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  • Jerusalem

  • By: Alan Moore
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 60 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274

Alan Moore channels both the ecstatic visions of William Blake and the theoretical physics of Albert Einstein through the hardscrabble streets and alleys of his hometown of Northampton, UK. In the half a square mile of decay and demolition that was England's Saxon capital, eternity is loitering between the firetrap housing projects. Embedded in the grubby amber of the district's narrative, among its saints, kings, prostitutes, and derelicts, a different kind of human time is happening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magisterial, magnificent!

  • By JackFaust77 on 11-05-16

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

Keep reading. This is a fascinating book, although FYI, maybe not a barn-burner out of the gate. Now that I am done, and understand some of the threads and “angles” I have begun again. It is well-worth the time. I hope Mr. Vance, an excellent narrator, received, in addition to his award, a large cash bonus. He deserves it.

  • Blown for Good

  • Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology
  • By: Marc Headley
  • Narrated by: Marc Headley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Marc Headley provides an insider's view of life as a member of Scientology's "Sea Organization". Marc worked at Scientology's secret desert compound, which houses all Scientology management, for 15 years. The 500-acre property is located deep in the California desert. The local townspeople were told lectures and films were made there. But is that all that was happening? It is the location of a multi-million-dollar home for L. Ron Hubbard, built two decades after his death. It is the home of Scientology's current leader, David Miscavige.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easily the Best Scientology Book Out There

  • By Brandon M. Salazar on 08-16-18

Even better the second time

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

Glad this is on Audible now. I read the printed version a while back, and Mr. Headley did a great job as the narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • God, If You're Not up There, I'm F*cked

  • Tales of Stand-up, Saturday Night Live, and Other Mind-Altering Mayhem
  • By: Darrell Hammond
  • Narrated by: Darrell Hammond
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

Tina Fey’s Bossypants meets David Carr’s The Night of the Gun in Darrell Hammond's groundbreaking memoir, God, If You’re Not up There, I’m F*cked - a raw look inside the troubled life and mind of an American comic genius.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A "must listen" for Hammond fans

  • By Karen on 08-12-18

Remarkable.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-18

Wow. Mr. Hammond, what a remarkable journey. I had no idea. Thank you for sharing it.

  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Rob Lowe
  • Narrated by: Rob Lowe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,746

A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book and Great Story

  • By Natalie J. Belle MD on 04-30-11

Glad I read this book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-18

Great mix of humor, life, challenges, history, Hollywood, pain, and redemption. His family and friends are lucky to have him. I hope he writes another book.

  • Scientology: A to Xenu: An Insider's Guide to What Scientology Is All About

  • By: Chris Shelton
  • Narrated by: Chris Shelton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

Former insider Chris Shelton grew up in Scientology and worked for it for 25 years. This critical analysis covers the key aspects of its beliefs, practices, and structure from the bottom to the top, including not just the confidential Xenu story but details of all of the upper-level scriptures. Chris goes into detail about what goes on inside Scientology churches, why its members get involved in the first place, and what it takes to get out should someone decide to leave.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent & book with some technical problems

  • By Dallas on 03-23-16

Informative, interesting and good narration

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

The subject of Scientology is fascinating. It’s new to me. I am ripping through every book, video, tv special, etc. to learn more. Mr. Shelton’s book covers some information in detail that I hadn’t read in some of the other sources. His take on organizational structure and day-to-day life is interesting because he experienced it personally. His narration is spot on.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Virgins

  • An Outlander Short
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Allan Scott-Douglas
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,285

Mourning the death of his father and gravely injured at the hands of the English, Jamie Fraser finds himself running with a band of mercenaries in the French countryside, where he reconnects with his old friend, Ian Murray. Both are nursing wounds, both have good reason to stay out of Scotland, and both are still virgins despite several opportunities to remedy that deplorable situation with ladies of easy virtue.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet story but

  • By Theresa on 04-17-16

Great narrator and short story

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

Reviewed: 12-29-16

I am an old Outlander fan and I, too, like Davina Porter's earlier audible books. But I like this narrator as well. He brought a new voice to our favorite characters. Well done, sir. Oh and also the story is great!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Being Mortal

  • Medicine and What Matters in the End
  • By: Atul Gawande
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,365
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,447

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required Reading!

  • By Jeffrey on 10-13-14

So glad I read this

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

Reviewed: 05-25-16

I haven't read a non fiction book in years. I opted for this for personal reasons. Loved it. Will act accordingly. Thank you for writing it. You are a blessing to your family and ours.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Lolita

  • By: Vladimir Nabokov
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,692

Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterpiece

  • By Erez on 05-29-08

A unique (hopefully) perspective

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

Reviewed: 02-15-15

I chose this book from a list of top 100 fiction books, laughingly thinking it might be a cross between Dr. Suess's "Oh, the Places You'll Go" and "Fifty Shades of Grey". Ha.

The main character is a pedophile. I have never been a pedophile, and as an over 50 year old female, I am not likely to be one. He feels jealousy, lust, happiness, satisfaction, etc. like we all do. What is profoundly different is the cause of these emotions. He is personally insulted by the ravages of aging, but specifically the aging of girls from about 8 to about the mid-teens. He is annoyed, in a big and petulant way, by the details - plucked eyebrows, big hips, new ears (new ears? I never noticed that).

The descriptions of the annoyances are vast and poetic and continual - brown leaves choking a brook, one last cricket in a crisp woods, conjuring death as simple as a bit dry wood, the faint leaf echo on the bank of a russet ravine, a nondescript air with a shaggy belly, eyes slit in a muddy void, ruined looks hopelessly worn out at 17, etc. His exasperations are as relentless as aging itself. The story has descriptions of his attractions, but I was more affected by the exacting details of what not only didn't attract him, but definitely and completely repulsed him, thus dooming his hopes (and his soul) eternally.

Surely greater minds than mine know the source of this story, but suffice it to say I don't think you can make this stuff up. Someone was well and truly peeved by puberty. I didn't expect that. I expected horrors but, in what is probably true to the pedophile, the horrors are his, not the victims. That is horrible, but the book is not. The book belongs on the 100 top books, but I am not sure it is fiction.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,178

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Afraid to Write a "Less-Than-Positive" Review

  • By Elizabeth on 08-06-14

A moving story, from a new perspective (or two)

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

Reviewed: 02-15-15

What did you love best about All the Light We Cannot See?

The author creates two remote worlds, then moves them relentlessly and painfully toward each other. He evokes the youthfulness of the children of, and in, war. How frightening to be young and blind (and bombed), or young and smart (and used to support the bombing). This was a touching book, and, like many WW II books, it is awful to contemplate. But I am glad he wrote it, and I am glad I read it.

What other book might you compare All the Light We Cannot See to and why?

Many books portray the horror, countered by enduring love, of WWII. This one does that, but also takes advantage of its recent publication date. I won't spoil it, but technology does mean different things to different generations, and never more so than to some here. I didn't expect that angle because I hadn't read it before. It isn't a huge part of the book, but it meaningful.

What does Zach Appelman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He did a wonderful job.

Any additional comments?

I love not only the main characters, but the supporting ones. The father, the sister, the collections at the museum, the crazy uncle, and the housekeeper were all valuable. I didn't want to lose any of them, but given the setting of the book, you know it isn't going to work out well for many of them. But I kept up the hope, which I think is such a tiny insight into the desperate hope of the people who actually experienced the war.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows

  • An Outlander Novella
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian MacKenzie
  • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,424

Available for the first time as an audiobook in this original Outlander novella, Diana Gabaldon reveals what really happened to Roger MacKenzie Wakefield’s parents. Orphaned during World War II, Roger believed that his mother died during the London Blitz, and that his father, an RAF pilot, was killed in combat. But in An Echo in the Bone, Roger discovers that this may not be the whole story. Now, in "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows," readers finally learn the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Family Reunions In Print

  • By Gypsy on 01-27-14

She could write a funeral dirge and I would buy it

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

Reviewed: 02-15-15

What did you love best about A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows?

It is nice to see the expansion of her characters outside of the Outlander series. So, hint hint, if Jamie and Claire are put in an old folks home (which I am sure Diana could make interesting) she could go sideways or backwards and still satisfy our wish to read her work.

What about Robert Ian MacKenzie’s performance did you like?

I liked his performance, although I am used to Davina Porter from the Outlander series.

Any additional comments?

I wish it was longer, but I suppose one person can only do so much....

3 of 3 people found this review helpful