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  • Lord of the Flies

  • By: William Golding
  • Narrated by: William Golding
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,617
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,768

Marooned on a tropical island, alone in a world of uncharted possibilities, and devoid of adult supervision or rules, a group of British boys begins to forge a society with its own unique rules and rituals.

  • out of 5 stars
  • classic

  • By Randall on 04-25-09

a great listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-11

This book is both beautiful and terrifying; timeless and of its time (post world war 2, mid 50s). It gives real insight into the human condition. If you have not read it, or even if you have, I highly recommend this recorded version.

I have listened to hundreds of audio books over the past few years and often refer to reviews, but this is the first one I've written. Some of the other reviewers do not like the naration, which is by the author. The naration has a "matter of fact" quality and is not a dramatization. But in my opinion, this does not detract from the story. As the author states in his concluding remorks, "it is not what the author brings to the story, but what the reader takes from it that matters." His calm tone makes this reading all the more powerfull.

18 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Lecture

  • By: Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
  • Narrated by: Erik Singer, Randy Pausch
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,032

When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave - "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" - wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have... and you may find one day that you have less than you think").

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How to Live

  • By Kelli G on 04-21-08

ok....

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-09

It was worth listening to, and a good lecture, but didn't live up to the hype....

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Riddle Of The Sands

  • By: Erskine Childers
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Riddle of the Sands is set during the long suspicious years leading up to the First World War and is a classic of spy fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow beginning, but worth the wait

  • By Katherine on 04-26-12

a great listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-09

A classic that is engaging, exciting, entertaining, and even humorous at times.

So well written that you forget it was written close to 100 years ago.... as good or better than any modern thriller.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful