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  • Leonardo da Vinci

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,600

Leonardo da Vinci created the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and engineering. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish the sample was not from the preface!

  • By Kristopher S. on 11-13-17

Access to the mind of a genius

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

Reviewed: 12-26-17

You may think you know about Leonardo.... notebooks, blah blah, Mona Lisa, blah blah, Florence, blah blah. You know NOTHING! This man was literally 500 years ahead of his time, thinking through myths, fallacies and the impossible with curiosity and a relish for details that meant he never finished some of his greatest works of art, at least, he didn't feel satisfied. If this guy had access to a telescope and a microscope, we would be on Mars today and disease would be in history books.
The reading by Alfred Molina is impeccable.

  • Enduring Love

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 156

On a sunny afternoon, the middle-aged writer Joe Rose and his wife look up from their picnic in the countryside to see an elderly man desperately trying to anchor his giant helium balloon. Running to help, Joe is joined by other bystanders. But from that fateful day, one of them, Jed Parry, will begin to stalk Joe. Driven by religious zeal and misdirected love, the strange young man will slowly unravel each strand of Joe's life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thriller of the minds and relationships

  • By EVERETT on 12-28-04

Haunting, engaging, disturbing

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

Reviewed: 03-07-15

A contented marriage intersects with a bizarre ballooning accident and suddenly everything in this man's life is different - even him. It's beautifully written, exploring the subtle changes that happen when obsession - yours or someone else's - enters a life. The reading is masterful - the voices and characterizations are brilliant.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Memory

  • A Miles Vorkosigan Novel
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,969
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,330
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,330

Dying is easy. Coming back to life is hard. Miles Vorkosigan should know - having done both once already. Thanks to his quick-thinking staff and the artistry of a medical specialist, Miles' first death wasn't his last. But it does take some recovery, a fact he has been reluctant to admit. When he makes the mistake of returning too soon to duty, he finds himself summoned to face the security chief, Simon Illyan. But Miles' worst nightmares about Illyan are nothing compared to Illyan's own nightmares.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly my favorite Miles story

  • By I. Aleksandrov on 02-05-09

Miles never disappoints!

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

Reviewed: 02-26-13

Simply one of the best series of books written in the past 50 years, the Vorkosigan saga repays re-reading and re-listening every time. Bujold has the real writer's imagination along with a deft ability to weave speculative technology into fast-paced plots featuring deeply-felt characters. Although the series is set far away and far in the future, the human-ness of the stories keeps the reader's connection to the story line, no matter which of the characters' point of view is being offered.

Grover Gardner's reading of these stories is pitch-perfect, and he captures the essence of different personalities and even cultures without resorting to put-on accents.

For those who have been enchanted by Tolkein, The Sword in the Stone, and even Stephen King, the Vorkosigan books could be the next adventure!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Bitter Seeds

  • The Milkweed Triptych, Book 1
  • By: Ian Tregillis
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,001
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 789
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 798

Raybould Marsh is a British secret agent in the early days of World War II, haunted by something strange he saw on a mission during the Spanish Civil War: a German woman with wires going into her head who looked at him as if she knew him. It wasn’t his imagination; the wired woman can see into the future and use her knowledge to twist the present. In fact, Marsh soon discovers that the Nazis are running missions with people who have special powers....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WW II alternate history: X-men vs Warlocks

  • By Phelix_da_Kat on 08-29-10

Accents really matter!

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

Reviewed: 12-27-12

This was my first experience with Ian Tregillis, and I enjoyed the plot, pacing and action of the novel. What bothered me and almost made me abandon the book was the reader.

Although Pariseau is versatile in applying various accents to enliven the dialogue, I kept being ripped from the plot by fatal flaws in his versions of upper-class English, Cockney, Scottish, or, most horrifyingly, a variety of "Schweinhund"accents he uses for dialogue among the German characters. Colonel Klink was restrained in comparison. The book is set in World War ll Europe, and I would have preferred either a British reader or a reading without any attempts to portray various accents. As it is, I kept feeling that the characters were being played for laughs or for mockery, which I don't believe the author intended.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful