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  • The Lord Of The Rings

  • The Return of the King (Dramatised)
  • By: J. R. R Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Ian Holm, Michael Hordern, Robert Stephens
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671

A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of the third book in JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Brian Sibley's famous 1981 adaptation, starring Ian Holm and Michael Hordern, has been divided into three corresponding parts, with newly recorded beginning and end narration by Ian Holm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Epic

  • By Michael on 01-12-12

Irritating sound effects

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-10

The sound effects and "music" were soooo irritating. I guess they were trying to set a mood by using out of tune instruments. I got this to entertain my daughters while we drove and we ended up laughing at the awful music instead. I wanted to get them interested in Tolkien but this presentation was not the way to go. The producers placed much more importance on grunts and groans than they did the story. Many places the sound effects made it hard to hear the actual dialog.
I'm trying the American version. Hope it is better for the rest of the series.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,160

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating (if not an outlier)

  • By KHarrang on 11-21-08

Yeah but...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-09

Yes opportunity is important. No very successful person I know says any different. I have never heard any very successful person say "I got here because I am great". They have always said "I just happened to be in the right place at the right time".
The point is they were willing to work hard when that opportunity opened. How many other kids at Bill Gate's school decided to bury themselves in that computer lab? They were all the same age, had the same opportunity, and many were probably as smart but Bill put in the hours.
This was very interesting but the conclusions the writer tries to make are weak. Several times the writer claims America's love affair with the strong individualist is misguided. He is wrong. Bill G didn't get there because he was the most popular kid in school - he was a strong individualist geek who found the computer room much more interesting than the politics of what ever else was going on.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Atlas Shrugged

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,908
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343

As passionate as it is profound, Atlas Shrugged is one of the most influential novels of our time. In it, Rand dramatizes the main tenets of objectivism, her philosophy of rational selfishness. She explores the ramifications of her radical thinking in a world that penalizes human intelligence and integrity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Edward Hermann's masterful performance.

  • By Shawn Levasseur on 07-17-08

Prophetic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-09

Wow, this should be required reading. We're seeing this actually happen today. I have heard politicians say things the idiots in her book said. We are seeing the "If I just had more power I could fix it" mentality. I wish someone could make a movie of this.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Cesar's Way

  • The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems
  • By: Cesar Millan, Melissa Jo Peltier
  • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563

There are at least 68 million dogs in America, and their owners lavish billions of dollars on them every year. So why do so many pampered pets have problems? In this definitive and accessible guide, Cesar Millan, star of National Geographic Channel's hit show Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, reveals what dogs truly need to live a happy and fulfilled life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Really Works!

  • By L. Worthington on 07-14-07

SSSSSSST!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-09

This works. Interesting to get to know the man behind the muts.
This book was a great balance between his life and technique.

  • Last Breath

  • The Limits of Adventure
  • By: Peter Stark
  • Narrated by: Peter Stark
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Highlights
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Stark narrates a series of outdoor adventure stories in which thrill can cross the line into mortal peril. Each death or brush with death is at once a suspense story, a cautionary tale, and a medical thriller. He describes what goes through the mind of a cross-country skier as his body temperature plummets - apathy at 91 degrees, stupor at 90 - and explores the physiology of a snowboarder trying not to panic as he consumes the tiny pocket of air trapped around his face under thousands of pounds of snow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelously well told physiological tales

  • By Terry Austin on 01-28-03

He lets a couple live

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-09

Excellent. Informative and interesting stories in which to frame the information. It is a bit morbid but I am a wilderness first responder and ski patroller and this worked as a good refresher to help me keep in mind what is going on. I have recomended sections of this to be used for intructional purposes.

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    Length: 1 hr
    3 ratings
    Overall 3.7
  • Science, Spirit, and Soul

  • By: Larry Dossey
  • Length: 1 hr
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

The doctor who led the struggle to legitimize the healing power of prayer looks at the future...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By ken Wheeler on 02-19-09

Wow

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-09

This information is actually being studied but there are few places you will hear about it. Need to get Dossey on Oprah or something

  • Next

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,968
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 702
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 712

Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems, and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn. Next challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. Balancing the comic and bizarre with the genuinely frightening and disturbing, Next shatters our assumptions and reveals shocking new choices where we least expect.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • interesting topic - dull, boring, confusing book

  • By Ronald on 12-09-06

Crichton asks new questions

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-09

As per his writing style this book brings up interesting questions that someone should be asking. Interestingly developed but in audio format the news stories that are interspersed get confusing. Also, whether they are actual news stories or simply additional fiction is unclear.
Entertaining none the less.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sacred Verses, Healing Sounds, Volumes I and II

  • The Bhagavad Gita and Hymns of the Rig Veda
  • By: Deepak Chopra
  • Narrated by: Deepak Chopra
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

In this illuminating audio experience, Deepak Chopra invites listeners to experience the therapeutic power of sound through language and music. In Volume I, Deepak explains how language forms our material reality and shapes our beliefs and behavior. Listeners are treated to a selection of sacred verses from the Bhagavad Gita that spontaneously generate insight, intuition, and inner harmony.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Give it a chance...

  • By Ricardo on 12-31-09

Doesn't work for massage

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-09

I was hoping for something I could use as massage music and this wasn't it.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Secret Empire

  • Eisenhower, CIA, and the Hidden Story of America's Space Espionage
  • By: Philip Taubman
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

During the early and most dangerous years of the cold war, a handful of Americans, led by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, revolutionized spying and warfare. In great secrecy and beyond the prying eyes of Congress and the press, they built exotic new machines that opened up the Soviet Union to surveillance and protected the United States from surprise nuclear attack. Secret Empire is the dramatic story of these men and their inventions, told in full for the first time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More people should know what Ike accomplished.

  • By Matrix2020 on 09-14-04

Not about Eisenhower

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-09

I was looking for a book on Ike. The tech stuff was interesting but not really much news

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Sarah Palin

  • A New Kind of Leader
  • By: Joe Hilley
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Exploring themes from her career in politics, her life as a hockey mom, and her strongly held Christian faith, author Joe Hilley's biographical leadership study of Sarah Palin explores the leadership principles that have catapulted her into the national spotlight and explains how she models a fresh paradigm of leadership that will guide our nation through the 21st century.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I already googled her

  • By ken Wheeler on 12-16-08

I already googled her

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-16-08

I was dissapointed in this book. There was nothing I couldn't have learned in a basic Google search. It was a poorly written sales pitch. With stuff like this, no wonder she didn't get a chance to get her voice heard.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful