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  • Fishbowl

  • A Novel
  • By: Bradley Somer
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 470

A goldfish named Ian is falling from the 27th-floor balcony on which his fishbowl sits. He's longed for adventure, so when the opportunity arises, he escapes from his bowl, clears the balcony railing and finds himself airborne. Plummeting toward the street below, Ian witnesses the lives of the Seville on Roxy residents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a Nice Surprise

  • By Elizabeth on 12-05-16

It was OK

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

Any additional comments?

The middle of this story was well written and the multi perspective very well done. I thought that the beginning and end was too much like a lecture and found it quite overkill. The narrator was very good.

  • How to Raise the Perfect Dog

  • Through Puppyhood and Beyond
  • By: Melissa Jo Peltier, Cesar Millan
  • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 485

Based on Cesar's own detailed experiences raising individual puppies from some of the most popular breeds, How to Raise the Perfect Dog is like having Cesar right beside you, as your own personal expert, coaching you and your dog from the first day of your life together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great primer on dog psychology

  • By John Fernandes on 01-30-16

Very good value

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

Any additional comments?

Let me say right off that this is not a simple "how to" guide. This is a window into understanding how a dog thinks. I've read other dog training books including "For the Love of a Dog" and this struck the hardest. I say this because it doesn't give you a set method. This is a book on teaching and like teaching children or adults even, every individual is different and requires a different approach. What this book gives you is a deeper understanding of how dogs thinks and from there you can and should develop your own approach. Cesar is lucky in knowing to choose mid-energy dogs, but the tools provided in this book is also perfectly applicable with higher energy dogs. The only difference is that it may take a tad bit more time with higher energy pus or dogs. Don't be discouraged. The energy thing really does work by the way.

It is always a joy to learn more about dogs.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl from the Sea

  • By: Shalini Boland
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,369
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,254
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,250

Washed up on the beach, she can't remember who she is. She can't even remember her name. Turns out, she has a perfect life - friends and family eager to fill in the blanks. But why are they lying to her? What don't they want her to remember? When you don't even know who you are, how do you know who to trust?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Bit Disappointing

  • By passiflora on 02-19-17

Predictable

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

Reviewed: 03-03-17

Any additional comments?

I don't usually write bad reviews but I think I should warn any one debating if you should read this to not bother. The book started with an interesting premise but soon becomes extremely predictable. I was bored for most part and the only redeeming quality was the narrator.

If you are looking for a thriller, I suggest giving Harlan Coben a go if you haven't already come across him. He really does know to to tell a great story and create characters that you an easily care about.

  • The Secret of Crickley Hall

  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 18 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 190

There is an old, empty house in Devil's Cleave, a deep gorge that leads from the high moors down to the harbour village of Hollow Bay. The house is Crickley Hall and it's large and grim, somehow foreboding. It's rumoured to be haunted. It's thought to hold a secret. Despite some reservations, the Caleighs move in, searching for respite in this beautiful part of North Devon, seeking peace and perhaps to come to terms with what's happened to them as a family. But all is not well with the house....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great old-fashioned ghost story

  • By karen on 12-07-13

Very Nice Read

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

Any additional comments?

I first read Herbert's The Magical Cottage and was disappointed. Then I decided to try this book. I'm glad it did. Herbert does a good job in sustaining suspense throughout. At times it got a bit repetitive, but it doesn't really detract from the read.

The narrator is good, but does get bit too enthusiastic at times. This aside, he does a great job in adding to the tension and in depicting the different characters.

Perhaps the best thing about this book is how Herbert does not focus only on ghosts, but also on the capacity for human cruelty, which to me, is the real horror; there is a good balance between the two, which makes the story gripping.

If you're thinking of trying Herbert's work, this is a fantastic start.

  • Great Poets of the Romantic Age

  • By: William Blake, William Wordsworth, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and others
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
  • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 37

With a dynamic spirit, these great English poets made a conscious return to nostalgia and spiritual depth. Each chose a different path, but they are united in a love of moods, impressions, scenes, stories, sights and sounds. In this collection of more than forty poems are some of the finest and most memorable works in the English language.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Beautiful Poetry

  • By Ijeoma on 01-01-17

Inspirational, beautiful and timeless

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

Reviewed: 08-25-16

Any additional comments?

