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  • Black Cross

  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 21 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,229

It is January 1944 - and as Allied troops prepare for D day, Nazi scientists develop a toxic nerve gas that will repel and wipe out any invasion force. To salvage the planned assault, two vastly different but equally determined men are sent to infiltrate the secret concentration camp where the poison gas is being perfected on human subjects. Their only objective: destroy all traces of the gas and the men who created it - no matter how many lives may be lost...including their own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really good WW II yarn

  • By Old Hippy on 04-24-10

WW2 secret mission

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

Reviewed: 06-28-13

Would you listen to Black Cross again? Why?

Probably not

Who was your favorite character and why?

Stern and Brigadier Smith

Which scene was your favorite?

Emergency tracheotomy

Who was the most memorable character of Black Cross and why?

Brigadier Smith . He knew what he had to get done

Any additional comments?

A moving tale , emotional and exciting . Love it

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Elijah Wood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,618

A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful Narration

  • By Michael Balzoa on 03-11-11

A Classic , in its day

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

Reviewed: 06-28-13

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

No , It was not an exciting story

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

You can't change it

Have you listened to any of Elijah Wood’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Great performance by Elijah

Did Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood inspire you to do anything?

No

Any additional comments?

Great performance . I am trying to listen to all the old classics and I found I nearly gave up on this in the first few chapters , I should have . It was just boring , though I can imagine it would have been a great story 40 or 50 years ago when its all you had to read . These days there is so much to choose from . I may not have bothered to even start listening if I had not been roped in by the narrators famous name .

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 2312

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 662
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 590
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 602

The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future. The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book of the past 5 years.

  • By Casey on 09-07-15

Colonizing Asteroids

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

Reviewed: 05-05-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No . I love KSR but I would rather bang my head on a wall than listen to this again from this narrator .

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

More characters . I enjoyed the time when the small group travelled the tunnel underground on Mercury

Would you be willing to try another one of Sarah Zimmerman’s performances?

Very unwilling . I am really not sure ( Sorry Sarah ) if I could , Maybe this book was ot her style .

Did 2312 inspire you to do anything?

Think Big

Any additional comments?

I have read and listened and enjoyed the Mars Trilogy and understand the style of KSR but the narration for 2312 killed this book . I may try to swap this book and one day purchase a hard copy and read for myself or maybe listen again if re-narrated .

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Jamie Lee Curtis Audio Collection

  • By: Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Narrated by: Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Length: 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Seven of Jamie Lee Curtis' very popular books to grow by, available unabridged on audio!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this!

  • By Rebekah on 12-04-08

My kids asked me to turn it off , I agreed

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

Reviewed: 05-05-13

There where so horrible songs in this story (sorry) .
During a drive with the kids we listened to this and the story about how they where going to pick up a child for adoption was a little strange , I am fine with anything but I thought it was a children's story and I just was not prepared for it . Ha ha . But really , I did not find the Jamie Lee Curtis Audio Collection entertaining . I might see if I can swap this .

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 1984

  • New Classic Edition
  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,427

George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the real thing

  • By Andrew George on 05-30-08

Not as dreadful as I thought

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

Reviewed: 05-05-13

Where does 1984 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not in the top 20 , but memorable

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

nothing , it is what it is

Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

The Lead . Simon Prebble is a pleasing narrator

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I did find myself grinding my teeth and jaw in suspense toward the end ( I won't spoil it )

Any additional comments?

As a child of the 80's and a teenager during the emergence of the internet , I do not think
that the fears of 1984's suggested are possible in the age of twitter and facebook .
or are they here now ?...... wait .. who is that knocking on my door ...............

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook

  • Travel
  • By: Joshua Piven, David Bargenicht
  • Narrated by: Penn Jillette
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36

If you have to leave home, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Travel helps you navigate the perils of travel. Learn what to do when you are trapped in the trunk of a car, caught in the middle of a sandstorm, or are on a runaway train. Step-by-step instructions show you how to survive these and dozens of other adventures. Plus an appendix of essential travel strategies, useful phrases, and gestures to use - and avoid - will also ensure your safe return.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I came to listen to Penn

  • By brett on 05-05-13

I came to listen to Penn

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

Reviewed: 05-05-13

This was Ok . I only got this to listen to Penn Jillette talk .
I was saddened that this was not as funny as I thought it would be .
This would be good as a blog or a few articles .
I really should have thought this one through before this purchase.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Anthem

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Jason McCoy
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 166

Ayn Rand’s dystopic science fiction novella takes place at some unspecified future date. Mankind has entered another dark age as a result of what Rand saw as the weaknesses of socialistic thinking and economics. Technological advancement is now carefully planned -- when it is allowed to occur at all -- and the concept of individuality has been eliminated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazingly GOOD READ!!!!!

  • By Jennifer on 08-23-15

I missed the point but Logan's Run is familiar

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

Reviewed: 05-05-13

I am glad this was a novella and I had this on 2x speed and it still felt like a chore to get through. The narration was like listening to " How to install ink into a printer For Dummies "
I had purchased Ayn Rand's other audio book before I had listened to this . So I have 32 hours of The Fountainhead to listen to , I hope it was not a mistake .

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Flashman

  • Flashman, Book 1
  • By: George MacDonald Fraser
  • Narrated by: David Case
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354

The story of what happened to Flashman, the caddish bully of Tom Brown's Schooldays, after he was expelled in drunken disgrace from Rugby school in the late 1830s. This is the first of George Macdonald Fraser's hilarious satires starring Harry Paget Flashman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Flashmaniacs Rejoice!!!

  • By ScubaTurtle on 12-17-12

Flashman = Basil Faulty and Indiana Jones

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

Reviewed: 05-05-13

Listening to this book I could imagine it a hilarious film .
I was surprise to discover that Flashman has been made a movie star in 1975
I think its time for a reboot

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Old Man and the Sea

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: Donald Sutherland
  • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,716

The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal, a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly a Classic

  • By Dave on 07-01-08

Classic? , Yes

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

Reviewed: 03-29-13

My introduction to Hemingway guided by Sutherland's voice was an enjoyable experience .
I will be looking at more Hemingway , He seems to know his fishing .
I am fairly sure I got this for around $6 during a special or a "buy on get one free"
$11 is too much

  • Mercury

  • An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury
  • By: Lesley-Ann Jones
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

As lead vocalist for the iconic rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury's unmatched skills as a songwriter and his flamboyant showmanship made him a superstar and Queen a household name. But despite his worldwide fame, few people ever really glimpsed the man behind the glittering facade. Now, more than 20 years after his death, those closest to Mercury are finally opening up about this pivotal figure in rock 'n' roll. Based on more than a hundred interviews with key figures in his life, Mercury offers the definitive account of one man's legendary life in the spotlight and behind the scenes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Melancholy

  • By S. Roberts on 12-16-16

You've heard it all before

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

Reviewed: 03-18-13

The voices for the characters where annoying .
There was not a great deal learnt in this book that I did not know already .
However I could listen to stories about the Band all day long .

0 of 1 people found this review helpful