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  • Woken Furies

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,194
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,331
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,300

Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • a first

  • By customer on 02-10-08

Good books; narrator fine; sound effects annoying

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

Reviewed: 04-16-15

Any additional comments?

This is a good series though I liked the first book best, but I'm glad I read all of them because I wanted to know what happened. I could have done with a bit less political soap-boxing in the story though. The narrator is different so if you can't get past a new voice for Takeshi, then think carefully before you purchase. However, I think he did a fine job and people wouldn't complain so much if he didn't have a different timbre. No, he didn't pronounce Kovachs correctly. But he did pronounce secondment correctly, unlike the previous narrator. And for the record, Dufris is a voice actor from Maine, not "someone's Canadian cousin". The sound effect used for flashbacks was annoying as it sounded like he was in a cave but I got used to it as the story progressed so it didn't detract/distract as much. Please don't do it any more!

  • Stein on Writing

  • A Master Editor Shares His Craft, Techniques, and Strategies
  • By: Sol Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718

Stein on Writing provides immediately useful advice for writers of fiction and nonfiction, whether newcomers or accomplished professionals. As Sol Stein, renowned editor, author, and instructor, explains, "This is not a book of theory. It is a book of usable solutions, how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent advice and examples for better writing.

  • By Jane on 06-22-12

Very informative for writers and readers of books

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

Reviewed: 06-29-12

I found this to be an education in how to write AND read. When I read a book now I find myself critiquing aspects I would not have noticed before. As another reviewer said, it's like being back in a university/college class. You will want to take notes. I will read this book again and highly recommend it to anyone interested in writing.

  • Fuzzy Nation

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi - introduction
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,724

In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling.

  • By Samuel Montgomery-Blinn on 05-11-11

Great read but the second half is a different book

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

Reviewed: 02-15-12

I enjoyed the humour and the flow of the story line. It made me laugh out loud a few times. I've bought another book by John Scalzi and look forward to it. I was pleasantly surprised at how well Wil Wheaton did as the reader.

I admit I should have read the whole description of this book. When I listened to it I was surprised that part two was a different book. The original book is all of part two. I started to listen but couldn't really get into it after reading the new book by John Scalzi. I'll go back to it later and try again.

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Barefoot in the Park (Dramatized)
    
    
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        Neil Simon
    
    


    
    
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        Norman Aronovic,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Laura Linney
    
    


    
    Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
    723 ratings
    Overall 3.7
  • Barefoot in the Park (Dramatized)

  • By: Neil Simon
  • Narrated by: Norman Aronovic, Laura Linney
  • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 233

A brand new lawyer and his young bride have returned from their honeymoon and are moving into their new high-rent apartment. In order to reach this "charming" dwelling, they must first climb six creaking flights of stairs. Once there, they find the place is absolutely bare of furniture, the paint job is all wrong, the skylight leaks, there is room for only one twin bed, and the wacky neighbors pop up at the worst times.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A nice treat

  • By Fabio on 08-09-10

Made me laugh out loud even on the third listen

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

Reviewed: 02-15-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This was an excellent performance. It made me laugh out loud several times and it still does every time I listen to it. I've listend to it 3 times now and expect to listen many times more. I have recommended this and have bought more by Neil Simon though I haven't had the chance to listen to them yet.

What about Norman Aronovic and Laura Linney ’s performance did you like?

Laura Linney, Eric Stoltz, and Norman Aronovic were all excellent and I felt I could see what was happening as they spoke.

  • Brother Odd

  • An Odd Thomas Novel
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,176

No one could have imagined Odd Thomas ever leaving the quirky comfort of Pico Mundo. Yet leave it he has, for a monastery. But Odd has a knack for finding trouble no matter where he goes, and a killer is stalking the ancient holy halls. Odd is about to meet an enemy who eclipses any he has yet encountered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Odds are you will LOVE this book!!!

  • By Travelgirl on 12-09-06

The Odd books series is excellent and funny

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

Reviewed: 02-15-12

What did you like best about this story?

I like quirky stories and I would say this series qualifies. I never thouight I would like Dean Koontz books because I always think horror when I hear his name but I discovered he has a sense of humour too.

What does David Aaron Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator did a good job and made the characters seem very real.

Watership Down
    
    
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        Richard Adams
    
    


    
    
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        Ralph Cosham
    
    


    
    Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
    7,946 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • Watership Down

  • By: Richard Adams
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,852

Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still one of the best!

  • By Bapàrio on 12-05-10

Great book, but does contain some violent scenes.

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

Reviewed: 02-15-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would most definitely recommend this book. I read this when I was a kid and decided to listen to it about 25 years later and I'm very glad I did. It is very well written and doesn't

  • Six Suspects

  • By: Vikas Swarup
  • Narrated by: Lyndam Gregory
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Vicky Rai, the son of a high-profile minister, has been shot dead by one of the guests at his own party. They are a glitzy bunch, but among them the police find six strange, displaced characters with a gun in their possession, each of them steaming with a secret motive. India's wiliest investigative journalist, Arun Advani, makes it his mission to nail the murderer. In doing so, the amazing, tender and touching lives of six eccentric characters unravel before our eyes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Is unputdownable a word?

  • By Steven on 11-25-10

Too whiny

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

Reviewed: 01-30-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Different character portrayal by the narrator.

Would you ever listen to anything by Vikas Swarup again?

It would have to be very highly recommended

What didn’t you like about Lyndam Gregory’s performance?

I didn't like the way the narrator portrayed many characters. They came across as too whiny

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Didn't finish it. I was disappointed with it.

Any additional comments?

Some parts of the story were interesting. It has potential.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Onion Field

  • By: Joseph Wambaugh
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 18 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 661
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 550
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 544

Hollywood. Saturday night. A broken taillight leads to a routine traffic stop. It shouldn’t have changed the lives of the four men involved, but it did. The Onion Field is the frighteningly true story of a fatal collision of destinies that would lead two young cops and two young robbers to a deserted field on the outskirts of Los Angeles, towards a bizarre execution and its terrible aftermath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting

  • By Avalon on 03-03-13

Too much minutiae for my taste

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

Reviewed: 01-30-12

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Better suited to someone who enjoys details of how someone's life has led them to this point.

Has The Onion Field turned you off from other books in this genre?

No I will still try other books in this genre.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator was fine.

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

I find the minutiae excruciating to read and would prefer more action

Any additional comments?

I got about half way before I gave up and still there was no onion field!

10 of 16 people found this review helpful