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  • Lincoln in the Bardo

  • A Novel
  • By: George Saunders
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,304
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,264

The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Mixed Bag

  • By Thomas More on 02-24-17

remarkable listening

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

This was perhaps the most remarkable recording of any book I have listened to in the past decade since I have been using audible. Not only are the actors moving and eloquent and angry and all the other emotions that Saunders is able to pack into his work, but they blend like a greek chorus to convey all the feelings that surrounded Lincoln, the country, and still resonate with us. The words are like no writer writing today and the production is worth listening to over and over. The principals are all wonderful, the "side" characters are distinctive and thrilling, and the end is both wrenching and reassuring. We can survive. We must survive. We will survive.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The History of Spain: Land on a Crossroad

  • By: Joyce E. Salisbury, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Joyce E. Salisbury
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460

Spain has played a unique and essential role in Western civilization. To understand the unfolding of Spain's epic history is to come to terms with one of the West's great cultures, and to grasp its enduring presence and impact on the world stage. In these 24 accessible lectures, Professor Salisbury presents a broad and enthralling panorama of Spanish history, covering the centuries from the first prehistoric settlement of the peninsula to Spain's 20th century civil war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • As much travelogue as history

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-22-17

About what one would expect

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

Easy listening, lots of things I didn't know so enlightening, at a level that I could understand and learn from. Of course one wanted more about recent Spanish history but there are books for that.

  • An Artist of the Floating World

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: David Case
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 148

This is the story of an artist as an aging man, struggling through the wreckage of Japan's World War II experience. Ishiguro's first novel.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An incongruous reader

  • By Emeritus on 11-03-17

An incongruous reader

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

Of course one wants to read Ishiguro in part because of the Nobel Prize but this quiet book about the post war Japanese "reckoning" with the past is very hard to listen to because I think the choice of the reader was completely wrong. The main character's "voice" is a deep breathy upper class English one which is not at all the voice I heard through reading the book. I have no idea why he was chosen but it ruined the book for me. Ishiguro writes in English but this story is about Japan and Audible should have done more work on trying to match the reader to the character.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • A Canticle for Leibowitz

  • By: Walter M. Miller Jr.
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,867
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,487
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,498

Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of 20th-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Introibo Ad Altare

  • By richard on 03-20-13

an often ignored masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 04-16-16

Any additional comments?

I think that books I know - and have known this one for decades - are often "new" when listened to and Canticle is. It was from the generation of post-apocalyptic novels - Riddley Walker is the greatest of them all - that were imbedded in the constant threat of nuclear holocaust and while that may have receded some, the vision Canticle presents has not. Societies tear themselves apart, realign and then do it again. The images Miller wrote about are indelible.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Douglas Adams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,980

Kate Schechter would like to know why everyone she meets knows her name - and why Thor, the Norse god of thunder, keeps showing up on her doorstep. Dirk Gently, detective and refrigerator wrestler, can uncover the mystery, and only the absurdist wit of Douglas Adams can recount them with such relentless humor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes you miss him even more...

  • By Bruce on 07-02-12

not one of his best or even close

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

Reviewed: 12-11-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Of course Hitchhiker's Guide is one of those books you read over and over and laugh every time but somehow this one tired out abouit halfway, for me, and when it was over I didn't even remember what it was about. My mind wandered. Adams is in the pantheon but this book is not.

Would you be willing to try another book from Douglas Adams? Why or why not?

have read them all

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

yes

Could you see The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I can't imagine - would be up there with L.Ron Hubbard........and why would you want to do anything else other than the existing versions of Hitchhiker.....

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Tim Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,630
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,615

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wish I Hadn't Cliff Noted This in High School

  • By Joel on 03-27-17

Tim Robbins is remarkable

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

Where does Fahrenheit 451 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

top 25

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fahrenheit 451?

the end.

Any additional comments?

I think narrators can make books - no doubt - and the narrative voice captures Bradbury's novel so well you feel immersed. Even though I have read it before, listening was a great experience. Terrific choice for a book for the ages.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Neanderthal Man

  • In Search of Lost Genomes
  • By: Svante Pääbo
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 623
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 568
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 572

A preeminent geneticist hunts the Neanderthal genome to answer the biggest question of them all: what does it mean to be human? What can we learn from the genes of our closest evolutionary relatives? Neanderthal Man tells the story of geneticist Svante Pbo’s mission to answer that question, beginning with the study of DNA in Egyptian mummies in the early 1980s and culminating in his sequencing of the Neanderthal genome in 2009.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not really about Neanderthal man

  • By Mark on 08-29-15

tedious and an anti-thriller

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

Reviewed: 06-14-15

Would you try another book from Svante Pääbo and/or Dennis Holland?

