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  • Letters from Father Christmas

  • By: J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi, John Moffatt, Christian Rodska
  • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533

Can you imagine writing to Father Christmas and actually getting a reply? Every year, the children of J.R.R. Tolkien would write to Father Christmas, and the letters they received told wonderful stories of his adventures at the North Pole. These humorous tales are brought to life by Derek Jacobi as Father Christmas, John Moffatt as Polar Bear, and Christian Rodska as Ilbereth the Elf, complete with specially composed music.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun little read.

  • By James on 06-30-14

Nice Little Christmas Read

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

Ah - the creativity of Tolkien in a book for kids. For me, as a Dad, this was inspiring to read and think about creative opportunities for the future for my daughter in so far as I felt, when reading it, that I, too, would love to create enamoring stories such as these. Thanks JRR! Worth the read!

  • From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars)

  • By: Renée Ahdieh, Meg Cabot, Pierce Brown, and others
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Ashley Eckstein, Janina Gavankar, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,995

Experience Star Wars: A New Hope from a whole new point of view. On May 25, 1977, the world was introduced to Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, and a galaxy full of possibilities. In honor of the 40h anniversary, more than 40 contributors lend their vision to this retelling of Star Wars. Each of the 40 short stories reimagines a moment from the original film, but through the eyes of a supporting character.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No One has Raved About this yet?

  • By Michael J. Stewart on 10-05-17

Forceful😜

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

This powerful story compilation takes you into the minds of background players in the epic saga that is the beginning of a new hope for a galaxy. It shows how true the phrase “May the Force be with you” really is. A couple of stories were lacking, I felt, in purpose and content but most were compelling and emotional and augment a fan’s understanding and love of the story. Enjoy!

  • Mythology

  • By: Edith Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 709

Since its original publication by Little, Brown and Company, in 1942, Edith Hamilton's Mythology has sold millions of copies throughout the world and established itself as a perennial best-seller in its various available formats. Mythology succeeds like no other audiobook in bringing to life for the modern listener the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths and legends that are the keystone of Western culture - the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good reading of classical myths

  • By Kathi on 03-18-13

Insightful, Intriguing, Indispensible

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

Reviewed: 10-24-17

Amazing writing, robust knowledge of the full span of Greek mythology; too short on the Norse stories but captivating in what is told. Highly recommended.

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  • The Prophet

  • By: Kahlil Gibran
  • Narrated by: Paul Sparer
  • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575

Writer, artist and philosopher Kahlil Gibran considered The Prophet to be his greatest achievement. First published in 1923, this collection of poetic essays on life and the human condition has been translated into more than 20 languages, and has become one of the beloved classics of our time. Cherished by millions, the universally inspiring words of The Prophet are here magnificently read aloud.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By Scotty on 08-07-10

A must read...

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

Reviewed: 08-17-17

All must read this short but sensational work; humanity needs Gibran's words like the people of Orphelese needed the prophet's.

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,910
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37,422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,251

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as it gets without the old texts

  • By William Taylor on 05-10-18

Fascinatingly Epic

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

Reviewed: 03-29-17

Neil Gaiman at his finest story-telling. I couldn't put this down - tales of yore, of Thor, of hope, and Loki - I devoured it like the Wolf the world at the end. I recommend it to adults and, especially, for adults to read with adolescents so that they can debrief on the stories. Thanks Mr. Gaiman for bringing these to light.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 160,967
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 148,554
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 148,390

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

The Martian - science, math, and miracle

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

Reviewed: 10-30-15

I thoroughly enjoyed the book's unique plot and its real feel. Not once did I get the feel that it was inauthentic/fictional as I read it; I am impressed by the amount of science and math involved. It's definitely a book worth reading for current day high school students as the STEAM initiative burgeons. That being said, listening to it (with all that math) was tough and I thought I missed some of the meaning because of that. To conclude, Watney is a new type of American survivor and hero - a brilliant, resourceful "nerdy" one. Awesome job.

  • A Trip Around the Sun

  • Turning Your Everyday Life into the Adventure of a Lifetime
  • By: Mark Batterson, Richard Foth, Susanna Foth Aughtmon
  • Narrated by: Mark Batterson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 64

What happens when we take Jesus at his word when he says, "I have come that you might have life and have it to the full?" New York Times best-selling author Mark Batterson and his mentor, Richard Foth, have done just that with their lives - and in A Trip Around the Sun, they show listeners how they too can experience their life and faith as the ultimate adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth every minute

  • By Leslie on 01-23-16

Just wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-15

What a great book. Challenged me to live life fuller than ever before as I seek to serve the Lord. God bless the authors.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tigana

  • By: Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 24 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,831
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,422
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,429

Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered land struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the black sorcery of a cruel, despotic king that even the name of their once-beautiful homeland cannot be spoken or remembered.

But after years of devastation, a handful of courageous men and women embark upon a dangerous crusade to overthrow their conquerors and bring back to the dark world the brilliance of a long-lost name: Tigana.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tigana

  • By Hope on 04-22-12

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 05-17-15

The best fantasy novel I have ever read, one of the best stories ever composed - sheer brilliance; delightful. Please read it!

  • Beowulf

  • By: Anonymous
  • Narrated by: Crawford Logan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

The oldest long poem in Old English, written about AD 1,000, Beowulf tells the story of a great warrior of southern Scandinavia, in both youth and maturity. The monster Grendel terrorizes the Scyldings of Hrothgar's Danish Kingdom until Beowulf defeats him. As a result, he has to face her enraged mother. Beowulf dies after a battle against a fierce dragon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beowulf lives again!

  • By Andrew on 02-13-12

A Hero for the Ages...

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

Reviewed: 02-08-15

A great story of glory and fame and how they are won with a combination of stout heart, strong build, and resolute mind.

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  • The Iliad

  • By: Homer, Robert Fagles - translator
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi, Maria Tucci
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357

Combining the skills of a poet and scholar, Robert Fagles, winner of the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation and a 1996 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, brings the energy of contemporary language to this enduring heroic epic. He maintains the drive and metric music of Homer’s poetry, and evokes the impact and nuance of the Iliad’s mesmerizing repeated phrases in what Peter Levi calls “an astonishing performance."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding in every way

  • By Sher from Provo on 04-17-10

Noble

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-15

I love this epic story - I re-read it each year to remind me of my humanity and my infinitesimal existence in the wide world.