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  • The Zone of Interest

  • By: Martin Amis
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 135

The Zone of Interest is a love story with a violently unromantic setting. Can love survive the mirror? Can we even meet each other's eye, after we have seen who we really are? In a novel powered by both wit and pathos, Martin Amis excavates the depths and contradictions of the human soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the performance is excellent, superb

  • By john on 03-26-15

Chilling!

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

Reviewed: 03-26-15

A haunting story of well developed characters running a concentration camp. It really captured the German national psyche under the Nazis.

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  • The Innocent Man

  • Murder and Injustice in a Small Town
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,358

In the town of Ada, Oklahoma, Ron Williamson was going to be the next Mickey Mantle. But on his way to the Big Leagues, Ron stumbled, his dreams broken by drinking, drugs, and women. Then, on a winter night in 1982, not far from Ron’s home, a young cocktail waitress named Debra Sue Carter was savagely murdered. The investigation led nowhere. Until, on the flimsiest evidence, it led to Ron Williamson. The washed-up small-town hero was charged, tried, and sentenced to death - in a trial littered with lying witnesses and tainted evidence.... 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book - Not Typical Grisham

  • By Mark on 01-17-07

Who knew Grisham was a good non-fiction writer?

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

Reviewed: 03-18-13

What made the experience of listening to The Innocent Man the most enjoyable?

The reader is top notch. The research is remarkably thorough. It helps you see the occasional failures of the US judicial system.

What other book might you compare The Innocent Man to and why?

It's like a long Dateline episode.

What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

He changed voices for the protagonist. After a while, you feel like you're listening to the actual person he's portraying.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Hair evidence is completly unreliable.

Any additional comments?

You'll really root for the protagonist and empathize with his plight. This is in spite of the fact that he's not a very likable person.

  • Absalom, Absalom!

  • By: William Faulkner
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446

Absalom, Absalom! tells the story of Thomas Sutpen, the enigmatic stranger who came to Jefferson township in the early 1830s. With a French architect and a band of wild Haitians, he wrung a fabulous plantation out of the muddy bottoms of the north Mississippi wilderness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator made the difficult easy.

  • By Elizabeth on 11-16-11

Discover Faulkner in this book.

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

Reviewed: 03-08-13

Would you listen to Absalom, Absalom! again? Why?

The reader has a great voice. He never seems to get bored with the material. How could he?

Who was your favorite character and why?

I'm not sure, but there were some good ones.

What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

His voice, intonation, and accent.

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

No, it takes time to digest.

Any additional comments?

none

  • The Listener's Bible

  • English Standard Version
  • By: Fellowship for the Performing Arts
  • Narrated by: Max McLean
  • Length: 75 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 420

Max McLean brings his compelling voice and artistic narrative skills to the ESV Bible. This Gold Medallion-winning new translation combines a word-for-word translation approach with a literary beauty that is perfect for the oral expression of God's Word.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK

  • By Chris on 09-19-09

Very well read.

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

Reviewed: 09-25-12

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

Yes, it's the word of God.

What did you like best about this story?

see above

What about Max McLean’s performance did you like?

It's very difficult material. There are many difficult pronunciations. He seems to do them well. His deep voice was kind of wierd at first. I've gotten used to it, and I think it fits the material.

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

No, it made me think about what a Christian's proper relationship with the Old Testament should be.

  • Gates of Fire

  • An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
  • By: Steven Pressfield
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,582

Gates of Fire puts you at the side of valiant Spartan warriors in 480 BC for the bloody, climactic battle at Thermopylae. There, a few hundred of Sparta’s finest sacrificed their lives to hold back the invading Persian millions. The time they bought enabled the Greeks to rally - saving, according to ancient historian Herodotus, “Western democracy and freedom from perishing in the cradle.” How did the Spartans accomplish this superhuman feat? This is what the King of Persia hopes to learn from the sole Spartan survivor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Story is good The Narrator is Great

  • By Richard on 02-27-12

It was a fun read, but it has a lot of patriotism.

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

Reviewed: 09-04-12

What made the experience of listening to Gates of Fire the most enjoyable?

It's always fun to delve into the daily lives of the ancients. This book really takes you there. He's a very good descriptive writer.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

You can't spoil this ending. It's been well known for 2500 years.

Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

not sure

If you could rename Gates of Fire, what would you call it?

Violence and intrigue.

Any additional comments?

It's not literature, and I'm not sure female readers would get much out of it. It was a fun novel without many surprises. Like much non-literature fiction, the good guys are really good. So much so that the characters don't feel like real people.