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  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

  • By: Jules Verne
  • Narrated by: David Case, Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 635
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 539
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 542

The year 1866 was marked by a unique incident, a mysterious and inexplicable phenomenon, and rumors agitated the maritime population and excited the public mind, especially seafaring men. Merchants, common sailors, captains of vessels, skippers, both of Europe and America, naval officers of all countries, and the governments of several states on the two continents, were deeply interested in the matter.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Lousy translation

  • By Tad Davis on 09-02-08

Mixed feelings but glad I finally listened to this classic

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

Reviewed: 05-10-16

Mixed feelings about this one. The cataloging of marine life was maddeningly dull but I guess in 1870 people knew less about the ocean and thought it interesting. I liked it overall. The reader sounded pompous and nasal, but maybe that is how Nemo, Arronax and the others would have sounded back then. Overall worth a listen.

  • Tuck Everlasting

  • By: Natalie Babbitt
  • Narrated by: Peter Thomas
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718

When 10-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles upon the Tuck family's disturbing secret, she is forced to come to terms with her conflicting emotions. She feels drawn to the loving, gentle, and rather eccentric Tucks, but what they tell her is too incredible to be believed. Doomed to, or blessed with, eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family tries to make Winnie understand that the terrible magic of the forest spring can never be revealed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just for middle school kids... made me happy.

  • By Jan on 06-04-13

One of the best children's books ever written

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

Reviewed: 03-25-16

I don't usually read books twice but this one is worth it. I am a schoolteacher who had read this book years and years ago allowed to my class. This is my last year teaching school and I decided to read it one more time. Boy, I'm glad I did! This is one of my all-time favorite. I did not download the audible book until the last third which I was into been on audible book. That's how much I like the story. The only weak spot was I was not really fond of the narrators tone of voice at first. But I got used to it. Definitely worth a credit or money to buy this book.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,301
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,030

London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb.... As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends – and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I felt like a bit of a voyeur

  • By Ella on 03-10-09

Excellent! -- educational, entertaining,Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 11-05-15

I listened to this immediately after listening to All the Light We cannot See, which is another book about WW2 occupied France and Germany's attacks on England. I really loved this story! It is told by the use of letters from one character to another. The author was very clever in the story construction with the letters. I like the ending because I think the author leads the reader to that event in a clever way.

Very worth your credits or $
One of my favorites for this year!

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,885
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,125

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Afraid to Write a "Less-Than-Positive" Review

  • By Elizabeth on 08-06-14

One of my all time favorites!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-15

I have read a lot of books, but even so this one was one of my all time favorites. If you loved Year of Wonders, Devil in the White City, and Remarkable Creatures you will love this one. It is haunting and sad yet uplifting. The reader is excellent.

  • Dead Wake

  • The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,106

On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Naivety VS Barbarians Of War

  • By Sara on 03-05-16

Compelling Historical fiction!

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

Reviewed: 07-20-15

If you loved The Devil in the White City, you will LOVE this book as well. I like the way Larson gave interesting and detailed biographical information on some of the passengers of the ill-fated ship.

This is a suspenseful book as you listen to the stories of the German sub U20 and the British ship as they speed towards a final "rendezvous" with history.

One of my favorite historical fiction "listens!"

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 159,994
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 147,644
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 147,485

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Did not like this as much as I thought I would

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

Reviewed: 06-01-15

What disappointed you about The Martian?

Maybe I was just hoping for some Ray Bradbury/supernatural twist, and did not get it. So I ended up disappointed. But I love a good "technical" adventure, like Shadowdivers or Into Thin Air, but this was not even close to being that good. Granted, the other two are nonfiction, and this book was fiction. But being fiction, you'd think that it would be possible to make it even more heart -stoppingly suspenseful. The reviews say you cannot put this book down, etc.. I did not find that to be true. At time, the technical details of the equipment and the math the character calculated to do things to survive was so boring. I just ignored how boring that was and listened until it got interesting again. It was not very believable either. Too many things were just such a stretch and for all of them to have happened together...just found myself not really into the story as it was too far fetched.

What could Andy Weir have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I am not really sure the book could be more enjoyable to me...I just don't like this type of book, I guess. Maybe do something to make you really care about the main character more....we do not really get to know him so we don't really care what happens....

Would you be willing to try another one of R. C. Bray’s performances?

I might try another performance by R C Bray, the reader, but his voice seemed all wrong for this particular book. He sounded too rough and uneducated (sorry, but he did) to play the character he was playing. He TRIED to make a lot of boring stuff (technical details) stay fresh and exciting. He did use humor in his voice at parts. He is a good narrator.

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

It had some really cool parts. I did like the beginning. I loved wondering what was going to happen ...whether the book would stay realistic fiction or take a fantastical turn.

  • Child 44

  • By: Tom Rob Smith
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,370

It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Be Prepared Be Forewarned

  • By Steven on 02-22-10

Compelling, but far fetched

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

Reviewed: 04-27-15

This booked me from the start. I wanted to keep listening even after my daily commute was over, which is rare for me. I usually just listen in the car.
At the end of the book there's the usual statement about how this is a work of fiction and how all the characters and events are fictional. They did not need to say this because it was very obvious that this was fiction. Many of the events leave you thinking "really?!" But it was a fun listen!

  • The Little Stranger

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,091
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 809

The Little Stranger follows the strange adventures of Dr. Faraday, the son of a maid who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. One dusty postwar summer in his home of rural Warwickshire, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline - its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at 20 to nine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A creepy story, with atmosphere for days

  • By Lesley on 10-13-14

It was slow, but it paid off.

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

Reviewed: 11-04-11

This book was not what I expected....it was slow to develop and nothing creepy or ghostly was mentioned, besides the young maid being scared of the house at the start, until almost half way into the book. In the end, that is what Iiked about it. It let things develop. You felt you knew the characters. You also started to realize that the characters were slowly, ever so slowly changing.... I loved all the descriptions of the old house and village life in England. Then, when the creepier parts started up, they were CREEPY. I found myself on edge as I read..... Something I don't do when reading horror books like Stephen King
( whose books I love, but his are so unrealistic....) This one was more subtle. I usually listen only in the car on my commute, but I brought in my IPOD from the car and just had to listen to the last half hour in the house to see what happened. Now that I finished it, I am the one who feels haunted...by the characters and the life they lived in that house. I cannot stop thinking of them/it.

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,611
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,508
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,525

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

One of the best!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-11

I am always looking for what I call a "life changing" book...one I will think about years after it ends, still think of the characters.This book was it. I rushed to listen to it all because you can't wait to see what happens, but now I miss getting to "check in" on the characters, especially Minny and Skeeter, to see what they are up to. The readers were EXCELLENT, especially the woman who reads Aibileen and MaeMobley. I had tears running down my cheeks and a smile on my face as I listened to the ending. Great, great book! Try it!

  • Full Dark, No Stars

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,739
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,738

"I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eerie, honest, frightening!

  • By 9S on 01-15-11

Stephen can write. :0)

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-10

I listen to audiobooks on my commute. I am often slow to get one started...I might listen on my way home in the afternoon, but not in the morning. I RARELY listen in my house from my IPOD or at the computer. But I did with this one. Stephen King cannot really think up anything TOO awfully original at this point, but he is a consummate storyteller. He weaves the cloth of a story so that you are in the action, feeling like you not only know the character, but you ARE the character at some points. The first two short stories are the best. The ending to the third one (Extensions) seemed premature and disappointed me, but I do think about possible endings for the main character alot, so maybe that was what King was trying for there. Either that or he could not think of how to end it. Last story was an interesting story, but the way the main character deals with her new knowledge doesn't seem plausible. But people do strange things...that I know. Obviously, you can tell from this review, that they were entertaining (albeit graphically gross and violent, as per usual with King) and thought-provoking. Very suspenseful at times. I listened to this one much faster than about any audiobook I've ever bought.... Worth your while if you like King.