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  • Riding the Elephant

  • A Memoir of Altercations, Humiliations, Hallucinations, and Observations
  • By: Craig Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Craig Ferguson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

From the comedian, actor, and former host of The Late Late Show comes an irreverent, lyrical memoir in essays featuring his signature wit. In the audiobook, there are some stories that are too graphic for television, too politically incorrect for social media, or too meditative for a stand-up comedy performance. Craig discusses his deep love for his native Scotland, examines his profound psychic change brought on by fatherhood, and looks at aging and mortality with a perspective that he was incapable of as a younger man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time well spent.

  • By Bonnie on 05-08-19

Art. Masterfully woven. Thank you Craig Ferguson.

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

Reviewed: 05-09-19

This book and its narration is art.

Craig Ferguson guides us through a seemingly meandering retelling of key stories and moments in his life so far. Along the way, he shares observations, opinions and wisdom from his journey.

That sounds fairly standard for a memoir, but the grace of his prose floored me; even when he is spelling out less-than-graceful moments.

Mr. Ferguson's narration is perfectly paced and intimate.

I am grateful that he has chosen to share this collection of life. Thank you Craig Ferguson.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,864
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44,459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,410

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

I love it. Great story, awesome cast!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

Aside from a few mispronunciations by the narrator (if I have to be picky), it was flawlessly executed by the cast. And an amazing story by Neil Gaiman.

Parts of the story are pretty dark, other parts offer levity, much of it is fantastical, but all parts flow together to make a story that feels real and whole. I cannot compare it to the original edition, but I cannot think of anything that I could cut and leave the story as good as good as it is.

  • Chernobyl

  • The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe
  • By: Serhii Plokhy
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599

On the morning of April 26, 1986, Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. Dozens died of radiation poisoning, fallout contaminated half the continent, and thousands fell ill. In Chernobyl, Serhii Plokhy draws on new sources to tell the dramatic stories of the firefighters, scientists, and soldiers who heroically extinguished the nuclear inferno. He lays bare the flaws of the Soviet nuclear industry....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Worth the Time

  • By Chris Reich on 08-09-18

Thorough enough to be a bit dry at times.

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

Thorough enough to be a bit dry at times, but in a good way. It is a history. It is treated respectfully and supported with facts, figures, and sources.

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  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,033
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,034

Rosemary Harper doesn't expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and, most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman, she's never met anyone remotely like the ship's diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot; chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks, who keep the ship running; and Ashby, their noble captain.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Remarkably Boring

  • By A Tye on 08-02-17

Very fun character driven Sci-Fi

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

I enjoyed this book very much. There were a few times I would have liked the pace to pick up, but I did not get bored. The narrator does a good job.

Describing it in terms of other media productions: It is its own story and world, while reminding me a bit of Firefly with Farscape characters that feel anime inspired. The plot is more driven by characters and relationships and feels more like a season of a show than a movie.

The book really is about the long way and not the angry planet.

  • Howl's Moving Castle

  • By: Diana Wynne Jones
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,893
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,300

A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and ALA Notable and Best of the Year in Young Adult Fiction, Howl's Moving Castle is by acclaimed fantasy writer Diane Wynne Jones and was transformed into an Academy Award nominated animated motion picture by Hayao Miyazaki. On a rare venture out from her step-mother's hat shop, Sophie attracts the attention of a witch, who casts a terrible spell transforming the young girl into an old crone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Entertaining

  • By Christopher on 07-02-12

Fantastic! Better than the movie.

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

Well paced book, great story, wonderfully narrated, nice wrap-up (do not worry that you may need the series to get an ending).

  • A Wrinkle in Time

  • By: Madeleine L'Engle
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis, Ava DuVernay, Madeleine L'Engle, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,788
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,989

Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract", which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg's father had been experimenting with time travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank You for a New Narrator

  • By Patricia on 02-01-12

It is a book that happened.

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

We did struggle to finish it. I ended up running it at 1.65× speed to pick up the pace and keep me focused. I found much of it to be overly repetitive. That is a common thing in YA fiction that always bothers me. Young adults oriented books to a disservice to their audience with patronizing repetition.

I enjoyed the well flavored prose at times. The flowery, adjective heavy descriptions were nice, but I've encountered other stories that handled parts of the subject matter in a better way.

It gets categorized as science fiction, but that doesn't really fit. "New-age metaphysical fantasy" maybe? Just punctuating sentences with science!, and math! doesn't make it science fiction. While attempting to lightly contemplate 5-dimensional beings was handled decently, the parts concerning atoms and matter/energy were really off.

I do feel the influences of the 60s on it, and that is interesting. Space race and some Cold War flavor in the over-conformity of the fearful occupants of worlds ruled by evil, and the use of individulaism, love and god to combat said evil.

I guess I could see myself enjoying it more if I'd read it much earlier in my readings, but I don't think it'd hold up to revisiting. Ultimately, there is just a lot better out there than this.

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,868
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,794

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as it gets without the old texts

  • By William Taylor on 05-10-18

Great retelling of stories from Norse mythology.

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Stories from the eddas nicely converted to modern English prose. Lovingly read by the author.