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  • Twain’s Feast

  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,859
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,831

Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain’s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain’s favorite foods.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Recycling

  • By Greg Hill on 11-17-18

Beyond just food history

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

I really enjoyed it, although I did get a little sad at times, but it was still interesting history.

  • Faster, Higher, Farther

  • The Volkswagen Scandal
  • By: Jack Ewing
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

A shocking exposé of Volkswagen's fraud by the New York Times reporter who covered the scandal. In mid-2015 Volkswagen proudly reached its goal of surpassing Toyota as the world's largest automaker. A few months later, the EPA disclosed that Volkswagen had installed software in 11 million cars that deceived emissions-testing mechanisms. By early 2017 VW had settled with American regulators and car owners for $20 billion, with additional lawsuits still looming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent recap of VW, its structure and culture

  • By Northern IN Mark on 05-27-17

Very interesting and enlightening

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Human factors could make or break an organisation. Also provided a fascinating view on the other side of the Volkswagen name.

  • Why Evil Exists

  • By: Charles Mathewes, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Charles Mathewes
  • Length: 19 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400

Whether we view it in theological, philosophical, or psychological terms, evil remains both a deeply intriguing question and a crucially relevant global issue. Now, Professor Mathewes offers you a richly provocative and revealing encounter with the question of human evil - a dynamic inquiry into Western civilization's greatest thinking and insight on this critical subject.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • But What's Puzzling You is the Nature of My Game

  • By W Perry Hall on 09-28-15

So dull

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

Reviewed: 08-26-17

It's a potentially interesting subject, but spoiled by the lecturer.

Why does he have do things like spend minutes talking about how important a book is, how important it's influence is by the time he reaches the actual thing I had forgotten what it was he's explaining!

Also things like, 'we are sure that X is B, but actually X is not really B, it really is AB, but then YZ equals TR and we should understand TR in order to know about X so we know what B12 is'.

AAAAARRRGGHHH!!

give me back my credit!!!

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  • Doomsday Book

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,836
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,947
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,971

For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting

  • By mudcelt on 11-02-09

Everyone's living in DE NILE!!

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

Reviewed: 08-08-16

What disappointed you about Doomsday Book?

Every single character seem to have no common sense, too much or too little tack and deeply in denial.

What was most disappointing about Connie Willis’s story?

The main problems 'where the drop is' and how did Badri contracted the disease, could be easily solved if they were to sit down and have a think instead of panicking.The 'Cut Throat' character was guessed early enough due to many mentions, and no appearance. The real person who really knows where the drop is was guessed when main character seems fixated on that one character who was never there. Naturally, it's the guy who's there till the end.The disease's origin could be guessed when the anti-hero spouted on and on about how the it came from the past and conveniently enough somebody's excavating a grave site.Perhaps I read too much Holmes, but these people are Historians! Historians are detectives who tries to uncover truth from long dead times. And by long dead not 20, 30 or even 50 years!! Why are they so incompetent!Perhaps the Flu had scrambled their brains.

What three words best describe Jenny Sterlin’s voice?

British, varied, consistent

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Detachment, I can't bring myself to care what happened to anyone except the Acting Head of History, who died in a most inconspicuous way. It' a real let down.

Any additional comments?

Where WAS Basingham?

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  • The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,450
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,437

Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future? Don't let this happen to you! Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated "Number One in Customer Satisfaction" for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Someone owes me a new keyboard

  • By Aimee M on 05-24-16

10 Out of 10 in Customer Service!

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

Reviewed: 06-21-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Free: The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent to be better than the print version?

Don't know about the print version, but the audible version is awesome. Though it took me some time to recognize most of the cameos in the book, but we can chalk that down to my lack familiarity with some western popular culture.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Free: The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent?

Oh gosh, where should I begin?
Oh, the fact that some anonymous fat guy in a Triple X invisibility cloak told Larry Correia that his book is boring and derivative and was going to sell his signed book in E-bay...

