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  • Insomnia

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Eli Wallach
  • Length: 25 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,293
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,094

Since his wife died, Ralph Roberts has been having trouble sleeping. Each night he wakes up a bit earlier until he's barely sleeping at all. During his late-night walks, he observes some strange things going on in Derry, Maine. He sees colored ribbons streaming from people's heads, two strange little men wandering around town after dark, and more. He begins to suspect that these visions are something more than hallucinations brought on by lack of sleep.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Do yourself a favor and read this one.

  • By NanaReads on 08-30-17

very enjoyable but...

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

The story was great but the music at the beginning and end of each chapter was to busy and noisy.

  • Carrion Comfort

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster, Laural Merlington
  • Length: 39 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,543
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,540

Caught behind the lines of Hitler's Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face to face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazis themselves. Compelled by the encounter to survive at all costs, so begins a journey that for Saul will span decades and cross continents, plunging into the darkest corners of 20th century history to reveal a secret society of beings who may often exist behind the world's most horrible and violent events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Long, sure...but GREAT story!

  • By LillyO on 01-02-12

Too Long but the Premise was Interesting

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

Reviewed: 01-19-18

As the title says, This book was too long. Many of the details could have been cut and nothing would have been taken out of the story. Things get repeated and then repeated again and again to make sure you know it is important, how evil someone is, etc. I found my mind wandering (especially when it came to the rich woman) at too many times for me. That said the premise was interesting and would make for an interesting series just cut the length down. There also seemed to be a few inconsistency that were poorly explained away or not at all even when Simmons tried. That said this was my first and I will be willing to try another one.

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  • Allegiance: Star Wars Legends

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,502
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,403

The destruction of the Death Star by the Rebel Alliance was a decisive blow against the Empire, but Palpatine and his monstrous enforcer, Darth Vader, are no less of a threat. The brutal extermination of Alderaan not only demonstrated the magnitude of their murderous power, but served as a chilling testament to their resolve to crush the Rebel uprising. Standing against them, Skywalker, Solo, and the Princess remain uncertain opponents. Luke is gifted and brave, but unschooled in the power he possesses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Middle of the road Zahn is still good Zahn

  • By Jacen on 06-21-13

Wonderfully Perspective

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

I loved this perspective of this story. It tells the story of what some of the footsoldiers in the Empire thought of their jobs, their superior, and the rebels. Great characters and fairly interesting story. I do wish there had been more about the soldiers and less the rebels but great story. There needs to be more stories like this.

  • The Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World

  • By: The Great Courses, Ian Worthington
  • Narrated by: Ian Worthington
  • Length: 25 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

Immerse yourself in this comprehensive survey of ancient Greece from 750 to 323 B.C.-from the emergence of Greece at the end of the Dark Ages to the final disintegration of Greek autonomy through the Macedonian kings Philip II and Alexander the Great.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent. Compelling and informative.

  • By Reid Kotlas on 09-17-13

Amazing Adventure into Greece

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

This professor is different and wants you to think about the facts and what the books say. He hits the most significant events and what lead up to the them. The sections on Greek Laws was very in-depth and will explained. Overall, it was a great course.

  • The Peloponnesian War

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 18 hrs and 2 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398

The Peloponnesian War pitted Athens and its allies against a league of city-states headed by Sparta. The ancient Greek historian Thucydides captured this drama with matchless insight in his classic eyewitness account of what was arguably the greatest war in the history of the world up to that time. These 36 half-hour lectures draw on Thucydides' classic account as well as other ancient sources to give you a full picture of the Greek world in uneasy peace and then all-out war in the late 5th century B.C.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, not for Greek newbies...

  • By The World's Greatest on 04-26-16

Very Thorough Course

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

Reviewed: 12-31-17

There were many enjoyable lectures in the GC and they helped me understand this pivotal point in Greek history.

  • Time for the Stars

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,014

Travel to other planets is now a reality, and with overpopulation stretching the resources of Earth, the necessity of finding habitable worlds is growing ever more urgent. There’s a problem though—because the spaceships are slower than light, any communication between the exploring ships and Earth would take years.

Tom and Pat are identical twin teenagers. As twins they’ve always been close, so close that it seemed like they could read each other’s minds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My First Heinlein

  • By DJM on 01-27-11

A Chance to See Your Life's Work

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

Reviewed: 12-31-17

This may be one of the most interesting of Robert Heinlein many interesting books. How does space travel affect time for different people, is there a special connection between twins, and many other fun topics. It does get a little slow at some points but overall a very enjoyable read or listen.

  • The Number of the Beast

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne, Emily Durante, Malcolm Hillgartner, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 924
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 839
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 841

The wickedest, most wonderful science fiction story ever created in our - or any - time. Anything can begin at a party in California - and everything does in this bold masterwork by a grand master of science fiction. When four supremely sensual and unspeakably cerebral humans - two male, two female - find themselves under attack from aliens who want their awesome quantum breakthrough, they take to the skies - and zoom into the cosmos on a rocket roller-coaster ride of adventure, danger, ecstasy, and peril.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I've been waiting for this book in audio format...

  • By Michelle on 05-30-12

What is really Real?

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

This isn't the most thought provoking Heinlein book but the concept of interdemensional traveling is fun. It begs the question of what is real? is everything real and fleshed out or just a figment of our collective imagination. Beautifully told if a little wordy at times. Some parts do last longer than enjoyable but over a solid place in the Heinlein canon especially with some of his other stories and how they connect.
My only real gripe was the number of narrators. It was hard to follow who was talking when they each added their own flair to each character and made it hard to connect then at times.

  • We

  • By: Yevgeny Zamyatin
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 810
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 734
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 734

Set in the 26th century A.D., Yevgeny Zamyatin's masterpiece describes life under the regimented totalitarian society of OneState, ruled over by the all-powerful "Benefactor." Recognized as the inspiration for George Orwell's 1984, We is the archetype of the modern dystopia, or anti-Utopia: a great prose poem detailing the fate that might befall us all if we surrender our individual selves to some collective dream of technology and fail in the vigilance that is the price of freedom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting history, prose a little outdated

  • By Joel D Offenberg on 11-30-11

A Game of Manipulation

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

A wonderfully told story with fascinating characters. We is much like 1984 but with a hive mind aspect in the population. Everyone is trying to manipulate the main character and use his unique knowledge to undo the other's plans.
I do wish the world outside the wall was explored more but it was an interesting universe to explore.

  • Nightwise

  • By: R. S. Belcher
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,541
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,540

In the more shadowy corners of the world, frequented by angels and demons and everything in between, Laytham Ballard is a legend. It's said he raised the dead at the age of 10, stole the Philosopher's Stone in Vegas back in 1999, and survived the bloodsucking kiss of the Mosquito Queen. Wise in the hidden ways of the night, he's also a cynical bastard who stopped thinking of himself as the good guy a long time ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed Story And Narration

  • By Beth on 08-28-15

Why is he doing this?

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

The main character's purpose in the story is to be an egotistical, abusive, self destructive, pain in the a**, and forgettable character. He is a necromancer... and doesn't use it in any interesting way in the whole story while proclaiming how bada** he is.
You know who would interesting to hear about? The grandma. She was interesting and not a narcissist.
the story could have easily been 2-3 hours long. There was also one to many "Oh, that's convenient" moments for it to even be a good detective like story.

  • Skunk Works

  • A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed
  • By: Ben R. Rich, Leo Janos
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,454

From the development of the U-2 to the Stealth fighter, the never-before-told story behind America's high-stakes quest to dominate the skies. Skunk Works is the true story of America's most secret and successful aerospace operation. As recounted by Ben Rich, the operation's brilliant boss for nearly two decades, the chronicle of Lockheed's legendary Skunk Works is a drama of Cold War confrontations and Gulf War air combat, of extraordinary feats of engineering and human achievement against fantastic odds.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice work for a techie or aero interested

  • By Nar on 09-19-15

Beautiful Birds

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

Reviewed: 11-23-17

Astounding Memoir of some of the most innovative aviation advancements ever made. The U2, SR-71, and the F-117 are the main focuses of this narrative but other airplanes are mentioned. This details the struggles, successes, and failures of Lockheed's Skunk Works and the story of Ben Rich. If you like airplanes, this is a must have and you will not regret it.