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John Marshall

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  • The Doors of Perception

  • By: Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by: Rudolph Schirmer
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,285
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,098
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,101

The critically acclaimed novelist and social critic Aldous Huxley, describes his personal experimentation with the drug mescaline and explores the nature of visionary experience. The title of this classic comes from William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: "If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through narrow chinks of his cavern."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By Evie Cash on 10-13-16

Vaguely interesting. Not light reading.

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

Always taken some pride in having good vocabulary but this was frequently, and to my embarrassment, above my level. It was an intellectual exercise to get through it and now that I have, don't think I have gained any particular knowledge of worth. Huxley's Brave New World by contrast remains especially relevant in this age of historical revisionism and obliteration for the sake of political correctness and "woke" sensibilities.
Enjoyed the narration but only after accelerating the mind numbingly slow pace/speed.

  • Quidditch Through the Ages

  • By: J.K. Rowling, Kennilworthy Whisp
  • Narrated by: Andrew Lincoln
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,754
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,617
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,612

A perennial best-seller in the wizarding world and one of the most popular books in the Hogwarts School Library, Quidditch Through the Ages contains all you will ever need to know about the history, the rules - and the breaking of the rules - of the noble sport of Quidditch. Packed with fascinating facts, this definitive guide by the esteemed Quidditch writer Kennilworthy Whisp charts the game's history from its early origins in the medieval mists on Queerditch Marsh through to the modern-day sport loved by so many wizard and Muggle families around the world. With comprehensive coverage of famous Quidditch teams, the commonest fouls, the development of racing brooms, and much more, this is a must-have sporting bible for all Harry Potter fans and Quidditch lovers and players, whether the weekend amateur or the seasoned Chudley Cannons season-ticket holder.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic production!

  • By Todd Neblett on 03-15-18

An enjoyable supplement to the main books

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

if not quite the caliber of the main books or the performance of Jim Dale on the audio books, still a well-performed enjoyable, amusing supplement. A deserving addition to your Potter Library.

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  • My Family and Other Animals

  • By: Gerald Durrell
  • Narrated by: Nigel Davenport
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,012

This memoir is soaked in the sunshine of Corfu, where Gerald Durrell lived as a boy, surrounded by his eccentric family - as well as puppies, toads, scorpions, geckoes, ladybugs, glowworms, octopuses, bats, and butterflies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A thoroughly delightful book!

  • By T.K. on 06-21-08

Thoroughly enjoyable eccentric family tale

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

only qualm is narrator makes some of the young siblings sound comparatively ancient, like husky voiced 80 year olds in the House of Lords, or at least my cinema shaped conceptions would have them sound.

  • Leonardo da Vinci

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,653
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,604

Leonardo da Vinci created the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and engineering. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish the sample was not from the preface!

  • By Kristopher S. on 11-13-17

thought would be endlessly fascinating

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

Reviewed: 12-30-17

Turns out it was just endless. Exhaustively researched; exhausting to listen to. Cries out for some judicious editing or abridgement. Perhaps less art history detail on some of the individual works and omit references to the PDF illustrations that we're not made available with the audio. Even listening at 125% speed did not hold my interest. On other hand found it effective non-addicting substitute for Ambien. To be fair, sick and grumpy listener is not ideal audience, but all the same, free at last. Free at last.

  • The House of Unexpected Sisters

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759

Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are approached by their part-time colleague, Mr. Polopetsi, with a troubling story: A woman, accused of being rude to a valued customer, has been wrongly dismissed from her job at an office furniture store. Never one to let an act of injustice go unanswered, Mma Ramotswe begins to investigate but soon discovers unexpected information that causes her to reluctantly change her views about the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 18th novel and I'm still enchanted and addicted!

  • By Wayne on 11-11-17

Satisfaction returns!

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

after being just a little disappointed with the preceding volume in the series, I'm very pleased to report that this one returns to form and provided me a complete and satisfying listen. The story lines tied up neatly and in a most satisfying way, with another excellent narration by Lisette Lecat.

  • The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness

  • By: Paula Poundstone
  • Narrated by: Paula Poundstone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,027

Is there a secret to happiness? Beloved comedian Paula Poundstone conducts a series of "thoroughly unscientific" experiments to find out, offering herself up as a guinea pig and recording her data for the benefit of all humankind. Armed with her unique brand of self-deprecating wit and the scientific method, in each chapter Paula tries out a different get-happy hypothesis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Contemplative, with bursts of laughter

  • By Diana on 05-15-17

Enjoyable, amusing. Not a knee slapper.

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

Reviewed: 12-13-17

Enjoyable, personable, amusing, intelligent, insightful,. but don't expect stand up comedy routine. Could've done without the F's and GD's but they're not constant.

  • I Can't Make This Up

  • Life Lessons
  • By: Neil Strauss - contributor, Kevin Hart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,842
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,582

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audiobook I Ever Listened To

  • By Sam Clear on 07-13-17

Foul mouth; Good Heart. smart, funny,, insightful

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

As a post middle-aged white guy of comparatively gentle upbringing , it took me to just a little bit to get past all the vulgarity to appreciate how well Kevin Hart conveys where he came from and where he's coming from. He shares all and bares all his own mistakes and self-defeating behaviors and attitudes, hard Lessons Learned and the value of sheer determination and persistence. We see Kevin Hart grow up and grow in the course of this book, which he narrates in admirable fashion himself.
hHeartfelt, heart written , t heart spoken, it's a pleasure to share his bumpy ride to the top of his game. Hart is smarter law enough to learn from his mistakes and hopes that we might as well. A worthwhile listen and wise word among the obscenities.

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  • The Painted Queen

  • An Amelia Peabody Novel of Suspense
  • By: Elizabeth Peters, Joan Hess
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 615

Arriving in Cairo for another thrilling excavation season, Amelia is relaxing in a well-earned bubble bath in her elegant hotel suite in Cairo when a man with a knife protruding from his back staggers into the bath chamber and utters a single word - "murder" - before collapsing on the tiled floor, dead. Among the few possessions he carried was a sheet of paper with Amelia's name and room number.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just did not feel like the Peabody Emersons

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-26-17

Enjoyed, but the master's touch ...

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

Reviewed: 08-29-17

I am grateful to Elizabeth Peters' (the late Barbara Mertz') family for allowing Joan Hess to complete the last of the Amelia Peabody series, and compliment narrator Barbara Rosenblatt for yet another perfect audio portayal of Amelia and her kin,, and yet it is a parent that the Master's touch is not present throughout. that absence, difficult for this amateur reviewer to describe, I believe will be a parent too long time readers periodically throughout the story, and especially at the abrupt end. still enjoyable but not quite there... A bit of a sad end to this wonderful series.

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  • Breakfast of Champions

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: John Malkovich
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,250
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,247

Breakfast of Champions (1973) provides frantic, scattershot satire and a collage of Vonnegut's obsessions. His recurring cast of characters and American landscape was perhaps the most controversial of his canon; it was felt by many at the time to be a disappointing successor to Slaughterhouse-Five, which had made Vonnegut's literary reputation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Funny..., Even if Malkovich Could Not Care Less

  • By W Perry Hall on 02-05-16

perhaps more enjoyable at younger age

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

Reviewed: 05-22-17

Having waited so many years to get to this book at a minimum I can say I started it expected to enjoy it more. despite of I'm reading a John Malkovich perhaps there are subtleties that I bypassed iin the audio that would have made it more impressive funny moving thoughtful or something that would have made it a more worthwhile experience then I found it to be. perhaps it was meant to be enjoyed by college students experiencing a more hallucinogenic era.

  • Laughing Without an Accent

  • Adventures of an Iranian American, at Home and Abroad
  • By: Firoozeh Dumas
  • Narrated by: Firoozeh Dumas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 137

In the best-selling memoir Funny in Farsi, Firoozeh Dumas recounted her adventures growing up Iranian American in Southern California. Now she again mines her rich Persian heritage in Laughing Without an Accent, sharing stories both tender and humorous on being a citizen of the world, on her well-meaning family, and on amusing cultural conundrums, all told with insights into the universality of the human condition. (Hint: It may have to do with brushing and flossing daily.)

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sigh

  • By Sara on 01-29-14

Sweet and funny like the first - and maybe better

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

Reviewed: 05-21-17

you won't be able to keep your self from smiling out loud numerous times throughout this thoroughly enjoyable listen. I think it's even better than her first. The Immigrant experience in America specifically from a Persian / Iranian view. A personal, thoroughly enjoyable recount of life in and appreciation for America without blind to some of the foibles of a free to be crude and sexuallyexploitive society - sharing concerns many parents have expressed over such as "Juicy" plastered across the seat of little girls' pants. It's no moralistic diatribe, just genuine, honest, and frequently funny. if you don't smile frequently throughout, you need a humor adjustment.