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  • Room to Dream

  • By: David Lynch, Kristine McKenna
  • Narrated by: David Lynch, Kristine McKenna
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 247

An unprecedented look into the personal and creative life of the visionary auteur David Lynch, through his own words and those of his closest colleagues, friends, and family - adapted by David Lynch from the print book especially for this audio program. In this unique hybrid of biography and memoir, David Lynch opens up for the first time about a life lived in pursuit of his singular vision, and the many heartaches and struggles he’s faced to bring his unorthodox projects to fruition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Room to Dream is peachy keen!

  • By The Walking Dude on 07-04-18

A treat for Lynch fans

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

If you’re an obsessive David Lynch fan, you’ll have heard a lot of this before, but the book is still worth listening to for two reasons.

First, there’s the childhood section - the biographer, Kristine McKenna, has done an amazing job of purging together a picture of the young Lynch by interviewing those who knew him. And Lynch himself goes on a hour-long reverie about his experiences as a child, telling many stories that I have not heard him tell before.

Secondly, there’s the final section of the book, which deals with Inland Empire, the ‘music phase’, the marriage to Emily Stofle, and then the return to Twin Peaks and its aftermath. This period has not been covered properly in any previous Lynch biography and it’s very detailed, even if Lynch himself has much less to say.

This is not a perfect audiobook - McKenna reads her own work at a good pace but is rather monotone, and Lynch gives us two almost identical exhortations to take up transcendental meditation. But Lynch’s voice is extremely soothing and overall it’s a fascinating and illuminating trip into his mind.

  • Toast

  • The Story of a Boy's Hunger
  • By: Nigel Slater
  • Narrated by: Nigel Slater
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Britain's most popular cook describes his personal culinary odyssey, from dangerous encounters with his mother's weevil-seasoned cakes to being harangued by readers who think he deliberately styles Yorkshire puddings to look like a woman's private parts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving and makes you hungry

  • By David on 04-19-18

Moving and makes you hungry

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

A superhero origins story of how a lonely boy who lost his mother ultimately became one of the great food writers.

As expected, Slater writes beautifully concise yet evocative prose, and this book will give those of us who grew up in Britain in the 70s multiple Proustian flashbacks of long-forgotten food items.

Slater isn't a particularly good reader (too many wrongly-stressed words for my taste), but it doesn't matter too much because his personal stake in the writing makes it extremely moving.

  • Apollo 8

  • The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon
  • By: Jeffrey Kluger
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 848

In August 1968 NASA made a bold decision: In just 16 weeks, the United States would launch humankind's first flight to the moon. Only the year before, three astronauts had burned to death in their spacecraft, and since then the Apollo program had suffered one setback after another. Meanwhile, the Russians were winning the space race, the Cold War was getting hotter by the month, and President Kennedy's promise to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade seemed sure to be broken.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous Book

  • By Jack Mueller on 06-24-17

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

A thrilling story, well-organized by the author and well-told by the narrator. This must be the definitive treatment of this particular mission.

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  • California

  • A History
  • By: Kevin Starr
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

Acclaimed author, historian, and Guggenheim Fellow Kevin Starr is a professor at the University of Southern California. His extensive knowledge shines through this concise, yet comprehensive, depiction of the most fascinating aspects in California's history. From its colonial beginnings through Governor Schwarzenegger's administration, the Golden State has become a uniquely American phenomenon that has enchanted people with the possibility of a better life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Review

  • By Theresa on 11-10-11

Solid information

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

If you want a solid, listenable history of California that's neither too long nor too short, this is what you need. It covers the early history really well. Toward the end, it becomes more thematic than chronological and loses some narrative drive as a result, but it's still interesting.

The narrator is perfectly decent, and doesn't mangle the Spanish names too much.

  • Island of the Lost

  • Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World
  • By: Joan Druett
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,677

Auckland Island is a godforsaken place in the middle of the Southern Ocean, 285 miles south of New Zealand. With year-round freezing rain and howling winds, it is one of the most forbidding places in the world. To be shipwrecked there means almost certain death. In 1864, Captain Thomas Musgrave and his crew of four aboard the schooner Grafton wreck on the southern end of the island. Utterly alone in a dense coastal forest, plagued by stinging blowflies and relentless rain, Captain Musgrave inspires his men to take action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Best Stories Ever Told!

