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  • Medicus

  • A Novel of the Roman Empire
  • By: Ruth Downie
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,250
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,250

Gaius Petrius Ruso is a divorced and down-on-his-luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. After a 36-hour shift at the army hospital, he succumbs to a moment of weakness and rescues an injured slave girl, Tilla, from the hands of her abusive owner. And before he knows it, Ruso is caught in the middle of an investigation into the deaths of prostitutes working out of the local bar.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Susan on 08-31-07

Dull and Predictable

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

Reviewed: 01-14-17

What disappointed you about Medicus?

The slowness with which the barest of plots was moved forward.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ruth Downie again?

Probably not.

What three words best describe Simon Vance’s voice?

Pleasant, excellent articulation, well paced. The narrator is very good.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Medicus?

Tedious passages where the Medicus ponders his next move.

Any additional comments?

A very simple and predictable mystery, with no challenges or surprises for the reader.

  • Learn French with Paul Noble – Part 1

  • French Made Easy with Your Personal Language Coach
  • By: Paul Noble
  • Narrated by: Paul Noble
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,302

Learn French with Paul Noble combines an exciting, new non-traditional approach to language learning with the easy, relaxed appeal of an audio-only product. No books. No rote memorisation. No chance of failure.    

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • GOOD BUT POWER FRENCH IS WAY BETTER

  • By martin on 04-05-16

Excellent method

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

I used this audio to reinforce french classes completed at the A1 level. It has enabled my transition to beginner conversation. I am very impressed.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Thief's Magic

  • By: Trudi Canavan
  • Narrated by: Grant Cartwright, Hannah Norris
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 894

In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella. Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been collecting information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.Elsewhere, in an land ruled by priests, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By MissRed on 06-14-14

Childish and trivial

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

Reviewed: 09-02-15

I mistakenly purchased this book thinking it was written for adults. Unfortunately it turned out to be for a youth audience, at best. I also did not understand that it is the first book in a series. As a result the story was simplistic and very little happened. The female narrator's reading style was juvenile and difficult to listen to. A waste of a credit.

  • Learn French with Paul Noble

  • PART 3: French made easy with your personal language coach
  • By: Paul Noble
  • Narrated by: Paul Noble
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 278

Collins French with Paul Noble combines an exciting, new, non-traditional approach to language learning with the easy, relaxed appeal of an audio-only product. No books. No rote memorisation. No chance of failure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great French learning

  • By Psenko Victoria on 05-27-15

Excellent way to learn French

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

Reviewed: 07-29-15

Paul has a calm, relaxed demeanor that really helped me to feel good about my learning. He enabled me to understand how a French sentence is structured. I would recommend this set of four audio books as a comfortable way to get started or as a way to integrate the Delf A1 workbook.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

  • By: Gabrielle Zevin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,244

The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Tale for Booksellers

  • By B. Leon on 04-15-14

Masterfully Read

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

A simple story so well read it is heart breaking. A cross between a short story and a novel. The author has culled all extraneous words and emotion to tell a rich, insightful story about the meaning of life and the importance of books.

  • Runaway Ralph

  • By: Beverly Cleary
  • Narrated by: B. D. Wong
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

Fed up with his family, Ralph decides to hop on his motorcycle and head down the road to Happy Acres Camp. Unfortunately, life at camp is not all peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches! A strict watchdog, a mouse-hungry cat, and a troubled boy named Garf keep Ralph on his toes and away from his precious motorcycle. Perhaps home is not such a bad place to be, if only Ralph can find a way to get there again!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I don't like the format-- no backtrack / rewind

  • By S. Noth on 10-29-12

Wonderful Story to enjoy with a child

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I read this book with my 10 year old grandson and we enjoyed it immensely. I would recommend it to a parent/grandparent/child team.

What other book might you compare Runaway Ralph to and why?

It is a gentle story similar in feel to 'Stuart Little' or 'Charlotte's Web'. The character learns much about life and lessons are 'taught' without being moralistic. The character's naivete and the author's touch of humour is very endearing.