No

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dennis Holland?

It is not the narrator, it is the content. Talking about DNA and RNA SNP's is impossible

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

Most of it - simply an example of why the pettiness of academics is something most of he world doesn't want to hear.

Any additional comments?

I may not have read this blurb well - it is something that might work as a graphic novel but as a book it is just beyond belief bad. I have a tremendous interest in human evolution and always have and have read and listened to other books on the subject. There are nuggets but overall if it were a book, I would be flipping pages constantly. Maybe biology grad students might find this interesting but I hope they are off reading literature instead.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Intuition

  • By: Allegra Goodman
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30

Sandy Glass, a charismatic publicity-seeking oncologist, and Marion Mendelssohn, a pure, exacting scientist, are codirectors of a lab at the Philpott Institute dedicated to cancer research and desperately in need of a grant. Both mentors and supervisors of their young postdoctoral proteges, Glass and Mendelssohn demand dedication and obedience in a competitive environment where funding is scarce and results elusive.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Baby on 10-11-06

if you have a lab read it, otherwise skip it

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

Reviewed: 03-20-15

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

folks who spend time in research labs

What was most disappointing about Allegra Goodman’s story?

It took almost the whole book to "take off" and ended up not clearing the trees. Slow, subplots like smitten teens and other side plots, didn't much like any of the characters, completely undramatic and just something that did not seem like a whole lot of interest to anyone - and I am in the medical sciences.

How could the performance have been better?

Just did not like the reader's voice - rarely happens with Audible but was too whiney for my enjoyment

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

Not many. I have no idea who recommended it but won't make that mistake again.

  • The Emerald Mile

  • The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History through the Heart of the Grand Canyon
  • By: Kevin Fedarko
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,509

From one of Outside magazine's "Literary All-Stars" comes the thrilling true tale of the fastest boat ride ever, down the entire length of the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon, during the legendary flood of 1983. In the spring of 1983, massive flooding along the length of the Colorado River confronted a team of engineers at the Glen Canyon Dam with an unprecedented emergency that may have resulted in the most catastrophic dam failure in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome story and history of the Grand Canyon!

  • By Mike on 04-11-15

Overwritten and overdone

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

Reviewed: 12-30-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The background of this book (the history of water, dams, and the West) is much more interesting than the foreground (an overly dramatic reading and hyped writing of an event that most folks, including me, don't really care about all that much). It is where a book and words leave one short no matter how much they try to paint a picture - would be a better documentary film. The main characters are obsessed folks to say the least and not all that much to learn from their obsessions.

What aspect of Paul Michael Garcia’s performance would you have changed?

I felt myself being really irritated both by the scenery chewing style he reads in and the repeated mispronunciation of the word "gunwale" which is pronounced traditionally as "gunnel". A story about a boat ought to have the terminology right.

Did The Emerald Mile inspire you to do anything?

Nope - except to stay out of white water canyons.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Local Souls

  • By: Allan Gurganus
  • Narrated by: Allan Gurganus
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

With the meteoric success of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, Allan Gurganus placed himself among America’s most original and emotionally engaged storytellers. If his first comic novel mapped the late nineteenth-century South, Local Souls brings the twisted hilarity of Flannery O’Connor kicking into our new century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a soulthern town then, and now

  • By Emeritus on 10-05-14

a soulthern town then, and now

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

Reviewed: 10-05-14

Would you listen to Local Souls again? Why?

Books narrated by the author are ones to aim for and Gurganus' voice is perfect in its pace, emotion and undersanding of the nuance of his stories. Wonderful.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Will Mabry is a complicated and thooughtful character in "Decoys" and his view of his own life spanning country to city and poor to middle class is really a wonderful and sympathetic portrayal of both. Small towns have been the subject of way too many uninterestng and overwrought novels and stories but Will's voice, through Gurganus, is true and authentic.

What about Allan Gurganus’s performance did you like?

essential to the book

Any additional comments?

If you could get Gurganus to narrate the stories of "White People" it would be wonderful. They are some of the funniest stories I know and his voice would be terrific

1 of 1 people found this review helpful