  • By Tiffany on 04-10-16

Not enough peril

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

I gave up on this one. I usually like books about shipwrecks, discovery and adventure. But these people didn't seem to be suffering enough. They got cast away on a seal-covered island with plenty to eat and the weather wasn't so bad. Maybe things got worse later on, but I got bored and stopped listening.

Does that make me a bad person?

  • Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier

  • By: Mark Frost
  • Narrated by: Annie Wersching
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597

While The Secret History of Twin Peaks served to analyze the mysteries of the town and place the unexplained phenomena that unfolded there into a vastly layered, wide-ranging history, Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier tells us what happened to key characters in the 25 years between the events of the first series and the second, offering details and insights fans will clamor for. The audiobook also adds context and commentary to the strange and cosmic happenings of the new series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mind blown

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-31-17

Tolerable

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

This post-show follow-up to the Secret History still has some of the flaws of its predecessor - too many verbose and fanfic-y biographies of characters - but at least it's shorter, and the final chapters are rather beautiful, meshing well with the baffling and bittersweet ending of Season 3.

The book does answer a couple of questions raised by the TV series, so if you like your Lynchian enigmas pure and unsullied, stay away.

  • Blade Runner

  • Based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,074
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,083

It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill. Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there lurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignment: find them and then..."retire" them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be found!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Asking the important questions 50 years on

  • By Ian C Robertson on 05-09-12

Try to forget about Blade Runner

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

This is very misleading marketing, because the film Blade Runner, is very, very, very different from the novel that inspired it. The novel is full of deliberately silly social satire on manners, the media, and the bourgeois desire for status symbols, and it doesn't contain much moody noir at all. The two works do gradually become more similar as the novel progresses, but it takes a long time.

I could not get Harrison Ford's Deckard out of my head, and my mental images of him behaving like the Deckard in the novel (having a wife, watching terrible TV shows, keeping sheep on the roof of his apartment building) was just too much contradiction for my brain to cope with.

If I try this audiobook again, I'll arrange a memory wipe first, in order to experience it on its own terms.

  • Orlando

  • By: Virginia Woolf
  • Narrated by: Clare Higgins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 271

Fantasy, love and an exuberant celebration of English life and literature, Orlando is a uniquely entertaining story. Originally conceived by Virginia Woolf as a playful tribute to the family of her friend and lover, Vita Sackville-West, Orlando's central character, a fictional embodiment of Sackville-West, changes sex from a man to a woman and lives throughout the centuries, whilst meeting historical figures of English literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magical

  • By Mayca on 05-31-05

Expert reading of a beautiful novel

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

Orlando is not an easy novel to read out loud, due to its deliberately baroque language, but Clare Higgins does a masterful job of making it accessible and enjoyable.

  • In Harm's Way

  • The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors
  • By: Doug Stanton
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,569
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,404
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,394

On July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed in the South Pacific by a Japanese submarine. An estimated 300 men were killed upon impact; close to 900 sailors were cast into the Pacific Ocean, where they remained undetected by the navy for nearly four days and nights. Battered by a savage sea, they struggled to stay alive, fighting off sharks, hypothermia, and dementia. By the time rescue arrived, all but 317 men had died. The captain's subsequent court-martial left many questions unanswered

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Clarence Sparks on 10-22-16

Pure horror

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

An absolutely terrifying journey into hell. The story is expertly told and the narrator is superb.

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  • The Waste Land & Four Quartets

  • By: T.S. Eliot
  • Narrated by: Paul Scofield
  • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

These are masterly readings, by renowned thespian Paul Schofield, of two substantial works of poetry by T.S. Eliot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Help -- I can't stop listening to this

  • By Louis on 05-19-10

Wise reading

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

Paul Scofield reads the Four Quartets as if he understands every word, and he helps you feel as though maybe you do to.