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  • And the Mountains Echoed

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,341
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,845
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,835

Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Does the End Justify the Means

  • By FanB14 on 05-24-13

Big disappointment - consider yourself warned

1 out of 5 stars
1 out of 5 stars
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-13

Almost 400 audiobooks under my belt and this one represented the biggest disappointment so far. And it could have been avoided so easily.

Here is the situation:

Khaled Hosseini is an amazing author and a brilliant narrator, so I could almost not wait to get my hands on "And the Mountains Echoed".

Opening chapter is awesome and Mr. Hosseini is narrating. I was sure that this would be a memorable book.

And then catastrophe strikes: There are two additional narrators that do not have English as their mother tongue, but unlike Mr. Hosseini, they have STRONG accents. Although it got better as the book progressed, I had to use 90% of my brain capacity on understanding what was being said. Completely ruined the experience.

And to add insult to injury, the director of the audiobook decided that Mr. Hosseini should only narrate two chapters and that the two other narrators should share the rest.

Big disappointment and a horrible decision by the producers of this audiobook.

And what about the story itself ? No idea. Lost track. Ask someone that did not try the adiobook version.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Atlas Shrugged

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 62 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,995
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,063

In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A long listen but worth the effort and patience

  • By Emily on 05-04-13

What an incredible audio book

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-09

If you want a real treat - download this unabridged recording.

I have been meaning to listen to Atlas Shrugged for years, but I have been put somewhat off by its length.

When I discovered that a new recording had been made with no other than THE narrator Scott Brick the case was settled.

Atlas Shrugged is a story that will stick with you and make you reflect on The World, your life and the future.

It is set in The US and describes what would happen if you took away the initiative of the individual and deprived all of the intellectuals of their rights.

While I understand why many people will find the story political, controversial and even disturbing - it cannot help you appreciate how lucky we are living in democracies.

Download this recording, listen to Scott's mellow voice for 62 hours and prepare yourself for utter joy.


141 of 165 people found this review helpful

  • World Without End

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 45 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,352
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,310

In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 40 hours too short ...

  • By Henrik on 11-03-07

40 hours too short ...

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-07

If you have read or listened to “Pillars of The Earth”, you will not be disappointed with World Without End. It is yet another masterpiece from Ken Follett that – despite its length – is an easy and rewarding experience. No other author can mix history, drama, love, battle and suspense like him.

World without End follows a number of characters in Kingsbridge during 40 years – beginning approximately 200 years after the end of Pillars of the Earth. It is therefore not a prerequisite to have read this book first.

I have now almost 200 audio books under my belt – and this is one of the best ones. After the usual first listening hour with confusions about all the characters that are introduced, the remaining 47 hours is pure and utter joy.

I really look forward to a third book about Kingsbridge – which Ken Follett has indicated might come in a few years.

I almost forgot: The narrator John Lee is just outright brilliant, with his pleasant and mellow voice.


142 of 147 people found this review helpful

  • The Wheel of Darkness

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,240

FBI Agent Pendergast has taken Constance on a whirlwind Grand Tour. They head to Tibet, where Pendergast intensively trained in martial arts and spiritual studies. At a remote monastery, they learn that a rare and dangerous artifact the monks have been guarding for generations has been stolen. Pendergast agrees to take up the search. The trail leads him and Constance to the maiden voyage of the Queen Victoria passenger liner - and to an Atlantic crossing fraught with terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Double Whammy

  • By Eva Gannon on 10-04-09

Answer to two of the questions you might have ...

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-07

If you are an incarnated Preston/Child fan, you are most likely asking yourself: “Is it of the same quality as the Brimstone trilogy?”

The short answer to this question is: Absolutely!

It is yet another unputdownable page-turner from the dynamic Preston/Child duo – that seems to continue to write mega-hits together. In my opinion, they are much better together than when they write solo.

If you listen to this book while commuting to work, please be advised that you will find yourself sitting in the parking lot to hear “just one more chapter” after you have arrived.

This is how a thriller should be.

Your second question might be: “What were they thinking, when they decided NOT to use Scott Brick as the narrator?” In that case, I have more good news: Rene Auberjonois does a tremendous job.

I hope you will enjoy this audio book as much as I did.

55 of 59 people found this review helpful

  • Power Play

  • By: Joseph Finder
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 887
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 248

When a band of backwoods hunters crash a corporate retreat in the wilderness, executives find themselves held hostage by men who will do anything to get the largest ransom in history. The corporate big shots hadn't wanted junior exec Jake Landry there. But now he's the only one who can save them.

  • out of 5 stars
  • Power Play A Must Read

  • By Charles Atkinson on 09-13-07

A classic Finder ...

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-07

This was a very pleasant and fast read – and a classic Joseph Finder at that.

If this is your first Finder book – you can think of him as John Grisham – with the court rooms exchanged by the corporate highlife.

The first 1½ hours of the book is fairly slow – but it quickly picks up pace from there on.

Not a book that will stay with you for years – but simply plain old entertaining. And I guess, that’s probably what most people expect from a book....

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Measuring the World

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Kehlmann
  • Narrated by: Rider Strong
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47

Toward the end of the 18th century, two young Germans set out to measure the world. One of them, the Prussian aristocrat Alexander von Humboldt, negotiates savannas and jungle, travels down the Orinoco River, tastes poisons, climbs the highest mountain known to man, counts head lice, and explores every hole in the ground. The other, the barely socialized mathematician and astronomer Carl Friedrich Gauss, does not even need to leave his home in Göttingen to prove that space is curved.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love it

  • By Dirk on 11-18-10

Extremely disappointing - please avoid

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-07

I was hugely disappointed with this book - as it had been given fantastic reviews (especially in Europe where I live).

There is no clear point to the story, there are no climaxes, it ends very very strangely - and the narrator keeps a monotone voice throughout.

I'm baffled - and I just don't get the point what the author is trying to tell....

14 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Einstein

  • His Life and Universe
  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 21 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,789

Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprise: Two books in one!

  • By Henrik on 04-20-07

Surprise: Two books in one!

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-07

This is truly a great audio book – and a steal at 1 credit. The author not only describes Einstein’s life in fantastic details – he also dedicates a fair amount of pages to the explanation of the theory of relativity. He does this surprisingly well – and in a way that makes you understand what it is all about. To this end, you can regard this title as both an Einstein biography and a “Relativity Theories for Dummies”. The narrator Edward Herrmann (as always) was a really good choice for this book. I enjoyed this book immensely – and can only urge others to download it and learn more about this incredible human being that Albert Einstein really was.

237 of 239 people found this review helpful

  • Lincoln on Leadership

  • Executive Strategies for Tough Times
  • By: Donald T. Phillips
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429

In this remarkable book, hailed by CEOs, politicians, coaches, and college presidents alike, Donald T. Phillips examines Lincoln's effective leadership style. As he explores the President's diverse management skills, he demonstrates how you can succeed with them in today's complex world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essential leadership philosophy and style

  • By Christopher on 03-05-09

A few things you should know before downloading

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-06

There are a few things you should know before downloading this audio book.

Let’s take the positive first: It is a fast listen – easily finished in a couple of days. It is (as always) narrated to perfection by Nelson Runger. It reveals a lot of interesting and surprising facts about Lincoln – that I bet you did not know about.

And the negative: It is, in my opinion, not a book well-suited for audio. After each chapter, the author summarises the essence in a list of “Lincoln Principles”. I constantly found myself wishing that I had the book in front of me – especially if I wanted to look at the lists later on. Please also be aware, that this is a very unusual mix between a management book and a historic narrative – maybe not appealing to all readers.

Although somewhat disappointed, I have given it three stars anyway – because it has opened my eyes towards Lincoln in a new and more exciting way.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Truman

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 53 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

The life of Harry S. Truman is one of the greatest of American stories, filled with vivid characters and dramatic events. In this riveting biography, acclaimed historian David McCullough not only captures the man, a more complex, informed, and determined man than ever before imagined, but also the turbulent times in which he rose, boldly, to meet unprecedented challenges.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable

  • By Erik on 01-30-04

We Europeans owe you guys big time ...

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-06

This was my 52nd audio book – and it was the best so far. As a European (I’m Danish) trying to learn about the WWII aftermath, I was stunned by the impact that Harry S Truman had on this. Mr. Truman was a good man in the classic sense and he was overall responsible for the wealth we are enjoying in Europe today. The book is extremely well written - and narrated to near perfection by Nelson Runger. As other reviews indicate: Do not be frightened by the length. I finished it in 17 days, and I had hoped that it would have been twice the size. It was unputdownable. The Pulitzer Prize awarded for this book is well deserved. If you are interested in American history – this is a must read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful