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  • Skippy Dies

  • By: Paul Murray
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber, Fred Berman, Clodagh Bowyer, and others
  • Length: 23 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,771
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,155

This touching and uproarious novel by author Paul Murray made everyone’s best fiction of 2010 lists, including The Washington Post, Financial Times, Village Voice, and others. Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the mystery that links the boys of Dublin’s Seabrook College (Ruprecht Van Doren, the overweight genius obsessed with string theory; Carl, the teenager drug dealer and borderline psychotic; Philip Kilfether, the basketball-playing midget) to their parents and teachers in ways that no one could have imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, touching, entertaining

  • By Chicago Laura on 01-22-11

A long haul, but worth the time...

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-21-11

I found this tale to be a bit long winded, but anyone who has ever been a teenager ;-) or has raised a teenager can relate to it. The story is wonderfully narrated, which absolutely helps, but the author really delves into these teenagers - almost too deeply.

These are some seriously disturbed people and some of it is very difficult to listen to, however the situations the author has put these kids into is very vivid. Even if you aren't Irish, Catholic or a boarding school alumni, you can easily imagine how the circumstances could play out.

23 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • Alas, Babylon

  • By: Pat Frank
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,787
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,781

This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timeless

  • By Celeste Albers on 05-24-17

A griping read!

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-27-10

I grabbed this paperback out of my mother's bookshelf as a bored teenager on summer vacation and I've dragged it around with me for over 30 years! Though the characters are a bit simplistic, the story is riveting.

This story explores what happens when civilization as we know it ceases to exist. How do people survive when there are no safety nets? Decade’s pass and technology marches on, however the story of mankind’s struggle to survive remains pertinent. I actually used this book as a basis for a Sociology paper in college.

The narrator is very good and the story is every bit as good today as it was in 1959.

71 of 78 people found this review helpful

  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Simonson
  • Narrated by: Peter Altschuler
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,338

You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming book with an excellent narrator

  • By jc on 03-05-10

A Wonderful Surprise!

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-10

I didn't expect to like this book nearly as much as I did! Lovely story, well developed characters, nicely narrated. A very enjoyable read!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful