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  • The Wright Brothers

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,967
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,913

Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story behind the story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilbur and Orville Wright's Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. The Age of Flight had begun. How did they do it? And why?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story but narration is a little boring

  • By Vince on 08-20-15

Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 09-16-16

All Americans should read/listen to this inspiring story of American ingenuity, honest and mannerly living, and hopefulness of future scientific advances for the betterment of humanity and the Earth.

  • The Circle

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,189
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,524
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,544

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifying look at a techno-destruction of privacy

  • By FinanceBuzz on 01-20-14

Better as a Short Story

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

Reviewed: 06-06-14

Would you try another book from Dave Eggers and/or Dion Graham?

No

Would you ever listen to anything by Dave Eggers again?

No

Any additional comments?

I really liked the inspiration for the story and the plot. Perfect ending as well. That drug me through listening to the poorly done and far to repetitious dialog. The narration was good.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Ask and the Answer

  • Chaos Walking, Book 2
  • By: Patrick Ness
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe, Nick Podehl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649

Reaching the end of their flight in The Knife of Never Letting Go, Todd and Viola did not find healing and hope in Haven. They found instead their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss, waiting to welcome them to New Prentisstown. There they are forced into separate lives: Todd to prison, and Viola to a house of healing where her wounds are treated. Soon Viola is swept into the ruthless activities of the Answer, while Todd faces impossible choices when forced to join the mayor’s oppressive new regime.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • “We are the choices we make.”

  • By Cristy G on 01-22-12

A New Perspective

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

Reviewed: 10-01-12

If you could sum up The Ask and the Answer in three words, what would they be?

Exciting, refreshing, and entertaining.

What did you like best about this story?

I like that the author has taken the time worn concept from Sci Fi of telepathy, and given it a new more realistic twist. I also love that the reader gives us the story in an adult voice, with wonderful characters, even though this is a teen book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17,590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,490
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,464

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing, but somehow still worth a listen.

  • By Bradford on 03-06-13

Hilarious

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

Reviewed: 07-09-12

What did you love best about Redshirts?

Just a great laugh at my most adored SciFi classic, and a cool twist to the way we look at things. My only criticism is please Mr. Scalzi, come up with some new "he said" "she said" descriptors. When we listen to the audible version, they become monotonous.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

Ptolemy Grey is 91 years old and has been all but forgotten - by his family, his friends, even himself - as he sinks into a lonely dementia. His grand-nephew, Ptolemy's only connection to the outside world, was recently killed in a drive-by shooting, and Ptolemy is too suspicious of anyone else to allow them into his life, until he meets Robyn, his niece's 17-year-old lodger and the only one willing to take care of an old man at his grandnephew's funeral.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story- Wonderful Reader

  • By Gail on 01-18-12

Great Story- Wonderful Reader

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

Reviewed: 01-18-12

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

Yes, I could not stop listening.

What did you like best about this story?

Even though the topic was about death and illness, the story was about life and living.

Which character – as performed by Dominic Hoffman – was your favorite?

Of course he did Ptolemy perfectly.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I could not stop thinking about it after I completed it. It made me happy.

Any additional comments?

The first couple of chapters are actually hard to listen to. The writer wants us to feel the frustration Ptolemy has with his confusion, and I did. But the action picks up soon, and never stops until the end.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful