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  • Wind/Pinball

  • Two Novels
  • By: Haruki Murakami, Ted Goossen - translator
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 216

In the spring of 1978, a young Haruki Murakami sat down at his kitchen table and began to write. The result: two remarkable short novels - Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973 - that launched the career of one of the most acclaimed authors of our time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Must For Murakami Fans

  • By Jay Quintana on 08-23-15

Good if you're looking for a Murikami fix

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

Was Wind/Pinball worth the listening time?

The was definitely worth a listen, but only if you are already a Murakami fan. It was fun and weird, but would ultimately be unsatisfying by itself. I listened to the other books in the "series" first, it would be fun to listen to them again now with a little more of the Rat's back story.

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  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 2
  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Martin Freeman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,903

Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons? Time for a cup of tea! Join the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his uncommon comrades in arms in their desperate search for a place to eat as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbability.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this book!

  • By DrVeebs2b on 07-02-12

Glad to have the whole series!

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

Reviewed: 05-12-14

Where does The Restaurant at the End of the Universe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Oh, questions? Ranks are hard, I would rank this similarly to perfectly toasted artisan bread with salted butter vs. your run of the mill toast. It might not be the best or fanciest food you ever had, but it'll make you happier than just about anything.

What other book might you compare The Restaurant at the End of the Universe to and why?

I'm not really sure. It shouldn't be lumped in with most sci-fi. This is snarky social commentary.

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

There's some suspense here, but only a few moments of edge your seat suspense.

  • A Feast for Crows

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,559

Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jarring change in Dotrice's performance

  • By Pi on 06-21-12

This series just keeps bringing the good stuff

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

Reviewed: 04-06-13

What made the experience of listening to A Feast for Crows the most enjoyable?

Dotrice is spot on narrating these novels. Just enough variation between characters so you can keep things straight, but he doesn't over do it.

And the story is wonderful; endearing characters, evil characters, bumbling fools and manipulative geniuses. R.R. Martin keeps you on your toes right on through to the end; I just hope he doesn't keep us all waiting too long for the rest of the story!

  • Royal Assassin

  • The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 29 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,131

Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and when he returns to the court, he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed it before, loved it now

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-23-10

Heart wrenching

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

Reviewed: 07-08-12

Some people dismiss fantasy as escapism, as not being serious. Well, folks, this story is serious. Your emotions will be dragged up and down, you'll think about human nature and what's really important in the world.

Boehmer's rendition is top notch. Each character is unique. His delivery ranges from forceful to subtle and more than once I found myself pausing and rewinding just to marvel in a narrative moment he created.

I am very excited to dive into book three of this trilogy!

  • The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,080
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,107

With unforgettable characters, a sweeping backdrop, and passionate storytelling, this is a fantasy debut to rival that of Robert Jordan. Filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and piracy, mystery and menace, Assassin's Apprentice is the story of a royal house and the young man who is destined to chart its course through tempests of change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Jake on 03-16-10

Stands out in the crowd of epic fantasies

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

Reviewed: 06-04-12

I love epic fantasy series. You can get so involved in the story and the characters for so long; the best form of entertainment I can think of/ the best way to pass time. The problem is, a lot of them are not really well written. I couldn't get through more than the first two books of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. Everything seemed so cliche and predictable, the characters were fun but seemed naive.

This is the first I have read from Hobb's series, but I am certain it will be far better. At times the suspense had me at the edge of my seat. The characters and their trials seem real. The narration is excellent.

  • Dragonsong: Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 1

  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Sally Darling
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,209

Dragonsong is the spellbinding tale of Menolly of Half Circle Hold, a brave young girl who flees her seaside village and discovers the legendary fire lizards of Pern. All her life, Menolly has longed to learn the ancient secrets of the Harpers, the master musicians of Harper Hall. When her stern father denies her the chance to make her dream come true, Menolly runs away from home. Hiding in a cave by the sea, she finds nine magical fire lizards who join her on a breathtaking journey to Harper Hall.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Grandma tells a story

  • By Trisandra Lunanova on 07-22-16

The narration is perfect for a nostalgic listen

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

Reviewed: 04-26-12

Sally Darling does an excellent job reading this little series. I prefer single-voice performances and hers captures the characters and emotions just how I imagine them. I read these books in middle-school and this audio edition captures perfectly the feeling of getting cozy for a bed-time story read by my mom.

The story is great too. I've never read other work by McCaffrey, but these are some of my favorite young-adult fantasy books out there. The characters are real and you really care about them as they heroically face all the troubles the world throws their way. On top of that; the stories have enough suspense, political intrigue, interesting peripheral characters, etc. to keep listeners of any age interested.

  • Doctor Who and the Pyramids of Mars

  • By: Terrance Dicks
  • Narrated by: Tom Baker
  • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

For many thousands of years, the Suthekh had waited... trapped in the heart of an Egyptian pyramid. Now at last the time had come - the moment of release, when all the force of his pent-up evil and malice would be unleashed upon the world. The TARDIS lands in the year 1911, and the Doctor and Sarah emerge to fight a terrifying and deadly battle...against Egyptian mummies, half possessed humans - and the overwhelming evil power of Sutekh!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly Enjoyable

  • By Eric on 09-17-09

Almost as much fun as watching the show!

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

Reviewed: 04-11-12

I grew up watching Doctor Who late at night on PBS. I've always loved the mix of adventure, suspense, and nerdy problem solving, mixed in with plenty of quirky characters and laughable alien costumes. The only thing you really lose here is the costumes. However, because it is so short, I think the TV episodes actually develop the characters (even the disposable ones) better than this story (perhaps if I read more of them?).

Narrated by my all-time favorite Doctor, this book is an excellent surrogate for, or companion to, actually watching old episodes. Baker's mischievous smile comes through in this, even when he's the one describing it.

  • Searching for Dragons

  • The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Patricia C. Wrede
  • Narrated by: Words Take Wing Repertory Company
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449

Those wicked wizards are at it again! This time they are draining power from the Enchanted Forest. And that does not sit well with Mendanbar the King. On the advice of the witch Morwen, Mendanbar decides to consult with Kazul, the King of Dragons.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifyingly bad supporting cast

  • By Dan Nikolaides on 12-02-15

Loved it as a kid, still a good read.

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

Reviewed: 11-11-11

This series is just plain fun. The characters are witty and exemplify good morals. The plot is fun and moves along a a good clip. It's full of little inside jokes and references to classic stories.

The narration is really very good, but some of the voices seemed a little off or forced to me, especially the dragons.