Have you listened to any of B. D. Wong’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

B.D Wong also narrates the other book in the 'Ralph' series. His voice animates the mouse perfectly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Paris Apartment

  • By: Michelle Gable
  • Narrated by: Erin Moon, Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 327

When her boss tells her about the discoveries in a cramped, decrepit apartment in the ninth arrondissement, Sotheby' s continental furniture specialist April Vaught does not hear "dust" or "rats" or "shuttered for 70 years". She hears Paris. She hears escape. She cannot board the plane fast enough. When she arrives, April quickly learns the apartment is more than just some rich hoarder' s repository. Beneath the dust and cobwebs and stale perfumed air is a literal goldmine - and not just in terms of actual dollars.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Total Fail

  • By Simone on 11-12-14

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book could possibly be enjoyed by an avid reader of the romance genre, as long as the reader was not looking for anything deep or historically relevant.

What could Michelle Gable have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Had the historical significance and facts of the actual find been explored in depth I would have found this a much more interesting story

What didn’t you like about Erin Moon and Saskia Maarleveld ’s performance?

I did not like the voice used to animate the main female character. The voice was too immature given the character's level of seniority within her profession. Using a female voice for the french male character was ridiculous and made him seem like a french caricature.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The premise was fascinating and is what interested me in the first place, however, how the premise was explored was extremely superficial and unsatisfying.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

The Dream of Reason
    A History of Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance
    
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        Wanda McCaddon
    
    


    
    Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
    829 ratings
    Overall 3.8
  • The Dream of Reason

  • A History of Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance
  • By: Anthony Gottlieb
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 829
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 301

In this landmark new study of Western thought, Anthony Gottlieb looks afresh at the writings of the great thinkers, questions much of conventional wisdom, and explains his findings with unbridled brilliance and clarity. After finishing The Dream of Reason, listeners will be graced with a fresh appreciation of the philosophical quest, its entertaining and bizarre byways, and its influence on every aspect of life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An in depth read.

  • By Leigh A on 11-05-03

Unbearable to listen to

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

Reviewed: 08-27-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The material may have been good, but the narrator's tone was so arrogant and ridiculously over articulated that it was impossible to listen to for longer than a half hour. Good luck to those of you with more patience than I.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stuart Little

  • By: E.B. White
  • Narrated by: Julie Harris
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299

This charming little tale, with a gigantic heart, was written by E.B. White, best-known for the perennial favorite Charlotte's Web.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stuart Little is superb!

  • By Brian on 03-04-06

Timeless story

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

Reviewed: 12-18-11

If you could sum up Stuart Little in three words, what would they be?

Gentle, compelling, timeless

What does Julie Harris bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

Clearly read at just the right pace to be understood by a child. A gentle read.

Any additional comments?

Excellent way to introduce a child to the pleasure of audio books. Each chapter stands on its own and captures the attention of the young listener. I enjoyed this book in my youth and found my grandson equally entertained.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
    
    
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        Jon Scieszka
    
    


    
    
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        Mike Ferreri
    
    


    
    Length: 21 mins
    174 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

  • By: Jon Scieszka
  • Narrated by: Mike Ferreri
  • Length: 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 114

Includes these fairly stupid tales: "Chicken Licken", "The Princess and the Bowling Ball", "The Really Ugly Duckling", "The Other Frog Prince", "Little Red Running Shorts", "Jack's Bean Problem", "Giant Story", "Jack's Story", "Cinderumpelstiltskin", "The Tortoise and the Hair", and "The Stinky Cheese Man".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It!

  • By Evelyn on 07-29-10

Particularly appealing to 5 year old boys

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-11

My grandson and I, especially him, found this story highly amusing and worthy of much imitation throughout the day. Chicken Little and the Stinky Cheese Man are especially memorable. I fresh retelling of old fairy stories - short and enjoyable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful