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  • Damocles

  • By: S. G. Redling
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 962
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 875
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 868

When Earth is rocked by evidence that extraterrestrials may have seeded human DNA throughout the universe, a one-way expedition into deep space is mounted to uncover the truth. What linguist Meg Dupris and her crewmates aboard the Earth ship Damocles discover on Didet - a planet bathed in the near-eternal daylight of seven suns - is a humanoid race with a different language, a different look, and a surprisingly similar society. But here, it’s the "Earthers" who are the extraterrestrial invaders, and it’s up to Meg - a woman haunted by tragedy and obsessed with the power of communication - to find the key to establishing trust between the natives and the newcomers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What did I tell you about that pie!?

  • By Brian on 06-05-13

Unexpected, and refreshing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-18

Unique tale of hope and imagination. Unrealistic? Probably. Ending a little weak. But OK GOOD VERY

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,316

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Top Pick for 2012

  • By Em on 11-30-12

Four years after first listen, it still haunts me

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

I listen to a lot of audio books (my library is over 250 books) but I don't believe I've ever written a review. After the attention of the Oscars, I've got to give my opinion. Among all the books I have 'read' this book stands out as the most memorable - most notably for the narration. Claire Daines' narration is spectacular! The 'flat' aspect of her narration is unexpected and perfect - I'd call it brilliant. The Hulu mini series is great, but this is much more satisfying at the end.

The Human Stain 
    
    
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        Dennis Boutsikaris
    
    


    
    Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
    36 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • The Human Stain

  • By: Philip Roth
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town, an aging classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist. The charge is a lie, but the real truth about Silk would have astonished even his most virulent accuser.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • There's a good story in there. Somewhere.

  • By RYAN on 02-14-10

A potentially juicy story 'over done' to ashes

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

Reviewed: 12-29-12

Without hearing or reading it myself I could not have imagined so many adjectives and adverbs could be strung together into such a tome. Repetition for the sake of clarification or to express a fine point is one thing - repetition in this book is constant, leaving me with the impression left that the book is the result of a contest to see how many ways the same point could possibly be made.

The narration of the book was heroic. I found myself marveling at the stamina and mouth/tongue coordination displayed as Mr. Boutsikaris read the marathon run-on sentences.

I finally finished the book by simply letting the audio player run, waiting for a notable ending. (The sister's emergence was a nice touch, but definitely not as part of the wrap up of the book.) Alas I was left with the feeling that in the end Roth simply ran out of words.

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  • Hard Evidence: A Dismas Hardy Novel

  • By: John Lescroart
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

When the bullet-ridden body of a Silicon Valley billionaire washes up on shore, assistant D.A. Dismas Hardy finds himself the prosecutor in San Francisco's murder trial of the century. The suspect: a Japanese call girl with a long list of prominent clients. But when a bizarre series of events blows the case wide open, Hardy finds himself on the other side of the law - as a lawyer for the defense.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Got My Money's Worth But...

  • By Ted on 02-25-17

Didn't grab me

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-11

I've listened to probably hundreds of audio books, and I've always been able to find something that caught my attention, even if I wasn't a fan of the book. If nothing else, I'm cheap and don't want to totally lose the $$ I put into the audiobook. Unfortunately, for the first time ever this book has totally failed to grab even a little of my attention. I find myself daydreaming while I'm 'listening'. Can't say it's the narrator. Couldn't identify with the characters at all. Maybe I'll try again in a year - for sure I won't remember any of it.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful