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  • The Guns of August

  • By: Barbara W. Tuchman
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,599

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed...and how horrible it became.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Mike From Mesa on 10-28-08

Absolutely Epic

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

Reviewed: 08-28-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend. It is an amazingly detailed look at the events leading to WWI. The story feels like a behind the scenes expose because of the author's use of diverse sources from top military leaders and the wives of diplomats to everyday people caught in the middle of fight.

What does Nadia May bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her narration and excellent accents bring to life the host of international characters in the story.

Any additional comments?

If you enjoy non-fiction related to major world conflicts you probably already own this book but having it read to you by a skilled narrator will prove to be a great experience.

  • Death Without Company

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,460
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,461

When an elderly local woman is found poisoned, Sheriff Walt Longmire begins an investigation that soon has him ensnared in a deadly spider's web. From Craig Johnson, author of the acclaimed novel The Cold Dish, comes this enthralling Sheriff Longmire mystery. With a distinctive literary flair, Johnson leads us into the wide open space of Absaroka County, Wyoming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a wonderful find!

  • By Laura Harley on 10-04-07

Entertaining Contemporary Western

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

Reviewed: 08-28-12

What did you like best about Death Without Company? What did you like least?

I liked the complexity of the story. It spanned generations, incorporated flashbacks, and the plot kept me guessing for quite a while. I also enjoyed the narrator. I will be looking for his work in the future. What I liked the least was
**POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT*** *************************************************************************************************************** ****************************************************************************************when the first killer was revealed and then pursued for final portion of the story, I got completely lost. I could not figure out who the guy was, and did not understand his role in the whole plot. And the final plot twist just added to my confusion. I went back a few times to try to find where I got lost but was unsuccessful.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I may do another Longmire mystery.

Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

I loved his performance of Vic.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I went looking for the audiobook after watching the series on A&E

  • The Eyre Affair

  • A Thursday Next Novel
  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,640
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,642

In Jasper Fforde's Great Britain, circa 1985, time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • six stars

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-13-11

A Worthy Read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-21-10

Close friends had long recommended Jasper Fforde and I finally decided to take the plunge. The story is very good, not great, but very entertaining. There were are few stylistic bits, e.g., beginning each chapter with quotes from fictional gov't transcripts or characters' biographies or journals; also the tension over Thursday's brother could have been omitted. I also wanted to know more about the villain and the text offers very little. If I could go back would I drop a credit on this book? ABSOLUTELY. It was fun and entertaining, that's what I was looking for and that's what I got. The narrator is excellent, very good with accents. I immediately downloaded book 2 of the Thursday Next series, clearly I'm hooked.

42 of 45 people found this review helpful

  • The Time Traveler's Wife

  • By: Audrey Niffenegger
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
  • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,549

Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forget the Movie!

  • By Heather Feuerhelm on 03-31-12

An OK Listen

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-09

It's not the best book but in the end I enjoyed it. Listening to the numerous "episodes" of the main character's time traveling was a bit tedious after a while. I think I may have enjoyed these detailed descriptions of time traveling if I was reading the book rather than listening to the audio version. Another reviewer mentioned the adult language of the book. I don't have a problem with cursing or descriptions of sex acts but I don't think the narrators were well-suited for this type of language. The saucy language just didn't flow naturally from their lips. Otherwise I enjoyed the story and was a bit teary-eyed at certain points. I don't regret the purchase at all and would actually like to see the movie now that I've heard the book.

  • Austenland

  • A Novel
  • By: Shannon Hale
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,384
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 926
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 934

Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book my tickets....Im going to Austenland

  • By 🌸DARA on 04-15-13

I Had to Stop Listening

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-09

I'm a big fan of Jane Austen-inspired books but I just could not get through this one. The narration was good, no complaints there, but the story was so unimaginative and forced. I stuck with it for over an hour and found myself rolling my eyes over and over again. It was definitely not worth the $6 I paid for it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,455

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful production!

  • By Joshua on 03-22-09

Confusing Narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-09

I'm only 3hrs in and the narration just took a dive. Until now there was a diverse cast reading for numerous characters in addition to a 3rd-person narrator. All of a sudden one narrator started doing ALL the characters. It was an unpleasant shock. He's a good narrator but after 3hrs I wasn't expecting this change.
Otherwise, it's a great story for sci-fi fans much better than the movie already.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stone of Tears

  • Sword of Truth, Book 2
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Jim Bond
  • Length: 38 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,375
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,789

The veil to the underworld has been torn, and Rahl, from beyond the veil, begins to summon a sinister power more dreadful than any he has wielded before. Horrifying creatures escape through the torn veil, wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting world above.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book - Almost ruined by the narrator

  • By Bo Laughlin on 05-12-10

Good Narration Makes All the Difference

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-09

I was so eager to continue with the series that I immediately downloaded the second book. Unfortunately the narrator is not as good as the one who read the first book in the series. I'm only one hour in and I'm hoping it will improve but so far the narrator can not maintain a consistent accent for the character's voices and it has become a distraction. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will get better.

56 of 58 people found this review helpful