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  • Great Expectations

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Peter Batchelor
  • Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Listen to the story of Pip, an English orphan who rises to wealth. After he deserts his true friends, he becomes humbled by his own arrogance. Great Expectations is Dickens at his finest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Expectation Appropriate Title

  • By KENNETH on 11-05-12

Superb narration

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

Reviewed: 06-05-16

This is a complicated and ever twisting story line. Dickens was a skillful writer, and the reader never knows how the story will twist and turn. The narrator was magnificent in his delivery. I chose to read the book at the same time that I listened to the narration. Excellent reading, and it made this Dicken's book easier to understand by a skillful actor who could portray all the characters. Superb narration!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Penguin Lessons

  • What I Learned from a Remarkable Bird
  • By: Tom Michell
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

In 1975, 23-year-old Englishman Tom Michell follows his wanderlust to Argentina, where he becomes assistant master at a prestigious boarding school. But Michell's adventures really begin when, on a weekend in Uruguay, he rescues a penguin covered in oil from an ocean spill, cleans the bird up, and attempts to return him to the sea. But the penguin refuses to leave his rescuer's side.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable!

  • By Skipper on 08-01-16

Fantastic Penguin

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

Reviewed: 05-31-16

The story line was exceptional and the narration was superb. I, like the author, wish that there would have been actual videos of this bird eating fish, serving as a mascot, or going up and down stairs. Was the author an English teacher at the school? Definitely the best book that I have listened to in a long time. Love that penguin!! Bravo!

  • A Year Down Yonder

  • By: Richard Peck
  • Narrated by: Lois Smith
  • Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

Mary Alice and Grandma Dowdel return for more astonishing, laugh-out-loud adventures when 15-year-old Mary Alice moves in with her spicy grandmother for the year. Her extended visit is filled with moonlit schemes, romances both foiled and founded, and a whole parade of fools made to suffer in unusual (and always hilarious) ways.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • love it.

  • By Aaron on 01-06-11

Great book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-16

Great story line by Peck. Great narration! Need to find other books by this author!

  • Say You're One of Them

  • By: Uwem Akpan
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles, Dion Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

A family living in a makeshift shanty in urban Kenya scurries to find gifts of any kind for the impending Christmas holiday. A Rwandan girl relates her family's struggles to maintain a facade of normalcy amid unspeakable acts. A young brother and sister cope with their uncle's attempt to sell them into slavery. Aboard a bus filled with refugees - a microcosm of today's Africa - a Muslim boy summons his faith to bear a treacherous ride across Nigeria.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Recommended!!!

  • By Sophia on 05-02-11

Profound storyline

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

Reviewed: 07-21-15

This is an outstanding book that makes you want to cry for the protection of the children.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Navy SEAL Dogs

  • My Tale of Training Canines for Combat
  • By: Mike Ritland
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

The Navy SEAL teams' elite K9 warriors do it all - from detecting explosives to eliminating the bad guys. These powerful dogs are also some of the smartest and most highly skilled working animals on the planet. Mike Ritland's job is to train them. This is the tale of how Ritland discovered his passion and grew up to train these elite dogs. After becoming a SEAL, he was on combat deployment in Iraq when he saw a military working dog in action, and he instantly knew he'd found his true calling.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging

  • By Jean on 02-09-17

Heroic Dogs and Their Trainers

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

Reviewed: 07-14-15

The story line was outstanding and the reader read the book in a superb manner. Kramer was easy to listen to and he did a great narration of the book.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Grief Observed

  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463

Written after his wife's tragic death as a way of surviving the "mad midnight moments", A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis's honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. This work contains his concise, genuine reflections on that period.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Grief Observed (Unabridged)

  • By Sam on 03-01-06

Absorbing turmoil of a life event

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

Reviewed: 05-10-15

The narrator and writer did an outstanding outpouring of the trauma of a profound grief. I've listened to the narration twice.