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  • The Rise & Fall of Great Powers

  • A Novel
  • By: Tom Rachman
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 103

Tooly Zylberberg, the American owner of an isolated bookshop in the Welsh countryside, conducts a life full of reading, but with few human beings. Books are safer than people, who might ask awkward questions about her life. She prefers never to mention the strange events of her youth, which mystify and worry her still. Taken from home as a girl, Tooly found herself spirited away by a group of seductive outsiders, implicated in capers from Asia to Europe to the United States. But who were her abductors? Why did they take her? What did they really want?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book. Superb narration.

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-10-14

doesn't live up to title or review

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

Slow moving, you keep waiting for the "smoking gun" that never shows up. The story has too many holes, straining believability.

  • The Humans

  • A Novel
  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 982
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 895

The critically acclaimed author of The Radleys shares a clever, heartwarming, and darkly insightful novel about an alien who comes to Earth to save humans from themselves. When an extraterrestrial visitor arrives on Earth, his first impressions of the human species are less than positive. But as time goes on, he starts to realize there may be more to this weird species than he has been led to believe. Eventually, the narrator sees hope and redemption in the humans' imperfections and begins to question the very mission that brought him there.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Adorable alien story

  • By cristina on 07-07-13

Best Book Listen in Quite a While

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

A thoroughly satisfying story of how each of us decides for ourselves what makes happiness, what is really important, and how to life a fulfilling life, simply by confronting each day with open eyes.

  • Eternal Life

  • By: Dara Horn
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 123

Rachel has an unusual problem: she can't die. Her recent troubles - widowhood, a failing business, an unemployed middle-aged son - are only the latest. She's already put up with scores of marriages and hundreds of children, over 2,000 years - ever since she made a spiritual bargain to save the life of her first son back in Roman-occupied Jerusalem. There's only one other person in the world who understands: a man she once loved passionately, who has been stalking her through the centuries, convinced they belong together forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • deep, subtle, well done

  • By Rabbi Eitan Levy on 02-05-18

Engrossing Listen

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

Great story, wonderfully performed, engaging from beginning to end. With a little more involvement between the two main characters with a little more detail of how each fit themselves into various historical eras, this could have been a great trilogy.

  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,085
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,063

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I've never read a book quite like this one

  • By Joey on 04-23-12

too much and not enough

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

no

What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This book needed serious editing - too much repetition, too much detail - of mundane physical characteristics, of daily routines(the villains were ugly but the heroes were good looking and strong) yet too little detail about the background of the villains, where they came from and what happened to them. The ending left so many loose ends.

Which scene was your favorite?

discovery of two moons

Was 1Q84 worth the listening time?

not 46 hours, no. serious editing was needed to condense it and flesh out the background stories.

Any additional comments?

Yes - Audible downloads to Sansa Clip Jam seems to be one long object, no checkpoints to facilitate moving back and forth through the book as needed. This is especially noticeable with very long books such as this one - the further you get through it, the longer the pauses are when it tries to find the place to pick back up, sometimes as long as 15 minutes. Please fix this, thank you.

  • Spandau Phoenix

  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 26 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 854
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 634

The Spandau Diary -- what was in it? Why did the secret intelligence agencies of every major power want it? Why was a brave and beautiful woman kidnapped to get it? Why did a chain of deception and violent death lash out across the globe, from survivors of the Nazi past to warriors in this new conflict about to explode? Why did the world's entire history of World War II have to be rewritten as the future hung over a nightmare abyss?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent and intense

  • By CBDC on 05-09-10

Engaging story of intrigue

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

Reviewed: 09-12-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Spandau Phoenix to be better than the print version?

yes

What did you like best about this story?

The story was intricate and had many plot twists, and the narrator did a remarkable job intoning the various accents, and emphatically voicing the tension of the story

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

yes

  • Rainbows End

  • By: Vernor Vinge
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,271
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 718
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 727

Set a few decades from now, Rainbows End is an epic adventure that encapsulates in a single extended family the challenges of the technological advances of the first quarter of the 21st century. The information revolution of the past 30 years blossoms into a web of conspiracies that could destroy Western civilization. At the center of the action is Robert Gu, a former Alzheimer's victim who has regained his mental and physical health through radical new therapies, and his family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Discovery

  • By Steve on 03-06-08

Good for Geeks

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-10

If the author had spent as much time developing the story line and the characters as he did describing the technology, this might have been a much better read for the average computer-literate person. It seemed to get more and more bogged down with techno-detail as the story got thinner and thinner, and before the end of part 1, I lost interest and stopped listening, sorry.