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  • The Food Explorer

  • The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats
  • By: Daniel Stone
  • Narrated by: Daniel Stone
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328

In the 19th century, American meals were about subsistence, not enjoyment. But as a new century approached, appetites broadened, and David Fairchild, a young botanist with an insatiable lust to explore and experience the world, set out in search of foods that would enrich the American farmer and enchant the American eater. Kale from Croatia, mangoes from India, and hops from Bavaria. Peaches from China, avocados from Chile, and pomegranates from Malta. But Fairchild's finds weren't just limited to food.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, but would like more detail.

  • By Robert Brummett on 02-25-18

Good story overall

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

Reviewed: 06-12-19

I enjoyed this book particularly at the beginning but I think it went on a bit too long. The introduction was very interesting about how David Fairchild began his career life as a plant explorer. I was very interested in how we looked into a sponsor who made such a difference in his life. But the last third or so of the book became a little repetitive and detoured into another topic altogether. When it returned to the main storyline, it wasn’t as interesting as Fairchild was more of a secondary character at that point. I also got a little bit tired of the narrator.

  • Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance

  • A Novel
  • By: Ruth Emmie Lang
  • Narrated by: Piper Goodeve, Peter Berkrot, Cassandra Campbell, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

Stopping a tornado was the first of many strange events that seem to follow Weylyn from town to town, although he doesn't like to take credit. As amazing as these powers may appear, they tend to manifest themselves at inopportune times and places. From freak storms to trees that appear to grow over night, Weylyn's unique abilities are a curiosity at best and at worst, a danger to himself and the woman he loves. But Mary doesn't care.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Story of Tales for All Ages

  • By Silverlyn on 11-16-17

Fun and imaginative

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

Enjoyed the novelty of the storyline. Highly recommend the multicast narration. Waylin and Merlin are a memorable team.

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  • Neverwhere

  • A BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatisation
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,361

A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Perfect Casting

  • By Jenn on 09-23-13

Wonderful radio play

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

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

Wow - some of the best British actors in this radio play - fabulous version of a great book, Neverwhere.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I do love Richard Mayhew - he's brought to life by James McAvoy in his native Scots accent. The Marquis and Mr. Croup are tied for second.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes!

Any additional comments?

Brief annotated version of the original, which you should read first.

  • Magpie Murders

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond, Allan Corduner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,019

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best-selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A British Whodunit

  • By Sara on 07-24-17

Somewhat enjoyable but ending fizzled

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

Reviewed: 07-31-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I liked the main murder mystery, but found the resolution to be unsatisfying.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

did not live up to expectations - not so much a surprise as a function of knowing something about the background of one of the characters that in my opinion, was not at all that clear. The second murder mystery was more of a surprise, but was so inelegantly revealed, and involved characters I did not care about.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Did not care for the narration

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  • Caesar

  • Life of a Colossus
  • By: Adrian Goldsworthy
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 24 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,050

Tracing the extraordinary trajectory of Julius Caesar's life, Adrian Goldsworthy covers not only the great Roman emperor's accomplishments as charismatic orator, conquering general, and powerful dictator but also lesser-known chapters. Ultimately, Goldsworthy realizes the full complexity of Caesar's character and shows why his political and military leadership continues to resonate some 2,000 years later.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Caesar and his times

  • By Mike From Mesa on 08-31-15

Outstanding biography of a complex man

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

Reviewed: 07-15-17

This biography is outstanding presentation of one of the most complex and well-known men of history. Well most of us have heard of Caesar, I was not really aware of the full complexity of his life. My sense was he was assassinated simply by men who wanted to restore the Roman Republic.this biography makes it very clear that the wrong way public was not the type of republican government that we think of today. Also Caesar was not a dictator a tyrant portrayed in so many Hollywood movies. The biography captures both the man andThe room he left to bring to life both.

