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  • The Last Battle

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Patrick Stewart
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,618

The Unicorn says that humans are brought to Narnia only in time of greatest need, and that time is now. The great Lion Aslan, the heart of Narnia, is missing. An impostor roams the land in his place, enslaving Aslan's loyal creatures and spreading treachery and lies. Only King Tirian and his small band of loyal followers are left to fight the last battle in this magnificent ending to The Chronicles of Narnia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sad to get to the end...

  • By Sarah on 03-01-07

Indeed, Lewis Gave Up this Series' Ghost

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

Reviewed: 01-08-17

Would you listen to The Last Battle again? Why?

No, I'm done with that disappointment. Even with Patrick Stewart's voice and amazing skills trying to make up for this weak story, I couldn't deal with it.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I hope Susan became a duchess of somewhere and said YOLO.

What does Patrick Stewart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love his voice, so....everything.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was annoyed and surprised by a number of things:

Why did the king of Narnia keep a blackface kit? Why were the worshippers of death, brown-skinned? And why were all the animals and people of Narnia dumber in this book than all the other books?

  • Lord of the Flies

  • By: William Golding
  • Narrated by: William Golding
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,465
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,636

Marooned on a tropical island, alone in a world of uncharted possibilities, and devoid of adult supervision or rules, a group of British boys begins to forge a society with its own unique rules and rituals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great

  • By Eric Bergstrom on 05-25-17

Why I don't remember this from high school

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

Reviewed: 08-20-15

The author should not have read this book, his voice is monotone, making the story sometimes hard to follow. Other than that, the story was good though it is definitely a younger leaders book. There's good reason for it being a classic.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Nineteen Eighty-Four

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster and the Thought Police uncover each act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • it is not the audio book I was surprised by that

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-17-18

What is Going on?

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

Reviewed: 09-24-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If I could follow the story...

Has Nineteen Eighty-Four turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I like the story just not this dramatized version of it.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The voices were hard to follow and I never knew where they were.

What character would you cut from Nineteen Eighty-Four?

None.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Gospel According to Coco Chanel

  • Life Lessons from the World’s Most Elegant Woman
  • By: Karen Karbo
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 114

Delving into the long, extraordinary life of renowned French fashion designer Coco Chanel, Karen Karbo has written a new kind of book, exploring Chanel’s philosophy on a range of universal themes—from style to passion, from money and success to femininity and living life on your own terms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • She's one of my faves

  • By Heather on 04-24-13

Karbo is Such a Mom

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

Reviewed: 06-07-12

If you could sum up The Gospel According to Coco Chanel in three words, what would they be?

Best Feminism Ever!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Coco of course, but Karbo is quite interesting herself.

Have you listened to any of Bernadette Dunne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I loved her performance. She really creates an atmosphere and brings a lot of energy to the story. She makes it alive like I believe Karen Karbo intended.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

The idea that some of the greatest people of our time have "created" themselves literally in their own minds and refused to let anyone correct them.

Any additional comments?

Great infusion of fashion history in a way that a none fashion buff can also relate to. In fact, I was able to give background info to my husband (who probably didn't care, but pretended very well) about a recent Chanel headline.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Introduction to Feng Shui

  • By: Terah Kathryn Collins
  • Narrated by: Terah Kathryn Collins
  • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

As the popularity of Feng Shui (the Chinese art of placement) grows, so does the demand to integrate its invaluable principles into our Western culture. In this informative audio program, Collins, the author of The Western Guide to Feng Shui, translates the Eastern mysteries of Feng Shui into practical guidelines that can enhance your health, prosperity, and happiness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice but short

  • By Laila on 08-20-07

Nearly Made Me Give Up Feng Shui

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

Reviewed: 06-07-12

Would you try another book from Terah Kathryn Collins and/or Terah Kathryn Collins?

No.

What could Terah Kathryn Collins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Tell me anything useful, but I guess that's why she does consultations. If she just told you in a book like Karen Kingston, you would just do it and maybe enjoy it.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Introduction to Feng Shui?

All of it. It makes Feng Shui feel sleazy, like a cheap self help guide instead of an ancient traditional understanding of energy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Guided Meditations for Busy People

  • By: Bodhipaksa
  • Narrated by: Bodhipaksa
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

Most people who have difficulty setting up a meditation practice cite lack of time as the main hindrance. But with this audiobook, there's no excuse! Guided Meditations for Busy People is designed with the time-pressured in mind and offers nine short meditations from three minutes to nine minutes in length. Most are eight minutes long. These short "sits" are ideal for the person who needs to meditate but who feels they don't have the time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • relax or refresh

  • By Marie Evans on 10-03-07

Made My Train Journeys Blissful

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

Reviewed: 06-07-12

What did you love best about Guided Meditations for Busy People?

It calms your mind and helps you clear your thoughts. I use it to prepare for the day, especially rough/long days.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Guided Meditations for Busy People?

I like the Grounding Meditation best.

Which character – as performed by Bodhipaksa – was your favorite?

Me, but calm.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, it made me empty, full, and empty again.

  • A Guide to Dog Training

  • By: Good Guide Publishing
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 10

Getting a new puppy or adult dog is always an exciting time for the entire family. But unless you understand the intricacies of caring for a new best friend, that furry bundle of joy could become an anxiety problem. Stop problems in their tracks right now with this informative audiobook that will tell you everything you need to know about caring for your dog.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Useless

  • By Marie on 06-07-12

Useless

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

Reviewed: 06-07-12

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you want a general idea with no explanation of how to do something specific, this is the book for you, Mindreader.

Would you ever listen to anything by Good Guide Publishing again?

No.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Nope, completely useless.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • METAtropolis Free Story: 'In the Forests of the Night'

  • By: Jay Lake
  • Narrated by: Michael Hogan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1,527
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 636
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 647

“In the Forests of the Night” is from the Hugo and Audie Award-nominated METAtropolis, an intelligent and stunning creation of five cutting-edge science-fiction writers, performed by an amazing cast of elite narrators and stars from TV’s Battlestar Galactica. METAtropolis takes place in a future where cities have transformed or died, and technologists, eco-survivalists, and civilization itself vie for continued existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great writer-narrator combination

  • By Robert on 12-09-10

Great Performance Almost Made it Interesting

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

Reviewed: 06-07-12

What did you like best about METAtropolis Free Story: 'In the Forests of the Night'? What did you like least?

Michael Hogan's voice is great, very thick and emotional. The story had no point to speak of.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jay Lake? Why or why not?

If Michael is reading it and it's free, otherwise no.

Do you think METAtropolis Free Story: 'In the Forests of the Night' needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Only if the follow-up is a convincing explanation of the point of the first one.

Any additional comments?

I love free books though.

  • Back to Work

  • Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy
  • By: Bill Clinton
  • Narrated by: Bill Clinton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 481

President Bill Clinton gives us his views on the challenges facing the United States today and why government matters - presenting his ideas on restoring economic growth, energy, job creation, financial responsibility, resolving the mortgage crisis, and financial responsibility, and offering a plan to get us "back in the future business".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great and it all makes sense

  • By Christine A. Haimann on 01-08-12

Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 06-02-12

If you could sum up Back to Work in three words, what would they be?

Re-elect Bill Clinton

What was one of the most memorable moments of Back to Work?

The research, effort and the clear ideas and pathways to a better functioning relationship between the government and private sector are awe inspiring.

  • How to Know God

  • By: Deepak Chopra MD
  • Narrated by: Deepak Chopra MD
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

The best-selling author Deepak Chopra is back with a new work that explores the seven ways we experience God. As Chopra explains, these experiences are shaped not by any one religion but by an instinct that is hard-wired into the brain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazingly Eye Opening

  • By Marie on 06-02-12

Amazingly Eye Opening

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

Reviewed: 06-02-12

Would you consider the audio edition of How to Know God to be better than the print version?

Yes, I think I would have gotten lost in a printed version as the concepts are quite complex.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I nearly cried toward the end but I can barely explain why.

Any additional comments?

Wonderful mind expanding view of our existence.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful