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  • Gone with the Wind

  • By: Margaret Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Linda Stephens
  • Length: 49 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,441
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,857
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,877

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • not to miss audible experience

  • By dallas on 12-08-09

Got the Accents Right

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-10

Okay, I'm not going to review the text of GWTW. It's been analyzed plenty. It's a brilliant book. 'Nuff said.

What I do want to review is the audio performance. When I saw that GWTW was available in audio format, I was dubious. I'm from the South. (Not the deep South -- Virginia). I speak with a Tidewater accent, which is different to my ear from a Georgia accent, which is different to my ear from a Charleston accent... You get the picture.

Ms. Stephens managed to get the nuances of the various accents well enough not to make me cringe. It sounds like a trivial thing, but since Mitchell, herself, made a big deal of differences of dialect in the actual novel, you need to have it in the performance. I'm so glad that the narrator did not go for that Eastern Tennessee accent that is so often touted as "Generic Southern".

If you love GWTW, get it. If you've never read it, this is a good way to enjoy the book.

110 of 114 people found this review helpful

The Disappeared
    Retrieval Artist, Book 1
    
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    Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    1,315 ratings
    Overall 3.5
  • The Disappeared

  • Retrieval Artist, Book 1
  • By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,315
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 383

Retrieval artists help the lost find their way back home, whether they like it or not. Specialized private detectives, they investigate the most unusual crimes in the galaxy. But Miles Flint isn't a retrieval artist. He's just a cop, trying to do his job.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Universe Full of Morons

  • By Matthew on 07-15-08

Well-Performed, Excellently-Written

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-14-09

I actually downloaded this as a freebie, because I was looking for new material. Well, if authors are worried freebies might hurt their sales, don't. I'm listening my way through the entire Retrieval Artist series. The characters are engaging, the stories well-plotted and the marriage of science and society make for fun science fiction. Jay Snyder's performance adds to a great story, making this one of my favorites.

  • American Gods [TV Tie-In]

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 20 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,191

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
  • Charming mystery, romance and epic

  • By Jody R. Nathan on 11-26-03

A Powerful Story and an Interesting Analysis

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-09

If you love myth, you'll love American Gods.

I think that it's a story that you really can't love, though, unless you have some background in myth, how myth works, and the basic themes that surround the stories that are as old as human speech itself.

However, any student of Joseph Campbell will be entranced by some powerful storytelling and understanding of myth.

It is also interesting to see an Englishman's take on what it means to be an American.

The story's structure is fairly exact, but you don't catch on to what Gainman is doing or how he weaves the plot for quite a long way into the book. It seems like three or four rambling tales when it really is a single saga. And perhaps, given the fact that it draws heavily on the mythology of cultures that gave us the very WORD saga, that makes good sense.

As far as the audio performance, George Guidall's vocal characterizations are all very good, but his rendition of Mr. Wednesday is absolutely masterful. I always enjoy his narrations and this is no exception.

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Titan

  • Gaean Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: John Varley
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 394
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 245

John Varley's monumental trilogy - Titan, Wizard, and Demon - has achieved cult status, hailed as a modern triumph of the imagination by critics and fans. It begins with humankind's exploration of a massive satellite orbiting Saturn. It culminates in a shocking discovery: the satellite is a giant alien being. Her name is Gaea. Her awesome interior is mind-boggling - because it is a mind. A mind that calls out to explorers...and transforms all who enter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First of Varley's classic Gaean Trilogy

  • By David on 05-30-09

Excellent performance

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-09

I've long been a fan of Varley's work and was thrilled to find they'd found a good *female* narrator for the Gaea trilogy. She handles the different "voices" of the different characters quite well, though after awhile the plainsong dialog of the Titanide language got on my nerves. I'm not sure how she could have given a vocal flavor otherwise, and it's densest in the first book before the Titanides learn English. So, that's really the only quite minor drawback.

The whole trilogy is excellently-written and this is quite a worthy performance.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,501

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please. Do You Really Need Another Great Review?

  • By Michael on 10-06-12

Fantastic Performance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-07

I have been a long-time fan of Frank Herbert, and certainly Dune was my favorite. It is wonderful to listen to an audio performance that does it justice. The actor who plays the Baron in particular is delightful.