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  • Lamb

  • The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Fisher Stevens
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,766

Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more (except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdalan) and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blasphemus or righteous?

  • By Timothy on 08-19-08

This might be my favorite book.

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

It's not only hilarious, well-written, and entertaining. It's also important. As cringy as this sounds--I think it helped me have an unexpected moment of spiritual growth. It's neither a religious book or a self-help manual, but it opened some kind of door. Thanks Christopher Moore.

  • Brief Cases

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters, Jim Butcher, full cast
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,450
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,037
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,016

An all-new Dresden Files story headlines this urban fantasy short story collection starring the Windy City's favorite wizard. From the Wild West to the bleachers at Wrigley Field, humans, zombies, incubi, and even fey royalty appear, ready to blur the line between friend and foe. In the never-before-published "Zoo Day", Harry treads new ground as a dad, while fan-favorite characters Molly Carpenter, his onetime apprentice, White Council Warden Anastasia Luccio, and even Bigfoot stalk through the pages of more classic tales.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The original story is great

  • By Ronald G. Overton on 06-06-18

The Zoo is fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

It was funny and sad and beautiful all at once and a true joy to read

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 206,361
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 192,659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192,252

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Nostalgia at it's finest

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

This was a pleasure to read. Anyone who appreciated I Love The 80s will freak over this.

  • Every Heart a Doorway

  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Hopkins
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 957

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions - slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere...else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. Nancy tumbled once, but now she's back. The things she's experienced...they change a person. The children under Miss West's care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly Moving

  • By tm on 07-12-16

Seanan McGuire is a genius

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

Reviewed: 04-17-18

I hate stories where a characters "queerness" is thrown in your face and is the only triat that distinguishes the character. Seanan McGuire does not write those characters. She integrates gender expression into her characters without hanging out a neon sign that flashes, "Look, I'm writing about topical issues". I love her prose. I love her storytelling. Thanks for doing what you do.

  • The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 1
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,202
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,174

Tricked into a world of banished gods, demons, goblins, sprites and magic, Richter must learn to meet the perils of The Land and begin to forge his own kingdom. Actions have consequences across The Land, with powerful creatures and factions now hell-bent on Richter's destruction. Can Richter forge allegiances to survive this harsh and unforgiving world or will he fall to the dark denizens of this ancient and unforgiving realm? A tale to shake "The Land" itself, measuring 10/10 on the Richter scale, how will Richter's choices shape the future of The Land and all who reside in it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gold Standard of LITRPG

  • By Rory on 10-01-18

Hilarious

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

I am not sure what made this book so damn good. It's not literary, but who cares? It's fun as hell and the dialogue cracked me up.

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  • Eleven Minutes

  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Derek Jacoby
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396

A chance meeting in Rio takes Maria to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune, yet ends up working the streets as a prostitute. In Geneva, Maria drifts further and further away from love while at the same time developing a fascination with sex. Eventually, Maria's despairing view of love is put to the test when she meets a handsome young painter. In this odyssey of self-discovery, Maria has to choose between pursuing a path of darkness or risking everything to find her own 'inner light'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Story & A Good Example Of Determination

  • By Apollo Butler on 12-14-11

I'm a little in awe.

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

This book was literary in the best possible sense. It's a love story, and it feels real enough to hurt.

  • Pools of Radiance

  • Forgotten Realms: The Pools, Book 1
  • By: James M. Ward, Jane Cooper Hong
  • Narrated by: Teresa DeBerry
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

The book of the Official Advanced Dungeons and Dragons computer game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Return of a Favorite

  • By Christopher on 01-11-13

Fun for D&D kids

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Standard adventure story, but could use some audio editing. I used to love the game back on the time before grahics.

  • We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

  • Essays
  • By: Samantha Irby
  • Narrated by: Samantha Irby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 891

Sometimes you just have to laugh, even when life is a Dumpster fire. With We Are Never Meeting in Real Life., "bitches gotta eat" blogger and comedian Samantha Irby turns the serio-comic essay into an art form.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The perfect balance of humour and pathos

  • By Salimah J. Perkins on 07-06-17

There, But For The Grace Of God

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

Reviewed: 11-20-17

This is the reality television of essay writing.

The author takes self deprecation to its extreme, so much so that it made me uncomfortable. I was looking for a companion to sit with me in my ivory tower (John Jeremiah Sullivan). Instead, I was pulled down to her painfully real version of modern day life, complete with spoken LOLs and emojis.

This book almost killed me.

I am saying this as a nearly-rabid fan of Mindy Kaling, who exposes the worst of herself as well, but does so in a way I find inexplicably charming. Irby shows off her grossness in the same way Sarah Silverman does in Bedwetter, but Silverman is proud of who she is, and doesn't suck the reader into a self-shame party.

This book is too real for me, and I see too many of my own bad qualities in Irby. I don't hate you, Author. And I don't think you're "literally the worst". I think you tried to self-satirize, in an effort to show me that it's okay to be me. But the "I hate myself", completely naked approach was too much for me.

I got it. I just can't defend it.

34 of 43 people found this review helpful

  • A Rare Recording of Bertrand Russell

  • By: Bertrand Russell
  • Narrated by: Bertrand Russell
  • Length: 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Bertrand Russell (May 18, 1872 - February 2, 1970) was born in Monmouthshire into one of the most prominent anti-war aristocractic families in Britain. Russell was a philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, prominent anti-war activist, and an outspoken opponent of nuclear weapons. In 1950, Russell was awarded the Nobel prize in Literature. The following is a 1959 speech on nuclear disarmament.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great audio quality

  • By Anthony Robertson on 02-20-17

Great audio quality

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

Reviewed: 02-20-17

Old recording, but good quality. worth the price, if you're a philosophy buff. I recommend it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Redefining Realness

  • My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More
  • By: Janet Mock
  • Narrated by: Janet Mock
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 875
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 873

With unflinching honesty and moving prose, Janet Mock relays her experiences of growing up young, multiracial, poor, and trans in America, offering listeners accessible language while imparting vital insight about the unique challenges and vulnerabilities of a marginalized and misunderstood population.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Janet is elegant in her vivid honest pictures

  • By lisa on 03-23-16

A Survival Story

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

Reviewed: 01-23-17

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the depth of character Ms Mock's voice brought to the performance. It was perfect.

Any additional comments?

Anyone seeking to understand trans people better, especially trans women, needs to read this book. There isn't much literature available about trans women that doesn't fetishize or objectify them. Janet Mock is compelling, well spoken and insightful. I recommend this book, not just for trans women or people seeking to understand them, but anyone who has ever faced the struggle of not fitting in and reshaping their identity.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful