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  • As You Wish

  • Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
  • By: Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,566
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,943
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,899

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warm-hearted retelling

  • By Thomas Allen on 10-19-14

Interesting stories told by the people who lived t

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

Reviewed: 01-29-15

This is one of those audiobooks that in some ways is better than the physical book that spawned it. They actually have a number of key people involved with the film providing their comments in the appropriate places. Cary reads his book really well (is that any surprise?

If you like the Princess Bride, you owe it to yourself to get this audiobook. You certainly won't regret it!

  • Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Full Cast Recording
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,665

Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that reimagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fresh new way to enjoy the story

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-08-13

This is an excellent rendition of this story

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

Reviewed: 12-29-13

First, allow me to say that I probably didn't experience this story like most of you did. I have read other novels by Orson Scott Card and loved them, but I never read Enders Game. My very first experience of this story was in this full cast audio play written by OSC himself. Only after I listened to this, did I read the novel itself.

That being said, I think this is likely the best version of the story you could possibly want. The audio play successfully captures the heart of the story and the struggles that Ender goes through. I believe the audio play also fixes some of the slightly weaker points of the story. In the novel you do get a bit more of the internal struggle of Ender, but in the novel I do not feel that he is portrayed as the truly unusual boy he really is. In the novel, he feels more like a kid of average intelligence who happens to get really lucky at times. The audio play captures everything that makes Ender really special.

The cast does a great job with the audio play, but there are a number of women voicing the boys at the school. It doesn't really ruin anything, but that does take a bit of getting used to.

You owe it to yourself to listen to this audio play. You won't be disappointed. Thanks to Audible for making it a reality!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bioshock: Rapture

  • Bioshock, Book 1
  • By: John Shirley
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 945

It was the end of World War II. FDR's New Deal had redefined American politics. Taxes were at an all-time high. The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki had created a fear of total annihilation. The rise of secret government agencies and sanctions on business had many watching their backs. America's sense of freedom was diminishing... and many were desperate to take that freedom back.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • YAAY! Finally . . . Wait, What!?

  • By Jason on 06-29-12

The backstory adds a lot of enjoyment to the games

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

Reviewed: 06-19-13

The narrator wasn't the best I've heard, though he gets more appropriately animated over time and the story itself isn't going to be winning awards, but if you are the slightest bit interested in Bioshock 1 and 2, then this will fill in some gaps in the game's story and enrich your understanding and enjoyment of both games. This doesn't discuss anything from Bioshock Infinite. After reading this book, I went back to play the game and really found that I appreciated a lot of the nuances quite a bit more.

If you haven't yet played the games, play at least the first one before reading this book, as it does contain "spoilers" for both games.

It's definitely worth a read.

  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

  • A Novel
  • By: Robin Sloan
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,391
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,371

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A light, fun, easy listen

  • By january on 11-04-12

Excellent Story, Well Told

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

Reviewed: 12-09-12

This story is very interesting to listen to. The narrator does an excellent job of capturing most of the characters. The story itself is well written and the pacing is good.

If you're interested in technology, then this story will speak to you directly. If not, the mystery itself may interest you.

The only weakness to this tale is the very end. I don't want to give anything away, but it feels like the author is in a bit too much of a rush to wrap everything up. Even so, the ending is still satisfying.

Personally, I group this book with Ready Player One. That isn't because they are exactly the same, but the mystery and focus on technology means if you like one you will probably like the other. Plus Ready Player One is narrated by Wil Wheaton. What's not to like?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 195,784
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 182,805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182,414

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Great story, well read!

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

Reviewed: 02-10-12

This is a very good book. If you like your sci-fi mixed with liberal doses of '80s pop culture, you will think you've died and gone to heaven. The characters are all fleshed out and believable (assuming you accept the premise of the book). The author very clearly loved the 1980's and was probably in the nerd culture during that time (because he picks up on a lot of detail you generally wouldn't know about unless you'd lived through it or knew someone who did.

The choice to have Wil Wheaton read this audio production is absolutely perfect. Not only is it great considering the subject matter and Wil's own background, but Wil does a really great job of reading the book and bringing the characters to life.

