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  • The Terror

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Tom Sellwood
  • Length: 28 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,231

The men onboard HMS Terror have every expectation of finding the Northwest Passage. When the expedition's leader, Sir John Franklin, meets a terrible death, Captain Francis Crozier takes command and leads his surviving crewmen on a last, desperate attempt to flee south across the ice. But as another winter approaches, as scurvy and starvation grow more terrible, and as the Terror on the ice stalks them southward, Crozier and his men begin to fear there is no escape.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very good then, NOT

  • By Randall on 07-24-18

Not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

I should have read more about this book before purchase. Although the characters, writing and performance are well done, the story was too creepy for me.

29 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,176

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dumb

  • By clifford on 02-05-18

Wheaton and Scalzi. Need I say more?

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

Wheaton narrates this story perfectly! Scalzi has created a complex future with guilds, houses, government and religion all facing the biggest challenge ever. And their new leader was never meant to be in charge. Looking forward to the sequel.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Confederate General Rides North

  • A Novel
  • By: Amanda Gable
  • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

It’s the 1960s in Marietta, Georgia, and 11-year-old Katherine McConnell has been raised to see the Civil War as the War of Northern Aggression. When her mother plans a business trip north, Katherine tags along, visiting historic battlefields along the way. But with each stop, her perspectives on the war, her mother, and her upbringing undergo drastic changes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A deftly woven story

  • By Connie on 08-19-17

A deftly woven story

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

Reviewed: 08-19-17

It's astonishing that a book that uses so many cliches (coming of age, road trip, crazy artist, rebel southerners) could say so much. Our protagonist's awareness grows through a clever imaginary life as a Confederate General while her mother falls apart.

  • All Creatures Great and Small

  • By: James Herriot
  • Narrated by: Christopher Timothy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,013
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,167
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,164

In this first volume of his memoirs, then-newly-qualified vet James Herriot arrives in the small Yorkshire village of Darrowby, and he has no idea what to expect. How will he get on with his new boss? The local farmers? And what will the animals think? This program is filled with hilarious and touching tales of the unpredictable Siegfried Farnon, his charming student brother Tristan, and Herriot's first encounters with a beautiful girl named Helen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Wonderful Listen--Stories That Never Get Old

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

If you need something pleasant and full of hope

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

Reviewed: 12-01-16

I chose this book that I've read in the past because I needed something to lift my mood and it did not disappoint.

There are very odd musical interludes, sometimes falling in the middle of a paragraph, but other than that this was thoroughly enjoyable. The Yorkshire accent is amusing and I can only assume it is accurate.

  • Shantaram

  • A Novel
  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 42 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,960
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,520

Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favorite Books! Great Narration!

  • By Memphis on 06-16-14

Best book and performance by far

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

Reviewed: 10-14-16

The author's love of language is clear in the many phrases that painted a complex emotion or captured an expression or experience. The performance had me laughing out loud and crying. The voices of the characters are easily distinguished and often made me smile as I pictured them mouthing the words.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Anne of Green Gables

  • By: Lucy Maude Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

L.M. Montgomery's novel introduces the world to the lovable and energetic Anne, who at the beginning of the audiobook is adopted by the Cuthbert siblings, Matthew and Marilla. The brother and sister realize that they are getting up in their years, and intend to adopt a young boy to help Matthew maintain the property.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I loved hearing this story again!

  • By HippyChickJen on 05-26-16

Narration gets in the way

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

Reviewed: 07-01-16

Choose another version instead of this one! The sing-song narration and attempts at voices are dreadful.

  • WWW

  • Wake
  • By: Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Jennifer Van Dyck, A. C. Fellner, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,493
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,494

Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math - and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind. But Caitlin's brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. So when she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colors and shapes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great, if Incomplete, Concept

  • By Seth H. Wilson on 04-14-09

Is there intelligent life in the internet?

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

Reviewed: 05-16-15

This series drew me in with its multifaceted view of the situation: the emergence of an intelligence from the WWW. Although a few things annoyed me (I've known a few brilliant teens and none of them use the insipid language of youth that is portrayed in this book), the unneeded repetition of themes and plot, I sped through all three books in record time.

  • The Chaperone

  • By: Laura Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth McGovern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,836

> The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection.

  • By Amanda on 06-07-12

Exploring the boundaries in a time of transition

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

Reviewed: 05-16-15

I have no recollection of why I added this book to my wish list and I put off listening to it for ages and am sorry I did. I hadn't noticed who the narrator was and as I started to listen, I kept thinking, Cora? Cora from Downton Abbey? and then checked, and yes, it is THAT Elizabeth McGovern. The story pulled me in: beginning with the Orphan Train, the unlucky teenager who needs the chaperone, a chance for love, the revelations at home and the creation of a life that could work in a stifling time…well done!

  • Private Life

  • By: Jane Smiley
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21

Margaret Mayfield is nearly an old maid at 27 in post-Civil War Missouri when she marries Captain Andrew Jackson Jefferson Early. Hes the most famous man their small town has ever produced: a naval officer and a brilliant astronomer, a genius who, according to the local paper, has changed the universe. Margaret's mother calls the match a piece of luck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Marriage of Text and Narrator

  • By cocopuff on 05-15-17

Trapped as a woman of this time can be

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

Reviewed: 05-16-15

This story is a slow burn of a woman trapped by the expectations of society - a society that devalues unmarried women, that considers men's intellect superior and allows people to be labeled and robbed of reaching their potential. The narrative is also a slow burn, plodding on with a building sense of helplessness and hopelessness. Expertly narrated by Kate Reading.

  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,936
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,913

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun! Things you might want to know:

  • By Alexis on 08-29-14

A new kind of disparity

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

Reviewed: 05-16-15

John Scalzi explores the boundaries of what it means to be different and to accommodate that difference in society through the story of a devastating illness that leaves many survivors paralyzed and some with amazing abilities. As always, Wil Wheaton provides an engaging performance.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful