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  • The Spies That Bind

  • A Gallagher Girls Prequel
  • By: Ally Carter
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,698
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,675

The first day at a new school is tough for any kid, but it's especially scary when you're going to a school for spies. Cammie Morgan has spent her whole life dreaming of becoming a Gallagher Girl, but she has no idea what she’ll face when she arrives at The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. Secret passages? Check. Lab experiments that might make you lose your eyebrows (and other body parts)? Check. Classmates who are the smartest, strongest, most intimidating girls in the world? Double check. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun listen

  • By RThompson on 01-08-19

A word of caution

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

I accepted this title because it was free from audible and I am always grateful for something short to listen to while on a treadmill. I knew this was kid lit and thought I'd listen to it to see whether it might be something to recommend to my eleven grandchildren. I had no expectation of being greatly entertained.

My disappointment isn't because it doesn't rise to the level of Tom Clancy in terms of intrigue. It's more because it strikes me as a mashup of Hogwarts meets Sky High. If this is, as I suspect it might be, the origin story for a book series set around the future adventures of these characters, I might be surprised to discover the stories become more interesting, but can't recommend this one on its own merits.

  • Plato's Republic

  • By: Plato
  • Narrated by: Ray Childs
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594

The Republic poses questions that endure: What is justice? What form of community fosters the best possible life for human beings? What is the nature and destiny of the soul? What form of education provides the best leaders for a good republic? What are the various forms of poetry and the other arts, and which ones should be fostered and which ones should be discouraged? How does knowing differ from believing?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular

  • By Benjamin Myers on 08-08-16

Well done contemporary translation

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

Reviewed: 04-11-17

Any additional comments?

I've read excerpts from older English translations in years past. This was my first time to read the entire work and I found the translation in contemporary English, and the performance by multiple voices, to improve the whole experience greatly. I'd commend this to anyone who might have found the older language difficult.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Grapes of Wrath

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,027
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,020

At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish I could give it 10 stars!

  • By P. Minor on 07-18-14

I'm pleased

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

Reviewed: 10-13-16

What made the experience of listening to The Grapes of Wrath the most enjoyable?

I always enjoy listening to a narrator / reader who can manage voices for several characters across genders, ages, and accents such that he can make clear whose dialogue is being heard without having to identify the speaker. Dylan Baker does a truly fine job on this.

I would offer one thought, though. Every elderly male from rural mid-America doesn't sound just like Walter Brennan in The Real McCoys. Spoiler alert here, but it is probably better that the grandfather died early in the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The conversation between the tenant farmer and the tractor driver was especially poignant.

Any additional comments?

I didn't get around to "discovering" John Steinbeck until my late fifties. If I'd read this in high school, as a lot of people apparently were assigned, I might have become a staunch liberal.

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  • The Everlasting Man

  • By: G. K. Chesterton
  • Narrated by: Thomas Whitworth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

Considered by many to be Chesterton’s masterpiece, this book declares his comprehensive view of world history as informed by the Incarnation. Retelling man’s story from the very beginning, he shows how all of men’s desires are fulfilled in the person of Christ and Christ’s Church. With his characteristic brilliance and irony, he argues that Christianity is not just a religion to stand beside other religions, for the fact of the Incarnation sets it quite apart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Church Unshaken

  • By H. Rapson on 08-16-12

Not quite "unabridged"

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

Reviewed: 09-16-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I didn't complete this title. As I was reading along with the text on Kindle, I noticed twice in the first chapter very long passages that the audio skipped. I will try another version, and with this, offer no review on the content. Just do not buy this version if you want it unabridged.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

  • By: Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,011
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,014

A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Conrad's Brilliant & Wild Novella

  • By Darwin8u on 11-21-12

Kenneth Branaugh performance is a game changer

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

Reviewed: 01-20-13

What was most disappointing about Joseph Conrad’s story?

I'm afraid the book leaves too much to the imagination of the reader to understand what must have been taking place under Mr. Kurtz's leadership. I can see that human heads constitute finial ornaments on fence posts. I must have missed the explanation or the story behind them. I'll read it again; perhaps I'll see it coming next time.

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

I believe I might have seen this movie several years ago.

Any additional comments?

I've been slow to come around to audio books (reluctant as I am to take credit for having read a book when someone else read it to me). Mr. Branaugh's performance in this book was amazing. It so shaped the content, and my grasp of it, that as a result I'm much closer to abandoning those reservations completely in the future.

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  • How Should We Then Live

  • The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture
  • By: Francis A. Schaeffer
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

As one of the foremost evangelical thinkers of the 20th century, Francis Schaeffer long pondered the fate of declining Western culture. In this brilliant book, he analyzed the reasons for modern society's state of affairs and presented the only viable alternative: living by the Christian ethic, acceptance of God's revelation, and total affirmation of the Bible's morals, values, and meaning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Want To Be Left Alone? Better Read Schaeffer

  • By Doug D. Eigsti on 12-09-15

Schaeffer's classic confronts and challenges

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

Reviewed: 07-07-12

Where does How Should We Then Live rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is the only audiobook I've listened to in its entirety.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed reviewing several well-known aspect of world history, and learning of many other unfamiliar ones, woven together in a coherent worldview.

What aspect of Kate Reading’s performance would you have changed?

I don't disapprove of her performance at all... this was my first audiobook and it was a bit of a challenge to engage the male author while hearing his words in a female voice. I'm not sure I ever made the connection completely.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Schaeffer's indictment of Christians who have held to thoroughly orthodox views in most areas while ignoring Scriptural teaching on race and compassionate use of wealth.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful