrator's profound gifts (and enthusiasm).

Since listening to this book, I have either bought or plan to buy every one of their "team-ups" and most things they've done separately.

  • The Extinction Cycle Boxed Set

  • Extinction Horizon, Extinction Edge, and Extinction Age (The Extinction Cycle, Books 1 - 3)
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 25 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,781
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,594

The worst of nature and the worst of science will bring the human race to the brink of extinction. Master Sergeant Reed Beckham has led his Delta Force team, code named Ghost, through every kind of hell imaginable and never lost a man. When a top secret medical corps research facility goes dark, Team Ghost is called in to face their deadliest enemy yet - a variant strain of Ebola that turns men into monsters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Human Potential on Display; Good and Bad.

  • By Doug D. Eigsti on 07-15-16

Thought It MIGHT Be Surprisingly Good. It Wasn't.

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

What disappointed you about The Extinction Cycle Boxed Set?

I think it COULD HAVE been good. I don't think it was a failure of writing as much as a failure of editing. Another draft or two and/or refining input from a more attentive/invested editor might have made a tremendous difference. Many incidents of words and phrases used repetitively-- sometimes in the same paragraph-- could have been productively "exterminated," for example.

This isn't written to be snarky or rude; I just honestly think it under-delivered and could have fairly easily been much more engaging and effective.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Sam Gunn Omnibus

  • By: Ben Bova
  • Narrated by: Richard Brewer, Emily Janice Card, Gabrielle de Cuir, and others
  • Length: 29 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 543

A hero without peer or scruples, Sam Gunn has a nose for trouble, money, and women, though not necessarily in that order. A man with the ego (and stature) of a Napoleon, the business acumen of a P. T. Barnum, and the raging hormones of a teenage boy, Sam is the finest astronaut NASA ever trained and dumped. But more than money, more than women, Sam Gunn loves justice—and he really does love money and women.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Quaint collection of short stories

  • By HL on 10-04-13

Didn't Expect Amazing; Hoped for Interesting. No.

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

Any additional comments?

Really surprised by how much I did NOT like this collection. Thought it might be fun and diverting and maybe occasionally thought-provoking. But ... not so much. Thought about returning it, but maybe I'll give it another try someday. Very maybe.

  • Operation Nemesis

  • The Assassination Plot That Avenged the Armenian Genocide
  • By: Eric Bogosian
  • Narrated by: Eric Bogosian
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

In 1921 a small group of self-appointed patriots set out to avenge the deaths of almost one million victims of the Armenian Genocide. They named their operation Nemesis after the Greek goddess of retribution. Over several years the men tracked down and assassinated former Turkish leaders. The story of this secret operation has never been fully told until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History Worth Learning & Remembering

  • By IRP on 06-25-15

remarkable achievement in investigative history

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

Reviewed: 06-14-16

Thank you, Mr. Bogosian for the effort and dedication required to make this important information available.

  • Helmet for My Pillow

  • From Parris Island to the Pacific: A Young Marine's Stirring Account of Combat in World War II
  • By: Robert Leckie
  • Narrated by: James Badge Dale, Tom Hanks (introduction)
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,322

The celebrated 2010 HBO miniseries The Pacific, winner of eight Emmy Awards, was based on two classic books about the War in the Pacific, Helmet for My Pillow and With The Old Breed. Audible Studios, in partnership with Playtone, the production company co-owned by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and creator of the award-winning HBO series Band of Brothers, John Adams, and The Pacific, as well as the HBO movie Game Change, has created new recordings of these memoirs, narrated by the stars of the miniseries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging Account of the War in “The Pacific”

  • By Aaron on 08-13-14

deep gratitude and humbled respect

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

Reviewed: 05-30-16

heart-stirring turns of phrase and dynamically soul-enriching spiritual and psychological insights ... bare, spare, rare, and precious truth(s)

  • The Gulag Archipelago, Volume l

  • The Prison Industry and Perpetual Motion
  • By: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 26 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973

In this masterpiece, Solzhenitsyn has orchestrated thousands of incidents and individual histories into one narrative of unflagging power and momentum. Written in a tone that encompasses Olympian wrath, bitter calm, savage irony, and sheer comedy, it combines history, autobiography, documentary, and political analysis as it examines in its totality the Soviet apparatus of repression from its inception following the October Revolution of 1917.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not for the feint of heart

  • By joseph on 11-19-12

please read and listen to this book

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

Reviewed: 02-18-16

we need to know, so we can remember and learn from and avoid the disastrous results of forced socialism

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • My Age of Anxiety

  • Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind
  • By: Scott Stossel
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 232

Drawing on his own long-standing battle with anxiety, Stossel presents an astonishing history, at once intimate and authoritative, of the efforts to understand the condition from medical, cultural, philosophical, and experiential perspectives. He ranges from the earliest medical reports of Galen and Hippocrates, through later observations by Robert Burton and Søren Kierkegaard, to the investigations by great nineteenth-century scientists, such as Charles Darwin, William James, and Sigmund Freud, as they began to explore its sources and causes.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great book for medical/psychology students

  • By Daniel on 01-06-17

Cheers for Scott Stossel

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

Reviewed: 07-27-15

Beyond the depth of historical, genealogical, commercial, scientific, commercial, and social context, Scott Stossel's personal story frames the topic in human, eye-level terms.

I'm glad for the chance this book has given me to better understand pain, anxiety, depression from the longitudinal, anecdotal, and individual perspectives-- and from my own.

I feel much better equipped to continue learning how to process and manage my own stresses and stress episodes.

0 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Catch-22

  • By: Joseph Heller
  • Narrated by: Jay O. Sanders
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,584
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,601

Catch-22 is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever, even if he has to die in the attempt.)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenominal Reading - Story and Damn Funny

  • By Phil on 04-11-09

Classic book; excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 07-24-15

Best narration quality and creativity I've found so far. Distinctive characterization, ideal tone and demeanor for the book's content and style.

The text is one of the great American novels.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful