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  • The Idiot

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Narrated by: Alastair Cameron
  • Length: 23 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Young Prince Mishkin is that rare thing - a "completely beautiful human being". He is honest, humble, generous, and selfless, but unfortunately these traits mean he is often mistaken for an idiot. Upon his return to St. Petersburg, after being away at a Swiss sanatorium for the treatment of epilepsy, Prince Mishkin is taken under the wing of the wife of General Yepanchin, who arranges for him to live with the family of her money-obsessed friend Ganya.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow.

  • By Michal Krawczyk on 04-25-17

A mix of soap opera and cheap philosophy

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

Reviewed: 09-23-17

I was interested in this book because it contained the phrase "Beauty will save the world"; and it was written by Fyodor Dostoyevski, a supposed Russian glory. When I read the summary, the premise attracted me: the story of a humble and noble man, caught in the middle of vile to average people, who all thought of him as an idiot, and his ability to shine and prove them wrong.

The first part of the book was compelling, the characters were strong and the narrative smooth and fluid. However, in Part II my interest quickly started to vanish inside the myriad of dull and ordinary characters, impossible to distinguish from each other, and their endless, uneventful, boring, soap-opera like tirades and conversations. The most attractive character from Part I, Nastasia Philipovna, quickly (and surprisingly) fades into oblivion on Part II and the excitement she brought was never replaced by anything.

I decided to stop after I heard the most horrid anti-catholic diatribe from the mouth of the Prince. In that moment I had decided I couldn't take it anymore. I guess that was supposed to be Dostoyevski's high moral teaching? That the Catholic Church is the home of the AntiChrist and the house of all evil? Bo-ring!

I don't care what anyone says this book was not worth my time. I feel like "The Idiot" for having listened as far as I did.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Dog's Purpose

  • By: W. Bruce Cameron
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,363
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,833

A Dog's Purpose - which spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list – is heading to the big screen! Based on the beloved best-selling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog's Purpose shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Dogs Purpose

  • By sara on 02-16-17

Not what I expected...

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

I chose this book because I saw the DVD in Walmart and it called my attention. I thought it would be a cute tale about a pet dog and its loving owners, with the regular foe playing tricks now and then, which it's pretty much what it was for the most part of the story.

Unfortunately, I did not read a plot summary before purchasing the book and I had no idea that it was about... reincarnation?? Really? I missed the first of the reincarnations somehow when I was listening, but when the second happened, I was like, what?? Then I went ahead and read the Wikipedia summary and realized what was happening.

I would have never purchased it if I knew that it was going to be about that. I could care less about esoteric after life experiences... all the more about dogs. I'm giving it three stars because of the story during the first and second incarnations... couldn't care less about the rest.

  • Gone with the Wind

  • By: Margaret Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Linda Stephens
  • Length: 49 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,704
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,190
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,214

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • not to miss audible experience

  • By dallas on 12-08-09

Timeless American classic!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-16

What can one say about Gone with the wind that hasn't been said already! I bought this book because I am interested in Southern culture. All I can say is that Margaret's Mitchell story is one of the most fascinating I have ever listened (or read). It's a totally honest, zero political correctness romance novel told from the perspective of the defeated, the white American southerners. Here one can discover the beauty and charm of an age gone-by, and learn that it all wasn't just suffering or disgrace for the Black slaves, and how the liberators were at times more cruel than the former masters.

Linda Stephens' reading performance is wonderful, making every character immediately noticeable and likeable, full of emotion and personality.

One of my favorite books I have listened to so far.

  • Adolf Hitler

  • By: John Toland
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 44 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462

Based on previously unpublished documents, diaries, notes, photographs, and dramatic interviews with Hitler's colleagues and associates, this is the definitive biography of one of the most despised yet fascinating figures of the 20th century. Painstakingly documented, it is a work that will not soon be forgotten.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strange Person

  • By Mark on 11-25-14

The best Hitler biography out there

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

Reviewed: 05-26-16

Hitler is a figure that is problematic for many historians, because it's not always easy to write about his life from an unbiased perspective. John Toland says in the introduction that he tried to write this book as if Hitler lived a thousand years ago, to try to remove bias as much as possible. I have to say that he largely succeeded.

No matter what your position towards the life and works of the great German dictator is, this book will provide lots of facts and obscure insights about the life of Hitler. There are details about his conversations with his intimate circles, his relationship with Eva Braun, his obsesive love for the German people, and above all, a very clear description of the thoughts and actions during the times before becoming chancellor, as well as his years as Führer and at the war that destroyed his dreams.

Even though there are small obligated mentions of the holocaust, the book is worth listening for all the other information it contains, it is both scholarly and very entertaining.

Ralph Cosham narrative is also superb.

  • Elephants Can Remember

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319

"The Ravenscrofts didn't seem that kind of person. They seemed well balanced and placid..." And yet, twelve years earlier, the husband had shot the wife, and then himself - or perhaps it was the other way around, since sets of both of their fingerprints were on the gun, and the gun had fallen between them. The case haunts Ariadne Oliver, who had been a friend of the couple. The famous mystery novelist desires this real-life mystery solved, and calls upon Hercule Poirot to help her do so.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hugh Fraser is awesome!

  • By Mandy Cruze on 04-24-15

So far the easiest Christie book to guess

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

Reviewed: 05-26-16

What about Hugh Fraser’s performance did you like?

Hugh Fraser is the perfect narrator for Agatha Christie's books. His performance is very expressive and I like that fact that he makes each character very recognizable.

Any additional comments?

This book was particularly easy for me to guess the ending. I had it pretty much figured out since chapter 5 or so. Not that that made it any less enjoyable. It's always a pleasure to see Poirot unwind the skein of yarn!

  • König Ludwig II

  • Ein königlicher Träumer
  • By: Jean Louis Schlim
  • Narrated by: Gerd Anthoff
  • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

"Ein ewig Rätsel will ich bleiben, mir und anderen." Und rätselhaft blieb er, über seinen geheimnisvollen Tod hinaus...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tale of a royal dreamer

  • By montecarlostar on 08-29-15

Tale of a royal dreamer

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

Reviewed: 08-29-15

Where does König Ludwig II rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Somewhere in the middle.

What was one of the most memorable moments of König Ludwig II?

The description of his life in Neuschwanstein.

Which character – as performed by Gerd Anthoff – was your favorite?

He didn't perform any character, but his voice is great.

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

No.

  • Five Little Pigs

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446

Beautiful Caroline Crale was convicted of poisoning her husband, but just like the nursery rhyme, there were five other "little pigs" who could have done it: Philip Blake (the stockbroker), who went to market; Meredith Blake (the amateur herbalist), who stayed at home; Elsa Greer (the three-time divorcee), who had her roast beef; Cecilia Williams (the devoted governess), who had none; and Angela Warren (the disfigured sister), who cried all the way home.

Sixteen years later, Caroline's daughter is determined to prove her mother's innocence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Top Notch Mystery

  • By Tomsde on 11-05-12

Murder in retrospect

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

Reviewed: 08-29-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend any Agatha Christie.

What did you like best about this story?

It's an unusual story because it's the reconstruction of a case many years after it happened.

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

I like Hugh Fraser, but I have to say that his Poirot here wasn't that much distinguishable from the other characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

They thought the past wouldn't come back. They were wrong.

  • Against Our Better Judgment

  • The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Daniel McGowan
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Soon after WWII, U.S. statesman Dean Acheson warned that creating Israel on land already inhabited by Palestinians would "imperil" both American and all Western interests in the region. Despite warnings such as this one, President Truman supported establishing a Jewish state on land primarily inhabited by Muslims and Christians.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good content, bad audio

  • By S. Ainsworth on 05-18-16

Interesting information

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

Reviewed: 08-29-15

What did you like best about Against Our Better Judgment? What did you like least?

It contains good information that every American should know. The quality of the recording did much to be desired though.

What did you like best about this story?

The description of the Six Days War.

Would you be willing to try another one of Daniel McGowan’s performances?

No.

Did Against Our Better Judgment inspire you to do anything?

Yes.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Evil Under the Sun

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396

The beautiful bronzed body of Arlena Stuart lay face down on the beach. But strangely, there was no sun and Arlena was not sunbathing - she had been strangled.

Ever since Arlena's arrival the air had been thick with sexual tension. Each of the guests had a motive to kill her, including Arlena's new husband. But Hercule Poirot suspects that this apparent "crime of passion" conceals something much more evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So enjoyable and relaxing

  • By iris on 12-01-13

A classic masterpiece!

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

Reviewed: 08-29-15

Where does Evil Under the Sun rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 10

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hercules Poirot! Nobody can beat him!

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

His impersonation of the characters and Poirot's voice are untouchable.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • And Party Every Day

  • The Inside Story of Casablanca Records
  • By: Larry Harris, Curt Gooch, Jeff Suhs
  • Narrated by: Larry Harris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Now it can be told! The true, behind-the-scenes story of Casablanca Records, from an eyewitness to the excess and insanity. Casablanca was not a product of the 1970s, it was the 1970s. From 1974 to 1980, the landscape of American culture was a banquet of hedonism and self-indulgence, and no person or company in that era was more emblematic of the times than Casablanca Records and its magnetic founder, Neil Bogart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Jerry Geleff on 09-05-18

Exclusive information about Casablanca records

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

Reviewed: 08-29-15

If you could sum up And Party Every Day in three words, what would they be?

Party Every Day

What other book might you compare And Party Every Day to and why?

Nothing to Lose: The Making of KISS, they both tell the story of successful entrepreneurship in the music business.

Which character – as performed by Larry Harris – was your favorite?

Himself - As it was the only character he performed.

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

Yeah, it made me laugh several times, especially when he mentioned how ugly the original KISS members were without makeup.

Any additional comments?

The first chapters are a little boring, but it gets interesting once he gets past his early like and start talking about Casablanca records.