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  • Thief of Time

  • A Discworld Novel
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559

The construction of the world's first truly accurate clock starts a race against, well, time. For if the perfect clock starts ticking, Time, as we know it, will stop. And then the trouble will really begin. Subtle, sly, thought-provoking, and hilarious, Thief of Time is Terry Pratchett at his best. "This delightful production keeps the listener spellbound," says AudioFile.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but multiple readers were distracting

  • By GoryDetails on 05-10-03

great book, horrible audio.

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

many authors, but this is often hard to understand. sounds like a lazy record from a bad cassette tape.

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,280
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44,853
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,804

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

Love the book and cast

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

Reviewed: 03-03-17

Great story with rich imagery. The full cast reDing adds more depth and character. Listening is a treat.

  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,949
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,966

First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • mouth watering

  • By David on 03-30-10

Narrator mixed up books partway.

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

Reviewed: 11-21-16

good stories,but the Narrator left several chapters from a different book in the middle. Very odd it was not caught and fixed.

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  • The Poisoner's Handbook

  • Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
  • By: Deborah Blum
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,137
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,573

In The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • CSI eat your heart out

  • By Aaron - Audible on 10-12-11

One of the most fascinating books I know

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

Reviewed: 07-09-16

If you could sum up The Poisoner's Handbook in three words, what would they be?

Fascinating History Exploration
The social history in this book is richly detailed against the backdrop of the science.

What did you like best about this story?

The social history is interesting how it is intertwined with how forensics was changing crime.

What about Coleen Marlo’s performance did you like?

He has a lovely voice. He's never rushed but does give good inflection and variety of tone without every over selling it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I mostly listen to Audible books when I am in bed and found myself wanting to stay awake to listen. I introduced the book to my sweetie as we were driving on a short trip and it was hard to turn off when we arrived at our destinations.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to the chapters multiple times and still enjoy the nuance of the history.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

  • The Complete First Edition
  • By: Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, Jack Zipes (translator and editor)
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 622
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 624

When Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published their Children's and Household Tales in 1812, followed by a second volume in 1815, they had no idea that such stories as "Rapunzel", "Hansel and Gretel", and "Cinderella" would become the most celebrated in the world. Yet few people today are familiar with the majority of tales from the two early volumes, since in the next four decades the Grimms would publish six other editions, each extensively revised in content and style.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exactly What I Wanted

  • By T.S. White on 12-27-15

Switching narrators for stories

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

Reviewed: 03-11-16

One of the best things about the narration is that they switch chapter by chapter which, for this book, helps to mark the beginning and endings of the tales especially those with odd endings. This collection of stories is most definitely not the Disney versions of the tales but is the raw translation. Some of the stories are almost familiar but take a different path or end unexpectedly. It's more like the origins of the stories. Some of the tales feel very unfinished, others feel like they would only be truly understood in their own place and time. Enjoyable from a historical perspective.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Good Omens

  • The BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
  • By: Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Mark Heap, Full Cast, Peter Serafinowicz
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,083
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,925

A full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman’s celebrated apocalyptic comic novel, with bonus length episodes and outtakes. According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday in fact. Just after Any Answers on Radio 4….Events have been set in motion to bring about the End of Days. The armies of Good and Evil are gathering and making their way towards the sleepy English village of Lower Tadfield.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An adaption of one of my all time favorite books

  • By Mr Benn on 02-03-15

wonderful rendition

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

Reviewed: 02-08-16

The radio show cast did a splendid job. The police in part 1 were a delightful addition. Well done!

  • Sassinak

  • The Planet Pirates, Book 1
  • By: Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Moon
  • Narrated by: Ax Norman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 276

Sassinak was 12 when the raiders came. That made her just the right age: old enough to be used, young enough to be broken. Or so the slavers thought. But Sassy turned out to be a little different from your typical slave girl. Maybe it was her unusual physical strength. Maybe it was her friendship with the captured Fleet crewman. Maybe it was her spirit. Whatever it was, it wouldn't let her resign herself to the life of a slave. She bided her time, watched for her moment. Finally it came, and she escaped.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Really bad narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-23-14

Good writing, interesting character

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

Reviewed: 02-18-14

Would you listen to Sassinak again? Why?

I like the writing styles of both Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Moon. I knew of McCaffrey first from her Pern books. Sassinak was one of my introductions to Elizabeth Moon who quickly became one of my favourites. The Audible version of Sassinak is actually my third copy of the book with the other two much loved in years of re-reading long ago. I bought the Audible to "re-read" and enjoy again.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator has a nice vocal tone but doesn't do any voicing for the various characters. The reading tone of all character's speaking is the same as the narration. This can make it difficult to follow a conversation between characters if there is no 'he said', 'she said' narration. I would not choose another book based solely on him being the reader. I likely would not get a new-to-me book if he's the narrator since the lack of characterization could be confusing if I didn't already know some of the overall story.

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

There are moments of humor in the story, but it's not a comedy. There are some emotional parts to the story, especially in the early part of the book in Sassinak's youth.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful