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  • Leonardo da Vinci

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,905
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,858

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

Isaacson uncovers Leonardo, Molina is great

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

Isaacson is a master, and does it again, succinctly conveying what made Leonardo such a change force in human history. I have to defend narrator Alfred Molina, as I saw one review that said the listener didn't care for his narration - I found him thoroughly enjoyable and made this an easy listen.
As most of us do, if I don't know the narrator I listen to the sample to see if I can stand the narrator, and will skip the audiobook if I don't care for the narrator. With this book, the audio sample is Isaacson reading the introduction, at least for the first few minutes I listened. It would be better if the sample used was Molina, as we could judge for ourselves. As with art, each narrator is a personal preference.

121 of 128 people found this review helpful

  • Blackout

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
  • Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,445
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,450

In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Double review - Blackout and All Clear

  • By Monica on 06-03-12

OK, but...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-11

Well researched period piece, but I have to say the book went nowhere. Every review mentions the abrupt end, and even though I was prepared I had to say "Huh?" when the book ended. I don't have the interest or patience to endure the second book. Both books should be edited down to a combined 4-5 hour story. This story is so repetitious about "the drop" and a complete lack of tension or insight of what really may be happening back at the home office, that I feel I wasted my time with this one. I did finish the book out of stubbornness, but I will not bother to get the sequel. I have a couple of hundred of Audible books, I love Audible, and this is one of only two books I'm sorry I purchased. (No fault of Audible).

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Solomon vs. Lord

  • By: Paul Levine
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

She's old-money Miami. He's barefoot Coconut Grove. The only thing they had in common was the law, until they faced each other in the steamiest murder trial of the century, a case that would make sparks fly, headlines scream, and opposites attract. Surrounded by crooks, con men, and a cast of colorful characters, Steve Solomon and Vickie Lord must solve the crime before they end up in ruin, in jail, or, worse, in bed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • thoroughly delightful

  • By S. Johnston on 02-20-06

Great couples listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-29-07

My wife and I love audio books on long car trips, and this has been one of our all-time favorites! Great film-noir snappy dialogue and moving sub-plots, but the book is really about character development and interplay, just like the best in Spencer/Hepburn or a good Cary Grant movie. My only disappointment was to find that this is the only book by the author on Audible. BRING ON THE SEQUEL!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Wall

  • By: Jeff Long
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

On the vast, sunlit walls of the world's greatest monolith, two veteran climbers unwittingly ascend into a vertical underworld. In a place where obsession kills, they quickly fall prey to past loves, old demons, and ghostly revenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Bikerclimber on 06-20-07

Enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-07

Having been a longtime climber ( of middling talent at best), I really enjoyed the book as the author truly understands climbers and their motivations and captured the climbing experience very effectively. A bit heavy on the supernatural, but it didn't really take away from the book. I also agree that you can see the twist coming from afar, but it still had plenty of suspense and adventure. Well produced and found the narrator agreeable. I enjoyed the technical climbing terms, it made the book much more authentic.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Wigfield

  • The Can-Do Town That Just May Not
  • By: Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello, Stephen Colbert
  • Narrated by: Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello, Stephen Colbert
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Russell Hokes was recently fired from his job painting center lines on interstates and is now free to pursue his dream of becoming a writer. Instead of drawing long white lines on asphalt, he'll draw much shorter ones on paper, with loops and curls. Having told his clueless publisher he wants to write about the quiet dignity of the American Small Town, Hokes hits the road for Wigfield.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not really worth it

  • By caseyp on 01-25-07

Buy with caution

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-06

I am a big Colbert fan, but my impression was that this was an amusing 10 minute skit that was stretched into 5 hours as a bar bet. Good humor, but relentless storyline details became force-fed chunks of tedium that left me gasping for more of a story. I allowed myself to quit listening after two hours because the occasional witicisms didn't overcome my lack of engagement with the storyline. The story may improve later, but I couldn't reward such a tepid first two hours with any more of my time.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • State of Fear

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,092
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,435
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,441

Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Did I read the same book as some of you?

  • By F on 10-05-05

Great Book, Needs better narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-13-06

Having read most of the author's published works, some I have loved, some not. I consider this to be one of his best. I am not too far on one side or the other of the environmental debate, but found the book to be very thought provoking and its premise of enviro-politics very plausible. I do wish the narrator would have spoken a bit faster, or with a bit more inflection, but the sound quality was excellent.

  • London Bridges

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Peter J. Fernandez, Denis O'Hare
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479

In broad desert daylight, a mysterious platoon of soldiers evacuates the entire population of Sunrise Valley, Nevada. Minutes later, a huge bomb detonates a hundred feet above the ground and lays waste to homes, cars, and playgrounds: a town annihilated in an instant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a ride!!!

  • By Girlbos on 02-27-05

Still a good listen, but..

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-05

I have read all of the stories in the Alex Cross series, he has easily become my favorite lietrary character. For me, London Bridges was a bit below what I've come to expect, as it seems to me that Mr Patterson couldn't live up to his own hype about "The Wolf" and the book's resolution seemed a bit pedestrian and all too familiar. However, this won't stop me from buying the next Alex Cross story the first day it is available. I agree with the other reviewer in that I miss his having a regular FBI partner to play off of, and his love life seems a bit predictable. I hope Mr. Patterson takes the trouble to expand Alex's personal life in the next saga.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful