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Tracyton, WA, United States
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  • The Gentle Giants of Ganymede

  • By: James P. Hogan
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

Long before the world of the Ganymeans blew apart millennia ago, the strange race of giants had already vanished. All that remained of them was a wrecked ship abandoned on a frozen moon of Jupiter. Now Earth’s scientists are there, determined to ferret out the secret of the lost race. But when suddenly the Ganymeans return, they bring with them answers that will reveal the secret of our own as well.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ideas are more interesting than people!

  • By Gary on 11-10-16

Great 'read'

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

This book (and the first two of the series) are terrific stories. Have read them many times, and - now - listened to them several as well. Good performance; it felt as though I were right there with Vic, Caldwell, Lynn, Garuth, and all the others, "watching" the tale unfold. Thanks, Audible, for making them available!

  • Triumph

  • By: Philip Wylie
  • Narrated by: Tim George
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

In the world’s upper hemisphere, only one small group has survived World War III: 14 people, sheltered deep within a limestone mountain in Connecticut and with enough supplies and equipment to maintain their subsistence for upwards of two years. The group includes a forward-thinking millionaire and his family, a levelheaded Jewish scientist, a playboy, an aging African American servant and his daughter, a gigolo and the glamorous woman who has been his mistress, a beautiful Chinese girl, a young meter reader, two children, and a Japanese engineer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chilling, and thought-provoking.

  • By JULIA on 10-22-18

Chilling, and thought-provoking.

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

This is a favorite, so I was glad to find it available in audio format. Very familiar story, as I've read it many times, but with an added dimension of impact in voice format; makes it more real and more dramatic. Really enjoyed the narration. Thanks.

  • Wild Horses

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489

When Thomas Lyon decides to make a movie based on an unsolved crime that shocked the horseracing world in Wild Horses, he discovers that someone will do anything - including commit murder - to make sure this story isn't told.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • SIMON PREBBLE Takes Over Narration In Chapter 4

  • By Pamela on 04-20-14

Another great performance!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-18

Each time I read or listen to a Dick Francis tale I am staggered anew at his talent with words; he's the best author in that regard that I've ever known. I wrote him many years ago to thank him for so MANY enjoyable hours of reading, and wish I could have met him. The hardest thing to decide is which of his stories is my favorite; every time I finish one I think "It must be THIS one," then I start another and change my mind. :-)
And Simon Prebble must be the best narrator ever; he brings these stories to life so well it's hard to believe it's all not real. If a book has his name on it, I know it will be a first-rate performance: he's expert at making you think all these different people are there ... but it's Simon - all by himself. What a talent! Bravo once again!

  • Exodus

  • A Novel of Israel
  • By: Leon Uris
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 28 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 972

Exodus is an international publishing phenomenon - the towering novel of the 20th century's most dramatic geopolitical event. Leon Uris magnificently portrays the birth of a new nation in the midst of enemies - the beginning of an earthshaking struggle for power. Here is the tale that swept the world with its fury: the story of an American nurse, an Israeli freedom fighter caught up in a glorious, heartbreaking, triumphant era. Here is Exodus - one of the great best-selling novels of all time.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book of ALL Time

  • By Meaghan Bynum on 08-22-12

Staggering.

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

Read "Exodus" many years ago (a number of times) and regularly different parts of the story would come to mind; I also did other reading on WWII, so I've often had the atrocities, unfairness, betrayals, and heartbreak of the story recalled to my consciousness.
But to LISTEN to it ... that was so much more gripping and intense! Through the narrator's reading I was much more affected, and shed tears - and felt fury - at the Jews' abandonment. The U.N. vote roll-call made me breathless with suspense, as if I were actually there in the room also keeping track of the tally. And the deaths of various characters made me weep.
I won't think of this story in the same way ever again. Thanks, audible, for a first-class telling of this masterful tale. Highly recommend it!

  • Greenwitch

  • Book 3 of The Dark Is Rising Sequence
  • By: Susan Cooper
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

Simon, Jane, and Barney, enlisted by their mysterious great-uncle, arrive in a small coastal town to recover a priceless golden grail stolen by the forces of evil: the Dark. They are not at first aware of the strange powers of another boy brought to help, Will Stanton, nor of the sinister significance of the Greenwitch, an image of leaves and branches that for centuries has been cast into the sea for good luck in fishing and harvest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Power from the Greenwitch...

  • By Bryan J. Peterson on 06-27-12

Couldn't stop listening! :-)

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

I love Susan Cooper's books, have read this series many times over the years since I first discovered it - it's excellently crafted! Such a delight to find it in audio, and narrated by Alex Jennings: a TERRIFIC voice, exactly right for The Dark Is Rising tales. ... I know I'll get just as much enjoyment every time I listen to these stories in future. Many thanks to all involved!

  • A Little Princess

  • By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Maroney
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 54

Living off crumbs in a dreary attic, Sara Crewe comforts herself with wondrous stories of adventure and fortune, and in the end the stories become true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By Gary on 08-20-04

Excellent.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-18

Very good production of this classic. Have loved the story for years and was very glad to find such a well-done audio version. Narrator was great - gave just the right 'feel' to the tale and characters. Enjoyed it thoroughly!

  • The Boggart

  • By: Susan Cooper
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

When Emily and Jess Volnik's family inherits a remote, crumbling Scottish castle, they also inherit the Boggart - an invisible, mischievous spirit who's been playing tricks on residents of Castle Keep for generations. Then the Boggart is trapped in a rolltop desk and inadvertently shipped to the Volniks' home in Toronto, where nothing will ever be the same - for the Volniks or the Boggart. In a world that doesn't believe in magic, the Boggart's pranks wreak havoc. And even the newfound joys of peanut butter and pizza and fudge sauce eventually wear thin for the Boggart. He wants to go home....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Under appreciated masterpiece

  • By Xander C. on 06-19-17

Delightful!

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

Listened to the whole tale in one go. Have read the book quite a few times, but the audio version greatly enhanced the 'realness' of the story. And the narration was excellent - reminded me of Scots voices I heard when we visited there in 2001. Thoroughly enjoyed this book; thanks, Audible!

  • The Black Stallion

  • By: Walter Farley
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363

When the steamer Drake is shipwrecked off the Spanish coast, only two passengers survive. One is Alec Ramsay, a young American boy. The other is the Black Stallion, the wildest of all wild creatures. Stranded together on a desert island, boy and stallion develop a deep and wonderful understanding. The Black Stallion is the horse Alec has always dreamed of - beautiful, free-spirited, and astonishingly strong. Alec is determined to tame him and bring him home to New York.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Precious story! Hugely satisfying!

  • By Aurora Leos on 05-28-13

A great story.

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

I've had all the Black Stallion books since I was a girl and wished for a horse. Never got one :-) but read many horse stories. Would read this series every year or so; I'm now in my 70s and I like the tales as much as ever. Very capable narrator, good voice, and made the story come alive. ... Just wish the REST of these books were available on audio!

  • Venetia

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288

Venetia Lanyon, beautiful, intelligent and independent, lives in comfortable seclusion in rural Yorkshire with her precocious brother Aubrey. Her future seems safe and predictable: Either marriage to the respectable but dull Edward Yardley, or a life of peaceful spinsterhood. But when she meets the dashing, dangerous rake Lord Damerel, her well-ordered life is turned upside down, and she embarks upon a relationship with him that scandalizes and horrifies the whole community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Guilt Here!

  • By Carole T. on 05-16-14

One of her best!

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

... Or is it? All Miss Heyer's stories are so entertaining it's impossible to say which is my favorite; I'll think the one I'm listening to is, but when I start on the next, IT will be.
All her tales are so well-crafted they're a delight to hear, and Phyllida Nash is - I believe - the best narrator. And 'Venetia' IS one of her best.

  • The Grand Sophy

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Sarah Woodward
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,869
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,866

Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humorless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving.With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Full Sophy

  • By Carol on 10-17-13

Engaging ... riveting ... hilarious!

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

Reviewed: 03-15-18

In the past month I have listened to most of Miss Heyer's entrancing tales, ignoring most of my daily chores, my gardening activities, and even my sleep. :-)
I have still three to go to finish this re-'reading' of these most favorite books ... and it was difficult to choose which to save till last; the order changes each time, and so this year I'll end with Venetia, False Colours, and finally Frederica.
As long as I live, her stories will entertain me at least once a year - - - they're just that good!!