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  • The Bees

  • A Novel
  • By: Laline Paull
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,144

Flora 717 is a sanitation worker, a member of the lowest caste in her orchard hive, where work and sacrifice are the highest virtues and worship of the beloved Queen the only religion. But Flora is not like other bees. With circumstances threatening the hive's survival, her curiosity is regarded as a dangerous flaw, but her courage and strength are assets. She is allowed to feed the newborns in the royal nursery and then to become a forager, flying alone and free to collect nectar and pollen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Book of 2014

  • By Emily - Audible on 12-07-14

Slow but interesting

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

I really didn’t like this book much until the very end. It had been recommended to me as something similar to Watership Down, which I don’t feel is a good comparison.

Watership Down was really artfully written to incorporate and explain daily and realistic rabbit life while still telling a story of a great adventure from the rabbit’s point of view. The Bees uses a lot of crutches to explain what’s going on, with lots of human-like objects, expressions, etc., that made me feel like it wasn’t all that necessary for it to be about Bees (it could have easily been done as an alternate universe or future society with humans).

The story was pretty slow, and I spent most of the book wondering where it was going and why I was supposed to care about the main character. However, it all came together in the last 30 minutes of the book, and suddenly it became an interesting story that probably could not have been done without making it about Bees (the mating thing would have been really weird if it were about people!).

So overall I suppose I was satisfied with the story, and am giving it 4 stars instead of 3 because of that. Performance was pretty good with exception to a Glenda-the-Good-Witch voice that the narrator used pretty frequently.

  • Never Let Me Go

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,199
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,213

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A little too glancing

  • By Ryan on 09-07-10

Intriguing

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

This book was really well written and well performed. It spoke to me on some level that I can’t quite describe. I’m not even totally certain what it was about, but it was very interesting all the way through, and I have a feeling it’ll be on my mind for a long time.

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  • Leonardo da Vinci

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,793

Leonardo da Vinci created the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and engineering. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish the sample was not from the preface!

  • By Kristopher S. on 11-13-17

Surprisingly Educational

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

When I very first began listening to this book, I found myself occasionally zoning out and not being particularly engaged in what was going on. However after about an hours worth, I started to notice little tidbits of information that I was finding interesting, and as the book went on I started to realize how much more it was than just a biography of Leonardo da Vinci.

Because of the vast array of interests Leonardo had, you get to learn all types of things about developments in art, science, astronomy, architecture, etc., not just during the Renaissance period, but also how some of Leonardo‘s thoughts and theories were proven to be true even as recent as within the last 15 years.

He truly was a relatable and remarkable person, and I had no idea until listening to this book how much he had contributed to modern knowledge.

There were a couple of things that I didn’t like about this book, but they are minimal:
One, The author’s presumptions about what Leonardo was probably doing or thinking in certain situations. I thought it was over reaching his bounds a little bit, but perhaps there’s something about the author and his authority on historic subjects that I just don’t know.
Two, the sheer number of comparisons of Leonardo da Vinci to Steve Jobs. I know The author recently wrote a biography on Steve Jobs, and it was very obvious that he still had Steve Jobs on his mind while he was writing this as well. It seems a little… Inappropriate? Hard to explain. Maybe I would feel more comfortable with the comparisons if I read the biography on Steve Jobs...

Otherwise, I thought the performance was fine, and obviously the subject matter was diverse and entertaining. Definitely would recommend to just about anyone.

  • Every Dead Thing

  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 413

Former NYPD detective Charlie "Bird" Parker is on the verge of madness. Tortured by the unsolved slayings of his wife and young daughter, he is a man consumed by guilt, regret, and the desire for revenge. When his former partner asks him to track down a missing girl, Parker finds himself drawn into a world beyond his imagining - one where 30 year old killings remain shrouded in fear and lies, a world where the ghosts of the dead torment the living....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible narration

  • By Catcher50 on 05-01-13

Good writing, almost unbearable reading.

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

Reviewed: 06-25-17

I'm only about 6 chapters in and I'm not sure how much longer I can make it.

I've so far very much enjoyed two other audiobooks by John Connolly, and knowing I absolutely like his writing style and story telling, figured I'd give this a shot.

I'm sure it's a very good story. I can tell there is some fun writing, though most of the jokes seem to fall flat due mainly to the performance. It's fairly gruesome,but has some dark comedy that I want to enjoy.

But the accents...the accents....it's like a book where every character is Joe Pesci or Rizzo the muppet rat. There may be one or two Al Pacinos in there too. I'm going to try to power my way through it, but yeesh, I kind of wish I could get my credit back.

  • The Gates

  • A Novel
  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cake
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 469

Young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund, Boswell, are trying to show initiative by trick-or-treating a full three days before Halloween which is how they come to witness strange goings-on at 666 Crowley Road. The Abernathys don't mean any harm by their flirtation with the underworld, but when they unknowingly call forth Satan himself, they create a gap in the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Paging Tim Burton

  • By Jeanne on 12-18-09

Fun!

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

I liked "The Book of Lost Things" so much I decided to try another book by this author. Comparatively, this one is a lot more kid friendly - not as immature as an RL Stein level novel (as another reviewer said, though I did love those books when I was a kid), but not as dark or gory as The Book of Lost Things. I also enjoyed the little tidbits of information and advice in the footnotes, and the way they chose to present those footnotes made it feel a bit like a William Goldman book.

Overall it's just a fun, lighthearted story, definitely worth a listen!

  • The Vanishing Velázquez

  • A 19th Century Bookseller's Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece
  • By: Laura Cumming
  • Narrated by: Siobhan Redmond
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

When John Snare, a 19th-century provincial bookseller, traveled to a liquidation auction, he stumbled on a vivid portrait of King Charles I that defied any explanation. The Charles of the painting was young - too young to be king - and yet also too young to be painted by the Flemish painter to which the work was attributed. Snare had found something incredible - but what? His research brought him to Diego Velázquez, whose long-lost portrait of Prince Charles has eluded art experts for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating study of art history

  • By Ron on 07-02-16

Interesting but not very straightforward

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

Reviewed: 05-22-17

I was intrigued by the description of this book, and was caught off guard when, within the first couple of hours, it seemed the Velasquez had been found and proven! I thought to myself, "what is she going to talk about for another 6 hours?" Of course, to my delight it turned out to be more complicated than just that, but I still ended up finishing this book feeling a little confused.

While the author explains in great detail the life and struggles of John Snair, she also goes on long tangents describing and interpreting other works, not just by Velasquez, but other painters. It is somewhat relevant to be story in the sense of understanding what made this painting appear to be a Velasquez, and what made it stand out from other works, but I often found myself not remembering what was going on in John Snair's story by the time she was done with her romanticisms, and by the end of the book I realized I have no idea what actually ended up happening with the painting (though there was an exciting story about Las Meninas being saved from a fire towards the end).

So I'm ultimately a little disappointed, as I don't really think I want to listen to the last 4 hours over again to figure out what I feel should have been a little more central and obvious. Still, lots of interesting facts, especially if you've taken some art history classes in your lifetime.

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  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,080
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,137

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
  • A Comedy-Tragedy of Gods Giants Dwarfs & Monsters

  • By Jefferson on 02-24-17

Very interesting

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

Great stories, and it's neat to find connections between them and other myths and sayings. Be aware that the first story is the worst, but the rest of them are pretty entertaining, and the last story is pretty dark.

  • The Andromeda Strain

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: David Morse
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,340
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,353

The United States government is given a warning by the preeminent biophysicists in the country: current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best science + biology fiction book I have read

  • By Ryan Johnson on 07-31-15

Surprisingly Awful

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

I have read a few Michael Crichton books and enjoyed them well enough, but this one was almost unbearable. Maybe some of it was due to the reader's monotone, almost bored sounding style of reading (though I was impressed by his range of emotion and voice for the individual characters).

But I never cared about any of the characters. They didn't have much back story or personality that would make you like or dislike them. And the way Crichton chose to present the story, explaining in way too much detail the most boring aspects of biology, not only in its practice but in its history as well, topped off by the fact that ultimately, the "struggles" of the scientists turned out to be completely pointless, drove me to actually yell out in frustration at the end of the final chapter.

There was an epilogue, which I chose not to waste any more of my time on. Perhaps there's something in there that makes it all seem less fruitless. Or maybe this is the author's terrible way of teaching us that science is actually meaningless and human understanding of the way things work is just an illusion. I don't care. This book was bad.

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,407

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Surprisingly good!

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

Reviewed: 10-23-16

I was a little skeptical because I got this for free, but I like magical realism and thought this plot sounded a little like a book by Saramago that I really enjoyed.

The story was interesting and laid out well and Zachary Quinto did a nice job reading and doing reasonable voices. I was pretty happy with it, and hope to hear more like it!

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88,912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76,440
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 76,397

In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

Very Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 06-16-16

I of course have been watching the TV show, but was afraid to read the books because I didn't want to accidentally spoil anything. A friend who has read all the books available told me that it is pretty safe to read them now, though, so I went ahead and got this one and have had a great time listening to it. Lots of interesting details, the writing is pretty good, and the performance was done well. My only complaint is that the reader started out a little rough (a couple awkward pauses, accidentally called "Bran" "Brian" once, yelled something that was supposed to be spoken softly, etc.), but he shaped up by the end and overall he did a really good job, didn't do weird lady voices, and kept it engaging. I look forward to the next book!