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  • The Vikings

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 17 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,712
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,451

As raiders and explorers, the Vikings played a decisive role in the formation of Latin Christendom, and particularly of western Europe. Now, in a series of 36 vivid lectures by an honored teacher and classical scholar, you have the opportunity to understand this remarkable race as never before, studying the Vikings not only as warriors, but in all of the other roles in which they were equally extraordinary - merchants, artists, kings, raiders, seafarers, shipbuilders, and creators of a remarkable literature of myths and sagas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling Presentation of a Fascinating Subject

  • By AppleCedAR on 09-14-13

Nice lectures, bad pronunciation

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

I've enjoyed these lectures, but being Scandinavian myself I keep wincing whenever the narrator attempts to pronounce a Scandinavian word... like the Ynglinga kings or the island of Gotland or the lakes Mälaren, Vättern, and Vänern, or the mythological lands of Midgård and Valhalla... I could go on. I feel like a person holding lectures on this subject ought to have researched the proper pronunciation better, and they're not words that are difficult for a native English speaker to say if given a bit of thought (the ä isn't as scary as it looks, it's like the "a" in "and"...). But maybe I shouldn't complain, as I probably sound goofy too if I try to speak French.

  • Crooked Kingdom

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Roger Clark, Jay Snyder, Elizabeth Evans, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,001

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Storytelling at its finest! L.Bardugo is a master

  • By Michelle E on 10-09-16

Character choices...

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

Reviewed: 10-22-16

I liked the first book enough to read the second, and I liked the second... Until, near the end, an irrevocable character choice made me very sad. After that I lost interest in the rest of the story.

  • Water for Elephants

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,212

Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Rosie the bull elephant?

  • By Randall on 07-22-07

Recommended!

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

Reviewed: 05-17-15

Having worked with old people I loved the portait of the older Jacob, and as I love animals I also liked the idea of the young vet travelling with a circus. That there was a love affair and a decent plot as well only made the book better. Recommended!

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  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,874
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,906
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,924

The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb! Love Alan Cumming

  • By Katherine on 01-03-13

Self-contained gem of a story

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

Reviewed: 04-16-13

I tried this because of the Sherlock TV-series. I adored it. I was sorry to come to the end of it. It was easy to follow, well formulated all the way through, and revolved neatly around a top notch plot/mystery. I'll definitely be reading more Sherlock Holmes stories in the future.

  • The Stepsister Scheme

  • By: Jim C. Hines
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

What would happen if an author went back to the darker themes of the original fairy tales for his plots, and then crossed the Disney princesses with Charlie's Angels? What's delivered is The Stepsister Scheme, a whole new take on what happened to Cinderella and her prince after the wedding. And with Jim C. Hines penning the tale, listeners can bet it won't be "and they lived happily ever after."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This isn't Disney...

  • By Brad on 09-20-12

Fairy tale princesses rebooted

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

Reviewed: 04-16-13

The fairy tale princesses didn't end up with their happily ever afters, no matter what Disney says. Instead they end up in a sort of magical Charlie's Angels attempt to rescue a prince.

I had good fun listening to it and its mouth-quirking humor. But the story didn't hook me as much as I had hoped. I listened through because I cared about the characters, but I think I cared more because I wanted to see how their fates had been twisted from their fairy tale originals than because these new versions caught my interest.

To me, this was light entertainment with little need for own brain power. I'm glad I read/heard it because the concept appeals to me, but I don't feel any inclination to buy the sequel.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Girls of Riyadh

  • A Novel
  • By: Rajaa Alsanea
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

In her debut novel, Rajaa Alsanea reveals the social, romantic, and sexual tribulations of four young women from the elite classes of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Originally released in Arabic in 2005, it was immediately banned in Saudi Arabia because of the controversial and inflammatory content, though black-market copies circulated widely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Book

  • By Kathy Daniels on 09-07-07

A colourful cultural journey

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

Reviewed: 04-24-12

What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

I've listened to Kate Reading before and always enjoyed her performaces (particularily The Wheel of Time series). She speaks clearly with a certain dryness, cut when applicable by the required emotion.

Any additional comments?

I picked up this book because I've always been fascinated by foreign cultures, and from the preview this appeared to be a venture into the lives of young women in Riyadh. This is exactly what I got. It's full of reasons and situations that are similar and at the same time very different from what I've grown up with, and forms of expression in dialogue that seem to be plucked straight from Arabic, which I find absolutely fascinating (I don't speak Arabic but intend to learn).

I quickly grew to root for the four main characters, and followed them through their ups and downs. At the end of the book I was sad to leave them.

I've already recommended this book to most of my friends. That in itself is n indication of how much I enjoyed it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Confessions of a D-List Supervillain

  • By: Jim Bernheimer
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer, Talmadge Ragan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,477

Exploding from the pages of Horror, Humor, and Heroes, Volume One - it’s the full length adventures of the one and only Mechani-Cal! So grab your battlesuit and prepare to get a little nasty.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Quite The Avengers, But Just As Much Fun...

  • By Michael on 10-08-12

Fun, engaging, refreshingly acerbic

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

Reviewed: 01-17-12

Any additional comments?

It's been more than a month since I listened to it, but it stands out vividly in my memory for being funny. The humor was often sarcastic, but if you're into that, this book is great. Picture a supervillian whose acerbic comments fall on his own ability and habits as often as on the superheroes, and society in general. He's not a bad guy. Just not always very nice, either.

But when the world's population is enslaved and needs saving, he suddenly finds himself on the superhero side... Even though he has to remind himself on a daily basis that teargas is not your first choice for dealing with hungry civilian mobs. Neither, apparantly, is thrown cars.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful