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  • No Such Thing As Werewolves

  • By: Chris Fox
  • Narrated by: Ryan Kennard Burke
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 696

A pyramid predating all known cultures appears without warning. Its discovery throws into question everything we know about the origins of mankind. Inside lies incredible technology, proof of a culture far more advanced than our own. Something dark lurks within, eager to resume a war as old as mankind. When it is unleashed it heralds the end of our species’ reign.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Canines Rule

  • By Tango on 02-15-15

Engaging story, brilliantly narrated

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

Reviewed: 01-17-16

This author is smart: gave me the kindle book free and this audiobook cheap via WhisperSync, trusting that it would be good enough to hook me on the series. It absolutely is! No regrets.

This story creatively weaves fantastic creatures and mythological systems into everyday life, the best kind of urban fantasy. Well-paced, and a nice mix of action, mystery, and character development. And, while this is clearly a tightly connected series, each book does have a real ending, which is important to me.

And the narration! Just phenomenal. The narration is 99% of why I'm here reviewing this, rather than leaving my reviews on Goodreads alone, as per usual. His voices for the characters were just perfect, adding that little extra to these great characters (I've missed his voices for the characters, having cheaped out and switched to kindle for the rest of the series).

Basically, I'm not sure what I could do to make this book better. Not only will I read more by this author, I think I may have to seek out more by this narrator, which is highly unusual for me!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Star Trek, Deep Space Nine: Legends of the Ferengi (Adapted)

  • By: Ira Steven Behr, Robert Hewitt Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Armin Shimerman
  • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

A collection of stories, fables, folk songs, philosophical meditations, and outright lies based on the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition. Read by Armin Shimerman, Quark on DSN.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love ferengi's

  • By Tim on 08-01-07

Legends were great - but only half the audiobook!

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

Reviewed: 08-19-15

First and foremost, Shimmerman kills it as Quark, as always! Anyone who doesn't enjoy the stories and the explanations that surround them simply doesn't understand the Ferengi! They were perfect.

What frustrates me is that I thought I was paying for 3+ hours of Quark - but instead I received just shy of 2h of Quark, with about 90m of a TOS novella! The story was fine, and the Nimoy/Doohan team narration was great, but FALSE ADVERTISING!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,361

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Scott on 04-10-08

Excellent classic tale! BUT Confusing Audio :(

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

Reviewed: 06-08-15

A worthy classic! I'm sure I can say nothing new about this story, but I especially enjoyed encountering this distinct, well fleshed-out society that is Arakis (and the Imperium).

BUT this felt like the melding of two audiobooks! The full-cast bits were excellent. The parts narrated entirely by Simon Vance were excellent. But when some scenes are full-cast and other scenes are all Vance? Took me out of the story when I remembered that I needed to figure out which voice matched which other-voice, to be sure I was thinking about the same character.

Very good and thoroughly enjoyable, but at the same time, so far below the quality I expect from Audible!

  • Great World Religions: Islam

  • By: John L. Esposito, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John L. Esposito
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 348

How familiar are you with the world's second-largest and fastest-growing religion? In these 12 lectures, Professor Esposito guides you through the facts and myths surrounding Islam and its more than 1.2 billion adherents. Many in the West know little about the faith and are familiar only with the actions of a minority of radical extremists, but this lecture series will help you better understand Islam's role as both a religion and a way of life, and its deep impact on world affairs both historically and today.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Info, Less than I Wanted, AWFUL LECTURER

  • By Claire on 03-31-15

Good Info, Less than I Wanted, AWFUL LECTURER

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

Reviewed: 03-31-15

The information was good and respectful, and was presented well. I did learn stuff about Islam.

I'd been hoping for a LOT more detail, but that's largely my own fault for failing to notice that it was only a 6h course, as opposed to the 21h course I'd last purchased. Lesson learned!

But he was SO HARD to listen to! So many long random pauses! I listened to most of the course on 1.5x, and all was much improved, but there was still the occasional odd too-long pause. Even at 2x his speech patterns were distracting!

If I were to do this again, I'd look for the same lecturer's book on Audible, which looks to contain much of the same content, but is narrated by someone else.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Story of Human Language

  • By: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John McWhorter
  • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,625

Language defines us as a species, placing humans head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators. But it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries, allowing us to ponder why different languages emerged, why there isn't simply a single language, how languages change over time and whether that's good or bad, and how languages die out and become extinct.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll Never Look at Languages the Same Way Again

  • By SAMA on 03-11-14

Truly a College-Level Introductory Course!

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

Reviewed: 02-27-15

This course was phenomenal! Clear yet challenging. Taught me a whole lot without presuming any prior knowledge on the subject. And McWhorter is an excellent, engaging lecturer.

Bonus points for actually hearing the snippets of other languages he uses to make points!

Highly, highly recommended to anyone at all intrigued by language or grammar.

  • The Wedding

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Narrated by: Walter Zimmerman
  • Length: 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky is considered one of the greatest Russian writers. His works have had a profound and lasting effect on 20th-century literature. His psychological penetration into the human soul had, in novels like Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov, a profound influence on the 20th century novel. He also wrote a number of brilliant short stories along these same lines. "The Wedding" is one of his best.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Rare Gem of a Short Story

  • By Michael on 02-09-13

Impressively bad narration!

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

Reviewed: 02-27-15

I love the Russians, so I figured this quick short story would be entirely worth $1. Nooooo way! I only finished it because it was so short.

The narrator is very bad overall; his obviously unpracticed pronunciations of Russian names were just icing on the cake.

Good story, but get it by another narrator.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Junior Arsonists Club

  • By: Craig Tollifson
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

For young parents Marilyn and Brad, adopting an orphan girl from Belgorod, Russia, was supposed to make their lives complete. But from the moment she arrives, 12-year-old Zhanna has one thing on her mind: setting fire to the family couch. At first Marilyn is determined to love the pyromania right out of her new daughter. But when Brad jets away on business-or so it seems-Marilyn is forced into a dark and hilarious game of cat-and-mouse with the preteen pyromaniac.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A glimpse of America in every word

  • By Imweezle on 01-09-15

Not what I expected, but a pleasant diversion

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

Reviewed: 01-09-15

I came into this expecting something rather whimsical, with a literal Junior Arsonists Club. Instead I encountered an imaginatively named short family drama. It was well-written and realistic enough, and I did quite like the way the final scene drew things together.

Note: I have a strong preference for male narrators, but a woman made more sense here, since the book was written from a woman's perspective; quite to my surprise, Amy McFadden won me over after a chapter or two. That's a compliment I never expected to give!

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,302

It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I took a chance.

  • By Robert on 08-20-11

Great story, superbly narrated

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

Reviewed: 09-20-13

Corduner's narration really adds to this wonderful story. I suppose I'd call it a heartwarming tragedy? Well worth the read for anyone who enjoys books and stories (and who among us doesn't?).

  • God Sees the Truth, But Waits

  • A Leo Tolstoy Short Story
  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Deaver Brown
  • Length: 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

God Sees the Truth, But Waits engages a subject that would have suited Dostoyevsky. But Dostoyevsky would have written it with a tone of fist-waving anger and frustration, while Tolstoy wrote this story with an accepting, non-violent attitude toward the grievances described. The protagonist has been wrongly accused of murder, separated from his family for 26 years, and by circumstance meets the real murderer in Siberia.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story, Poor Narration

  • By Michael on 08-17-13

Performance killed the story

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

Reviewed: 04-17-13

This sounded like an amateur read through the story in one take, without even rehearsing the Russian names beforehand so as to avoid stumbling over them.

I was only able to convince myself to finish this because 1) Tolstoy is always excellent and 2) It was only 20 minutes long.

Deaver Brown has single-handedly taught me to always listen to the narrator's clip before purchasing the book. Extremely disappointed. :(