I have now forgotten how many times I listened and relistened to this collection. The narrators bring each poems to life and several times the words brings ears to my eyes. These poems are timeless and touches the heart. I turn to these poets when I need inspiration to write, I listen to this when I need to remember what true beauty is, and basically anytime I can. The romantic poets speaks directly to the heart, so if you love poetry, this is a must have. If you don't like poetry, you should also get it and they will remind you of the power of words to create something immortal.

Just beautiful and the music really helps to separate the different poet sections so it's easier to keep track. I haven't found another collection of different poets that is so good. Doesn't matter if you don't understand poetry; listen to the words let their rhythm and emotion take you away, and that is the highest form of understanding. Forget about the world and allow yourself the luxury to enter pure sensation

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Most Dangerous Game

  • By: Richard Connell
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741

A mysterious island, shrouded in fear, evil, and darkness. Here the amoral General Zaroff hunts. And what, you ask, is the most dangerous game? It is the manner and substance of his nightly killings.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad

  • By Erez on 03-19-12

A Good Classic to Have

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

Reviewed: 07-18-16

Any additional comments?

This is beautifully written and is worth the price. It explores the theme of instinct verses reason and it is great to trace how the protagonist changes throughout the story. I especially liked the irony at the end, well I won't spoil it for you if you haven't read it. It is human nature at one of its darkest and what is more chilling, is that we all struggle between instinct and reason to greater or lesser extent and this classic piece questions the thin line that we all stand on. It is suspense and weather your read it just for fun or to deconstruct it to its bones, it is a fantastic read.

  • Joyce's Ulysses

  • By: James A. W. Heffernan, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: James A. W. Heffernan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

Ulysses depicts a world that is as fully conceived and vibrant as anything in Homer or Shakespeare. It has been delighting and puzzling readers since it was first published on Joyce's 40th birthday in 1922. And here, Professor Heffernan maps the brilliance, passion, humanity, and humor of Joyce's modern Odyssey in these 24 lectures that finally make a beguiling literary masterpiece accessible for anyone willing to give it a chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good to Begin With

  • By Elisa on 06-21-16

Good to Begin With

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

Reviewed: 06-21-16

Any additional comments?

The first thing anyone would ask i think, would be if they should try this series of lectures. This is what I would say:

If you really want to understand the way James Joyce writes, how he constructs his Ulysses and how this seemingly meaningless mass of words all fit together to frankly make something extremely beautiful, then you should get this. The energy the professor brings to the lectures is good and helps in keeping the listener on track and interested. He also does quite a good job in connecting the chapters together, which really helps as sometimes the sheer amount of content that can be found in the chapters can make you forget what happened before and not sure how to connect them together.

I have read some of the comments below and while it is true that the lectures focuses very much on the original Odyssey and how Joyce recreates them into something new and modern, I actually think thrashing the path through the Odyssey is quite important. It becomes a guide that makes reading Joyce's Ulysses much more comprehensible. Also, it is very helpful to take note of the chapter headings especially if you want to read or reread Ulysses. Understanding the relationship between the Odyssey and Joyce's Ulysses is very important given the work's title.

Having said this, I do agree that there is less focus on the other themes of the work discussed and to truly appreciate the work these areas must be explored more. However, this is why I titled this review as a good place to begin. I personally prefer these lectures to focus and fully discuss the relationship between Ulysses and the Odyssey so that the listener gets a full picture rather than try to cover everything. It is quite impossible to cover everything about the work in 24 lectures and even with such focus on the Odyssey and Joyce's Ulysses, it still barely scratches the surface of the topic.

If you are serious about understanding Ulysses or simply enjoy Joyce as I do and wish to delve deeper, this is what I would do.

Read the following in the order set out:
Portrait of the Artist
Dublanders
Read Ulysses completely once on your own
Listen to this series of lectures, relisten if possible
Read Ulysses again, this time applying what is learned from the lecture
And for other themes, read "Notes on Joyce's Ulysses" by don Gifford. And also see Stuart Gilbert and Harry blamires. Unless you have a lifetime you need these folks to help.
Read Ulysses again preferably while also reading the above mentioned authors on it.

Hey, Ulysses is meant to be hard to read. For those who are just curious about this often spoken work, this lecture will give you a good start and there is absolutely no need to go deeper unless you want to. It's suppose to be fun an challenging and I think this set of lectures would help anyone gain an appreciation of what Joys attempted and so well succeeded in doing.

Hope this was helpful.

43 of 43 people found this review helpful

  • Lord Jim

  • By: Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

From his many years on the high seas as a mariner, mate, and captain, Joseph Conrad created unique works, including Heart of Darkness, that have left an indelible mark on world literature. First published in 1899, his haunting novel Lord Jim is both a riveting sea adventure and a fascinating portrait of a unique outcast from civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The exact description of the form of a cloud

  • By Dan Harlow on 11-17-13

One of my all time favourites

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

Any additional comments?

What can I say, Conrad never disappoints. This book has gone down as one of my top favourite books. Once you get past the language and delve into the themes of social evil, redemption and the question of how or if redemption could ever be obtained, you just won't be able to resist coming back to this book again and again.

Let's explore the subtle ways in which Conrad exposes the way the past haunts and hounds a person, all of us. Ask yourself what dictates a person's reaction and what it takes for one to be truly redeemed. Is it enough to for one's failures to be forgotten by the world? Is that enough to give a person the courage to forgive one's self? Or is there more; what does it takes for one to be free of social conventions and expectations, to find the self and to banish and win against the fears that a person constructs for the self?

Is Lord Jim freed by the end or is that just a partial redemption from himself? Or, has he been found redemption at all?

Conrad puts these questions forward and as these questions allies to all of us across all ages, the questions asked each time yields a bit more. This is a book that you learn more and get more out of it with ever read. More than this, this is a book that makes you learn as much about who you are by asking these questions as you do the characters.

If you read nothing else in literary fiction or anything else by Conrad, you MUST read this, for it teaches us about humanity.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Butcher Boy

  • By: Patrick Mccabe
  • Narrated by: Patrick Mccabe
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Welcome to the mind of Francie Brady. Just what Francie did to Mrs. Nugent is the final, terrifying act of a young boy at the end of a relentless descent into a world of scorn and fear, brought to unforgettably vivid life in this tour-de-force performance by author Patrick McCabe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • only downside is that it is abridged

  • By NYC Amazon buyer on 07-20-16

Intense, Scary, but AMAZING

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

Would you listen to The Butcher Boy again? Why?

Oh yes, read it twice back to back and I think I will return to it again and again. The psychological aspect of the main character as he struggles agains his own nature, has aspirations to be a good and better person, and the helpless situations he is forced into again and again is wonderfully done The ambiguity between fiction and reality is captured perfectly and only serves to have the reader question themselves, for everyone has impulses of the darker side and this book shows what happens when a person is pushed to the extreme so he is no longer able to battle against himself. The story is incredibly moving and despite knowing the main character is slightly psychotic, you just can't help feeling sorry for him and what he has to endure. The writing is also beautiful and the way the author reveals the inner working of the main character's mind challenges us to view the world in ways that are unexpected. Truly beautiful writing.

What did you like best about this story?

The intensity of it, the blur between reality and fiction, the fact that the author reads it so well.

Have you listened to any of Patrick Mccabe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but having read this, I am looking forward to reading his other books on audible.

Any additional comments?

If you are looking for a fun and easy read then this is not the book for you.

But if you are looking for something to move you, something that exposes the darker side of humans, if you are looking for a tale that would pull you along and show you the perspective of what it is like to live in a small town in rural Ireland and and to see a different perspective of the age old story of a woman loving the wrong type of man, than read this. I promise that you would not be disappointed.

This is true literature; it explores and challenges the reader to see what we so often dare not face.

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

  • By: Lewis Carroll
  • Narrated by: Christopher Plummer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 637
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500

Since the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865 and Through the Looking Glass six years later, Lewis Carroll’s nonsensical tales have delighted the world with wildly imaginative and unforgettable journeys. While charming children with a heroine who represents their own feelings about growing up, the Alice stories are also appreciated by adults as a gentle satire on education, politics, literature, and Victorian life in general.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Book, Wonderful Performance

  • By Eclectic Reader on 03-12-14

Slightly Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 03-26-16

Any additional comments?

This is a classic and when I listened to the trial I thought this would be a good audio rendition. Nope. For most part in the first story, it was fine and the narrator did great with the voices. However in "Through the Looking Glass", the volume of the narrator dropped so much, that I found it hard to follow, and I have very good hearing. It's one thing to mutter and reflect that, but it needs still to be understandable. Ok, so the muttering in the beginning I could follow, but the whole part with the train was impossible! The words are so garbled that despite the volume being at a good level, it was impossible to understand what the characters say. It's a shame because the narrator obviously has talent, but I think it was waisted in this one.