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  • Anna and the King of Siam

  • The Book That Inspired the Musical and Film 'The King and I'
  • By: Margaret Landon
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 137

Anna Leonowens, a proper Englishwoman, was an unlikely candidate to change the course of Siamese (Thai) history. A young widow and mother, her services were engaged in the 1860's by King Mongkut of Siam to help him communicate with foreign governments and be the tutor to his children and favored concubines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic

  • By Ellenaeddy on 03-30-13

Harrowing story of slavery and rape

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

Reviewed: 09-14-15

What made the experience of listening to Anna and the King of Siam the most enjoyable?

This book has the fascination of watching a train wreck. It's horrible but you can't take your eyes away from it. If you are looking for the King and I, look elsewhere. Anna Leonowens found herself in a bizarre world of sexual slavery, torture and murder. And this was done by the King.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Anna was an incredible woman who fought toe to toe with the crazed and absolute tyrant-king of Siam seeking some small measure of justice for the people crushed under this despotic regime. Forget those idiotic Hollywood movies, Anna Leonowens was appalled by the King and his brutality. She would have been repulsed by the Hollywood fantasy of her having romantic feelings towards him.

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

Ms. Flosnik does a commendable job reading the book and conveying the sense of the story. Her vague Asiatic accents were at times annoying but never a real distraction.

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

No. I would listen during my commute and that was enough. The horror of what the women of the harem underwent could only be taken in small doses.

Any additional comments?

An unflinching look at the brilliant but despotic King. He was a bundle of contradictions. On one hand, he was very learned and devoured all types of books. He was a shrewd politician who manage to keep his country from being annexed by the British or the French. But on the other hand he had no compunction about torturing and burning alive a 16 year old girl who had escaped from his harem.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Blue Remembered Earth

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 21 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 726

Critically acclaimed author Alastair Reynolds holds a well-deserved place “among the leaders of the hard-science space opera renaissance." ( Publishers Weekly). In Blue Remembered Earth, Geoffrey Akinya wants nothing more than to study the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But when his space-explorer grandmother dies, secrets come to light and Geoffrey is dispatched to the Moon to protect the family name - and prevent an impending catastrophe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A surprising and staisfying departure for Reynolds

  • By Michael G Kurilla on 07-21-12

Another original book from Alastair Reynolds

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

Reviewed: 05-19-15

Alastair Reynolds delivers another hard science fiction book. One gets use to his original stories by now as well as his unique characters. The reader is excellent.

  • The Broken Sword

  • By: Poul Anderson
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 200

Thor has broken the sword Tyrfing so that it cannot strike at the roots of Yggdrasil, the tree that binds together earth, heaven, and hell. But now the mighty sword is needed again to save the elves in their war against the trolls, and only Skafloc, a human child kidnapped and raised by the elves, can hope to persuade Bölverk the ice-giant to make Tyrfing whole again. But Skafloc must also confront his shadow self, Valgard the changeling, who has taken his place in the world of men.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A spirited homage to old myths

  • By Ryan on 01-25-14

Anderson's Best Work

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

Reviewed: 02-20-12

Poul Anderson has woven a rich tale from Norse myth. The style and pacing are excellent. Anderson has created a tragedy of Shakespearean proportion and knowing from the first page that it will all end badly, you are still swept away with the story and can't stop. Pinchot is truly one of the best readers and his style well matches the story. I had read the novel 20 years ago, but Pinchot's reading brought to the story new depths I had not realized.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • The Sailor on the Seas of Fate

  • An Elric Novel
  • By: Michael Moorcock
  • Narrated by: Jeff West, Michael Moorcock (introduction)
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

Leaving his cousins Yyrkoon and Cymoril, Elric sails from Imrryr, the Dreaming City, and seeks an unknown goal in the world of the Young Kingdoms where Melniboneans were—at best—disliked. Included is a dramatic introduction, over 11 minutes in length, read by author Michael Moorcock himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of the Elric books.

  • By Elrics Bane on 03-08-13

For Elric Fans

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

Reviewed: 02-20-12

Not the strongest entry in the Elric/Champion Eternal Cycle. If you are an Elric fan or of the Champion Eternal Cycle is it worth it. Part of this story was told in the Hawkmoon series, and now it told from Elric perspective.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Death and Honor

  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397

The year is 1943, and Argentina is officially neutral, but crawling with every kind of spy, sympathizer, and military official imaginable. The hero is Cletus Frade, a Marine pilot recruited by the OSS, with strong family ties to Argentina. And in Death and Honor - Griffin's fourth book in the Honor Bound series and the first since 1999 - he's got a lot on his hands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great book...

  • By JerryL on 02-09-09

A lazy effort in what was a good series

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

Reviewed: 09-25-11

I had read the previous books in the series and was happy to rejoin Clet Frede in Argentina.Unfortunately, Griffin's son is not up to the efforts of his father. The entire first segment (8 hours) involved merely recapping the last books. This could have been done in a 10 page recap. Instead, Butterworth has the characters talking to each other and recounting, multiple times, what has gone on before. He is also in love with Nazi ranks and uses every opportunity to throw them in, which makes the listening difficult. After getting through the first 8 hours, I hoped that he'd finally get on with the story. No such luck. About an hour in segment 2, I gave up.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stardust

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,598
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,860
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,854

Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve the star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran on the most unforgettable adventure of his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is an ADULT fairytale

  • By Rebecca on 01-25-08

Gaiman explores fairie

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-08

If you like Gaiman's work you'll love this. If you are a fan of the classic tales of fairie, this is recommended. Basically a gentle fairy tale. While there is blood shed, the violence is neither the purpose nor crux of the story. A beguiling read and the author does an excellent job of reading.