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  • Island of the Lost

  • Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World
  • By: Joan Druett
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,215

Auckland Island is a godforsaken place in the middle of the Southern Ocean, 285 miles south of New Zealand. With year-round freezing rain and howling winds, it is one of the most forbidding places in the world. To be shipwrecked there means almost certain death. In 1864, Captain Thomas Musgrave and his crew of four aboard the schooner Grafton wreck on the southern end of the island. Utterly alone in a dense coastal forest, plagued by stinging blowflies and relentless rain, Captain Musgrave inspires his men to take action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Best Stories Ever Told!

  • By Tiffany on 04-10-16

Insufferable

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

When I read the description it sounded interesting. Oceans / boats / sailing / scary islands... Instead it felt like I was the one who was suffering the most. None of the characters were interesting. There was not enough development of them to differentiate between them, or to become engaged at all. I just don't think I can even finish the book I'm 3/4 through and I don't care what happens to any of these people.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Night Soldiers

  • By: Alan Furst
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,580
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,290
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,293

Widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel, New York Times best-selling author Alan Furst takes listeners back to the early days of World War II for a dramatic novel of intrigue and suspense.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Alan Furst novel!

  • By Mary Berry on 04-27-11

Could not finish

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

Reviewed: 06-06-16

I listened to the first 11 hours of this and never got into it. I kept hoping I could become interested in any one of the characters. Didn't work for me. It put me to sleep.
Since I listen while driving - I couldn't finish this one.

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  • The Gunslinger

  • The Dark Tower I
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,305
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,377

Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Dark Tower Review - Part One

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-23-03

Tough start - but stick with it

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

Reviewed: 05-05-15

This first in the series dragged for me. But I kept reading the reviews and I hung in there. I'm happy I did because the rest of the books are much easier to listen to

  • Doctor Sleep

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,767

Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The sequel to the book; not the movie

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-28-13

pretty great on all fronts

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

Reviewed: 12-12-14

The performance is outstanding. Just outstanding. The story is really fun to listen to because it brings back memories of The Shining I didn't know I had. I read that book as a young girl and it had a big impact. So, this was really great.

  • Ballistic

  • A Gray Man Novel
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,525
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,511

Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried. Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comparable to the first in this series

  • By Ed on 10-30-17

"radio voice" just too much for me.

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

Reviewed: 11-24-14

The narration was really too much. I laughed out loud at some points for how overly dramatic it was. There were so many inconsistencies in this book. I felt that the writing was dull and predictable. But the narration was what really sent me over the edge.

  • Wolf Hall

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,993
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,000

In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Divorced, beheaded, died...

  • By Tim on 09-30-11

I tried really hard to listen - just could not.

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

Reviewed: 09-10-14

Maybe this genre just insn't my thing. But this one I could NOT get into at all. I didn't care about the characters in the least.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Pygmalion

  • By: Bernard Shaw
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser, Lucy Whybrow, Geoffrey Palmer, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

Pygmalion remains one of the most popular stories, but mainly in the medium of the musical; the evergreen My Fair Lady. But much of the charm and wit comes from the words and timing in Shaw's original play. Here are the characters of Professor Higgins, his friend Colonel Pickering, and their charge, Eliza Doolittle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classroom Use

  • By Kellee M. Lyons on 12-11-12

Performance really irritating

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

Reviewed: 08-07-14

I finished this, but it wasn't easy. The performance of this story was really hard to endure.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,962
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,869

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • not my Favorite King story

  • By Ronald Garey on 02-11-19

Highest praise

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

Reviewed: 07-31-14

I listened to this because my 10th grader had it on her summer reading list. It was fantastic! We both loved it and it was fun to talk about it together from our 2 perspectives in time/age. Stephen King is really good a tying everything together in the most unpredictable ways. I sometimes forget how talented he is and I intend to consider more of his work for my "listens". You won't regret listening to this one.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Elephant Whisperer

  • My Life with the Herd in the African Wild
  • By: Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,294
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,861
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,873

>When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story, beautifully written

  • By Tango on 01-12-13

uplifting

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

Reviewed: 06-16-14

great narration. The story is full of kindness and compassion for the animals and their people. I learned a lot about elephants and some other species. The respect the author has for nature is immense and that is awe inspiring. Loved it

  • Lord of the Flies

  • By: William Golding
  • Narrated by: William Golding
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,288
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,378

Marooned on a tropical island, alone in a world of uncharted possibilities, and devoid of adult supervision or rules, a group of British boys begins to forge a society with its own unique rules and rituals.

  • out of 5 stars
  • classic

  • By Randall on 04-25-09

sniff sniff

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

Reviewed: 06-16-14

The author read the book which I thought might be interesting, but I became preoccupied with the constant sniffing and breathing I kept hearing. It was so distracting! The story is classic I suppose. I listened to it because my daughter was reading it in school. I'm sorry I watsted a credit on this.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful