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  • Star Wars: Lost Stars

  • By: Claudia Gray
  • Narrated by: Pierce Cravens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,733
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,726

This thrilling young adult novel gives listeners a macro view of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe, from the rise of the Rebellion to the fall of the Empire. Listeners will experience these major moments through the eyes of two childhood friends - Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell - who have grown up to become an Imperial officer and a Rebel pilot. Now on opposite sides of the war, will these two star-crossed lovers reunite, or will duty tear them - and the galaxy - apart?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cure for the Aftermath Blues

  • By Matt H. on 09-18-15

Fantastic Story and Amazing Performance

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

Reviewed: 01-22-16

If you could sum up Star Wars: Lost Stars in three words, what would they be?

Epic romantic adventure

What did you like best about this story?

The characters were believable. Even minor characters have a full life and are developed.

Which character – as performed by Pierce Cravens – was your favorite?

This is extremely difficult to say. Basically, the two main character are performed without flaws, but this extends to nearly every character—even those that you know from the movies or other books.

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

Honor and Love

Any additional comments?

I will be re-listening to this if other books run dry.

  • The Perfect Weapon

  • Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • By: Delilah S. Dawson
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,544
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,544

There are plenty of mercenaries, spies, and guns for hire in the galaxy. But probably none as dangerous and determined as Bazine Netal. A master of disguise - and lethal with a blade, a blaster, or bare handed - she learned from the best. Now it's her turn to be the teacher - even if schooling an eager but inexperienced recruit in the tricks of her trade is the last thing she wants to do. But it's the only way to score the ship she needs to pull off her latest job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great short story

  • By J. Moore on 12-02-15

Short Story Illuminates Force Awakened

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

Reviewed: 01-20-16

What made the experience of listening to The Perfect Weapon the most enjoyable?

It is interesting learning about a particular person and how they interact with the major characters.

  • The Brothers Karamazov [Naxos AudioBooks Edition]

  • By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Constance Garnett - translator
  • Narrated by: Constantine Gregory
  • Length: 37 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,555

Fyodor Dostoyevsky is a titanic figure among the world's great authors, and The Brothers Karamazov is often hailed as his finest novel. A masterpiece on many levels, it transcends the boundaries of a gripping murder mystery to become a moving account of the battle between love and hate, faith and despair, compassion and cruelty, good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Spiritual and Philosophical Tour-de-Force

  • By Rich on 02-27-16

Telling Story; Okay Performance

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

Reviewed: 06-29-15

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

I would recommend this audiobook to a friend that is committed to hearing the story or is going to read along to to the audio. Otherwise, I would suggest trying a different audiobook. The narrator is good, but I kept getting lost in his voice and forgetting major plot point. I re-listened to some sections multiple times.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Па́вел. He is the illegitimate son of Фёдор. He makes the story.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Constantine Gregory?

Not a story as long or as Russian.

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

Who Done It? Does God Even Care?

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  • Blade Runner

  • Originally published as Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,635
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,642

It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill. Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there lurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignment: find them and then..."retire" them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be found!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Asking the important questions 50 years on

  • By Ian C Robertson on 05-09-12

Dreaming of Electric Sheep, No Blade Runner Here!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-15

Where does Blade Runner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is in the middle, but it is still a good catch.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Deckard. He is struggling with deep issues.

Which scene was your favorite?

Isidore becoming "friends" with the Andies. Of course, they are less empathetic than the religious man—Mercerism and all that.

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

Yes, but I wrote my undergraduate thesis on the film version. I just like the story and the world. It is cool to see the original because of its differences and similarities. I like the book better, but I like Roy in the movie better.

Any additional comments?

The title is "Blade Runner," but it is not actually Blade Runner. Most aficionados know this, but it is important to note. Once your finish this amazing novel, you can rent the movie (there are more than four official cuts to try!) and see Harrison Ford living the dream!

  • Anna Karenina

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: David Horovitch
  • Length: 38 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,840

Anna Karenina seems to have everything - beauty, wealth, popularity and an adored son. But she feels that her life is empty until the moment she encounters the impetuous officer Count Vronsky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story, amazing narration

  • By Marcus Vorwaller on 08-02-08

Anna Karenina is Insane; The Novel is Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 04-06-15

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

Anna Karenina, the character, is beyond description. Her story is captivating, and the other stories are equally compelling. It is long, but you can't stop listening to it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This is a difficult question. I relate most to Levin. He is philosophical. He is struggling with difficult questions. He feels inadequate.

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

He does a good job with such a difficult task. He brings the main characters to life, but at some times characters "sound" the same as other characters. This is the biggest problem.

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

The end. Spoilers!!!

  • Perelandra

  • Ransom Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,909

Perelandra is a planet of pleasure, an unearthly, misty world of strange desires, sweet smells, and delicious tastes, where beasts are friendly and naked beauty is unashamed, a new Garden of Eden, where the story of the oldest temptation is enacted in an intriguingly new way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Insightful Look at the Nature of Temptation

  • By Tim on 05-17-05

Excellent Story Narrated Beautifully

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

Reviewed: 03-23-15

If you could sum up Perelandra in three words, what would they be?

Classic Lewis Becoming—A younger and rougher Lewis, and yet somehow deeper than you remember him.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Perelandra?

The focus on struggle. The idea being that science and theology are not at constant odds, but that poor science and poor philosophy cannot stand without deception. (Any more would spoil the book!)

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

Geoffrey Howard performs the entire series. He is by no means the best narrator, but he is good at his trade. You will be able to understand him, and he will not put you to sleep.

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

The Question of Good or Evil.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend listening (or reading) the first book, Out of the Silent Planet, before listening to this book. While you may be able to gather quickly the missing parts, some of the plot will make little sense without this foundational knowledge.

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  • Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey

  • By: Homer, W. H. D. Rouse - translator
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 25 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,379

Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are unquestionably two of the greatest epic masterpieces in Western literature. Though more than 2,700 years old, their stories of brave heroics, capricious gods, and towering human emotions are vividly timeless. The Iliad can justly be called the world’s greatest war epic. The terrible and long-drawn-out siege of Troy remains one of the classic campaigns. The Odyssey chronicles the many trials and adventures Odysseus must pass through on his long journey home from the Trojan wars to his beloved wife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Revisit the Classics

  • By The Kindler on 07-28-16

A Classic

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

Reviewed: 03-23-15

A great reading of Homer. It is engaging. I highly recommend this production. I will definitely listen to it again.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful