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  • By: Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,840
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,241
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,251

A scientific experiment begins, and as the button is pressed, the unexpected occurs: everyone in the world goes to sleep for a few moments while everyone's consciousness is catapulted more than twenty years into the future. At the end of those moments, when the world reawakens, all human life is transformed by foreknowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How would you digest the fruits of knowledge??

  • By Phelix_da_Kat on 07-23-08

Extremely enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-11

I really loved this book. It’s extremely interesting about a weird experience. Everyone in the world looses consciousness for a short period of time and sees their own future. I am now watching the TV series of the same name and its quite good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665

Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue. Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married. Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Skeptical at 1st, Enjoyed every moment

  • By paul on 10-31-10

Loved this

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-11

I see this book has been made into a movie. I can't imagine how the complex characters and emotion could possibly be portrayed in a movie - although I will be tempted to go and see it. Loved the book – loved everything about it.

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  • Exclusive Interview

  • James Atlas with John Irving
  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: James Atlas
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 793
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 431

James Atlas interviews John Irving about his life and works.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Little Dull

  • By John Lane on 10-10-12

Wonderful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-11

John Irving explains the characters in this riveting explanation of The Prayer for Owen Meany

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,788
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,398

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Painfully nostalgic

  • By Barry on 07-29-15

The Best ever audio book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-11

I have listened to many books in the past but this has to be the best in my estimation. John Irving is a genius and Joe Barrett reads this book to perfection. A totally mesmerising story that has weaved its magic into my soul; I will be thinking about these complex characters for years to come. I will be downloading more of this author and will look for other books by this reader. Thank you John Irving

65 of 69 people found this review helpful

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  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Maxine Fuentes on 02-11-10

Absolutely the best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-11

What a book - what a reader. I am completely and totally entranced by this wonderful book. Not finished yet and I never want it to finish. I will certainy download the rest of this Authors books.

  • The Man Who Smiled

  • An Inspector Wallander Mystery
  • By: Henning Mankell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Crestfallen, dejected, and spiralling into an alcohol-fuelled depression after killing a man in the line of duty, Inspector Kurt Wallander has made up his mind to quit the police force for good. When an old acquaintance, a solicitor, seeks Wallander's help to investigate the suspicious circumstances in which his father has died, Kurt doesn't want to know. But when the solicitor also turns up dead, shot three times, Wallander realises that he was wrong not to listen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Wallander

  • By Lia on 11-29-13

Good Listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-11

I can never get enough of Henning Mankell and usually download a book by him after a dissappointing listen as I'm guaranteed to enjoy listening to anything my this author and great reader too

  • Born in Fire

  • Born In Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Fiacre Douglas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,226
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,674
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,666

Maggie Concannon is a glassmaker whose exquisite works are more than mere objects of beauty: they are reflections of her own true nature. One man has seen the soul in her art, and vows to help this complex woman build a lucrative career.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hot story, cold narration

  • By Tony Aguila on 08-02-09

Not bad

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-11

After listening to one Nora Roberts book and enjoying it, I thought this would be the same. Its not bad I guess, buit a bit annoying listening to such a strong accent

  • Before the Frost

  • An Inspector Wallander Mystery
  • By: Henning Mankell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

The leader of a religious cult in Guyana instigates a mass suicide. He succeeds in killing himself and his whole flock of worshippers, save one. One man escapes. In the wood in the country land outside Ystad, the police make an horrific discovery: a severed head, and hands locked together in an attitude of prayer. A Bible lies at the victim's side, handwritten corrections and amendments on every page.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Story

  • By Lia on 11-29-13

Always a pleasure

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-11

Listening to Henning Mankell stories are always a pleasure and always guaranteed a great listen

  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,280

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!

  • By Diana on 01-20-11

The Woodcutter

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-11

Loving every second of this story. Its different, so interesting and well read. Thanks to the write and the reader for a job well done

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Company

  • A Novel of the CIA
  • By: Robert Littell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 41 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,848
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,849

"If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says ( Publishers Weekly).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hang on to your Hat

  • By Cynthia on 01-17-03

The Company

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-11

I don't think I've ever been this bored. Each time I start to listen, my mind wonders away with the fairies. I seriously doubt I'll finish this - only up to chapter 8 and its a real battle