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  • The Subtle Knife

  • His Dark Materials, Book 2
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, full cast
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,194

 

Lost in a new world, Lyra finds Will - a boy on the run, a murderer - a worthy and welcome ally. For this is a world where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and witches share the skies with troops of angels. Each is searching - Lyra for the meaning of Dark Matter, Will for his missing father - but what they find instead is a deadly secret, a knife of untold power. And neither Lyra nor Will suspects how tightly their lives, their loves, their destinies are bound together...until they are split apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story

  • By Graham S. Stafford on 03-10-08

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Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-05

AMAZING. This book deals with many underlying issues, and through the young characters that the book examines, we are given a parallel universe to our own.

Listen to this book with the micro and macro in mind. Oh yea, and its a great childrens story too!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Eternity Code

  • Artemis Fowl, Book 3
  • By: Eoin Colfer
  • Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,451
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,678

After being held prisoner for years, Artemis Fowl's father has finally come home. He is a new man, an honest man, much to Artemis's horror. He makes his son promise to give up his life of crime, and Artemis has to go along with it. But not until he has completed one last scheme.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I hope this isn't the end!

  • By Leslie on 03-13-05

Fairies

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-05

When I first went to listen to this book, I was uncertain as I am a twenty year old and fairies aren't in my ordinary scope. However, this was funny and had some creative wordplay.

I recommend this book for all ages, but I know kids from 8-12 will enjoy best.

  • Trump

  • Think Like a Billionaire: What You Need to Know About Success, Real Estate, and Life
  • By: Donald J. Trump, Meredith McIver
  • Narrated by: Barry Bostwick
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 73

It's not good enough to want it. You've got to know how to get it. Real estate titan, best-selling author, and TV star Donald J. Trump is the man to teach you the billionaire mindset; how to think about money, career skills, and life. Here is crucial advice on investing in real estate from the expert.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Promoter !

  • By Susan on 01-15-05

Balloons fill with hot air

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-05

It starts out a great book, just the kind I was looking for. Informative on real estate, while refering to basic underlying skills and behind the scenes experience.

Then the Apprentice came, just like his first book. Man, then it was a week in the life. I'm sorry, bit he is content with sleeping 4 hours and working all day with his money. Maybe he will reorientate his goals later in life, but I don't want to hear about it for half of the book.

Talk more about facts, and what made you a billionaire... less plugs for NBC.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Eragon

  • Inheritance, Book 1
  • By: Christopher Paolini
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,704
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,787

Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes he is merely a poor farm boy - until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now, his choices could save - or destroy - the empire. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful and Enjoyable

  • By Mary S. Murray on 02-23-04

Dragons

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-05

Finally a book about dragons that involves realistic fantasy built around traditional characters, it is a great new world with a story that begs for understanding. You find yourself eagerly awaiting more information about young Eragon, and all the people that help him along the way have their own agendas who you yearn to hear.

The author however, has learned the art of timing... and I await the second!

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  • Executive Briefing

  • The Power of Persuasion
  • By: Dr. Robert Cialdini
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Cialdini provides fascinating insight into how people avoid the work of making decisions and why they comply with requests in business settings. He has identified six principles which are so powerful that they generate desirable change in the widest range of circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top EXPERT on Persuasion

  • By Kathleen on 12-15-03

Informative

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-05

I found this short, but sweet, presentation to pack a few great techniques into a dialogue on persuasion. If you are looking for content however, this may not be your book.

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  • Life of Pi

  • By: Yann Martel
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,052

Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audio of the year for me

  • By Theresa Ann McIntyre on 06-04-03

Twist and Turns on the Water

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-05

This book will keep you afloat for hours on its hidden meanings, which are from start to finish. Whenever you feel you known Pi Patel, you realise he is more than three and some numbers.

When the human will is stretched to its furthest reaches, what can a young boy accomplish against such adversity?

Listen, and enjoy the ride.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1

  • By: Jonathan Stroud
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,026
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,021

Nathaniel is eleven-years-old and a magician's apprentice, learning the traditional art of magic. All is well until he has a life-changing encounter with Simon Lovelace, a magician of unrivaled ruthlessness and ambition. When Lovelace brutally humiliates Nathaniel in public, Nathaniel decides to speed up his education, teaching himself spells far beyond his years. With revenge on his mind, he masters one of the toughest spells of all and summons Bartimaeus, a five-thousand-year-old djinni, to assist him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A real treat

  • By Eric Shields on 02-08-08

Very creative

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-05

This is a great story, and it is very orignal. From start to finish Bartimaeus is tricky, and you get to know him as the smartest demon around. The story has a main character, whose ambition precedes him, and has dedicated himself to revenge.

From this revenge he requires power, and the demons of the other world harness this power. Prepare for a battle, starting with a young boy and a new world.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Across the Nightingale Floor

  • Tales of the Otori, Book One
  • By: Lian Hearn
  • Narrated by: Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,718
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,734

A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful epic story

  • By Jody R. Nathan on 10-04-03

An Adventure into Japan

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-04

This book drops you into the world of Japan, where it has been ripped apart by waging wars and the desire of men. The main character is torn between conflicting heritage, and wishes revenge on his families killer. Follow Takeo through his path of revenge, and feel his inner-most thoughts and feelings from first-person narration.

Never have I had so vivid of images, through excellent word-play as with this audio-book. During fights, you feel as though you are there, and during deep thought you can feel for his anger, pity, love, or desire. From intense first meetings of a lover, to the anger and rage from a betrayed master this is an amazing look into Japan, that has left me waiting for the next.

  • Brilliance of the Moon

  • Tales of the Otori, Book Three
  • By: Lian Hearn
  • Narrated by: Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,204

In the final installment of the Tales of the Otori, the young Takeo meets his destiny, fulfilling the prophesy: "You were born into the Hidden, but your life...is no longer your own."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good trilogy. Book 3 is weakest.

  • By William T. Katz on 08-05-04

The Final Showdown

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-04

The third and final book in the Otori Trilogy, and I feel myself awaiting some other tale. As Takeo says himself, that is a tale that must be told by someone else. Takeo must now unite the islands in a world of peace, which he has now truly accepted through his enlightenment and understanding that ?all is one?. This final book is a large turning point in the fortitude of both Takeo and Kaede, and really shows why these two have the power to unite a fractured country. The books always bring back to the characteristics that make us strong, such as honor, pride, desire, love, pity, and compassion. These are the main points that make Takeo and Kaede such inspirational characters, which truly give an original look into feudal Japan.

This book was amazing, and the battles that wage give you vivid descriptions which unfold in front of your eyes despite the lack of pages to turn. I truly enjoyed this trilogy, prepare for martial arts, feudal Japan, Bushido, Ninja?s, warriors, romance, power, honor, revenge, passion, understanding, conflicts, religion, betrayal, and much more.

  • Grass for His Pillow

  • Tales of the Otori, Book Two
  • By: Lian Hearn
  • Narrated by: Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,366

The exhilerating tale of Takeo continues in book II of the internationally best-selling Tales of the Otori trilogy, a sweeping saga set in a mythical, medieval Japan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book. First one was better

  • By RacerX on 03-10-04

For Love or For Honor

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-04

The second book in the Otori Trilogy, and now after revenge has hardened his heart, Takeo must now live his life in the tribe. Hearn creates such an emotional split in Takeo, you truly feel sorry for his choices and honor that he upholds at all costs. The sacrifices that were made during these times become all apparent to the reader, and you begin to understand the rigid code that existed in feudal Japan.

This second book has more action from the Tribe (Ninja), and develops Takeo?s darker side, and begins creating the rifts for the third and final showdown book ?Brilliance of the Moon?. I can unquestionably recommend this second book, and encourage all readers to delve into this world of passion and honor headlong, as the third will leave you with a breathless conclusion.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful