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  • The Grapes of Wrath

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

Shocking and controversial when it was first published, Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning epic remains his undisputed masterpiece. Set against the background of Dust Bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of the Joad family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel west in search of the promised land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Revisit humanity v self interest 1930's style

  • By Bruce aka (McGoolie) on 09-03-12

Commentary on times long gone

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

Some say this book is a critique to capitalism and its nature, it might be so but I see it as the demonstrating of changing times...or times changing as mentioned frequently in the book.

  • From the Earth to the Moon

  • By: Jules Verne
  • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

The War of the Rebellion is over, and the members of the American Gun Club, bored with inactivity, look around for a new project. At last they have it: "We will build the greatest projectile the world has ever seen and make the moon our 38th state!" When From the Earth to the Moon was published in 1865, it was regarded as pure fantasy. Who could imagine a rocket that would carry men and animals through space?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good if you like numbers

  • By CSC on 07-13-18

For those who wish to research science fiction

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

I've gave this book a bad rate, but that's only due to the fact I didn't enjoy it that much. That however, does not mean i cannot appreciate it. The book can serve in today's point of view as some sort of a tool to show us what the past saw as fantasy, and also how it developed today's fantasy's standards.
Not a must read, but will compliment the right person.

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: Russell Tovey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

A disturbing tale of a young man's uncanny ability to remain both young and beautiful while descending into a life of heartless debauchery, The Picture of Dorian Gray was considered proof of both Wilde's genius and his perversion. Oscar Wilde's scandalous best seller of 1891 was one of the most damning pieces of evidence used against him in the trial that brought about his downfall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Russell Tovey is a delight to listen to.

  • By shubhangi s. pai on 11-17-17

a Beautiful creation

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

Much like many other classics, this book had many to tell which did not connect with me, perhaps due to not achieving understanding of certain principles.
Regardless of that, this book was a a great enrichment to me, as it is drenched with anecdotes wisdom of age one might reflect on.
Good read, recommended.

  • Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds: The Musical Drama

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: H. G. Wells, Jeff Wayne
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen, Taron Egerton, Theo James, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

One of the world’s most recognisable sci-fi stories, H. G. Wells’ The War of The Worlds established numerous conventions for the genre, including the threat of an invasive extraterrestrial species, space travel and intergalactic conflict, inspiring directors, gamers, producers and writers alike with its sobering story of struggle and survival. Marrying the suspense, drama and urgency of Wells’ original novel with Jeff Wayne’s rousing and flamboyant score, Audible’s new and exclusive dramatisation uses action, narration, original music and evocative sound design to immerse listeners in a world that’s as thrilling as it is desolate. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful production paired with a classic story.

  • By Matt on 12-03-18

What a performance!

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

It is not what expected at all, but also what I was hoping for and so...so much more.
The voice acting, background sounds and sound effects, it was all so effortlessly easy to immerse yourself into.
Good job audible, this is beyond perfection.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Robinson Crusoe

  • By: Daniel Defoe
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 825

Widely regarded as the first English novel, Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe is one of the most popular and influential adventure stories of all time. This classic tale of shipwreck and survival on an uninhabited island was an instant success when first published in 1719, and it has inspired countless imitations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the prodigal without a return

  • By Raleigh on 03-21-17

Not a must, but should be read

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

Perhaps the first English novel, this book tells the story of the misfortunes of Robinson Crusoe, but is also elaborates on god and man's reflections on life and the like...
Very interesting.

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Elijah Wood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,056
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,028

A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful Narration

  • By Michael Balzoa on 03-11-11

Dull, so dull

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

Dull repetitive storytelling with amazing tendencies to elaborate on extremely redundant matters.
If anything, this classic tells me any book can become a classic.
Oh well.

  • The Massacre of Mankind

  • By: Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Nathalie Buscombe
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

It has been 14 years since the Martians invaded England. The world has moved on, always watching the skies but content that we know how to defeat the Martian menace. Machinery looted from the abandoned capsules and war machines has led to technological leaps forward. The Martians are vulnerable to earth germs. The army is prepared. So when the signs of launches on Mars are seen, there seems little reason to worry. Unless you listen to one man, Walter Jenkins, the narrator of Wells' book.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Like many others, I did not expect this

  • By Mossias on 10-29-18

Like many others, I did not expect this

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

I wish I could've give this book 5 stars, unfortunately I reserve that pleasure to books who delivered certain things that this book hasn't.
Be as it may, this book was terrific, did a marvellous job imitating wells' writing style and imagination. Baxter definitely asked himself what would Wells do.
As if this book represents going into the untold stories inside the mind of Wells, but to say that would be a disservice to the true author of this great book.
Narration was ok, american accents were ridiculous, but bearable.

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,195
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,900
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,881

A natural storyteller and raconteur in his own right - just listen to Paddle Your Own Canoe and Gumption - actor, comedian, carpenter, and all-around manly man Nick Offerman ( Parks and Recreation) brings his distinctive baritone and a fine-tuned comic versatility to Twain's writing. In a knockout performance, he doesn't so much as read Twain's words as he does rejoice in them, delighting in the hijinks of Tom - whom he lovingly refers to as a "great scam artist" and "true American hero".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fall in Love All Over Again

  • By Doug - Audible on 07-05-17

Ok I guess

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

Didn't really do it for me to be perfectly honest.
only listened to it since it's a classic. Oh well.

  • Bridge to Terabithia

  • By: Katherine Paterson
  • Narrated by: Robert Sean Leonard
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 988

Jess Aarons' greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He's been practicing all summer and can't wait to see his classmates' faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys' side and outruns everyone.That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together, they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By R. G. Pickering on 09-16-16

Must read for both children and adults

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

I loved the movie, perhaps more to the book, but the book had much depth in it, which it even more enjoyable.
I consider this a classic, you should too.

  • Candide (AmazonClassics Edition)

  • By: Voltaire
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Candide, the illegitimate nephew of a German baron and student of eternal optimist Pangloss, is living a simple and sheltered life in "the best of all possible worlds." But when Candide falls in love with the wrong woman, his uncle's young daughter, he is exiled from the baron's castle and suffers great tragedy and catastrophe, which leaves him disillusioned and questioning the goodness of the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I never saw or expected anything close to this.

  • By Mossias on 10-07-18

I never saw or expected anything close to this.

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

I went into this book, waiting to be done with it. But as went along, finishing it in one go, I realized what amazing piece Voltaire have created.
He created such a simple story, at times ridiculous, but also delivered such a noble message through it.
A new book in my top 5 books