The only issue I had with the book was that after the author clearly established that the main character is an 1980's scholar, he continues to have the main character rattle off various facts and tid bits about the 80's even when the info really isn't central to the story.

However, I can forgive that because it wasn't too badly overdone. Overall, Ready Player One was a book I just couldn't put down.

  • Robert Ludlum's(TM) The Ares Decision

  • A Covert-One Novel
  • By: Kyle Mills
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330

With U.S. intelligence agencies wracked by internal power struggles and paralyzed by bureaucracy, the President was forced to establish his own clandestine group-Covert-One. It is only activated as a last resort, when the threat is on a global scale and time is running out. In northern Uganda, an American special forces team is decimated by a group of normally peaceful farmers. Video of the attack shows even women and children possessing almost supernatural speed and strength, consumed with a rage that makes them immune to pain, fear, and all but the most devastating injuries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-10-11

Decent book, but not up to Ludlum's standards

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

Reviewed: 02-04-12

I like the Covert One series, and this is a good continuation. If you liked the other novels, this will be a decent read as well. However, Kyle Mills is not quite up to Ludlum's standards as the writing itself goes. There are several times in the book where the characters are left in a precarious situation and then when we finally get back to them, we find them out of danger miraculously with only a sentence or so explaining the "miraculous" thing that happened to save them from certain doom, without going into any real detail.

The voices I have in my head for the characters don't match this narrator, but he's really not as bad as some of the reviews make him sound.

I do hope this series is going somewhere, though. I hope they don't try to add book after book with no real plan on how to end things. I think these characters are probably just about "done." They've been through too much for it to be plausible that they will continue like this indefinitely.

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,448
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38,449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,413

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

A fascinating book, read well

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

Reviewed: 01-07-12

Neil Gaiman's writing is masterful. He has a way of taking familiar things and turning them on their ear. Not only is the novel itself a good one, but this new audio version of the book makes the original story even better, with a full cast reading the book (and Neil reading parts before and after the main story. Neil is one author with a great voice, so it would have been good if he read the whole thing himself, but the full cast really adds something. Trust me, you'll enjoy it!

  • METAtropolis

  • By: Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
  • Narrated by: Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,710
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 919
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 934

Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating stories

  • By Karen on 11-08-13

Very Enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-08

Every story was interesting and they wove together rather well. The first story was probably the weakest in my opinion, because it never really explains itself to the listener very well. Still, even that story was fun to listen to.

I'd really like to see more stories written in this alternate future world.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Digital Fortress

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,251
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,264

When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage, not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh...

  • By Amy on 06-19-04

This book isn't perfect, but it's not that bad...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-05

This book isn't nearly as bad as some reviewers might lead you to believe, but it clearly isn't as polished as his later work. What really hurts this book is the recording itself. I don't know if Audible is to blame or if this is the way the publisher recorded the title, but the audio is very poorly recorded. At the beginning, the recording is too slow. I keept looking at my iPod to see if I accidentally put the book on slow speed. In other parts it is too loud, so the audio distorts regardless of your listening level. If you are interested in the book, I suggest you go get a physical copy or e-book and read it, don't bother with the audiobook version.

  • A Wizard of Earthsea

  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: Harlan Ellison, Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 664
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 162

This first volume of the Earthsea Cycle is an adventure story, a Quest, a tale of a proud, incautious boy who meddles too early with the Dark. It is a pure fantasy telling about a real thing: a boy coming into his power and his manhood...coming of age.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book...Frantic Narrator

  • By Wyonia on 10-17-08

Not a Bad story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-03

They actually read this book in some high schools, which surprised me, since I had read it on my own many years ago. I was happy to see it being offered here at Audible because it's been quite some time since I last read this book. I find the story compelling (although it doesn't really break "new" ground).

A few words about the audio production:

There are some authors that have pleasant speaking voices and read their own works well. Ursula K. LeGuin is not one of those. Thankfully, she only reads the beginning and ending of this book.

The fellow that reads most of the rest of the book is OK, but he overacts which takes something away from the power of the story itself. You will find yourself shaking your head sometimes at the overacting.

If you've never read this book, go ahead and get this book. If you've already read it there is no reason to inflict the poor reading style on yourself.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful