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  • 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 7,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,131

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

The Perfect Huck Finn

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Elijah Wood performs the entire cast with outstanding skill. You are transported to the old South, and you live the adventures as though you were there. This is by far the best way to experience this classic tale. Instead of deciphering the dialect as you read the book, Elijah does all the work. You are left to just enjoy the ride down the Mississippi.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67,457
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63,302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,173

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

SciFi Funny

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

Excellent SciFi story, extremely well narrated. Not an intense thriller, thank goodness. Instead, it was a well thought out story extrapolating from our time into the future of earth, humans, and space. It was truly funny, and fun. I look forward to the sequels.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Everything You Told Me

  • By: Lucy Dawson
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,589
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,591

You went to bed at home, just like every other night. You woke up in the back of a taxi, over 250 miles away. You have no idea how you got there and no memory of the last 10 hours. You have no phone, no money, just a suicide note in your coat pocket, in your own writing. You know you weren't planning to kill yourself. Your family and friends think you are lying. Someone knows exactly what happened to you. But they're not telling....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Over the top but still held my attention

  • By Lizzystick on 04-25-17

So intense I had to stop listening!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

I couldn't listen in the evening because I couldn't sleep from the adrenaline this story and narrator produced. A very well done psychological thriller.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Greyhound

  • By: Steffan Piper
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,401
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,234

Sebastien Ranes’s single mom and her feckless boyfriend can’t be bothered to take care of a stuttering 12-year-old. Banished to live with his grandmother on the far side of the country, the boy can barely understand a bus schedule when he gets dumped at the Greyhound station in Stockton, California. Given $35 and a one-way ticket to Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sebastien must cross the country - alone, without a clue how to fend for himself. Filled with youthful anger and naïveté, Sebastien heads out into the "Morning in America" of Ronald Reagan’s 1980s.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Warm Story of Fragility and Friendship

  • By Gillian on 06-29-16

Excellent story with outstanding narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-14-17

The narrator is perfect for this story. Whether the character is a shy young boy or a crusty veteran Marine, he brings them to life. The story captivated me from beginning to end. The performance sucks you in, and you feel as though your right there with them throughout their cross country journey. My surprise favorite so far in 2017.

  • Master and Commander

  • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,138

This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Choice of Narrators

  • By Frank R. Adams on 04-23-10

Well written and well performed

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

The story and performance combined for an excellent adventure. You can get lost in the details of sailing a ship, but I just took what I could from those descriptions and focused on the story. The narrator does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. While he doesn't have a different voice for each character, I had no trouble discerning which character was talking. You can actually feel Capt. Aubrey's heft and imperfections in the narrator's performance. Very well done!

  • The John Carter Trilogy of Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • A Princess of Mars; The Gods of Mars; A Warlord of Mars
  • By: Finn J.D. John, Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Narrated by: Finn J.D. John
  • Length: 19 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292

The first of these novels, A Princess of Mars, was Burroughs' first book, and he wrote the next two novels in quick succession. Together they tell the story of John Carter of Mars - how he came to Mars, met the love of his life, and quickly found himself occupied full-time defending her and saving his adopted planet from interplanetary evildoers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story, Well Told, Excellent Commentary

  • By Robert on 04-01-15

Excellent story read to you, not acted out.

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

Reviewed: 01-11-16

I have read the books by Edgar Rice Burroughs several times. The series is read by an editor and fan - Finn J.D. John. Several other audible reviews found fault with Finn reading the book, not offering different voices for every character. Having read these books before, however, this did not decrease my enjoyment of the stories. It allowed the stories to move along at a faster pace, which I appreciated. It did not detract from the excellent dialogue and vivid scenes created in Burrough's original works. So, if you want these amazing imaginative stories acted out for you, buy another performance. For the price, I really enjoyed Finn's reading of these three classics.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Once a Runner

  • By: John L. Parker Jr.
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527

Once a Runner captures the essence of what it means to be a competitive runner; to devote your entire existence to a single-minded pursuit of excellence. It has become one of the most beloved sports novels ever written. Originally self-published in 1978 and sold at road races out of the trunk of the author's car, reading the book became a rite of passage for many runners, and tattered copies were handed down like sacred texts from generation to generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spellbinding!

  • By Rick J. Mitchell on 03-28-10

I just finished readnig it again!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-16

I just finished listening to all 3 books in this series by John L Parker for a second time. I can see Parker's colorful characters and vivid scenes in my mind's eye. It's not all sunshine and roses. The hardships and the challenges are what make the story compelling. Several characters convey what it means to be a mentor and a friend. There are many important lessons and insights shared in all three books in this series. Patrick Lawlor does an excellent job narrating all three books. An awesome series. Now I want to start all over again.

  • Racing the Rain

  • A Novel
  • By: John L. Parker Jr.
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341

Quenton Cassidy's first foot races are with nature itself: the summer storms that sweep through his subtropical neighborhood. Shirtless, barefoot, and brown as a berry, Cassidy is a skinny, mouthy kid with aspirations to be a great athlete. As he explores his primal surroundings along the Loxahatchee River and the nearby Atlantic Ocean, he is befriended by Trapper Nelson, "the Tarzan of the Loxahatchee", a well-known eccentric who lives off the land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I just finished reading it again!

  • By Jonathan on 01-11-16

I just finished reading it again!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-16

I just finished listening to all 3 books in this series by John L Parker for a second time. I listen while I run, and I love all three stories. Having grown up running in the pine scrub forests of central Florida BD (Before Disney), I can see Parker's vivid characters and scenes in my mind's eye. It's a riveting story about what it means to want something very badly, and then doing what it takes to try and win it. It's not all sunshine and roses. The hardships and the challenges are what make the story compelling. Patrick Lawlor does an excellent job narrating all three books. An awesome series. Now I want to start all over again!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Again to Carthage

  • By: John L. Parker Jr. Jr.
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

Quenton Cassidy thought he had left his athletic career far behind as he built a successful professional career in south Florida. But as several personal tragedies and the wear and tear of life began to weigh upon him, he wonders if perhaps he hasn't given up a special part of his life too soon. His return to the world of competitive running is dramatic and revelatory to both the protagonist and the listener, as is his desperate, all-out attempt to make on last Olympic team.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Again to Carthage

  • By Gerard on 08-12-10

Just finished listening to it again!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-16

I just finished listening to all 3 books in this series by John L Parker for a second time. I listen while I run, and I love all three stories. Having grown up running in the pine scrub forests of central Florida BD (Before Disney), I can see Parker's vivid characters and scenes in my mind's eye. As an older runner coming out of rehab, I can relate to the main character's longing to get back in the game. It's not all sunshine and roses. The hardships and the challenges are what make the story compelling. Patrick Lawlor does an excellent job narrating all three books. An awesome series. Now I want to start all over again.

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,720
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,432
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 33,507

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

Amazing True Story of Will and Determination

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

Reviewed: 03-23-15

I knew of Louie Zamperini the gifted runner, but this book is so much more. It is the true story of a troubled kid overcoming his past to become an Olympic runner. It is the heart wrenching story of the indomitable spirit of Zamperini and his fellow POWs in Japanese camps during World War Two. It is expertly written and perfectly told. I don't want to give away any more of the story. It is simply one of the best books I have ever listened to. A life-affirming, get off your butt and do something great motivational story.