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Theodore Campbell

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  • Parable of the Sower

  • By: Octavia E. Butler
  • Narrated by: Lynne Thigpen
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,250

God is change. That is the central truth of the Earthseed movement, whose unlikely prophet is 18-year-old Lauren Olamina. The young woman's diary entries tell the story of her life amid a violent 21st-century hell of walled neighborhoods and drug-crazed pyromaniacs - and reveal her evolving Earthseed philosophy. Against a backdrop of horror emerges a message of hope: if we are willing to embrace divine change, we will survive to fulfill our destiny among the stars.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than Mark

  • By Noah Paul on 11-05-09

Epic

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

Story & performance were visceral, gripping and shattering. I felt connected to the world within the first three minutes and still don't want to leave.

  • No Country for Old Men

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,619

Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Typical McCarthy: SUPERB

  • By David on 02-21-08

Great and telling story

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

Haunting story with visceral and graphic scenes that really visual the details in the action.

  • Wicked

  • The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
  • By: Gregory Maguire
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,439
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,843
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,893

Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's not easy being green

  • By Kathleen on 07-30-08

Delightful!

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

Excellent take on a classic, well known character that left me with a more positive opinion of her at the end of the story. Fascinating listen.

  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Tim Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,574

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wish I Hadn't Cliff Noted This in High School

  • By Joel on 03-27-17

Remarkable

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

Tim Robbins narration created the visual effect of being in a theatre and watching the book. The movie better half as good as this genius solo performance of this engrossing and epic story.

  • Call Me by Your Name

  • A Novel
  • By: André Aciman
  • Narrated by: Armie Hammer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,089
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,462

Call Me by Your Name first swept across the world in 2007. It is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them and verge toward the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing.

  • By Nico L. on 10-07-17

Enchanting.

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

Poetry in motion. Unforgettable. Hypnotic. Scenic. Bewildering. Inspired. elegant. refined. Private. sensational prose. like music. Enchanting.

  • The Shape of Water

  • By: Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kraus
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,200

The Shape of Water is set in Cold War-era Baltimore at the Occam Aerospace Research Center, which has recently received its most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man captured in the Amazon. What unfolds is a stirring romance between the asset and one of the janitors on staff, a mute woman who uses sign language to communicate with the creature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By E. Chadwick on 03-29-18

Mesmerizing.

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

This book just ended and I want to start the journey again to experience it all over again. The story and characters will live in my heart for ever.

  • Cry, the Beloved Country

  • By: Alan Paton
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,122

This is the most distinguished novel that has come out of South Africa in the 20th century, and it is one of the most important novels of the modern era. Cry, the Beloved Country is in some ways a sad book; it is an indictment of a social system that drives native races into resentment and crime; it is a story of Fate, as inevitable, as relentless, as anything of Thomas Hardy's. Beautifully wrought with high poetic compassion, Cry, the Beloved Country is more than just a story, it is a profound experience of the human spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A word painting: gripping, breathtaking & moving

  • By Jacobus on 10-04-12

Magnificent

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

One of the most touching stories I've ever experienced. York's reading was masterfully executed. Beautiful!

  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Thandie Newton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,764
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,352

Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-21-16

Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 08-18-17

Remarkably well done. I'd only heard how wonderful this story was. To experience it this way was magical.

  • Casino Royale

  • James Bond, Book 1
  • By: Ian Fleming
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,717
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,710

For James Bond and the British Secret Service, the stakes couldn't be higher. 007's mission is to neutralize the Russian operative Le Chiffre by ruining him at the baccarat table, forcing his Soviet masters to "retire" him. When Le Chiffre hits a losing streak, Bond discovers his luck is in - that is, until he meets Vesper Lynd, a glamorous agent who might yet prove to be his downfall. This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with Dan Stevens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bond. James Bond.

  • By Troy on 09-19-14

Remarkable book.

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

Reviewed: 07-15-17

I have always wanted to become a James Bond groupie. My mom and brother loved the films growing up but I could never get into them. I remember finding out the films had been famous books in the fifties and sixties when I was in high school in the eighties. I believe Pierce Brosnan was the reigning Bond then. I made mental note to read up on Ian Fleming. I've finally made good on that mental note after all these years. I couldn't be more intrigued by the hype. James Bond is definitely one of the best heroes ever written. The structure of this opening novel the gripping series is a quintessential masterpiece. And this audio book is a majestic complement to the author and his characters. I now make a mental note to complete the entire series. Way to go, Dan Stevens. Thank you, Ian Fleming.

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  • Giovanni's Room

  • By: James Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Dan Butler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023

Set in the 1950’s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin’s now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Baldwin: sensational. Butler: great. One caveat.

  • By Music Man on 06-28-14

The Revisit

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

Reviewed: 06-29-17

This is my third revisit of this magnificent story and my first time listening to its magic, mystery and tragedy. Thanks to Dan Butler I now have a truly vivid and unforgettable picture of these characters that will live in my thoughts for years to come. I love this book. I love it more now that I've had the opportunity to experience it this way.