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  • The Histories

  • By: Herodotus
  • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
  • Length: 27 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

Herodotus is not only the father of the art and the science of historical writing, but also one of the Western tradition's most compelling storytellers. In tales such as that of Gyges, who murders Candaules, the king of Lydia, and usurps his throne and his marriage bed, thereby bringing on, generations later, war with the Persians, Herodotus laid bare the intricate human entanglements at the core of great historical events.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretend the narrator is your favorite Uncle

  • By Leslie Grey McCawley on 09-10-10

Reader not very good.

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

Reviewed: 10-17-16

What disappointed you about The Histories?

The readers voice is awful and the acoustics are pretty bad. The readers voice, ruins the story for the listener.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All

What didn’t you like about Bernard Mayes’s performance?

Unfortunately, Not very good.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Histories?

None

Any additional comments?

None

  • The Go-Giver, Expanded Edition

  • A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea
  • By: Bob Burg, John David Mann
  • Narrated by: Bob Burg, John David Mann
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,790
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,349
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,325

The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if the harder and faster he works, the further away his goals seem to be. Desperate to land a key sale at the end of a bad quarter, he seeks advice from the enigmatic Pindar, a legendary consultant referred to by his many devotees sim­ply as the Chairman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • it's an eye opener.

  • By Enmanuel on 02-05-16

Great book

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

Reviewed: 02-01-16

Great advice! I highly recommend. It offers clear advice that can be used in the business world and at home.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Drowning Sorrows

  • By: Douglas Post
  • Narrated by: Keli Garrett, Harry Hamlin, Martha Lavey, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

A woman stumbles into a remote bar on the Carribean island of St. John - and faints. It isn't the tropical drinks that befell Emily Miles, but the sight of the bartender, Duncan Crawford. In the restless Duncan, Emily is sure she recognizes the young man she has been searching for since he left her at the alter, 20 years ago.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Recorded play......

  • By ARS on 07-09-15

Recorded play......

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

Reviewed: 07-09-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

No, it was a cute short story.

Has Drowning Sorrows turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes, I didn't think it was going to be a recorded play.

What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

Nothing, You can clearly tell the difference in each character.

Was Drowning Sorrows worth the listening time?

Yes, I guess.

Any additional comments?

It was a cute short story.

  • Lolita

  • By: Vladimir Nabokov
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,438

Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience

  • By Jim on 10-26-05

I can't make it past the topic:(

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

Reviewed: 07-09-15

Would you try another book from Vladimir Nabokov and/or Jeremy Irons?

No

What was most disappointing about Vladimir Nabokov’s story?

It was about Pedophilia:( Very disappointing... > The book was recommended by listeners and is seen, in some circles a literary masterpiece, so I thought I would give it a try. I'm not seeing the masterpiece in it at all. One reviewer stated "If you can get past the topic it's really a great love story" WHAT? Granted, I couldn't ready the entire book, but at no point did I envision a love story coming from this book. If anything, I envision the story of how a grown man abused and little girl to fulfill some past lust that was unfulfilled:(

What does Jeremy Irons bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Again, reader was fine, topic was not

Any additional comments?

I had a very hard time getting past the fact that the grown man was fantasizing over a little girls. I think I stopped a chapter 3 or 4.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Emperor of Ocean Park

  • By: Stephen L. Carter
  • Narrated by: Peter Francis James
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

An extraordinary fiction debut: a large, stirring novel of suspense that is, at the same time, a work of brilliantly astute social observation. Publishers Weekly predicts this "will be the talk of the political in-crowd this summer," and Booklist's starred review calls it "a roman à clef with fascinating insights into the behind-the-scenes machinations of racial and power politics." Don't miss this one!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Extradordinary Story

  • By Mark on 06-22-03

Slow Start but interesting ending

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

Reviewed: 07-09-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes, the reader. The reader was very dry. I equate it to watching an actor that can't act. All the characters kind of blended together.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, The end result was unpredictable but not shocking.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Not very good:(

Was The Emperor of Ocean Park worth the listening time?

It was a good book, but you had to get past the first chapter or two to really enjoy the story.

Any additional comments?

Good book, would be a better listening book if the reader was better. It would probably be a better book to actually read and not listen to.

  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

  • By: Gabrielle Zevin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,478

The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Tale for Booksellers

  • By B. Leon on 04-15-14

Great story

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

Reviewed: 05-13-15

I love A.J. Fikry, he's the type of character you would like to sit and have coffee with. The reader is amazing.

  • The Survivor

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,691
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,671

Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shakes you to your very core.

  • By T.D. on 09-23-12

Excellent reader and story!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-15

The reader of the story was excellent!!!!!! I definitely recommend. They did have a couple of parts that were pretty predictable, but other than that an excellent story!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mickey Bolitar, Book 3
  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927

It's been eight months since Mickey Bolitar witnessed the shocking, tragic death of his father. Eight months of lies, dark secrets, and unanswered questions. While he desperately wants answers, Mickey's sophomore year of high school brings on a whole new set of troubles. Spoon is in the hospital, Rachel won't tell him where he stands, his basketball teammates hate him... and then there's Ema's surprise announcement: She has an online boyfriend, and he's vanished.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love, love, love this book!!

  • By Amber Herman on 02-05-16

Good but not as great as the reviews suggested

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

Reviewed: 03-31-15

It was an okay story with an okay plot. The book received 4.5 stars. Not sure why. It's good, but not 4.5 stars good.