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  • The Preservationist

  • By: David Maine
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat, Tyler Bunch, Full Cast
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26

In this brilliant debut novel, Noah's family (or Noe, as he's called here), his wife, sons, and daughters-in-law, tell what it's like to live with a man touched by God, while struggling against events that cannot be controlled or explained. When Noe orders his sons to build an ark, he can't tell them where the wood will come from. When he sends his daughters-in-law out to gather animals, he can offer no directions, money, or protection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A frolicking tale

  • By Sharon on 06-14-05

Brilliant novel and illuminating take on old story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-05

Sure, don't be fooled into thinking this is a happy Christian novel. It's raw and real and authentic. It's mythical, it's a provocative narrative, it's true to the biblical story but offers depth of insight and color to an otherwise one-dimensional text.

Each narrator is compelling and relentlessly poignant and interesting. The Bible story will never be the same.

14 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Eragon

  • Inheritance, Book 1
  • By: Christopher Paolini
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,066
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,944
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,031

Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes he is merely a poor farm boy - until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now, his choices could save - or destroy - the empire. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful and Enjoyable

  • By Mary S. Murray on 02-23-04

meh.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-05

This book was okay, but don't expect to really care about the characters or expect them to act in three-dimensional ways. And slap-me-in-the-butt-and-call-me-Judy if the narrator's voice for Eragon isn't Sesame Street's lovable furry old Grover.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Pattern Recognition

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,349
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 597
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 603

Cayce Pollard is an expensive, spookily intuitive market-research consultant. In London on a job, she is offered a secret assignment: to investigate some intriguing snippets of video that have been appearing on the Internet. An entire subculture of people is obsessed with these bits of footage, and anybody who can create that kind of brand loyalty would be a gold mine for Cayce's client. But when her borrowed apartment is burgled, she realizes there's more to this project than she had expected.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Unabridged

  • By Laura on 10-11-07

Beautiful story from one of sci-fi's best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-05

This piece isn't really science fiction, though it is certainly high-tech stuff. But most of it actually could happen today. And the present-tense narration is smart and witty and moves along at just the right pace for a high-tech noir piece.

Sure, this isn't a Dirk Pitt novel or anything - here you will find depth and character and mystery that isn't always solved. You will find corporate marketing as a potentially evil force and that not everything on this earth is as one-dimensional as Danielle Steele.

Gibson is at the top of his game and provides a story more readable than his genre-defining Neuromancer. Great read, great narration, A+!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hey Nostradamus!

  • By: Douglas Coupland
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, David LeDoux, Jillian Crane, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 159

Pregnant and secretly married, Cheryl Anway scribbles what becomes her last will and testament on a school binder shortly before a rampaging trio of misfit classmates gun her down in a high school cafeteria. For a handful of people still reeling from that horrific day, life remains derailed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Cynthia on 08-10-03

a book to resonate with your soul

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-05

Coupland became one of my favorite living writers with this title. This book starts off hauntingly beautiful, and then is at turns funny, dark, everyday, twisted, hopeful, hopeless; a mystery, a tragedy, a comedy, a coming-of-age tale, a critique of postmodern culture, a parable, a story of a father and his son, a celebration of life and a emotional story of loss and death.

Coupland himself knows how to deal with today's generation that both rejects and yearns for truth and life, valuing authenticity and real-ness above all else. He coined the phrase "Generation X" with his groundbreaking novel of the same name, and continues to show us the way of new life and joy in the age of commercialism and postmodernity clouding the wealthy lives of Americans.

The audio production is one of the best in the business. Often I turn this book on just to be comforted by the narrators' poignant inflections and subtle underplaying of emotion.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Hearts in Atlantis

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King, William Hurt
  • Length: Not Yet Known
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,921

All the stories in this collection from Stephen King are related to the Vietnam War. King fans will recognize echoes of The Dark Tower series in the collection's first story, "Low Men in Yellow Coats." As the characters develop over the next four stories, King's version of the Vietnam War becomes one of his most frightening tales ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touching, Funny - Amazingly well written and read.

  • By Steve A. on 01-15-03

Brilliant - and proves my point

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-05

I have long considered Stephen King an underrated literary author, and this book proves me right. Here he is at his literary best - stories of depth and insight that define great storytellers.

Hurt's narration is slow at the beginning, and takes getting used to, but it fits with the slow summer days in Bobby Garfield's life and picks up right when it needs to. And King, as always, is simply brilliant reading his own work.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dreamcatcher

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey DeMunn
  • Length: 22 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,021
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,027

A dark and sweeping adventure, Dreamcatcher is set in the haunted city of Derry - the site of Stephen King's It and Insomnia. In it, four young boys stand together and do a brave, good thing, an act that changes them in ways that they hardly understand. A quarter-century later, as grown men who have gone their separate ways, these friends come together once a year to hunt in the woods of Maine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Master's Best Work

  • By Tony Perryman on 12-21-02

Great stuff

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-05

King is a master storyteller, and Dreamcatcher is one of his finest. I am convinced that King is an underrated literary author - his flashbacks to the childhoods of the boys and Duddits are breathtaking and poignant. And his horror and suspense are the top of the line of pop fiction. Sure, the narrative gets long at times, but it's worth it.

The narrator does a fantastic job at the New England/Maine accents, giving each character exactly the right nuance.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Zero

  • The Biography of a Dangerous Idea
  • By: Charles Seife
  • Narrated by: Charles Seife
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Zero - infinity's twin - is not like other numbers. It is both nothing and everything. Science journalist Charles Seife takes a concise and appealing look at the strangest number in the universe and its continuing role as one of the great paradoxes of human thought.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond Math for Dummies

  • By Kaeli on 01-13-08

fiction? anyway, it was interesting

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-04

I'm not sure about the facts or fiction behind the book, but I enjoyed the ride. Yes, the narration is a little fast, but if you take your time listening and worry little about catching the details of the math, then you'll be fine.

  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,550
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,556

Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Transcends its Genre

  • By Gene on 12-07-03

an excellent piece of literature

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-04

i have to admit that i purchased this novel thinking i would be getting a detective story along the lines of sherlock holmes or agatha christie. but this book is so much more than a detective story. it is a story of love and africa, the kalahari sun and simplicity, the joys and heartaches of a family, and the triumphs of the human spirit.

the narrator is poignant and articulate and communicates very effectively the simplicity and unburdened hearts of her characters. her accents are impeccable and the listener can almost feel the sun on their brow and the dry wind at their back. a narrator can make or break a title, and i can't imagine reading this title as a book - the narrator brings out so many nuances that i would have missed simply with the written word. her efficacy ranks up there with the narrator of <i>life of pi</i> and <i>why we buy</i>.

i was also surprised that, as character-driven as this book is, i held my attention through to the very end. the author is very skilled at offering little details and background settings that intrigue the listener and cause one to want to push further and discover if these little details are going to be important later on. rarely was i disappointed. the book fits together like a difficult jigsaw puzzle: many pieces that somehow make a beautiful picture once that last piece is filled in. even more beautiful is that the pieces are so often portraits of the heart of the author's intimately crafted characters.

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Juror

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,071
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,745

In 1970, one of Mississippi's more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college dropout, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham's Finest

  • By Danielle on 02-08-04

definitely

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-04

Anyone who thinks that this book is just a series of vignettes or short stories or overblown tangents must have forgotten that <b>real life</b> is that way, and <b>great storytelling</b> is built of such things. Grisham transcends the static and predictable courtroom thriller by giving us something deeper to care about: family, friends, justice, integrity.

I found myself in tears by the end of this book, something that I would not have expected from a Grisham title. But the power of Grisham's books has been transferred from his legal knowledge to his understanding of the human heart, which could project him from merely a pop culture icon or pulp fiction writer to a genuine author of true literature, that which touches the heart and carries the emotions as well as entertains or engages the reader.

  • The Street Lawyer

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,350

Michael was in a hurry. He was scrambling up the ladder at Drake & Sweeney, a giant D.C. firm with 800 lawyers. The money was good and getting better; a partnership was 3 years away. He was a rising star with no time to waste, no time to stop, no time to toss a few coins into the cups of panhandlers. No time for a conscience. But a violent encounter with a homeless man stopped him cold. Also available abridged.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Life Changing Moment

  • By R. Pontiflet on 03-14-14

Best Grisham in a long time

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-04

I know this isn't Grisham's latest, but it was refreshing to hear a novel that wasn't just about suspense, but about people. Muller is a fascinating reader (though at times overdramatic) and he brings this story alive with cunning accuracy. This is well worth your time and certainly well worth the unabridged - it ended and I was hoping for another couple of hours.