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  • Kristin Lavransdatter

  • By: Tiina Nunnally - translator, Sigrid Undset
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 45 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,454
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,448

As a young girl in 14th-century Norway, Kristin is deeply devoted to her father, Lavrans, a kind and courageous man. But when as a student in a convent school she meets the charming and impetuous Erlend Nikulaussøn, she defies her parents in pursuit of her own desires. Her saga continues through her marriage to Erlend, their tumultuous life together raising seven sons as Erlend seeks to strengthen his political influence, and finally their estrangement as the world around them tumbles into uncertainty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A grand listen

  • By Chicago & Indiana Scientist/Gardener/Hiker on 07-05-17

A great listen.

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

Reviewed: 05-30-17

I thoroughly enjoyed this, the narration was great and it was a must listen. I found myself sitting in the driveway in order to keep listening.

29 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,260

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The circus of your dreams

  • By Anonymous User on 09-22-11

Great Listen

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

Reviewed: 10-12-11

Would you consider the audio edition of The Night Circus to be better than the print version?

Yes Jim Dale is a magician

What did you like best about this story?

ever since i was a kid i have been in love with the circus. its super atmospheric

Which scene was your favorite?

it is almost impossible to pick just one.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the moments between celcia and marco have stuck with me. their interplay is like a slow competitive dance

Any additional comments?

it was a total driveway moment. i'm soo impressed that this is the author's debut

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Poisoner's Handbook

  • Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
  • By: Deborah Blum
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,139
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,575

In The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • CSI eat your heart out

  • By Aaron - Audible on 10-12-11

CSI eat your heart out

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

Reviewed: 10-12-11

For a person who has similar (morbid) tastes, "The Poisoner's Handbook" perfectly fits the bill. These crimes take place in New York City during the Jazz Age. The author carefully describes various poisons, such as wood alcohol, arsenic, and radium and the various effects it had on the victims. If your knowledge of poisons is based on tv shows or movies, you will be surprised to find out a lot you (probably) didn't know already.
As you can guess, forensic science was in its infancy at the time. This book focuses on Charles Norris, the New York City coroner, Alexander Gettler, Mr Norris' lead chemist and Harrison Martland, the New Jersey coroner. These people are for real, not like the old "Ouincy, ME" television show of long ago.
When you see old movies of people drinking "bathtub gin" during Prohibition, it looks so carefree and fun. But it wasn't. Many deaths were caused by the "hooch" that was made from renatured industrial alcohol. It wasn't a pretty death, either. It makes me wonder why anyone would be willing to take the risk of drinking homemade booze, but plenty of people did it, I guess thinking "It won't happen to me".
When you see what types of ingredients were in the common ordinary household items, you will wonder how anybody managed to stay alive in that type period. You think toxic products are bad now, when you read this book, you will be surprised how far (or maybe not) we have come.

40 of 40 people found this review helpful

  • Reality Is Broken

  • Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World
  • By: Jane McGonigal
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 635

In today’s society, games are fulfilling real human needs in ways that reality is not. Hundreds of millions of people globally - 174 million in the United States alone - regularly inhabit game worlds because they provide the rewards, stimulating challenges and epic victories that are so often lacking in the real world. Jane McGonigal argues that we need to figure out how to make the real world—our homes, our businesses and our communities—engage us in the way that games do.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starry-eyed but inspiring

  • By Ryan on 03-07-12

Perfectly captures the depth of engagement games

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

Reviewed: 10-12-11

Having been around computers and games since I was 2, and having played online games from the start when I was 13, I can say that Jane McGonigal's description of the online world today's kids are growing up with is extremely accurate. When I sat down to write what soft skills I've picked up from all my years playing online games, I came up with a rather exhaustive list. It's astounding, regardless of the genre played (FPS, like Halo, MMOs like World of Warcraft).

Why do we find games so engaging, so engrossing? Many schools, businesses and the like are blaming 'addiction' to games for people tuning out. It goes far, far beyond simple 'addiction' (though problems do exist). Jane goes to great lengths to EXPLAIN the concepts of engagement this 'video game addiction' really consists of - and that schools, businesses and the greater community can and SHOULD learn from such an efficient, accessible use of these concepts to improve the quality of life for everyone in society.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Bossypants

  • By: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,239

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tina Fey is not my kind of funny.

  • By Amanda on 08-15-16

Best book ever.

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

Reviewed: 04-26-11

Tina Fey is a genius. Could not stop listening, so much funnier when she reads it.

16 of 34 people found this review helpful