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  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,832
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,192

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb in so many ways

  • By David on 01-19-14

Fascinating!

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

The strength and determination of the human body and mind is a wonder. There were many times I had to busy myself because I just had to hear what happened next.

  • The Collectibles

  • The Collectibles Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: James J. Kaufman
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,893
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,887

"Do what the other fella can't. Be what the other fella ain't. And then help the other fella." Joe Hart has never let go of his uncle's words. An orphan from the unspoiled Adirondack Mountains, Joe leaves his humble beginnings and goes on to distinguish himself, first as a navy submarine commander, then as an attorney unequaled in his field. But Joe's world crashes with an unexpected tragedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is a MUST READ!

  • By shelley on 05-10-16

If you like schmaltzy . . .

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

Reviewed: 07-20-16

This book was too corny for me but if you like that kind of thing you should consider this book. In addition, I felt that the author explained too much, too often. The dialogue did not seem natural for all the explaining.

9 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Accidental Alchemist

  • By: Gigi Pandian
  • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,806
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,786

Unpacking her belongings in her new hometown of Portland, Oregon, herbalist and reformed alchemist Zoe Faust can't help but notice she's picked up a stowaway. Dorian Robert-Houdin is a living, breathing three-and-half-foot gargoyle - not to mention a master of French cuisine - and he needs Zoe's expertise to decipher a centuries-old text. Zoe, who's trying to put her old life behind her, isn't so sure she wants to reopen her alchemical past... until the dead man on her porch leaves her no choice.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Seriously?

  • By James on 10-04-15

I finished it, but just barely.

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

Reviewed: 08-13-15

Some parts were very predictable. Without giving anything away, one part, having to do with the police, was just ridiculous. Too much talk throughout the story about how good/nourishing the vegan food was for the body. This point was made early on and that was enough. I get that plants were essential to the story but I wanted the story to move on already. I'm surprised it got such good reviews because although it had potential, who doesn't love a talking gargoyle, it fell way short.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Disappearing Spoon

  • And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
  • By: Sam Kean
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,282

Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By James on 10-12-10

More Science Than Story

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

Reviewed: 08-23-13

I thought there would be more about the people involved with the discoveries than there was. If you really like science and enjoy the academics of it, this is for you.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pontoon

  • A Novel of Lake Wobegon
  • By: Garrison Keillor
  • Narrated by: Garrison Keillor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 916
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 917

Garrison Keillor's latest book is about the wedding of a girl named Dede Ingebretson, who comes home from California with a guy named Brent. Dede has made a fortune in veterinary aromatherapy; Brent bears a strong resemblance to a man wanted for extortion who's pictured on a poster in the town's post office. Then there's the memorial service for Dede's aunt Evelyn, who led a footloose and adventurous life after the death of her husband 17 years previously.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brillliant but not lighthearted

  • By Shel on 10-01-07

Not like the radio show.

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

Reviewed: 01-02-13

Couldn't get through it. Not as entertaining as the radio show. Too dark of a story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Middlesex

  • By: Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Narrated by: Kristoffer Tabori
  • Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,544

In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth Waiting It Out

  • By D. N. Meads on 08-28-09

Loved this book.

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

Reviewed: 06-19-12

Except for the mispronounciations of some of the street names (I'm from this area), this reader did a great job. I found this story very interesting and heartwarming. Although we are not Greek, I found the assimilation issues interesting and could relate them to my own family.
If you think you might be put off by the fact that he is a hermaphrodite, dont be. This is a good story about a confused person in an interesting time and place.

  • Lost in Shangri-La

  • A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II
  • By: Mitchell Zuckoff
  • Narrated by: Mitchell Zuckoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,283
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,872
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,885

On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best use of a credit in quite a whlle.

  • By dan on 05-01-11

Great story.

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

Reviewed: 06-19-12

Don't let the fact that the author is reading this steer you away, he does a great job. He gives just the right amount of background information on the characters and events, keeping the story moving and interesting.

  • A Rage in Harlem

  • A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel
  • By: Chester Himes
  • Narrated by: Samuel L. Jackson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 711

Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson ( Pulp Fiction, Star Wars films), fresh off the success of his uproarious, Audie-nominated performance of the mock children’s book Go the F**k to Sleep, delivers a swaggering, darkly-humored rendering of Chester Himes’ classic first novel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hardboiled Goodness

  • By Ilana on 04-03-12

Not a waste of time.

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

Reviewed: 06-19-12

The story was OK but I thought the cop side of the story was under-developed.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 44 hrs and 57 mins
    9,921 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,921
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,321

They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I thought I was desensitized

  • By Parola138 on 02-19-11

My best listen to date.

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

Reviewed: 04-22-11

I was hesitant to listen to this book because I had already seen the movie but the reviews were so good that I decided to get it and I am so glad I did. As always the book was better than the movie and this was a good movie. Steven Weber is an absolutely phenomenal reader. As anyone who has read Mr. King knows, he can develop characters like nobody's business and Mr. Weber brought them to life with his heartfelt and emotional reading. Whatever the appropriate audible phrase is for page-turner, this qualifies as one. I have been listening to books for years and choose books by author and reader. I have added Weber to the top of my list. And although this book is long, I found myself sad when it was nearing the end. I have only one question, when can we expect The Stand read by Steven Weber?

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38,240
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,090
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,105

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

Loved this book.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-11

Not only was this a great story, but the narration was phenomenal. I urge people who have read this book to also listen to it to really appreciate the richness of the story and the characters.