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  • To Say Nothing of the Dog

  • Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last
  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 20 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,513
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,517

In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun read

  • By Sara on 07-23-08

oh well

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

I imagine this book is entertaining to read in an armchair on a rainy afternoon, but the listening was very dull to me and I didn't make it all the way through. Long stretches go by where nothing happens that advances the plot an inch. The narrator's work I admired in his readings of Ian McEwan, but the glib, bantering tone of this book transforms in his parlance into a sort of knowingly sardonic British snottiness, a sense of humor that I don't really share and that I don't think is the tone of the actual writing. Oh well.

  • The Ten-Cent Plague

  • The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America
  • By: David Hajdu
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 629
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 446

In the years between World War II and the emergence of television as a mass medium, American popular culture as we know it was first created in the bold, pulpy pages of comic books. The Ten-Cent Plague explores this cultural emergence and its fierce backlash while challenging common notions of the divide between "high" and "low" art.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Art can't hurt you

  • By Don M on 05-03-08

really good book

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

This is a really well-written look into the cultural history of America in the mid-20th century, competently narrated.

  • Dawn

  • Xenogenesis, Book 1
  • By: Octavia E. Butler
  • Narrated by: Aldrich Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,625
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,626

In a world devastated by nuclear war with humanity on the edge of extinction, aliens finally make contact. They rescue those humans they can, keeping most survivors in suspended animation while the aliens begin the slow process of rehabilitating the planet. When Lilith Iyapo is "awakened", she finds that she has been chosen to revive her fellow humans in small groups by first preparing them to meet the utterly terrifying aliens, then training them to survive on the wilderness that the planet has become. But the aliens cannot help humanity without altering it forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't tell if I loved it or hated it.

  • By Lindsay on 01-31-16

wooden

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

This book in its overall concept is quite "imaginative," to use an apropos cliche, especially the human-alien sex. But it is woodenly written, there is hardly any trace of a sense of humor, and the narrator, in an effort to give life to personality-less dialogue, ends up making the human characters sound mostly like petulant teenagers and the aliens sound like feminized avatars of HAL 9000. I just don't get that breathy whispering that sends the ends of sentences into floating tailspins of enervation.

  • The Fellowship of the Ring

  • Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,518
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28,612

The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last - The Definitive Recording!

  • By L. N. on 10-10-12

gold

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

Reviewed: 12-27-16

In addition to the incredible story, Rob Inglis's reading of the Lord of the Rings is the gold standard in audiobook narration.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Euphoria

  • A Novel
  • By: Lily King
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance, Xe Sands
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,070
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,824
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,819

English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers' deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband, Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell's poor health, are hungry for a new discovery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Anthropologists in Love

  • By David on 08-21-14

uneven narration

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

Reviewed: 11-12-16

This is a sort of interesting story dominated by inner musings. Simon Vance gives his usual very solid performance. The female narrator, Xe Sands, provides a classic example of a trend among narrators, mostly young, that I do not get at all: a low, breathy, often whispery voice that conveys mainly feelings of enervation, listlessness, boredom. In this case the voice is salted throughout with what linguists call vocal fry, which increases the feeling that it is a tremendous effort to have to speak through this boredom. Quite often a sentence or passage is spruced up with a kind of superficial chipperness, the voice of childlike amazement people pitch at children to create the illusion they are as amazed as the child is, or should be. But, you know, this book is for adults.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Three-Body Problem

  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,189

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They create a computer using a 30 million man Army

  • By Josh P on 12-07-14

good book

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

Reviewed: 01-09-16

Good old-fashioned science fiction, good translation. The reading is serviceable in the narrative passages, but in the dialogue I again find the Saturday-morning cartoon voices hard to take. The novel's characters are well-realized grown-up adults, but are made to sound like a track from a Scooby-do episode.

  • Incognito

  • The Secret Lives of the Brain
  • By: David Eagleman
  • Narrated by: David Eagleman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,332

In this sparkling and provocative new book, the renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate surprising mysteries. Taking in brain damage, plane spotting, dating, drugs, beauty, infidelity, synesthesia, criminal law, artificial intelligence, and visual illusions, Incognito is a thrilling subsurface exploration of the mind and all its contradictions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Take....

  • By Douglas on 10-30-13

Oh well

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

Reviewed: 09-26-15

This author's enthusiasm for trying to make shallow things seem profound is sort of disturbing.

  • The Divine Invasion

  • VALIS, Book 2
  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 152

God is not dead. He has merely been exiled to an extraterrestrial planet. And it is on this planet that God meets Herb Asher and persuades him to help retake Earth from the demonic Belial. Featuring virtual reality, parallel worlds, and interstellar travel, The Divine Invasion blends philosophy and adventure in a way few authors can achieve.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Trippy, gnostic exploration of good/evil & God/man

  • By Darwin8u on 08-19-13

detached from reality

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

Reviewed: 10-10-14

The narrator of this book has no clue whatsoever about the tone of this writing or even what the story is about.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Ten Stories

  • By: Katherine Mansfield
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Although Katherine Mansfield was born in New Zealand in 1888, she spent much of her short life in England and on the Continent. As she wrote about the privileged worlds she encountered there, her stories quickly attracted literary attention. Prelude was hand-published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at their Hogarth Press. Readers today still applaud the grace with which Mansfield fuses image, mood and meaning. Here are ten of Katherine Mansfield’s extraordinary tales.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • narrator

  • By Dana on 01-27-14

narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-27-14

The narrator is completely numb to the emotional content and the humor of the stories.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition]

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,554
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,549

This Lovecraft classic is a must-have for every fan of classic terror. When a geologist leads an expedition to the Antarctic plateau, his aim is to find rock and plant specimens from deep within the continent. The barren landscape offers no evidence of any life form - until they stumble upon the ruins of a lost civilization. Strange fossils of creatures unknown to man lead the team deeper, where they find carved stones dating back millions of years. But it is their discovery of the terrifying city of the Old Ones that leads them to an encounter with an untold menace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • First Lovecraft

  • By Brian on 02-03-14

excellent reading

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

Reviewed: 11-10-13

This book is vintage, if lengthy, Lovecraft of course. But the narration is a true masterpiece of the craft. Edward Hermann's sense of diction, stress and the sheer literal meaning of the sentences enhances Lovecraft's heavy prose. Excellent.

82 of 85 people found this review helpful