  • The Three Musketeers

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 22 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837

This historical romance, perhaps the greatest cloak-and-sword story ever, relates the adventures of four fictional swashbuckling heroes who served the French kings Louis XIII and Louis XIV. When the dashing young D'Artagnon arrives in Paris from Gascony, he becomes embroiled in three duels with the Three Musketeers: Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. But when he proves himself by fighting not against, but with, the Three Musketeers, they form a quick and lasting friendship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More fun than a classic is supposed to be!

  • By M. Faulkner on 06-21-13

Classic adventure story

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

Though some of the passages can get long and tedious at times, overall I enjoyed the book. All the characters in this tale - so well known from movies, are unique and memorable, which the narrator Simon Vance brilliantly brings to life.

  • A Walk in the Woods

  • Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Rob McQuay
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,552

The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America - majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way - and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining

  • By Diane S on 11-13-12

Mildly entertaining

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

Reviewed: 02-24-17

Would you try another book from Bill Bryson and/or Rob McQuay?

Part of the book were mildly entertaining, but the author quits the AT because he's woefully unprepared. I enjoyed the historical information on the AT. I did not care for his so-superior view of the folks in TN, near Gatlinburg and Dollywood, or his surprise that the AT was in the wilderness and not closer to towns like trails in Europe!

Would you recommend A Walk in the Woods to your friends? Why or why not?

Interesting to learn what it takes to to hike the AT though this author did not homework or training to speak of, and was woefully unprepared.

Do you think A Walk in the Woods needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Nope - the author makes it very clear that he does not care for the AT as he has a bias for trails that are closer to towns. He does not want a trail in the wilderness, plus he made fun of the folks, particularly in the South that live nearby such as in Dollywood. The two have nothing to do with one another, so he turned the book not into a story about hiking the AT but about what he thinks is wrong with certain parts of the country.

  • The Dust That Falls from Dreams

  • A Novel
  • By: Louis de Bernieres
  • Narrated by: Avita Jay, David Sibley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

In the brief, golden years of the Edwardian era, the McCosh sisters - Christabel, Ottilie, Rosie, and Sophie - grow up in an idyllic household in the countryside south of London. On one side their neighbors are the proper Pendennis family, recently arrived from Baltimore. On the other side is the Pitt family. In childhood this band is inseparable, but the days of careless camaraderie are brought to an abrupt halt by the outbreak of The Great War, in which everyone will play a part.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • WWI Family Saga Disappoints

  • By Sara on 04-20-17

Pedantic style

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

Reviewed: 02-24-17

I don't care for the narration or for the episodic chapters in the voice of one character after another. The long and boring letter writing is just designed IMO to fill up the book.

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  • Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce

  • By: Jonathan Swift
  • Narrated by: David Hyde Pierce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,842
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,843

A Signature Performance: Four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce delivers an air of lovable self-importance in his rendition of the classic social satire that remains as fresh today as the day it was published.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Timeless Tale For Children and Adults

  • By Shane on 03-31-13

Classic political and humanist satire

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

Swift not only skewers the politics of his times, principally the Whig Parties, but through his travels offers many pointed observations on human behavior that still applies today. I don't think he's necessarily a misanthrope but offers hope in the end to see the good in humanity as well. That's a lesson for us even today where fear and hope are contenders in our political elections and each of us must decide whether to see the best or worst in our natures.

  • The Convenient Marriage

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 723

Horatia Winwood is the youngest and the least attractive of the three Winwood sisters. She also has a stammer. But when the enigmatic and eminently eligible Earl of Rule offers for her oldest sister’s hand – a match that makes financial and social sense, but would break her heart – it is Horatia who takes matters into her own impetuous hands. Can she save her family’s fortune?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love Georgette Hayer

  • By 🌸DARA on 03-31-13

One of the best by Heyer

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

Reviewed: 05-20-16

Have enjoyed this book all my life - Heyer is the master, or mistress, of the Regency and Gerorgian romances. The characters, Horry, Rule, Lethbridge, Pel and Pom are all unique in a delightful and deliciously told tale. The performance by Armitrage is superb in his wonderful voice. Highly recommended!!