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  • Dandelion Wine

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

Ray Bradbury's moving recollection of a vanished golden era remains one of his most enchanting novels. Dandelion Wine stands out in the Bradbury literary canon as the author's most deeply personal work, a semi-autobiographical recollection of a magical small-town summer in 1928.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Does not translate well into an audible book

  • By Christopher on 07-02-12

Ideal for adults who forgot how children think

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

This tale of summer vacation seen through the eyes of naive children will remind readers of the magical way of thinking youth offers, as well as the painful disenchantment of becoming self-aware. The vignettes of the town's distinct inhabitants gives Bradbury's world a sense of genuine life.

  • Spring Snow

  • By: Yukio Mishima
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 94

Spring Snow is set in Tokyo in 1912, when the hermetic world of the ancient aristocracy is being breached for the first time by outsiders -- rich provincial families unburdened by tradition, whose money and vitality make them formidable contenders for social and political power. Among this rising new elite are the ambitious Matsugae, whose son has been raised in a family of the waning aristocracy, the elegant and attenuated Ayakura.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An extraordinary work.......

  • By UMARRAJ on 05-29-14

The perfect way to start a series

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

Having studied Mishima's works I can't recommend this book and its sequel enough. They can be read in either order and be just as impactful. The ending of the Sea of fertility might be a bit rushed, but, the first two books are a must for anyone who desires a taste of Japanese classics.

  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Tim Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,199

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Burnin', I'm Burnin' for You

  • By W Perry Hall on 10-22-14

A chilling view of humanity's future<br />

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

A must read for anyone into dystopia or sci-fi. Bradbury does it again. His story can shift from whimsical to oppressive to apocalyptic and to hopeful, without you even noticing.

It must be said that once you read this you might feel a bit of concern for the direction that media is taking nowadays. Enlightening, scary and brilliant.

  • Death in Venice

  • By: Thomas Mann
  • Narrated by: Peter Batchelor
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

A stunningly beautiful youth and the city of Venice set the stage for Thomas Mann’s introspective examination of erotic love and philosophical wisdom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A problem with the narration

  • By Erez on 03-19-12

Not the best of Mann's works

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

After hearing my professor reference this book so much and reading some other works by the author, I really wanted to go through at a deliberate pace. It was a bit of an underwhelming experience, but I kept turning the pages as Mann's style is great. All and all not that exciting, but, if you're in a contemplative mood or want a good philosophical discussion on the european conception of aesthetics, I would suggest this book.

  • The Great Gatsby

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal ( Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby. There, he has a firsthand view of Gatsby’s lavish West Egg parties - and of his undying love....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just the right reading style

  • By Matthew Stavros on 05-09-13

Lives up to the reputation

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

I'll be honest. After coming to this book, right after a fantasy novel marathon, I had some trouble getting into it. Luckily, the awe worthy wordsmanship kept me listening. Once the mood had been set and I had become acquainted with the titular character, I was hooked. If ever while listening to this book you feel like the descriptions off the character's frivolous lives are running the pace, just take a break and go sentence by sentence thinking of while the implications of every thing these people do, while focusing on the phrase "Everyone already knows everything". Even if you end up not adding this book to your favorites, I can vouch that you will come out the better for listening to it, and 5 hours isn't that much of a sacrifice, now, it's it?

  • Season of Storms

  • By: Andrzej Sapkowski, David French - translator
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Geralt. The witcher whose mission is to protect ordinary people from the monsters created with magic. A mutant who has the task of killing unnatural beings. He uses a magical sign, potions and the pride of every witcher - two swords, steel and silver. But what would happen if Geralt lost his weapons?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sapkowski does it again

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-09-18

Sapkowski does it again

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

Are any series-long questions answered? NO. Do we get a definitive ending? NO. Do we get any details that change the reading of previous parts in the saga? NO. What we do get is some beautiful insights into the world and characters, some of the most exciting of Geralt's adventures, real stakes despite this being a prequel and Sapkowski's unique style and humor at its finest. Great for series veterans AND newcomers who aren't sure whether or not they'll like the saga, but want a taste. The vocal performance is stellar as well.

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  • White Noise

  • By: Don DeLillo
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 175

When an industrial accident unleashes an "airborne toxic event", a lethal black chemical cloud floats over the Gladneys' lives. The menacing cloud is a more urgent and visible version of the "white noise" engulfing the Gladneys - radio transmissions, sirens, microwaves, ultrasonic appliances, and TV murmurings - pulsing with life yet suggesting something ominous.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Fear of death?

  • By Kristina D. Tiedeman on 02-09-17

World-shattering

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

Performance left me awestruck.
Descriptions were breath-taking yet easy to understand, very well worded.
If you want a good read on consumerist culture presented through an ironic lens, this is THE book.

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,093
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,892

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Average 'Self Help' Book

  • By LadyReadsAlot on 06-04-18

A Prophetic Self-Help Gospel

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

I cannot find the words to describe how enlightened I feel after listening to this. Despite having already heard most of the things in this book through the author's lectures which are available online, having them all compiled in an orderly fashion, boiled down to their essence and fortified with poignant anecdotes and explanations of biological, philosophical and psychological concepts related to them and then read by the author himself with so much passion(at some points his voice is either refusing to stop mid-sentence despite exhaustion or on the brink of tears) is an experience so powerful you cannot help but actually pay attention and let those dark thoughts that you've been avoiding surface and resolve themselves under the light of awareness. Not only does this book make us think of our personal problems that we like to disregards, but it extends to over-arching societal issues and it makes us think of solutions and ways in which we may have put off those solutions. If you've never heard of the author, this would be the best place to start. It will change your life. If you are a fan of Peterson's, definitely pick up this book, just to make sure you haven't been wilfully ignoring any of the advice you may have already heard. A must-have for every English-speaker living in the first decades of the 21st century.

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