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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 162,947
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,396
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,234

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

A Must Read or listen

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

Loved it. Remarkable story. I couldn't stop listening to the audio book from chapter 23 until the end.

  • Tara Road

  • A Novel
  • By: Maeve Binchy
  • Narrated by: Katherine Borowitz
  • Length: 17 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644

When two unhappy women switch homes for the summer, there are extraordinary consequences, and each learns that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed. At the end of the summer, when the women at last meet face-to-face, they find that they have become, firmly and forever, good friends.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Material good - quality, not-so-much

  • By B. W. on 09-05-08

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 08-14-12

This is a multi-layered story. There are a lot of characters who all grow and become more full bodied as the story goes on. I didn't want it to end because these people had become real to me and I knew I would miss them when the book ended. I enjoyed every minute of this book. This is not a fancy, gimmicky or racy novel; it is character-driven and the characters are very well written.

  • The Twelfth Insight

  • The Hour of Decision
  • By: James Redfield
  • Narrated by: Bruce Thomas
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

The fourth book in the Celestine Series, this is an adventure tale, both suspensful and contemplative, that builds on the insights introduced in Redfield's previous books. It describes a new wave of religious tolerance and integrity that is now silently arriving, in reaction to watching years of religious warfare and political corruption.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I love Redfields Insights

  • By ANGEL BAKER on 03-08-12

Not as good as his other books

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

Reviewed: 08-14-12

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoyed his other books and wanted to find out more. This one was not as good, I thought. It seemed like the author was trying to continue a good thing and had run out of interesting ideas. I did find his thoughts about new insights to be interesting but the story line to get there was flat.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Road

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,651
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,681

America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Yawn

  • By Polyhymnia on 07-14-16

Very interesting

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

Reviewed: 08-14-12

What did you love best about The Road?

I don't know that I could say that I loved the story, because it was hard to see myself having to go through something that could really happen. However, it was a brilliant and gripping portrayal of what a father and son had to go through in their apocalyptic world.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • 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 40,974
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,662
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 33,736

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

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 08-14-12

What did you love best about Unbroken?

It's an incredible, true story so well-written I almost felt like I was there. I could see the characters and environments vividly as the story unfolded. I loved the book and sent it to my father who was a WWII vet who flew in the South Pacific during the war.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Louis, of course. He was an ordinary man who did extraordinary things and the author was able to show him in a very full and layered fashion.

Which scene was your favorite?

That's very hard to say - there were so many different times and places.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, when Louis was able to forgive and went back to Japan to face his captors.

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88,565
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 88,484

Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King's Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert's name. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse - unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 08-14-12

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

I wasn't sure I would like it when I started listening but quickly got involved and enjoyed it so much I bought the rest of the series because I needed to find out what happens to all these interesting people.

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

He's able to change his voice so characters are easily identified.

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

I'm not sure but one thing I wouldn't do is focus on the sexual parts like the TV show does. There is far more more to the story than that.

  • How It All Began

  • By: Penelope Lively
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 345
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 348

When Charlotte Rainsford, a retired schoolteacher, is accosted by a petty thief on a London street, the consequences ripple across the lives of acquaintances and strangers alike. A marriage unravels after an illicit love affair is revealed through an errant cell phone message; a posh yet financially strapped interior designer meets a business partner who might prove too good to be true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful and beautifully written

  • By Molly-o on 02-15-12

boring

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

Reviewed: 08-14-12

What disappointed you about How It All Began?

The characters were flat, not layered. The story flashed back and forth between characters making it confusing to follow rather than showing their connections. There was no point to the story other than to show how one event can affect many boring people in a number of ways. The movie "Crash" did an incredible job of making that same point with characters who were layered and interesting. I recommend that movie if you want to see a well-made point. I would not recommend this book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Penelope Lively again?

No

What three words best describe Katherine Kellgren’s voice?

Interesting.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from How It All Began?

All of them.