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  • Shadow Divers

  • The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II
  • By: Robert Kurson
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,971

In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GRIPPING!

  • By Douglas on 07-03-04

A crazy and dangerous culture

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

Reviewed: 08-03-14

A well-researched story of a couple of deep-water divers and the mysterious U-boat they discovered. Very interesting insight into the culture of this crazy and dangerous lifestyle.

I’m only nitpicking now, but some parts veered too deep into backstories for me, and my interest waned at times.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,144

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gaiman delivers an intimate masterpiece

  • By Talia on 08-07-13

Typically good

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

Reviewed: 08-03-14

Pretty much typical Neil Gaiman. But I love typical Neil Gaiman. I also love him as a narrator.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Unknown Ajax

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062

Miles from anywhere, Darracott Place is presided over by irascible Lord Darracott. The recent drowning of his eldest son has done nothing to improve his temper. For now he must send for the unknown offspring of the uncle whom the family are never permitted to mention. Yet none of that beleaguered family are prepared for the arrival of the weaver’s brat and heir apparent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Georgette Heyer romance

  • By bebe on 06-04-10

Never excites or exalts

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

Reviewed: 08-03-14

Hmmmmmmmm. Alright, so the writing is good. There are occasional great turns of phrase, and a bit of decent highbrow humor. The entire book is quite reminiscent of Downton Abby -- what with all the earls and ladies and the constant reminders of one’s proper place in British society.

However, the story moves like molasses at times, and as much as everything seems in place for a good read, it just never excites, exalts, or makes me feel like I’m lucky to have picked it up. I’m not overly disappointed that I read (listened to) it, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • One More Thing

  • Stories and Other Stories
  • By: B. J. Novak
  • Narrated by: B. J. Novak, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,968
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,969

B.J. Novak's One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction. A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes - only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins - turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It gets better, and better, and better, and better

  • By David Shear on 02-07-14

Creative, original, funny

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

Reviewed: 07-18-14

I really, really enjoyed this book. It’s a collection of short stories (some very short) that really shows off B.J. Novak’s talents. He’s creative, original, funny, and a good writer. The audiobook version was especially enjoyable, featuring Novak himself reading most of the stories, along with fellow “The Office” cast members Jena Fisher, Mandy Kayling, and more.

My three-star rating is probably more of a three-and-a-half. The reason I don’t rate it higher is the inconsistency of the stories. Some just completely fell flat for me -- maybe because I wasn’t listening on the same plane as he was writing, and thus not really his fault. ☺

Fortunately, the flat stories are among the shortest, and it’s never very long to the next creative gem.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • The Sense of an Ending

  • A Novel
  • By: Julian Barnes
  • Narrated by: Richard Morant
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,180
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,004
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,012

Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumor, and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning. I'm Guilty. Are You?

  • By Chris Reich on 06-04-13

Far from perfect, but an outstanding listen

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

Reviewed: 06-07-14

It's been a while since I posted a review. Let me come back in fine fashion, then, with this gem. (The book is a gem. Not my review.)

The Sense of an Ending is far from perfect, and yet is the best book I’ve read in a long time. The story is narrated by Tony Webster, a 60-something looking back on some events in his life that he’s now discovering may not have happened quite as he remembered them. This, it is pointed out, is much like history itself. We (or at least those of us with spouses) know how often we get the details of even recent events wrong. How in the world, then, can accounts of historical events be trusted?

The actual storyline is quite interesting. The conversations, philosophizing, and lessons learned are thought-provoking. The writing is superb, filled with an almost ridiculous amount of quotable passages. Finally, you won’t be hearing one of my frequent complaints that the book could have been half as long -- this one is on the compact side and I actually would have liked it to go longer!

There are a couple of plot turns that didn’t quite make sense to me, but any complaints are certainly minor to the overall experience. As a bonus, the narration was superb.

Things for my own remembrance follow.

*

“History is that certainty produced at the point where the imperfections of memory meet the inadequacies of documentation.”

*

“When we’re young, everyone over the age of 30 looks middle-aged. Everyone over 50, antique. And time, as it goes by, confirms that we weren’t that wrong. Those little age differentials, so crucial and so gross when we are young, erode. We end up all belonging to the same category, that of the non-young.”

*

“We live with such easy assumptions, don’t we? For instance, that memory equals events plus time. But it’s all much odder than this. Who was it said that memory is what we thought we’d forgotten? And it ought to be obvious to us that time doesn’t act as a fixative, rather as a solvent. But it’s not convenient, it’s not useful to believe this. It doesn’t help use get on with our lives, so we ignore it.”

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Dog Stars

  • By: Peter Heller
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,487
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,479

Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • beautifully written and narrated!

  • By Mike Naka on 06-08-14

Yes! Amazed how much I cared about these people.

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

Reviewed: 10-06-13

Yes. Yes yes yes. This book succeeds in every way The Road failed for me. Set in Colorado after disease has wiped out most of the population, Hig has learned how to keep a small bit of his humanity while reluctantly doing what it takes to survive. Others aren't so reluctant, including Bangley, with whom he's formed an uneasy partnership.

The story hooks you from the beginning and builds nicely to the end, and Heller does a great job of developing characters you really care about. Then there's Jasper, Hig's beloved old dog, who made me come home and hug Garth every day after listening on my commute. I was, at the end, amazed how much I cared about these people (and dogs) and the bonds they formed. The writing is superb. About the only negative I can think of is the writing style Heller uses: Somewhat fragmented, perhaps the way inner dialog streams through our protagonist’s head. I barely noticed it while listening, but did see some reviews that a few readers were somewhat frustrated by it in the beginning, but after they stuck with it for a while it flowed naturally and worked well.

Things for my own remembrance follow.

*

(On constellations): I name one for a scrappy, fish-loving dog.

*

I still dream Jasper is alive. Before that, my heart will not go.

*

My favorite poem, the one by Li Shang-Yin:

When Will I Be Home?

When will I be home? I don't know.
In the mountains, in the rainy night,
The Autumn lake is flooded.
Someday we will be back together again.
We will sit in the candlelight by the West window.
And I will tell you how I remembered you
Tonight on the stormy mountain.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Ghosts of Belfast

  • By: Stuart Neville
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,544
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,549

Fegan has been a "hard man" - an IRA killer in Northern Ireland. Now that peace has come, he is being haunted day and night by 12 ghosts: a mother and infant, a schoolboy, a butcher, an RUC constable, and seven other of his innocent victims. In order to appease them, he's going to have to kill the men who gave him orders. As he's working his way down the list, he encounters a woman who may offer him redemption; she has borne a child to an RUC officer and is an outsider too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an unexpected good read!

  • By DPM on 08-24-10

Excellent story, great narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-18-13

The conflict in Northern Ireland was constantly humming along in the background of my youth: Protestants, Catholics, car bombings, IRA, Ulster, Belfast, Londonderry. This book combines a good thriller with a lot of background on the conflict, and really helped me understand some of the finer points of what was going on. A solid four stars, and another half star for a well-read audiobook by Irishman Gerard Doyle.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98,340
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 98,209

Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King's Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert's name. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse - unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

Interesting, but can't go further

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

Reviewed: 06-27-13

This is certainly an interesting book, and not necessarily because of the storyline. After finishing up some great writing in books like The Thirteenth Tale and The Art of Fielding, the writing in this one was extremely simple and straightforward. No clever turns of phrase or eloquently woven sentences. However, the story was interesting enough that it didn’t really matter.

But, it’s an incomplete book. I knew that going in, of course, because it’s only part one of the series, but it was still a very unsatisfying experience. I can understand leaving the reader wanting more in the rest of the series, but it didn’t tie up any major storylines, and opened way too many doors and plotlines. After listening for 34 hours, there is no way I’m going any deeper into this interesting world.

Some other problems: While I liked switching between characters for the narration, a few major moments (such as the death of a major character) happened at a distance…told by different character. Or (as in the results of a battle) as a recounting at the dinner table. This was very odd to me, and seemed to minimize what were major episodes in the book.

I’d give it two stars, but the great world created by Martin and interesting storytelling pulls it up to three. Good narration by Roy Dotrice.

  • Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,893

Jon Ronson is fascinated by madness, extraordinary behaviour and the human mind. He has spent his life investigating crazy events, following fascinating people and unearthing unusual stories. Collected here from various sources (including the Guardian and GQ America) are the best of his adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like a Collection of TAL Episodes

  • By Pamela Harvey on 10-20-12

I don't get the appeal

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

Reviewed: 06-27-13

A quite run-of-the-mill and mostly forgettable book for me. It’s a collection of articles from Jon Ronson, who may or may not be famous outside the U.S. -- “Jon meets the man preparing to welcome the aliens to earth, the woman trying to build a fully-conscious robotic replica of the love of her life and the ‘Deal or No Deal’ contestants with a foolproof system to beat the Banker.” Though many reviewers laud his storytelling ability, I mostly found myself just on the short side of interested.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,195
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38,196

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Start, but couldn't finish

  • By Header1950 on 04-14-13

Waited too long for the good stuff

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

Reviewed: 03-18-13

The story was interesting enough to hold my attention (three stars isn’t a bad rating, after all). Guy moves into an apartment and begins to notice some very strange things about the building. Guy and neighbors start to compare notes, and decide to investigate. But I think it could have been far better. In journalism terms, the author “buried the lead.” It wasn’t until the latter part of the book that it hit me this could have been Stephen-King-esque if he hadn’t waited so long to bring elements from the last part of the book into the story.

11 of 18 people found this review helpful