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  • Shantaram

  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 42 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

A novel of high adventure, great storytelling and moral purpose, based on an extraordinary true story of eight years in the Bombay underworld. In the early 80s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escaped from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. There, he established a free health clinic and also joined the mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street soldier. He found time to learn Hindi and Marathi, fall in love, and spend time being worked over in an Indian jail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book I've ever read

  • By Sean Julyan on 09-16-16

One of the best books I've read

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

Phenomal narrator, he really makes you see all of the characters.
Loved every minute of it. Such a fascinating story about a man trying to find his way through life.

  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,762
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,771

The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Read, Throughly Enjoyable!

  • By WickedGoodYarn on 03-11-12

Absolutely lovely!

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

Reviewed: 12-16-17

Great story with a fantastic cast that really draws you in to the world of Dracula.

  • Meditations

  • By: Marcus Aurelius, George Long - translator, Duncan Steen - translator
  • Narrated by: Duncan Steen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,493

One of the most significant books ever written by a head of State, the Meditations are a collection of philosophical thoughts by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 ce). Covering issues such as duty, forgiveness, brotherhood, strength in adversity and the best way to approach life and death, the Meditations have inspired thinkers, poets and politicians since their first publication more than 500 years ago. Today, the book stands as one of the great guides and companions - a cornerstone of Western thought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excelent reading of an excellent classic

  • By David on 10-22-16

Fascinating read

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

Fascinating read. Gives a great insights in to the thoughts of Marcus Aurelius. I always find it fascinating to read older texts, especially when they show that the thoughts and struggles of man are the same now as they were some 2000 years ago.
The narrator is phenomenal, he really makes the text interesting to hear.

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  • Tom Sawyer Abroad

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Matt Armstrong
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Not satisifed simply reliving his adventures down the river with Huck and Jim, Tom Sawyer finds himself thirsting once again for adventure and excitement. So, when Tom, Huck, and Jim are abducted as unwitting passengers aboard a hot-air balloon set to circumnavigate the world, Tom takes the opportunity to bask in the excitement of unplanned travel. Throughout their travels across the ocean, through the deserts of Africa, and even a visit to the Sphinx, Tom, Huck, and Jim experience the wider world through the colorful lenses of Mark Twain's most enduring characters.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great performance, enjoyable book

  • By Joannes on 06-05-17

Great performance, enjoyable book

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

Reviewed: 06-05-17

The narrator does an excellent job of following the written style by Mark Twain. I love the pronunciation and how he does a great job of imitating the various accents that are used in the book. The story does not quite match up to the preceding Tom Sawyer book, but it's yet another fun tale that follows the gang.

  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich

  • A Leo Tolstoy Short Story
  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Bill DeWees
  • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 302

The brilliance of this story is in how a normal bureaucrat, a judge in this case, has a small accident that winds up gradually taking his life. As he deals with this incident, with hope at first and then despair, he comes to terms with his family, his life, and the mediocrities that we all suffer with, except for the exceptional few. This story rings a particularly poignant note for those in early middle age facing the next part of their lives. This story is considered Tolstoy's best.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book, Great Price, Good Narration

  • By Michael on 03-05-13

Good book, bad narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-04-17

Good book about the considerations of the purpose of life and death. I think it might take another listen or two for me to fully appreciate the depth of the protagonists thoughts, but overall it's an enjoyable book. However, the narrator did not do a great job of narrating. It feels very stiff, and his pauses are either lacking or feel very synthetic. It's as if he is simply hastily reading up from the book without having any thoughts about what it is he is reading aloud. I would recommend to find another narration of the book.

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458

Huckleberry Finn is the original American maverick. He chooses the things that feel the most comfortable for him, regardless of what others may say. But when he is forced to flee his home, and comes into company with Jim, a runaway slave, his sound heart collides with his ill-trained conscience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a hard book to read aloud.

  • By Kay M Bell on 12-30-15

Fantastic book

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

Reviewed: 06-03-17

What a lovely book. Mark Twain really brings you in to the fantastical mind of the young characters. By the by, I haven't had this much fun with a good in a good long while. The narrator is phenomenal.