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  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,733
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,707

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I've never read a book quite like this one

  • By Joey on 04-23-12

Superbly written mystic bs

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

Reviewed: 09-28-12

I simply don't understand how can such a reputable author like Murakami waste his talents on something like this.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Memory of Running

  • By: Ron McLarty
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,358
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,520
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,512

In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book

  • By Ripp on 02-18-04

Poor novel

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

Reviewed: 11-26-11

Don't trust the testimonials! This is a average novel in every aspect. I have finished it with much effort and would never read it again, nor other McLarty's books. I don't understand how anyone can praise such a book. There's really nothing about it at all. Very disappointing. I was mislead by a publisher's book marketing, again.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Spark

  • The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
  • By: John J. Ratey
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,445

Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scientific and motivational

  • By Roman on 12-17-09

One of the most useful books I've ever read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-28-11

Spark is very powerful book and it helped me a lot to improve on my daily schedule and healthy life style. My candidate for the best book of the year, highly recommended!

  • The Call of the Wild

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: Gene Engene
  • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

The Call of the Wild is the thrilling story of Buck, a domestic dog from California kidnapped and thrust into the harsh, physical world of the Yukon, a land of danger and ferocity, a land of wolves, blizzards, and treacherous frozen rivers that swallow up entire dog teams. Here is where Buck must learn to survive. He must become as wild and vicious as the wilderness that surrounds him...or die!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • More Brutal Than I Remembered

  • By Kim on 03-24-13

Poor book

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-11

Outdated and poor storytelling. Waste of time. Dead classic. Don't read this, rather choose something else.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Angel's Game

  • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man, David Martín, makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books, and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city's underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house lie photographs and letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic narration and story!

  • By ar43r on 01-02-14

Very bad book

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-11

Forget about Shadow of the Wind, which was outstanding book. Angel's game is indeed trash, especially the ending.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ninety-Three

  • By: Victor Hugo
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

It is 1793 in France, the year of the guillotine. Already, Louis XVI has been sentenced to the scaffold, and Terror reigns. The architects of the Revolution (Marat, Danton, and Robespierre) have set up the Convention, an embryo parliament, designed to stem social chaos. But ideals topple in the face of political necessity, alliances founder, and intrigue is a way of life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Stuffy

  • By Julie on 04-08-13

Terrible narrator

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-11

This is by far the worst title I have ever purchased on Audible. Frederick Davidson is terrible narrator, so painful to listen to. Buy this audiobook and suffer.

6 of 12 people found this review helpful