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  • Roadside Picnic

  • By: Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky, Olena Bormashenko (translator)
  • Narrated by: Robert Forster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852

Red Schuhart is a stalker, one of those young rebels who are compelled, in spite of extreme danger, to venture illegally into the Zone to collect the mysterious artifacts that the alien visitors left scattered around. His life is dominated by the place and the thriving black market in the alien products. But when he and his friend Kirill go into the Zone together to pick up a "full empty", something goes wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gritty, resonant sci-fi classic

  • By Ryan on 02-14-13

Great older sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Thought provoking intelligent novel. Good performance, interesting characters. Will listen to it again as I’m sure I missed a lot digest time through.

  • The Lightkeepers

  • A Novel
  • By: Abby Geni
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 766
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 702
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 698

In The Lightkeepers, we follow Miranda, a nature photographer who travels to the Farallon Islands, an exotic and dangerous archipelago off the coast of California, for a one-year residency capturing the landscape. Her only companions are the scientists studying there, odd and quirky refugees from the mainland living in rustic conditions; they document the fish populations around the island, the bold trio of sharks called the Sisters that hunt the surrounding waters, and the overwhelming bird population....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Spooky and Strange

  • By Sara on 10-20-16

Intriguing and unusual

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

Reviewed: 10-08-16

Wild nature, isolation, and troubling events on a desolate island occupied by biologists and the main character, a photographer. Seals, sea lions, whales, gulls, and an octopus are as much characters in the book as the humans. I really enjoyed this. The narration is very spare and simple, but it suits this book, I think.

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  • A Town Like Alice

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,825
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,173

Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, beautifully told

  • By Mary on 03-27-11

Lovely story, but . . . .

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

I enjoyed this story very much. The narrator was excellent, and the story of a young woman being told through the eyes of her elderly lawyer/friend, based on their written correspondence, was fresh and original. However, I cringed frequently at the racist references to non-whites. The time period was British empire during and after WWII. That doesn't excuse the racism, but may explain it

  • Lost in Translation

  • By: Nicole Mones
  • Narrated by: Angela Lin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 168

A novel of searing intelligence and startling originality, Lost in Translation heralds the debut of a unique new voice on the literary landscape. Nicole Mones creates an unforgettable story of love and desire, of family ties and human conflict, and of one woman's struggle to lose herself in a foreign land - only to discover her home, her heart, herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely fascinating!

  • By Brendan on 10-16-10

Wonderful story

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

Reviewed: 07-08-15

I loved everything about this book except the main character's relationship with her father. (If she hated being associated with him so much, all she had to do was change her surname. ) Other than that, I though this was a fascinating story, multilayered which is something I always enjoy. I learned about Chinese history and culture, archeology, Teilhard De Chardin, and got to enjoy a good tale about how messy, difficult, and challenging life is, yet with hope.

  • After Dark

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 217

Here is a short, sleek novel of encounters, set in Tokyo during the witching hours between midnight and dawn, and every bit as gripping as Haruki Murakami's masterworks The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore. At its center are two sisters: Eri, a fashion model slumbering her way into oblivion, and Mari, a young student soon led from solitary reading at an anonymous Denny's toward people whose lives are radically different from her own.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing book, Poor Narration

  • By Ellen Clary on 07-27-08

Very enjoyable, but loose ends

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-07

I'm a Haruki fan, enjoyed this because of the usual juxtaposition of the ordinary and the surreal, the wonderful use of language. BUT just when I felt that I was getting to know and love the characters, the book ended. It needs a sequel.

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