Which character – as performed by Adam Baldwin – was your favorite?

Lol! I like Conundrum, it's a total conundrum I know, but that the sheer level of obnoxiousness radiated from that guy had me reminding myself that this is all done by a single guy!

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

Actually, I listened to it twice already, and am on my third listen. Because there are so many things and people there that I'm not familiar with that I just had to listen again after looking them up. For example, Bear Grylls, Adam Baldwin, Guy who destroys watermelons with deadly weapons, Joy Behar, The View, Sparkle Butt just to name a few!

Any additional comments?

When I tried looking up Bear Grylls and The View, it turned up in the top 2 option once I entered the first couple of syllables. Way to go getting people to look up for things in your books!

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  • Mr. Impossible

  • By: Loretta Chase
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,021

Rupert Carsington, fourth son of the Earl of Hargate, is his aristocratic family's favorite disaster. He's irresistibly handsome and unapologetically irresponsible, & trouble follows wherever he goes. Still, Rupert somehow manages to escape entanglement - emotional or other - with maddening grace! But now he's a prisoner in Cairo's most infamous jail and his only chance out is accepting a beautiful widow's dangerous proposal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the unusual couple

  • By Enchantinc on 08-05-15

Romance! Devilish Plots! Tombs!

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

Reviewed: 06-18-16

If you could sum up Mr. Impossible in three words, what would they be?

Smart, Sandy & Saucy!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mr. Impossible?

Oh, got to love the mongoose.

Have you listened to any of Kate Reading’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The Lord of Scoundrels, also by Loretta Chase. Ms. Reading's voice needs a little getting used to, and there were some unevenness when it came to switching between male voice, male inner voice and narration voice, but that was minimal. It was pretty enjoyable. I like the way she did the foreigners' voices as well.

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

Not really, it's largely light reading.

Any additional comments?

I almost did not get the book what with all the negative reviews about how this book is almost like a lesson in Egyptology. However, I'm glad I got the book as it was clear that all the 'Egyptology' in the book was Ms. Chase putting some effort into research for this book in order to make it more authentic. I love the details in it. For those who claim it's like reading a text book, well, the word feather brain comes into mind. Also, I should like to know what kind of text book you've been reading.

  • The Dead Can Wait

  • By: Robert Ryan
  • Narrated by: Richard Burnip
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Dr. John Watson is back home, fresh from his time in the trenches of Flanders Fields. The horrors of war weigh heavy on his mind, and now his task is to help rehabilitate soldiers suffering from the crippling effects of shell-shock.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but ...

  • By Valerie on 02-01-18

Oh dear, Watson.

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

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

Yes, for twenty die hard fans of Holmes there are at least 20% hard core Watson fans who wanted to get to know the 'real' Dr.Watson uncensored by his own pen. In order to be best pals with Sherlock Holmes, one cannot be a total idiot who goes about pointing at things in total cluelessness. Yay, for Dr. Watson!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Ouch! The number times Dr. Watson got injured, I'm surprised he managed to make it to the final pages. However, the book did indicated that the good Doctor (or Major, if you prefer) have weeks to recover after a serious bout of injury, so, not quite so out of bounds.

What about Richard Burnip’s performance did you like?

I like Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes' voices. It was not particularly outstanding, but the little errors and inconsistencies with non-major characters can be easily overlooked as the plot pushes on.

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

I listened to it when I drive, so not really. But I did drive more slowly so I can listen to it longer.

Any additional comments?

If only there are more Dr. Watson books out there.

  • How To Survive a Horror Movie

  • All the Skills to Dodge the Kills
  • By: Seth Grahame-Smith
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 641

Seth Grahame-Smith delivers the definitive, essential guide to making it through a horror movie in one piece. As hilarious as it is useful (if you’re trapped in a scary flick, that is), How to Survive a Horror Movie covers all the bases. Trapped in a haunted house? Check. Stalked by an evil doll? Check. Wandering aimlessly through the remains of the old world as a plague of zombies sweeps over the planet? Check.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining. What I expected

  • By Wil on 01-17-13

Tongue in cheek!

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

Reviewed: 02-22-16

What made the experience of listening to How To Survive a Horror Movie the most enjoyable?

The narrator, the way he blandly reads out all the outrageously racist and clearly scientifically wrong 'facts' (Hollywood science is not real science). The advice are for people in a horror movie, and not actual life. All horrendously wrong, but all made more hilarious by the bland and extremely serious naration.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The narrator

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

For a guy with a really serious and flat tone when narrating, he really gets into it when he does the voices of other characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Read, or die

Any additional comments?

Buy it! You won't regret it! It's no serious literature, but a great pick me up when life is being tedious.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Free: Sherlock Holmes- The First Great Detective audiobook cover art
  • Free: Sherlock Holmes- The First Great Detective

  • By: The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Professor Thomas A. Shippey
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,481
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,210

We are familiar with Sherlock Holmes's methodology—using clues, facts, evidence, and reason to solve the case. Here, go inside the world of the 19th century and see what circumstances paved the way for such a hero. Then, turn to some of Sherlock's most exciting cases.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ok

  • By Slim on 03-04-16

Unnecessary 3 seconds . . . pauses

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

Reviewed: 02-19-16

Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Thomas A. Shippey?

From the Great Courses, yes. From Professir Thomas A. perhaps after he has improved his narration skills.

What was most disappointing about The Great Courses’s story?

Bad narration. Information I already knew. This book is for newbies who had never set foot into Sherlock Holmes, ever.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The 3 second . . . pauses. I had to check my phone a few times just to see if there's anything wrong with it.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It's Sherlock Holmes.

Any additional comments?

I was expecting some analysis of the setting or character analysis, but the book is mostly about praising how clever Holmes was and the deductions in the book. Which is interesting, but old news to people who have read any of the books.

Free: A Brief History of Holiday Music audiobook cover art
  • Free: A Brief History of Holiday Music

  • By: The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Professor Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,156
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,040
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,032

Discover the fascinating journey of Christmas music through the centuries, led by world-renowned music historian Robert Greenberg. Christmas music has had an immensely rich history, heavily influenced by the church, cultural traditions like the Germanic Yuletide, and even drinking songs. Hear some of the first Christmas music ever composed and gain new insight into the beloved Christmas classics we still sing today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Holiday Music Fun But Limited Scope

  • By Sara on 12-24-15

Short and Sweet

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

Reviewed: 02-03-16

What made the experience of listening to Free: A Brief History of Holiday Music the most enjoyable?

As always, Professor Greenberg's lecture always comes with a snippet of music we can listen to in order to better appreciate what he's talking about. Also, I enjoy his way to lecturing which included, but not limited to American gangsta accents, baseball references and personal rants. The personal rants might put some people off, but I find that this shows that the reader (and writer) of the cares a lot about their work

What was one of the most memorable moments of Free: A Brief History of Holiday Music?

The description of the celeste(?) featured in Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker. It is lovely to know more about it.

What does Professor Robert Greenberg bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His accent, his rants, his steam powered fist shaking 'How could people do this!' rants are awesome. The nearest philharmonic orchestra to where I live is a two and a half hour plane ride away, and my piano teacher was an indifferent hack whose instructions consist mainly of 'play faster' and nothing else. It was like being made to stand in the middle of a field and told to run 'faster' to the finish line without knowing where the line is. I appreciate Professor Greenberg who has helped me appreciate music after ten years of sheer avoidance of all kinds of music, (and a vague hostility towards the piano in particular).

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Can this actually be made into a movie?Go forth and appreciate Christmas music.

Any additional comments?

Thank you, Sir. For the lectures and your passion in giving them. Also, may we know some of your own works?