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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 163,097
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,529
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,367

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

Fantastic update of Robinson Crusoe on Mars

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

Reviewed: 12-04-14

Can't say enough good things about this book, both as a story and as presented. This is a wonderful reboot of the 1964 cult movie, Robinson Crusoe on Mars.

Compelling drama presented with total scientific accuracy and very believable characters. I'm very much looking forward to the Ridley Scott film version, currently in production.

  • The Great Deformation

  • The Corruption of Capitalism in America
  • By: David Stockman
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 36 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 258

David Stockman was the architect of the Reagan Revolution that was meant to restore sound money principles to the U.S. government. It failed, derailed by politics, special interests, welfare, and warfare. Stockman describes how the working of free markets and democracy has long been under threat in America and provides a surprising, nonpartisan catalog of the corrupters and defenders. His analysis shows how both liberal and neoconservative interference in markets has proved damaging and often dangerous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loads of Information but problematic writing

  • By Michael on 04-12-13

Essential truths revealed

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

Reviewed: 08-20-14

This book is right up there with "Human Action," "Where the Right Went Wrong" and "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid" in terms of taking complex subjects and explaining them in ways that reveal their essential truths.

I majored in economics but the macro side was never explained or taught to me in a way that made as much sense as does this book. Mr. Stockman has rendered a great service to both the contemporary audience and future generations in producing this singular work.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Carsick

  • John Waters Hitchhikes Across America
  • By: John Waters
  • Narrated by: John Waters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 641

John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads "I’m Not Psycho", he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another great piece of filth from john waters!

  • By randy on 06-06-14

Not as advertised

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

Reviewed: 07-01-14

I think there is some false advertising associated with this book. Based on his appearance on the Bill Maher show, I was expecting a straight (no pun intended) non-fiction travelogue from Mr. Waters.

Instead, I am more than one-third through the book and so far it's just Mr. Waters imagining "what if" fantasy scenarios about what could possibly go wrong (or right) on his journey. I don't know if I'm even going to finish the book as the fantasy material just seems like word count filler to meet a book contract. (I didn't get it at first but Mr. Waters does give a sort of heads up when early on he mentions that Steinbeck's "Travels with Charley" was in whole or in part a fabrication.)

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Amanda Knox and the Perugia Murder

  • Italian Crimes
  • By: Jacopo Pezzan, Giacomo Brunoro
  • Narrated by: Yacine May, Max Duprè, Rita Zanchetta
  • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 6

On December 5, 2009, Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were found guilty of the murder of Meredith Kercher. In December of the following year, the appeal trial began. Despite the initial verdict, the Italian and international public opinion is widely divided: many are those who think that Amanda and Raffaele are the victims of a miscarriage of justice. Images of the couple have been seen around the world, on the web and on TV screens, creating a true media sensation.But what really took place?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • You gotta be kidding?!?!

  • By krisjs1767 on 02-04-14

You gotta be kidding?!?!

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

Reviewed: 02-04-14

This is like somebody sitting in their basement in Brooklyn reading tabloid headlines out loud, interspersed with audio clips grabbed from Italian TV. Don't waste your credits.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

  • A History of Nazi Germany
  • By: William L. Shirer
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 57 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,901
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,418

Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Held my interest for 57 hours and 13 minutes

  • By Jonnie on 11-08-10

History at its best

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

Reviewed: 05-15-13

Can't say enough about the content and production of this audio work. Subject matter is beyond compelling. Narration is superlative. It's really one of the best I've ever downloaded from audible.com.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Packing for Mars

  • The Curious Science of Life in the Void
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,818
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,872
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,867

Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More

  • By Roy on 09-22-10

Packing for bed

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

Reviewed: 11-11-12

The narration is called a "performance" but it's more like a robotic monotone. I found myself dozing off while driving. Otherwise, the story is fascinating.

  • Arsenals of Folly

  • The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race
  • By: Richard Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

In a narrative that moves like a thriller, Rhodes sheds light on the Reagan administration's unprecedented arms buildup in the early 1980s, as well as the arms-reduction campaign that followed, and Reagan's famous 1986 summit meeting with Gorbachev. Rhodes' detailed exploration of events of this time constitutes a prehistory of the neoconservatives. The story is new, compelling, and continually surprising - a revelatory re-creation of a hugely important era of our recent history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • overall outstanding

  • By Thomas on 06-25-09

Story telling at its best

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

Reviewed: 10-09-12

Richard Rhodes, once again, takes a complex story and brings it alive in both character and detail. I can't say enough about the compelling nature of Mr. Rhodes's writing (on whatever subject). Any of his books are highly recommended.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Jesus, Interrupted

  • Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible
  • By: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862

Picking up where Bible expert Bart Ehrman's New York Times best seller, Misquoting Jesus, left off, Jesus, Interrupted addresses the larger issue of what the New Testament actually teaches...and it's not what most people think. This is the book that pastors, educators, and anyone interested in the Bible have been waiting for, a clear and compelling account of the central challenges we face when attempting to reconstruct the life and message of Jesus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book

  • By Paul on 06-27-10

Brilliant!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-09

I've liked all of Professor Ehrman's books but this is the best yet. There are very few audio offerings that I would want to repeat. This is one of them.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Pygmy

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 178

"Begins here first account of operative me, agent number 67, on arrival Midwestern American airport....Code name: Operation Havoc." Thus speaks Pygmy, one of a handful of young adults from a totalitarian state sent to the U.S. disguised as exchange students to live with typical American families and blend in, all the while planning an unspecified attack of massive terrorism

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Kinder, Gentler Chuck

  • By Maude Lebowski on 05-30-09

Amusing satire

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-09

This is an amusing and clever satirical view of America in the tradition of Jonathan Swift and Terry Southern. I didn't have any trouble with the Clockwork Orange-type argot of the main character ("Operative me").

However, the conceit of this character (i.e., broken English, primitive, animalistic P.O.V. but also with complex thoughts and using highly technical references) is a bit odd and not completely satisfactory from a story logic perspective. It's sort like asking somebody to dictate their memoirs using a foreign language that they don't speak very well, which upon reflection is maybe just what he was doing.

  • Losing Mum and Pup

  • A Memoir
  • By: Christopher Buckley
  • Narrated by: Christopher Buckley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

Just as Calvin Trillin and Joan Didion gave readers solace and insight into the experience of losing a spouse, Christopher Buckley offers consolation, wit, and warmth to those coping with the death of a parent, while telling a unique personal story of life with legends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nicely Done!

  • By krisjs1767 on 06-27-09

Nicely Done!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-09

The New York Times review left me with the impression that this might be a bit snarky, not so much in a "Mommie Dearest" way but perhaps more as an uncomfortable intrusion into famous family private matters. It was anything but that. Christopher Buckley gives us a very thoughtful, heartfelt and self-deprecating account of how he went through the difficult times that we all must face as some point. It's a nice balance of the amusing and sad, including some wonderful family anecdotes. I don't think it takes anything away from the iconic Buckley family luster. Highly recommended!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful