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  • Do Not Say We Have Nothing

  • By: Madeleine Thien
  • Narrated by: Angela Lin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 281

Madeleine Thien's new novel is breathtaking in scope and ambition, even as it is hauntingly intimate. With the ease and skill of a master storyteller, Thien takes us inside an extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations - those who lived through Mao's Cultural Revolution in the mid-20th century; and the children of the survivors, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square in 1989, in one of the most important political moments of the past century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Devastating and complex

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-13-17

A great epic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-19

The story is slow to start and it takes a while to realize that certain transitions are purposely vague. However, stay with it as the writing is beautiful and the story all weaves together in haunting ways. Very well read as well.

  • Under Enemy Colors

  • By: S. Thomas Russell
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

At the time of the French Revolution, one of Britain's most skillful naval officers, Charles Saunders Hayden, is a young lieutenant, the son of an English father and a French mother. His abilities and his loyalty to the king of England are beyond dispute, yet his career seems doomed by his "mixed" heritage and lack of political connections. Consequently, Hayden is assigned to an aging frigate, the Themis, under the command of Captain Josiah Hart, a man known as "Faint Hart" throughout the service.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect for first timer

  • By Blackmac on 08-07-08

Excellent fare

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-19

If you like Master and Commander or Horacio Hornblower than this is a must read. Great story and well read.

  • Musashi

  • By: Eiji Yoshikawa, Charles S. Terry - translator
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 53 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728

The classic samurai novel about the real exploits of the most famous swordsman. Miyamoto Musashi becomes a reluctant hero to a host of people whose lives he has touched and by whom he has been touched. Inevitably, he has to pit his skill against the naked blade of his greatest rival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So happy Audible now carries this title!

  • By Loud Lemur from Latveria on 11-03-18

Mindless

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-19

This book is boring, repetitive and horribly read. I kept having flashbacks to the main character in the cartoon Speed Racer. The characters don’t have much going for them, but what little interest there is, is drained by the poor reading. Don’t waste your time on this book.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The French Girl

  • By: Lexie Elliott
  • Narrated by: Katherine McEwan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 252

They were six university students from Oxford - friends and sometimes more than friends - spending an idyllic week together in a French farmhouse. It was supposed to be the perfect summer getaway...until they met Severine, the girl next door. For Kate Channing, Severine was an unwelcome presence, her inscrutable beauty undermining the close-knit group's loyalties amid the already simmering tensions. And after a huge altercation on the last night of the holiday, Kate knew nothing would ever be the same.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An up and coming mystery & suspense author

  • By Valerie J Brooks on 04-02-18

Disappointing

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Long boring buildup to an uncreative finale. There are much better alternatives out there to this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Steve Jobs

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 25 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,323

Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting man

  • By Jeanne on 11-13-11

Incredible Book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-18

Both the book and the reader are outstanding. I wish I could give the book 6 stars.

  • My Absolute Darling

  • A Novel
  • By: Gabriel Tallent
  • Narrated by: Alex McKenna
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,299

Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At 14, she roams the woods along the Northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous. Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Weird and completely underwhelming

  • By Chris on 10-10-17

Not for the faint of heart

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-27-17

Extremely violent and disturbing and yet you find yourself caught up in this tale of survival.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 165,617
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 152,893
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 152,730

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Not great literature, but a fun read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-16

The story is a good one and it is well read, but the real power of this book is in its characterizations. It is a very enjoyable listen.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Saturday

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 339

New York Times best-selling author Ian McEwan's novels have inspired sweeping critical acclaim and won such prestigious awards as the Booker Prize for Amsterdam and the National Book Critics Circle Award for his modern masterpiece, Atonement. With Saturday, McEwan has crafted perhaps his most unique achievement to date.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary

  • By Madrid on 04-25-05

Great writing and great reader

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-15

McEwan relies more heavily on character development than plot in this tale of a day's events, but what great character development it is. The reader hits a great tone. Thoroughly enjoyable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cryptonomicon

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 42 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,469

Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fixed!

  • By Rob J. on 04-16-17

Loved it

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-15

A wild and complex tale that sweeps you through WWII to the near present. It is like Charle Dickens meets William Gibson. I was particularly impressed by the narration as this is a tough tale to read. He pulls it off wonderfully. If you like a multi strand story with a lot of computer geeks, GIs, spies, liberated women and humor then you have to listen to this book.

  • 1356

  • A Novel
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043

On September 19, 1356, a heavily outnumbered English army faced off against the French in the historic Battle of Poitiers. In 1356, Cornwell resurrects this dramatic and bloody struggle - one that would turn out to be the most decisive and improbable victory of the Hundred Years' War, a clash where the underdog English not only the captured the strategic site of Poitiers, but the French King John II as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Story Comes To Life

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-17-13

Really Fun Historical Fiction

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-22-13

If you like historical fiction, this is a must read. It tends towards the pulp novel at times but is still thoroughly enjoyable. The reader does a fine job of bringing the characters alive.